19 things that should be fixed

I don’t normally do list posts, but I thought this might be a fun departure from my usual 2,000 words. Maybe you’ll find your next startup idea in here. Feel free to add your own to the comments section.

1. When they bring you bread and butter and the butter is too hard to spread

2. When I call in to a customer support line for the 10th time they still have no idea who I am or what my account number is

3. If I’m disconnected from a customer support call I have to go back through the phone chain again and start over

4. If I’m looking at an ad it doesn’t have a box at the bottom that says “Is this relevant to you?”

5. Chrome opens up a new process every time I open a new tab

6. I forget 99% of the things I read

7. My weather app can’t tell that I’m going on a trip soon and show me the weather in the place I’m packing for automatically

8. It takes 4 emails back and forth to schedule a coffee meeting with someone

9. When light switches aren’t backlit so you can’t see them when it’s dark

10. When they don’t put light switches on the left side of the door so that you can easily turn them on as you walk into a dark room

11. When doors have “pull” handles and are actually “push”

12. Window latches that don’t tell you what state they’re in

13. When I’m on a train and four people have MiFi’s and I can’t pay to use one of them

14. When buildings have great comfortable seating areas for people to do work in but have forgotten to put power outlets near them

15. When a sign in form says “username” but I actually signed up with my email

16. When a sign in form says “email” but I actually signed up with a username

17. When a video player crashes before it starts playing, I refresh my page, and am subjected to the same ad I just watched

18. When a bus has wifi but it doesn’t actually work so I end up wasting 10 minutes vainly turning WiFi on and off, reconnecting, and then refreshing the page

19. When I have no more clean socks

22 Apr 2013, 2:06pm | 24 comments

  • http://ListYard.com Adam Huet

    I feel like #8 could be solved by picking up the phone instead of using a whole other service just to schedule meetups.

    • http://danshipper.com danshipper

      Yes but that requires both of us to find a time to get on the phone together!

  • http://www.zoompf.com Kyle

    Ah man, number 17 ftw. I HATE when that happens. I will add another one to this list; #20 When I have to pay for a bunch of channels on TV that I don’t watch in order to get the channels that I do watch.

    • http://danshipper.com danshipper

      So true. Although the TV thing is getting fixed with Netflix / Hulu etc. Hopefully

  • http://blog.jordankong.ca Jordan

    #1 can be easily solved by going the southern way and serving the table bread with butter+honey.

    (For awesome bread and butter, check out Arthur on Smith in Carroll Gardens.)

    • http://danshipper.com danshipper

      Why add honey?

  • http://zwass.com Zach

    5 happens to prevent another issue that might have popped up on your list:
    18. Chrome crashes entirely when any single tab crashes.

    • http://danshipper.com danshipper

      Ahhh that’s really interesting actually. The real issue for me is that I just open way to many tabs and it makes my whole computer slow. Been trying to use pinboard.in to cut down on the tab usage, but it’s still not entirely fixed.

      Great point though.

  • http://www.jeremydagorn.com Jeremy

    Nice and funny article!

    Totally agreeing on the last item.

    Can see two nice startups/side projects ideas for #6 and #8. 🙂 (btw I totally agree on those too).


    • http://danshipper.com danshipper

      Yes! If you work on one of them let me know I’d love to beta test 🙂

  • http://alrightus.com Alright

    #15 and #16 can be easily solved just by one field “Username or email” on login page.

    • http://danshipper.com danshipper

      True that. I’d rather they just picked one though so I don’t have to guess as many combinations.

  • Steven Kim

    Nice post… very funny. Here are some suggestions:

    #1 Butter bell or butter keeper… let’s you keep butter at room temp for easy spreading. Ingenious.

    #4 lol 🙂 Unfortunately, if this existed, the ad market would probably shrink by 50%, so not really in the interest of ad businesses

    #17 Again… repeating ads is good for ad companies.

    #19 Wear sandals or flipflops. Or buy more socks. Or both.

    • http://danshipper.com danshipper

      Butter keeper looks ingenious! Wow.

      So I’m thinking for #4 it wouldn’t get RID of the ads entirely, it would just be a way to improve targeting. For example, I visit a lot of sites for research purposes and then their ads follow me around the internet for weeks at a time. Those ad dollars are totally wasted, and I’d love to be able to tell the company “Hey – this isn’t right for me!”

      Whether they listen or not is their choice. I feel like they’re just missing out on a pretty large data point without it.

  • John

    #7 is a real thing with Google Now
    #13 is Karma (yourkarma.com)

    Hope that helps!

    • http://danshipper.com danshipper

      Karma looks awesome. Have you used it?

  • http://claudiuconstantin.com/ Claudiu Constantin

    When you miss your password, but Chrome wants to remember it…

    • http://danshipper.com danshipper


  • blipsman

    Tied into 15 & 16, when sites have specific password rules (must be at least X chars, include number and upper case) but don’t tell you at login to remind you what password you may have used.

  • Ivan Kukard

    Eh! I agree with Kyle about item#20 hands down. And your #’ 2, 3 and 6. Man! I hate it when people don’t care that I am somebody…

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  • Ramana Kumar
  • e we

    Slap an arduino on it, and throw cake


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