Dumbest Things We Do

To this day and age, we still have to guess the encoding format of a text file.  Even in this age of Unicode, we are burdened not only with country-specific text encoding formats, but also thousands of proprietary formats about which public information is not only unavailable, it may be illegal to discuss them.

If you are bilingual like me, you are likely to run into encoding format problem daily which is why IE has an Encoding toolbar button: a dumb application specific solution for a mistake we made collectively over the last fourty years or so.