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11 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

How Not to Write an Error Message

Or “How Not to Re-launch Your Website.”

AT&T recently unveiled their new and improved customer portal.  I’ve only been able to experience the front page though, so I’ll have to ask around as to what the rest of the experience is like.

Here’s a screenshot of my failed login attempt:

A few points of question:

  1. This error message seems to indicate that there’s a transient error with AT&T’s system.  I would like it to tell me whether or not this is a maintenance window or when I could expect to be able to login again.
  2. This error message seems to contradict the first error message.  Is there a system error as described in (1) or did I enter my password incorrectly?
  3. Which “drop down menu” should I be choosing on this page?

I’m going to guess that the people designing the site are not the people writing the error messages… that the team responsible for internationalization and localization (i.e. translating the error messages, etc.) were working off of a different specification of what the ultimate site would look like and hence the confusing language.

If this is indeed systemic, I would expect alarm bells to be going off in AT&T’s call centers for fielding more calls because the portal is busto.

Then again, years of substandard reception, dropped calls and poor call quality for their iPhone users didn’t prompt them to do anything so I’m not surprised :) (but also :( since I’m a paying subscriber!).


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22 March 2011 ~ 3 Comments

How Often Do You Watch Assassinations?

After returning The American, Netflix prompts me for some information that will help it make better suggestions.

This seems like such an interesting preference to have.

“Why yes, I love movies about assassination! I enjoy seeing people getting what’s coming to them… in the most extreme and final way possible.”

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19 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Is It Nice This Time of Year?

Being offered this choice at the Asus home page reminded me…

Asus Home Page

I’ve always wanted to visit Latin Spanish. I wonder what it’s like in March?

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13 February 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Did You Get All That?

In order to understand what you’re buying at GoDaddy, a course in early Egyptian hierogplyhs is required.

I don’t even know how to type those characters :)

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30 December 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Netflix, I’m Dying To Know

What did I watch?! :)

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28 December 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Prominently Placed

I found this image from a Borders mailer interesting.  Note what’s adjacent the arrow.

I believe that’s a progress bar.

Would not be my first choice for a product shot :)

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25 December 2010 ~ 1 Comment

How do we do it? Volume!

Price alert from Amazon.  Finally, I can pull the trigger!

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03 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

I’m Mostly Certain…

…the Internet is just messing with me this week.

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02 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Some Problems Occurred

Proving once again that uninstallers don’t get the testing love they deserve :)

Adobe Design Premium Uninstaller

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09 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

In Context

If your advertisement comes in the form of typing instructions, perhaps an IM client isn’t the best place to advertise it :)

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