The Null Device

These open-source penguinheads wouldn't know good usability if it hit them about the head: Have you noticed how a lot of open-source Linux applications, whilst striving to look as slick as Windows/Macintosh applications, leave a lot to be desired in the usability department? Take, for example, grip, the CDDB-enabled CD player/MP3 ripper front-end. grip allows you to enter track listings for CDs which aren't yet in the CDDB database. However, in between entering tracks, you have to move the mouse, click on the next track in the listing, move the mouse back down to the "Track name" entry field and click on that to focus it. Why they can't just assume that entering an entire album is a common action and have the ENTER key go down to the next track I don't know.

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