Party time (excellent!) like it’s 2009
January 14th, 2009
At the dawn of the new year, Business Week’s Bruce Nussbaum announced that Innovation was dead and that Transformation is the new buzzword. I can’t help but think of a classic Wayne’s World sketch, where Bruce Willis plays Rick, the cool kid at school.
Wayne: Excellent! Excellent! Well, if you don't mean my being so bold, Rick, are you ready to unveil the new cool word for the school year? [ to camera ] I should explain something, alright? Last year, Rick's new cool word was “pail”, or “bucket”.. as in, “So what did you think of the new substitute teacher?” “I think he's 'pail', he's 'bucket'!” And, Rick? Rick, this year the new cool word is..? Go, Garth, go!
[ Garth pounds on the couch as though it were a drum]
Rick: The word is.. [ thinking ] ..Sphincter.
Garth: Wow, that's the greatest word I've ever heard in my life, Rick! How do you do that?
Rick: They appear to me, as if in a dream.
Wayne: Unnecessary Zoom!
October 13th, 2005
I blogged previously about trouble commenting on BusinessWeek blogs. Turns out that my ISP (which is SBC) has been blacklisted for some nefarious activity. Trying to submit a comment redirects me to a horrible page
DSBL: Listing Data
If you’re not sure why you were referred to this webpage, please read this page first.
Listed in unconfirmed (unconfirmed.dsbl.org): yes
Listed in singlehop (list.dsbl.org): yes
Listed in multihop (multihop.dsbl.org): no
Record last changed: 2004/Oct/29 05:03:49 UTC
Reverse DNS identifies server as: adsl-68-127-18-86.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net
2004/Oct/29 05:03:27 UTC Listed in Unconfirmed (view message)
2004/Oct/29 05:03:27 UTC Listed in Singlehop (view message)
2005/Oct/11 15:05:52 UTC Removal Confirmation Sent EMail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Requestor IP: 188.8.131.52
184.108.40.206 accepted message.
Remote host said: 250 2.0.0 j9BF4f7
and of course, it’s up to someone at the ridiculous monolith at SBC to fix this. Yeah, like that’ll happen.
I guess I won’t be joining in on the BusinessWeek blog dialog anytime soon!
Is BusinessWeek Online broken?
October 10th, 2005
I’m trying to comment on a couple of blog entries on BusinessWeek online. Hitting “post” just times out. So I searched the site for a means to contact them. First I found the Masthead for the online edition. But nothing there. Turns out I want “customer service” (even though I’m not a customer, I’m a user, yes?).
BusinessWeek Online: Customer Service says
Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Please provide as much information as possible to help us resolve the problem. We will respond if you include a valid BusinessWeek user name and email address below.
Of course, I have no idea what a BusinessWeek user name is. Nor do I see a place to enter that information! I put in my name and email and describe the problem. Nope. I need to provide an address. A City. A state or province, and a zip or postal code. To submit a problem report with their website. What?
Okay, I give them 1 nowhere st. Nowheresville, etc. etc. And submit it.
And it reloads the exact same page, with the fields still populated with what I typed.
There’s no acknowledgement that they’ve received my feedback, nor any indication that I need to do something else to get the info to them. I have no idea what has happened. Have they now received several copies of the same bug report (including the one I tried in IE in case this was a Firefox problem?) or have they received none?
Meanwhile, I have two composed but not-accepted blog comments.
Obviously something is broken, but how much is broken and how much is bad design? I expected better!