Author Topic: the worst piece of software  (Read 2058 times)

vorsprung

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Re: the worst piece of software
« Reply #75 on: 16 October, 2021, 09:48:25 pm »
The problem with this thread is that all software is a terrible

I should warn you that I work for "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure"
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quixoticgeek

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Re: the worst piece of software
« Reply #76 on: Yesterday at 08:20:02 pm »
The problem with this thread is that all software is a terrible

I should warn you that I work for "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure"

ssh is quite nice.

vi is quite nice.

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Re: the worst piece of software
« Reply #77 on: Yesterday at 09:00:36 pm »
I grew up designing for 35mm slide projector with Harvard Graphics 3 for DOS.
I introduced the use of Harvard Graphics. Previously we'd sat with scalpels, cutting out pieces of coloured plastic to stick on OHP slides to liven them up a bit. Which was a challenge, considering the rather monochrome topic :-) Before that, it had been 35mm slides.

I find PowerPoint OK. You can (or could, haven't checked lately) embed fonts, I think. But fonts are a whole area of challenge in lots of programs. If I had £1 for every time I've explained to a confused colleague that, in most contexts including HTML, setting a font is an instruction to use it, which can't be obeyed if the recipient machine doesn't have (access to) that font, I could retire. But PowerPoint is confusing and incoherent around animations and transitions. And ribbons should be consigned to the dustbin of history anyway, as they remove any possibility of coherent, hierarchical menu organisation.

Access is a strange beast. It always seemed to me that the point at which you start to need coding is all wrong. I'm no coder, nor a DB specialist, so I build layer upon layer of queries, trying to get the answer I want. It's sort of a point-and-click system where there isn't enough to point at. Great if you are a specialist, but it's sold as part of packages aimed at the rest of us. So I always need it to get things done, and yet it so often leaves me a bit frustrated. And it lacks string-manipulation options such as were in Monarch, if anyone's come across that.

I always reckon you can still tell that MS bought and adapted packages to make Office, from different companies. They never quite got consistent what's on which menu, or the details of how things worked. Maybe the ribbons were to resolve that!

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Re: the worst piece of software
« Reply #78 on: Yesterday at 09:32:18 pm »
Off topic. I was blown away when someone told me that any PDF viewer could be set to 'full screen' and used to present slides, as long as the slides in question were saved as the pages of a PDF file. You can use any program to create the slides, just print to PDF.

Re: the worst piece of software
« Reply #79 on: Yesterday at 09:48:26 pm »
Itunes, used to back up an Apple phone to Windows. Completely unusable, probably intentional.

The problem with this thread is that all software is a terrible

I should warn you that I work for "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure"

And yet software writers are paid vast amounts of money. Well the IT industry is multi-billion dollar business. A piece of software that becomes an industry "standard" is a licence to print money.

FifeingEejit

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Re: the worst piece of software
« Reply #80 on: Yesterday at 10:15:30 pm »
The problem with this thread is that all software is a terrible

I should warn you that I work for "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure"

ssh is quite nice.

vi is quite nice.

J

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FifeingEejit

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Re: the worst piece of software
« Reply #81 on: Yesterday at 10:18:05 pm »
The problem with this thread is that all software is a terrible

I should warn you that I work for "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure"

I've heard the average employment period at Oracle is 2 years, after which very little has been achieved and former staff members run away as fast as they can.

Source: MS SQL Server Fansites admittedly.

Re: the worst piece of software
« Reply #82 on: Today at 09:09:28 am »
MS Paint 3D.  Only useful for doing 2D rotations that you can't do in Paint.

I had the misfortune to have to use WordImperfect about 20 years ago...

Re: the worst piece of software
« Reply #83 on: Today at 09:16:15 am »
Framemaker

Once upon a time, it was usable to deliver standardised layouts. They ditched the templating system and made a pile of poo.

PDF and acrobat reader. Please, let this bloatware just go away and die. The only good thing that can be said about reader is that it renders the PDFs well, maintaining resolution and clarity when zooming in (I had endless crap from a developer who insisted on using Foxit reader, and complained that the diagrams were missing words and lines. Only when viewed in Foxit.)
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Re: the worst piece of software
« Reply #84 on: Today at 11:46:06 am »
Framemaker

Once upon a time, it was usable to deliver standardised layouts. They ditched the templating system and made a pile of poo.

That must have been after I swapped to LaTeX, as Framemaker in the mid-90s was really quite good once you figured it out.