Why this?

I use, suffer or otherwise notice all the following things on a regular basis:

  • Computers
  • Phones
  • Tablets
  • Remote controls
  • USB sticks
  • Printers
  • Headphones
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Keys
  • Trams
  • Credit cards
  • Road signs
  • Drawers
  • Chairs
  • Microwave ovens
  • Band-Aids (I'm clumsy)
  • Books
  • Chinese dictionaries
  • Colours that are not discernible to colourblind people
  • Packets
  • Nuts
  • Fridges
  • Washers and dryers
  • Chopping boards
  • Coffee
  • Money
  • Zips
  • Buttons
  • Bottles
  • Cupcakes
  • Door handles
  • Radios
  • Televisions
  • Blinds
  • Ironing boards
  • Taps

This blog is about the experiences I have with things: not just technological things, all things. It's also about the experiences I notice other people having with things.

Sometimes it will only be tangentially related to those things, and occasionally it won't (because this is a blog and it's on the internet), but it will always be about things that infuriate me, puzzle me and delight me.

Menu bars that throw up giant submenu blocks when you roll your mouse pointer over them

Horrible for four reasons:

  1. They presume to know what you're doing.
  2. If you roll the pointer off the edge of a submenu block, it disappears. You need to go all the way back to make it pop up again.
  3. If you roll the pointer past one on your way to something else, it hulks into view, blocking the thing on the screen that you wanted in the first place.
  4. They don't work on most touch devices.

Here's an example. If you're using a mouse, run your pointer over More or Programs in the menu bar.

When I come across one of these menus, it doesn't feel like the site wants to help me navigate. It feels like the site is desperate to show me something. If it's that important, why is it tucked away in a submenu?

The race to a one-click utopia is getting ridiculous.