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Here’s a list of software bugs that annoy me (started on 19 Feb, but I didn’t get around to finish the list until late March):

  • Microsoft Outlook 2003 sometimes decides not to enable alarms. You open Outlook and no alarms go off — ever. If you close Outlook and re-open it, the alarms [usually] re-enable themselves.
  • Mac OS X 10.4.8 sometimes decides not to resume from sleep properly. This morning, I opened my MacBook Pro lid and the username/password popup did not appear to let me unlock the screen. I had to hard reboot the machine. It’s rare, but it happens.
  • I absolutely cannot get a specific show to download from my TiVo using TiVo-to-go. All the rest download fine; it’s just that one (the last Episode of Friends — my wife won’t let me delete it, so I’d just like to archive it to DVD or something).
  • iDVD has a bug where it sits and spins for hours when encoding the audio in a DVD (google around — this has been reported ad nauseam throughout the net, but I think most people are missing the point: “Encoding a DVD takes a long time — just be patient”. No. It’s a bug.).
  • I use VirtueDesktops, and in general, it’s great. But if you have many windows open for a single application and you minimize one of them down to the dock, if you try to maximize it in a different desktop, it may switch back to the desktop with the most windows open in that app before maximizing it.
  • I just switched my work Treo 650 from Verizon to Cingular so that it would work in Europe for some recent travel that I took. The Cingular version of the Treo 650 software seems to be far less reliable than the Verizon version; it reboots at least once a week (usually spontaneously, but sometimes in the middle of a call), the buttons are decidedly slower to respond, and e-mail is quite unreliable (mail that I know is in my INBOX does not show up on the Treo, and somtimes mail that I send from my Treo does not actually get sent).
  • I don’t know if this is Cingular-specific, but once you create an outgoing e-mail on the Treo 650 and send it while working offline, you cannot delete it (even though it’s listed in the outgoing queue). So it will always go out once you go back online (well, it might go out, per the previous bullet…).
  • Andrew L. and I discovered this past week that GoDaddy.com’s account transfer and domain renewal forms do not work with the Mac OS X web browser, Safari. The problem is that they fail in a very non-intuitive way — you enter in the security code that GoDaddy asks for and it comes back and tells you that the code is invalid (i.e., it’s not an outright / blatant failure). So you bang your head against this for a while and then go try Internet Exploder — and it works. Grumble.


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