Your Password is Too Secure

For obvious reasons, Microsoft employees are asked to refrain from bashing other teams or products in their blog posts. But with the dismantling of the Money product line a couple years ago, I feel the statute of limitations has expired and I can share a useful lesson. At one point, I changed the password for…

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Bad Error Messages: "Operation Failed"

Here is an error message from a Microsoft product that falls into the completely useless category. It provides the user with absolutely no information about what failed and what to do to fix it. At the very least, it could have had some cryptic error code which may have been useful by support (either official…

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Bad UI that completely prevents the application’s existence from being useful

Maybe I’m just getting more bitter with old age, but it seems that lately, applications tend to piss me off more frequently. Today’s “oh, I just want to smash my monitor in” moment comes from my RSS reader which decided to display a popup over the news/blog entries. I can deal with random feature advertisements,…

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