Archive for the 'General' Category

Buying books is such a mess

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Buying books is such a mess right now, at least if you try to switch over to eBooks in one form or another. Let’s see what we have here. Kindle Kindle has the advantage of running on Kindle devices, Windows, OSX, iOS, whatever. Books are also usually cheap on Kindle, even though there are examples […]

Beware of Network Solutions

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

…in particular if you’re a European company. I got an invoice ten days back with VAT added from them. Went and checked my account and there’s a VAT field there now, empty of course. So I filled it in and filed a support ticket about it. Waited a week, filed a new support ticket, more […]

Dr Dobbs circling the drain

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

I’ve subscribed to Dr Dobbs journal off and on for decades, probably for ten to 15 years in total. Wherever I turn in this house, I encounter stacks of old issues of DDJ, even though I’ve thrown away quite a number. A couple of years ago I stopped subscribing, since the main focus of DDJ […]

Fighting the good fight

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Comment spam on a site like this is out of this world. Completely nuts. I just looked over the stats and this is what they look like: Click the image for a better look at it. No, you’re not misreading it, 99.27% of all comments I get are spam. Un-frickin-believable. Only between one and five […]

Zombies…

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Like this company X I know, in the vertical application business. Same as company Y and Z I also know in the vertical application business, all of them doing healthcare applications like record systems, pathology systems, etc. Doesn’t matter exactly what they do or who they are, they are all representative of how that entire […]

Dry cleaning and the web

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

I went to have my suit (yes, I do have one) dry cleaned. Looked up dry cleaners in Uppsala, found one that even had a web site. On the web site I found their address, used my GPS to go there, walked around the block with my iPhone until I very precisely located the exact […]

Evil after all?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

I habitually block outbound connections to tracking services like google-analytics.com. (I use Little Snitch for this.) Just because I don’t like them. Recently I noticed I often can’t connect to youtube.com, getting “server not found” errors. Amazingly, once I let google-analytics through again, everything works. I haven’t verified exactly why this happens so I’m guessing […]

Hard decision

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

All those terabytes…

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Just a piece of warning: Seagate has a serious problem. It seems that some series of drives have total failures within the first couple of months. It is claimed that up to a third of the drives will fail this way. This is all due to a firmware problem, according to Seagate. I’ve heard rumours […]

Windows, the one and only

Monday, December 29th, 2008

One of the supermarkets I go to used to have self-scanning handhelds based on Linux but recently changed to Windows CE based scanners instead. I have no idea why. Can’t be the resilience, since I saw at least as many disabled scanners as I used to see with the old ones, if not more. One […]