August 18, 2004
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Excellent interface! FileMatrix looks like one of Mark "The Burger Flipper" Matthews' efforts.

Well, provided, that is, that every time you click on something you get an couple of 'dialouges' saying stuff like "You've just clicked the 'Locate' button, OK to continue", and a couple of K in a log file.

In fact, we've just come up with an interface concept which might appeal to him - modal dialogues (sorry, dialouges) launched on mouse-over events. Can you do that in VB6?

(Via Simon Willison.)

Posted to Funny by Simon Brunning at August 18, 2004 09:49 AM

Indeedy. Many of my best are already over at the Interface Hall Of Shame

Well... not actually any of mine, but there could have been :-)

Posted by: Mark Matthews on August 18, 2004 10:17 AM

The Daily WTF is an excellent site. Whenever one of my colleagues makes me feel incompetent, I just have a look at the latest entry and it makes me feel a whole lot better :-)

Posted by: Sam Newman on August 18, 2004 11:05 AM

Hey - now I see where they got the old GUISys interface from!

Posted by: Tracey on August 18, 2004 11:31 AM

Fascinating! I wne to the Daily WTF site, just out of interest, and it as if people are speaking, well, a completely different language. It's like seeing Germans laughing at a joke - there must be something funny in there somewhere but you just can't see it.

Posted by: Katherine on August 18, 2004 11:48 AM

They *are* talking a different language; Tech Nerd. Mark and I speak it well, as do most of my readers (who number nearly a dozen, I reckon!), but you're not a techie-nerd, so you couldn't be expected to understand. ;-)

Posted by: Simon Brunning on August 18, 2004 11:58 AM

I am a reader and I claim my five pounds.

Posted by: Andy Todd on August 18, 2004 12:03 PM

Hi Katherine,

> It's like seeing Germans laughing at a joke - there must be something funny in there somewhere but you just can't see it.

I always thought my work can be used even by a no-brainer, but I actually thought this was only a metaphor...

If you failed to see the joke, that is for a good reason: that "joke" is like commenting Windows Longhorn using a snapshot of Windows 3 AND without actually using the Longhorn.

Just to see that people who are commenting have never actually used it (but comment as if they did), see a snapshot of the lastest version of FileMatrix at (and one with a different layout at


George Hara

Posted by: George Hara on August 23, 2004 10:40 AM

Sorry, George, that's still horrible.

Posted by: Simon Brunning on August 23, 2004 11:12 AM

Okay, then could you tell me what file manager has a user interface that is anything but horrible? And maybe why that is? (Habit, perhaps?)

Posted by: George Hara on August 23, 2004 03:12 PM

On windows the one that comes out of the box seems quite intuitive, doesn't tell you your inside leg measurement or make you feel nauseous. Probably the same for the mac and linux I would imagine.

Posted by: El Presidente on August 24, 2004 12:01 PM
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