Category Archives: Rants

Better web hosting

My new host for the past 9 months has been Dreamhost.com Former hosts: 1and1.com lunarpages.com Dreamhost costs more, but if you are a developer, it simply works better. The only thing you can’t do is Java dev, I believe. More … Continue reading

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Losing faith in Thunderbird

Thunderbird is crashing 1 – 2x a day now against http://1and1.com imap servers. It never saves Sent items correctly with imap, and frequently mixes up saving Drafts into the Sent items folder. Either way, it’s pathetic that this crashes the … Continue reading

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EMC Retrospect – Don’t trust it. Don’t buy it.

I am in charge of 4 different installations of EMC Retrospect 7.5 in Windows Domains and Workgroups. Not a single one of them works as advertised, even after days on days with tech support. In case you don’t know, Retrospect … Continue reading

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Microsoft Outlook Signatures. How could they screw up something so simple?

Microsoft Outlook Signatures. How could they screw up something so simple? By trying to force Microsoft ‘standards’ on users. You can’t use valid HTML in the signatures. You can only use bastardized MS Word HTML. Plus, even simple things like … Continue reading

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Dell Optiplex 170l mini tower. Worst case layout ever!

What moron put this together? Complete bitch to swap a hard drive out, and for no good reason.

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Web Security by Hiding Information – aka Vanguard’s Security Model Exposed

So, Vanguard locks me out of my money the other night. I didn’t know this because they didn’t tell me through the website or email or phone call or text message. Instead, they generated a letter that would reach me … Continue reading

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Cingular locks me out of my account

Awesome. It’s 12 noon Pacific. Cingular has locked me out of my account online for maintanence. (not incorrect password attempts.) I don’t use the web account much. Almost every single time, either the entire account is unaccessible or some of … Continue reading

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Why the Microsoft SMB protocol is evil

The Microsoft SMB protocol is evil because it cannot operate over a WAN connection for shit. The design cripples itself in this under this condition. So, while ftp and http traffic are flying, smb forces many applications to essentially fail … Continue reading

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Why CVS is evil

You can’t reorganize your directory structure once you get started. There’s no ‘MOVE’ concept in cvs. You have to copy it by hand to the new directory, Add it and commit it to cvs, then remove and commit from the … Continue reading

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Big Companies that have no clue about usability

Some companies just cannot grasp the concepts behind good usability. Maybe they’re afraid to spend any money on it. It sucks worst when they have a product or service that I want to use, but I keep getting slammed by … Continue reading

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