Friday, August 8, 2008

TechNet's New Web Site Rocks!

I know it's been out for a little while already, so forgive me for being late to comment on it. Microsoft TechNet got a fantastic facelift. It's by far the best site Microsoft has running. I wish they dump that horrible crap they have at www.microsoft.com and use http://technet.microsoft.com instead. So much nicer to look at, and easier to navigate. The main corporate web site has gone so horribly awry it needs to be put down like a horse with one leg and half a head. While it can be technically defended, ethically and artistically it falls into the category of eating a bowl of chili and washing it down with a litre bottle of Diet Pepsi and a roll of Mentos.

Speaking of bad web sites, I used to like Amazon.com but lately they've started looking like GoDaddy.com and that "buckshot" approach to splattering all the f-ing content in your face at once. Sort of like a game of "how much crap can we stuff into the smallest area possible", or watching Japanese subway "pushers" shove people into the subway train cars at rush hour. Oh well, you get the idea. Then you look at Google and scratch your head. Success and content density don't seem to have any correlation. And as far as aesthetics are concerned, take at look at the web site for Berkshire-Hathaway. Talk about an ugly beast.

Remember kids: The next time someone says you can't be successful without (a) a pretty web site, or (b) a busy web site. You'll know better.
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