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If you are thinking of using PayPal for invoicing…

Don’t.  The system is massively buggy and the company is completely unresponsive to complaints.

The web UI looks like it everything is nice and automated, but in reality you will end up doing a bunch of stuff by hand.  Examples of bugs and/or dumb design that have already driven us crazy:

  • If you have a bunch of outstanding invoices that you want to cancel, the bulk select/action doesn’t work.  No error or anything: it just doesn’t do anything, silently.|
  • They use lazy loading to show just a dozen or so invoices at a time, with the rest showing only after you scroll down (like Facebook, Twitter, etc.)  If you try to do a search or filter, that works only on the invoices that are currently being displayed, not the full set: presumably resulting from a design decision to make the filter work within the client rather than the server.
  • Thanks to a flaky implementation of lazy loading itself, some invoices will appear as duplicates.

It’s pretty clear that Elon Musk has left the building.

Shock, horror: Harvard divests 0.03% of its equity portfolio; Apple must be going out of business?

It isn’t hard to see example of “Apple-bashing” in the press these days: just take a look at Bloomberg’s website where the top headline in its Personal Finance section, for the past three days running, is entitled “Harvard Liquidates Apple Stake After IPhone Sales Lose Steam”.

If you read past the headline, the second paragraph lays it all out in devastating detail: Harvard has sold a grand total of $304,000 in Apple shares (about 571 shares at a price of $573), which represents 0.03% of its equity portfolio (and about 0.1% of its total endowment).

 

Improved integration with Google Drive, faster performance, and full iPad support

Along with our best wishes for this holiday season, we have a small present to put under the tree as well: a new version of Kerika will be available on Christmas Day! This new version will come with:

  • Improved integration with Google Drive: now, you will be able share any kind of files, including music, videos, Flash, and other binary data, simply by adding them to your project cards or canvases. (When you log into Kerika again, you will be asked to reauthorize Kerika’s access to your Google Apps,)
  • Improved performance: projects should load at least twice as fast as they did before, making it a lot easier to use Kerika in coffee shops and other places with unreliable WiFi.
  • Full, fun iPad support: you will be able to access your Kerika projects using the Safari or Chrome browser on your tablet (no need to download any apps).
  • Better support for visitors: you can give project stakeholders (like your clients, for example) read-only access to your projects. They will be able to view everything in your projects except for your chat, which will remain private to the team members.

There are also usability tweaks:

  • Attachments can now be opened with a single click.
  • The “Move” action can now be found in the menu at the top of the columns.

What we are working on next:

  • A consolidated view of all your projects, similar in concept to the “unified inbox” you find on your smartphone.
  • Easier ways to manage your account, and integration with the Google Apps Marketplace and the Chrome Web Store.
  • Work estimation, work logging, and exporting of project data.

Thanks again for all your support: the very encouraging feedback we have been getting from our users continues to fuel our efforts!

60 usability improvements (and we are not done yet!)

Kerika got updated today, with around 60 usability improvements based upon feedback from our early adopters. Many of the changes are quite small, but you should notice that now it is even easier to:

  • Add people to projects.
  • See who is part of each project.
  • Chat about cards.
  • Work with templates.
  • Catch up on updates from coworkers.
  • Use Kerika’s unique canvas feature.

There’s also a simpler and easier welcome experience for new users, and improved performance with faster downloads.

And speaking of performance, that’s our next focus: we want to kick that up quite a bit, so it’s even easier to use Kerika with public WiFi networks like coffee shops.

Kerika isn’t written in Indonesian. (And Google Docs isn’t in Vietnamese either…)

An odd problem that we cannot quite figure out: every once in a while Google’s Chrome browser will tell the user that the application is written in Indonesian, and then offer to do a translation.

We cannot figure out what’s going on with this: all of the code is written in Javascript and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), so why would Chrome consider it to be an Indonesian page?

The problem must lie with Google Chrome itself: now, we are noticing that it will sometimes report that Google Docs is written in Vietnamese, as this screenshot shows!

Science project: does spam attract spam?

We get a ton of spam on this blog, all from robots so they appear in waves: dozens of similar sounding comments that are attached randomly to various blog posts.

A little while ago we decided to run a little science experiment: we took one of the funnier spam comments (they are all inadvertently funny, since they are composed by people who have a shaky command of the English language), and decided to reuse it as blog posting.

The science experiment was to see if a spam blog posting would attract the same amount of spam as a real blog posting: in other words, to test whether the spam engines made any attempt to read the content of blogs before providing their inane commentary.

The results are in: spam blog postings attract as much spam as real blog postings.

Goodbye, Internet, it was nice knowing you…

(And, our thanks in advance to all the spam engines that will respond to this blog posting: keep up the unintended humor; it makes us feel superior.)