PiggyBank install feedback

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2005 11:03:48 +0200

Install (eventually, mostly) ok, setup -

Firefox 1.0.6, Windows 2000 Build 2195 SP4, Java 1.5.0
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.10)
Gecko/20050716 Firefox/1.0.6

Last night I tried an install it hung completely, I think just after
initialization. This morning I had a poke around and discovered there
was only 11MB available on one of my partitions. The Firefox "Program
Files" stuff doesn't seem to be on that partition, but there's a good
chance I've got FF saving its data there (or somesuch). So I made a
bit of space and tried again - success. I've not played with it yet,
but everything looks ok so far.

There were one or two usability issues with install: simply giving
some estimate of the install time on the download page it will take
would be helpful (it's not instant). The Google Maps signup was a
little confusing, I'd be tempted to leave that until post-install
(especially as I'm on dialup and Google Maps expects bandwidth). But
what was really annoying was that after I'd killed off the (initial,
failed) install and continued to use Firefox, the install routine kept
kicking in again - even after I'd clicked Cancel. There was no obvious
way of getting rid of that. Ok, I suppose it's a bit pessimistic
covering such angles, but I could imagine that putting someone off
PiggyBank for life.

A bit more of end-user documentation close to the scrapers would be
extremely helpful (dc:description?). I landed at a filtered (?)
scrapers page, no idea what to do next: Save? Persist? Publish? Huh?
Flipping back I see there are some instructions under "Now What?", but
in my enthusiasm I'd missed them.

So I tried the two screen scraper links. The instructions say "If
Piggy Bank doesn't automatically load the data, collect it by clicking
the data coin icon". Er, I didn't see a data coin, or anything else. I
don't know whether the data was loaded, whether another Siberian
forest flattened by a cataclysmic explosion or what... Ah, it doesn't
look like the scrapers have installed, I don't get a coin for the
monster.com example, just a little box with a cross in it. (I do see
the coin with other pages). I'll have a fiddle.
btw, will most end-users know what scrapers are?

Anyhow, looking pretty good so far, great work guys. I'll report back
again if anything crops up.

Received on Wed Oct 05 2005 - 08:58:49 EDT

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