One missing word has cost me 2 hours of quality time!

Um, I hoped it defaults to _today_

Um, I hoped it defaults to _today_

Check out the United Airline’s flight status check website for mobile devices (screen shot is taken with Opera because it’s easier – but the thing is intended for PDA/Smartphone use). As many people, I rarely remember the today’s date, I just know (most of the time 😉 ) what day of the week it is.

When I want to check if my flight is delayed, I naturally assume the website would be kind enough to default the date to today and if it doesn’t, I just can’t spot the error. So instead of spending 2 more hours at the bar with my friend, I rush to the airport only to find that my flight is delayed for 2 hours. I didn’t know that because I was looking at the yesterday’s flight which wasn’t delayed. And boy would I’ve been pissed if it was other way around!

At the very least – if defaulting to today is too damn complex – is it so hard to add the day of the week to the day to the date selection. This wonderful idea is apparently known to the regular website developers.

UI consistency fail.

Have you heard about Hulu? It is a great service for watching movies and TV shows online for free (with a few ads though). The video player they use, however, has a rather nasty UI fail.

The player’s interface has two modes: when you don’t touch it, it displays a very thin progress indicator at the bottom:

Note where the current point is.

Note where the current point is.

And when you mouse over the player, it displays the extended UI:

The current point jumped to the left!

The current point jumped to the left!

Unfortunately, the progress indicator in the extended and in the default UI modes have different scale, so if you try to jump to a time point using the default UI but let your mouse loose just a little bit to trigger the extended UI, you end up jumping to a very different time point than you intended to.

Very annoying!