The things in this list suck. If you think they don’t suck, you’re wrong, but you are nevertheless welcome to email me about it at amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il.

  1. War.
  2. Fascism.
  3. Viral upper respiratory tract infection.
  4. Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  5. mosquitoes.
  6. Andrew Keen.
  7. Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
  8. Yahoo!
  9. The fucking bird that speaks Ukrainian and wakes me up at 6 am every now and then.
  10. These variable names: i, j, any name shorter than three letters and any name that has anything to do with “buffer”.
  11. Apple Inc. and all its products, including iPod, iPhone, iPad and Macintosh computers with their dysfunctional one-button mice.
  12. Mailing list digests.
  13. href=”mailto:amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il”>amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il, although it will probably take me about 42 seconds of using it to prove that it sucks.

  14. Mobile phones, without any exception. To alleviate any doubt: Apple, Nokia, Android, Samsung, Sony, Telit, Motorola, HTC and BlackBerry – all suck. If you are familiar with a mobile phone that doesn’t suck, email me about it at amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il, although it will probably take me about 42 seconds of using it to prove that it sucks, and it will definitely take me at least a month of using it every day to get convinced that it doesn’t suck.
  15. Digital music players, without any exception. To alleviate any doubt: Apple, Sansa, Microsoft, SilverLine – all suck. If you are familiar with a digital music player that doesn’t suck, email me about it at amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il, although it will probably take me about 42 seconds of using it to prove that it sucks, and it will definitely take me at least a month of using it every day to get convinced that it doesn’t suck.
  16. Google+.
  17. Facebook. (At least until they fix their RTL support.)
  18. Google Chrome. (At least until they fix the RTL support.)
  19. Instagram.
  20. Any software for managing music files collections. This includes iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media Player and Amarok. (WinAmp is quite good as a music player, though.)

Removed items

Some items used to be on this list and I removed them because I decided that they don’t really suck.

  1. Git and Gerrit. They don’t really suck. It does take time to understand how they work, and this can be very painful. They also have very vocal fanboys some of whom Aren’t Nice. But as a technology they are pretty OK.
  2. Expedia. Expedia used to suck, because it provided bad prices and odd itineraries. It improved since I added it to this list in August 2010.
  3. Software translation websites. I still believe that many of them suck, but since I am now a full-time paid developer of one of them, it’s unfair to get them listed here.


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