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Limiting password length sucks…

…but inconsistency sucks even more. Check out the American Express login form:

I'd like to use my usual password.

I'd like to use my usual password.

When you sign up for web access, password length is limited to 7 characters, which is a quite bad design decision in itself. What if I have a scheme to generate 10-character long passwords? Why on Earth can’t I use it?!

But this particular system sucks even more: in the log in form, the password length is not limited. Once I forget that this particular web site does not accept passwords of my usual length, I won’t be able to log in anymore: I’ll keep trying my regular password technique again and again, and it will fail over and over. If you limit the password length you should at least do it consistently, so if I enter a longer password when registering and have some characters thrown away, it would be nice for the log in form to do the same. This way your strange idea of limiting the password length would at least be transparent to me.

U-Haul: You do not have to rent a truck. Simply move your stuff through FTP

Move your stuff through FTP

U-Haul: Move your stuff through FTP

Now there is no need to pack your stuff, buy boxes, duct tape, rent a truck when you are moving. Just use the Web: archive all the crap you need to move and send it over FTP to the desired location.


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IKEA’s ‘Lack’: Lack of quality and just simply sucks

Got this piece of ‘furniture’ at IKEA local store for $12.99. I bought it for a single photo session not related to the blog subject.

Ikea 'Lack' coffee table

Ikea 'Lack' coffee table

Well, the name says for itself: ‘Lack’. Lack of quality, indeed. Check this out how this piece of furniture looks just after an hour of a very gentle use:

after an hour of gentle use..

after an hour of gentle use..

Pressed paper inner core covered with thin layer of pressed wood chip waste.

Good suggestion for IKEA: learn origami and make ‘furniture’ out of plain paper. But please, put a note somewhere saying “For use at IKEA demo booth only. Not intended for home use”.

The name speaks for itself

The name speaks for itself

However, what should I expect from the thirteen bucks furniture, and also if their boss is still riding public transportation to/from work and travels economy class, – all this just to save money?


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Adobe HQ: ‘cheap-casino’ style

Here are Adobe’s light screws which I mentioned about before. They are rotating:

Adobe screws

Adobe screws

I guess such light effects suppose to symbolize that Adobe works hard to make us fella designers from all over the world happy.

Ta-da! Now the building looks like ‘cheap-casino’ with 25-cents slot machines only. Or some kind of “Do you see these screws? We will screw’em all four into your ass if you are using hacked version of Adobe CS3.”

Also the idea to show off dusty empty boxes is so boring! They are losing colors and look like 100% useless fake:

Adobe fake boxes

Adobe fake boxes

Anyway, it looks like Adobe was impressed with ‘under-roof’ accessories of ‘Knight Ridder’ (another building in San Jose downtown standing less than mile away from Adobe HQ) and decided to copy&paste them :

Knight Ridder

Knight Ridder


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Watch that color scheme!

Check out these ads for some Denny’s website:

Hmm, looks familiar!

Hmm, looks familiar!

Remind of something, don’t they:

Ah, that's what it looks like!

Ah, that's what it looks like!

I guess whoever designed the ads likes sunflower seeds too much. Can’t get them out of his or her head, eh?

Gallows at Adobe HQ roof: You’d better pay for your Photoshop license or else, dude

Just took this picture of Adobe HQ building in San Jose downtown:

Adobe hanging equipment

Adobe hanging equipment

I am curious: is this a gallows for hanging those folks who use pirate version of Adobe Photoshop?
If so, just two will not be enough. Or maybe it is used to deliver escort girls right to the upper management offices without walking them thru receptionists? Who knows. Or maybe Adobe sends us clear and final-final message: ‘You’d better pay for your Adobe Photoshop license or else, guys’.

It is strange that the big company who produces lighting effects (those stupid rotating screws) on the other side of the HQ building during the day not to spend a little extra money to mask somehow the building management’s crap.


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