"I do find the Windows way of doing it to be stupid. Having to tab from username to password is daft."
It is when you're having to watch a user do it ,like in the story, and they dont know what the tab key does , or dont know that it can be used at logon - so they use the mouse.
This is the longest 8.5 seconds of your life:
they raise eyes from kbd to screen, check name is present ( unlike the idiot in the story) (500ms)
then they start looking about the desk for the mouse (1000ms)
then they move hand from keyboard to mouse (1000ms)
then eyes return to the screen (500ms)
then the hunt for the mouse pointer (1500ms)
then the agility test of guiding the pointer into the password box 1000ms
then eyes back down to keyboard (500ms)
then the type password, even though its not appearing test 2000ms
all the time a voice inside your head is screaming "JUST USE THE TAB KEY FFS!!!!!"
that would cut out all but the last pwd typing bit.
you weigh up wether the user is qualified for a lesson in pressing tab,
decide user probably not technologically advanced , or receptive enough
just bite tongue and remain calm and professional,
It might not seem a long time , but i work fast , and if the job repeatedly requires swapping between admin and user's login , waiting for the user is like slow motion.