Why I ask, when something works perfectly well, do we need some cretinous minded lout coming along and 'improving things?' The BBC website is one such example. Having moved into new Manchester, sorry, Salford, studios it has been decided to 'upgrade' the excellent BBC website in keeping with the new layout in Salford and BBC London. This means the football pages are full of white space and absurd yellow banners, meaningless unrelated content is pinned for weeks where it is not wanted and required content is not always easy to find. The 'upgrade' to the BBC iPlayer has gone the same way. The screen above is the 'simple' layout some fourteen year old geek has offered us, and as you will expect it does not quickly lead to the sought after item. WHY can 'designers' not design things to be simple enough for stupid people to operate rather than fancy enough for someone who will only admire the layout and not actually have to use it?
There now follows a few minutes quite as I lie on the floor chewing the ends of the rug.
When I got this laptop it came equipped with 'Windows 7,' while before I used 'XP.' 'XP' was excellent and gave me all I required, it also allowed me to use the 'Outlook' Mail service which is far better than 'Windows Live,' a system that fails to live up to its name! However someone somewhere insisted on changing things, needlessly! Bah!
Google Maps have done this also! The old system was perfect and I used this often. Now the thing is not straight forward, lists appear at the side unwanted, the wee man will not land on the street chosen, the tools are useless, pictures arise from the bottom for no reason and 'my location' does not work yet the location is there on the absurd space taking list at the top left! I click on the map to move it and the address, with picture, appears at the top left. I don't want it! If I want a picture I will ask for one! Just give me the map! This is a needless and failing upgrade! Go back to the old system Google!!!!
Now look, that rug is frayed at the edges.....