||[May. 26th, 2007|09:08 pm]
time for a general update i suppose. (WARNING A LOT OF WHINGING IN THIS POST, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!)
work is crap, CV updated and looking for new job
had to fix MD's personal wifi connection today, my own time and i didn't even get paid, that is fucked up!
had lunch with Tom Salmon today which was nice to see him and have a techy chat.
fedup with social network sites, which probably means i'm anti-social or some sort of social lepper.
went through list of people who were in my year at school (on facebook), only recognised two people that i could call friends.
generally feel shit at the minute :/
should really watch The Crow tonight, as this seems to always put me back on track and put things into some sort of sensible perspective.
Also when people create websites that a lot of people will end up using (monster.co.uk, facebook.com) do they not deem it a good idea to test that their site works in other browsers ? i know that Safari may not be that popular, but i'm pretty damned sure that i'm not the only person in the whole fucking world who uses it. So then i am forced to use firefox (which keeps crashing on my mac for some strange reason). Then before i can actually get to the site that didn't work in the first place, i have to tell firefox manually that i don't have a proxy here at home, unlike at work. This is really annoying because all of the other software that i have on my mac, takes their proxy and other network settings from the main machine. So in my case, wifi doesn't use a proxy, but my wired connection does.
After much cocking about i can get to the site that i need just to be able to tick a box on a job form telling them not to include the 'work from home' jobs in my search results. Which then it duely ignores anyway and continues to display these jobs that allow me to work from home!
Another whinge about these sites (job search ones) Is that when you look for jobs on their site, this includes monster.co.uk, cwjobs.co.uk and www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk. you specify the job area you are interested in, pay, type of job, then location. So why when i enter in 'Shrewsbury' or indeed 'shropshire' as the location in which i would like jobs in that area displayed to me, does it return jobs in swindon, and london and bedford ??
i mean are they really that crap at geography ?
this raises some questions
1) are the links sponsered ?
2) is it not able to find jobs in that area, so displays something rather than nothing ?
3) are they just generally stupid ?
1) I think perhaps are the jobs outside my selected area sponsered by the company looking for employers ? So that their jobs stands out more. This is pointless to me (but i can imagine not to all people). The reason that is specify an area is because i want to work in that area and not another. It may be the best job in the world, but if it isn't in the area i'm looking in, then i'm just not interested. They are wasting my time. Which leads me to get annoyed and leave the site.
2) if this is the case, why not just display a message saying 'we were unable to find jobs matching your search criteria, here are some others we think you may be intersted in. if not please refine your search parameters'
Instead they like to trick you into working elsewhere. As in point 1, this will not work
3) this is the most likely of reasons. As ussually the most simple solution to a problem is ussually the correct one. in this case, the people that they employ to create these sites, must be the simplest of them all.
It always seems to me that most websites these days, forget that actual people want to use the websites and gather information from them. All the companies are after is a high ranking on google, and some revenue from the adverts on the site.
there are exceptions to this, and in these cases the sites do really well, and don't require annoying adverts for sponsershp. Instead they can rely on revenue from customers who wish to pay more for added features.
A prime example of this is flickr.com. The site is very easy to use, works in all browsers (that i'm aware of, and that also support AJAX style). There are no adverts from google or whover. The revenue comes from people that are willing to pay for extra service, be it in bandwidth, storage or whatever.
The amount of times we get clients in demanding that their site looks like some Flash based aboination, that is really hard to get the information from and naviagate. To which we point out that the people using the site will find it hard, not to mention disabled people, but they still want the site to be designed for them and only them. Then the next silly question is "how do i get to be number 1 on google when someone searches for ....." and they give silly examples, that have something to do with their company at least, like air, or wales etc.
It just really irks me!!
Anyway enough about ranting there!
It does seem that our TV has taken vengance on my views, or has had enough of my shoutings :p
After the BBC Panorama sham of a program about WIFI being 3 times stronger (in terms of radiation emitted) than mobile phones. I decided that i couldn't trust the BBC's journalist approach anymore. So i have boycotted all BBC television (not radio as i do listen to 6 Music and BBC 7 comedy). Then as of yesterday both of our Freeview digiboxes have died, so we no longer have any TV. This is probably a good thing in the long run, but in sad way it does leave me a little lost when i get home and want to put something on to unwind to, instead i think i should turn back to reading my book atm (Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion).
Right i think i shall make something for tea now and have a nice relaxing bath with my beer.
If you have made it this far through my post and are still with me, then i congratulate you, and no doubt owe you some sort of beer based beverage through suffering this whinge :p
take care one and all.