How Come Every “Update” On Every Platform Takes One Step Forward and Three Steps Back?

Seriously, Apple, Windows, the apps these operating systems run, websites, and now the very website I write this on constantly update everything with the intention of making everything look prettier.

I’ve got to be honest, I don’t really think there are many people who give a crap what the site looks like as long as it functions. This all clearly stems from the greedy, clueless corporate idiots who think they know how to run a business.

Each update for pretty much anything tidies up the look of all this stuff, BUT AT THE COST OF USER-FRIENDLINESS!!!!

Who needs convenient functionality when it looks nice, am I right?

Literally almost every app or OS or website I use regularly has fallen victim to these “modern advances.” Everything I used on these programs and such was easy to use, plainly in view, and required zero thought/effort to do it.

With the big boastful updates these harebrained companies come up with it, they take all that convenience away, hiding it somewhere deep in the new, clean and infinitely more complicated formatting, UI or what have you, or removing it all together.

So instead of taking half a second to do something, I have to search for 15 minutes to find it, if I even find it at all! More often than not, I’m off to Google for research on how to use this “wonderful new update” or in extreme cases, have to contact the support team of whatever I’m trying to use and ask them what the hell happened to it.

When you’re getting support tickets on how to use your own damn product that worked the day before, wouldn’t the company consider that a fail?

And the answer is “No”, for they are still making money, so what do they care?

So now things that were in plain sight and required one click and one second of your time necessitate you to click through seven different menus and this and that to either do what you want to do, or sometimes, this opens up something entirely new, and then you have to locate it from within there.

This is an issue that has frustrated me since I first started regularly using computers about 10 years ago.

I was going to write about something completely different today, until I logged onto wordpress and found they had done the same thing. This is about the third time they’ve made things worse and less user-friendly since I’ve been using the site, but nothing relative to this level.

When writing a post, there was a convenient bar at the top center of the screen that pretty much had everything you ever needed. If memory serves correct, they made this a little less convenient once before. But now it’s gone all together.

There was also a bunch of stuff on the left and right of the screen, also in plain sight for your use, stuff you need to use to edit/post. Again they made this stuff slightly more complicated over the years, but now that’s gone too!

So what am I looking at now? Certainly not a convenient collection of necessary tools! Why would modern, respectable folks want that?

No, now I am looking at a blinding white screen that makes me feel like I am drowning in white-out. The only break from this is a few symbols on the top left and right of the screen. What do these hieroglyphics mean? I don’t have an effing clue! So again, everything I ever wanted to use if now hidden behind the scrawls of Ancient Egyptians. Wonderful.

I just managed to bring up the old tool box somehow, but it placed it right where I was trying to write, and couldn’t get it away for a moment. What’s wrong with having it just sit at the top of the screen like it used to?

Again, I’m going to ask, are there really people out there who were begging the site to do this? People asking for nothing but a blank white screen? People that weren’t directly involved with running the website?

I suppose I’ve ranted enough about this. Now the next thing to do is try and figure out how to post this…

Updating this about a week after the original writing…

I was trying to add images to my latest post. Before, it was a simple click at the top of the screen to get where you needed to go.

Now I’ve got to click one of the hieroglyphics, type something in a search bar, click on the thing I need, which brings up a condensed bar that requires a few more clicks to be able to add images, and then forces you to navigate all these drop down menus just to edit and align the stinking picture! I mean seriously, what a-holes thought this was a good idea?

Attention Musical Artists-Enough With the “Hidden” Songs Already!

Anyone who owns at least a few cds knows what I am talking about here. Those annoying and entirely pointless “hidden” songs that are usually stuck at the end of a regular song, but there’s like 7 minutes of nothing separating them. And some songs even have the nerve to have a regular song, nothing, a small something, nothing again, and then some more small little pieces of audio. And some just pointlessly have nothing at the end of these long spells of blankness, just to trick us.

I am writing this to beg these oh so clever artists to CUT IT OUT!!

It is entirely pointless. If you really want to add an extra song, then put it on it’s own separate track! But most of the time it is a short 1 minute song, or some other stupid audio of some kind. If that’s the case, then leave it off the album all together! If it is not important enough to you to place it on it’s own separate track, then it doesn’t need to be there at all! You are not giving us a special treat by hiding something at the end of a song. No one is going to just let it sit out for an obscenely long time with no music, waiting to hear that short little ditty you wanted to surprise us with.

And then there’s bands like Coheed and Cambria, who thought it would be funny to actually make tracks 12-22 on their second album a few seconds of nothing, and even naming them A Whole Lot of Nothing 1-10, or something like that, before giving us a song on track number 23. But this is almost tolerable, because you can just skip the tracks, and even if you don’t, they probably just equate to a minute which is still shorter than most gaps of nothing. But what makes it worth it, is we are treated to one of the best songs they’ve ever come out with at the end of the empty rainbow, and it’s like 9 minutes long to boot!

But still, wouldn’t it have just been better to just have it right there at track 12, instead of pointlessly putting it on 23?

And bands like the Bled do crap like having a short little song, then repeating the last 2 measures of the song for over 20 minutes before something new happens. I don’t know if this is worse or better. I remember the first time I listened to that song, I was driving home from work, and was just waiting for something to happen. At the time, I only had a 15 minute commute and it was still repeating that part by the time I got home. I fast forwarded it afterwards to discover that a song that could have been over in under 3 minutes was like over 32 minutes. Why? And is it better to hear the same thing over and over again, or nothing at all? When you are hearing something, it tricks you into thinking that something is coming, where as a whole lot of nothing means you know nothing is going to happen until the last minute. But come on, why? Is that really how you thank your fans who support you and buy your music?

I mean, all this is such a common thing that has persisted for decades. Enough is enough already. It’s not cool, it’s not surprising, it’s nothing but aggravating and extremely stupid.

According to my iTunes, I have 5321 songs, which I listen to on my iPod with shuffle. And I swear, like every 15-20 songs, I encounter one of these awesome songs. So now I either have to fast forward to the hidden audio, or skip the song. Both of which are extremely hard to do since they stopped making the wonderful iPod Classic, forcing me to buy the bullcrap, unnecessary, feature filled iPod touch, which is so unresponsive and precise, that it is impossible to really do anything you want it to on the first few tries.

And mind you, I am driving when I have to change the song. So you dumb bands are putting people at risk of getting into collisions and possibly killing ourselves or others while we struggle to fast forward through the unnecessary nothingness on our crappy idevices, all because you bands try to be so cool.

Next time you want to try it, think about how much blood will be on your hands if you do!

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Thanks bands…thanks Apple.