Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Worst Dialog Box. Ever.

Whenever I open up the Real media player on my Windows XP laptop I'm greeted with the following message:

And it's not like this message is subtle in any way - it covers up the content, so I inevitably lose the first few seconds of a video staring at this dialog box.

And what's so bad about it? First, like I said, it's completely disruptive. I understand ActiveSync wants to help me out and get me started, but isn't there a way to do this that is a tad bit more subtle?

Second, and far worse, I don't have a device I'd like to sync with this program. That's right, it's showing me this even though I have nothing plugged into the USB port. And what are my choices? I can click Next to configure the device that I don't own, or I can hit Cancel which it interprets as "you'll probably want to come back to this later."

But I don't want to come back to this. EVER. And for the life of me, I can't make it stop.

What kind of product manager could allow this sort of ridiculous logic into their software?

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