How to know if your cursor is going to hit the scroll bar when you try to click on it in 2021:

The tiny and low-contrast grey scroll bar

Becomes a tiny and low-contrast scroll bar, *with a slightly different shade of grey*

Everyone involved in making computers

Hates you

And wants your experience to be worse

Me: I want a computer interface that is functional, where I can get work done

Every techbro: All I got is computers that are optimized for looking pretty in an Apple-style keynote presentation or a Youtube demo video but they're actually kinda unusable

Design guy: Everyone thinks about adding more features, but really, you should think about how simple you can make your interface away while still retaining the same functionality

Techbros: *Scribbling notes* Take away all features and functionality

"If you mouse over the tiny scroll bar it gets bigger and having it be a moving target is good for some reason"


$ sudo apt install usable-fucking-scrollbars
[sudo] password:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package usable-fucking-scrollbars
$ :t_blink:


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@bgcarlisle That's because the package is thin and grey, and apt is having trouble finding it.

@bgcarlisle Honestly I think a lot of UI stuff was at its peak in the early 2000s, and we've kept changing it for *reasons* every since even if it makes things worse

@bgcarlisle the best ones I've seen were one of the themes for KDE3 I think.

@Canageek Send screenshots if you got 'em and want to, I'm curious

@Canageek Damn, I remember when you could customize stuff like that

Good times

@Canageek @bgcarlisle they look like on windows Vista? But they're customizable? Perfect 😍

@schratze @bgcarlisle Someone recently told me about a modern desktop environment that is based on this interface, and I forget the name :(

@Canageek @bgcarlisle UX is really a horrible field. It's almost as if they came together to measure in a way where all you get is the least bad.

@Canageek @bgcarlisle I'd take Windows 98 over anything that exists today. Or if we're fancy Win 7 with the classic theme. (I never used Macs but I liked their looks back around 2010.)

Wish computers were tools again.

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