This post is the english version of what I post today on
m.p.f.w.v.general entitled "System Tray : sérieux problème d'ergonomie -
I would like to tell Microsoft that I discover some ergonomical glitches
that annoy me in my every day use of vista. I now they are small things
(compare to all the operating system), but it is really "aggravating"
(not sure of the translation ^^) ; it does not gives a feeling of
Here is my thoughts about 3 errors that should have been detected and
that need a correction :
-The volume adjustment is horrible when using the keyboard :
It is really hard to obtain the desire sound level if your are looking
for a specific value ; mainly because there is a bip every time you
press a button (up/down) on your keyboard.
For example if the sound is fixed at 20 and I want to increase it up to
25, I have to press 5 times the upper arrow, which gives :
bip bip biip biip biiiiip biiiiiiip ... and ... I'm lost ! All this
"bip" made me loose control about where I was in terms of sound volume
Moreover the numeric value is not shown everytime : only on mouseover...
-The alimentation mode does not apply until you clic elsewhere of the
selection area. That differs from the sound adjustment (where you don't
have to loose focus).
-Again, about the little area where you chose the alimentation plan when
you left clic on the battery icon in the system tray :
The content of this area is not loaded during the computer start-up ,
there is juste a white area :-(
I've got a M1330 (good laptop, but aldready 1 year old), and still it is
a pain in the ass when my system wakes up from prolonged sleep or simply
start-up : I have to wait until complete load of the computer before i
can change the alimentation plan.
The problem happened a few times when I didn't pay attention to the
current alimentation mode when I shutdown my computer : next time i
start the computer it was in economic mode : only 1 core of the CPU,
less power, slow start, obliged to wait for complete start-up before
changing alimentation mode >.<
To summarize : simple ergocomics details that need more attention in my
opinion. It is unpleasant to find this kind of lakes into a so complete
Hoping the feedback will be heard...