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Web sites I visited recently that suck

I realize one of these is a sitting duck, but….

Healthcare.gov:

Since I incorporated, I’ve had an individual plan for a very long time.  It seems to be okay, but the premiums have been rising pretty quickly, so once I figured out I could get a better plan for half the cost (currently, anyway), I decided to go ahead and get one through this newfangled thingy we have.

Most of the known issues are well-known, but a couple of ones I really liked included having to enter my SS# multiple times, often in the same ‘process’.  Apparently, that was too difficult to carry over from page to page.  Another great one was how, for reasons not known, the login page would simply fail.  You’d click on login and nothing would happen.  The only way around it I found was to switch browser types, as in, now I will use IE, then Chrome, then Firefox, until I could complete all tasks.  That was a good one.

The whole “the site is down, but enter your email address and we will let you know when it is back up” functionality was fascinating.  If the site can’t stay up, how is the email infrastructure working then?

 

Microsoft Partner Network:

There’s nothing like a totally suck ass portal to make one feel like a valued partner.

I needed to update/renew/whatever my Action Pack Subscription, and was overjoyed with the broken pages, random non-functioning functionality, and, once again, the need to switch browser types at various points to see data updates.

I was able to complete the task, in only two to three times the amount of time that it should have taken.  That’s always good.

posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:09 AM Print
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