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PC World's 20 Most Annoying Tech Products

ScuttleMonkey posted about 7 years ago | from the aol-cd-throne dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 349

Craig Sender writes to tell us that PC World has compiled a list of the 20 most annoying tech products of all time. Topping the list was AOL's ubiquitous free trial CD's. "This list hardly covers every annoying tech product ever made. But where did this list of 20 come from? [PC World Readers] picked the worst ones by voting in our Annoyances Poll, and you'll see your Top 10 most annoying products flagged with icons. Just for fun, we've added 10 more products that didn't get enough votes from you in our poll but that we found particularly irksome."

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seems empty . . . (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18756157)

compared to the article on the school shooting. Going from 31 dead people in a senseless mass killing to yet another top 20 list from a worthless site.

PC World is pretty damn annoying too... (4, Insightful)

FatSean (18753) | about 7 years ago | (#18756207)

Can they possibly cram any more ads and ugly navigation into that abortion of a website. Blech!

Re:PC World is pretty damn annoying too... (3, Informative)

EggMan2000 (308859) | about 7 years ago | (#18756321)

Yeah TFA is would fit nicely on two pages, but they spread it out to 7 pages in a small column covered in ads on all sides.

auto correction sucks! (2, Funny)

plasmacutter (901737) | about 7 years ago | (#18756955)

Can they possibly cram any more ads and ugly navigation into that abortion of a website.


i didnt know you could turn the act colloqually slandered as "killing babies" into a website, but i'm sure pc world would find a way to do it!

maybe your auto correction should be taught the word "aberration".

Re:auto correction sucks! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18757177)

maybe your auto correction should be taught the word "aberration".

Or, more relevantly, "abomination".

Re:PC World is pretty damn annoying too... (1)

misleb (129952) | about 7 years ago | (#18757095)

At least you can block the ads, unlike their print magazine.

-matthew

Re:seems empty . . . (-1, Offtopic)

BristolCream (102658) | about 7 years ago | (#18756227)

I couldn't agree more. Speaks volumes for the morality and compassion of the editors here.

Shame on you.

Re:seems empty . . . (2, Insightful)

heinousjay (683506) | about 7 years ago | (#18756407)

What about the other 100,000 or so people who die every single day, many of them senselessly? Should Slashdot be given over as a portal to count the dead, perhaps?

Re:seems empty . . . (1)

BSAtHome (455370) | about 7 years ago | (#18757653)

Ok, 6,000,000,000 people, 60 years average lifespan gives 6,000,000,000/60/365 death per day to keep the population at current level if we see approx. same number of births. That means ~274,000 people die every day of various reasons. And this is probably conservative as the population is slightly bigger and the average lifespan probably lower, considering the poor conditions in "non-western" countries.

Re:seems empty . . . (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18756741)

Yeah, 30 odd people I don't know were killed in a country over 3000 miles away from me. I should be ashamed of gettig on with my life.

Yes, it sucks to be the families of those people who were killed today. Are you one of them? No? Then what the hell are you concerned about? It's just yet more media-induced false grief for people you don't know.

Re:seems empty . . . (2, Funny)

trewornan (608722) | about 7 years ago | (#18757313)

Yeah it's particularly worrying news considering the current world shortage of American college students.

Re:seems empty . . . (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | about 7 years ago | (#18756241)


Going from 31 dead people in a senseless mass killing to yet another top 20 list from a worthless site.

Worthless? Dude, you got first post!

Re:seems empty . . . (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18756489)

Why is it that when I saw another story above the shootings story, I knew that the first comment would be about this.

This may sound heartless, but the world marches on. Perhaps you need to take a personal day so that the rest of us can continue living.

Re:seems empty . . . (1)

0racle (667029) | about 7 years ago | (#18756601)

Well if they didn't, you couldn't make a pathetic attempt at looking like you care.

Re:seems empty . . . (2, Insightful)

oni (41625) | about 7 years ago | (#18756739)

really puts things into perspective, doesn't it? We, as geeks, enjoy tech. But there's nothing more important than human life. It does seem odd to be complaining about things that don't really matter, when a lot of people have just been murdered.

And what will really bake your noodle - this is an everyday experience in the middle east.

Re:seems empty . . . (1, Informative)

pembo13 (770295) | about 7 years ago | (#18757117)

A lot of people have been murdered every day. You do realize that, right?

Re:seems empty . . . (4, Insightful)

AJWM (19027) | about 7 years ago | (#18757211)

But there's nothing more important than human life.

If you're talking about "human life" in general -- get a grip, the species isn't going extinct just yet.

If you're talking about a (or even several) human lifes -- get a grip, there are plenty of things more important (to some people) than individual human lives, sometimes including their own; if not, nobody would risk their own life for anything.

Re:seems empty . . . (2, Insightful)

LainTouko (926420) | about 7 years ago | (#18757379)

Every day over 100 people (I think) die in the US alone in road traffic accidents. About 30,000 children die in the world every day due to poverty. This incident is pretty insignificant, really. It just gets noticed because it's an unusual sort of death.

Re:seems empty . . . (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about 7 years ago | (#18757629)

tech is what allowed one person to kill many in a matter of minutes today at two locations. the middle east has alot more of killing now that we're there with our tech too.

Re:seems empty . . . (3, Insightful)

pclminion (145572) | about 7 years ago | (#18757881)

But there's nothing more important than human life.

What a silly statement. Imagine a population of 1000 slaves. Suppose that by the death of one, the remaining 999 will be released to live free lives. You're saying that the life of that one person is more valuable than the freedom of the other 999?

Re:seems empty . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18757551)

Grouphug?

hi (1, Offtopic)

Mipoti Gusundar (1028156) | about 7 years ago | (#18756221)

Extended warrenty's!

Warranties (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18757821)

The word you were looking for is warranties. When pluralising a word that ends with a y, replace the y with ies. The apostrophe has two purposes in written English, pluralisation is neither of them. This was not meant as a personal attack, more as a 'PSA' since I see incorrect use of the apostrophe so often now.

Psychic powers tingling (2, Insightful)

heinousjay (683506) | about 7 years ago | (#18756223)

I predict a cavalcade of Microsoft "jokes." God bless Slashdot.

MS Office (2, Insightful)

G4from128k (686170) | about 7 years ago | (#18757733)

Although the article cited Office 97 as an "also ran" annoyance, I'd have to cite the entire suite in all its incarnations as one of the worst annoyances in my daily life. I have so many reasons for my conclusion, that I'm sure I could exceed the character limit of a /. post. But the top reasons for giving Office a Supreme Annoyance Lifetime Achievement Award include:

1. UI inconsistencies across the suite and even within products.
2. Bugs that have survived at least 7 years and 3 upgrades (upgrade = another chance to extract more money from the customer).
3. The fact that "Autosave" is a known cause of corrupted documents and crashes.
4. Automagical formatting and replacement wizards that you can't turn-off.
5. Word's horrible horrible outliner that singlehandedly killed off actually useable outliners.
6. The fact that O'Reilly was able to create an entire series of "Annoyance" books just from Office.

No reference to the Cue Cat? (4, Insightful)

EggMan2000 (308859) | about 7 years ago | (#18756225)

No reference to the Cue Cat?

That was one of the most annoying, dumbest, biggest debacles I can remember. For those that do not recall the Cue Cat [wikipedia.org] was a bar cade reader in the form of a cat, that clever marketeers thought consumers would use by scanning barcodes on print ads in magazines and newspapers.

Cue Cat was mailed to *all* Wired magazine [wired.com] subscribers.

Re:No reference to the Cue Cat? (2, Informative)

stratjakt (596332) | about 7 years ago | (#18756345)

Radio Shack gave me one for free, and I had some fun hacking code for it to be able to organize my CD collection with a free handheld scanner.

I don't know how they define "annoying". Someone gave me a free gizmo, I don't know why that should annoy me.

Re:No reference to the Cue Cat? (3, Insightful)

lawpoop (604919) | about 7 years ago | (#18756547)

How about a free RFID chip implanted in your hand?

</sarcasm>

Re:No reference to the Cue Cat? (1)

HolyCrapSCOsux (700114) | about 7 years ago | (#18756915)

The RFID chip isn't the problem. It's the asshats that would take the data without your permission and or use that information for in an unethical manner. If (when) everyone gets an implant, it needs to be read only and make it so access unauthorized by the implantee is a capital offense.

Re:No reference to the Cue Cat? (1)

lawpoop (604919) | about 7 years ago | (#18757067)

"It's the asshats that would take the data without your permission and or use that information for in an unethical manner"

Thus the "annoyance" or "extreme invasion of privacy and civil liberties" part of "annoying" technology.

Dumb, but too short lived to be annoying (3, Insightful)

StefanJ (88986) | about 7 years ago | (#18756405)

There are a lot of really stupid ideas out there that I wouldn't put on a "most annoying" list because no one used them.

The Cue Cat is one of them. No one forced you to use it. The bar codes on the ads didn't cause leprosy or make your eyes bleed.

Of course, if I was one of the investors who paid to send out thousands of the things for free, then I'd have cause to be annoyed.

I'd put Microsoft Bob on the list too. The ads and promotions were annoying, but again, no one forced you to install or use it.

Re:No reference to the Cue Cat? (1)

amrust (686727) | about 7 years ago | (#18757155)

Wow, I can't believe I forgot about this thing. I still have mine somewhere. It was interesting to play with for about 10 minutes. That's about when the average person realized: "Hey, they're probably tracking my scans in some big mail marketing database!".

Again? (5, Funny)

pclminion (145572) | about 7 years ago | (#18756455)

I've got a better idea for an article: "Slashdot's 20 most annoying duplicate articles."

Re:Again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18757747)

Or an even better one: "Slashdot's 20 most annoying duplicate posters who post about duplicate lists everyone runs like Holiday Gift Guides and who the **** cares anyway?" ;-)

Lotus Notes (3, Interesting)

alexj33 (968322) | about 7 years ago | (#18756457)

Where's Lotus Notes??? Should be in the top 5. Horrible, horrible, non-intuitive mass of confusion.

Everything a UI shouldn't be.

aol cds (3, Funny)

mastershake_phd (1050150) | about 7 years ago | (#18756469)

#1 AOL CDs. I used to work at the post office, they some people decorated entire walls with undeliverable AOL CDs.

Backup disks (5, Funny)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | about 7 years ago | (#18756597)

Before CDs, AOL used to send floppies. I liked that. It was the backup-disk-of-the-month-club for me. I didn't have to remember, I didn't have to buy a floppy; it just arrived every month so I could backup.

Re:Backup disks (1)

Dachannien (617929) | about 7 years ago | (#18757127)

AOL sends free DVD keepcases these days to hold their free microwaveable coasters, which is a pretty nice thing for them to do.

Free Software is always an improved experience (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18756995)

Free Software copies the proprietary world sometimes, but it always improves the user experience.
Take the aol CDs, you now have Ubuntu CDs which always come with an ubuntu user.
It wasnt bad enough to have all those CDs, you now have to listen for hours how all distros suck and Ubuntu is just ... you know... so good ... so better ... because it's ... you know ... you see ... Ubuntu, dude.

Any old-time Mac users... (1)

Lockejaw (955650) | about 7 years ago | (#18757291)

Any one else remember the guys in Harry the Handsome Executive who just sat there frisbee-tossing AOL free trial disks?

The little dog in Windows Search (5, Funny)

gurps_npc (621217) | about 7 years ago | (#18756493)

is the MOST annoying thing I have ever seen.

The thing that really gets me, is that when you click the "Kill the dog" option, instead of instantly vanishing, like any reasonably annoyance, they have this obnoxious beast do a little animation.

Look, you clueless fools, if I like the dog, I would not be getting rid of him. You KNOW I don't want him, but you senselessly subject me to the EXACT kind of animation that I told you I disliked.

What's next? If I tell you to turn off the sound, will you up the volume to maximum and play a recording of "SHUTTING SOUND OFF NOW!" in a really whiny voice?

Re:The little dog in Windows Search (4, Funny)

Tx (96709) | about 7 years ago | (#18756673)

What's next? If I tell you to turn off the sound, will you up the volume to maximum and play a recording of "SHUTTING SOUND OFF NOW!" in a really whiny voice?

For the love of god, stop putting ideas in their heads!

ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18757097)

If you wish Xcode would reformat your code for consistency, GTFO.
If you're overwhelmed by IB's multi-paletted interface, GTFO.
If you've ever typed a backslash outside of ASCII art, GTFO.
If you can't intuit your way from HyperTalk to AppleScript, GTFO.
 
Bandwagon-jumpers are not welcome among real [imageshack.us] Mac [imageshack.us] geeks [imageshack.us]. Keep your filthy PC fingers to yourself.

Re:ATTN: SWITCHEURS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18757217)

There's no such thing as a Mac Geek. Mac users are grandmas and people who don't have any interest in computers.

Re:The little dog in Windows Search (2, Funny)

harvey_peterson (658039) | about 7 years ago | (#18757181)

What's next? If I tell you to turn off the sound, will you up the volume to maximum and play a recording of "SHUTTING SOUND OFF NOW!" in a really whiny voice?
Sadly, my cell phone does this. When I turn the speaker phone off it plays a song. I have no idea why changing the speaker phone setting deserves a song to begin with, but there you go. Also plays a song when the phone powers down.

CD Burners and Zip disks (5, Funny)

L. VeGas (580015) | about 7 years ago | (#18756533)

In terms of pure annoyance, not just bad or lousy tech, I would rate CD burners before they were reliable and "click-of-death" zip disks as some of the most exasperating things that I have had to deal with.

I must have wasted dozens of hours with 1x and 2x CD burners before they became mature. I can still remember staring at the little progress bar.

95% completed -- 96% completed -- 97% completed -- 98% completed -- FAILURE BUFFER UNDERRUN.

AAAAAAAGH!

Re:CD Burners and Zip disks (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 7 years ago | (#18756755)

Well, I had a SCSI burner... It didn't happen all that much, but if it happened you were very much pissed off because a single CD-R would cost about 6€....

Re:CD Burners and Zip disks (1)

GonzoTech (613147) | about 7 years ago | (#18756783)

Zip disks sucked, but CD Burners not working correctly in their infancy? That's like bitching about how hot girls don't flirt with you so you slam your penis in a car door repeatedly to vent frustration. CD Burners worked great then for what they were, and they work awesome now from how far they've come.

Re:CD Burners and Zip disks (2, Interesting)

OldeTimeGeek (725417) | about 7 years ago | (#18756851)

Ah, yes. Iomega Jazz drives.

I remember them.

I remember multiple head crashes. Data forever lost because I was dumb enough to use them as my primary data drive.

I also remember the sound of plastic and metal shattering when the disk was thrown against a brick wall across the room when it couldn't be read.

Those were the days.

Please excuse me while I go get a drink...

Re:CD Burners and Zip disks (2, Funny)

pete-classic (75983) | about 7 years ago | (#18757385)

I used to work for Dell major accounts desktop support. One of the best laughs I've ever had was when someone called in from IOmega for a replacement Zip drive. "The one I have just goes click, click, click."

I was very grateful for the mute button that day.

-Peter

am i the only one... (1)

cosmocain (1060326) | about 7 years ago | (#18756549)

...getting a little bit sentimental while reading TFA?
man, was i YOUNG the time i held my first AOL cd in my dead, cold hands.

err. glad i grew older.

Re:am i the only one... (1)

Creepy (93888) | about 7 years ago | (#18756913)

the worst day ever was the day AOL switched from Floppy Disks to CDs.

I used to archive everything on those free floppies. All the CDs were good for was cheap coasters and as "throwing stars" when my college roomies were drunk and crazy (which was FAR too often).

Biased list (3, Insightful)

StefanJ (88986) | about 7 years ago | (#18756553)

Too much emphasis on software, not enough on hardware, and non-computer items.

Also too much emphasis on marketing flops.

I am SO glad that floppy disks are just about finished with. I threw away hundreds and hundreds of them last year (3.5") and two years ago (5.25"). They still pop up now and then. I hope to eliminate all of them except for emergency boot CDs and the like.

Re:Biased list (1)

eln (21727) | about 7 years ago | (#18757077)

This is not so much a "most annoying of all time" list as a list of "what people liked to bitch about the most on the Internet during the dot-com boom." The oldest product listed is the AOL CD started in 1993. Most of them have dates later than 1997.

Re:Biased list (5, Interesting)

ex-geek (847495) | about 7 years ago | (#18757643)

Yeah. The list isn't well researched. Vista is on the list? I haven't tried it yet, but I doubt that it could top need to shuffle AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS entries on a per application basis. Realplayer is on the list? How could Realplayer possibly compete with Netscape 4.x in terms of annoyance? And what about some of the truly bizzaro UI experiences us Linux users had to endure in the late 90ies? I still get flashbacks from those.

How about.. (3, Interesting)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | about 7 years ago | (#18756623)

those 'Read more' links on /. that don't work when you click on them in Firefox? Or better still, the 'automated' phone menu systems that force you to 'press 1' or 'press 2' a squillion times before giving up and hitting a random number to get speaking to some human being somewhere.

Re:How about.. (2, Insightful)

jaiyen (821972) | about 7 years ago | (#18757317)

I'd take links that don't work over PDF links anyday. You know, that sinking feeling when you just realised the link you clicked is not to another HTML page but to a 4MB PDF file, which then causes the browser to freeze and choke up trying to open it, and you can lose whatever is was you had in other tabs or windows when it crashes. Adobe Acrobat Reader has surely got to be one of the most annoying tech products for this reason alone - who ever thought making PDFs open in the browser was a good idea anyway??

Foxit [foxitsoftware.com] and http://www.pdfdownload.org/ [pdfdownload.org] help a lot though.

Re:How about.. (1)

Chosen Reject (842143) | about 7 years ago | (#18757763)

Or how about the pop up ad PC World hit me with. Or how about articles stretched over 5 pages? Or how about "More ads than content" web sites?

Bah... (5, Insightful)

Mockylock (1087585) | about 7 years ago | (#18756629)

That list is all Jacked up. Considering the Zune has been out for what, 6 months and it's ranked higher than the Apple Pro Mouse? That thing was beyond annoying. Where are "Jazz" drives on this list? They crashed every month and were garbage. Tape drives aren't on there either! I'm guessing he and his buddies got together and made up the list. I don't argue with most of them, but a product that's been out for 6 months is rated up with Windows ME? I just don't consider some of those "ALL time" annoyances, rather than "recent and minor" annoyances. Just because they're happening now, doesn't mean they're worth being in the all time annoyances.

Re:Bah... (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 7 years ago | (#18756909)

Jaz Drives?

I still have mine and at least 6 disks... It used it as a primary disk for a very long time (booted the OS from internal, the Jaz 1GB was for data & apps. My primary disk was 320Meg!). None ever died, they were fast and reliable. Perhaps I was lucky. I've been thinking to start reusing it simply because 1GB is nice enough to try out exotic OSes that aren't too big. (Yes, I have a bootable SCSI host adapter)

Oh, and tape drives are still considered one of the most reliable backup methods in major datacentres....

Re:Bah... (1)

Mockylock (1087585) | about 7 years ago | (#18757057)

I used jazz drives back at an old newspaper I worked at. I guess it's because they must have been used very frequently or moved around quite a bit that caused them to go bad so much. I agree that data tapes are reliable, but they're still annoying as hell to work with.

Re:Bah... (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 7 years ago | (#18757341)

I used my Jaz drives extensively... I even had a carrying case for my Jaz drive & disks. I was a student and took it with me every weekend for four years between University and Home on a 4 hour train trip. Including most of my disks....

Might not be the usage a newspaper gave it, but I surely gave them some grief. As said, I'd re-use them, but my current laptop doesn't have PCMCIA slots anymore and my PCMCIA SCSI card wont work. My desktop has a Adaptec 29160 and as such the Jaz should still connect and boot, but I haven't taken the time yet.

Re:Bah... (4, Insightful)

Andy_R (114137) | about 7 years ago | (#18757113)

The Apple Pro Mouse was the good one: optical sensing plus a beautiful design. The bad one was the previous Apple 'hockey puck' mouse, it's circular design meant you have to look away from the screen to see which way it was facing, and the mechanical ball rollers were a pain to clean. The majoy *annoyance* was however, not then mouse itself, but PC users crowing on about the 'one button' design, ignoring the fact that Mac Software was (surprisingly enough) designed for 1 button mice, and 103 more buttons were available on a nearby keyboard when required.

As an owner of an original Bondi iMac (2, Funny)

arcite (661011) | about 7 years ago | (#18757857)

I look on my now crippled mouse hand with pride, all those fond memories will be with me forever. Of course, my baseball career is over, ditto with curling, pool, in fact I usually just cover the mangled stump with a black glove.

#6: RealPlayer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18756639)

I don't get how RealPlayer is annoying. It's the best media player software I've ever seen. And on top of that, I've never seen software that has ... BUFFERING ...

Hmmm.. (0, Troll)

GonzoTech (613147) | about 7 years ago | (#18756657)

I'd have to put PCworld on top of that list. Crap put out to the masses by crap artists that crap lovers love to read, the wipe crap on afterwards.

Very "clever" (annoying) print version (3, Insightful)

tdelaney (458893) | about 7 years ago | (#18756717)

The "print" version puts grey bars at either side of the article to ensure that the contents are wider than your window (I didn't check what mechanism they used).

You can manually position the page so that all the content is visible, but then the text is hard against the edge of the window.

Nice trick to annoy people into reading through the ad-filled multipage version.

In the other extreme (1)

arcite (661011) | about 7 years ago | (#18757161)

You have sites that make the print window annoyingly small...such as reuters.com

I suppose the most sneaky pop the print window open to try to tick you into printing the page without being able to read at all.

Re:Very "clever" (annoying) print version (1)

nine-times (778537) | about 7 years ago | (#18757275)

Quick version:
      1. AOL CDs
      2. Windows Me
      3. Anything With DRM
      4. McAfee Internet Security, Symantec Norton Internet Security
      5. RealPlayer
      6. Bonzi Buddy
      7. MySpace
      8. Windows Update
      9. Windows Vista
    10. Apple QuickTime

Pretty good list, if you ask me. Fair too-- doesn't seem biased towards anything in particular. All of those things are very annoying.

Re:Very "clever" (annoying) print version (1)

RealGrouchy (943109) | about 7 years ago | (#18757909)

Nice trick to annoy people into reading through the ad-filled multipage version.

I don't know about anyone else, but I got a flash-based popup on the second page. I suspect it's to give you an interactive experience, so you too can share in their hatred of "those running, jumping, spinning, swirling, flashing, dancing, popping, peeling, and just generally irritating rich-media Web ads."

- RG>

The top ten list (3, Informative)

MECC (8478) | about 7 years ago | (#18756799)

The top ten "short list" can be seen here. [pcworld.com]

Less annoying, and you can vote there as well.

Desktop Cleanup Wizard (4, Funny)

shawn443 (882648) | about 7 years ago | (#18756837)

I could have one icon on the desktop that I click 50 times a day and that so called wizard will still tell me I have unused desktop icons. Even better, when Sally Secretary actually runs this fantastically annoying tool, she calls me ten minutes later to tell me Excel is gone.

no, its worse than that (0, Offtopic)

wizardforce (1005805) | about 7 years ago | (#18757021)

250,000 people died yesterday and the same will die today from old age, disease, war and famine. the disturbing thing is that it is likely no one here even thought about it. it will get worse too- especially if our consumerist ways continue.

My favorite (2, Interesting)

DonkeySpew (683848) | about 7 years ago | (#18757041)

Require us to retype squiggly letters that are virtually impossible for humans to decipher when signing up for new accounts. (Note to Microsoft: This means you.)

These stupid things get me every time. It usually takes me at least 3 tries and I think Yahoo's are the worst.

-Paco

Im guessing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18757045)

one of them was developed at Virginia Tech.

What no Clippy? (2, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | about 7 years ago | (#18757071)

I still get the shakes when I see a paper clip. Also for some reason the name "Bob" makes my hair stand up on end.

A 7 page article full of adds and clutter? (4, Insightful)

kuwan (443684) | about 7 years ago | (#18757123)

That'd be my number one annoyance these days. The actual content of the article only takes up about one-third of the page and then they break it into 7 pages so you are bombarded with annoying adds and clutter. The other two-thirds of each page is full of adds and cluttered up links to other parts of their site. Their site is just as annoying as any of the 20 products they profile.

How about a nice clean layout that lets you actually read the article and not be distracted?

They forgot one huge enormous product (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18757251)

This site called PC world that gets people to read stupid articles while showing advertisements and interrupting our viewing of porn.

touchpad touch-clicking (4, Interesting)

GodWasAnAlien (206300) | about 7 years ago | (#18757265)

i vote for the "feature" of touch pads that emulates a click with every inadvertent touch.
-
oops (f*ck), my cusor moved to some random place mid-sentence,
oops i selected and deleted a section of text.
oops, i clicked on something.

addesso touchpad-keyboards suck because you cant turn this shit off.

let's just say that doing taxes online with an adessa touchpad-keyboard is a bad idea.

Re:touchpad touch-clicking (1)

soft_guy (534437) | about 7 years ago | (#18757695)

What kind of computer do you have where you can't turn this off?? Seriously that sucks. I only use the Mac and you have been able to turn that off on the Mac since tap clicking became a feature.

Caps lock key (3, Insightful)

contrapunctus (907549) | about 7 years ago | (#18757299)

I think the caps lock key is one.
It takes valuable space on the keyboard and rarely gets used.
I like the old control key there instead.

No F/OSS represented?! (0, Flamebait)

stratjakt (596332) | about 7 years ago | (#18757319)

This is an outrage!

My university made me use Pine to read email for fuck sakes!

vi and emacs deserve honorable mention, what's more annoying than two dillholes scratching their neckbeards, straining to find that ultimate zinger that will crown their favorite text editor as the victor in the FAGGIEST FLAME WAR EVER WAGED.

Re:No F/OSS represented?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18757873)

holy shit that's funny.

i had to use pine too.

my very favorite part . . . (3, Funny)

rev_sanchez (691443) | about 7 years ago | (#18757447)

So if you buy a WMA file from a service that uses Microsoft's PlaysForSure DRM (most notably Napster), it won't work with the Zune (which uses Microsoft's Zune DRM).
A thing called PlaysForSure which will not play on something produced by the company that produces both things sounds like what Douglas Adams would write about DRM if he were still around.

iTunes? WTF? (0)

14erCleaner (745600) | about 7 years ago | (#18757459)

Any list that groups iTunes with Media Player and Zune into one "things with DRM" category is defective. iTunes is one of the least annoying programs available for Windows, and it's free to boot.

If you're going to include ringtones and portable music players, why don't we include car alarms? Now THAT's an annoying tech product.

Nintendo games (1)

Awksjaw (1073874) | about 7 years ago | (#18757465)

I remember having to blow into every single one of the 8-bit old school Nintendo games that I put in. That was pretty annoying and made me lightheaded, but it worked!!!

Most Annoying Tech Product (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#18757735)

Cellular Telephones

PS3 annoyances (1)

spagiola (234461) | about 7 years ago | (#18757839)

[after listing various supposed annoying properties] The most annoying thing about the PS3? Its $599 list price.

That's just like the classic joke: The food here is terrible! And the portions are so small!

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