Which button should I press?

Here’s an odd dialog box I spotted the other day. I had just run MySQL Workbench 5.x for the first time in a few months (I tend to use Navicat Premium Essentials these days) and it ran a quick check to see if the software was up-to-date. It wasn’t and presented me with this dialog box:

MySQL Workbench dialog box shows 3 options: OK and Get It Now and Cancel

You can download the latest version. Which button would you press?

So, which button should I press to get the update?

The text reads, “The new MySQL Workbench 6.0.6 has been released…” (was there an old MySQL Workbench 6.0.6?) “You can download the latest version from http://www.mysql.com/downloads/workbench.”

And then I’m presented with two options: OK and Get it Now.

My train of thought was: it says I can download it from this URL, so okay I want to download it.

I clicked OK.

The dialog box closed and nothing else happened.

What?! What just happened there. I thought I had just said that I wanted to get the new version. I clicked OK but it did what I would expect a cancel button would do. But that’s cancel! There is already a cancel button. And there is also a red [x] button in the top right-hand of the dialog box which also cancels the dialog box.

That’s THREE different ways to cancel the dialog box. But they are offering me an upgrade, to make the software better, so why not make that the most obvious, easiest to select option?

Surely this would be a better dialog box:

This dialog box now has one clear call to action.

This dialog box now has one clear call to action.

Now it’s simply telling me that MySQL Workbench 6.0.6 has been released, where I can download the latest version if I want to do it independently of this dialog, and now there is only one, clear call to action: Get it Now.

Error’d: Attention required

Microsoft ActiveSync - Notes: attention required.

What a tremendous error message I received the other day while trying to synchronize Outlook with my O2 Xda Orbit (running Windows Mobile 6). In the status column opposite the Notes icon I got the message: Attention required.

Above it, against my profile (Home) written in red the same message: Attention required. But this one was a link.

So I clicked it. And got a pop-up window with the meaningful message: Notes: attention required.

Kind of wish I hadn’t bothered now! Still, at least I gave it some attention.

There’s some folks I know who could really do with that alert window — actually, not so much for them but those around them!

Error’d: TODO <File description>

You know what it’s like when you’re trying to get your new Windows desktop OCR application to meet the launch deadline, a few things invariably get left undone.

I was installing OmniPage 16 last night and was a little surprised to see ZoneAlarm pop up a message asking if I’d allow

TODO: <File description>

permission to access a particular Windows resource.

TODO: File description

Sure enough when I checked the file’s properties:

OPSTI Properties

I wonder if writing that file description is still sitting on someone’s To Do list at Nuance HQ …

Anapod – transfer files to your iPod via Explorer

Black iPod

UPDATE: I’ve just created a step-by-step guide on how to install Anapod Explorer Universal Edition version 9.0.3. I hope that’s helpful to some folks.

ORIGINAL POST: Jane has an Apple iPod — it’s a fifth generation 30GB Video iPod — and while it’s all lovely and usable in its all-black designer chic look we have one major criticism of it: if you want to transfer files to and from it you have to use iTunes.

It’s not just that I don’t like iTunes; I object to being forced to use a particular piece of software to do something as simple as transfer a file from a PC to a peripheral.

Most other mainstream MP3 players let you drag-and-drop from Explorer so why doesn’t the iPod?!

Anapod Explorer

After a little detective work I discovered Anapod Explorer from Red Chair Software:

Anapod is the most advanced Windows iPod software available, offering iPod management through full Windows Explorer integration under My Computer

  • easy drag and drop iPod copy
  • iPod transfer and iPod backup
  • PDA function support
  • photo and video transfer
  • web page interface access to your iPod through a built-in web server
  • powerful search and reporting capabilities using a built-in SQL database

and much more, all in one compact package.

A great backup tool or iTunes alternative.

It sounded perfect, so I bought a copy and tried to install it.

Installer Expired

I double-clicked the installation file for version 9.0.3 (anapod_903_un.exe) and was presented with this rather disappointing error message:

Installer expired

The text reads:

This installer file has expired. Please return to our website at http://www.redchairsoftware.com to download the latest release.

If you are sure this is the latest release available, please contact us at install@redchairsoftware.com for assistance and give the following install code: JTJSBYHTAZIRBRHQAS

Well, I was sure that this was the latest release available. So I emailed Red Chair Software for assistance.

I then did a Google search and discovered that it was unlikely that I’d ever get a reply from Red Chair Software. Disappointing.

Installation work-around

However, I did discover that there is a work-around, but for that I’d have to visit the Expired Installer Assistance page (which strangely doesn’t seem to appear anywhere on the Red Chair Software support pages).

Expired Installer Assistance

This page told me that the problem was that the date was not set correctly on my computer. It told me that (foolishly) the date on my computer was set to “November 2007″.

“IT IS NOVEMBER 2007!” I shouted at the computer, in exasperation. Then I noticed the date at the top of the Red Chair Software page: November 15, 2007. “EVEN YOU AGREE THAT IT’S NOVEMBER 2007!” I screamed again.

I read the instructions.

  1. Correct the date/time on your computer.
  2. Double-click the installer file to run it again, but this time, hold down the SHIFT key while double-clicking.
  3. This will display a dialog box where you need to enter the following code: 082808363640364448

The installer will then continue as normal.

So I started to play around with the date and see which month it thought we were currently in. The website thought it was November, my PC thought it was November … the installer seemed to think that we were in August!

Finally installed

I got it to work by rolling the current date back exactly three months to 15 August 2007. With shift pressed I double-clicked the installation file, entered the 18-digit numeric code and Anapod at last began to install.

What a faff … which is a real shame because the application is great. We managed to manually update Jane’s iPod by dragging and dropping MP3 files to it via Windows Explorer. The way it should be.

Error’d: Opera version numbers

A new version of Opera, Opera 90.2, is available. Would you like to upgrade now?

My word! What an enormous leap in version numbers Opera seems to have done!

It seems no time at all since I upgraded from Opera 8 to Opera 9, and then not that long ago I opened Opera to discover this dialog box, inviting me to upgrade … to version 90.2!!

A new version of Opera, Opera 90.2, is available. Would you like to upgrade now?

I somehow suspect that something slipped through the error-checking stage at Opera Towers.

(Error’d entries on this blog are named after the popular Worse Than Failure feature.)