Friday, January 30, 2009

Sad way to go.



Life goes on around body found frozen in vacant Detroit warehouse

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Blubbering Idiot



I'm so happy this idiot is gone.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cartoon

AT&T Sucks Balls

As I had previously mentioned, I was attempting to switch providers. I somehow knew it would be a lot of pain and my suspicions were sadly correct. It turns out that AT&T cannot do any better than my existing provider. The original sales person lied about my ability to order their 'elite' dsl service. A technician was sent to my house yesterday on the install date and nobody informed me that was going to happen and that I needed to be around or even had happened. Because of that, I was told I would have to wait until Friday with an 8 hour window that I would have had to be home for. My order was also changed to the slower rate (the same as what I currently have with another provider) and I wasn't informed until I had already talked to 3 separate people. Calling them up I was either hung up on, put on hold forever or got busy signals and had to start over again. It was seriously the most frustrating unproductive experience ever. I wasted over 4 hours of my time on this. What was I thinking? People wonder where I got the title for my blog. This is it. This is how I feel when I deal with these absurdly inefficient companies.

So, if you work for AT&T, do me a favor, just try to improve something in your department. Something that will make your customers have a better experience. Maybe, just maybe, someone like me will get the chance to appreciate you for it.

Insert Coin



Thanks Gizmodo

Monday, January 26, 2009

Wamu/Chase merger bummer

I currently have a credit card from a company called Providian.com. This card gave me free monthly FICO scores which was pretty cool cause I could easily check how my spending habits affected my score on a monthly basis. One day, Providian was bought by Wamu. Then, the whole financial world hit the shit bucket and Chase bought Wamu.

Now, I just got the email below notifying me that the only reason why I have this card is being taken away from me. I'm sad.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Switching DSL providers

I've decided to try something stupid for which I'm sure I will experience a lot of pain. Switch DSL providers.

The thing is that my Sonic.net year contract just expired. I called them up and they graciously lowered my monthly rate to $29.95 as well as changed my service because I no longer require static ip's.

Overall, I have been very happy with Sonic.net. The problem is that I'd like a faster line. 3 Mbps is just too slow in this day and age. Maybe I'm just spoiled because my work has full gigabit connection. I tried to see if Sonic could increase me to 6 Mbps, but they said that I'm physically too far from the central office.

I looked into getting cable, but they want $100 to install and $30 for the modem. Plus, cable companies are the most evil creatures with their attempts to screw with people's bandwidth.

So, I called the other evil beast: at&t. I figure that I already have my cell phone with them, so I've jumped into bed with them already anyway. After talking to two different droids, they assured me that I could indeed get the full 6 Mbps. Mind you they also asked me if I had a PC with at least 64 megs of R-O-M which left me with a bad feeling in my stomach. If it all works out, the other benefit is that I can now cancel my landline that I never use. So, for $35 a month, I get twice the speed that I had before and I save $15 by not having a landline.

The install date is January 26th. We will see how it goes.

Tomorrow

I've been waiting for 8 years. Such exciting times we are in.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Spot.Us

This is website is a very interesting concept. I think a lot of people are still wondering how newspapers are going to survive in the long term. They clearly are suffering from a lack of a business model now that advertising in that medium has dried up. Spot.Us seems kind of on the right track in an attempt to do something really different that I think benefits everyone in the long run. It isn't immediately clear to me how much of the donated money an author gets, but I suspect it is as good or better than the newspapers pay. Oh and they are nonprofit and their source code (albeit Ruby, gag) is open source.

I am not affiliated with these guys at all. I just ran across their site and happen to approve of what they are doing.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Twitter Hacked... more details emerge...

I'm sorry, but you idiots. I can't believe it. You made an administrative interface available via permissions instead of locking it off entirely from the outside world or at least requiring admins to use rsa authentication tokens to authenticate. Even worse is that you aren't even good enough to require a kaptcha on multiple failed login attempts. Two of the most basic security features of any major web application. What were you thinking??? At this point, I'm ok with twitter pulling the plug on itself until someone can come along and code things up properly. Their code can't be trusted.

Shark Surfer



Check out this surfer riding a shark!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Speck SeeThru iPhone 3g case

After seeing a multiple coupon super online deal (50+% off), I bought the Speck SeeThru iPhone 3g case. I'm really happy I did. The case is super thin so it does not add a lot of bulk. I ended up getting both the clear color and the red color so that I can change things up when I'm bored.







Kink.com hoodie

It is so very cold in the armory this winter, so my company got everyone nice hoodies to keep us warm. Sweet!

The security of our information.

It dawned on me that I spend more time on my cell phone talking to people I don't know than I do. I usually end up txt msg'ing The Girl Friend because it is faster and easier than looking up her number, dialing and waiting for her to answer. Generally these strangers, who I will most likely never meet in person, are all call center workers. They are located all around the world. Have you ever accidently run into someone who handles your account? Bonus points if you aren't in your country of origin. Call center workers are extremely important and powerful people, yet probably have to smile in the face of a lot of constant verbal abuse. Why? They handle our accounts and we are usually only calling because there is a problem of some sort. They know my social security number, bank account numbers and balances, credit card numbers, home address, phone number (obviously), mothers maiden name, name of my first pet. Etc. Scared yet? I am a bit. I know that identity theft is a huge problem. I'm surprised it doesn't seem to happen more often from the inside. I bet that this type of theft will probably only grow as the economy weakens and the desperation for easy (doesn't take guns) money increases. So, that begs the question, how come more people are not working on seriously making a more secure system? It seems like the banks and credit card companies would spend a lot of money making this a priority cause it is probably costing them the most (as a business) out of anyone. I think it will take someone with huge influence to step up and tell these companies to figure something out and get everyone to agree on a single standard that is implemented within the next year. Crazy timeframe? Well, you have to pick a date and you might as well do whatever it takes to make it work. If anyone is working on this problem, I'm interested in seeing what you have done.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Twitter Hacked





To the hackers who did that, my hat is off to you. Well done.

I have to admit, I don't see the draw to twitter. It feels like 1% of what Facebook already offers.

Twitters official response:
"These accounts were compromised by an individual who hacked into some of the tools our support team uses to help people do things like edit the email address associated with their Twitter account when they can’t remember or get stuck."

Are you f*cking serious? You guys made your support tools accessible via the net? Someone needs to get fired. Quickly.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Browsing

The gf and I have been browsing around for a house. We can't afford anything yet, but we figured we might as well start spending a few hours on Sunday checking things out that might be in our price range sometime in the future, if we are lucky. I'm going to start blogging a few lines each about the different places we are looking at.

2458 19th Ave, San Francisco

Nice place if it wasn't on 19th (loud), had a tiny backyard and didn't need a lot of upgrades.

319 Rome St, San Francisco

This is actually a kind of cute little neighborhood that we hadn't yet explored places in. The backyard definitely needs some work. Kind of a cute place upstairs. Creepy downstairs. The rooms are basically built out boxes in the garage. The ceilings are typically very low and the rooms are very dark. One room just had a window into the garage!? Who the hell lives like that in a $650k house?

1301 Kansas St, San Francisco

A dump next to a freeway and a stones throw from the hardcore projects. The house actually has a lot of character and a few nice features, probably because there is still a ton of the old owners junk in it, but woah, needs a lot of work.

Other than that, the market seems kind of eerily dry right now. I think a lot of the places that should be on the market right after new years just aren't being put up because buyers are waiting for the lower interest rates and the sellers don't want to appear like they are sitting on the market for a while.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Renthal Chain Lube

My motorcycle chain was starting to sound kinda noisy so I decided to try the Renthal Chain Lube. It goes on as a liquid and then after about ten minutes turns gooey solid. It was easy to apply and after a ride seemed to stick to the chain pretty well. Problem solved. If you want to buy some you can get it from the motorcycle superstore for pretty cheap by clicking on the image below.

Renthal Chain Lube

Fieldsheer Sugo Max One-Piece Rainsuit

It is the start of the rainy season here in the Bay Area, so I decided to buy a full body condom as backup for when I ride in the rain. So far, it has been pretty comfortable to ride in and I think it was a pretty good purchase. I'm 5'7" and I needed the medium size in order to fit it over all of my riding gear. Click the dorky dude below to purchase it at a low price from the motorcycle superstore.

Fieldsheer Sugo Max One-Piece Rainsuit