30. December 2006 17:27
My mother got a digital picture frame for Christmas. It's rather nice. I'm a little bit jealous. But I had to bite my tongue when I noticed one feature it shouldn't have. Occasionally, before displaying the next photo, it would overlay a large hourglass cursor - showing it was busy.
What on earth for?
If it takes longer than expected to display the next photo, it's not holding anything up; it just means the next photo will get displayed a little late. And the designers, in their wisdom, decided that the best thing to do would be to draw attention to this by sticking an ugly great big hourglass over your pictures.
They're actually telling you that while you're watching a slideshow, the device is working on a slideshow.
It's like driving your car with a little voice telling you that the engine is running every now and then.
What were they thinking?