10/12/2009

Lotus Domino 8.5.1 Gold available for download at PWSW

Tags: Lotus Domino 8.5.1 partnerworld pwsw

Just noticed the gold version is available on PWSW, so I started downloading rightaway and atm I'm actually getting a decent download speed (I'm maxing out my ADSL )

12/16/2008

I hate the PartnerWorld for SoftWare site

Tags: IBM PWSW PartnerWorld

I know I shouldn't be accessing PWSW anyway since I'm on vacation, but I did anyway which lead to the following fun experience.

I went to http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld and when I click on the Member sign in link, I enter my IBM id and password and I get this:

A picture named M2

So I select my usual location which is in the neverlands, eventhough I know I've accessed PWSW on this laptop (and selected my location) before, and click on Go and guess what? Nothing happens.. nothing. (I'm using FireFox 3.0.4)

I then click on the IBM Partnerworld link that's at the top of the page and I do get the expected PWSW content.
So far so good.

Next I click the Downloads and CDs link
Next I click on the IBM Software Access Catalog link
I then scroll to the bottom of the page to click the I agree link for the gazillionth time
Next I click the Electronic Software Download link
Next I click the Find by search text link since that generally gives the best chance of actually finding what you're looking for

Anyway, I searched around for what I was looking for, downloaded something and at some point I clicked on the Change search text criteria link and I got redirected away from the PWSW software catalog to http://www.ibm.com/technologyservices/us/en

Clicking back in my browser gave me the prompt about resending information to the site which I acknowledged

A picture named M3

After this I got redirected to the same page once more.
I then entered the initial url again (http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld) and ended up at the same point at the start with the location selector that doesn't work.

Anyway apart from today's hickups, why does this whole process have to be so complex and lengthy?
It's pretty much impossible to get to the find by search text page under a minute - I find it annoying as hell.