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mkrishnan
Jun 22, 2005, 04:46 PM
I'll start the list with client-side ActiveX / COM on the web....

Daveway
Jun 22, 2005, 05:04 PM
Windows :cool:
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.....oh, and errors, of course :p

kgarner
Jun 22, 2005, 05:26 PM
Not a technology per se, but I wish spam and spammers would be publically flogged. And then killed.

Capt Underpants
Jun 22, 2005, 05:30 PM
The iPod.

mkrishnan
Jun 22, 2005, 05:33 PM
The iPod.

That reminds me.... WMA.

Coca-Cola
Jun 22, 2005, 05:40 PM
Sherlock?

camomac
Jun 22, 2005, 06:17 PM
S P A M or the technology to make it easier to do...


die spamer, die.

Mac_Freak
Jun 22, 2005, 06:18 PM
Parallel ports. Not that current Macs have any, but still can see them in PCs
TrackBall mices, so my school wouldn't have to use them.

7on
Jun 23, 2005, 10:02 AM
Parallel ports WERE suppose to be removed last year, I guess it never took off. I saw specs for it and everything. Something like BTX. Smaller than micro-ATX, but support for everything ATX - minus legacy crap. It's so had to get something started in the PC industry because you have so many companies that have to agree to use it. Mainly Sony, HP, and Dell have to agree on a new subset of technology and implement that and most of the other underdogs would follow. Oh well

I'd like MS Publisher files to die
I'd like Floppy disks to die
I'd like Palm sync software to die (why can't my palm sync like my phone?)
I'd like Verizon to die
I'd like Xbox to die (the games would obviously be split onto Nintendo and Sony, Halo would become a computer game)
I'd like Metro to die (it's not even out yet, PDF replacement from MS built into longhorn - will probably be a bane like dealing with Publisher files)

dsharits
Jun 23, 2005, 10:04 AM
Microsoft


Oh, wait, you said technology. :p

jefhatfield
Jun 23, 2005, 10:08 AM
Not a technology per se, but I wish spam and spammers would be publically flogged. And then killed.

then i guess we would be without a fortune/forbes 500 ;)

emw
Jun 23, 2005, 10:17 AM
"Thank you for calling the Annoying Computer Technology Voting Center. Your call may be monitored, recorded, played back at office parties, or otherwise used for things over which you have no control. Sorry about that, but hey, you're the one who wanted to vote.

If you agree to the terms of the voting, please press '1'. If you disagree, please hang up."

* Boop *

"You've agreed to the terms. What a moro.. we mean Thank You. If you would like to participate in a brief phone survey, please press '1'. Otherwise, to continue to voting, please press '2'"

* Bup *

"Thank you for agreeing to vote in this week's survey. To hear your selections in English, please press '1'. To here the selections in Spanish, even though if you don't understand English you won't know what we're saying, press '2'."

* Boop *

"Okay. On to the voting. If at any time you want to exit the survey, please press '9' or hang up the phone. If you want to talk to a Voting Customer Service Representative, please press '0'.

Press '1' to cast your vote for Windows Media Center.

Press '2' to cast your vote for Pop-up windows.

Press '3' to cast your vote for Automated answering services.

Press '4' to cast -"

* Beep *

"You've pressed '3'. Is this correct? Press '1' for "Yes" and '2' fo-"

* Boop *

"You've selected an invalid response. Goodbye." *click*

dotdotdot
Jun 23, 2005, 10:20 AM
Although it doesn't affect Mac users, I want viruses and spyware to die. Also, spam emails and advertisements on web sites. And I wish the internet would di and make way for a new, faster and more organized internet and the suffixes (.com, .net, etc.) applied for that kind of site - for example, Batman Begins movie:

www.batmanbegins.com or www.batmanbeginsmovie.com (whichever it is) would be www.batmanbegins.mov so you'd know what it is.

dsharits
Jun 23, 2005, 10:20 AM
"Thank you for calling the Annoying Computer Technology Voting Center. Your call may be monitored, recorded, played back at office parties, or otherwise used for things over which you have no control. Sorry about that, but hey, you're the one who wanted to vote.

If you agree to the terms of the voting, please press '1'. If you disagree, please hang up."

* Boop *

"You've agreed to the terms. What a moro.. we mean Thank You. If you would like to participate in a brief phone survey, please press '1'. Otherwise, to continue to voting, please press '2'"

* Bup *

"Thank you for agreeing to vote in this week's survey. To hear your selections in English, please press '1'. To here the selections in Spanish, even though if you don't understand English you won't know what we're saying, press '2'."

* Boop *

"Okay. On to the voting. If at any time you want to exit the survey, please press '9' or hang up the phone. If you want to talk to a Voting Customer Service Representative, please press '0'.

Press '1' to cast your vote for Windows Media Center.

Press '2' to cast your vote for Pop-up windows.

Press '3' to cast your vote for Automated answering services.

Press '4' to cast -"

* Beep *

"You've pressed '3'. Is this correct? Press '1' for "Yes" and '2' fo-"

* Boop *

"You've selected an invalid response. Goodbye." *click*
ROFL!! :D :D

Sharewaredemon
Jun 23, 2005, 10:29 AM
lol

nice one emw

Lacero
Jun 23, 2005, 10:30 AM
modulators and demodulators. so 20th century.

kjr39
Jun 23, 2005, 10:35 AM
TV.

atszyman
Jun 23, 2005, 10:47 AM
"Thank you for calling the Annoying Computer Technology Voting Center. Your call may be monitored, recorded, played back at office parties, or otherwise used for things over which you have no control. Sorry about that, but hey, you're the one who wanted to vote.

If you agree to the terms of the voting, please press '1'. If you disagree, please hang up."

* Boop *
<snip>


If I could I would get rid of the automated answering services where you actually have to speak to get them to advance. I am perfectly capable of pressing numbers on my handset to navigate the menu and it seems as though it would be far more accurate rather than

Me : "My Internet is down."
Them : "It sounded like you said 'My winter pet's a clown.'... transferring"
Me : "No, you daffy b******"
Them : "It sounded like you said 'Go to happy pastures.'... transferring"
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and so on. If I managed to dial the number I can evidently hit the number keys to navigate. If I were incapable of doing that I couldn't have called in the first place...

witness
Jun 23, 2005, 10:51 AM
Not a technology per se, but I wish spam and spammers would be publically flogged. And then killed.
I fully agree (though maybe with little less of the killing), as if passing laws will ever make any difference to these people!

Sharewaredemon
Jun 23, 2005, 10:55 AM
If I could I would get rid of the automated answering services where you actually have to speak to get them to advance. I am perfectly capable of pressing numbers on my handset to navigate the menu and it seems as though it would be far more accurate rather than

Me : "My Internet is down."
Them : "It sounded like you said 'My winter pet's a clown.'... transferring"
Me : "No, you daffy b******"
Them : "It sounded like you said 'Go to happy pastures.'... transferring"
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and so on. If I managed to dial the number I can evidently hit the number keys to navigate. If I were incapable of doing that I couldn't have called in the first place...



HAHAHAHAHA
YES!

You are so right!

Lacero
Jun 23, 2005, 10:57 AM
I fully agree (though maybe with little less of the killing), as if passing laws will ever make any difference to these people!How about one lashing per spam email sent?

emw
Jun 23, 2005, 11:01 AM
If I could I would get rid of the automated answering services where you actually have to speak to get them to advance. I agree with you there - in fact that was one of my complaints in an old Room 101 thread here some time back. It's as if you have to be speaking in a cone of silence so that no external noise gets through the receiver.

friarbayliff
Jun 23, 2005, 11:09 AM
I agree with you there - in fact that was one of my complaints in an old Room 101 thread here some time back. It's as if you have to be speaking in a cone of silence so that no external noise gets through the receiver.

I'll second that. I especially hate it when the system wants you to dictate code numbers to it (like serial numbers). It would be faster and far more accurate to just type the numbers in using the phone. I think they make the voice of the system happy and friendly just to make us angrier.

emw
Jun 23, 2005, 11:20 AM
I'll second that. I especially hate it when the system wants you to dictate code numbers to it (like serial numbers). It would be faster and far more accurate to just type the numbers in using the phone. I think they make the voice of the system happy and friendly just to make us angrier.
I have noticed on some that you can type the numbers instead of saying them, even if they don't specify that.

jcgerm
Jun 23, 2005, 11:31 AM
modulators and demodulators. so 20th century.

Not a fan of cable Internet or DSL?

mcarnes
Jun 23, 2005, 11:40 AM
I'd like to see the software laws change so microsoft would quit copying apple! I know it's a complicated issue but there must be a solution if a group of law makers thought hard enough about it.

Then of course MS would die a slow death because they'd still be trying to sell copies of xp in year 2018. :p

mkrishnan
Jun 23, 2005, 11:50 AM
The VCR. Fortunately, with ReplayTV and a DVD player, I hardly ever need one, but my clinic records therapy sessions on videotape. Ugh. So now I need to find my VCR and plug it into my Replay so I can use it to get MPEG files of my therapy cases! :D

runninmac
Jun 23, 2005, 10:21 PM
emw thats so true, really for the spanish part they do that and it pisses me off (well not really but its a waste of time). They wouldn't have made it that far if they couldn't understand english. Sometimes it makes me wonder what idiots are running a company and how they got up there.

EJBasile
Jun 23, 2005, 11:16 PM
Floppy Disks

VHS Tapes (I know not computers but related)

Ball Mouses

Counterfit
Jun 24, 2005, 12:10 AM
I'll second the vote for Windows Media.

40167
Jun 24, 2005, 12:18 AM
Junky teledildonics toys (like sinulator)... Why cant anyone make something good!?

Capt Underpants
Jun 24, 2005, 12:59 AM
Dial-up internet... its just so SLOW! Honestly I don't know if I could go back to 56k now that I've been on Cable or DSL for the past few years.

JeffTL
Jun 24, 2005, 01:30 AM
I actually prefer the voice-activated menus and am glad that the power company has one -- since I am a rotary-dial telephone junkie, and further have a lot of dang Touchtone Trimline phones where you can't see the buttons without taking it off your ear.

So, uh, TouchTone? There are some cool things that can be done with it, like voicemail, but a lot of people just use it to make you navigate an annoying menu [1]. I guess we can call it a computer technology, since you generally have a digital system on the other end when there's a menu. Pushbutton pulse is just as convenient for dialing.

Second choice, definitely Zip disks[2]. They're expensive, obsolete, and unreliable. A lot of people I know still use them -- thankfully, I got all mine over to CD-R and hard disk a while back. This might rank above TouchTone.

Third choice, TN3270. Anyone who spends any time around academic institutions knows about this insecure beast, and bankers probably still have to put up with it too. Sensitive records from the mainframe thrown around by a Telnet client emulating an obsolete non-standard [3] dumb terminal are NOT secure.

1. Note that on many systems, you get a receptionist if you hold. This is for if you are confused or are using an old telephone.

2. Jazz, also. Just as bad, especially in the DVD-R and cheap LaCie drive era.

3. IBM terminals are a lot different from the DEC terminals usually emulated for regular telnet and stuff like that.

mkrishnan
Jun 24, 2005, 01:44 AM
Junky teledildonics toys (like sinulator)... Why cant anyone make something good!?

Okay, someone back me up here and tell me I'm not the only one who had to wiki that. ;) Why doesn't the cmd-ctrl-D library have anything good in it? :eek: :D

EDIT: Oh, yeah, and this is a strange one, I guess, but I wish that the web would convert to Unicode as the standard text format, killing all the other character encodings, so that multilingual stuff would be less of a PITA. :(

IanC
Jun 24, 2005, 01:10 PM
Windows Media Video/Audio

calyxman
Jun 24, 2005, 04:06 PM
CRTs.

ham_man
Jun 24, 2005, 04:12 PM
Floppy Disks
Novell

law guy
Jun 25, 2005, 05:44 PM
Parallel ports. Not that current Macs have any, but still can see them in PCs
TrackBall mices, so my school wouldn't have to use them.

Agreed - their time has passed. Still have a parallel port on the back of a brand new thinkpad.

stridey
Jun 25, 2005, 05:51 PM
The QWERTY keyboard. It'll never happen, because we all know how to type on it, but it seems silly that we're using a keyboard layout designed specifically to keep you from typing quickly.

Dagless
Jun 25, 2005, 06:07 PM
1 button mice, sorry

CRT, floppies, USB1, silly competition hardware and sequel hardware that replaces hardware that hasnt taken off yet (PCI-X + PCI Express, Sata + Sata 2 etc)