IT WTF in a Small Town



  • Recently, a radio station in my hometown released a mobile app for iOS and Android. I took a look into it just to see if it was any good.

    The results:

    1. The logo they used looks as if the Wayback Machine puked all over the 'Net.
    2. The overall design is so atrocious that it makes Geocities pages cry.
    3. The sliding menus are non-intuitive (as in you must press the slide as if it were a button).

    The firm that did the app also has others in the App Store. They all look eerily similar (read: replaced the logos, pull from another feed, and changed the color schemes).

    I know that as a developer that I don't always think of a good design, but seriously, just...well...I need some Pepto just thinking about it.



  • @HuskerFan90 said:

    I took a look into it just to see if it was any good.
    Wow, I can't believe how awful that looks.  How could anyone let us see something so attrocious. It's quite possibly the worse thing that has ever produced photons which have been zapped into my eyeballs, interpreted by my visual cortex and translated into images in my brain thus creating the illusion of sight.

    I don't think I will ever visually witness another app of equal horrificity. I'm very glad we live in a day and age where the only means of communication is with static, un-hyperlinked text, with no way to embed images or even name the radio station and/or developer.



  • @Lorne Kates said:

    @HuskerFan90 said:

    I took a look into it just to see if it was any good.
    Wow, I can't believe how awful that looks.  How could anyone let us see something so attrocious. It's quite possibly the worse thing that has ever produced photons which have been zapped into my eyeballs, interpreted by my visual cortex and translated into images in my brain thus creating the illusion of sight.

    I don't think I will ever visually witness another app of equal horrificity. I'm very glad we live in a day and age where the only means of communication is with static, un-hyperlinked text, with no way to embed images or even name the radio station and/or developer.

    I won't name the radio station to spare them the humiliation, but the developer was Securenet Systems Inc. Also, after checking out Securenet Systems' website, I wonder why Linux uses them.

     



  • @Lorne Kates said:

    @HuskerFan90 said:

    I took a look into it just to see if it was any good.
    Wow, I can't believe how awful that looks.  How could anyone let us see something so attrocious. It's quite possibly the worse thing that has ever produced photons which have been zapped into my eyeballs, interpreted by my visual cortex and translated into images in my brain thus creating the illusion of sight.

    I don't think I will ever visually witness another app of equal horrificity. I'm very glad we live in a day and age where the only means of communication is with static, un-hyperlinked text, with no way to embed images or even name the radio station and/or developer.


    This post was painful for me to read, so I'm quoting it so other people can read it again.



  • @HuskerFan90 said:

    Also, after checking out Securenet Systems' website, I wonder why Linux uses them.

    They also have Google Play and iTunes logos there. Something tells me those aren't "these things use our products", but actually "we found these logos and they look pretty snazzy"



  • @Ben L. said:

    @Lorne Kates said:

    @HuskerFan90 said:

    I took a look into it just to see if it was any good.
    Wow, I can't believe how awful that looks.  How could anyone let us see something so attrocious. It's quite possibly the worse thing that has ever produced photons which have been zapped into my eyeballs, interpreted by my visual cortex and translated into images in my brain thus creating the illusion of sight.

    I don't think I will ever visually witness another app of equal horrificity. I'm very glad we live in a day and age where the only means of communication is with static, un-hyperlinked text, with no way to embed images or even name the radio station and/or developer.


    This post was painful for me to read, so I'm quoting it so other people can read it again.

    I'm quoting it back to you in order to make stylistic corrections to your response.



  • @Ben L. said:

    @HuskerFan90 said:
    Also, after checking out Securenet Systems' website, I wonder why Linux uses them.

    They also have Google Play and iTunes logos there. Something tells me those aren't "these things use our products", but actually "we found these logos and they look pretty snazzy"

    I don't know whether it's their bad coding or just my combination of Firefox with a million tabs open, assorted privacy-enhancing plugins, and lack of available memory, but I particularly like how, as the logos jump-scrolled erratically across the window, they eventually got layered on top of each other, so that none of them were readable. 



  • @flabdablet said:

    @Ben L. said:
    @Lorne Kates said:
    @HuskerFan90 said:
    I took a look into it just to see if it was any good.
    Wow, I can't believe how awful that looks.  How could anyone let us see something so attrocious. It's quite possibly the worse thing that has ever produced photons which have been zapped into my eyeballs, interpreted by my visual cortex and translated into images in my brain thus creating the illusion of sight.

    I don't think I will ever visually witness another app of equal horrificity. I'm very glad we live in a day and age where the only means of communication is with static, un-hyperlinked text, with no way to embed images or even name the radio station and/or developer.


    This post was painful for me to read, so I'm quoting it so other people can read it again.

    I'm quoting it back to you in order to make stylistic corrections to your response.
    What <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">in the</font> bloody hell is <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">going on</font> in here? Could this <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">be</font> any more annoying?

     


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    @El_Heffe said:

    @flabdablet said:

    @Ben L. said:
    @Lorne Kates said:
    @HuskerFan90 said:
    I took a look into it just to see if it was any good.
    Wow, I can't believe how awful that looks.  How could anyone let us see something so attrocious. It's quite possibly the worse thing that has ever produced photons which have been zapped into my eyeballs, interpreted by my visual cortex and translated into images in my brain thus creating the illusion of sight.

    I don't think I will ever visually witness another app of equal horrificity. I'm very glad we live in a day and age where the only means of communication is with static, un-hyperlinked text, with no way to embed images or even name the radio station and/or developer.


    This post was painful for me to read, so I'm quoting it so other people can read it again.

    I'm quoting it back to you in order to make stylistic corrections to your response.
    What <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">in the</font> bloody hell is <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">going on</font> in here? Could this <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">be</font> any more annoying?

     


    Is it bad that I keep searching for steganographic messages in there when none exist to be found?



  • <font face="Comic Sans MS">@joe.edwards said:

    @El_Heffe said:

    @flabdablet said:

    @Ben L. said:
    @Lorne Kates said:
    @HuskerFan90 said:
    I took a look into it just to see if it was any good.
    Wow, I can't believe how awful that looks.  How could anyone let us see something so attrocious. It's quite possibly the worse thing that has ever produced photons which have been zapped into my eyeballs, interpreted by my visual cortex and translated into images in my brain thus creating the illusion of sight.

    I don't think I will ever visually witness another app of equal horrificity. I'm very glad we live in a day and age where the only means of communication is with static, un-hyperlinked text, with no way to embed images or even name the radio station and/or developer.


    This post was painful for me to read, so I'm quoting it so other people can read it again.

    I'm quoting it back to you in order to make stylistic corrections to your response.
    What <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">in the</font> bloody hell is <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">going on</font> in here? Could this <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">be</font> any more annoying?

     


    Is it bad that I keep searching for steganographic messages in there when none exist to be found?

    FTFY



  • @HuskerFan90 said:

    I won't name the radio station to spare them the humiliation, but the developer was Securenet Systems Inc. Also, after checking out Securenet Systems' website, I wonder why Linux uses them.

    Not sure which Securenet Systems you're talking about, but I can't find anything about them being web designers and/or develpers. They provide hosting and radio streaming services.



  • @Faxmachinen said:

    @HuskerFan90 said:

    I won't name the radio station to spare them the humiliation, but the developer was Securenet Systems Inc. Also, after checking out Securenet Systems' website, I wonder why Linux uses them.

    Not sure which Securenet Systems you're talking about, but I can't find anything about them being web designers and/or develpers. They provide hosting and radio streaming services.

    The OP didn't say they were web developers; he said they developed an app for streaming the local radio station to mobile devices, which is part of Securenet Systems' service to their radio streaming clients.

     



  • @HuskerFan90 said:

    I wonder why Linux uses them.
    Who's "Linux" ?



  • @Zecc said:

    @HuskerFan90 said:

    I wonder why Linux uses them.
    Who's "Linux" ?

    Linux Torvalds, inventor of the penguin.

     




  • Their customer testimonials are...somewhat bizarre. It appears to be a collection of snippets taken from emails with clients, I would guess from the "Issue Resolved" section of their support team.

    @Victor, Miami said:
    I thought that is what happened. At least the site is up and running for him, by the way, you guys did a spectacular job! ... What a beautiful looking website, the colors and everything else match up very well. Great job!!
    @Joel, Canada said:
    I would like to thank both you and Paul for your attention on this matter. While I was a little put off by my first impressions I must admit you followed through like you promised and I'm very grateful. I have improved logging on my end just in case this ever arises again I can have full records on file but hopefully we'll never need them. Thanks again and I look forward to driving sales through your service.
    @Adam, Florida said:
    Paul - Well it seems the legal battle is finally over and the site is working to the specifications set forth by our previous developers. We want to thank you for all you (and your team) have done in order to get the site up and running. We appreciate your patience with us during the aggravating task of the transition.
    @Joe, Ft. Lauderdale said:
    Just wanted to see if you had a good vacation ( I don't know if you're back yet or not ) but, I hope you did...the site looks great and you guys really have done and are still doing a great job for us - I truly appreciate it man.....again, sorry for being a pain.

    And it just keeps going.



  • @Ben L. said:

    <font face="Comic Sans MS">@joe.edwards said:
    @El_Heffe said:
    @flabdablet said:
    @Ben L. said:
    @Lorne Kates said:
    @HuskerFan90 said:
    I took a look into it just to see if it was any good.
    Wow, I can't believe how awful that looks.  How could anyone let us see something so attrocious. It's quite possibly the worse thing that has ever produced photons which have been zapped into my eyeballs, interpreted by my visual cortex and translated into images in my brain thus creating the illusion of sight.</font>

    <font face="Comic Sans MS">I don't think I will ever visually witness another app of equal horrificity. I'm very glad we live in a day and age where the only means of communication is with static, un-hyperlinked text, with no way to embed images or even name the radio station and/or developer.


    This post was painful for me to read, so I'm quoting it so other people can read it again.

    I'm quoting it back to you in order to make stylistic corrections to your response.
    What <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">in the</font> bloody hell is <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">going on</font> in here? Could this <font face="courier new,courier" size="5">be</font> any more annoying?

    Is it bad that I keep searching for steganographic messages in there when none exist to be found?

    FTFY</font>
    ˙ƃuıʎouuɐ ǝɹoɯ ʇı ǝʞɐɯ oʇ sʎɐʍ ɟo sʇol puıɟ uɐɔ ǝʍ ǝɹns ɯ,ı

     



  • @El_Heffe said:

    @Zecc said:

    @HuskerFan90 said:

    I wonder why Linux uses them.
    Who's "Linux" ?

    Linux Torvalds, inventor of the penguin.

     

    Hah, you can't fool me. That guy's the inventor of the Mercurial VCS.


     



  • @El_Heffe said:

    @Zecc said:

    @HuskerFan90 said:

    I wonder why Linux uses them.
    Who's "Linux" ?

    Linux Torvalds, inventor of the penguin.

     

    Wrong. The inventor of the penguin is Mario Lemieux.

    Linux Torvalds is the guy that does not "git" how source control should work.


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    @Ronald said:

    Linux Torvalds is the guy that does not "git" how source control should work.

    I thought that was blakeyrat.



  • @Ronald said:

    @El_Heffe said:
    @Zecc said:
    @HuskerFan90 said:
    I wonder why Linux uses them.
    Who's "Linux" ?

    Linux Torvalds, inventor of the penguin.

     

    Wrong. The inventor of the penguin is Mario Lemieux.

    Linux Torvalds is the guy that does not "git" how source control should work.

    Mario Lemieux invented Donkey Kong

     



  • @HardwareGeek said:

    @Ben L. said:

    @HuskerFan90 said:
    Also, after checking out Securenet Systems' website, I wonder why Linux uses them.

    They also have Google Play and iTunes logos there. Something tells me those aren't "these things use our products", but actually "we found these logos and they look pretty snazzy"

    I don't know whether it's their bad coding or just my combination of Firefox with a million tabs open, assorted privacy-enhancing plugins, and lack of available memory, but I particularly like how, as the logos jump-scrolled erratically across the window, they eventually got layered on top of each other, so that none of them were readable. 

    Yeah, I noticed that too. If it's any indication to their overall design "philosophies," I wouldn't be surprised if there are any other "Easter eggs" that contribute to their overall "quality".

     



  • @mikeTheLiar said:


    Their customer testimonials are...somewhat bizarre. It appears to be a collection of snippets taken from emails with clients, I would guess from the "Issue Resolved" section of their support team.

    @Victor, Miami said:
    I thought that is what happened. At least the site is up and running for him, by the way, you guys did a spectacular job! ... What a beautiful looking website, the colors and everything else match up very well. Great job!!
    @Joel, Canada said:
    I would like to thank both you and Paul for your attention on this matter. While I was a little put off by my first impressions I must admit you followed through like you promised and I'm very grateful. I have improved logging on my end just in case this ever arises again I can have full records on file but hopefully we'll never need them. Thanks again and I look forward to driving sales through your service.
    @Adam, Florida said:
    Paul - Well it seems the legal battle is finally over and the site is working to the specifications set forth by our previous developers. We want to thank you for all you (and your team) have done in order to get the site up and running. We appreciate your patience with us during the aggravating task of the transition.
    @Joe, Ft. Lauderdale said:
    Just wanted to see if you had a good vacation ( I don't know if you're back yet or not ) but, I hope you did...the site looks great and you guys really have done and are still doing a great job for us - I truly appreciate it man.....again, sorry for being a pain.

    And it just keeps going.

    Those reviews sound like what the student organization I posted about a while back would get...if they would learn to stop trying out buzzwords and just get shit done.

     


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    @joe.edwards said:

    @Ronald said:
    Linux Torvalds is the guy that does not "git" how source control should work.

    I thought that was blakeyrat.
    So you're saying that Linus Torvalds is blakeyrat…? That seems unlikely



  • @dkf said:

    @joe.edwards said:
    @Ronald said:
    Linux Torvalds is the guy that does not "git" how source control should work.

    I thought that was blakeyrat.
    So you're saying that Linus Torvalds is blakeyrat…? That seems unlikely

    Not when you compare their angry, emotional outbursts, which are strangely similar.



  • @Ronald said:

    @dkf said:
    @joe.edwards said:
    @Ronald said:
    Linux Torvalds is the guy that does not "git" how source control should work.

    I thought that was blakeyrat.
    So you're saying that Linus Torvalds is blakeyrat…? That seems unlikely

    Not when you compare their angry, emotional outbursts, which are strangely similar.

    OMG.  It all makes sense now.

     


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