Media software which assumes you just want it to search all of your hard drives for media and make it all available, rather than asking you where to look (preferably with a nice GUI "open folder" dialog box).

Lookin' at you, music player and also .

I mean, come on guize -- I have a lot of audio and video that isn't really stuff I want on my jukebox. Not because it's embarrassing or anything (though I can certainly imagine scenarios), but just because it's not entertainment.

Scanning through all that could take hours, if not days... whereas the stuff I want to include is only a few tens of gigabytes in a few specific folders.

(Dishonorable mention to , which does the same thing with eBooks.)


Nominee for the 2021 Buggy Awards, in the Most Useless Error Message category:

Nextcloud, for:

Failed/pending restart (211)

Critics had this to say:

"Restart what? How? Can I tap this thing to retry? [taptaptap] Apparently not." -- Peggy Kass, Aquarian Weekly

"So what am I supposed to restart, and since it's Nextcloud at both ends, why can't it do that automatically?" -- Tom Poston, The New York Times

"Like so many user interfaces I can't understand, Nextcloud left my fingers tapping for more!" -- Kitty Carlisle, Easy Coder

Ladies, gentlemen, and other genders, please remain perfectly still! The software you are using is not written by satanists, sent to lure you into attempting things you already know won't work! ...well, okay, actually it is.

(apologies to TMBG. I'm sorrynotsorry.)

Someone needs to file a ticket to have the "no content description for the visually impaired" notice not pop up when the upload is, you know, an audio file. (minor)

search features that don't give any hint as to what the rules are.

If I just enter a string, will it match everything that includes that string, or that starts with it, or only items that match it exactly? Do wildcards work, or will they be taken literally, and cause my search to never find anything?

Lookinatchu, ... :kestraglow:

: online services that only provide a subset of features (or none at all) on their website, so you have to use an app to do some things (or anything at all) with that service.

Make the web site work first, and then add stuff to the app.

I have here an Android app which says it doesn't trust my SSL certificate -- presumably because it doesn't know Let's Encrypt -- but doesn't give me any way to override or add Let's Encrypt as a trusted root.

Possibly it's using Android's cert manager? But I added the cert there and it didn't seem to make any difference. Regardless, this isn't something the user should be expected to know how to do.

For extra annoyance: it was working last week, and as far as I know the cert has not changed since then.

There seems to be no way in Google Translate to get romanized spellings; it comes out all Greek to me...

(If I'm going to invent words, I'd at least like to use the same language for all the pieces.)

Can someone tell me is going on in when this kind of BS happens?

In the past I've been able to unhide the expanded part of the canvas with something like "fit canvas to image", but that doesn't seem to be working here.

Why does it even do this in the first place -- who wants their image work to be invisible outside of an immovable rectangle??

It's kind of super-annoying that the data-export function in the latest version of MySQL Workbench (10.5.10) doesn't work with the MySQL version (8.0.26) in the latest Ubuntu LTS (20.04).

We had a brownout this morning, and it took several tries to get my session back. As of now, the bookmark toolbar is still invisible.

...which leads me to a kind of bloody obvious question: Why is there no way to export/import a browser session? The only answer I can think of feels unfairly cynical, but possibly true.

The bookmarks dialog lets you import/export them, and there are extensions which let you import/export the current set of tabs (though typically with some hoop-jumping) -- but as far as I cant tell there's no way to import/export form-fill data, and there's notably nothing at all which packages this stuff all together (so you don't have to remember each of the pieces and do it separately)...

...except the sync feature, which goes through their server and of course doesn't let you manage the data. (...unless you can do that via web UI after creating an account; I've never done that because I don't trust them not to just discontinue or paywall it at some point.)

(Yes, you can change the server and set up your own, but it's difficult and nondiscoverable and apparently not based on some common standard like WebDAV. It feels like they went out of their way to keep all sync activity under their control.)

Even the migration process -- and I think this is not unique to Firefox, though I have relatively little recent experience with other browsers -- only works smoothly under certain narrow conditions. It never bothers to ask you where your files are, so you could import cleanly from a backup or copy; it just assumes you're importing directly from a deployment on the same user account.

Am I the only one who thinks this is... just amazingly bad?

So... here's the thing with
(Well, okay, one of many things.)

New tabs like to open at the end...

...unless they're from a link in Roundcube or Mastodon, which I have pinned at the top, in which case they appear near the top.

There used to be an extension called TabMixPlus which gave you control over this, and @Harena says that Vivaldi also does -- but as far as I can tell, neither Firefox nor the Tree Style Tab extension I use (despite all the control it does give you over how tabs are positioned relative to tab-trees) offers any.

I kind of feel like "user-controlled fork of Firefox" should be a top contender for major projects for Software Uprising to tackle, if we ever get enough funding to tackle some major projects.

(...which is never going to happen if I don't ever get around to setting up some basic infra for Software Uprising.)

Is it just me, or is the way that handles permissions kinda messed-up?

It wants you to run it as a regular user, so it won't create stuff that has permission problems for that user, but it also needs to do stuff as root, for which it will ask you for that user's password in order to invoke sudo.

...even if that user doesn't and shouldn't have sudo privs.

...and it doesn't give you the option of changing to root instead, or to another user who does have sudo privs.

I mean, shouldn't those two types of operations -- (a) stuff that affects the system and (b) stuff that's supposed to remain under the user's control -- be, like, separate operations??

When connecting to a new IMAP account that's full of folders, apparently it doesn't automatically "subscribe" to any except the inbox...

...and you have to manually choose all of them, one at a time. There's no way to "select all", and selecting a folder does not select any of the folders underneath that (even if the folder is collapsed).

You can't even use the keyboard to make the process go faster. The ⬇️ key does move the highlight down, but the [space] key doesn't select, and [enter] just submits what you've done so far.

TFW they tell you "this thing is deprecated and will be unavailable after $time" but don't tell you what you should be doing instead.

(Lookinatchoo, apt-key.)

This suggestion for how to change the bookmark color in isn't working for me... nor do there seem to be any tooltips about how the colors are applied, as one person claimed.


Video-recording apps that don't warn you when audio or video or both aren't actually producing any output to the file.

Like, if the file is 264 bytes and never changes, that should be a red flag that the user might want to know about. Also, if the output file is zero bytes and never changes. That's probably also bad.

Lookin' atchoo, 8.6.1.

devs: "Oh hey, we gotta tell you about this really cool feature we put in! it's so simple to use that we decided you should have to create the config files by hand, because otherwise it would be too easy! And the menu system won't give you any clue as to how it's supposed to work, just so you don't get bored with it right away!"

Apparently still has the "reload closed tab" feature -- you can invoke it with ctrl-shift-T -- but they have taken away the right-click menu entry, which is how I always invoked it.

...or, in other words, "we don't really know what we're doing".

Password must contain 8-20 characters, at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, and at least one number. Password must not match the username, contain spaces, 3 or more consecutive letterrs, characters, or numbers (i.e. aaa) or the following characters: " & / < > [ \ ] { | } ~ ^ !

  • Spaces should be allowed and encouraged (it's easier to remember a secure passphrase than a secure password).
  • No 7-bit visible ASCII characters should be disallowed; they increase security.
  • The maximum length should be more like 127 or 255 characters.

The only reason for limitations like this is if you're worried about injection attacks, and that means you're not properly sanitizing your input.

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