Apparently, Amazon changes it’s prices based on how many times you look at an item, or how much you’ve bought before. Either way, it sucks. Here’s a thread discussing the issue
Amazon continues its fall from grace – or at least continues to piss me off. Same thing.
A month ago they “lost” my account. After several emails, they said that I was back in business. Trouble was, they didn’t seem to have a record of anything I had ordered since February!. I asked them about this and they said that they would “merge” my accounts and all would be well. Sure enough, the next day I got an email stating that my accounts had been merged. Cool, except when I logged in, nothing had changed. I waited a two weeks and asked again. The response I received said that I only had one account, and have a nice day. So much for the 7 or 8 dvd preorders that I had expected to receive 40% discounts on. Damn!
I finally got around to creating an account at Barnes and Noble. We’ll see.
Lou Rosenfield (author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web and general architecture guru) interviews Mark Hurst of Creative Good. They discuss (rather heatedly) the differences and similarities between Information Architecture/Usability Engineering and the Customer Experience. It’s a bit long, but mostly worth the effort.
the Aimee Mann song which is reported to have inspired Magnolia. P.T. Anderson’s latest, and best film. Three hours long, this thing seemed to have a pretty polarizing effect on folks. “Loved It!” or “Too long and stupid.” or “What’s with the frogs?” Put me in the first group. You should see it. Really. I hadn’t even heard of Aimee Mann before seeing the film, but I’ve been listening to her songs non-stop since. See it.
If your development efforts are failing, it’s likely to be the fault of one of these group: Engineers, Security, Lawyers and Graphic Designers. Couldn’t be the engineers, could it?
Cool, Neil LaBute has another film on the way. I’m sure I’ll feel just as badly about laughing as I did during In the Company of Men.
T.M. brought this film to my attention. If you’ve ever been anywhere near folks who played Dungeons and Dragons, this will crack you up. “Roll the dice and see if I’m getting drunk.”
Yahoo and other “portal” sites are beginning to charge companies to be listed (within a reasonable amount of time, anyway). This is an important shift away from the get-lots-of-traffic-sell-ads model which can’t really work long term.
“In the end…users want a site that is designed to help them find what they want, not what the marketing department wants to promote.”
More on the as-yet-unrealized dream of personalization.