Rants Archives

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Damn Comcast, Part II

    24 hours later, our cable TV goes out. After spending 45 minutes on hold (really wasn’t worth it) I talk to some lady who tells me the cable TV was turned off at the same time the cable modem was disconnected. She claims that both were done at the same time by someone who physically…

  4. Damn Comcast

    Cable modem wasn’t responding. I did the usual unplug-the-modem-unplug-the-airport two-step but still no joy. I called Comcast and found out they disconnected my service 5 days before they were supposed to. At least they admitted it was their mistake, but they will not send anyone out to fix it. Thank god for WirelessModem and my…

  5. Parking a car too difficult for you?

    In the last week (including twice in one day), several idiots have parked right next to my driver-side door so that I have to get in through the passenger side. They did this while there were at least a dozen open spots on the other side of my car. I am now carrying print outs…

  6. Pet Peeve: Download Managers in Browsers

    Am I the only one who hates having a whole separate download manager window to deal with? We’ve got trays up the wazoo in Mac OS X, if we must have a download manager, why can’t the download manager at least be in a tray (side tab in Mozilla is fine)? I don’t care if…

  7. Comcast is Junk Mailing Me

    So I’ve got Comcast as my cable modem provider and I think they took over the AT&T cable TV service in my area as well – point is, they know I’m a customer of theirs. For some reason, they’ve been sending me junk mail (snail mail) about once a week for the last month offering…

  8. Good Netiquette Starts Here…

    Perhaps a semi-precious metal rule of good netiquette and development would be: Ask Google before you ask others. Especially in forums, etc. but in real life too… The internet is out there with lots of answers – look first on your own before asking for help. People will be much more receptive to questions if…

  9. Baseball is pissing me off!

    Now, I don’t want to get off on a rant here… but I still can’t figure out why if Pete Rose admits to doing the very thing that got him banned from baseball for life, he will likely be reinstated. If Bud Selig won’t stand up and say "Betting on baseball is completely unacceptable and…