Friday, October 24, 2008 fix your web forms

[caption id="attachment_357" align="alignright" width="150" caption=" Publisher Signup Fail"][/caption]

Yesterday morning I tried signing up as ad publisher on I own few gaming sites and want to show more targeted advertisements, so this ad network seemed as a decent choice. I saw them serving banners on few other websites. When I tried to register, the town I live in is comprised of two words, as a result their system told me that only the following characters can be used "A-Z and a-z" (as seen in the image on the right). Seriously now?! The first two two word city names that come in my mind are Los Angeles and New York.

I contacted their support staff and my conversation follow:
[11:39] yvebts: Hello
[11:40] ad4game: hi
[11:41] yvebts: I am trying to register on as a publisher, but your system will not accept my city, because the name has a space in it
[11:41] yvebts: I can't use - or _ because they are not accepted characters
[11:42] ad4game: just use no space
[11:42] ad4game: or write
[11:42] ad4game: space
[11:42] ad4game: we will adjust it
[11:42] ad4game: what is your website please?
[11:42] yvebts: OK. thank you
[11:43] yvebts: and
[11:51] ad4game: allright
[11:51] ad4game: i see you havent finished registering yet
[11:53] yvebts: I will attempt to complete the registration at a latter time. Thank you for you assistance.

Even though I know that I can send a letter to any one address in the US just by writing down the ZIP code and 4 digit extension, I wouldn't write "space" in the name, because it will irritate me when I see it printed on the envelop. I have observed and have experienced the results of doing something silly like that and from people making assumptions. To top that, I have seen some really odd town names, so if they actually have someone who manually enters the address, why would they think of changing the town name?

[caption id="attachment_358" align="alignright" width="150" caption=" 5 Year Claim"][/caption]

Lastly, I tried registering last night and right before I typed this post. They still have not fixed this. As a company that claims to have been in the game advertising business for over 5 years you would think that they are quick to respond and fix issues in their system., if you ever read this, if you have really been in the business for over 5 years just think about the number of publishers you have lost on. Even worse, the amount of revenue from advertisers you have lost on, because your advertiser sign up form has the same issue. I am not going to register until this is fixed. Probably eventually I will forget about your site and will not register at all.

BTW, what does "... been in the gaming industry for more than 5 years." mean? You have been designing, developing, selling, promoting .... games?!

UPDATE (2008-10-27): It appears that the type of character limitations in the sign up form has been fixed. When I was signing up I noticed that Ad4Game had made a positive step in password security by mandating that passwords be alphanumeric. Good job.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Get of the phone asshole, your sons are about to drown.

Amanda and I spend last weekend at Kalahari resorts' Wisconsin location. In their indoors park they have a lazy river, the dept of which varies from 1 foot and 9 inches to little over 3 feet, and at places the current is actually fast. As Amanda and I were floating down the river we came by an on/off location and there were two little boys that had just entered the "lazy" river. At that location the current was picking up and it swept the boys away from the stairs. As they lost control, and because the ledge was too high for them to grab onto, panic was becoming apparent. I stopped and stopped them from further floating away. I asked them if they wanted to get out. The affirmative answer was more than obvious. As I picked them up to carry them out, I looked up and their dad was walking by the ledge, talking on this f*ing mobile. The guy was there the whole time, he saw what happened before I became involved. Even after I had already engaged them he never reacted to their panic, neither did he acknowledged what I did for his sons. Even after I helped them out of the water he simply started walking with them back to wherever their belongings were. This douche never got off his mobile, nor did he even interrupted his conversation to say something to me or at the least to ask his sons if they were OK.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cajun crawfish for dinner

Just a while ago I finished 3 pounds of Cajun crawfish and 2 cans of Mountain Dew (my favorite non-alcoholic drink), and it was awesome. Sadly the crawfish, that are available in my area from the only place in southern Chicago, if not in the whole Chicago metropolitan area, are no longer produced and packaged in the USA, but are from China.

I recently had oysters produced and canned in China, and they weren't very good. There were bits and peaces of shells. I had to go to a more expensive store to buy ones that were made and canned in Germany. I can tell you now that the quality was significantly different . From the size of the oysters to the quality of the oil there were in - just an unparalleled improvement.

What king of sea food do you like? Have you had similar experience with can foods?