Wednesday, January 25, 2006

How Efficiency Can be a Pain

I've been an avid net junkie and a Firefox devotee for a very long time. I was one of the first to install Firefox. I felt happy when it was doing well.

Back in the old days, when something wasn't working well, there was one sure way to make it work. Start it again. Uninstall and reinstall the program. Start with a clean slate essentially. But of late this comforting "backup" has come under fire.

Firefox goofed up finally. It's not loading any bookmarks on my toolbar; there's a grey space below the status bar and it's not behaving as nice as it used to.

So, I tried looking up forums ... but there were no discussions regarding my problem. I decided to do something that usually works, viz. install over it. The new version of firefox that I installed over it, of course, installed perfectly. When I started Firefox the next time, the same problem. Frustrated, I uninstalled the progam and reinstalled it.

And guess what? The same problem all over again. Essentially, I think there's something wrong with my settings somewhere ... that's what is killing the progam ... and these stupid settings are saved when the program is uninstalled and restored when reinstalled.

I think modern programmers, in the guise of making things more convenient are conspiring to make the lives of the computer user tougher. I have a feeling they are in cahoots with brain doctors or something.

The next time I see a program which gives me such trouble again, I would really like to tell the programmer to stick his keyboard where it hurts.

1 comment:

Akhilesh said...

In retrospect, I think was a little too Hard on Mozilla ... the Google web accelerator was "screwing up" Firefox.