Daily Archives: May 7, 2008

Crappy software: Qumana

When I was pretty close to say that there will be no other post for today, Qumana has stepped in to prove me wrong.

What is Qumana and why it changed my mind?

Qumana is a desktop blog publishing tool for Mac that works with many of the most online blogs (WordPress, Blogger, etc.). Unfortunately, in fact I shouldn’t be using the verb work. Because it definitely doesn’t work. Publishing to Blogger doesn’t work (the screen gets stuck into a publishing state), there are way you can add categories to posts for Blogger and a few more small problems.

While a bit annoying all the above problems haven’t really convinced me to dump it. What a big mistake!

Following the rebranding movements I’ve been taking lately (described here and here), I was using Qumana for cleaning up. I had some local posts and I was trying to delete some. But at no moment was I announced or asked that Qumana is going to make the decision to apply those same changes to the online blogs. No dialogs, no warning, no signs that the operations are having major implications. I was close to lose all the post from the last 3-4 days. Wow!

Advise

Dear developers, I would like to kindly ask you to pay more attention when designing your apps. The users of your software should be aware at every step what is happening. Don’t think that your app is smarter than your user. Ask (and offer the user the chance to configure this) about any major operation. Be clear in your messages

Conclusion

If you planning on using Qumana, I would advise you to be very careful about what you are doing. I am not saying that Qumana is completely broken (some things are actually working), but make sure that you are not doing any major operations that may impact your online blog.

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From now on

The last couple of days have found me posting a couple of very different things on this blog. This made me think that I should try to keep things more simple and much more cleaner. I must confess that I don’t think that mixed model will really work. Neither for me, nor for my readers.

Finally, I have decided to keep this blog for technical related posts, plus those few personal entries. Everything related to business, online activities and research, including the .ro space interactions are going to happen on my biz mindstorms blog.

So far, I’ve been pulling here most of my technology related posts and I am planning to move away those posts that do not closely fall into this category (but I’ll have to figure out how to redirect those links). 

If you look at the sidebar, you will notice that I haven’t been a very active blogger, but you don’t really know when this is happening. I do believe in simplicity and I hope this new ‘model’ will work out a bit better.

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