Rants Archives

  1. Dear Covad…

    Dear Covad– It’s your choice to hide your pricing behind a “give us your phone number” blockade on your web site. It’s my choice to be annoyed when you take that as an invitation to call me the next morning. Please lose my phone number. Regards, –Alex King

  2. Why is Spanning Sync a Service?

    I’ve been subscribed to the Spanning Sync blog for a little while now, monitoring the progress they are making in their iCal to Google Calendar sync solution. Yesterday they released their first public beta – then quickly had to shut it down again. Frankly, I don’t understand why they choose to implement this as a…

  3. My Reynolds Data Recovery Experience

    Summary I took my drives to Reynolds back on Dec. 1, 2006. Since then they basically ignored me. I’ve been updating the timeline in my original post to reflect the (lack of) progress I was making in getting any kind of response from them. On Thursday last week, I decided to try driving up to…

  4. Reynolds Data Recovery = Nightmare

    Back at the end of November my desktop machine froze and my hard drives got corrupted. It happens. I hadn’t done a recent backup (entirely my fault), so I had a choice: forget about the data I was losing or pay someone to get it back for me. I decided on the latter. So far,…

  5. Shopping Online vs. Brick and Mortar

    I mentioned a few days ago that I was interested in getting a new keyboard and mouse. Through my own research and the comments on that post, the Logitech S 530 seems like the best fit for me. Normally, I just buy tech stuff online (from Amazon when I can), but a keyboard and mouse…

  6. My #1 OS X Annoyance

    There is a security option in Mac OS X to require you to enter your password when waking from sleep. I have this enabled. This option, unfortunately, has some rather annoying side effects. A number of apps that use the system keychain (Adium, Shrook, Chicken of the VNC) all require you to re-authenticate as they…

  7. Tim McCarver… Ugh!

    I’ve said it before and I’m sorry to have to say it again now – Tim McCarver ruins baseball games. Between his idiotic babbling and Fox missing half the game to show random close-ups of people’s faces, it’s really hard to enjoy the postseason so far. And that’s a shame. The comments are open, throw…

  8. Signing E-mail With Initials

    When did it become the in thing to sign off your e-mails with just your initials (or even just one initial)? I’m getting more and more e-mails that end with something like (using John Doe as the name in the example): … Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Regards, j. or even a plain: … Lorem…

  9. DSL Modem Woes Continue

    I’ve got no problem with having call centers in India or anywhere else, however I don’t see any reason not to hold them responsible when they screw up. I called Qwest at 12:20am (Mountain) on July 18th and was given the run-around for 45 minutes while I tried to convince the lady reading the script…

  10. iPod Software is Too Old?

    I got an odd error message when I set my iPod in the cradle after buying a song at the iTunes Music Store today1: Some songs in your iTunes Music Library could not be transferred to your iPod because your iPod software is too old. Go to apple.com/ipod to download the latest… Odd. Ok, I…

  11. WP Spaminator can Bite Me

    The golden rule of comment spam tools should be: First and foremost, do not interrupt legitimate conversations. I tried to leave this comment: It isn’t supposed to make marketing sense, it’s supposed to make logical sense. We can’t offer the service period if we can’t cover the costs. on this post. and received this result:…

  12. Partial vs. Full Content Feeds

    People are talking about full content vs. partial content feeds again. To me this seems like a complete non-issue – and a simple one at that. Feeds are new technology, the old guard is scared and slow to adopt. Remember in the early days of the web when newspapers wouldn’t put their content online? Same…

  13. MVP?

    All weekend and again tonight I had to endure the idiotic commentary of baseball announcers discussing the AL MVP race. Generally, it’s a two horse race between David “Big Papi” Ortiz and Alex “No Soul” Rodriguez. Good arguments can be made for each player, but the announcers sure aren’t making them. Last weekend, they were…

  14. Searching for Satellite 2…

    On Wednesday Auguest 31, our DirecTV went out. I did the magic rebooting of the TiVo dance, but to no avail. A tech came out on Friday September 2nd and replaced the multi-switch1 as well as the power supply to the multi-switch; fixing the problem. On Saturday the 3rd, it was broken again. A tech…