Archive for the 'Rants' Category

Where are the high-end Bluetooth Mice?

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

For years I have been massively annoyed by the complete utter lack of high end Bluetooth mice. I’ve always written the issue off with an excuse along the lines of “they’ll come soon, it just takes time for the industry to adopt a new technology.”

Enough! I’m tired of waiting! I didn’t want to do this, but I no longer have a choice. I will now whine profusively about the issue. With any luck, maybe some executive at a major peripheral manufacturer will get a clue and build a new mouse just for me (I’m looking at you Logitech!) I’m going to pick on Logitech in specific only because they have been my favorite manufacturer of computer mice for as long as I can remember.


The Plague of Windows WiFi Support

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Why is it that every vendor of Wi-Fi client hardware without exception insists on creating their own wireless configuration utility?

When trying to assist end users with wireless setup over the phone, it is cumbersome enough having to memorize the ever changing Windows Control Panel layout without the added kludge of a distinct wireless configuration utility.


Death of the Big Harv

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

The unthinkable has happened. I went to Harvey’s to satisfy my standard diet of a poutine, a coke, and a Big Harv. Imagine my absolute shock when I was informed the Big Harv was no longer with us. It has been discontinued!

What am I to do now? The Big Harv is what swayed me from the deathly habit of McDonalds to the new and meaty world of Harvey’s. Now it’s gone Instead, I had to have a Sirloin burger! A damn Sirloin burger!!!

I am unable to determine with absolute certainty who is behind this monstrosity, although I believe it to be part of a conspiracy involving the same group that have brought us such damning outrages as changing the Big Xtra packaging from a wrapper (protecting your in vehicle seat lap from the bombardment of lettuce, onions, and other various burger condiments to the now useless tiny cardboard box. I believe it’s the same group that toy with our emotions by constantly removing, and later restoring our access to the Bacon Mushroom Melt from Wendy’s.

If only I could find these horrible people, the world of soon-to-kill-ya fast food would be a much safer place. Until then, I can only hope that I may someday love another burger.

Incoherency.Net E-mail now with SPF

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

Email as a legit communications platform has become useless due to spam producing scum. After finally getting fed up with the massive pile of spam I receive at Incoherency.Net (200+ messages per day) I have implemented SPF with the strictest configuration. After recently getting a Gmail account I have forwarded my mail to Google’s servers to take advantage of their spam filtering, however I disliked the idea of not being able to fully utilize my own personal domain for receiving email directly. Instead, I’ve now taken the strict SPF route, obviously the implementation used here is not yet feasible on the networks I maintain professionally, but for my own network, for my use, until your ISP or mail provider publishes SPF records I’d rather lose your mail then receive the pile of crap I receive each day.

Down with Telus!

Tuesday, August 17th, 2004

After some technical hurdles all at this site is back up and running. First off Telus thought it would be cute to start blocking incoming port 80 and a colorful assortment of other ports. At first I rebelled and setup all sorts of workarounds, but in short time I thought it would be even cuter to flip Telus the bird they deserve and switch to Shaw Cable. Shaw is not blocking any ports and with their new extreme package has speeds far exceeding Telus.

Slightly before the whole “down with Telus” fiasco I upgraded the server to PHP5 which broke the web mail interface. After some additional upgrades web mail is now functioning. Time to catch a movie!