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MORE JOEL ON SOFTWARE: Further Thoughts on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity by Joel Spolsky

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2006

I'm sure there's a whole team of UI designers, programmers, and testers who worked very hard on the Off button in Windows Vista, but seriously, is this the best you could come up with?

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Every time you want to leave your computer, you have to choose between nine, count them, nine options: two icons and seven menu items. The two icons, I think, are shortcuts to menu items. I'm guessing the lock icon does the same thing as the Lock menu item, but I'm not sure which menu item the on/off icon corresponds to.

On many laptops, there are also four FN+key combinations to power off, hibernate, sleep, ...

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