Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

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My keyboard's nearly as useless as CAESAR

Posted 21 February 2005

My keyboard is nearly completely dead. I have to fight against it for several minutes to position the cord just so in order for it to work, and I only get a few short minutes out of it before it quits working and the cord-jostling begins again.

"Now with kills-the-mouse-too action! 200% more frustration, guaranteed!"

Anyway, I'm going to be purchasing a wireless keyboard/mouse combo from Logitech. I'll be able to blog while lying on my bed, which, really, I think is the most important thing for me at this time.

Allan and I are making a full-scale demo of our vision for Northwestern's ridiculous CAESAR. Allan came up with an absolutely amazing new layout for search results, and between the two of us we think we can hack together something pretty amazing. The first big hurdle is importing all of the available classes for the coming quarter. If we can do that, then we'll see where we're at. Allan's already proposed some pretty incredible functionality, the kind of stuff that makes us look off into the distance and sigh contentedly.

However, even if we have the best possible interface, I know that Northwestern can't do anything about it. It's discouraging how much money Northwestern spends on such a cripply interface to one of the most important websites this school has. I know I'm going to have to waste hours trying to plan for next quarter's classes because the site consistently misbehaves. The University of Texas uses the same vendor as Northwestern, so maybe Frederick will stop in with his take on Peoplesoft's junk.

I guess the best Allan and I can hope for is to enrage the student body against the administration.