Archive for May, 2009

Obsolete Tech Lives On

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I wonder how many kids will ask their parents why there’s a bump on the back of the Tivo plush doll, having grown up in a world with CRTs, and their range-requiring electron guns.

G1 Gripes

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

1. Stupid proprietary USB port for no reason
b. You can’t copy a number out of an email and call it
#. You can’t copy an address out of an email and map it

Blockbuster sleaze tactics

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Finally fed up with the death-by-a-thousand-cuts they’ve been ruining Blockbuster’s online rental system, I re-upped my Netflix account, and went to try and cancel my Blockbuster account. 3 pages in, and it’s finally to the “confirm your cancellation” button, which of course just sends you to a “500: Internal server error” page.


“they” say you should never assume malice, where incompetence will do. “they” say a lot of BS.

UPDATE:  It looks like their system did correctly un-subscribe me, it just couldn’t confirm that correctly.  The customer service rep responded to my trouble ticket quite promptly.  Promptly enough to make me wonder if the whole ‘error’ was just a tactic to make sure they had one last chance to email me a please-reconsider-john.

Netflix’s instant watch on Tivo works well, and they have all of the Xena’s.  =p

Folklife 2009

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Bought CD’s from Professor Banjo (one man band/bluegrass), Unkle Nancy and the Family Jewels (very Asylum Street Spanker-esque alt-country-funkabilly), and Nae Regrets (pipes and drums punk).

Unkle Nancy most impressed me, with some really great lyrics,

if you wanna make it in show biz
the money gonna taste like shit
so don’t put your money where your mouth is

STAF registration == spam overload?

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

So, recently at work, I was tasked with upgrading 39 different boxes from STAF 3.2.3 to 3.3.1. Being a conscientious geek, I filled out the registration section of the installs with my work email address. Ever since, that address has been bombarded with spam. It seems highly likely that the STAF registration system has been hijacked by a spammer. IBM should be ashamed, but it is an ‘open source’ project now, so they have plausible deniability. It wasn’t malice on their part, just incompetence, I’m sure.


Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Sometimes I miss Pinky and the Brain.

Redundant Redundancy

Friday, May 8th, 2009

“So it will be backwards compatible”
“That means that you don’t have to change any of the existing code…”
“I KNOW what backwards compatible means”
“I just wanted to make sure you understood that you can keep the existing code as is, and only use this on new work…”


Oh Comcast

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Last night, the internet dies at home. When I call in to tech support, they tell me it’s a known problem with my type of modem, and to just try again in a few hours.

If I miss out on the children’s week achievement because of them…..