16 May 2008

Software etiquette

I like the description of polite and impolite software in an article by Whitworth and Liu on Politeness as a Social Computing Requirement. They cite Microsoft's habit of initiating software updates without asking the user's permission first as an example of impolite computing. Too right, especially when you haven't noticed it's happening in the background and the computer suddenly closes down to re-start after updating. Infuriating.

I guess the Dell insurance sales pitch I mentioned in March could qualify for the description 'impolite.'

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