16 May 2005

Legal Disclaimer

So, I'm sick of reading emails that contain legal disclaimers at the bottom of them. More accurately, I'm sick of the legal paranoia we all live in that makes companies/individuals feel that having these disclaimers is important.

In retaliation (futile, but I feel better) I've crafted one of my own devising. My favorite part is that it's so huge. Most of the emails I get are simple one or 2 line things ("hey, check this link out", "blah", or "i hate everyone, people suck", etc)

This disclaimer will simply drown out the text of the actual message, and significantly increase the size of the message (significantly, if you're a mail router receiving hundreds of these a second [or more])

Anyway, here it is. Enjoy.


IMPORTANT WARNING:
The presence of this message on your mail system indicates an awareness and acceptance of the terms and conditions of this warning.

This message is intended solely for the use of the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is fully governed by aplicable law. In the event that no law is applicable to govern the disclosure of this message, one will be created at the discretion of the legal rights holder of the contents of the message.

If the reader is not the intended recipient (or the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient) you are hereby notified that you are not the intended recipient, and therefore not entitled to the use of this message.

In the event that you are the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, you are entitled to the use of this message solely for the purpose of delivering it to the intended recipient.

ANY dissemination, distribution or copying of this information is STRICTLY PROHIBITED, including the dissemination, distribution, or copying of this warning; even for the purposes of verifying the legal validity of the claims made herein. Included in "dissemination", "distribution", and "copying" are the acts of "forwarding" the message to other parties, as well as "replying" to it.

If you have received this message in error, please notify us immediately, by sending an email to thoughtpolice@miniluv.gov and destroy the related message.

Thank You for your cooperation.

14 May 2005

Use and Useability

so, i've recently come to (what is to me) a brilliant realization.

information that is not readable, is not useful.

now, you may be saying "well, duh" (and it's OK if you are) but now that you've mocked my intelligence, try this.

start paying attention to how readable the sites you're visiting on the web are.


  • do you have to close 50 pop up ads to find the article you're trying to see?

  • after you've closed those ads, are there so many other ones embedded on the page that you still can't find the article, or, if you can, you can't pay any attention to it?

  • on the other extreme, do you have to stare at a huge block of text with no paragraph breaks for 30 minutes before giving up in frustration because, no matter how hard you try, there's just no way you can make sense out of the massive wall of verbage you're confronted with?



once you start paying attention, you may be surprised as you discover that a whole lot of the 'information super highway' is paved over by billboards these days.

and we're not talking some huge gaudy thing on the side of the road ... oh no.

these things are smack down the middle of it, crossing all 4 lanes, and to make mattters even worse, you will often be expected to pay/subscribe/sell-your-soul so that you can have the privilege of running into them as hard as you can while you travel.

that's just plain dumb.

and there's probably a whole lot more i could ramble on about that is related to this topic, but it's pretty late, and i just got distracted by these after clicking on an ad for thinkgeek.