Microsoft Stupidity: You should know what a VMC file is

So, I’m migrating data from my older Windows 7 PC to a new Windows 7 laptop (sorry, but I’m not infecting it with Windows 8.1) and I try running a virtual machine by clicking on a .vmc file. Bear in mind that these belong to a Microsoft program called Microsoft Virtual PC.

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Fair enough, that software isn’t installed by default, you have to go and download it from Microsoft and I hadn’t done that yet. I thought that the quickest way to find the place to download MS Virtual PC from would be discovered by clicking OK to “Use the Web service to find the correct program”. Wrong!

really1Really Microsoft’s File Association searcher? You really don’t know the file extension .vmc from your own company’s MS Virtual PC program. Amazing. Luckily the rest of the web knows for you.

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LinkedIn: Hey it’s People You May Know Stupidity time again

Seriously, WTF. Am I the only one using this thing? Clearly LinkedIn’s QA people aren’t.

So here’s the background. Every time I have some PYMK suggestions, I click on the “see more” link and I dismiss the ones that aren’t relevant until I’ve got none left. If you do that on a regular basis, you completely stay on top of it and are never overwhelmed by a lot of suggestions. Well, except when LI tweak their algorithm or you add a few new contacts.

Now here’s the new scenario. Every time I get some PYMK suggestions and I’ve clicked on the “see more” link, it shows me ONE LESS than the number of suggestions I’ve actually got. If I’ve got 3, it shows me 2. If I’ve got 11, it shows me 10. That final unseen suggestions only appears when you click an “X” on one of the suggestions.

Today I got three suggestions.

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I clicked on “see more” and it showed me (the first) two.

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I clicked the “X” on the first one. You’d expect the second one to shift over to the left wouldn’t you. Nope. Now we get the missing number 3 inserted into the first slot.

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So I click on his “X”, as I don’t know him either. Now finally number two slides over.

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and after clicking his “X”, all three are gone.

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That seems like somewhat bizarre behaviour to me. The logic going along the lines of “OK, he’s clicked on see more, so let’s display all his suggestions except for one, which we’ll insert into replace the one he first clicks on the “X”. Why wouldn’t they just show all of them, like a normal person would.

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Twitter: Are they inspired by Pinterest in their Math abilities?

This screenshot shows how the total of my zero photos/videos posted somehow adds up to 1. Not quite as clever as Pinterest’s inability to correctly sum the total of pins in your boards, even when you’ve only got one board.

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Either I have sent a tweet with photos or video or I haven’t. Make your mind up.

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LinkedIn: Breaks their PYMK feature yet again.

Why is it always the People You May Know feature that I’m having to blog about? Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn always seem to be breaking it.

I tend to keep on top of my PYMK suggestions and dismiss them when I don’t know them, so it never becomes an out of control massive list. It’s just a couple of clicks each time I visit.

Today I arrive at LinkedIn and see I have 6 suggestions. After looking for a second I realize I don’t know any of those 6 people so I want to click on their respective “X” to dismiss them. I click on the first “X” and that person disappears. But now, something’s happened in the LinkedIn logic and it won’t allow me to click any more of the “X’s, they’ve all been disabled somehow. So I refresh, after having only successfully clicked on one. You’d think those other 5 suggestions would be back, right? Wrong! It said I have no more suggestions.

I’m using the #1 OS (Win 7) with the #1 Browser (Chrome). It’s not like I’m using an obscure combination that the QA department wouldn’t have gotten around to testing.

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Facebook: PYMK: I know, not again, but yes

Update: May 2nd, 2014 – so, they fixed it. Only took them a month to spot it.

Again the Facebook QA team (who never seem to look at the people you may know feature) strike again. As well as not having an “X” next to each suggestion if you click on “See All”, now you get the jumping about of UI elements as you click on the “X” on the 6 inline PYMK suggestions. Here, I made a GIF of it. Watch how when there’s only one left, it jumps up. It’s a 1MB GIF, so give it a chance to fully load if you’re on a slowish connection.

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So what you might say? That’s very minor. Sure, if it was your or my personal homepage it’s trivial, but this is a global site with a billion members. There is no trivial. Plus, you know what actually happens when you’re doing this? You click on “X” and “X” and “X” until finally there’s only one left and if you haven’t moved your mouse at all, then you’re not going to click on “X” on the last one, because the “X” has moved. You’ll click on the user and be taken to their timeline page. I’ve done it a few times. The first few times I’m thinking W T F ? Then I spotted the jump and now I know to move the mouse up to catch the “X” on the last one.

Hey, I know some of these are trivial but times are hard, there’s not much to find fault with these days :P

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LinkedIn: Endorsement system is quite annoying

In general I think the endorsement system on LinkedIn is good. I like the idea. You enter your skills and your contacts can endorse you, thereby verifying your claim of having those skills.

What I don’t like though, is that your contacts are randomly asked whether they want to endorse you for what seems to be a random selection from your skills. They’re asked if they want to endorse those 5 skills, yes or no. The result is that you can end up being over-endorsed for some skills. I think you should be able to order your skills in terms of what you think is most important, and if it’s going to ask your contacts to endorse you, then it should first offer your top 5, and if it asks them again in future, the next 5. I see that you can re-order them, but I don’t think it has that effect.

The upshot of all this is that when I look at my endorsements, the skills that my contacts know I’m most famous for, are NOT at the top of my list. Instead it’s secondary and trivial skills. My top endorsed skill currently is Scrum, which is a trivial item and just something you do as part of how your projects are organized. It’s hardly a skill if it’s just something you do, rather than someone who’s a Scrum Master, for them it is an important skill. Another of my top endorsed skills is XML, which is also just a nothing secondary trivial skill.

I don’t want people thinking I’m a Scrum and XML expert, but my contacts are being asked whether they want to endorse me for 5 random skills and somehow these two seem to end up being in that 5 quite often. I want people to be asked about programming languages, software development, troubleshooting, problem solving and so on.

Plus nobody yet endorsed me for my three fun skills “Advanced Awesomeness”, “Psychic Debugging”, and “Olympic Level Modesty”. Time to delete those.

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