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Posts Tagged ‘power tools’

Logins and saws

Posted by Richard on May 13, 2006

I think there’s a pun in that title, but I’m not sure. So, anyway, I dropped by FreedomSight and learned that Jed had a little accident with a table saw. Nothing too serious, thank goodness. I thought I’d leave a snarky little comment and discovered you have to log in to comment. "Hmm," I thought, "do I have a login here? Have I ‘registered’ as a ‘member’?"

I don’t recall, but I’m slightly annoyed. Jed doesn’t like sites that require JavaScript (among other things); I don’t like all the stupid, pointless registrations (among other things). Jeez, Jed, you can’t have that much more traffic than me — do you really need "memberships" to keep the riffraff out? Or the comment spam under control?

Oh, well, I figured I’d give it a try — I plugged in my standard user name and password that I use when I don’t care about security. Got a 404. OK… Tried setting up a new "account" — 404. Tried the forgotten password routine: enter email, click button — 404.

That’s it. I give up. Jeez, all I wanted to say is something like: Hey, Jed, are you qualified to operate a table saw? Obviously, we need a training requirement, and we need to limit access to table saws to licensed professionals. Background checks at Home Depot. Severe penalties for modifying or removing the rip fence.

If it saves just one finger…

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