||[Dec. 2nd, 2008|11:01 pm]
Sun bundles Yahoo's toolbar with Java. Without commenting on the levels of awesomeness in that, I will comment on their installer text. From their own website,
The Java? Let's?
- "Install a free program with the Java™"
- "Mail Alerts let's [sic] you know when you've got mail."
Hunch: at Zeitgeist, there's a girl with a nosering and weird ear piercings telling how she snuck that in during her stint at Sun. It was right after her Lit Crit degree, right before getting a hipper job that pays better and is more secure.
Either that, or they let the sophomore intern copyedit the thing.
2008-12-03 03:57 pm (UTC)
Not the image. (I never noticed if the page text was also wrong....)
Nobody fucks with the Java!
2008-12-03 08:59 am (UTC)
Apparently yahoo does :X
I wonder if it's the result of a last minute replacement string that overflowed the box. Sun's branding guidelines
state that they must never say things like "We wrote this in Java". They have to say "We programmed this using the Java™ platform".
2008-12-03 10:43 am (UTC)
I also like "By clicking the 'I Agree' button below..." followed by only
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It must be really hard to do good QA work when there's a Bollywood movie distracting you on TV in the background.
"Install a free program with the Java." Say it with a thick Indian accent. You can totally hear some guy saying it and thinking it sounds just right to him.
Isn't AOL going to go after Sun and/or Yahoo for infringing their "you've got mail" mark?
2008-12-03 02:01 pm (UTC)
The text is unfortunate, I agree, but Sun used to bundle the Google Toolbar and Google Desktop with Java... Don't you work there? ;)
Oh, and an image: http://lh5.ggpht.com/pbokelly/Rxs7ZOoxp_I/AAAAAAAAABo/5lHLQiWamHg/JavaGoogle.jpg
2008-12-03 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan of any bundling or "distribution deals", regardless of the parties involved.
But this post was about poor text.
They have both set up to be offered and one is chosen depending on which has already been offered to you. I discovered this while reading through the installer log one day.
There's a ridiculous bidding war that takes place between Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft for bundling toolbar software with any piece of software that wishes to whore its users out to such things.
Same applies to PCs, default search on browsers, and search bars for major web sites.
You didn't even mention how it tells you what will happen when you click the "I Agree" button below, despite the fact that there is no "I Agree" button.
The first item could be an intentional pun. "The Java" is a synonym for a cup of coffee, and the text is right next to a picture of that.
2008-12-04 02:07 am (UTC)
Ahh, the many scenarios. :-)
"Oh, but I am very sure to have been doing the proofreading."
"yes sure i check"
"Man, dude, I checked the programmer dude's writing like three times, it's all good, get off my back, man."