Tag Archives: rant

07 Jun 2009
Complete installs and uninstalls

I think I must have missed a transition somewhere along the way, where the qualifiers “sorta” or “not really” became implicit for words like “Complete” or “Uninstall”. There have always been rogue application (un)installations that due to programming errors or negligence don’t really do what they say, but I’ve lately grown increasingly annoyed at a […]

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15 May 2009
Don’t Look Don’t Tell

It’s time for another rantish post. [T]he manufacturer maintained that the system was perfect, and that revealing the source code would be damaging to its business. They were right about the second part, of course, because it turned out that the code was terrible. […] Basically, the system was designed to return some sort of […]

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09 Mar 2009
Fifteen minutes is enough

As I passed by the TV, I heard an interviewer ask Nadya Suleman‘s grandfather if he was prepared for not just fifteen minutes of fame but a lifetime of fame. Arrgh. I. Just. Don’t. Care. Please, can’t we all just get over it? She’s a statistical outlier. Granted this raises some moral, ethical, social, and […]

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23 Feb 2009
I finally bought a new TV

Wheee! That’s my new Sharp AQUOS LC-37D64U wide-screen LCD TV, which replaces an ancient analog set in my living room — which was going bad and I almost never watched anyway. So far the Sharp has performed excellently, even with broadcast and analog inputs. It’s about time I moved into the modern world with that […]

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26 Dec 2008
Windows Genuine Pain In the Ass

This is old news, but I need to rant a bit. You’d think that downloading a file from a web site would be a simple process, but noooo, our friends at Microsoft have to make it a major effort — you have to seriously want to get that file. Microsoft’s PowerShell looked like it might […]

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04 Dec 2008
I love a good rant

Wow. This is just a small portion of an epic post: This resonates particularly with me because today is a very special day. Today is the day when a private company actually succeeded in giving me customer service as bad as that of a government agency. And not just any government agency. I’m talking about […]

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04 Jul 2008
Ten Years of lohnet.org

I just realized that June 19 was the tenth anniversary of my lohnet.org domain registration (why I registered it). It is still my primary email domain, but the web site just sends traffic here. I’ve not decided what to do with it once I get time to revamp it. Due to my own laziness, I […]

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08 Jun 2008
Significant White Space

The significance and formatting of whitespace in source code is a religious issue. Essentially, that means that opinions and intense personal preferences far outweigh any rational thoughts on the matter. That said, here’s my contribution to all the noise and furor. Some of you may remember column-sensitive programming languages like RPG and FORTRAN, where particular […]

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04 Jun 2008
It’s Your Fault

This article at NewScientist, Malicious software threatens internet economy, by Colin Barras & Tom Simonite, summarizes an OECD report: Malware: A security threat to the Internet economy (PDF). I’ve selected a few items from the summary: most malware infections (93%) occur on home users’ computers around one in four personal computers in the US – […]

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12 Apr 2008
ICLS Junk Mail

I received another postal spam (pspam?) from Internet Corporation Listing Service (ICLS) today. For a mere $35.00 / year, they will submit my domain to “14 established search engines”, and send me quarterly reports of my ranking. The Wikipedia entry for ICLS describes their “fraudulent” service. The solicitation is designed to look like an invoice, […]

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