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February 14, 2013

Mid-morning tech gripe/rant[PA]

Suppose you have a major manufacturer of tech junk, CPU's, video cards, etc that has a support site for driver downloads, specs, blah, blah who'll remain anonymous, but we'll just call them AMD for convenience.

You're merrily zooming around to find the right drivers for some video card, and run into a busted link to some crucial information and get bitch slapped by the dreaded 404.

That the link existed in the first place suggests that the information may have existed at some point, right? So where did it go? Alien abduction? Black holes? Flesh eating bacteria?

If you were a vendor with a support site, that customers depend on, that saves you money by avoiding having to handle support calls, wouldn't it be useful to have some sort of site maintenance tool that would detect bad links in your support pages so the idiot webmasters that caused them by flinging code around with the grace of hyenas dining on a carcass can fix them?

Of course that tool would be useful. Back in the stone-age, we used to have such tools. Scratchings on cave walls in France indicate they were called web crawlers.

Openificate the RANTZ. Go ahead, fling the invective, name names, suggest your most creative punishments for your tormentors. Vent now.


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