Bruce Tognazzini writes about 10 most wanted design bugs. The list includes computers shutting down on power failure, items dimming out in menus, the Mac OS X Dock, non human URLs and more. It’s really an interest read (it has to be, coming from an expert!).
Here’s an example:
Bug Name: Power failure crash
Duration: >30 years
Supplier: Desktop computer manufacturers
Alias: “Oh, Sh–!”
Product: Desktop computers worldwide
Bug: If the computer loses power for more than a few thousandths of a second, it throws everything away.
Class of error: “That’s the way Grandpa did it…”
Principle: Protect the User’s Work