Category Archives: website

Not just “Bernard” Sanders

As many people in the United States know, Vermont is a State in the Union. Like all other States, it has local government. UNlike most other States, the State’s Secretary of State (no connection with the federal one, currently Tillerson) maintains a list of local government non-civil service positions, viewable here.

I don’t know if the current Secretary of State wrote the descriptions or not, but some of them are a hoot. For example:

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Checkbox v. dropdown

When I was applying for a position at, if I remember correctly, PSEG, I had to fill out a diversity form or two or three. I don’t have a problem with that.

I did notice this UI confusion though:

Nocheckboxes

Clearly that is a drop down menu. However I would note that check boxes would actually be improper here, since the options are mutually exclusive (check one). However, if they said “click on of the radio buttons” they would be probably confusing people who don’t know UI designers jargon.

Further SAP ATS trash

Applying to a firm that uses SAP for its HR software (“applicant tracking software”) is miserable.

Today I am a-going to post some further observations about why. Most of them have to do with localization, but some are just plain bad English use.

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Suggestion for a better LinkedIn

I think most of us know what LinkedIn is: The sometime satirized site for people to post resumes and ancillary information about their professional lives and qualifications. While searching there for positions to apply for, I ran across this:

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See if you can spot what I’m writing about.

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Kentucky ©opyright violation

While examining the website of the official auditor of Kentucky, I noticed some dubious repurposing of icons from Apple. Case in point, the “SAFE-house” link on the righthand column:

KY-copyright

Some of you may notice it looks suspiciously like the “FileVault” icon from the feature of that name.

To be honest, the name of the program, which is officially for “Secure, Anonymous, and File-Encrypted” (a forced acronym if there every was one), makes me think they decided to name the program after the icon.

To make sure no one gets the wrong idea, I have nothing against the Kentucky Auditor, as I will detail later, only this particular choice of icon.

An entertaining use of the Weather Service

For those of you in the United States, or who have any interest in it, I found out that the NWS has done one better than the USPS when it comes to ZIP codes (alias postal codes).

  1. Go to the NWS website: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
  2. Find the box ‘Local forecast by “City, St” or ZIP code’
  3. Type in the first four digits of a ZIP code.
  4. NWS automatically lists the 10 places with the ZIP codes xxxx0 to xxxx9, as shown below for xxxx = 5454.

zipcodes-on-nws

Off the top of my head I don’t know how this would be useful, but it is interesting. The Post Office’s website doesn’t do this that I am aware of, but I can’t be sure because it isn’t working right now.