Damn stupid internet experiences….

Posted: 20th January 2009 by Jacky Yong in Computers
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It’s called Bartesan.com. They some how sent an invitation to my mail asking me to join. I was curious, so I went to have a peek.

Main Bartersan page

Main Bartersan page

The biggest problem with this site is that you will have to become a member before you can actually even browse what’s inside. This is a major turn off, believe me. People like me are just reluctant to give their personal information, especially to a relatively unknown site like this!

To satisfy my curiousity, I signed up. And what a stupid mistake they made again!

"Please enter a invalid email address"

It was a deliberate test on their validation. Some dude like me will go to great lengths to skip giving their e-mail addresses out too freely. And why must they check availability? Of course an e-mail address is unique, how can it be taken by someone else? And don’t get me started on the grammar and choice of error message. I rest my case…..

And so in the end I finally signed up. By entering “a invalid email address” of course. It took 5 minutes to get the confirmation message sent to my mail. That’s 5 minutes too late. They gave me a generic temporary password of course, and upon signing up, I would expect that they prompt me to change my password. But no, I was taken straight to the member’s area.

I have to post at least one item?

I have to post at least one item?

Ohhh come on! I have to post at least one item before I can even browse what’s in there? This is way too much! I know, I’ll just screen capture their previous stupid error message and post it! 😛 I’m so evil!

To be honest, this site looks to me to be a rogue site. Look at all the google ads around! For all I know, it will profit from all the google ads in 1 year and disappear off the site of the earth after that! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to that site ever again.

Stupid internet encounters does not just end there. There are a couple more of stupid internet experiences, even coming out from a reputable site. This happens from Java’s own automatic update schedule:

My country is embargoed?

My country is embargoed?

I’ve heard of UN’s food embargo, or trade embargo, but this download embargo is just too ridiculous!