Category Archives: Stupid Website Update — Stinker … has updated its website and it now drives me NUTZ!!!  It’s too interactive, to the point I can barely use it and I don’t know what I’ve done with the web interface until I recieve a confirmation e-mail.  It suffers from having too many notes.  Here’s what isn’t working for me:

  1. When I browse the list of jobs that have resulted from my search, as I move my mouse pointer over the job, a worthless job description covers the viewport obscuring the other jobs.  This wouldn’t be bad if I didn’t have to click the close button on the description, which is especially annoying because I didn’t click on the job to read the description in the first place.  I was using my mouse to guide my eye over the long list of jobs.
  2. The pop-up job descriptions are useless.  I imagine this is do to the job seeker putting useless stuff in the job description.  I want to know the major duties, the job level, the key skills, the job location, and the pay range.
  3. There seems to be no way to upload an update of an existing resume.  When I cut and pasted directly from Word, the text became corrupted with a bunch of junk that is usually hidden in a Word file.
  4. When filling out information to create or update a profile, the user has to save each section separately.  The problem is that several sections are presented on one webpage or tab webpage, so it’s natural to think that the save at the bottom of the page will save everything on that page or tabbed page.  When the user does this, the user gets an error and is asked if they want to continue.  I thought this meant to go back to fix the error so I clicked “ok” which caused me to lose all the changes I made and because I was popped back out to my profile home page, I wouldn’t have known that my changes didn’t stick unless I went back to check my profile.
  5. Every field tries to auto fill by popping up a little window next to the entry field.  It’s distracting and none of the auto fill options matched what I was entering.
  6. The pop-ups, in general, make reading the site very difficult.  The pages are densely packed with information, so I use my pointer to guide my eye.  Because of the interactivity, putting the mouse anywhere in the viewport causing something to pop-up.  It broke my attention and because I didn’t actually click to activate the pop-up, I didn’t feel in control of the experience.

Yeeks!!!  I hope they dial is down soon because “slick” doesn’t mean everything is interactive.  I got the impression that they went for “more” rather than really thinking about how users use the website and using interactivity to really enhance the experience of using the website.  It’s kinda embarrasing.

Oh Goody, Windows 7 …

Just when you’ve gotten use to avoiding Vista, MS gives us something new to avoid … uh Vista Reborn … oh, ‘scuse me “Windows 7” … you know, because they HAVE to release a new OS every 3-yrs no matter what … This new version of Windows is supposed to be more compatible with mini-notes, netbooks, and touch interfaces.  Yay … btw guys, XP workd just fine for the minis.  I guess I should quit giving Vista a hard time.  It works great on super beefy machines :).    Anyhow, I see this going about as well as the Vista launch.  The only reason I have Vista is because my new computers came with it.  Given a choice, I would have stuck with XP because after years of patching, it was pretty stable.  Well, it should be fun watching the confusion this time next year with XP, Vista, and Windows 7 all out at the same time.  Oh, and I love the little dig about the threat from Android with respect to the netbooks.  Sigh … nice piece of Google bait to hang in front of the MS bear (btw:  bear baiting is illegal).   All MS has to do is give us a nice stripped down version of Windows and some Office Essentials (Meat, Cheese, and Bun, no lettuce, tomatoes, spread, onions, sprouts, pickles, bacon, nor a little stick to hold it all together) and it will be all good.  Anyhow, here’s a link to an article with more details about the beta launch.  (There’s got to be somebody out there who wants to try Window 7 first  — Lord knows who would want to sacrifice a perfectly good piece of hardware to this beast ???  It sounds like something to pay a medical guinea pig to do.)

Goodbye and Good Riddance 2008 — Green Rant

It’s the end of the year and it’s mighty slow for those of us looking for a job.  Things started drying up dramatically around Thanksgiving and then it trickled to next to nothing on Christmas Eve.  I guess it’s to be expected.  I hope things will pick up shortly after New Years.

Sigh … I wonder how the latest financial problem involving that Madoff guy will affect everything.   How many more are out there like him?  And how many companies will soon find out that the money they’ve “lent” out evaporated?  I hope this doesn’t erode the little bit of confidence that could have been built up in the past few weeks.  I realize that it’s going to take a while to unwind everything and figure out how much money there really is in the system.  I imagine a lot of money is being double counted now.  My feeling, though, is that it’s time for a return to sanity and for the world economy to be based on actual trade again rather than debt swapping.  We’ll see if that actually happens.  The US isn’t in the best position to actually manufacture much of anything anymore.  Plus, there aren’t enough creative business people and managers who can envision cost effective manufacturing in the US that pays a good wage, is safe for the environment, and provides cost competitive products for consumers.  It takes a strong will to change things and it takes courage to act.  Right now, though, I see a bunch of flimsy spined folks running around who only know how to cut costs with a chainsaw or beg the government for corporate well-fare.

( Hahaha … irony of ironies … spreading personal wealth to corporations.  There are so many out there who don’t have a pot to pee in blinded by the thought of  the stereotypical “Well-fare Queen,”  who have been fooled into thinking that they are middle class or even rich.  Hahaha!!!  It blows my mind!  I guess this explains the state we are in.  Everyone was  living beyond their means because so many people deluded themselves into thinking that they had means.  Welcome to reality and enjoy the global “three finger salute.”  Not everyone can and should own a house and a car … that’s why there are apartments and public transportation.  The rest of the world seems to understand this.  Anyhow, there are some nice stats on Wikipedia about household incomes in the US — link.  I wonder how many people have actually looked at their finances to understand their true situation.)

So what comes next?  It’s clear that the rate at which people are accumulating stuff is not sustainable because there’s only so much matter on the planet.  Which leads me to some “Duh!” moments I’ve had in the last few days:

Duh! #1:  My husband says to me after thinking really hard about it,” What if there were some way like plants and trees to convert the CO2 to oxygen and water, then we wouldn’t have to worry about carbon so much anymore.”  My deadpan response, “Uh, why not just plant enough trees and plants to cover your carbon usage …Duh …”  Continue reading Goodbye and Good Riddance 2008 — Green Rant

Developers Whining About Apple’s 99-cent Store

Developers wrote an open letter to Apple complaining that the 99-cent and free price points of the software available through the iPhone Apps Store is prohibiting them from making compelling software.  They claim they cannot recuperate the development costs of a complex program at 99-cents.  While reading this article, I couldn’t help but burst out laughing hysterically as I imagined a bunch of “entrepreneurial” programmers coming to grips with what “open source” truly means.  They got what they asked for and now they are whining!  OMG!!!  Heheheheh!!!  I’m still laughing.

Okay, let me stop and wipe the tears from eyes and say this:  there is a perceived value to iPhone applications.  People associate programs made on an open platform with free ware — programs made out of the goodness of a developers heart and not for profit.  This has nothing to do with ringtone pricing.  So how do the developers make money?  Obvisiously this open letter shows a serious lack of creativity, marketing, and business sense, which is not surprising — these folks are programmers.  I am unwilling to call these folks developers because I think “development” implies the whole ideation, programming, business, marketing package.  Anyhow, here are some ideas:

  • If developers want to sell their wares for more than 99-cents, then they need to convince customers that their products are worth more.   If they can’t put a good demo on the apps store, then link to a website and show a more in-depth demonstration or simulation — it is an iPhone after all ;p .
  • Developers could get together and create a clear tiered structure of applications and agree to pricing based on complexity and man hours.  Of course, the iTunes Apps Store is a very pure form of capitalism, so it’s possible that another developer will undercut the agreed upon pricing structure.  Yes, they are competing toe-to-toe with International developers who can do the software cheaper in their own country.
  • Developers could get together and make up some sort of certification that in essence states that the software is not “crapware”
  • They can also turn to the deplorable world of advertising to subsidize the cost of the program.
  • They could also do the application concept and architecture in the US and outsource the programming to a cheaper country or hire high school and college interns.
  • They could work with the service provider to get a separate marketplace with some form of certification
  • They could tier the applications, such that basic functionality is offered at 99-cents and additional functionality can be obtained with the “full version” — or the usual “basic”, “professional”, and “ultimate” type labels.
  • They could show a comparison table between their product and the competing “crapware” and point out the clear advantage that justifies the increased cost.
  • They could make iPhone applications to bridge existing services, say,  in the model of Pandora.  Or they can make iPhone apps for established companies — in other words, shop the basic concept around before going to the iPhone store.
  • Get the applications in front of some prominent bloggers and tech reviewers who will get your message out for you.  After all, Apple and techy people do whatever tech evangelists say is cool.

I have an iPhone and I’m wary of putting any willy-nilly application on my phone.  For the most part “Free” and “99-cents” don’t catch my attention.  It only took one piece of crapware for me to change my attitude quickly.  My iPhone is precious and I don’t want to litter it with programs I will not use.  I’m very selective about what I put on my phone.  It has to match activity that I’ve tried doing with my phone or be something that I, myself, thought would be neat to have.  As for pricing, it depends on the perceived value to me.  If I wanted a “quote of the day” generator or a lighter simulation, then I feel that should be free or 99-cents.  If its a  multi-level game, then I expect to pay $5- $10 based on complexity and replayability.   If I want location based software to find product and services around me, then I expect to pay no more than 99-cents or for the software to be free because I understand that I will be advertised to in a very micro-targeted fashion.  Anyhow … the whiny programmers that wrote the open letter to Apple need to get their heads out the sand and get creative.