BBC reports: Desktop banking use falls, as users switch to apps

Why is anyone surprised by this? If all the banking sites are as bad as the abysmal Co-op bank‘s recent improved online banking efforts.

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Responsive design? Never heard of it. There is a Next button and a Help link in there somewhere. You will find them eventually. They ask you to change your password. Insisting it needs to be at least a certain length and contain certain characters. Yes there is an upper limit to how long it can be but they are not going to tell you what that is – you will figure it out eventually.

Once you have entered your Username, Password and security code you are welcomed into their warm embrace….

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…where you can play hunt the OK button. There is not much empty space available on this page so they had to hide the OK button. You will find it eventually.

With the mobile app…. Enter 6 digits and tap Log in…

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Simples!

W is for World Wide Web

Who does not love browsing the web? I know I do and frequently do so. In a little over twenty years the world wide web has grown to become as integral a part of our lives as the water and electricity supplies. In that time it has also lost its clunky name and is often now referred to as the web or the Internet as it is the most familiar face of the Internet.

This week we have checked bank accounts, done shopping (groceries, fabrics and yarns, baking equipment, books), checked when the courier will be delivering goods, applied for jobs, watched TV, listened to radio programming, played games, applied to audition to appear on TV, listened to music, watched film trailers, checked news, weather and travel details, written and read blogs, video chatted with friends and answered questions from strangers, checked library book status, and all the incidental daily diversions one may encounter. All thanks to the ubiquitous web. How did we ever manage before?

The future is not what it used to be….

Pupinia Stewart: Beyond Poe’s Law.

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In 2005 Poe’s law established that on the Internet an extreme point of view is indistinguishable from a parody of that point of view if the parody lacks any identifying smilies or other indicators.

Today amidst the never ending background noise of the Internet it becomes increasingly difficult to verify what is real and what is parody.

Pupinia Stewart (this may or may not be her name) at 16 years old (this may or may not be her age) took on the whole world… and won. Slam dunk (as I believe they say in Americanish).

Beyond satire which stands apart and points a finger, beyond Absurdist and Dadaist she holds a mirror up to the Internet. Who is the stupid one here?

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