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pcAnywhere usecrime

Pictured is a section of the toolbar in pcAnywhere, the Windows remote-control application. The buttons, left to right, are:

  • Send ctrl-alt-delete
  • Reboot remote system
  • Disconnect pcAnywhere
Hm! One of these things is not like the others...

Since you have to click the left one to login to Windows when you first connect to the remote system, and the right one when you are done with whatever you were doing remotely, it's only a matter of time before you miss. pcAnywhere's interface is broken in a lot of places, but none quite so bad as putting a rarely-used destructive option right between two regularly-used mostly-innocuous ones.

I'm doubly impressed by the way they gave the least destructive button (disconnect, which doesn't have any effect on the remote system) that big dangerous X.

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Why not Windows Terminal Services or VNC?

No particular justification to change enterprise-wide. A toolbar certainly isn't sufficient. :-) (And VNC doesn't do file transfers.)

It looks to me like the third one *should* be "Shut down remote system" based on the first and second ones. Does closing the pcAnywhere window disconnect? If so, is there a difference between disconnecting by closing the window and disconnecting with the toolbar button?

i never liked pcanywhere and used to use ice-ten. hmm, i'm going to take another look at pcanywhere when i go to work next week. i never noticed this silliness.

since we're talking about the wrong buttons being next to one another.... outlook put "delete" next to "send/receive"?! looks like some passive/aggressive designing to me.

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