Costly Website Crashes in 2014 to Learn From

In a single week in September 2014, eBay, PayPal, FaceBook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Apple all either had significant performance issues or saw their sites go down completely. posted an interesting article covering this, which also accuses many of these tech giants as being repeat—in some cases even serial—offenders for application failures throughout the year.

Honorable Contributor: George Wilbur


Technology Bloopers in the Classroom

The biggest computer and technology blooper is when school districts buy computer software that the children think is boring, or worse, if it is too hard to use. How do we get educators to teach children software without making the children feel overwhelmed? How can we get there when a lot of our software does not even run well? See what President Obama would like us to do.

Honorable Contributor: Henry J.

Reddit Misbehavior

Ever try to post something meaningful on Reddit? Even if you haven’t posted anything for several days, and try to post a useful link, they make you run a gantlet of TRYING to verify your tried-and-true email address. I am still waiting for them to send me their “real soon now” verification email that I initiated two weeks ago.

Reddit cluelessness

Honorable Contributor: Wild Bill

WordPress cluelessness

It is amazing that any mere mortal would have the patience to set up a blog, given the paucity of understandable documentation and the many obstacles. Additionally, the software does things that are normally verboten, e.g., sending a login and password in the same email.

In addition to all of its other vagaries, WordPress apparently also behaves like a pouting child. When you attempt to make such things as the “Author” field consistent, it thoughtfully deletes all of the previously-posted Authors. Nice going, WordPress!


Honorable Contributor: Bill


“Don’t Cuss, Tell Us” – Vent about Bad Technology

Welcome to Blooper Jar, a more useful version of a swear jar. Tell us about problems you’ve encountered with technology, e.g. mobile devices. The latest developments in computing hardware and software continue to produce miraculous functionality. But it could be a lot better if the numerous mistakes or misguided directions in design and implementation were fixed.  Technology Bloopers is YOUR  forum for calling these mistakes to the attention of the companies and individuals making them, and asking that they be fixed. We welcome not only your identifying the problems, mistakes, misguided directions, etc., but also your suggestions for fixing them.