And if I wasn’t obsessive about not having a title that drops down onto a second line, I’d add Microsoft and Facebook to that list. As you might guess, this seems like a good Monday to share a little technology rant. Keep in mind, I spent 42 years advocating for companies like these, so I feel justified in taking a few shots.
WordPress – You guys have to work harder at making the Block Editor intuitive. Short of intuitive, can you at least make it predictable? What am I talking about? How about these three things:
1) If I’m writing a new post, and want to change the block I’m using, I click on the “+” sign. That’s fine, as long as the block I want is one of the six you show me, or I can remember the letters it starts with. But, if I click on the “show me all blocks” you rearrange the editor and there’s no way for me to get back to the way it looked three seconds earlier.
2) Could you offer a better warning when I am about to change a Reusable Block. You see, a Reusable Block that includes a bit of CSS, looks just like a new paragraph block, since you can’t preview the CSS in the editor. If I start typing in it, it behaves just like a new paragraph block. The only clue I get that I’m about to overwrite a Reuasble Block – CHANGING EVERY INSTANCE OF THAT BLOCK IN EVERY POST – is when I save the post and I get an odd little “Ready to Save” question. How about a “You are currently editing a Reusable Block” warning?
3) Fix your galleries – I know, I’ve mentioned this before, a gizzion times, but your galleries are the worst. You still can’t figure out how to show hover-over captions and you still can’t figure out how to reliably show titles and captions in the carousel. It can’t be that hard. I say that because you ustacould do it. So channel your inner Classic self and fix it.
Google – This is easy, give me the option to suppress that stupid black box in the Gmail browser that tells me everything I just did, while blocking the view of and access to the bottom several emails. Either that or move the box over to the right where it can’t do any harm. Or put it back in the center of the top – where it used to be – where it likewise can’t do any harm.
Apple – Holy Moly, Apple, among other things, learn how to spell. If you’re having trouble with this concept, here are few hints:
1) People are never trying to type words that don’t exist. So, when I type “Ghis”, I wasn’t trying to type “G hg dtss s” – I was trying to type “this”. And when I typed “Thas is” I didn’t mean “Th asg I’d” I meant “That is.”
2) People are not always trying to reference you. When I type “if they have honey crisp apples, get a few” I wasn’t trying to say, “if they have honey crisp Apple, get a few.”
3) And now for one of the other things. Please consistently give me the option to decline a call, even when my phone is locked. I realize I might inadvertently miss the chance to claim a big prize but do it anyway. While you’re at it, let me block text message phone numbers with one swipe, not a three-step process.
Microsoft – Get over yourself!
1) Since you watch everything I do, you should know that the first place I want to save a file is in Box and the last place I want to save any work-in-progress is OneDrive?
2) The last document I worked on should be considered a “Recent Document.” I say that because when I try to bring up Word’s recent documents, it gives me a list from three days ago, but nothing from this morning.
3) I don’t want a tour of Windows 10’s features. I don’t want one today, I won’t want one tomorrow, and I won’t want one the next time you do an update. Unless, of course, you fix the recent document thing.
4) I don’t want to use “Snip & Sketch.” I use the old inferior Snipping Tool because it lets me save screen shots to Box, (see #1 above) whereas Snip & Sketch lets me select Box but fails to save the image there.
5) When I right-click on a word (that I want to look up) give me the option to look it up in a web browser, not just your proprietary and relatively useless internal resource.
Facebook – I have to credit Brad Lewis on this one. Stop presenting me a list of people and places whose names begin with the few characters I just typed. “There” is a word. It doesn’t always mean I want to mention “Theresa,” especially when the context is “I was trying to drive over there” because if I was planning to drive over Theresa, I don’t think I’d announce it on Facebook.