scribbles tagged ‘internet’

missed the boat

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 | tags: , ,  |

When I notice getting tailored advertisements on websites, they’re normally for things I’ve already bought.


Internetty, you’re too late!

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why do innocent people need privacy?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013 | tags: ,  |

I don't do mornings before 6amAttitudes towards the idea of privacy have changed radically across the last 30 years. People talked about privacy as if it was considered a natural right. Something valuable.

Now the attitude appears to be that if you’re innocent you don’t need privacy, if you want privacy then what are you trying to hide? Life is staged in public. Staged on the internet.

State organisations have changed their laws to align with this new highly public way of being. For example, the USA ‘Patriot Act’ allows the US Govt to write a letter to communications service providers in order to get access to, private (?), communications.

While this lack of privacy can be used to protect me, it can also be used by people who’s prejudices prevent them from seeing innocent differences.

I like privacy, I now consider it a luxury and a growing rarity.

why do innocent people need privacy?
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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 | tags: , , ,  | ErrorThe second time that I tried to login to my ‘’ account this error message was presented and the experience hung Firefox.

How long have Microsoft been designing sign-in processes? How many products have they produced that require a secure sign in? How many user experience experts do they employ – how big is their archive on user experience research?

And this error detection and messaging is the best they can come up with?

That’s pathetic – with no imaginable excuse

Just think about this message from a users perspective – what to I do next?

  • browser back button?
  • navigate to the sign in page using a bookmark or URL?

Then repeat the sign-in action that produced thid error in the first place? Believe that doing the same thing twice wont produce the same error from a computerised system? I can think of several different ways that this service could have enabled me to do this, my only natural troubleshooting approach, in an easier way. For example, provide a nice friendly “Try again” button. An apology or empathetic sound would be a nice additional extra. I find “ouch” is working quite well with me at the moment. If Microsoft are serious about shifting from pre-packaged products to operating online services they are going to have to start using the knowledge of their user experience experts

Hall of shame for

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bargain basement girliness

Monday, January 7th, 2013 | tags: , , , ,  |

Living Social local email offersI’ve signed-up to receive offers from Living Social.

At first the offers were on a broad range of topics. The advertising photographs showed a people of different genders and ages demonstrating the product or service use.  Great diversity. I enjoyed looking at the possibilities and even purchased a few mixed gender, mixed ages, activity breaks.

More recently the offers that they send me show bigger discounts, but are on a more restricted range of topics. A lot of offers that are tailored to a stereotypical young female paranoid about how she, and her home, looks – make-up, hair, diets, cooking, manicures, vacuum cleaners etc. The pictures of people using the services are females that are almost exclusively young, curvaceous, with long hair, fully made-up, smooth skinned.

I feel hassled and oppressed by the algorithm they are using to select the offers that they email to me.

I’m progressively uninspired by the offers that they send me.

I’ve stopped using the offers – they’ve lost my custom.

I’ve written to Living Social to ask them to change the algorithm they are using to send me offers – to regain my custom.  I don’t think Living Social will be able to update their algorithm just for me. Maybe I should re-register with a boys name and see if I can regain the diversity and activity oriented offers that I saw before Living Social decided to push the popular female stereotype at me.

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this twitting lark

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 | tags: , ,  |

twitterRecently my employer asked for my Twitter address, to publish my tweets on their website. Other colleagues admitted to not tweeting, or suggested that our employer really wouldn’t want to publish their tweets. As wendy, I’ve dabbled but not really been drawn in.

What to do? Should I start using Twitter with my real ‘professional’ name. Luckily the name was available. There are only 2 of us with my real name and an online presence, the other person is a teenager in small town USA. I bagged our name on Twitter. But the big problems still haven’t been solved

  • Should I twit? And how long should I spend twitting if I do?
  • Who do I want to read my twits?
  • Do I have to use a spell-check on all my tweets to avoid irritating those people who can’t see my conceptual wood because of my grammatical trees?
  • What should I twit about?
  • What do professional tweeters, who are published on their employers websites, do?
  • What sort of ‘voice’ should I use? Directive? Cheeky? Subversive?

Do you think I’ll ignore all these tricky questions or other?

What have you done, and why’d you do it?

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omnipresenceness virtually distributed

Saturday, April 14th, 2012 | tags: ,  |

We really exist, we’re no longer just virtual!

How do I know?

The wendy house now has it’s own facebook page:

People can ‘like’ the wendy house on facebook! Oh, the sense of achievement, success, relevance to middle-age culture. Excellent!

Of course there’s twitter aswell, but I try not to flaunt my omnipresenceness lest people start spreading meme-ified-rumours of my godli-ess-ness


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boobs and tea as seen on tv

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 | tags: ,  |

Example blog spam

Occassionally I pop into the wendy house spam folder to find out Askimet has mis-identified any genuine lovely commenters as spam and to get a feel for

  • who is trying to post
  • what messages on
  • which scribbles

Generally its a fairly tea-dious task, this spammer raised a wee smile before being splatted out of existence

My tea related scribbles appear very popular with spammers, which baffles me.  My scribble explaining terms in Jasper Fford’s ‘the big over easy’ is also popular with the spammers for more obvious reasons

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lost our box

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 | tags: , , , ,  |

wendy: is there a password for the hotel internet?

The staff gives me a handwritten code then adds:  we’re not sure it’s working, let me know if you can get the internet


wendy: I can connect to your wireless but your wireless hub is either not connected to the internet or your ISP isn’t giving out IP addresses because the error message I get is about the DNS server not providing IP addresses

staff: ????????

wendy: um, your internal wireless system is working ok, but the line coming in is having trouble. Maybe just turning your internet hub on and off will solve it, or you’ll have to phone your internet provider…

staff: we don’t know where the box is, we’re having building works and we’ve lost it

wendy: Oh!!!!! Probably worth looking for the box then….

3 days in the hotel and my only internet access was on my cell phone.

Hotel Internet - not working...

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tree surgeon operates on internet

Monday, July 26th, 2010 | tags: ,  |

email from reception to the whole building with the subject line ‘Internet’:

The engineer’s have been out today they have said they can’t see a lot wrong with the system, but they will be coming out again tomorrow with a tree surgeon to take a tree out that they think is causing the problem. If this doesn’t  make any difference they will then have to replace the equipment but this will mean that the Internet will go down completely for 2 hours after 1pm

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cooperate with the internet

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 | tags: , ,  |

copy-pasted from an email:

Sorry for the inconvenience, but the internet will be gong down at 16.20pm for just 2minutes. Thank you for your cooperation

People are so polite here, it’s darn-right cute.  I thought you should know about this because the email was only sent to the building I was in and with the internet being down you might want to find something else to play with for 2 minutes.  Hope this helps, thankjs,  LOVE you!


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internet like toothpaste – IT pro said so

Friday, October 30th, 2009 | tags: , ,  |

IT Professional:   can you get the internet into your computer?

Wendy:   Into your computer?!!   please, can I blog that ?

IT Professional:   yeah sure,   it can be like getting toothpaste back into the tube

The IT professionals here have a wonderfully colourful way of describing the technology in non-technical terms.   Especially colourful if they have scottish accents which, strangely, most of them seem to have.

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racey internet

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 | tags: ,  |

the email said:

“The Internet is now up and running

and included this little bundle of politeness

we thank you all for your patience and apologise for the inconvenience this has caused

The internet is often used to let me know whether  the internet is, or  isn’t, taking pat in the race today.

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shout about it

Sunday, September 27th, 2009 | tags:  |

email from building services:


swiftly replied to, with a hint of cheekiness,  by  IT services in one part of the building:

This email doesn’t affect you

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moden interactive museums

Monday, February 25th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

The Victora and Albert Library is a living piece of history.   A free piblic library where the resources themselves are artefacts of beauty.

The internet provides information,   sometimes that information is beautifully packaged in ‘media experiences’.   The internet has not yet managed to add to its experience the package offered by old libraries of:

book scent

aging parchment texture

atmosphere of being surrounded by ancient books

the sound of librarian moderated silences

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wanted: mom replacement

Saturday, May 13th, 2006 | tags: , ,  |

5 ‘winks’ were waiting in my inbox, from the online dating service  tonight.     About 500% my normal daily dosage of ‘winks’.    Has the impending US Mom’s day prompted the feeling of a need to find a mommy replacement?  

Synopsis of their dating profiles:

  • jb3318: 52yrs. Lives in Washington State. Lenghty profile fits my sterotype of an elderly retired ‘gentleman’.
  • badknee: 46yrs. Lives in Washington State.   Opening sentence is “well this is the hard part” the rest is evidence of quite how hard he found it.
  • rik777rio: 48yrs. Lives in Montana. Describes himself as a ‘real man’.   Lenghty profile.   No evidence of humour.
  • Greatlover424: 43. Lives in Indiana.   4 sentence profile.   Every sentence starts with a lower-case “i”
  • Farel931: 45yrs. Lives in New York,   start’s with the ever popular opener “It’s hard to describe oneself…”  , then demonstrates how hard it was.

I need to update my profile to reduce unsuitable and increase suitable approaches.   What would you suggest I include and exclude from it?

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