After I posted an entry called I Hate Notes Too recently somebody asked me to qualify this statement. Well, to be honest, I don't hate Notes - I just really dislike it some times (I try to reserve such strong words as hate for special occasions).
I am quite a shallow person really. I've always chosen girlfriends based on looks, hoping they have depth and personality underneath. Finally, I got lucky with Karen, who has looks and a great personality to boot. I've tried in the past to date girls I've known to be nice but who I didn't find overly attractive. It never worked out. In principle I could quite easily settle for a girl who was good fun and reliable, but I really have to like looking at her every single day.
Can you see where this analogy is going?
Notes is butt-ugly. If Notes were a girl I'd be embarrassed to introduce her to family and friends. Whenever I did I can imagine having to justify my choice afterwards, telling them what a complex person she was underneath. Not only is she ugly she's - how can I say this - a big fatty. Morbidly obese!
Not only is Notes ugly, but, due to her complicated personality, she's liable to outbursts and extreme irrational behaviour. Something else you have to continually have to explain to friends. It's like having a partner with tourettes. You just hope everybody appreciates what a great girl you have despite it all.
So, call me shallow, but that's what it boils down to with me. There are other things I dislike of course and, if you've been reading here long enough, you'll know what they are, but the UI is the single biggest point I dislike about Notes. I like this paragraph from the article that started all this off:
IBM wants to know what you think and says that results of a survey, at http://tinyurl.com/djlxz and intended for those using version 6 and above, will inform the next version. None of the options includes "rip up the interface and start again".
Hopefully with Hannover, where they appear to have done just that, I'll fall in love all over again and renew my vows. Otherwise there's likely to be an impending breakup or an affair with with a younger, slimmer, more attractive model.