Inspired? Maybe. Maybe not.
Topic: Indianapolis Living
Is this something that is old news and I just missed it? Inspire.Net claims to be some sort of Indana information database and virtual library. How odd! Let's click around and see what we can find out...
From the FAQ
INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library on the Internet. INSPIRE is a collection of commercial databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents using any computer equipped with an Indiana Internet connection and a Web browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer.
Well... they can't be too current otherwise they would note that Netscape hasn't been a browser of choice for years. C'mon, Inspire, crack open Firefox or something.
INSPIRE stands for INdiana SPectrum of Information REsources.
That's good to know. So what REALLY is on Inspire?
Anything that you might find in a magazine or journal plus Websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, library catalogs, and more.
What? Sounds confusing, but ok.
Inspire seems geared toward collecting information and making it available to Hoosiers, and only Hoosiers. Their registration (apparently) is set up to detect whether or not you're coming from a local ISP. How weird! You do need to register for the site though, which seems complex. Fill out a form, they send you a temporary password before getting an annual password... in the mail?
It really looks like they snail mail you a new password every year. WEIRD! Let's sign up...
What if you don't have a phone number? I mean - really - that's a little elitist - to assume that everyone who could use your crappy non-CSS, 1996 lookin' state database website would have a phone. Sheesh.
Ok, fine. I'm just curious enough to do it. But really - not that curious. This really looks like an interesting resource, but come on - what about privacy? Time to give some outdated information...
Wow. Account creation is slow. They have a disclaimer about it, but... yeah.
(A few minutes later, which is really the same as a few hours in cyberspace)
WHAT? My email address didn't pass validation? That was one of the few items of real information that I gave them. Well, that's enough for me to say "this site ain't worth it". Inspire did however receive my nice and lengthy feedback letter. If anyone else wants to check it out, give it a shot, but don't expect much. It could be something really cool if only it was made more people friendly, instead of behaving like it was coded ten years ago.
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