Category Archives: Rants

I’m giving up on StumbleUpon

I wanted to do something very simple today. I wanted to look at the StumbleUpon profile of a guy I know who’s blog I was reading. He’d linked to it, so I clicked on it. And there began my frustration.

I have a general dislike of any web site/application/social network/whatever that asks you to login to do the simplest of things, because it’s not worth the effort. For example, if I just want to look at someone’s profile after they’ve actively encouraged me to do so, I’m not going to be bothered to sign up to a site just to look at that one profile, and then have to deal with what will probably be TWO sign-up e-mails (why it’s always two, I don’t know)  and then usually one more e-mail each week telling me how great the whole thing is. Breathe.

If that wasn’t enough, I then tried every combination of username and password I could possibly think of that I would have used to sign up (I do have a SU account) but all failed so on to the password reminder. When I got the e-mail with my password I noticed it was some random jumble of letters I would never in a million years use as my password. So I logged in and proceeded to change my password. Except I couldn’t. There is, seemingly, no way to change your password on SU. And then I remembered – I’d been here before. I’ve been annoyed with SU for this very same reason a couple of times.

Screenshot of the StumbleUpon homepageSo I figured, forget it – I’ll just go click on the link to that profile again and then get on with my life. If only. StumbleUpon decided that despite logging in only moments before, it wanted me to do so again. Bugger that for a bag of chips, and I went to the home page to login instead. Click on the thumbnail and look around for the login link. Don’t see it? No, nor me. I’ll give one hundred pounds* to anyone who can find the login link on that page.

In summary then, when I sign up I’m given a nonsensical password I can’t change, I can’t do anything until I log in which is hard enough with my brilliant password and that’s even if I manage to log in seeing as the only way to do that is to find a deep link and click on it. StumbleUpon, you’ve pissed me off and wasted my time – and I’m including the time taken to write this rant.

Now, where was I?

*I won’t really, I don’t have £100 to give away. Especially someone who can spot a link that’s right in front of my stupid face.

Intel: Choose Us, We’ll Screw with Your Computer

Intel haven’t actually said anything like that but what impression do they really expect to give, with this ad?:

Screenshot of an Intel advert

When it first loads up you see the rather evil looking (okay, red and fuzzy) word “Virus” fly towards these three Matrix-types. It is quickly caught and thrown to the ground. I’m happy with that – Intel are making me think that their technology will stop viruses before they get to my laptop. Nice.

Then the unthinkable happens. As I hover over the ad, I find my mouse pointer is also thrown towards the men. The pointer is scrunched up like a drinks can (as you can see) and then thrown to the floor. Then, it fades away. I’m left with no mouse pointer. What do I do now? I can’t do anything – I’ve lost my mouse pointer! At this point my Mom would probably hit the power button (not that Intel are targeting advertising to my Mom).

So what are you telling me, Intel? If I use your technology will I no longer be able to use my mouse pointer? Are you scared those few little pixels contain a virus? Nope,  you’ve lost and annoyed me. Good job.