Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Please choose the site closest to you, because our site is stupid.

Why do websites and download tools continue to ask me to choose from a badly-sorted list of locations to decide where I should download from? Sourceforge and Eclipse both do this. They're completely capable of asking (and in at least Eclipse's case remembering) where I am, and choosing a site from there.

Otherwise, I'm left staring at a huge list of locations, some of which are ridiculous (Tel Aviv? I'm sure I've got a hot connection there), and others are unknowable (UMP? What does that mean?).

The whole idea of online updates is that it's easy. Adding these user-unfriendly steps kind of defeats that purpose.