Lotus Notes is a crime against humanity. In exhibit 001-H we see how Notes tells you that’s something wrong by telling you nothing.
You know when you do something that you’re not supposed to do? Or when the application encounters a problem? You get an error message. In a good application you get information that will help you to fix the problem. In a poor application you might get something less than useful. However as applications age and become more mature this aspect tends to improve (being something that most developers don’t give much attention to in initial versions).
Lotus Notes is a crime against humanity. In exhibit 001-G we see how Notes is unable to commit.
“Notes isn’t JUST an email program,” its proponents will crow, “it’s a full-featured highly capable application platform!” Of course it is. The idea that email is really just an afterthought and not a core competency seems somehow positive, almost comforting to them. It probably also explains why Notes often forgets what version you’re actually using and takes you down little walks on memory lane.
Lotus Notes is a crime against humanity. In exhibit 001-F we see more of Notes contempt for your children and values.
There’s an “Actions” menu in Notes. In there there’s an ambiguous little item called “SmartPad Posting Options”. It sounds promising, doesn’t it? I like smart things. I’d love to see something smart in Notes. In reality it’s just another example of Notes fraud; click it and you’ll see:
Lotus Notes is a crime against humanity. In exhibit 001-B we see how Notes makes it’s first impression.
Lotus Notes is unashamed of its crimes. In fact it begins its attack on usability before you even enter the application! At first glance the Lotus Notes login screen seems somewhat inoffensive but this is deceptive: