Mark sent me this quote:
"Every time you want to leave your computer, you have to choose between
nine, count them, nine options: two icons and seven menu items. The two
icons, I think, are shortcuts to menu items. I'm guessing the lock icon
does the same thing as the lock menu item, but I'm not sure which menu
item the on/off icon corresponds to."
But I think this one is better:
"The more choices you give people, the harder it is for them to choose, and the unhappier they'll feel...The fact that you have to choose between nine different ways of turning off your computer every time just on the start menu, not to mention the choice of hitting the physical on/off button or closing the laptop lid, produces just a little bit of unhappiness every time. Can anything be done? It must be possible. iPods don't even have an on/off switch."
The reason why I like this post is because of several reasons:
1. I am for some reason, into usability right now
2. The headaches with vista amuse me.
3. Usability has a lot to do with marketing...and I am interested in marketing
4. Make me laugh when simple tasks become so gosh darn confusing