Surprise! Turns out it's my turn to blog today because our calendar has been in something called "flux." What is no surprise is that Yahoo doesn't seem to understand the concept of the five-week month. I'm beginning to not be surprised when computer programs that are supposed to make our lives easier turn out to have big holes that should have been in their basic design.
I've been in the tech world a lot longer than most of you. I was a programmer when there were still punch cards and a computer as big as my current office was about one millionth as powerful as my iphone is today (okay, a millionth might be stretching it, but you get the idea). So I know how to program, and what I know is that making a program that incorporates a five-week month into a schedule is not hard. So how come the people who program Yahoo can't seem to get it straight?
I've seen more and more complaints about the tech world recently and I'm beginning to wonder if it has gotten away from us. In the push to be on the cutting, innovative edge of technological wonder, have some of the basics fallen under the bus--like how to program a simple calendar?
Every few days I run across reference to an app or a computer program that promises to solve a problem I didn't even know I had. Someone out there is rushing these problem-solving wonders into production, often leaving out basic common sense items. All you have to do to know what I'm talking about is try to make sense of airline websites. Or how about those programmed "convenient" parking meters that take credit cards--and that take at least three times as long to work as it did when you just put some money in the slot? I've noticed that many so-called conveniences installed for public use are actually less convenient! How many of you remember when you paid money to a non-computerized department store. You gave them money, they put it in the till and gave you a receipt. Bingo. Now they have to enter everything but your dog's name before they can take your money. Convenient for whom? For the person who has to do inventory, or who is tracking the buying habits of customers, that's whom.
Anybody have any arguments about this? Or examples you'd like to throw out?
My rant is over. And it looks like for the convenience of Yahoo, I'll be blogging every Wednesday but the last one in the month. So does the last Wednesday mean the fourth....or the fifth?