A list of things that suck (2022-12-24)

The things and people 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. Driving, especially cars.
    4. Viral upper respiratory tract infection.
    5. Microsoft Internet Explorer.
    6. Mosquitoes.
    7. Andrew Keen.
    8. Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
    9. Yahoo!
    10. The fucking bird that speaks Ukrainian and wakes me up at 6 am every now and then.
    11. These variable names: i, j, any name shorter than three letters and any name that has anything to do with “buffer”.
    12. Apple Inc. and all its products, including iPhone, iPad and Macintosh computers.
    13. Mailing list digests.
    14. Meta, Inc. and all its products, including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
    15. Google Chrome.
    16. Any software for managing music files collections. This includes iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media Player and Amarok. (WinAmp used to be quite good as a music player, though.)
    17. Any software that has anything to do with images except taking a photo with a phone and sharing it to Twitter. Everything else that has anything to do with copying, storing, sending, viewing, cropping, rotating, uploading and doing anything else with images sucks. I know that thousands of skilled people use GIMP, Photoshop and other pieces of software to do this, and that it works for them, but as long as you need to be skilled at doing that, all these pieces of software suck.

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.