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Some things never change (but finally changed)

Update: It did finally change! In Windows 7, the Add Fonts dialog box is completely missing (or has been made inaccessible). Now, the File menu in the Fonts folder does not have an Install New Font option and there's no way to bring up an Add Fonts dialog box. According to the Windows Help, there are only two ways to install a font. One is to right-click the font and click Install. The other is to drag the font into the Fonts folder.

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This has to be the most ridiculous thing about Microsoft Windows. The dialog box below is from Windows 3.1 (earlier?) and still continues to exist even in the lastest Windows Vista in the exact same form. See the drive and folder selection part and icons used there?

Microsoft should do either of the following.
Remove this dialog box and the File menu item completely. 99% of people adding new fonts simply drag and drop them into the Fonts folder (or use similar methods). If such a feature proves useful, replace this antique dialog bo…

Technology continues to improve, but...

the keyboard still stays where it is.Well, sort of.You see all kinds of different keyboards such as multimedia keyboards, gaming keyboards, curved keyboards, split keyboards, foldable keyboards and so on.But the most basic thing about the keyboard is the QWERTY layout. All the keyboards you find in your favorite computer store, no matter what special features it has, have this standard layout.So what's wrong right about this standard keyboard?The QWERTY layout was designed as a quick-fix to solve the jamming problem that occurred in a very early model of typewriters. It was designed in such a way so that the user of the typewriter will not press two adjacent keys one after the other, as this was the source of jamming problem.However, the later model of typewriters, and computer keyboards, don't have this jamming problem anymore and pressing two adjacent keys will not jam anything (in the case of typewriter) or has nothing to jam (in the case of keyboard).The only thing "r…