[Dprglist] SRS contest

David Anderson davida at smu.edu
Sat Jan 16 15:05:23 PST 2021

Well I glad it's not just me.  I'm really feeling incompetent.



On 1/16/21 3:30 PM, Murray Altheim via DPRGlist wrote:
> Hi David,
> Most frustrating, after I navigated to the SRS link, then opened up
> the MS Teams application for Debian I'd just installed, after I
> logged in using my Microsoft account (the one I have for my hateful
> Surface Go, which I hadn't want to associate/link with my desktop
> workstation or other accounts), then... I still need to sign up for
> an MS Teams account. I'm forced to log in a second time, then asked
> for my full name and email address. It sets up MS Teams, then tells
> me to check my email for the link. Then I wait and wait but it hasn't
> arrived yet.
> But... (wait for it)...
> The site then gives me a link: "Use Web Application Instead" which I
> can click on, which opens the Teams app. It's a very long URL and is
> tied to my account so there's no point in me sharing it. But there is
> a web app.
> But... (wait for it)...
> The web browser application (on Chrome on Ubuntu 20) then just spins
> away until I try to create or join a team. I don't want to create a
> team so I try to find the SRS one to join, so I search on "SRS",
> "Seattle", "Mini-Sumo", "robot", etc. but not a single one returns
> even a single search result. Apparently the only way to locate and
> join a specific team (e.g., SRS' Mini-Sumo) is to have that party's
> name and email address. As that's not been provided I have no way to
> locate the SRS Mini-Sumo event.
> So I gave up. I'll uninstall MS Teams and be done with it. *sigh*
> But I now have a Teams account and Microsoft has a name and email
> address associated with my actual name and email address. Yay!
> [This is precisely why I hate using these proprietary technologies
> for group communications...]
> Cheers,
> Murray
> On 17/01/21 9:51 am, David Anderson via DPRGlist wrote:
>> The Team webpage pointed to from the "SRS Robothon" link from Donna 
>> that I can get to using Firefox only has two options, download the 
>> app or use the already installed app.  I see no option to use a 
>> browser.  There is no "Continue on this browser" option.
>> I will ask for a third and final time and then I'll quit:  does 
>> anyone actually have the URL for the browser option?
>> David
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