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25 February, 2008

Trivial annoyance of the day

DVDs which start to play the film automatically.

I really wish interface designers would set DVDs to autoplay as far as the main menu and stay there awaiting specific instructions. I tend to load a DVD then leave to make a cup of tea or otherwise ignore the offensive 'piracy's bad, m'kay?' notice, returning when I'm ready to watch the film.

Yes, it's a matter of a moment to press 'Menu' and start again (I did say it was trivial), but I'm just about enough of a designer that I find flawed functionality irritating.

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