Archive for May, 2008

motley crue and you

Friday, May 30th, 2008

This just proves what I’ve always felt, that people would rather BE motley crue, than just listen to them.  It’s no surprise really, rock and roll has always been about the whole package experience =p.

respond or ignore

Friday, May 30th, 2008

It’s interesting to see the difference in visibility having a blog that’s part of the established blogosphere. When I wrote about comcast, they had a rep signing up for a comment account within 24 hours. Then there’s the differences in response by different companies. Funny how the ones who talk the biggest game about being hip and customer-focused, are the ones who never show up.

Tivo Support Sucks

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

It’s only by phone. They won’t answer quickly, and when they do, they never have a useful answer. All they can do is read from the same useless webpage that is available to the customer already. They ask for a phone number “to call you back if we get disconnected”, but don’t actually ever make that call-back. And when you’ve finally proven to them that you aren’t as stupid as they are, and are indeed capable of plugging in a TV, they give you a worthless case number, wait a MONTH, and then have some idiot call you back that obviously didn’t even READ the case before he came up with some BS questions to ask, most likely because he thinks he can annoy you into letting him close the case, rather than bothering to fix the problem.

DO NOT BUY A TIVO HD this year. The software/hardware combo isn’t anywhere close to being ready. Support will not help you.

nintendo stays stupid

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

At folklife this year, I saw yet another pointless Wii Fit Folklife 2008 - Wii Fit and Space Needleadvertisement.  Seriously, they didn’t make anywhere near enough Fit’s to meet the demand without any advertising, how on earth did someone justify spending thousands on a fully staffed booth, but not on enough manufacturing capacity.  Why on earth is Nintendo still paying anyone in it’s advertising department?  They seem completely superfluous, and deliberately wasteful of Nintendo resources.

good stuff

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

This kid does amazing work.  It’s worth a watch and a listen.  Note that the low-res version has some weird glitch where it started without an i-frame, but the video gets watchable in a few seconds.  The high-res version does not have this issue.

too nice

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

It’s an odd problem to have, when the bartender is getting you too drunk.  You’re still paying the same price, but the drinks are suddenly much stronger.

twitter CEO is a fool

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

His statements that he was going to deliberately assist in the harassment of one of his users, by refusing to enforce the clear language of the TOS, seems like the kind of thing an investor might want to take notice of.  He’s basically giving up all chance of using the safe harbor provisions of his position as a communications provider, when he gets sued.  I’m curious what sort of incompetent legal counsel told him to say something so detrimental to his company’s future.

hot and sweaty

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Fine adjectives for a night with the sweetie-pie, not so great for a computer lab.  Nothing like having the brand new, had to work somewhere else for a week while they installed it, AC fail at the beginning of the first hot day of the year.

vista sp blues

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

So, out of 4 machines installed so far, 1 is dead with a BSOD saying something about an invalid bios signature or something.  I didn’t have time over lunch to investigate fully, we’ll see how dead it is when I get home.

gertrude stein

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

I’ve been listening to, and loving, Phranc’s Gertrude Stein, and only just today, thanks to a comment on metafilter, about some nutjob who blames Hemmingway’s death on his wife, for leaving him alone with unlocked guns, did I finally ‘get’ the significance of the gunshot after phranc says his name.