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08 February 2015 @ 09:30 pm
The art of UI design, if you are a moron  
My god, sometimes UI designers are idiots. I was downloading some mp3s from Amazon on my extremely seldom used Windows laptop. The relevant parties at Microsoft decided that what I really wanted was Windows Media Player automatically opened every time a new mp3 was downloaded. And even after I annoyedly gave up and left it opened, it decided it would pop to the front and seize focus every time. And apparently would have gone on doing that for each of the hundreds of tracks I was downloading.

I'm sure that the intended purpose of this was to make sure that I knew I should use the Borg's tools and only the Borg, but the actual result, after a brief google that discovered that the only way of turning this off didn't seem to exist anymore in my version of Windows 7, was me removing WMP entirely.
Cyranocyranocyrano on February 9th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
And in your situation, they know you're not going to use the product and have little to lose. Most people--less stubborn, less familiar with the tech, less discerning, less likely to buy hundreds of mp3s at a shot--are more likely to be swayed by the constant gentle nudges from a software giant eager to establish a unified environment.

I am guessing.