Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Most frustrating invention ever  §

is the set of “forward page” and “backward page” keys on the Thinkpad T60 keyboard. Whose fucking idea was this? Let’s make two keys, and put them right next to the left and right arrow keys, that take you forward and backward in a browser.

Then, in every one of the operating systems in your multi-boot setup, you have to remap your keyboard, and often do it after various software updates that reset your nondefault settings as well.

Or, if you’re too lazy to keep up with this, when you try to move your cursor forward or backward on a web form, you’ll often slip and move a page forward or backward, losing all of the data you’ve already input—say, things like bank account information, or blog posts, or database forms that are many pages long.


Fucking ergonomics disasters. And while we’re at it, can we also complain about:

– The totalitarian crapfest that is GNOME these days

– The fact that KDE3 is now largely obsolete despite its greatness

– The fact that KDE4 is buggy, ugly, and slow and has nothing at kde-look yet

– The fact that OSx86 is fragile and unstable on a T60 hackintosh

– The fact that OS X is thin and lacking in depth and flexibility anyway

– The fact that Windows XP, Vista, and 7 are non-starters

Let’s see… Anything else?

Can anyone just make nice hardware and software any longer? More than twenty years later, early Sun Sparc pizza boxes and SunOS + CDE still hold up well and can even run Mozilla convincingly. Granted, these workstations were $30k in their day… but still. You’d think someone could come up with a platform that doesn’t suck.

I’m beyond frustrated these days.

Linux: SUCK.


Apple: SUCK.

Microsoft: DOUBLESUCK.

What else is there for small machines? BeOS/Zeta/Haiku?!


And I just don’t have my OSS evangelism joy any longer. I had it way back around the time of my first book in the late ’90s. FSF! GNU! GPL! Revolution!

These days I feel like I’d just like something to work, or for someone to be willing to take bug reports and/or patches just for the sake of it, like they used to do in the olden days, without being so busy trying to have strategies and capture marketshares.