March 16, 2004

2 Dumb 2 Blog

So look: Am I the only person who thinks that if you've written software--say, blogging software--that will totally eradicate your blog entry if you, say, preview it before saving and then hit your browser's "Back" button instead of clicking the teeny "Re-edit this entry" button which is up at the top of the screen while you are looking down at the bottom because, obviously, that's where you were at the end of your proofreading session . . . am I the only one who thinks "DO NOT USE THE 'BACK' BUTTON FOR NAVIGATION" or somesuch warning should appear at the bottom of the screen in 72-pt bold type? Or is that over-idiot-proofing?

On the other hand, I remember when Windows first got popular how annoyed all the geeks were with it for asking you whether you were "sure" you wanted to delete something . . . "Goddamnit!" the guy would mutter, "If I didn't want you to delete it I wouldn't have clicked 'Delete,' now, would I?" Yet every last one of these people had some horror story of having deltree'd huge chunks of their hard drives, and I mean, these were the people who were supposed to be good with computers. Can I get some pity for those of who are stupid? No? Well, fine then. Be that way.

You know, I have these misadventures in blogging way too often. Maybe it's a sign.

Posted by Ilyka at March 16, 2004 07:10 PM in navel gazing

Try hitting the forward button after you accidentally hit the back button.

MT will also time out on you if you stay in an entry longer than it likes.

I compose my brilliance in Word Perfect and then cut and paste it into MT.

And, yes, I learned these lessons/tricks the hard way.

Posted by: Rob at March 16, 2004 07:49 PM

I use Notepad. I know, I know! Not only to write up blog entries. I also use it to write up Word documents and to work on html and css code.

I am lower than low. I am a dinosaur.

Posted by: Jim at March 16, 2004 07:55 PM

Notepad rules. I am no hater of the Notepad.

Posted by: ilyka at March 16, 2004 09:35 PM

Notepad is like DOS. It doesn't do much, but it works.

The back button is a bit of a hazard in all web applications.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 17, 2004 01:07 AM

And yet, fucking movable type still has that fucking bug that won't store MY personal information if I have forgotten to check the yes option the first time I post a comment.

It NEVER forgets that I said no. Once. Or forgot to check the right button.


Posted by: Meryl Yourish at March 18, 2004 05:03 AM

Meryl - that's truly bizarre. It doesn't do that to me.

Hmm hmm. Don't know.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 19, 2004 05:03 AM