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  • Most horribly user unfriendly bits of consumer tech?
  • Premier Icon pictonroad
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    Red Bull TV app.

    (I know, it’s free and the content is generally exceptional.)

    I don’t think I navigated to a live event once in 2020 without using industrial language and shouting at the telly.

    It’s unfathomable.

    Premier Icon kayla1
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    Steam. I just want to play Descenders FFS, but no, I have to start **** Steam up and you want to update it Every Bastarding Time I start a game up which takes bastarding ages. **** that. ****.

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    Premier Icon dannybgoode
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    Amazon apps. Not the main shipping one, that’s pretty slick. However Prime Video and Prime Music, particularly from a company that is meant to be good at this stuff, have the most awful UI’s I’ve seen in a long time.

    Nothing where you expect it and no obvious way to carry out what should be pretty basic actions. Even just searching for stuff on Music when compared to Qobuz or Tidal is just a hateful experience.

    Premier Icon doctorgnashoidz
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    Another vote for the western my cloud thing. I bought one after a psa on here a few years ago. The latest software for it on windows has no shutdown option but if you hunt the web for an older version there is. As it’s so rubbish, I only power it on about twice a year. Wonder how many people just pull the power cable out which isn’t a good idea on a mechanical drive.

    Premier Icon branes
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    Red Bull TV app.

    Yes! I always go to Pinkbike for the event links, never direct to RBTV.

    Premier Icon mjsmke
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    iPad.

    Always end up using my phone (Samsung) or my computer (Apple) so nothing against Apple but I hate not being able to just plug in an external device and drag a file over. Everything about it is either “log in” or “sync”.

    Premier Icon richardoftod
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    Blaupunkt VW Factory Fit Sat Nav in T6 Transporter.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Modern cars I’d say. When something goes wrong you basically have bo chance of being able to fix it yourself as everything needs a sensor now and needs programmed

    Sure, but they don’t stop on the side of the road if you drive through a puddle. Jesus, try driving some old 70s cars.

    As the owner of one of each. A modern-ish French car and a 70s British one. Both are reliable as long as you pay them some TLC. The modern one throws up orange lights of doom every so often, 90% of which can be ignored. The British one (which is based on even older bits from the 40’s) occasionally makes some noise or other indication it’s about to stop and needs some TLC. Deal with that and it’ll not stop unexpectedly. Last time it let me down was a sheared half shaft, not exactly something you can pre-empt (well, you can, but the upgraded ones are £1k+ for a set, easier to replace once in a blue moon).

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    The “Netflix” button on tv remotes. Don’t know why but both my parents’ last 2 tvs have it. No matter what you’re doing, what you’re watching, pressing the big red Netflix button instantly kicks you out and starts up Netflix, which takes about 20 non-skippable seconds, to get through to the menu that says “Oh, you don’t have Netflix?” but you still have to go through several screens/options to get out. And then when you exit, it takes you back to the tv start menu as if you’d just turned it on, not to the thing you actually wanted to do.

    I doubt even regular netflix users really need a big red Netflix button, but there it is anyway.

    Premier Icon esselgruntfuttock
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    @squirrelking

    Don’t get me started on WD crap. I bought a 1TB external hard drive a few years ago

    Just dismantle it, the drive will just be a standard SATA unit that you can plug into any computer.

    Can I send it to you to do then? I’ll pay.

    Premier Icon Del
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    usb c is a great standard if implemented properly. unfortunately many manufacturers only implement most standards as far as they feel inclined to.

    google home, chromecast, and phillips hue. the ‘smart home’ bits i have. work together well enough to be genuinely useful. work together badly enough to be thoroughly infuriating to the point that self awareness only kicks in when your skin temperature is raised sufficiently to realise that you’re shouting at a dumb collection of circuitry and plastic. or is it? it’s a good thing i keep the hammers in the garage.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Just dismantle it, the drive will just be a standard SATA unit that you can plug into any computer.

    That will work if the power supply or controller has died. Unfortunately if as you say it died after being switched off for a while then it’s most likely the drive itself that’s died. For a long life they much prefer being left switched on 24/7 in a server/NAS/JBOD, they absolutely don’t like being left on a shelf for months.

    Still worth trying the drive in a PC, but if that fails there are companies who will physically rebuild the platters into an identical drive, but then it’s getting expensive ££££.

    I doubt even regular netflix users really need a big red Netflix button, but there it is anyway.

    We use it, it’s great. I suspect that’s down to it being a new TV, the Netflix app on the DVR is dog slow to boot up. The one on the new TV gets to the menu pretty much instantly (it also has an Amazon prime button that’s equally quick).

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    but I hate not being able to just plug in an external device and drag a file over.

    Can’t say that’s ever been an issue, but then I never have a need to do such a thing.
    Having said that, I used to copy photos and occasional files onto an older iPad via the Camera Card reader and an appropriate app, but haven’t done it for ages.

    Premier Icon squirrelking
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    Steam. I just want to play Descenders FFS, but no, I have to start **** Steam up and you want to update it Every Bastarding Time I start a game up which takes bastarding ages. **** that. ****.

    Just copy the shortcut to the exe to your desktop.

    It’ll be in the steamapps common (whichever way round it is) Descenders folder.

    TBH though if it’s updating that often it’s not steam at fault, blame the game.

    And a +1 for Red Bull live events!

    Premier Icon greatbeardedone
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    Every dab radio I’ve owned has an unnecessarily complicated way of changing stations…

    You twist the station dial and then ‘dink’, you press select to confirm station selection.

    Problem is, every ‘dink’ moves the radio, or tips it over. I’ve had to wedge my radios in between larger/ heavier objects to ameliorate this ‘dink’.

    In the olden days, finding a station was similar to gear-shifts before indexing. A bit hit and miss.

    But nowadays the station dial locks on with complete accuracy. Twisting the dial should be sufficient without any extra ‘dink’.

    You don’t have to confirm your indexed gear selection with a ‘dink’ or your tv channel selection with a ‘dink’. So why does it persist on dab radios?
    And that’s assuming that you find a radio with its own discrete station dial and not some dial that performs a myriad other functions.

    I’d love to buy a dab radio that lets me spin the dial to escape whatever I happen to find annoying, without having to clutch it in both hands.

    I think it’s time for us to ‘ditch the dink‘.

    Premier Icon joshvegas
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    The “Netflix” button on tv remotes

    Superglue.

    Premier Icon olly2097
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    iPhones. I can’t use them. People say android is complicated but to me it’s the other way round.

    Samsung tizen TV, the TV guide. Navigate to find said guide, no button just to open it. 5 clicks on my 2017 TV. Then it opens the guide on the current channel. If you need to scroll far then you literally have to scroll. No page skip button. Annoying. Don’t watch too much live TV anyway.

    DJI Mavic air 2 controller. Had a Mavic pro before. The controller was easy, quick and had good range.

    Old one:
    Pull legs open. Pull antenna up. Plug phone in. Fly your 2016 drone about nicely.

    New one: pull massive controller out, find the sticks. Screw them in. Unloop the silly wire. Plug that in in a fiddly fashion. Find a way to mount phone where it doesn’t touch power or volume buttons. Start controller. Fly your 2020 drone with supposed further range whilst enjoying constant signal drop out because the antenna appears to be inferior.

    Printers. Any of them. Hate them.

    Nintendo switch store. Why do I have to enter a password every single time? Why did I pick 14 characters for the password.

    First world problems.

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    The Yamaha DX7 FM synth.
    A game changer for sounds at the time.
    A totally new way of thinking about sound creation and no knobs to program it! Just a data entry slider and a lot of parameters to work through. We used to sell them and they’d be traded in a year or two later with not a single new sound programmed in.
    Thank god buttons and knobs are back.

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Modern cars I’d say. When something goes wrong you basically have bo chance of being able to fix it yourself as everything needs a sensor now and needs programmed

    I’d argue that modern cars are extremely user friendly for the purpose they’ve been designed for. A modern car will do pretty much everything for you and the bits it can’t do by itself, it still provides vast amounts of aid. As a user friendly design, it’s great; the whole point of user friendly is that you don’t need to know what’s going on with the electronics and mechanics.

    The downside of course is that any idiot can drive one!

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Modern cars: a friend of ours was in tears recently because she hated cars and they were awful. The problem? After 9 years of ownership without issue, requiring absolutely intervention other than the annual service, the battery finally failed. That’s how good they are.

    Premier Icon benpinnick
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    I’m still baffled by the fact you buy computer games (Switch in our case) and the games has zero instructions in the box.
    I give up and just let my 9 year old play until he gets to a level where he’s figured out enough controls for his level of interest.
    Would it be so hard to print a simple set of instructions saying which button does which action…

    Came here to say this. All that money spent and they couldn’t stretch to a 5 min intro level on a game to show you what to do?

    Premier Icon kayla1
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    Just copy the shortcut to the exe to your desktop.

    It’ll be in the steamapps common (whichever way round it is) Descenders folder.

    TBH though if it’s updating that often it’s not steam at fault, blame the game.

    Ah, cool, thanks. I shall give that a go later on.

    Premier Icon tails
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    Modern bikes, torque values everywhere if they were that accurate my bars wouldn’t have been loose before dropping in. Also just naming of products Dt swiss XRC, XMC, EXC, M, XM or the worst offenders Maxxis genuinely have to research before buying tyres 3C, DD, maxx terra. Just called it what it f**king is.

    Car manufacturer websites, trek bikes website, iPlayer app on tv, why is the thing you select on the left hand side of the screen not central. Could go on and on about UX design.

    Premier Icon esselgruntfuttock
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    @thisisnotaspoon

    Still worth trying the drive in a PC, but if that fails there are companies who will physically rebuild the platters into an identical drive, but then it’s getting expensive ££££.

    I reckon. When It 1st went I took it back to PC World where I’d bought it (Tossers that they are) & was told they might be able do do it but it would be about £100, My sons FIL is pretty nifty & he couldn’t do anything with it, then I took it a local guy who seems to be able to fix anything. He had for a few days & basically said what you did, that he could faff around but It still might not work!
    Just as well there was nowt REALLY important on the sodding thing!

    Premier Icon Flaperon
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    No page skip button. [on Samsung TVs]

    Use channel up and down while in the guide to skip pages.

    Premier Icon yosemitepaul
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    The Guardian phone app. Its the most clunky non user friendly piece of software I’ve ever had the displeasure to use. Eventually when you navigate to a News screen then you get yesterday’s news.
    Much as though I support their journalism, and have every expectation that you should pay for what you use, I have no intention of renewing my subscription.

    Premier Icon dannybgoode
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    @yosemitepaul – really? I find the Guardian app brilliant. Been using it a couple of years and never had so much as a hiccup.

    Premier Icon midlifecrashes
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    Well thanks to this thread I’ve just salvaged the 2TB hard drive out of the WD box while sitting here waiting for my lunch to warm up. I thought I was being thick and not able to find the proper settings to make it work how a normal person would expect it to.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Has anyone mentioned a certain web forum as yet?

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    49 seconds! You bastard.

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    Came here to say this. All that money spent and they couldn’t stretch to a 5 min intro level on a game to show you what to do?

    Pretty much all games have the controls under options from the main menu. Some of you are like my grandad 😀

    Nintendo switch store. Why do I have to enter a password every single time? Why did I pick 14 characters for the password.

    Set up a separate profile from the kids and then you don’t have to. You can control which users can access the store.

    Premier Icon mattyfez
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    Graphics card naming conventions – I tend to buy a new graphics card every 5 to 8 years, either as a part in a new pc build or and upgrade to an existing one.

    BY which time both AMD and Nvidia are guarenteed to have completley changed the model number line up bearing no relation to older ones, requiring to read up on them all over again to see what compares to my old one etc.

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    I’ve come back to this thread after 15 minutes of wrestling with a vacuum cleaner bag. I mean, how can something so relatively simple be so utterly awful? It’s like the people who design vacuum cleaners and the people who design the bags for them have never met!

    And yes, I know you can get bagless designs but how have designers managed to create such bizarrely shaped and inaccessible spaces to put what should be a simple dust collection device but which is actually a similarly bizarrely shaped paper bag? And god forbid that you get the wrong shaped bag – oh no, each individual cleaner on the market requires its own completely unique design…

    I can see where bike designers get their ideas on proprietary spec from.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    I love my iPad, but certain things on it drive me nuts – mostly to do with editing text. Wherever you want to edit, touch the screen and without fail it selects the wrong thing, or the cursor goes in the wrong place. Try to move it and it selects something else you didn’t want, part of a word, another line. Editing a URL in any browser has brought me close to smashing the thing with a hammer many times. I know I’ve got big fat xl fingers, but surely it’s not all down to that??

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    Yep, copy >paste on any iOS device can **** right off. Exercise in frustration indeed

    Premier Icon reluctantwrinkly
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    2 fingers on the keyboard and drag the cursor where you want it works on my iPad air

    Premier Icon zilog6128
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    2 fingers on the keyboard and drag the cursor where you want it works on my iPad air

    this. (needs to be on spacebar on newer phones I think rather than anywhere on keyboard). Double triple-tap to zoom in if you are really struggling (might need to activate that first under accessibility settings?)

    Premier Icon rs
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    or hold on the spacebar for a sec

    Premier Icon DezB
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    reluctantwrinkly
    2 fingers on the keyboard and drag the cursor where you want it works on my iPad air

    Oh my gawd. That’s bloody amazing! So glad I posted now. Thanks! 😀

    Premier Icon Edukator
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    Cars work just fine these days but that screen thing in the middle that goes beep and tells you its connected to your smart phone when you get in – buy a paper Michelin atlas for wherever you are and turn the screen off along with your phone, your doctor will make approving noises the next time you get your blood pressure tested and you are 93.4618% less likely to crash your car due to distraction.

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