Friday, September 23, 2005

Feature, not a bug

Ok, before i start, go and have a look at the ugliest website ever made. Scroll down, click on the links on the left for the full impact of the ugliness. If your eyes start to bleed, close the window.

Also, here's a site with some fun stupid little quizzes to take and get things to put on your blog:

Your Blog Should Be Red

Your blog is full of intensity and passion.
You are very opinionated - and people love or hate you for it.
You have the potential to be both a famous and infamous blogger.

I think black is just fine, thanks.

OK, so to explain the title of today's post: we just got some testing feedback from one of our clients. One of the bugs? "The popup alerts don't work when popup blocker is on."

Holy shit! Really?? Someone call microsoft! Something they built actually works!

We recently sent an email to the gateway provider we use for one of our applications, to ask them a question relating to the test probe we send to them every half hour. It is designed to generate an error, and if it doesn't generate the error, we know there's something wrong. We're asking if there's a better way to perform a test without littering the reports with errors. Their response?

"You are receiving this error because of the following reasons (list). Try (suggestions). Regards, Simmy, Blah Payment Services"

Simmy. As in... Simulation. Uhuh. We got a god damn bot responding to our email, instead of a human, with a completely useless response. We know what the error is! We are sending it on purpose!

So we reply to their reply, saying please can we talk to a human being. And we get issued a whole new tracking number. Brilliant. What exactly is the point of a tracking number, then, if they're only tracking as far as their first response?

On the other hand, Simmy could be short for Simian. It is entirely possible that their helpdesk is manned by a troupe of monkeys. It would explain a lot.


Blogger totalwaste said...

i *had* to: we had a project in my last year to build a personal website (that was from my business courses, of course) - here.

it frightens me that i got 100% for it. it was intended to be the worst website ever.

w-v: Large Gatling Armoured Walkers Pwned My House

September 23, 2005 5:25 PM  
Blogger moonflake said...



Sorry to say, tw, but it doesn't beat the Klingons for Christ website. Anyone else got another contender?

September 26, 2005 9:12 AM  
Blogger totalwaste said...

*snaps fingers*
i tried.

w-v: Someone Knows x Not True

September 26, 2005 10:58 PM  

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