Please see System Info and Announcements post #34 where AA-bob gives an explanation about what the latest malady to befall AA was. He tells us about an update they did and the (again) unintended, and I may add UNTESTED, side effects it had. AA DOES make some nice upgrades, but they continue to do so with nary a test run, or so it seems from the number of problems we have had from such a Ready, Fire, Aim mentality. It is time that AA starts testing things THOROUGHLY before letting the improvement gremlins out of their cages. Yes, AA-bob, I am complaining again, but you admitted what you did and again did it without testing to see the consequences. This site is great, but to continue to do helter skelter improvements and release them untested on the public IS eroding your customer confidence levels. AA-bob, you KNOW the results of THAT folly. PLEASE test things BEFORE you establish them as "improvements".
Tom in defense of manny and marcus (who have far more smarts than I will ever have when it comes to 'puters) programming these web sites can be a real PITA. I am real tolerant of bugs and the consequences thereof because I know thats the only way to improve. Fo example, at the shop we run networked PCs using XP Professional and Firefox 2.0 for web access. Its stable, but doesnt do everything I want. At home I run a Laptop with Vista with Firefox Beta 3.05b OR (depending on my usage) Ubuuntu 8.04 beta with Firefox 2.0. Both kick the ass of an XP system but I am tinkering as I am going along and neither are fully functional so they arent yet suitable for the office. Just as an example, last night I had 96 different auction pages loaded in individual tabs all running fine....went to email one and locked Firefox up because I had accessed 3.05b instead of 2.0 off of my Ubuuntu boot and there evidently was a conflict somewhere between Thunderbird and Firefox 3.04b off the Ubuuntu boot vis a vis Thunderbird and Firexox 3.04b on a Vista boot..bugzilla notifed and back to my creaky work XP system.
Maybe its me but I seem to experience far less outages and problems with AA than others here
WWG, too bad I don't understand Swahili or I could have understood what you just posted!!! LOL!!! I am about as far from a computer guy as you can get. I do, however, realize that stuff happens. I would think, however, that if one is a real computer whiz, as one SHOULD be to run a site like this, that there should be a way to test drive a change to see what it does to the general system. However, I could be wrong; I do NOT know things about these systems. I am but an end user of the efforts of the AA staff. I am not having any problems right know that amount to anything, so, hopefully, the storm is past, for now!!
Tom the only way you can test stuff to get the bugs out is with actual use...thats why Microsoft and all the big companies release "betas" for testing and even then, after all the bugs are worked out, they release it and you still have bugs. I can tell you for a fact that even ebay with its legion of programmers and back up servers have occasional problems. Keep also in mind that I bet Manny and Marcus are doing their work in a non windows environment to begin with which may itslef result in bugs when their code is used under a Windows environment. Im not a geek, I know just enough to be dangerous. thank god for registry backups!
OK, Ken, and you just told me more than anyone at AA has been able or willing to. At least I can understand what you said in this post, not like the gobbledygook in the other one! I am realy fortunate to know just enough how to turn my computer on, and be able to screw it up royally! Anything else is pretty much out of my grasp! I''ll be listing another batch soon, and we'll see what happens. Cheers!
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