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If you haven't received your confirmation email about the Lotus Certification Breakfast at The Sphere, you have until the 5th to resubmit your name. Thanks to Tony, I realized the other day that I never got a confirmation. I am, after all, a tiny bit absent minded (see site url if you have any questions...). In the discussion on Tony's site, Julian pointed out that he had to use Internet Exploder to successfully register. Sure enough, I had registered with FireFox. I tried again with IE, and it worked like a charm. So if you don't have a confirmation email from Lotus (you need to print it out and bring it, for some strange reason), you may want to do the same.

Of course, this begs the question: why, oh why, does an IBM site have such a poor design?!? I know, I know, PartnerWorld if famous for its 'issues' but surely if submitting a form with FireFox isn't going to work, we could see - oh, I don't know - an ERROR, maybe?!? Sheesh.

1. Comment posted by Julian Robichaux01/03/2005 06:25:37 AM

FWIW, I used the old "E-mail IBM" link ( ) to try to tell someone about the problem when I first noticed it, which was like the first or second day of registration. I don't know that anyone ever read it, because I don't remember getting a response.

I intentionally didn't e-mail our good buddy Ed about it, because I don't want to end up complaining to him every time I notice something wrong with the IBM website -- he's got plenty of jobs already, and that's probably not one of them.

- Julian
2. Comment posted by Captain O01/03/2005 07:14:40 AM

Yeah, I don't think explaining/defending/correcting the many insane web design decisions at IBM is in Ed's portfolio. In fact, I think it would be a full-time job.
3. Comment posted by Julian Robichaux01/03/2005 10:48:17 AM

Although, I certainly hope it's someone's job...

4. Comment posted by Ed Brill01/03/2005 08:45:31 PM

I could have redirected it...
5. Comment posted by Julian Robichaux01/04/2005 02:32:48 PM

@Ed: yeah, but at some point I feel like I should try to go through the appropriate channels to resolve problems. If I keep telling you [directly] about those sorts of things, then (A) I'll wear out my welcome with you, and (B) no one ever knows whether or not the appropriate channel actually works. In this case, it seems like that channel might need some help, which we've all found out, and hopefully both the immediate problem and the larger issue will get fixed as a result.