Rants Archives

  1. WordPress Breaks Copy-Paste

    I’m obviously a fan of WordPress. I use it here and on several sites and have donated a good deal of my time to help it succeed and have also contributed code and bug fixes in the past (though none recently). That said, the default ‘texturized’ output from WordPress gives me a few major headaches.…

  2. Some Warranty

    Last week I bought a new chairmat because the one I was using had cracked and was crumbling near the center. When I removed the sticker before putting it on the floor, I noticed a “3 year warranty” claim on the sticker. This caught my eye because I’d bought the mat I was replacing less…

  3. How to Lose Customers

    Perhaps I spoke too quickly in defending Kensington in the comments of my previous post. I got an e-mail confirmation that my order was cancelled, then a day later I got an shipment notification e-mail on the cancelled order. Sure enough, the product showed up a few days later and my credit card was charged.…

  4. How to Frustrate Your Customers

    I placed an online order with Kensington a week or so ago and one of the items I ordered was back-ordered. They sent me an e-mail to let me know this, giving me the option to cancel the order. At this point, I was thought they were pretty on the ball. Today I ended up…

  5. Windows Explorer Replacement?

    UPDATE 2006-12-18 – UltraExplorer has been officially released. Go check it out, finally a Windows Explorer replacement worth using. I’ve been looking for a decent Windows Explorer replacement and so far have been sorely disappointed. All I want is a quick-access favorites panel (not in a menu) and a drop stack – and something that…

  6. Car Shopping

    Jason recently posted some great tips for buying a car which I followed today. Unfortunately, after finding a sales rep we liked during the test drive process, things fell apart during the financial negoitations. The sales rep said he’s going to talk to the dealer’s other finiancial guy (apparently the son of the owner w/…

  7. CitiMortgage Frustrations, Part 2

    Maybe I spoke too soon when I said things had been resolved… I got an automated phone call this morning from CitiMortgage; the threatening one where they say no payment has been received and they will be reporting you to the credit bureau, etc. *Sigh* So I call the number as requested and sit on…

  8. CitiMortgage Frustrations

    For the second month in a row, I’ve gotten a late payment notice from CitiMortgage. This is very frustrating since in both months my payment has been on time. When we got our first bill, I set up a bi-monthly recurring payment though my online banking to pay half of the monthly payment plus a…

  9. Don’t Use My Site Design

    From time to time people ask if they can use my site design for their site. The answer is always no. Please respect this, I get ornery when I discover someone using my work without permission (like I just did). It’s rude and it’s also illegal. I host over 80 WordPress styles and 135 WordPress…

  10. Frustrated

    I was been reminded today why I’m glad I work for myself. I’m helping on a remodel of a web site (no, I’m not linking to it), working in concert with the marketing fellow at the company, someone at an outside design house and a fellow who I believe is a contractor of the design…

  11. Furniture Delivery

    Next week we’ve got some family coming in for a visit so we went out last week to look for some much needed furniture. We bought a patio table and some chairs, a chair and a kitchen table. We bought from different stores and each store would deliver the furniture for a nice delivery charge…

  12. On-base Percentage

    I was out helping a friend shop for a new TV today and caught some footage of Harold Reynolds talking on ESPN. I like Harold Reynolds, I remember him as the second baseman for the Mariners when I was growing up in Seattle. That said, he was spewing some real non-sense today. (Paraphrased) On-base percentage…

  13. Changing Your TiVo Program Data

    I spent about an hour on the TiVo support web site, looking for a way to tell the TiVo I’d moved and I need it to get program data for Denver instead of the Bay Area. When I failed to find it on their web site, I poked around until I found their support phone…

  14. MSN (Qwest) DSL *does not support* SMTP!

    I can’t believe this… after 45 minutes on the phone I’m told that MSN does not support SMTP or POP3 email anymore. They are requiring you to use HTTP (Hotmail) for your email… I am stunned! I finally got through to someone who is putting in a request to enable POP3 access – it should…