Thursday, November 18, 2010

This post typed using my fingers

I can't blame companies for doing it, but I don't have to like it:  Do I really need to know that the mail you sent me was sent using your Blackberry, iPhone or Droid?  Do I really need to know what tool you used to  clip something?

Of course not.  Looking at it a little less peevishly, I suppose I should be grateful when it doesn't matter which tool was used to create or send something, and the company behind one or another part of the process has to explicitly announce its presence.  I've gritted my teeth on plenty of occasions when I wasn't told which product had produced a document -- and I already knew because I couldn't read the thing.

In fact, given the sheer number of pieces in the whole stack end-to-end, one could even argue that it's surprising how few little mini-credits one runs across.  Imagine if there was a "routed by a Cisco router using Ethernet" credit on every network packet (OK, you could figure out from the MAC address whose router it was, but the MAC address has to be there in any case).  Or something in every HTTP request that said what browser produced it.  Wait, that's there, too, though again not so visible.

Well, I still find it all a bit annoying.  So there.


earl said...


Dwight and the Ignorant Sluts said...

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Elizabeth Devine said...

I find the little tag obnoxious, too. I use the iphone, and when I see the little tag on the bottom I almost feel a bit of self-disgust, but I'm moving too rapidly through emails or otherwise too lazy to do anything about it.