Friday, May 1, 2009

Rants: Chrome , iTunes GUI , iPod

Here's another rant I have ... and it's been a long time since I have ranted here...

Let's start with Chrome ... yes ... Google Chrome. I was wondering when the official Linux version of Chrome would be out which is stable and official for Linux to use. The current Chromes running on Linux OSes are either hacked versions , unofficials or simply running on Wine. I hope an official and also stable version of Chrome for Linux to be out soon since I am moving from Windows OS to Linux as my Windows XP OS have been crashing so often and I have always wanted to work in a Linux enviroment.

iPod and iTunes. I have been tinkering with a hand-me-down iPod my brother used and decided to pass to me. It's a iPod Classic and should be version 5 if I am not wrong. I don't like to install a iTunes on my Win XP as my 60 GB hard disk is nearly full and I don't want another thing to come in to eat into my precious space. Actually, the real reason is that I am not very keen in using iTunes as I have experienced system crashes caused by malfunctioning iTunes and it leaves a very bad 'after taste'. You can count it as 'I don't like you' rather than a 'phobia' since I did actually got down to use 'iTunes' sometimes but I don't touch it until necessary. I prefer open source powered or should I say 'freedom-powered... oh so hippie' softwares and this is not what iTunes is made for. I see iTunes as a jail box. Anyway, no offense and let's not get into it anyway but rather the main point... my personal experience.

I tried navigating in iTunes and it's just darn confusing. Sometimes right click works on certain portions of the GUI and sometimes not. I hope this is iron out. The messages can be confusing. Other than that, I have to compliment the simplistic and clean looks. I tried to access the iTunes store to search for some podcast and I needed sometime to get used to it. It needs to put more controls for users to use because I felt that the controls it have a too abstract.

Since this is my first time 'owning' an iPod, I would say that it's quite a good one but using a circular knob as a control can be not easy to get used to. I am trying to figure out how to re-play a song and make it repeat and how to shuffle it. I tried playing Solitare and Parachute games using the circular control and it's not very smooth to my touch or maybe I am not used to it. The too simple and too little control have a weakness... it keeps people guessing , especially beginners , on how to operate it. It took me sometime to learn how to operate iPod.

Overall, iPod and iTunes... or should I say ... Apple design... is simple , which I like, but sometimes, you need to give yours more control options too. A balance between the infamous simple designs of Apple should also provide users with more control.

That's all for my rant for now.

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