Honorary mention: iTunes 11 via Farhad Manjoo (Slate)

Won't Someone Take iTunes Out Back and Shoot It? Apple's horrible, bloated program needs to die. "Each new upgrade brings more suckage into your computer. It makes itself slower. It adds three or four more capabilities you'll never need....

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Like being kicked when you're down: Fireworks File Recovery

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Me: Hmm, it's been a little while. About time to save this Fireworks file! [CMD-S] Fireworks CS5: *CRASH* Me: Good thing there's on-crash file recovery. MacOS: BigComplicatedProjectFile.fw.png size 232 bytes Me: Oh fuck. It lost my work. Why doesn't...

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Apple: Tabbed Inspectors Suck; Adobe and Omni get it right.

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Could you PLEASE redesign your OS conventions for big screens? Or at least afford some expert accelerators for people with big monitors? This drives me nuts whenever I use Keynote. Most common tasks: Bullet points, type style changes, and borders on...

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Google Calendar: Your modals suck.

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Seriously, don't you ask your candidates about Fitts' Law during interviews any more? It's not like scheduling recurring meetings is an infrequent event, especially at a business, making this a merely occasional annoyance. This MUST annoy Google employees too. And...

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Are you sure you want to leave this page? You suck.

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Dude. Make the options "Save my changes" and "Discard changes". For fark's sake, people. Also, it isn't just Facebook who does this -- I've seen this elsewhere. Probably Outlook. Addendum Wordpress does it too. (I hate Wordpress, but there's something...

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Buy.com Social Modal: You Suck.

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I clicked on a shopping result in Google. I expected to go to the product page of the product I had clicked on. I got a lightbox / modal asking me if I want to shop with friends. You must...

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OmniGraffle Style Manager: You Suck.

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Normally I tell designers: Don't be derivative. Don't just copy the dominant UI because it happens to be the dominant one. Think the design through from first principles of human cognition, visual design principles, usability heuristics. OmniGraffle. Who are your...

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