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Always do the selected action

There’s no two ways about it, I’m a creature of habit. I like to do things a certain way and I like to do them that way every single time. There might be a better way of doings things but it doesn’t matter. It has to be the way I want it and the way I’m used to doing it.

Take, for example, the digital camera. I’ve owned my Nikon Coolpix 3700 for over a year now and every time I transfer the photos to the PC, I do it the same way: I connect the Coolpix to the PC via USB cable then the Windows XP Autoplay dialog pops up prompting me to select a way to transfer the images, I choose the Nikon Transfer utility, the pictures are transferred and finally, the Nikon View browser autolaunches displaying the transferred images. For over a year, this has been the way I’ve done it and this is the way I’m used to doing it.

Well, tonight, I absentmindedly ticked the “Always do the selected action” box when the Windows XP Autoplay dialog box popped up. It’s one of those situations where I realised I had made a mistake one picosecond after clicking the mouse button.

Now, technically, this change wasn’t a bad thing. In fact, it was actually more efficient since I invariably choose Nikon Transfer to transfer the images from digicam to PC. But again, this was not The Way I’ve Always Done It and so I had to revert to the more familiar method.

Thankfully, the steps required to change the Autoplay action for photo transfers were documented.

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