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The amount of crap computer users have to put up with is incredible

Posted on November 11th, 2012 at 13:50 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft, Software


The bottom line is that this isn’t about Microsoft, HP, Apple or Adobe. It’s about all of them, and how bad the experience has become. While many of these issues can be fixed, checkboxes unchecked, and so on, I feel like as time goes on, every company is trying to come up with any possible idea that they can garner in order to screw their customers over, in most cases just to make an extra buck. The simple fact is that most people don’t go through the trouble is fixing all of this crap, they just put up with it, and that’s exactly what companies count on.

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  1. Yesterday I had to install a new win7 pro system on a small customer network. 6 hours of hell. The print drivers alone were a headache. HP should be put out of their misery IMO. And then came crapware removal and next that bloated behemoth quickbooks which even in 2012 does not understand that users should not run in the administrator group. The amount of firewall gymnastics to get to behave for a standard user was amazing. These days I advise customers to do VDI (virtual desktop)and ditch the PC and instead use a thin client end user device. Yeah, setting up a terminal/citrix server is a headache, but it’s once and not each time a new workstation is installed. And these days, I only do workstations if customers allow me to swear at it while doing the install. I swore a lot yesterday.

  2. It’s OK Mykolas, there is a rate sheet for swearing that you can post in your workplace. Then you can tell your customer that you are raising money for charity. It’s not unreasonable and will encourage an improved tone around your efforts to wrest usability from crap (10 cents).

    Swear box tariff:
    (denominated in your local currency units)

    0.50 Female anatomy
    0.30 Male anatomy
    0.25 Unisex anatomy
    0.25 Incestual relations
    0.20 Other sexual activity
    0.10 Bestiality
    0.10 Blasphemy
    0.10 Bodily functions (excluding sexual acts)
    0.10 Ordure and assorted excrement

  3. Oh I forgot one:

    0.05 Euphemisms (e.g tabarnouche, heck).

  4. @SueW 🙂

  5. I guess Win7 Pro = Professional Hell.

Vatican vows to fight gay marriage after gains in U.S., Europe

Posted on November 11th, 2012 at 13:34 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The Vatican, reacting to strong gains for gay marriage in the United States and Europe, on Saturday pledged never to stop fighting attempts to “erase” the privileged role of heterosexual marriage, which it called it “an achievement of civilization”.

You know what an achievement of civilization is? Stopping hatred and bigotry. Equal rights for everybody. Spreading knowledge and fighting ignorance. Science.

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  1. Well said John!

  2. Aren’t the priests married to God? The nuns are.

  3. You mean God is acting out Polyandry and Polygamy? Why is He trying to redefine traditional marriage?

Rachel Maddow on Obama’s Re-election

Posted on November 11th, 2012 at 13:27 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012

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  1. Well put, Rachel! 🙂

  2. GOP – You Reaped what you sowed!

    We had a decisive re-election of our President due, in part, to the majority of Latin America US Citizens voted for him and not the GOP.

    I think back to the May Day March or what some called a day without an immigrant and all the hate and disparaging name calling from the GOP Tea Baggers and the far conservative religious right (Did we see the GOP leadership try to stop it?, no, they thought this meant votes for them). I saw children, parents and grand parents together in solidarity, my people the working class, they may not be sophisticated but they got the message heard. In the demonstrations I saw our beloved “Stars and Stripes” flag, the flag from Mexico and some flags from other countries (not many complaints about these flags). I saw the flags being a sign of solidarity as when I see German flags flying during October Fest and Ireland Flags flying during St. Patrick’s Day. From publish reports the demonstrations included both US citizens and those without legal residency. This brought me a smile because I always enjoy seeing brothers helping brothers.

    That day and now our election day reminded me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him. Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need. Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his brother.

    You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

    But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

    That’s the question before us back on May Day and it continued on to election day. The question is not, “If I stop to help the un -documented workers in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help the un-documented workers, what will happen to him or her?” That’s was always the question.

    God bless all my brothers and sister that stood side by side with our brothers and sisters in need on May Day, on Election Day and on all days to come!

Barack Obama proclaimed winner of Florida

Posted on November 11th, 2012 at 5:21 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Strangely, Al Jaz illustrates this story with a picture of Gov. Romney, who looks pretty happy but isn’t mentioned until paragraph 5.


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For the people in Washington and Colorado

Posted on November 11th, 2012 at 1:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Heritage Foundation: Declaration of War

Posted on November 11th, 2012 at 1:04 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Short version: Zombie Ronald Reagan for the 2016 race!

  2. i recently went to see Atlas Shrugged part II. If you slowed this video down so that it ran for about two hours and then screened it in a completely deserted cinema, it would basically be the same thing. Except for that bit with the close up of that narrators mouth. that was totally gross.

  3. @florian: I _so_ agree. Doesn’t anyone powder these guys off for shine anymore?