Monday, March 17, 2008

Hey, Google? You Suck.

Gah! Is anyone else out there having trouble with Google Reader?? For a week now, it has given me the same stupid message:

Information is temporarily unavailable.

Hmm... forgive me, but in terms of all-things-internet, "temporary" is a few minutes or hours, right? But not days! Things should have been up and running, smooth as silk within minutes of a problem occurring. Especially at Google! Or are all of their employees too busy playing beach volleyball or eating at one of their 11 (yes, 11) gourmet cafeterias on campus? I mean, seriously? That's more than my college had.

Anyway, being located so near to Google's headquarters, I get pretty tired of hearing about how they've been voted the #1 best company to work for a hundred years in a row, they’re so cutting-edge, yada yada yada... and yet I find a lot of their gadgets to have so many bugs you'd think you were in Florida! (HA! I'll be here all week, folks!)

Since it is driving me nuts today, we'll use Google Reader as an example. It's a simple device that allows you to enter the blogs/websites you peruse frequently. It will then notify you when one of these sites has updated, therefore saving you time and energy – since we were putting in so much effort before with all that typing. The point is that it is incredibly addicting and easy to get carried away. Once I figured it out, I started adding websites willy nilly without a care in the world! Tra la la! And subsequently, I got addicted to every single one. I can't even remember the exact web address for all of them, but that's okay, because Google Reader is an internet lover's best friend and takes care of everything for me!

Unfortunately its not all sunshine and roses because I have problems with this stupid thing all the time. I tried to add a pretty popular blog, dooce.com (Btw, if you live under a rock and have never checked her out, you should. She's immature and funny and gross and imperfect and I love her.) But for some reason, it would only link to a certain post with comments attached instead of the main page. (Sorry for those of you who don't use GR, you probably think I've lost my mind. You would be right.) I cannot figure out for the life of me how to fix that. I’m sure I’m not the first person to try and add this particular blog, so why is it being such a snatch?? Grrr…. Anyway, I guess I’ve come full circle back to what started this rant in the first place:

Information temporarily unavailable.

i.e. We’ll get to it when we feel like it. I’m pretty sure the "Googler" who is supposed to be monitoring this little gadget is probably eating a filet mignon while getting a mani/pedi at their desk instead of fixing what has come to be a staple in my life of never-ending procrastination! Damn you, Google! You and your incredible benefits and perks! Stop distracting your people from fixing my shit! ..... Okay, I admit. Maybe there's a small amount of jealousy here too, but that's totally not the point!!

*Sigh*

Alright, now that I've gotten that off my chest, is anyone else having this problem? Or do you know how to fix it?

*Update: After I wrote this whole post, I previewed it and when I went back to tweak one tiny little thing, I noticed that it had reverted to a version I wrote over a half hour ago! (yes, it takes me a long time to write these things) I wonder if that was Google trying to send me a message…. Or if its just another case of their crap not working… hmm... food for thought.

1 comment:

marylynn.h said...

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