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So, my friend [livejournal.com profile] azrhey sent me this link to a site that tries to show what its like to have red/green color blindness (which I have). The site seems quite good although I have slightly better color vision than that of the person they are modeling. When they show the 'what a normal person sees' vs the 'what a color blind person sees' I can, just barely, tell the images apart. (Except when its a painting, then its REAL EASY to tell them apart. I guess I'm much better with fake images than real ones...)

I'm curious as to what other folks think of the site.

Groan.

Jul. 3rd, 2003 12:59 pm
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I'm awake. I wasn't planning to be up before, say 2:00 pm, but I just got a nasty phone call, and I'm not likely to get back to sleep now. Well, the person himself was quite friendly, the information provided was what was nasty.

You see, I was given a week to write a website and was told that MCI had generously donated space on a server. Great. Are there any technical docs for the website? Nope. So, I set up a testbed at home and write up the website. Test uploads to the hosting site never run, and it takes a day (or more) per attempt to find out what is wrong. I'm told something different each time.

EVENTUALLY I discover that they only support Perl up to V5.005, while I've written the site for V5.6+ It will take a week (at least) to recode everything, so we're now hosed. Well, one of the Managers at MCI very graciously offers to let us use his home machine, and redirects MCI's routing to said machine. So, we do a port to THAT machine (which DOES support V5.6) and eventually get everything up and running. We went live and the site is now being used.

Yesterday, I got an automated customer-survey questionnaire from MCI. I strongly considered not filling it in, since I had nothing nice to say about MCI, and we hadn't been paying for the service we weren't getting. Finally, I decided that in the interest of their OTHER customers, I should let them know how disappointed I was with the service. Frankly, fixing just a few minor things (like providing technical docs) would greatly improve their service.

Hence the phone call this morning. It turns out that our helpful Manager is head of Quality Assurance for the division of MCI we were working with. Thus, my complaint went straight to HIM, and he's now pissed at us because its gone on his record or something.

Sigh. Need I say that his attitude to constructive criticism is, in itself, a problem? I've done QA work myself. I know how to handle complaints. Taking them personally and getting pissed off is not a reasonable plan. It results in being angry all the time.

Anyway, now I don't know if we're going to be able to continue to use the website, which is currently operational. Nor do I know if the various mailing lists that MCI set up for us (which have worked flawlessly) will continue to operate.

What's worse is that the man on the phone was the head of the TorCon3 group that I wrote the website for. He's already overworked and overstressed and I've just made his life harder. Whats even more worse, he knows about our troubles with MCI and agrees with me, and not with the Manager (who turns out to be a friend of his, ... yet more complications).

And here I was starting to feel good about myself. The website is currently only a shadow of what I was aiming for (due to time constraints) but I've been receiving lots of positive feedback. People I admire have been telling me they admire my work. Now its all beginning to seem futile.
swestrup: (nude)
The website is finally UP!!!! I can't show it to anyone at the moment, since its an automated questionaire for TorCon panelists, but its up, and I can rest tomorrow.

The idea of a VCD/movie/dragon-half/skinny-dipping/VCR/Wallace&Grommit marathon at [livejournal.com profile] denizsarikaya's place tomorrow sounds good. I prolly won't wake until noon, considering I'm not in bed yet and I've been up 25 hours, but it shouldn't take me long to get there after that. Of course, I'll check e-mail and notices here to see that its actually happening.

Whee!
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I'm now awake again and bleary-eyed after being up till past 5:00 am working on the web site. It was supposed to go live today. It wont. Still lots to be done. I just need to find some part to put to the grindstone that hasn't already eroded away...
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Yuck, still working hard on the TorCon website, so I don't have much time for LJ.

I did want to take the trouble to wave hello to [livejournal.com profile] zadcat. I wonder how many other LJers turn out to be folk that I don't know I know?

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