But as of now, I need to mention some which I DEFINITELY AM FINE to live without, but unfortunately need to encounter almost on daily basis, --and most especially today... because encountering them multiple times in a day is just ... well, overwhelming? ... :]
- Top of my list, ... CAPTCHA!!
It has to be!
You know those distorted words for validation that we need to enter before, say, commenting...?
Yes, I like the idea behind it, I think it's pretty simple, and nice, as a validation of are we human, or mere bot (--although I'm not sure which one I am sometimes...).
So they give us those distorted images which are, supposedly, characters, which only humans can read, and not bots. See my confusion here? Because I CANNOT READ THEM MOST OF THE TIMES.
Dear goodness, it feels like a piece of abstract art sometimes. Perhaps they should put it in a museum some time.
I generally refresh my CAPTCHA around 5 times or so before I find characters that I can read and put in correctly.
Also the name, makes me feel like every time I do that or not putting the correct characters, it's like someone say to me, 'Gotcha! ;P', only this time they say:
Really though, I completely support the idea behind it, so here are some of my offering unsolicited solutions:
a.) I love the one in Goodreads where they ask us to enter the title and author from an image of a book cover. Simple and pretty. :)
b.) Hire people! Haha. Real human writings. Humans can write some beautiful, as swirly whirly flowery patterned variations of texts as needed that will actually be READABLE to humans, yet cannot be read by any character recognition software!
- Finger print recognition devices.
:| You remember those laptops that unlock your password using fingerprint recognition? Sounds really cool at first. Until I tried it and realised I will not work for me 80% of the time. :S You have no idea the countless times I couldn't unlock my laptop (especially in panic) during a presentation. :S
To general people, see, there is a certain way to swap your finger for it to be able to recognise it. Generally it takes 2 or 3 times to get the correct one, or 1 if you're really a PRO in it (--it's a true skill, really! :S). I usually need at least 3 swipes before it recognises some distorted version of whatever half of my actual finger print. Now, this... is since my fingers get wet pretty easily, ... and even though I did dry them first before trying, it just won't accept me. :S Thanks, .... discriminating software. :| I'm back to traditional password, me.
- Touch screen keyboards! Or anything touch screen!
As much as I don't like it as much, it is pretty much almost all the options we have these days, especially with mobile phones devices. I really have to learn how to type with my all-thumbs-fingers on it. :S Also how to use them properly without slipping or over clicking much for the same reason above.
- Touchpad scroll wheel.
Seriously, I keep forgetting it is there until I wonder who is this poltergeist who keeps gliding my mouse point to far off points than those I intend to.
- Lastly on my list, the snooze button.
Simply said, because it's a TRAP, people! It's a TRAP! 'You want to be there on time for the meeting? ;) Maybe another 5 minutes rest will do you good. ;) 5 minutes won't harm you...' 'Yes, 5 minutes is good.' Repeat that every 5 minutes for 3 times and it's 15 minutes already! :)
I feel I wake up much energised too without the snooze button somehow.
Side fact: I just read that the inventor of the snooze button is Lew Wallace? Really? The same author of Ben-Hur? :S What is this, is this a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of inventions?
There! Off my rant! :D What would be on your list? Do you ever feel irritated by certain technology?...