Vote for Beer

October 22, 2010

http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/index/~3/WJW-Eb59qwI/

You have to love Wired if only for that headline.

For the record I’m a huge Dogfish Head fan. I’d take the Raison D’etre over the 60 minute, but check out the 90 minute IPA if you can find it. Excellent.

I’m drinking one right now…

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With apologies to Dr. Seuss

October 21, 2010

To test all the random quirks in IE since most of our clients still use really old versions of IE, I’ve set IE as my default browser for the first time in maybe five years.

After a day my complaining was already becoming epic and achieving a strange sort of groove. So with apologies in advance, an IE homage to Dr. Seuss:

That Juan Jose, that Juan Jose
I do not like that Juan Jose

You do not like IE today?

I do not like IE today.
I do not like it Juan Jose

Would you like it on a Mac?
Do you like their standards hack?

I would not like it on a Mac
I do not like their standards hack
I do not like IE today.
I do not like it Juan Jose

Would you like your format flipped?
Do you like its java script?

I would not like my format flipped
I do not like its java script
I would not like it on a Mac
I do not like their standards hack
I do not like IE today.
I do not like it Juan Jose

Would you like it all alone?
Would you like it on a phone?

I would not like it all alone
I would not like it on a phone
I would not like my format flipped
I do not like its java script
I would not like it on a Mac
I do not like their standards hack
I do not like IE today.
I do not like it Juan Jose

Would you like it on a pad?
Does it’s speed still make you sad?

I do not like it on a pad and
Yes it’s speed still makes me sad
I would not like it all alone
I would not like it on a phone
I would not like my format flipped
I do not like its java script
I would not like it on a Mac
I do not like their standards hack
I do not like IE today.
I do not like it Juan Jose

Would you like it in the cloud?
with the volume up real loud?

I would not like it in the cloud
or with the volume up real loud
I do not like it on a pad and
Yes it’s speed still makes me sad
I would not like it all alone
I would not like it on a phone
I would not like my format flipped
I do not like its java script
I would not like it on a Mac
I do not like their standards hack
I do not like IE today.
I do not like it Juan Jose

You don’t like it so you say
Try it now and now you may

Oh so sorry Juan Jose.
IE still sucks, now go away


Rental Car Stupidity

October 15, 2010

I’ve been traveling a lot recently and I find myself very annoyed at the car rental counter. It may have something to do with my ZipCar experience.

You’ve been on a long flight. It’s late, you’re tired. You’re thinking, hotel, quick bite to eat, crash. You get to the car rental counter. There’s a line. But only 2 people, so it shouldn’t be bad. Twenty minutes later it’s your turn. Twenty minutes?

Why does it take 10 minutes to process a car rental when you’ve already reserved it? It’s absurd. They ask you a million questions that they should’ve gotten online and each thing then has to be entered into their system:

  1. Phone number
  2. Alternate phone number
  3. Drivers license info
  4. Single or multiple drivers
  5. Gas option
  6. Insurance option

So what should be a quick and easy step becomes a torturous process for a very tired traveler.

It bugs me more because when I get a car with ZipCar the entire process is:

  1. Reserve the car online
  2. Walk up to car and wave card over ZipCar to unlock.
  3. Drive

Seems to me that the rental companies could ask all the questions online, print out a piece of paper with your answers on it when you arrive, have you sign, initial, whatever and hand you keys. 2 minutes tops.

Rental car companies need some technology lessons from ZipCar…


Small World

October 7, 2010

Sometimes it’s just crazy who you bump into. I just had a hugely amusing encounter with someone I worked at in a previous position. This person is now working for one of our new clients, so we ended up on a conference call together without even knowing it.

There’s a funny story that goes with it, but I must defer so as to protect the guilty.

But to me the lesson is, be careful how you treat people, because you will likely see them again.

And for any STARS folks reading this blog looking for hidden meaning, this isn’t about you. Still good advice though…