Monday, November 15, 2004

Bad web design

Bad web design

Originally uploaded by aharbick.

I honestly can't believe that companies as large as United still build websites this bad.

Go to their site and there's the standard login box that wants to know your Mileage Plus number and password. There is also the standard "Forgot your password" link. If you click on that link it takes you to a page that requests your Mileage Plus number and has a "Continue" button. When you click continue you end up on this page.

Wow... I'm supposed to write a letter and attach a stamp (I don't even recall what those are any more) and send it to United "Attn: Web Password Request"!

My only hope is that my account had decayed enough that they were unable to do an automatic password request so they put up these decidedly manual ones.

Is it just me?

Or do Flickr image posts to your blog not render under Firefox? All I see is a little dot marking the image when I view my blog in Firefox, but Safari or IE seem fine.

Friday, November 12, 2004

More props for CodeTek

So CodeTek Virtual Desktop isn't perfect. There's a bug somewhere (in CTVD or I suppose it could be a Firefox bug) that causes Firefox to do funny stuff. I sent feedback to CodeTek and got this e-mail back.

    Hi Andy,

Since Mozilla's team did not resolve the issue with the release of 1.0, we
will have to now see how we can fix the problems without 'breaking'

We will be working on this to get it fixed and an update released.

In the meantime, the workarounds suggested by users are:

"When starting Firefox, if only "Firefox" appears in the menu bar (and not
File, Edit, etc.), changing desktops and changing back seems to fix this

Some report that after hiding Firefox (cmd-H) and unhiding, the Firefox
window is blank. Clicking on buttons (back, reload, etc.) or highlighting
text on the web page makes the areas clicked or highlighted appear.

And, some report that the Firefox menu is that appears after the first
start-up (ie, all other items were missing). Alt-tab to another app on
another desktop brought back functionality. ("tab-in - tab-out did bring
menus etc back in Firefox. Bit of a nuisance though.")

I hope these notes help.

Best regards, Bill

Bill Goldstein
President & CEO
CodeTek Studios, Inc

How often do you get an e-mail from the CEO of a problem dealing with support problems. Granted Bill probably IS the company, but it feels good nonetheless.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

The Nokia 3650...

I don't have one of these but you can do some pretty cool stuff with it, among the coolest:

Tuesday, November 9, 2004


Who'd have thought the the US Postal Service would go postal over such cool band and then end up getting them to promote snail mail. I guess it's easy to forget that the US Postal Service is an independent for profit company.