The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Monday, 24 November 2003]

Pet peeve: logging on to site

Both newspapers and tv “news” refers to visiting a web site as “logging on” to a site: “To read more, log on to our web site.” No, you visit a web site, or browse it. Logging on means to go through a challenge-response system to identify your credentials to view a resource. Unless the web site in question has this sort of system in place, like when you go check your email on Hotmail or Yahoo!, you are not logging on.

It annoys me tremendously when people whose professional responsibility it is to handle the language properly fail so abjectly at identifying common tasks.

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Smell the Foam Finger

Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.

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