Your iPad has SSH on it
Your bookcase is full of Asimov, Clarke and Uncle Orson... with no sign of Danielle Steel or Harold Robbins.
Your kids have never been in football or soccer, but they have been in Lego and GameMaker classes.
You're more likely to ask for a new gaming mouse than a new piece of jewelry.
Your movie room has posters of The Princess Bride and The Fifth Element.
You've been an Amazon shopper since 1998 (possibly longer, that's as far as the records go!)
Web sites ask for feedback about their site and you give it!
So I've been working on my next Transmog post, but I got a bit sidetracked today with this list. Then I had a bit of a situation after supper which played perfectly into my "you know you're a nerd" thing, so you're getting the nerd post first :P
For a few weeks Google has had a link in the Blogger admin for us to try out their new Blogger interface. I've been ignoring it, but today I decided to click and see what it was. In a word - horrible. After a couple of minutes of trying to deal and getting irritated by it, I decide to click back to the old interface. Then they throw a pop-up at me. Would I like to leave feedback? Sure, I'll leave you some feedback
So I spend a few minutes writing up my complaints about the UI and then hit the submit button. Oops! There's an error with your form. I click the back button and resubmit. Oops! I try again. Oops! Clearly this feedback form isn't working.
Well I'm in for a good 10 minutes of my time now. They are not getting off that easy. The Oops form has a link to their Help Center, so I click on that. I find a generic feedback form where I can specify that I'm commenting on Blogger. Back in business! I fill that out, paste in my commentary from the other form and hit Submit.
Error! You can only put 500 characters in the text box for feedback. Gah! So I try to trim it down, Error! It's still 1200 characters, down from the 1500 I started with. Trim again. Error! Still too damn long.
Now I'm pissed. They are getting this stupid feedback. I click back to the form and at the top of the text box I write "Why is this form limited to 500 characters?" Then I paste the first paragraph of my feedback and hit submit. I hit the Back button again, delete the previous text and type "Part Two of Blogger Feedback" followed by my second paragraph. Hit the Back button again and give them Part Three. Hit Back again and give them Part Four, which ends with "and by the way your Feedback form is broken, which makes it difficult to receive feedback".
So if you've ever wondered about the kind of person your Crafting Diva is, now you know ;) This isn't even the first time I've done this sort of thing. I am a serial offender. I've sent similar emails complaining about interface or functionality problems to Amazon, QVC, Mint.com and probably others I can't remember. Any major web site I find that breaks on a critical operation or has a UI that actually inhibits the user will generally get a fully detailed email from me. This is what happens when nerdy girls marry programmers and get drafted to do all the testing. According to my daughter, I am the evil nemesis of web programmers. Muahahahaha!
And just in case you were wondering, every single one of these nerd items is true. Feel free to share your own "nerdisms" in the comments =)