John mentioned recently about making a list of hated things, and I tried to discourage him. I once took part in compiling an on-line forum list of things that people hated. All the usual suspects came up, and a surprisingly large amount of them involved automobiles rather than computors (and 'Windows' in particular). It seems that the old technology has not lost the power to drive us mad. Things like toilet paper which does not tear along the perforation, for instance. It is the simple things which do not behave as they ought to which really rile us.
Last year, my step-daughter spent quite a lot of money buying me a French pepper-grinder (I think I've already mentioned it). It is the most expensive pepper grinder on the market, and - guess what? It does not grind pepper. It has but one function to fulfill in it's miserable existence - to grind pepper - and it cannot even do that. It's too light to be used as a hammer (I've tried) otherwise I would use it to knock in nails.
Sir James Dyson has built up a massive and successful business, simply as a result of the maddening experience of using a household appliance which failed to perform the function for which it was solely designed. He was doing some housework and noticed that the vacuum-cleaner was not picking up the dirt. So he went off and designed/manufactured 500 prototypes (!) of vacuum cleaner before putting into production the one he is famous for now. A few years ago, he vented his frustration with public hand-dryers, by designing one which actually dries your hands. Have you used one? Do, if you get the opportunity - it is quite an experience. It's called the 'Air Blade', and you would think it would blast the diamonds from the mounts of your rings, but - as he says - it cleans the rings at the same time, and that time is about 4 seconds, unlike the old style hand-dryers which leave your hands wet and dripping after 2 minutes.
The list of items which do not perform simple functions properly is - of course - endless, and I often think it is a shame that the Dyson team simply has not got the time to plough their way through all of them, but sometimes cranky old machines that do not work properly inspire deep affection. We're back to motor cars again.
My contribution - on the forum - to things which irritate the shit out of me, involved both cars and humans.
I HATE it when people unlock their motor cars using a remote button from as far away as possible, simply because they CAN.