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I really have no patience for the horrific software that is PeopleSoft. I have been burned so many times by its dysfunctional interfaces, constipated navigation, and unusable reports that I have given up all hope that it will ever be fixed.

And yet now, in a time of financial crisis, my university is planning to spend yet more money to construct a user-friendly portal for the outdated system. This seems to me like whitewashing a condemned building.

I propose instead that we simply pay students to mock up some gorgeous interfaces in Photoshop and add a JavaScript alert to the effect that “You do not have sufficient privileges to access this shiny portal.” Such virtual Potemkin villages would impress visitors to our Web site, while the rest of us could just go happily back to manila filing folders.

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