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Bad (as in terrible) software

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    vesuvius

    What in your opinion is software that you feel makes people step backwards rather than forwards or is just plain terrible? Software that leaves you confused as to why someone would elect to use it.

    The rules are: no operating systems can be included.

    As time has progressed, I have come to despise a lot of music channels on TV, and radio stations because a lot of the artists have what I thought were vocoder effects, I have come to know the name of the culprit and it is something called AutoTune.

    http://youtu.be/TNSBK8QVVcA

    This software creates the best music for a lot of people. Despicable!

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    blowdart

    Notes.

    I really really despise Notes.

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    AndyC

    iTunes. At least on Windows anyway.

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    spivonious

    McAfee anti virus. Resource hog and lets viruses through.

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    Minh

    Can I submit a past version of a Forums software?

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    AndyC

    @spivonious:Oooh, good point. On that note Norton <anything>.

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    Harlequin

    ++ on iTunes. Awful bloated piece of garbage. And it half dies on my music library.

    Oddly enough I mainly use MediaMonkey on my libray and it's fast and responsive. I mean, you can add tens of thousands of mp3s to a playlist and it takes seconds. Do that with iTunes it would probably freeze up for 5 minutes, let alone taking 30 seconds to be able to highlight the songs you want to add.

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    MasterPi

    Pharos Designer

    It's a software suite for programming light controllers to do fancy stuff like put on light shows. It's interface is like an NLE, has timelines and draggable/droppable frames.

    However...it does not have UNDO. You can't undo any changes you made, which hurts the creative process tremendously. It also has monetary copy - it forgets what you were copying the moment you click on something else.

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    cbae

    I once installed QuickTime and got some malware called "iTunes" installed with it. IIRC, the uninstaller didn't work at all, and I had to delete the installation folder, program group and shortcuts, and all the registry entries manually. If I had seen Steve Jobs walking down the street that day, I would have clubbed him in the shins.

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    itsnotabug

    i don't like playing the hate game, but i am getting very tired of these magic bullet artsy fartsy filters for video and photos. used sparingly they can create some subtle mood, but pile it on too thick and everything looks like it was filmed with a bad analog lycra camera with pinhole fisheye lens. also whatever software jj abrams is using for his lens flares. i get it, the masses like shiny things. tone that junk down jj! 

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    JoshRoss

    Almost anything written in Java.

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    JohnAskew

    I'd love to point out some of the ancient development tools still in use today by "type C" development shops (verbage from Rocky Lhotka).

    Clarion? Anything written in Clarion makes me sick, as do those who still cling to it like momma's skirt.

     

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    Bass

    Internet Explorer 8 and below.

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    DeathBy​VisualStudio

    <-- that box I'm carrying. The day I don't need Resharper to feel even modestly productive and/or have to go through the deathcycle of VSTSDB again will be the day I say otherwise.

    If we all believed in unicorns and fairies the world would be a better place.
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    magicalclick

    I once trying to uninstall a game. It took me 10 minutes until it raised an out of storage error. I was like, WTH. It turns out it was copying the game before uninstall, seriously, it really happened.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    DCMonkey

    1) Quickbooks

    It's had a long history of annoying design decisions and increasing bloat. You can't edit payroll rates manually so you have to subscribe to their rate download service. It's chock full of offers and reminders for this or that service or paper supplies. It (as of ver 2011)  installs 2 or 3 services that always run, one even if you aren't using the subscription service it is related to. It preloads itself on boot so it will start fast later (it is not a fast loader by any means). And they rewrote the report selection module in WPF, AFAICT soley to provide a useless Cover Flow ripoff view of the available reports (and they aren't even thumbnails of actual data or anything).

    2) Whatever the Time Machine wannabee real-time backup software that comes with Western Digital My Book USB drives is called. Another WPF disaster (frankly utility type programs are not a good fit for such a heavy framework), that I shouldn't have been suprised wouldn't run well on our crappy old machines, but damn I was shocked what a bloated pig it was. Not the kind of thing you want to leave running all the time.

    3) And for another bloated AV program to throw on the fire, Trend Micro. Their old OfficeScan used to be quite svelte. Whatever they call their latest monstrosity (it goes by several names) sucks up an appropriately monsterous amount of RAM and likely needs a couple of cores to itself to run efficiently.

     

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    davewill

    Bad software = software written with the intent to harm another

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    evildictait​or

    , davewill wrote

    Bad software = software written with the intent to harm another

    That's malware.

    Bad software is software that is bad.

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