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New Ubuntu brings another portion of suffering from UI. For more than one hour, I've been looking for an option to tweak speed and delay of keys when typing. Such a primitive task took so long because of really terrible and unbearable interface.

Well, if you want to tweak the keyboard you'll go to the "Keyboard" section, won't you? But in Ubuntu. It shows just keyboard hotkeys, but where are the delay and speed options, key remapping and all the other stuff? Ah, it turns out they are in the "Universal Access". OK.

That window shows a bunch of settings with their controls. For example, "Repeat Keys" is enabled. But I don't need those ones, I'm scrolling back and forth looking for speed and delay. To be short, here is the main secret of that window: you need to click on one of those white bars to open a child window.

Well, only one click kept me aside from the settings I've been looking for. The easiest way would be to name me an idiot who is accustomed to Mac and stop the discussion. But Ubuntu doesn't give any signals those damned bars can be ever clicked! They don't look like a button. The cursor doesn't turn into a hand figure when hovering on them. There aren't any text tips like "click to see more". Even adding ellipsis would be enough to stress the fact there is something more behind it.

Why cannot Canonical hire at least one good UI designer? I don't know.

Content takes 9% of screen space. No comments.

Another case "please don't move UI" (see This time it's even worse: Mailchimp shows me an example, but doesn't allow to copy it! It just disappears under my cursor.

Which one is selected? Depending on author’s logic, it can be either. But for a person who just walked in there’s no way to know. When there’re two options, just having different style on a selected one doesn’t work. They _both_ have style different from one another

Someone discovered that people don’t click buttons they don’t see. Well, they’re not incorrect, but isn’t it kinda obvious though?

This is a new level of "cookies consent is more important than anything".

I can't even say anything at this point…

Speaking of character counters: Producthunt review submission form says "Infinity".

Text areas and input fields are infinite by default, you don't have to say it, just don't show any counter! I get that it's explicit in the context of several limited fields, but come on, this is basic web building block. This wasn't broken or confusing, don't "fix" it, please.

Next, let's mark buttons as "clickable" and text as "selectable".

How dare you put your numbers on top of user input!

I understand you have some limits to signal, but time and time again, they are in the way of my text. My text is more important than your counter by definition!

Arghh!.. Nobody should be doing it, yet everybody does. You have perfectly fine product/feature and then you add unnecessary and superfluous functions to it.

Here is Google search as seen on Android 8 phone. Search is fine—it’s rest of the tabs that worry me.

Home? Home of what? My phone already has home screen, and if Google has different home, I certainly am not interested what’s in there.

Upcoming what? Searches? I’m aware Google knows everything but stuff I’m going to search in the future?

Recent searches? Come on, search is always an in-the-moment thing. Who cares for history? If anything, I can always just search again.

And then there is More! It includes Account switcher (Google might need that to spy on you, but I certainly don’t), Recent (yes, again), Saved (somebody saves searches, not results?), Reminders (come on, now Google Search is a todo list all of a sudden?), Customize (Favorite topics? Life’s too short for that), Settings (which is different from Customize) and Help/Feedback (I guess they have to be put somewhere).

Which of those do I care about? My freaking results! Nothing else. I don’t even care about their daily doodle here, my phone _already_ has Google Google Google written all over it.