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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:04 PM
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Why can Apple make such cool stuff, and make such shitty incomprehensible interfaces and software?
For fuck's sake - I'm trying to update the software for my iPhone. It keeps telling me that I have purchased items on my iPhone that aren't transferred to iTunes.

So, after fucking around for ten minutes trying to find the goddamn button/menu/link/whatever to make that transfer, I finally went to the web to find out how to do this easy goddamn thing that Apple's guru's decided to make non-intuitive.

So, I did that - it told me it was successful, so I tried to update the software.

Still tells me that I have purchased apps on the phone that aren't in iTunes.

Fine - do the transfer again.

And again.

And again.

Then I "synced", which is a button that iTunes has but doesn't actually say what the fuck it's fucking syncing.

Then back to transfer apps again.

And again.

Then I close out iTunes, turn it back on, and transfer again.

Still tells me that I can't update the software because I have purchased apps on the iPhone that aren't in iTunes.




Apple makes some really cool shit, but they have yet to learn how to make software with interfaces that make sense, are intuitive, or make anything easy to do.

Piece of shit.
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:15 PM
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1. Maybe so, but I think you'd really like the World Domination app.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:20 PM
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2. It would probably work great until I got 98% of the way to world domination,
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 10:24 PM by Rabrrrrrr
and then there'd be the logically sensible command that would be something like "execute final solution" that I'd know I need, but it would be buried in layers of menus in some chain that begins with the menu choice "Chocolate Bunny" and chains down to "Underwear Tossoff", and I'd miss my chance because I spent hours trying to find the final click I needed, and the opportunity would pass and I'd have to start all over, except that Apple would demand that I download the new version in which all the menus and interfaces have been completely reworked, renamed, recoded, and all the old data would get erased because the only way to keep the software update from destroying all the old data is to talk to a sherpa in Nepal and get a secret code, which process Apple's software engineers would just assume we'd all know was intuitively obvious so there was no warning on the "update now" button that we should make sure to travel to Nepal to talk to that Sherpa.
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:29 PM
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3. Or you'd discover that the app doesn't work with the latest iPhone operating system,
and your iTunes wouldn't let you load the new version.

I have an iPhone and I've never had any real problems with it, but then I never do anything very complicated. I just download music and a few pretty simple apps, like the iHadron Collider. It's fun to make subatomic particles collide in the privacy of your own home, and the app crashes only occasionally, causing the occasional particle to zing me on the butt. It stings a little.
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