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January 2008

VeriSign’s at it Again
Well, it looks like VeriSign (aka Network Solutions) is at it yet again: being one of the scum of the internet.  This time, they’re proactively squatting on domains that people are looking up.  Check that link for details, but the short, short version is that …
Saturday Jan 12, 2008 | 0 Comments

January 2007

DishNetwork: Are You Trying to Break My Legs?
I wonder if that’s what they hope will happen when you decide to discontinue their service.  Normally you own your equipment, but with their DVR based services, it’s all a lease, disguising the full cost of the service partly as equipment lease and partly as …
Friday Jan 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

April 2006

No more business with Newegg.com
I bought a hard drive enclosure from Newegg, and it turned out to be defective.  My faith in that particular product wasn’t strong, so I wanted to exchange it for a different one with fewer features.  Newegg’s return policy has two options: replacement for defective …
Saturday Apr 15, 2006 | 11 Comments

March 2006

Boston Legal on ‘Protesting’
Today certainly wasn’t meant to be all “political”, but it appears to be heading that way.  This week’s Boston Legal episode (not a show I watch, mind you) had a clip where James Spader’s character is apparently defending someone for tax evasion.  His closing argument …
Friday Mar 17, 2006 | 2 Comments

February 2006

USA Bay was a nightmare
or, “I hate subway anagrams” Seriously.  What’s the deal?  They’re not funny, clever, nor demonstrate any puzzle solving skill or intelligence.  It does, however, demonstrate an overabundance of free time with which you can waste staring at a subway map and typing the stops into …
Monday Feb 27, 2006 | 2 Comments

December 2005

Is This America?
Boing Boing pointed to an editorial in the Miami Herald by Robert Steinback that touches on some of the things in this country that have changed so much in the last few years. If, back in 2001, anyone had told me that four years after …
Monday Dec 26, 2005 | 0 Comments

June 2005

Treknobabble Kills Brain Cells
I love Star Trek, as a concept. But really. I can’t take much more of their treknobabble in their script. I don’t mind having technical jargon spewed at me as part of the ambience of the Trek universe. But the trend of having it act …
Monday Jun 6, 2005 | 3 Comments

May 2005

How Disappointing
Orson Scott Card has let me down. [Edit: I’d rather people read this article and form their own opinions than turn Chris’s site into another senseless internet debate, so I’ve cut all of my comments entirely]
Monday May 30, 2005 | 1 Comment

April 2005

Delicious Copier
Microsoft’s WinHEC took place this week, and Bill Gates gave the keynote, showcasing Longhorn and hardware products that would take advantage of the new technology. One type of application that Bill referred to as being part of calendar year 2007 is MediaMania.  It has bookshelves …
Tuesday Apr 26, 2005 | 0 Comments
If I Was The Company’s Director…
My wife has been working for an IT/Telco solutions company for a year and a half. To cut a long story short, she’s been under a lot of stress and after hours, she comes home and unloads everything onto me, who as a dutiful husband, …
Monday Apr 11, 2005 | 1 Comment
Walmart.com is Anti-Mac
This afternoon I happened to try going to the “Music Download” section at Walmart.com.  I was on my PC using Firefox and when I clicked the Music Downloads link I was presented with a page telling me I had an “Invalid Browser”.  It seems they …
Saturday Apr 9, 2005 | 1 Comment

February 2005

Block…Busted is More Like It
Blockbuster has recently been running ads announcing “No More Late Fees”, as part of their attempt to recapture consumers who have begun using alternative methods of renting movies, such as NetFlix.  Well, the New Jersey attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Blockbuster, citing that …
Tuesday Feb 22, 2005 | 1 Comment
Napster To Go… No Thanks
I think today will just be a “downloadble music” kind of day for posts.  This time, we’ll discuss the recently released “Napster To Go” feature.  In a nutshell, you pay $15 per month and get unlimited downloads of songs.  Sounds pretty good, huh?  Oh, that …
Monday Feb 14, 2005 | 16 Comments

October 2004

Oh, Screw You, ABC!
That’s just bullshit.  As you loyal readers are no doubt sick of hearing, I have a TiVo.  Well, when I go to use it today I get a notice from TiVo stating that ABC will be airing some ‘non-standard’ show lengths in the coming weeks …
Tuesday Oct 26, 2004 | 8 Comments

March 2004

Gay Marriage Take 2
My respect for the creators of BoingBoing is continuing to drop.  Yes, blog owners everywhere, even slightly here, are vehemently beginning to air both political and religious ideology and how and why it should control other people’s lives.  Well, the “religious right” as it has …
Sunday Mar 21, 2004 | 4 Comments

February 2004

I Hate Being Political
I really do.  I generally try my very best to avoid politics altogether and I make a very conscious effort to keep that stuff out of my “public life” here on the weblog and in other online locations.  I don’t like even implying that I’m …
Sunday Feb 29, 2004 | 17 Comments
Damn you, FOX!
I’m physically ill right now…  I just finished watching a couple of episodes of Futurama and switched back to cable.  What wonderful programming was I greeted with?  Why, none other than The Littlest Groom, which aims to help “a young man who is 45 tall …
Monday Feb 16, 2004 | 6 Comments
Video Editing Woes
I’ve been experiencing a bunch of frustration lately with video editing.  Software limitations, format limitations, conversion necessities, etc., etc.  But, let me start more from the beginning… A little while back I bought a 15” PowerBook.  It’s the first laptop I’ve ever owned and I …
Thursday Feb 12, 2004 | 9 Comments
It’s Electric!  (Boogie woogie oogie)
Everyone knows that the human body has electrical resistance.  Well, I can only assume that this is what Apple was trying to tap into when they created the “buttons” on their flat panel displays.  It’s a switch, really, and when you touch it, it can …
Wednesday Feb 11, 2004 | 5 Comments

January 2004

Hippy Pappy New Something
Well, as the first post of 2004, I offer the following: No new Homestar Runner for over two weeks. Michael Jackson in the news WAY too often. War in Iraq already being forgotten, and oh yeah, there’re still troops in Afghanistan.  You know, that “other” …
Thursday Jan 1, 2004 | 6 Comments
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