Friday, 13 March 2009

offline queuing moved ONLine..Michael Jackson tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site.

Michael Jackson tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site.

experience of purchasing (trying to) king of pop tickets

wow, I am not the type that complain nor go to concert much.

It proves to be a #bad# time to try to get tickets for such monumental conercert (might be my own monumental mistakes of trying)..

bright sparks of ticketmasters ticket purchase designed it so that it will put in 'waiting' time when one try to find a ticket (typically starting at 15minutes).. then as it counts down, then it will do another 'anti-bot' check, then


There was a problem processing your request.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Your tickets are currently reserved in multiple windows or browsers. Please use only one window to continue processing your request.


It keeps on doing that for the plast 3 hours..

Well, I cannot find any answers (as banking systems, exchanges, or even billing system for mobile/fixed line operations has millions of transactions per seconds, or even amazon/ebay..) surely, it is not that difficult!??

possible reasons:

1.) ticketmaster conciously design the system to 'emulate' offline queuing,
2.) system really did get overwhelmed, but it does not justify the 'waiting' time system as the answers is simply, yes/no
3.) pure incompetence

possible solutions:

a) competition of ticketing solution providers (rather than monopoly)
b) in-source it/rather than outsource and use backend/hostings from likes of Amazon
c) don't do online sales, so that people just have to bear it and do it offline and queue..

of course, there are privilages of having all these concierge services of platinum/centurian Amex cards apparently, I tried using the code and even called up the concierge service.. no avail.

as "premium seats allocations" can only be accessed via online.. and "we can call you back monday" but most likely it will be via external ticketing services with extra surcharge.. wow, ticket touting heaven...

might be better to go to cinemas and or catchup on DVDs/Sky+

back to work and erm, venting on blog doesn't really help, punch bag, here I come.

My comments re: Dispatches: How They Squander Our Billions | Watch Online | Free Catch-Up on Channel 4 Shows

Dispatches: How They Squander Our Billions | Watch Online | Free Catch-Up on Channel 4 Shows: "Dispatches: How They Squander Our Billions�"

Well, it does cover key areas of how 'government' might have mis-used funds.. 

but surely, the producer/journalists could have asked these questions: 

1.) Why did the government do that? 

2.) why is there more government jobs vs. industry jobs in 08/09?

Could it be:

* Brown/government try to shift 'off balance sheet' invesments via PPP type investment structures.. 

* more power/admin passed on to 'psudeo' industries..

* more industry types moved into government and bring with them glamourous type of business practices.. 

Ashame that likes of The public has wasted a lot of public money, but knowing when to cut loses is key.. 

Look at how successful Millenium doom is now as O2..

Fact is that business would not move in unless it make business sense, generally not the otherway around.. 

just hope that we and our kids won't be paying too big a public bill which seems like it will be the case for the coming years.. 

Thursday, 5 March 2009 - Image Annotation Standard and Scripts - Image Annotation Standard and Scripts

Looks cool! 

wish I had time to integrate this and have a proper photo website to show off some of my photos. 

My comments re: Sky News appoints Twitter correspondent... |

Sky News appoints Twitter correspondent... |
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as an observer and now avid user of twitter in my own way (private feed), I still have great difficulty in explaining the benefits of twitter in a sentence .. is there not another view point where, it maybe good for even "news international", or god forbid 'news of the world'.. trying this new 'phenomenon'..? Seem to me there might be a 'this is my club' syndrome for any 'outsiders' to join the crowd.. don't forget, twitter might not be the be-all end-all.. the market might change dramatically in months/weeks, for example, if/when the mobile operators wakes up, and decide to start a 'twitter' like service (via an industry association, Gitter/Mitter?) with privacy, AND identifications (to a certain degree).. not only would early adopters use the service but also early adopters/followers.. and only then would there be true scale.. One thing is for sure, we might see the cusp of a sustainable service, hopefully it will be twitter. @GarethWong