I swear…

…Adobe comes out with a new security hole in Flash every other week. I’ve started to see warnings about outdated Flash installed on my PC (and they are legit, not scareware) coming up again.

This is exasperating and makes me wish Flash was completely superseded and replaced (IE. Dead).

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Xerox unprofessionalism

While looking into Xerox’s open jobs, I found this blatantly unprofessional posting:

Xeroxsux

See the problem? The font face and size change in the middle of a bullet point. This is offensive. The jobs they have posted are aimed at college graduates and in some cases, people with doctorates. Instead of respecting their intellect and education, they put up this slop. I’m not talking about their internal names for stuff or buzzwords. Someone didn’t even bother to preview their posting or check it after it went up to make sure it was presentable.

While this posting was the one that got me to make this post, I’ve seen many companies besides Xerox put up trash like this. Did their HR people never go to college or have to edit together different people’s work into a single document? This looks like a classical freshman copy and paste plagiarism attempt, not a job posting from a Fortune 500 company.

A sore need in Society

To my great annoyance, after the Interface Hall of Shame by Isys disappeared, noone has really attempted to revise it or start their own. This is unfortunate, since many sites and software have a hideous quality about them that makes me want to throw them as well.

Certain software categories are particularly prone to this:

  • “Applicant tracking software” (ATS) and other euphemizms like “talent management” HR software for trying to hire people.
  • Instrumentation software, that is software that is require to use a particular piece of hardware attacht as a peripheral.
  • Little used parts of large software. The Add Font interface in Windows Vista was notorious for this.
  • Ported software.
  • Software-as-an-afterthought. Example: A company decides to have a little application they can send as an automatic attachment to all their sales-types outgoing Emails as a “virtual business card”. If this sounds like something that should have disappeared with Windows 98, I think you are correct. But these adhoc affairs are the worst little things frequently.
  • Software put together by people with no UI/UX experience or knowledge or interest. This is frequently part of the previous category.

I will be populating the category “Interface Hall of Shame” with posts exampling this kind of obnoxiousness. Ofcourse I will attempt to have pixtures, since there’s not much use of a post about interfaces without pictures.