Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ghosts of Passwords Past

I had to log into my Gmail account from a sketchy Internet cafe computer in Buenos Aires a few weeks ago to check on a reservation.  Since I generally don't like doing that I made it a point to change my password when I got to the hotel.

Tonight I went on autopilot and tried logging in with the old password, and was pleasantly surprised to see this custom error message:

Very cool attention to detail that both subtly reminds you of the change and/or alerts you to a possible issue.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

How Do I Get Outta Here?

Visited for the first time in (almost literally) forever the other day, and was greeted by this overlay:

Remember when this was among the greatest training revelations in the history of iNetNow?

"I'm going South on I-95"

(Don't ask where they are -- just pick any city to the north, find I-95 and start giving directions from there...)

I even gave it a throwaway in-joke reference in Chapter 4 of Timely Persuasion:
"I can get to the freeway from my house without any help from Mr. Mapquest, thank you very much."
Guess someone at MapQuest read TP and got inspired...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Who Helped?

Saw this in the sidebar on Yahoo! News and did a double take:

Really?  Dr. Who (as in, the time traveler) helped us find Bin Laden?  Wow!  This will be interesting...

But then I realized I was skimming / mentally editing, and hadn't yet processed the last few words:

Um, yeah.  That makes more sense.

Full article for the record, with a full headline that is less open to geeky interpretation:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mapblast from the Past

Was reminiscing about my fondness for MapBlast and the old school LineDrive directions when I discovered my coworkers hadn't heard of it.  A quick Google brought up this excellent article:

"It was brilliant. Clean, simple, effective. It tells you everything you need to know about how to get from A to B, and it tells you nothing else. There is no clutter. It does not take up my time or printer ink with roads I won’t be using, or cities hundreds of miles from those I’ll be passing through. I can look at this map quickly while driving. I don’t have to hunt around the page to find the little blue line that contains the path information I need — everything on this page is there because it’s essential."
Couldn't have said it better myself.