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End and Beginning of an Exit

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Allen: I was nowhere near Oakland!

Play It Again, Sam

Just this past Sunday, in a rant on the obviously low quality and reliability of Google SMS, I pointed out that about 1 out of every 20 times I was sending “Stock DJI” to get an update on the Dow Jones Industrials, I was getting a local address for Dow Jones instead of the index results. Yesterday, that started happening about once every 7 or 8 times. Early today, about once every 3 or 4 times. Then early this afternoon, Google SMS gave up pretending at any intelligence whatsoever, simply returning addresses to any and all stock price requests, from the DJI to IBM to any others. After 30 minutes of checking back to see if they themselves had figured out they’d finally broken their own stupid attempt at SMS, I gave up. Permanently. Who cares if they’ve fixed it by now, when the only certainty is that they will break it again soon enough. Their quality control procedures and programming standards are as slipshod as those of Microsoft, if not worse. So after long ago giving up relying on any of the other Google SMS uses, which were even worse than the stock price use has been until today, finally I’m leaving Google SMS completely. To put it at the absolute bottom of any listing of SMS services would be too kind.

And if that marks the closing scene of one exit, call it the opening scene of other departures I’ll be making from other Google features. Google Docs being the next in line to get the heaveho. I’ve long known that neither its word processing nor spreadsheet products are worth anything beyond a very poor joke with no punchline. Why I’ve still continued to build records of my gas mileage and Zen tracks and other bits and pieces on Google Docs spreadsheets has been more a comment on my own blogging inertia than any endorsement of Google. It’s a dead end. With no expectation that Google Docs will ever rise above the ultra-low standard set by Google SMS, I’m wasting my time to continue.

Shall we give g-mail the pink slip as well?

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Written by macheide

30 July 2008 at 8:00 pm

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Google Booger

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Without exception, it’s my experience that anyone who compliments or recommends Google SMS turns out to be someone who hasn’t actually used Google SMS more than a handful of times. And believe me, this is a classic instance of any favorable first impressions being extremely misguided.

Matter of fact, I am of the strong opinion that Google’s own workforce – from the highest executives to the rank and file, including the people who even work on the SMS feature itself – themselves never use Google SMS. Unless they are so used to the Google mediocrity that infects every other thing Google touches, that they just shrug off how ridiculously stupid Google SMS actually is.

Like any of the images I post, better detail can be seen by clicking the image over to the larger gallery version. Not that it matters much in this case, since I’ll elaborate here. Although I long ago gave up trusting Google SMS for anything else, I do still call on the service from time to time to check in on basic stock market moves when I’m not connected to the Internet. And of course I don’t waste keystrokes typing the text in everytime I want to check in: I just go to my cell phone’s outbox and re-send the saved message “Stock DJI” to Google. Same message every single time. So any software with any reasonable quality standards should give a predictable result every single time, right? For Google SMS, that sort of predictability means that about once every 20-30 times that text is sent, you can expect to see an address for Dow Jones, even though you’ll then get the current quote for the Dow Jones Industrial if you immediately re-send exactly the same message that delivered that address to you.

Eh, but seriously, that’s not any different from the quality to be expected from anything Google offers, from its video service to its documents service to its haphazard forays into wiki services, and all else without exclusion. If anything, it’s another way of enunciating how desperate Microsoft really is, that they struggle so poorly to try to compete with the likes of this low level of the norm.

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Written by macheide

27 July 2008 at 9:37 am

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When WordPress Fails

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when wordpress fails

I’ve not been on vacation. I’ve haven’t been busier than usual with chores and all. I haven’t even been as buried in my spreadsheet or the Wall or in work as I might have wanted to be. And of course I’ve not stopped writing, that never.

When WordPress fails, I just don’t allow them to waste my time like they’ve already too often done. So when yet another poorly planned and completely untested software modification was once again quite casually imposed on WordPress users last Tuesday night, making it impossible to post anything with other than a false “Uncategorized” tag, I simply walked off for a week. Next time — which, given WordPress standards should be within a month or less — the hiatus will be two weeks. And then maybe by the end of the summer they will have convinced me I need to either find some system that knows how to properly conduct product development, or else just plain do my journalling on my own like I did for almost 40 years before making the mistake of struggling with the likes of this.

Once again applauding my decision not to commit so much as to actually pay for this system. Bad enough when WordPress treats free accounts with such callous disrespect. I’d be plain pissed if I’d paid for such poor quality.

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Written by macheide

10 June 2008 at 10:03 am

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Reuters Off Reuters Off

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Meeting adopts cluster bomb ban, debates loopholes http://tinyurl.com/4a9dhf

reuters tweet 5/30/2008 ~12:40pm

Meeting adopts cluster bomb ban, debates loopholes http://tinyurl.com/4a9dhf

reuters tweet 5/30/2008 ~10:00am

OK, Reuters has finally convinced me to turn my cell phone off to its tweets. I got the news the first time; I don’t need to get hit with it again. Cluster-bombing twitter for news delivery is the same spamlike methodology that had me turning BreakingNewsOn off in favor of Reuters, which now only seems to be learning the same bad habits. Sure, Reuters’ tweets at least have more meat to them than MSN‘s SMS alerts’ nonsense, but I really don’t care to chew the same meat twice, at least not on my cell phone.

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Written by macheide

30 May 2008 at 12:52 pm

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Turning BreakingNewsOn Off

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Death toll from China’s 7.9 earthquake rises to at least 7,751 in three provinces; 10,400 injured; at least 1,100 still trapped in rubble.

Death toll from China’s 7.9 earthquake rises to at least 8,633 in three provinces; 10,400 injured; at least 1,100 still trapped in rubble.

two successive worthless messages from more than a dozen

I’ll give them this: BreakingNewsOn gives better quality in their news feeds than the brainless headlines that MSN’s SMS service farts out. But no no no, flooding my cell phone with every new headcount from China’s earthquake today is not an alert service. If anyone seriously wants that level of coverage, then BreakingNewsOn should maybe create two separate feeds: one true “alert” feed, which would have given an alert upon the original announcement of the quake, at most followed up no sooner than 12 hours later with an initial casualty assessment; and a second feed they could label “news spam” with a straight face. But after the lack of discipline they’re shown us today, I’m turning them off.

Leaving me the Reuters alerts (true to the concept, only one single China quake alert so far, while managing to summarize many of the other top news stories that BreakingNewsOn has ignored in its indulgence over one single obsession-of-the-day) as my cell phone news source.

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Written by macheide

12 May 2008 at 4:58 pm

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In a WordPress Minute

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in a wordpress minute

I admit it: I was stupid enough to waste half an hour refreshing this every other minute before realizing their minutes are what we call days. But I do learn quickly: next time, first time I get this, I’ll not return until the next day. If then, even.

Customer Service Lesson #1: Say you’ll be back in an hour, so your customers don’t waste that hour counting every minute, and they’ll be back in an hour, even if it takes you a few minutes past that.  Say you’ll be back in a minute when you know you won’t be, and eventually they’ll just stop coming back at all.

Eh, but maybe I’m not giving WordPress enough credit. They probably were back every minute to post a new message saying they’d be back in another minute, don’t you think?

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Written by macheide

10 May 2008 at 9:50 pm

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Possibly a Renouncement

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Starting with this post, I will no longer waste my time with WordPress tags. Instead, I’m going to have to waste precious time going back through all my past posts to remove tags that WordPress has rendered useless.

Which might be the beginning of the complete end of WordPress for me. I suppose I could always go with using the software on a host of my own; but if I ever get back to that point, I swear I’m going to just “roll my own,” the way I used to a decade ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by macheide

9 May 2008 at 9:09 am

Posted in reprobate