Category Archives: Blog Notes

Kittens Of Doom Update

Photo taken less than a half hour ago. Because women have been threatening me for a new picture.

They have begun to eat solid food. Which is to say, eating even moar of my iPad money.

Briefly: Books, And Microsoft Must Die

That photo was swiped from Engadget’s excellent coverage of today’s Steve Jobs WWDC keynote.

I thought it was a major thing, iBooks incorporating PDF.

But then someone tweeted this CNet article about the new Stanza for iPad and that blew me away. It can do not just PDF, but comic book CBR files too! Now that is a major thing!

Now I understand why the Sony Reader is going for $199.99. As of today, it should be $149.99 — if not less!

I’ve spent most of the past two days with another Windows XP security breach. I don’t care if this maligns products, it’s the truth: I’d done a Quick Scan with Malwarebytes and the PC came up clean. I had Avast! Anti-Virus (version 4.x) running all the time too. A nasty combo of CINOME and BFGHOST still managed to pop up as running processes yesterday, confirming my suspicion this PC has — again! — been infected! I managed to hunt down and delete CINOME. I have no idea what disguise BFGHOST is using. It has to be polymorphic.

I ran a full scan with Malwarebytes overnight. It says this PC is clean. I ditched Avast! 4.x and put on Microsoft Security Essentials this morning. That program is a nightmare if you have a low-end CPU (as I do). My startup time became like ten times longer and one of its processes was chewing up 50-80% of my CPU! Microsoft apparently now writes software only for people who own quad-core CPUs. I ditched the Microsoft program too. But not before a Quick Scan (which took longer than any other product!). It also said this PC is clean. I’ve now surrendered to Avast! 5, which I ditched last year as being too cloggy. Damned thing seems to refuse to update too. But I’ll see how this goes.

I also had to learn about some damned Hive service program and compacting the Registry! Because Saving Your Settings was taking forever over the past few days.

And people wonder why the iPad is selling in droves? Who wants to go through this shit that Microsoft has created to do simple Internet tasks?

Comments will have to wait until I get back to regular blogging. I’m still otherwise busy right now.

Otherwise Busy

Having AT&T stab the future yesterday by placing caps on the iPad monthly plan threw a monkey wrench into my own plans.

Right now, I am busy with both kittens and a new piece of peripheral hardware I bought, so getting an iPad is still a week or two away.

And right now, it looks like it will be a WiFi version — with a Sprint MiFi to accompany it. Why Sprint MiFi? Sprint’s 4G gets switched on in NYC in October (or thereabouts). And unless they pull out a knife to stab the future too, the 4G service will have no cap on it.

Posting near non-existent here for the next week or so. I pop onto the Net maybe one hour a day to briefly catch up and to see all the stuff I’m missing.

Carry on.

The Leroy Stick

Leroy Stick – the man behind @BPGlobalPR

I’ve read a bunch of articles and blogs about this whole situation by publicists and marketing folk wondering what BP should do to save their brand from @BPGlobalPR. First of all, who cares? Second of all, what kind of business are you in? I’m trashing a company that is literally trashing the ocean, and these idiots are trying to figure out how to protect that company? One pickledick actually suggested that BP approach me and try to incorporate me into their actual PR outreach. That has got to be the dumbest, most head-up-the-ass solution anyone could possibly offer.

And:

So what is the point of all this? The point is, FORGET YOUR BRAND. You don’t own it because it is literally nothing. You can spend all sorts of time and money trying to manufacture public opinion, but ultimately, that’s up to the public, now isn’t it?

You know the best way to get the public to respect your brand? Have a respectable brand.

And having a respectable brand begins with having someone at the top who can be respected.

Previously here:

A Note To All Corporate Ass-Kissers

Back Tuesday … Or So-Ish

Got stuff to do on my end and I don’t want to be distracted by the Internet. Well, not much. Will pop in just to quickly sweep news and then back to the grind.

So, no posts are scheduled here until at least Tuesday.

Have a good holiday weekend, my fellow Americans. Don’t eat too many of those damned hot dogs.

And to every service veteran — past, present and future — a big Thank You.

Tumble Me This, Batman

Mike Cane’s Tumblr

Why is explained over there.

It doesn’t work with Firefox 2.x (which I am stuck using). WordPress does.

But the Reblogging feature is great! The entire frikkin Internet should have that.

I’ll have to add it to the test suite, once the kitten thing is over.

Internet Problems

Many sites will not come up for me today. And when they do, they look like crap:


Click = big

It took forever just to post this. And all of the sites I’d turn to in order to get news of Internet issues won’t come up.

Grrrrr.

And Now It’s Just Kittens

Updating: First Kittens … Now Cash?

Apple reverses its no-cash payment policy for iPads

Those who think mass media will go away, this is a lesson in why not. How many people might have complained about this policy on blogs and in forum messages? It took TV coverage to get action.

I read the messages about this in this forum and someone had even appealed directly to Jobs:

I’ve been e-mailing Steve Jobs for weeks now – at least six total emails over four weeks, telling him how badly I felt that I couldn’t buy an iPad since I didn’t have a credit/debit card.

And now this? A TV station picks it up and she gets a free iPad?

(I’ve edited the post due to some disgusting remarks in it. In fact, too many of the posts there evidence a clueless smugness that is downright disgusting, so I wouldn’t advise going there.)

So, if TV like that ever goes away, good luck with your complaints!

First Kittens … Now Cash?

Cash not always welcome at Apple stores

The Apple sales policy says if you want an iPad, you must pay by credit card or debit card.

I will be using cash. So, now I’ll also have to wait until Apple either changes this policy or the iPad is on sale outside of the Apple Store?

Maybe the kitten delay will work to my advantage after all.

Update: Thanks to @ghostfinder, here’s a forum thread where some people state they have been able to buy an iPad with cash.

There is a new post with an update.

A Note To All Corporate Ass-Kissers

ATTENTION! You *LOSE* once you state, “You know, a company is in business to make money.” You MORON! Who DOESN’T know that?!Sat May 15 18:20:08 via Echofon

When you find yourself typing that line, stop!

Walk away from the keyboard.

You have nothing to say to anyone.