April 29, 2004 | Permalink
Last night I got two invitations to join Orkut. Again. Both came from people who had asked me to join a long time ago. I just verified that at least one of them didn't re-ask (and I believe that he isn't at all active on Orkut). The invitation says nothing about it being a re-invitation, and starts off saying "[someone] invites you to join his network of personal friends at orkut.com." The word "invites" is in the present tense, not the past tense.
Yo, Google: stop spamming. Thanks!
April 28, 2004 | Permalink
April 16, 2004 | Permalink
And the ads supposedly related to the messages can sometimes be humorous. I complained to the support team that Gmail has problems with Safari, and they replied nicely, saying "we are committed to making our product available to as many people as possible, and supporting as many browsers and platforms as possible". (Mac users: when was the last time you heard such positive intentions?). The "related" ad was "Java Error? Fix It Now"...
April 13, 2004 | Permalink
The proposed new TLDs are:
April 07, 2004 | Permalink
But that's exactly Microsoft's security problem in their operating system and applications. They make the act of safely doing regular things so difficult or confusing that people turn off or ignore the security. 99% of users have no reason to be getting executable code in mail, but the steps needed to do prevent that are too confusing to typical users, so they just keep getting them and trying to remember not to execute them. Few Word and Excel macros need to read data from anything other than currently-open documents, but detecting whether a loaded macro does this is nearly impossible for typical users.
The user interface for security needs to be simpler than the user interface for the OS and applications. Otherwise, it will be avoided. Microsoft knows this but prefers to say "we gave you the security options: if you don't use them, it's your fault".