We’ve all seen them on something like ninety percent of the websites out there. You know the ones that pop up begging for you to subscribe to their email list or the chat pop ups and lets not for get the modal cookie pop ups that really don’t give you a choice. Thankfully ublock eats a lot of these popups to make websites more usable. Today I ran into an instance that was particularly annoying.
We haven’t been able to go to the grocery store ourselves for a few weeks. Well we could have just ignored the quarantine like so many other people have done but instead tried to do the right thing. I am sure I’ve mentioned it before but I just loathe going into Giant. It brings out the worst rudeness in people. It’s like Mount Joy’s own mini Walmart. The old people were everywhere just blatantly invading my space.
This is for a major company’s website not just some brand new company. The company begging with the letter V needed me to update my card for billing as the old one is expiring. No big deal I thought. Annoyingly my address has a half in it which every once in a while becomes problematic when trying to order something. Too many of these large cooperation' website try to verify the address is valid.
You just have to love the pop ups when you open an app begging you to leave a review in the play store or what ever. Your pop up is intrusive and getting in the way of me doing what I downloaded or possibly purchased your app to do. You don’t really want my review when that happens. The best ones are when the nag screen comes up the first time you even run the app.
I hate SEO with a passion and it annoys me no end how they manipulate to move up in results for searches irrelevant to what the topic actually is. Today I was searching for something not even related to images which is what Pinterest does and it shows up near the top of the results. Normally I don’t click on these links but I must not have noticed it but the old familiar page shows up with a few completely unrelated images and the login screen.
I was searching to see if there’s a method to disable the stupidly used and unnecessary fade in effect that so many pages seem to use these days. There’s nothing like waiting for the stupid fade ins when things can load pretty much instantly now. This is really noticeable with discourse based sites. Between that and the “infinite scroll” that they use it really makes things so much slower than they need to be.
I got woken up once again by Amtrak’s work train. Them things are fucking loud. They are always here in the middle of the night. They’re certainly annoying but a necessary evil. It definitely makes sense for them to do their work at night when there’s only an occasional freight train on the tracks or the Pittsburgh train. During the day their are many more passenger trains and some of them fly through here.
With the whole COVID19 thing there have been less opportunities to deal with other people’s kids. I don’t mind kids at all but it’s a problem when they’re little assholes and there is no parenting to be found in any shape or form. They’ll grow up to be big assholes. Today we where at the grocery store standing in line minding our own business when out of the blue a cart slammed full force into me.
This morning I just happened to take notice of a business’s Facebook page that we used to be customers of. While we are no longer customers I have no desire to see them fail or anything like that. Covid is sure to be hurting them along with many other small businesses right now. I do glance at their posts once in a while and happened to click on the reviews section.
Thankfully at least it seems to be less common that it once was but there are still Android apps that needlessly dictated. I prefer using my tablet in landscape mode. It works better for me that way and it is my device. There are a few apps on there that force me to view them in portrait mode. Garmin Connect is one of them. Garmin’s app though I can sort of understand since it shows a lot of data with charts and graphs and such.
I’ve had windows 10 on old Seagate hard drive that I bought in 2007. I really can’t complain about that one. it still works fine. Windows 10 is just anything but efficient with drive use. I hated to buy an SSD for windows which I only boot into once a month if that but I got tired of the click, wait, wait, wait, window shows up with spinning cursor, wait, wait, wait.
I have no need for any social media such as Facebook to remind of of any elections, especially the Pennsylvania primary. I am well aware of when it is. Social media is I think one of the biggest reasons we had such a clusterfuck during the last presidential election. A choice between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton was the best they two main parties could offer. It was like deciding if I would rather be kicked in the left nut or the right nut.
I haven’t gone into the grocery store in a few weeks but since it wasn’t busy last evening when we were there I went in instead of waiting in the car. The first thing I noticed is the stupid arrows on the floor were gone. The last time I was in they had the isles set up with arrows so they were supposed to be one way. It is one of those things that made sense on paper but not in reality.
There’s not that much that frustrates me more than having to use stupid apps to do things that could just as easily be done through the website. I just spent I don’t know how long messing with a well known pharmacy’s app to get my prescription delivered. First of all their normal website refused to accept my phone number. I really don’t want to have to go to a pharmacy at this point to not put more vulnerable people at risk if I am a asymptomatic carrier of COVID19
I saw a link to a website with an article about Corona Virus last night so I decided to read it. The websites header took up a quarter of the screen and there was no way to make it go away. It was far too much of a distraction to read the article. I hadn’t seen these type of headers in a while but they seemed to be more of a fad a few years back.
It’s getting old seeing people congregate or have their little get togethers. Or the group of people having a good old gathering in the grocery store parking lot with of course two cars just randomly stopped in the driving lane. That group included a toddler. I’m seeing others have their gatherings too. So many of those people are sure to be in the high risk group. Hell one of them I know among other health issues has lung issues.
I just spent entirely too much time trying to sign up for a a grocery store’s delivery or in our case pick up at the door service. They really do make that whole thing far more difficult than it has to be but I get it. They want you to go into the store and impulse buy stuff. The problem with going into stores right now is the whole inconvenience of them wanting you to follow lines and arrows and go through hopes in the name of social distancing yet other people just do what ever they want and have gathering chit chatting in the isles anyways.
After the last experience I had of wasting hours to use a specific program that required windows but required I do certain painfully slow update that took hours of my time I have started to boot into the steaming pile of turds known as windows 10 more than every few months when I need it just to run windows update. I could upgrade to an SSD for windows but I don’t use it enough to justify the cost of another windows tax.
I was searching for information on the Idaho earthquake last night and the first three links I clicked were pay walled. Not that there is anything wrong with paywalls themselves, it’s the publishers choice to have them and make money somehow. Hell, if prices were more reasonable and there was a safe, reasonable payment method I’d pay for a few sites. My only issue with them is when they show up as a top search result on a search engine with the full snippet of what you’re searching for but then when you click the link it’s pay walled.
I just visited Samsung’s website to find out something about my SSD. They’re website has been shit for as long as I can remember, even back when I had a note 5 phone. When I clicked support to find out just out of pure curiosity whether there are any firmware updates available for it after reading about a bug in a different brand. I don’t doubt there are firmware updates since SSDs basically are controlled by their own mini computer.
I don’t use Windows often at all but once in a while I need boot into it to use a specific program that I haven’t found an alternative to or stuff like update bios and that sort of thing. It seems that they decided to download the annoyingly slow auto updates exactly the times I need to do something quick and reboot back into FreeBSD which is set up how I want it to be.
We’ve all come across the stupid endless scrolling where when you hit the bottom of the screen it loads more entries. One some of the social media sites it sort of makes sense since that sort of stuff is virtually endless but quit with the auto refresh shit so you lose your place in the middle of reading a post. The real annoying use of this that comes to mind are two types of sites.
Surely I’ve bitched about the annoying fucking sign up for our mailing list popups on every site these days before but I’ve been noticing them using animation and wobbling and useless shit like that lately. The simple fact is that you’re not getting my email address unless I do business with you and you need a way to communicate delivery or order status or something. The only thing these fancy begging popups do is annoy me enough that I will most likely go elsewhere for what I am looking for.
The other day we had to go to Best Buy to pick something up. We were a;ready annoyed because there was no price for the item. Out of no where a woman comes over to us I though great a Best Buy employee finally wants to help us when we need it. If we’re just looking at something they show up right away but when we want help they’re never around.
I don’t check my email often unless I’m expecting something important since the usefulness of email has long been damaged by spammers. One such company that really does this is the shoe company that used to have a deal with Crossfit. At the time their shoes were good for me. Over time I gave Nike’s metcoms a try and actually prefer them. Clearly I know how to find you since I’ve ordered from you and unsubscribed multiple times from your spam lists.
I really am not one to start trouble and don’t worry about what other people do unless it effects me. When I can’t sleep in my own house due to burning throat and eyes from a neighbor’s fire pit I see that as a problem. When I look out the window and see the haze from the smoke it is a problem. This is why stuff gets banned and in my opinion out door fire pits have no place in towns and I really am surprised they haven’t cracked down on them yet.
I may have posted about this before but it certainly still seams to apply to this day. Why are restaurant websites so shitty? What does a fancy animated logo add to the website and what do they gain from having a menu system that only works with java script? Then you also have to just love the stupid PDF file food menu. We do go to this place and I do like it a lot but if I hadn’t already been there the website would have turned me off
Please stop using auto playing videos in news articles. If the video adds something to the content of the article that’s great, have the video there but allow me to click play when I’m ready. It’s particularly annoying when I’m on my phone where I only have a finite amount of data and speed. Nothing like full volume startling you when you’re trying to read the news first thing in the morning.
Daily spam emails are not what I signed up for when I give my email address when I purchase a product or service from you. I only gave you that for communications related my order. To be fair I don’t mind an occasional one like once a month if I opt in to it with out that opt in being hidden in the terms of service legalize. Maybe a large group of people should start calling companies daily when they pull that shit.
Just because I’ve ordered an item from your company does not mean I requested to sign up for your daily spam to buy more shit that I don’t want. I swear I’ve unsubscribed from this company’s mailing lists multiples times
Fed-ex is easily the worst shipping company I’ve had anything delivered by. I think the algorithm they use to predict delivery day is “Hey let’s pull a random date out of my ass!” I used to avoid if I could ordering stuff from Newegg because that’s who they used to ship back then.
There’s a guy who has 3 dogs. They are tied up outside all day long most days while he works. They bark, bark then more barking. They feed off of each other’s barking. In hindsight it’s the same dogs I was hearing before he moved a block closer. Today I heard some guy yell “shut the fuck up” at them so at least it’s not only us gets tired of hearing them.
Anytime it’s nice enough to have our windows open our house is full of cigarette smoke. Even to the point that it goes through the entire house and makes our back patio reek of cancer stick smoke even though they smoke on the front porch. I realize that it’s their right to smoke at their own house but they certainly could have more courteous of where their smoke is going. The minute we go out side to sit on the front porch one comes out and smokes then the other comes out and smokes.
I really loathe when stores have their cashiers ask if I would like to donate a dollar to such and such charity. The answer will remain no mainly because I am not able to at this time. The other reason the answer will always be no is because if I had the means and wanted to donate to a a charity I would have already done so.
It seems to be far too common for websites to have a pop up begging for my email address these days. If I come to a website that has a pop up begging for my email address that covers the actual content I am trying to read I leave the site immediately and do my best to never return again.
Here’s a message to those websites who think they are disabling right clicking to prevent someone from stealing your photos. You are not preventing anything but you are hurting usability for those of us who may want to open a link in a new tab or a new window. I know I could just middle click but I choose to right click and use the menu. This may be hard for you to understand but your images and page were transferred from your server to my computer.
I’ve been seeing sites that use CAPTCHAs that are a series of letters or numbers in an image to log into a site or do other things online. Being visually impaired these make it harder for me to do what I’m trying to do. There have been a few that even enlarging the image didn’t help me be able to read it. Some of them have such poor contrast or are so distorted there’s no way I could read it.