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I was just browsing the IAP website, and at the bottom of my screen, this caught my eye:

Remember, boys and girls — formatting matters!

(And yes, sadly, I did find another class whose title did wrap, and it was visually indistinguishable from this, unless you looked over at the room number column. So I can only assume the truncation on the EAPS class was done by hand. Back when I was submitting course descriptions for the late lamented printed IAP Guide, they enforced field-length limits that would have prevented this. Of course, they also had a ~Nov 10 deadline, and the MIT print shop's expertise in making documents look professional.)

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I sometimes find myself wondering whether most online retailers spend their time with their fingers in their ears, muttering "La-la-la I can't hear you" in Amazon's general direction.

I was writing email to our administrative assistant,
about the fact that I'd gone looking for a 3-ring binder last night, and we don't have any 1-inch ones. Our admin is new, and kind of overwhelmed by the accumulated undone work, so I figured I'd look up the stock number on our office supply store's site. After initially fighting with wbmason.com just to get them to let me search for products (tell them my zip code, click the box saying my company is an existing customer), the initial results for "3-ring binder" was remarkably unuseful. Five of the first ten were, in fact, normal 3-ring-binders --- but all of the same brand, with the same slightly odd configuration (D-shaped rings), on the big side (1.5 to 6 inches). And all priced way high ($13 for the 1.5-inch). The other five items were pockets for used in 3-ring binders, a tabloid 3-ring binder, and and one more kind of normal but overpriced 3-ring binder --- this time, 8.5 inches thick.

They did, at least, have results-narrowing. So after clicking "binders" in the category list, waiting for that to load, and then clicking "1"" in the ring-size list, I got to a page with 3 results (and an upcopyable URL). Of those three, one was tabloid, one stupidly expensive ("Heavyweight Vinyl Slant-D 3-Ring Binder With Label Holder, 1" Capacity, Black" for $19.50), and the third, not outrageously priced, but weird ("Durable Flip Back Round Ring View Binder, 1" Capacity, White... Unique ring design allows front cover and paper to fold back and lie flat like a spiral notebook" for $7) That last might even be the best thing for my application --- but really, can they not show me a standard cheap vinyl 3-ring binder for comparison?

Since I'm going to Staples this weekend to get something only they carry (I've had a half-written post about that for months --- I'll finish it and post it soon), I figurfed I'd check @I site. At least I don't have to answer survey questions to do a search there (though that may be because I have cookies). I again search on 3-ring binder. They too have search-narrowing, but the categories are distinctly not useful, so I browse the results: 70 items, none under $10.

So I go to Amazon and do the same search. Top result is a 4-pack of 1-inch ring-binders, "Blue, Hot Pink, Purple, Green," for $13; #2 is a 1-inch binder for $4, and #4 a 1-inch binder for $3.

It's just not that hard to tune your search results to put the stuff your customers are most likely actually looking for first. It is hard not to conclude that the other two companies just prefer jerking their customers' chains.
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I want to get something at Ikea that won't fit in my car, and that I could really use a little help with. Seems likely I know someone who'd be interested in taking the other end of the obvious deal. So: anybody want to split a zipvan for an Ikea run sometime in the next week or two? I can only take one person (only one passenger seat in a zipvan), though of course there's no reason for more people not to drive their own car down to Stoughton and join in the cargo-hauling-share. Your cost would be half the zipcar fee ($17/hr, or $120 for an entire day), plus I'd want you to help with the bulky item I'm getting (and would of course help you with any big items you're getting). I would prefer to do it on a weekday, just for the sake of avoiding the weekend crush. But I realize not everyone's work schedule is as flexible as mine, and will roleplay accordingly.

So, anyone interested?
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I've been on Dreamwidth since the beta days, for some very loose value of on. But I've now decided, after 10+ years on LJ, to make DW my net.home. Partly because there are people on the DW tech team I know and trust personally, partly because cross-posting is now clearly stable and reliable, and partly because on DW, I have my preferred username.

So, as of now, I'm blogging on DW with automatic cross-posting to LJ. Those of you who who are in both places, my intent is to friend you here and, once I've done that, to unfriend you on LJ so you won't see all my posts twice. So if you'd prefer I not to that, please let me know.

I will continue to read my LJ friends page at least as often as I do now, so there is no sense in which this should cause me to lose touch with anyone.
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This latest round of LJ DOSing has reminded me that I have this option. I have a few questions I don't have time to google right now, and I thought people here might be able to point me toward answers.
Xjournal
I mostly post with Xjournal, and would prefer to be able to use something like it. Is there a similar Mac OS X client for dreamwidth?
iPhone client
Is there one? Searching on the iTunes store turns up nothing....
Cross-posting
I have a different username on LJ, and the only people I remember seeing crosspost have the same username both places. I assume that's not actually an issue?
Backing up
Is it possible to have DW suck down all my LJ history and mirror it here? I realize comments would have to be anonymized (or preferably pseudonymized), but it would be nice to have my entire journaling history archived in one place.
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Thanks to[personal profile] kareila , I'm here for the beta.  I am very hopeful that dreamwidth will allow me and my friends to shed our dull-witted Russian overlords.  Already a definite win is the web entry form's editing features.  I'm sure there are many more that I'll find when I have more time to explore.

Also, this time I got in early enough to get my preferred username!


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