Who the heck came up with this design anyway!?

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

OK, so I have to say it…

One of my biggest pet peeves is the Windows’ download logic.

So here I am, answering email.  In the background, I’m downloading a 250 MB file.  Upon making the download selection, I chose the target folder for the file to go.  Of course when the download begins, Windows saves the file to the Temporary Internet Files folder instead of the folder that I designated for the download to go!  

If you’re ever downloading something like a DL DVD image at 7 or 8 GB in size and your laptop’s C drive doesn’t have enough space for the file, the download will fail, but of course, not until you run out of space spending hours downloading the file!

Anyway, I’m downloading the file in the BACKGROUND and answering an email in the foreground.  Then suddenly, once the download has been completed (to the location I did NOT specify) Windows will move the file from the Temporary Internet Files folder to the location I had previously designated.  Of course, Windows will insist on popping the move process that was in the BACKGROUND back to the FOREGROUND and on top of that, set FOCUS to it as well! 

1+1=2 and if you’re writing an email or doing anything actively when this stupid action takes place, you’re inevitably going to be pressing the SPACEBAR somewhere in there.  If you know anything about the File Move dialog window, it is that the CANCEL button has focus and that pressing the darn SPACEBAR will abort the move of the file and effectively also kills your download!!! 

So that’s why I want to know…  Who the heck came up with this design anyway!?

Why not just save the darn file to the location I designated for it to go right from the get go.

When you’re creating a ZIP file, it has a temporary name and once complete, it’s renamed to the actual name.

Why couldn’t downloads work like that?

Oh well, at least I feel better now.  Time to go and figure out which one of my downloads I killed leading to this rant… 




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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