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Dell's Tech Support

Saturday December 15, 2007 @ 12:29 AM EST


I'm glad Dell at least recognizes what people want.

Oh Wal-Mart....

Tuesday November 13, 2007 @ 11:16 PM EST

Read all about my Wal-Mart incident

Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

Thursday October 11, 2007 @ 7:59 PM EST

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.

  • Bavaria is a state in what European country?
  • What is the name of the first first-lady?
  • Of the following, which is a blood vessel in the human body? Tibia, capillaries, cilia.
  • (First grade spelling) how do you spell nervous? (Example first grade spelling words)
  • What is the official language of Australia?
  • How many demonstrative adjectives are in the following sentence? That scruffy dog with the short tail chased the multi colored cat through the tree.

I call bullshit.

Apple Update

Monday September 24, 2007 @ 11:44 PM EST

I guess the Apple screen shot was confusing. All the green circles are valid sentences, and all the red circles are not. The subject was a reference to the No Child Left Behind Act. Thirty Eight percent of the sentences are correct. Pretty sad. =(

Oh man, More Wikipedia Drama

Monday September 24, 2007 @ 11:35 PM EST

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.

Wikipedia is AMAZING!

Monday August 27, 2007 @ 9:05 PM EST


Lets check out some abbreviated Wikipedia guidelines on signatures!

  • Be sparing with color
  • Be sparing with superscript or subscript.
  • In one case, a user who refused to alter an unsuitable signature was ultimately required to change it by the Arbitration Committee.
  • If you must use different colors in your signature...

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?

Oh Wikipedians... Lets check out a typical UserPage!


Ah, WikiProject James Bond. Is there a WikiProject BanTools?

 

And finally, lets check out a discussion page!


It is all very important

Dell's deceitful website

Saturday August 25, 2007 @ 2:26 PM EST

Looks like someone was left behind!

Friday August 24, 2007 @ 6:19 PM EST

Microsoft Windows Update: Automatic Settings

Wednesday August 15, 2007 @ 10:58 PM EST

Microsoft has decided on the following default setting for installing Windows updates:

  1. Download the updates in the background.
  2. Pop up a balloon stating that updates are ready to be installed.
  3. Wait for the user to accept the updates or wait until midnight, install the updates anyway, and kill all open applications including ones that have unsaved work open to allow for the restart.
  4. If the user is available and accepts the changes, minimize the status window and popup a balloon stating that the status has been minimized.
  5. After the updates have been installed, popup a window asking to reboot. If the user clicks no, ask again every ten minutes until either the user clicks yes or the restart request goes un-dismissed for five minutes. These reboot requests should steal focus, minimizing any full screen applications. If the five minute timeout passes without a dismissal, kill all applications including ones with unsaved work and restart.
  6. If a restart was forced the following message is displayed, completely ignoring the fact that work may have been lost.


    I propose changing the message to the following:

A Few Pictures

Tuesday August 14, 2007 @ 11:20 PM EST


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.

Camp Pictures

Sunday July 22, 2007 @ 4:19 PM EST

Thanks to iPhoto and FaceBook it was pretty easy to get these online!

Camp Fitch Computer Camp 2007 Part 1
Camp Fitch Computer Camp 2007 Part 2

Hey, it’s me actually participating in a group activity!

Tuesday May 1, 2007 @ 10:55 PM EST

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Why I don't drink and smoke

Thursday March 8, 2007 @ 4:13 AM EST

James Randi

Why I hate Wikipedia: The Wikipedians

Wednesday March 7, 2007 @ 2:11 AM EST

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:

  • I was expecting an immature response (such as this) from these so-called Wikipedians.
  • Meteoroid warned me anonymously and doesn’t even have admin rights to begin with.
  • Meteoroid couldn’t even warn me correctly the first 5 times he tried. He fudged up the template and messed up the formatting.
  • Meteoroid changed his signature anyway.
  • They all have been arguing at each other about their signatures even without my help.
  • Dale’s Userboxes.
  • And his MySpace page.

Super Image Content

Saturday February 17, 2007 @ 5:51 AM EST

Funny search results

First result for Google image search for 'trex'

Pumpkin?

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.

A few good Windows errors

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.

When 2MP is too much

Friday February 16, 2007 @ 3:49 AM EST

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.

Digg users ... as good as Slashdot users?

Thursday February 15, 2007 @ 3:32 AM EST

Thanks for the comment! It was very insightful.

December Mega Party in Chicago

Wednesday February 14, 2007 @ 7:00 PM EST

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!

Why would any one get WOW internet?

Saturday January 20, 2007 @ 5:23 AM EST

An ad I got from Wide Open West

High speed? Who are they kidding?

Matt's Website

Friday October 27, 2006 @ 11:19 PM EDT

Matt Nedrich finally got his website up. After two summers of not-getting-much-done, it's done! Any way, it's pretty sweet.