Dell's Tech Support
Saturday December 15, 2007 @ 12:29 AM EST
I'm glad Dell at least recognizes what people want.
Where are they getting these fifth graders? I went to one of Ohio's best school districts (according to Ohio, not me) and they didn't teach the things they claim these fifth graders knew.
I call bullshit.
Last summer I decided to fix some problems in a series of Wikipedia articles. I fixed all these cyclic links, dead links, poor pages, etc related to this bug tracking software called Scarab. I did this all from my account.
A few hours later, I get on Wikipedia to look something up. I notice this “new message” thing. I click the link to my user discussion page and low and behold, this wikitroll (his signature: ) has reverted all my edits! I of course retaliate by posting this huge rant on his discussion page. At the end I called him an asshole for violating the spirit of Wikipedia. He of course proceeded to ban me for 48 hours due to a “personal attack”. He also posted all this crap on my user discussion page.
Flash to yesterday. I see all this crap on my discussion page and just delete it: all of it. The entire content of my discussion page, consisting entirely of this assholes bullshit, is gone.
Tonight I come home and I see “new message”. I think to myself ‘Oh great, wikitrolls are lurking about and going to come out of nowhere and wikirape me again’. To my utter surprise, it’s a warning that I shouldn’t blank other people’s user discussion pages. Apparently I erased my page anonymously. Thank god this guy (signature: ) came to the rescue and reverted the changes. And thank god he commented on my page wikipissing his holier-than-though wikicrap all over. How constructive, now I have to revert TWO pages. How wikidiculious.
If you must use color? What are these people thinking? "I REQUIRE color in my signature. I cannot sign something unless it is colored the way I want it to be!" Who do these people think they are? The most famous signature, John Hancock's, isn't in color, why does yours need to be? Why does it NEED to be?
Ah, WikiProject James Bond. Is there a WikiProject BanTools?
It is all very important
Microsoft has decided on the following default setting for installing Windows updates:
I wonder what they rounded down from.
For those interested in Sn0=31337= and Meteriod anonymously warning me with great skill.
The Quake 4 Uninstaller
Check out the fake example receipt from Target's website
The splash screen for a program we wrote at camp one year, I Can't Believe It's Not A Trojan Horse meant to break into I Can't Believe It's Not A Firewall (Zone Alarm)
The source code for US Airways boarding pass printout. Firefox wouldn't even print them correctly. It printed 3 pages, the first containing 2 passes, and the second two pages being blank.
I anonymously posted on four Wikipedia user pages:
== Your signature ==
Your signature is inappropriate and distracting, please change it to the default.
Because their signatures looked like this:
It took sixteen minutes and six edits to my anonymous talk page for the anonymous alias of another user, Meteoroid (who by the way defaces Wikipedia on his user and talk page by means of CSS), to tell me I had made a personal attack on him. He did so by giving me a “final warning” of being “blocked from editing wikipedia”.
I was then accused of “act[ing] like an abusive Rent-a-Mod” by E. Sn0 =31337= (I am not kidding, that is this person’s username). He then said he may have offered his friendship (no thanks, seriously, look at your MySpace page) had I not “reconsidered [my] approach recognized [my] own right to be offended at other individuals' exercise of the free speech rights inalienable to all individuals at birth”. He continued: “I hereby decide against cessation, modification, or waiver of my free speech rights with regard to my sig; I also humbly request your recognition of this reasonable assertion of my rights and bring this discourse to an amicable close.”
Dale ( AKA E. Sn0 =31337= )
It’s too bad he isn’t as articulate on his MySpace profile:
A new note, right at the top of my profile, just in case it makes a difference: If you are a FUCKING advertiser, do not waste your fucking time on me. Do not waste my fucking time on me. Do not create fake profiles of hot girls (or guys in case you cunts try the gay angle) with no blogs, no imformation about themselves, and no alterations to their myspace page whatsoever. It's fucking transparent.
Any how, the funny and yet somewhat depressing part is:
Funny search results
First result for Google image search for 'trex'
Apple must have a lot of time on their hands to copy all my files via a floppy drive. We had 50 or so floppies for our 350MB HD backup back in the day. That would be 14 thousand floppies for a 20GB hard disk. That's almost 10 days if it's one floppy per minute all day/night long. Wowza. Thanks Apple!
What a nice screen shot of their product: The purchase a license screen. Nice jpeg compression too.
From Apple's service manuals. That is like 20 times as much heat compound as you need. It won't hurt anything if it's that much, but it's certainly going to make a mess.
Thanks for the "warning". A thank you would have been a little more appropriate.
Does this really have to be said? It's like nothing happened.
The Sony Ericsson w810 is a really great phone. It was a 2MP camera, which is pretty dang good for a camera phone. So a common thing to do with a camera phone is to take pictures of people to be displayed when they call you. With this phone, even when you go into the pick a picture for a person setting, then hit from camera, it still takes a 2MP photo.
This wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but guess what? When come one calls, the little itty bitty CPU inside the camera has to resize the image to fit on the little tiny display. Little itty bitty CPU’s can’t resize relatively huge 2MP image in under two seconds. So when some one calls, you have to wait two seconds while the camera is frozen as it resized the image. Fantastic design.
Thanks for the comment! It was very insightful.
The December MegaParty™ in Chicago was really fun. Keith stopped by on his way home from Oakland and Tom flew in from Omaha. Ed and Austin lived here so they didn’t even need to travel!
A few hours before Tom needed to get to the airport on his way home, we had an hour or two to kill. We were standing in front of Macy’s crazy horrible Mary Poppins bullshit window animation things trying to figure out what to do. We spent a good 10 minutes coming up with things we didn’t want to do and not coming up with anything we did want to do. I decided we would all at least go into Macy’s to discuss this.
It turns out that our Macy’s visit was one of the most memorable things we did all weekend! And here is why:
These amazing arrows are on all four sides of every directory column, every end of an escalator, on every column, and on every wall. There are probably many thousands of them around the store. And get this: EVERY SINGLE one of them is freely rotatable. You can rotate any one of them without any effort at all. So naturally, every one had one in four chances of pointing in the right direction since every one between the ages of five and 30 are drawn to them and instinctively want to turn them. They stick out of the surface about an inch. Whoever designed these things MUST have wanted this to be a huge social experiment. There is no way this person didn’t know about this amazing ‘feature’.
Oh my gosh! They turn!
An ad I got from Wide Open West
High speed? Who are they kidding?