As it seems my message can be misunderstood... I am not against GUIs, the message is about mouse vs. keyboard in a GUI or bad GUI functionality / design
80% to 90% of the professionals around me are mouse lovers, so no surprise in that. And it sometimes drives me crazy, how inefficient it might be. Don't get me wrong, there are things that are impossible to do without a mouse, and there are people that even using mouse are still faster than other people using keyboard. But in the big % of the cases, it is just slowing things down.
I once had an automation project. We had to do (customer policy) the whole list of error handling for Ethernet participants no matter if the address was used or not.
Result: Over 5k error messages (several subnets, several PLCs). The error messages were pairs like:
CPU XX - The profinet slave with the address XX.XX.XX.YY is not answering
CPU XX - The profinet slave with the address XX.XX.XX.YY is reporting an error
but a little bit longer.
One co-worker: Left click at left most position, move up to "ess", right click, copy, go to next line, right click, paste, type the IP Address with YY+1, left click in " is", move to end of message, right click, copy, go to next line, right click, paste, (left click in the middle, add missing empty space)
Little change to the error message (asked and got OK for it)
- CPU XX - Profinet Slave not answering, IP address XX.XX.XX.YY
Select everything up but YY, CTRL+C, down arrow, down arrow, CTRL+V, down arrow, down arrow, CTRL+V... (repeat 252 times for the whole subnet), go top, type 1, down arrow, down arrow, type 2... (repeat until 254)
Same for the second message.
I finished my 10 subnets and, in the same time, she had not finished the first one yet. (If the table had accepted pasting from excel, I would have finished it in minutes).
She had complained at the beginning of the project, because she thought I was losing time visiting CP or making smoking breaks. After this task of the error messages... she never complained again.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
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modified 29-Oct-19 4:26am.