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I Am Skooter
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September 14, 2006
Goldmine — Worst Contact Manager Ever

I have a curse in my life, and that curse is named Goldmine. The dialog box pictured below is a good example why.
Goldmine merge record

You’ll note that the text of the dialog box instructs the user to select either the Parent record, while the buttons refer to a Default Record and a Non-default Record without providiing any information about:

  1. Which one will be considered the Parent
  2. Which of the records is the Default Record and which is the Non-default Record

The list of nightmares this program gives me is far too long. High on that list (probably the first) would be its reliance on the horribly inept Berkely DB Engine or the grossly overpriced Microsoft SQL Server.

Posted by skooter at 8:44 PM This entry is filed under Technology.
This entry is tagged: Databases, Usability

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