Okay, #Audacity, I got some more bones to pick with you. 🤦♀️
#softwareGripe Can someone plz explain to me why an image scanner isn't an input device that I can configure with the control panel and share over the network??
I was told 15 years ago that Linux, because it separates the back and front end of the scanning process (unlike the way Windows did or does with TWAIN), makes it possible to share scanners over a network -- but every time I've tried to follow the (fiddly, non-user-friendly) instructions on how to do this, it worketh not.
What's the deal with when you search for something on Google, and it finds a couple of matches, but you go to the links and the thing you searched for isn't there?
Ok, maybe it's been deleted since the URL was crawled...
...then you go to the cached version of the page -- directly from the search results showing an excerpt from the page with the text you're looking for -- and even that doesn't have the text.
#softwareGripe When you make a selection for cropping in Gnu IMP, why doesn't that also become a selection?
(For that matter, why are there even two different tools for this? I suppose it's convenient to be able to just click-to-crop, but I'd be just fine with a right-click option on the selection tool instead.)
Have I mentioned before, #Audacity, that it is a serious problem when you cannot find "one or more external files" which are actually right there, just because the project folder has been moved or copied -- and won't even give me the option to browse for them?
(CoolEdit Pro does give this option, when files are moved, and it's not even open-source; what's your problem??)
This basically means that projects have to be manually reconstructed when moved or copied from one place to another.
Ever hear of, like, relative file-paths? It's a thing.
#softwareGripe disk-space-usage analyzers that can't tell the difference between local folders and folders that are actually links to folders on another disk
#FileLight, I'm lookin' at you
Yes, you can list folders to exclude -- but that's imprecise and also I shouldn't have to.
(mumble mumble reliably work over sftp, too, dang kids get off my lawn)
#softwareGripe Linux MINT 17.3 (2017) has an adjustment for mouse double-click timeout. Kubuntu 20.04 (2020) does not.
Neither of them have an adjustment for debouncing (minimum time-interval between clicks before they are counted as separate), which is what we really need because both of our mice have suddenly developed a tendency to emit double-clicks on a single click.
#softwareGripe social software which doesn't allow you to enter a reason when requesting contact with another user (like, how you know each other, or what made you want to follow them -- so that they will have some idea of whether or not to accept the request if they don't recognize you off the bat).
(I have mainly been on the other end of this -- receiving follow or friend requests from people I don't recognize, which sometimes turn out to be people I want to allow and sometimes don't.)
This applies to pretty much every social application ever, to the best of my recollection. whyyyyyy??
#softwareGripe web apps with hard dependency on PostgreSQL... or any specific database engine, really, but PostgreSQL's GUI is still difficult to work with afaik (did not support ssh tunneling, last I checked).
I mean, just, why??
Is there any way to disable Firefox's "drag a tab out of the window to open it in a new window" feature? I'm forever accidentally doing that when my mouse-pointer drifts just a bit too much. #softwareGripe
Okay, it's official: I really hate Mastodon's post-length limit. No other social network software has it. Why do we? ...except for being more like Twitspace, which doesn't really seem like a laudable goal tee-bee-queue-aitch. #SoftwareGripe
#softwareGripe Our home server is off today because of the power outage. I have @nextcloud set up to auto-upload photos to two places, however, our home server and a remote -- the latter of which is online and accessible -- but the local uploads are sitting in the queue ahead of the remote uploads, preventing the remote uploads from going.
I suppose I could delete the local uploads and that might unlock the others -- but dangit, I should be able to tap on an upload and tell it to go ahead without waiting for the others. (...especially since I'd probably forget I needed to manually copy them over once the power comes back.)
So, like, it has USB ports, but neither the BIOS nor Windows seem to know what to do with the keyboard and mouse I plugged into them.
So I went looking for some PS/2 peripherals, and... I *do* have more recent stuff somewhere, but what I found was a Model M and a ball-mouse.
The keyboard I dug up works, some, but some of the keys don't -- so I used ALT-numpad codes to type in the missing letters in the username and password. (Why can't Linux do this. #softwareGripe)
It has a gig of RAM, which was pretty awesome for 2003 (looks like that's when it was set up)... and, like, 7 card slots... and, um, plenty of disk space, as you can see from the screenshot below!
Why isn't there a standard format for résumé data? Like, 90% of job applications I run into ask the same questions. Some of them try (usually badly) to pre-fill the answers based on the résumé PDF I may have already uploaded.
There should be a Work Experience Markup Language (WXML) microformat for this, so I can just maintain one document and not have to recreate every past job (a process involving many clicks and much typing) on each site.
#softwareGripe any file scanning app (in this case Filelight, but I've run into others) which, when it encounters a single problem file, gives up without offering any opportunity to fix the problem or ignore it.
This is especially annoying when a scan may have already been running for 20 minutes before it encountered the problem. It renders the software effectively useless for the task at hand.
Bonus gripe: Filelight removes the URL I had painstakingly typed (because I'm scanning an sftp connection, and those aren't included in the browser even though they could be).
MODAL FSCKING DIALOG BOXES
Maybe there are some situations where they are necessary? Most of the time they aren't, and they actively get in the way. Two recent examples:
1. I'm saving a credit card statement. The web site doesn't automatically give the file a useful name that has the statement date in it, so I need to see the date on the statement -- but the date is scrolled off the screen and the dialog prevents me from scrolling the statement.
2. I'm sorting some columns in #LibreOffice Calc, and I need to select which columns to sort by, but some of the columns I want to sort are scrolled off to the left, and the "sort" dialog won't let me scroll back to see what they are.
Making the dialog always-on-top is fine. Making the background window darker is fine. Just don't prevent interaction with the background -- mmkay??
#softwareGripe Desktop applications which default to hiding their menus. Firefox and Vivaldi are among the guilty. Don't Do This.
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