February 17, 2005 - Rude Applications

Things I hate :

Applications that pop themselves to the front.

(are you listening, IntelliJ ?)

I am used to the stupid little popup from Symantec that steals half of the email that I am typing to my mother because I am not looking at what I am typing. But even Eclipse did it to me today.

You can say a lot of bad things about Windows, but that flashing-icon-on-the-taskbar convention had mostly put an end to those rude applications that want to jump to the front because they think that what they have to say is more important than what you are currently doing.

There are only a couple of applications that do it these days and they must be really going out of their way to do it. The otherwise lovable IntelliJ started doing it around v3.5 and it's no good sending it to the back because it will just pop right back to the top again.

Even the really annoying dialog from Thunderbird (the one that tells me every three minutes that it can't contact the company mail server from outside the firewall) doesn't try to pop the app to the front.

Things I hate even more :

Applications that pop to the front at the exact moment that you click on the "close" icon for another application.

Things I hate most of all :

When applications which take an awfully long time to startup pop themselves to the front exactly when you click on the close icon of another application.

It makes me want to blog.

Posted by Kevin Lawrence at February 17, 2005 02:11 PM

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