My main pet peeve with Windows, those days (apart from my continuous complaints about general ergonomy and reliability) is the fact you still have to use this stupid little icon lost in the task bar in order to properly eject your external drives.
I know it’s kind of a superstitious action, but I’ve lost several files, and at least two hard disk drives while not respecting the formal ritual of the proper ejection.
Not only it’s as medieval as bone breaking wheel torture, but with the last iterations of Windows, the icon goes away for several seconds to proudly announce the success of the operation.
Of course, most of the times, the ritual is a complete failure,since there are still over half a million of background process that are working while you’re done with your work since twenty minutes, leaving you mainly with an alternative : shutting down the computer or unplugging the hard drive disk while he’s still working (mostly a problem with my 2.5” hdd, since they are not independantly powered – I’d like to see LaCie offer a little battery to ease the switching off its disks).
Is it too hard, in 2014, for a giant like Microsoft, to offer its soul (and productivity) crushing operating system with a right-click option on disks icons to eject, and simultaniously kill all and every processes on said disks?
At the moment, the only thing that protect my Win 8.1 is that I’m too dumb to circumvent the secureboot and reinstall Lubuntu on it. And too poor to buy a new computer.