Friday, September 24, 2010

UX Quickie: Update on Opening

This is an all-too-common parable that occurs with modern software:
  • I want to complete a task or get something done. I'm going to open Software X so I can do that.
  • I open software X
  • Just as I'm about to start working, the software says "Hey! There's an update! Let's stop what you were doing and take care of that!"
  • I say "Fuck off, software - I'll deal with it later."
  • This repeats for about a week until I just get tired of looking at the message.
There's a better way - ask me on exit instead of on open.

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