I’m in the middle of backing up my laptop hard drive to an external drive using SmartBackup. This is my first time using SmartBackup, and it seems like a pretty good piece of software, but there is something very annoying about the graphic it gives you for the status of your backup (click to enlarge):
Maybe this is something that annoys only me, but the percentage of the status bar that is shaded in should always equal the percentage of the job that has been completed. Otherwise this graphic is basically meaningless. Just give the percentage; that’s the piece that is actually conveying information.
This public service announcement has been sponsored by Edward Tufte. Carry on.