Archive for the ‘Rant’ Category

More Flaws, More Fixes

by on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Some people say that you have no right to complain about something that is free. I have taken advantage of a lot of free things over the years. Such as my free public education. I went to kindergarten and then grades 1 through 12. It was free to me, except for the cost of supplies, like notebooks and paper. But it wasn’t really free – someone, ie taxpayers, paid for it.

Now we have the internet and my email account with Yahoo has been free for over 14 years. I use Firefox for my browser, which is free from Mozilla, and I installed the free blog software from WordPress. Most of these have been good, solid performers. The biggest problem for me is the constant upgrades. I get comfortable with my stuff and then someone decides they have a better idea and they go and change it. Arrgghhh!

Run Forrest, Run

by on Monday, November 28th, 2011

run forest run

An App for That

by on Monday, November 14th, 2011

The new catchphrase this year has got to be, “There’s an app for that.” I read today that there are over 1 million apps. How in the hell can a normal person stay on top of all those apps? That is crazy to think we, the general public, have such a great need, desire and demand for little bits of software to solve all our problems or make life so much easier for us.

The only app that I can thin of that would help me is one that would tell me exactly where I set down my cell phone or car keys, or did someone move them in a cleaning frenzy. I think at least once a week I am searching for my damn phone because it is not where I thought I left it.

Design Flaws

by on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Thee are big words for all these engineering concepts, but i’ll stick with “user friendly.” Have you ever noticed that some things might look good, work well, be completely functional – and yet they are not user friendly?

For example, architects are predominantly male and not may men do laundry for their household – especially since they are working every day earning a living. Therefore, they have very little regard or concern for the person who has to actually trudge up and down a flight a stairs with heavy and bulky baskets of dirty clothes, sometimes daily, to use the laundry equipment that is located in the basement. If they had any concern for making a house plan efficient and user friendly, they would find a way to locate the laundry near the bedrooms and the bathrooms, where people naturally remove their clothes.

I seem this same callous disregard for the person who has to use a product or a feature all the time. What examples have you noticed?

Newest WordPress

by on Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Believe me, I know full well that WordPress is free. I have been using WordPress for about three, maybe three and a half years. But it sure seems like lately I have to install way too many updates. This is the WordPress newest version and then all my plugins have to be monitored and updated. This is getting to be very cumbersome. I wish they would only do an upgrade once or twice a year. Not 2 and 3 times a month like it has been lately.