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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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