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Another Technology Rant

Posted 2009.08.15 7.25 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Pointless Blather

Time for another rant about what ticks me off with technology.

They keep changing the accessories.

On what seems like a regular basis, suddenly all your accessories aren’t compatible with the newest gizmo. I’ve been through this with the cellphone companies, both Nokia and Sony/Ericsson have rendered all their A/C adaptors and car adaptors obsolete by changing the specs. There’s no reason for this. Other than, they’ve decided it’s time to sell more adaptors. Seriously – the sub-mini phono jack is a fine standard for headsets and the coaxial DC jack is fine for power. All your stupid annoying proprietary molded plastic plugs just earn you more hate – and a deeper level in hell every time you change them on us!

However, my specific ire today is not for cellphone companies – although they, and virtually every other tech company is guilty of this at one time or another. No, today I am ranting again about Apple.

So last night I decided I wanted to watch a certain movie on my tv in my bedroom. I bought & downloaded the movie a month or two ago from the iTunes store, and have watched it on my computer once or twice, but now I want to see it on an actual TV. So I poked around and checked and found that indeed, you cannot burn purchased movies to a DVD. (You can burn purchased music to CDs, so I had hoped maybe movies would work the same.)

Oh well – there’s always another way. I have an “Apple universal dock” on which I spend about $50 and it has an AV port on it. So I unplugged that from my computer and dug up an AV cable and hooked it all up to my TV, after first transfering the movie to my iPhone. Figuring I’ll just run the movie on the iPhone and play it to the TV. The iPhone has TV-out and it was all set up right.

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WTF is with these Utility Cons?

Posted 2009.07.23 11.05 in Pointless Blather, Work

We’ve all encountered situations like this. Someone shows up at your door, at home or at work, with an official-looking clipboard, an official-looking photo-id badge, and a rehearsed spiel that they are here from an official-sounding company, on behalf of a legitimate company or utility, and they are going to save you some money.

As you know, long distance has been deregulated, and now you can save a lot of money by signing this contract so that your long distance is covered by this new low-cost business. Maybe you’ve heard that natural gas prices are going up and up, and they can save you hundreds of dollars over the next 5 years if you sign a contract to pay a fixed rate? Perhaps you’ve heard that the price of electricity is on the rise, and they can save you a lot of money if you’ll sign a contract to pay a fixed rate over the next few years? And the latest one: We can save you a lot of money over the next few years, because you know the United Nations is pushing to have every country start charging a carbon tax, and if you just sign this contract we can take care of that for you…

No, I’m not talking about the poor shlep who’s been walking around for 8 hours a day – he’s already been victimized, and sadly he probably even believes the bullshit that he’s telling you. I’ll explain momentarily.

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That’s “Sir Scoundrel” if you please.

Posted 2006.07.24 0.00 in Pointless Blather

About a week ago I posted about getting a title from a place that would take a pile of money over the internet and then a few weeks later send you some fancy-looking paperwork to confirm your snazzy new title.

Well as they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Thanks very much to reader malmo58, the matter of whether or not one can purchase titles has been cleared up. For anyone not still with us, the answer is No.

malmo58 has also provided the link below, which is a great resource and a source of lots of information about the actual laws, and the unscrupulous merchants trying to swindle folks with their scams.

So, while I will have to forgo the title of Lady Stephanie, this is not an altogether bad thing, for three reasons:
– It means I can spend my $2000 on something more useful, like Lasers!
– I can finaly delete that really old link from my bookmarks file.
– Every time I say Lady Stephanie I get images of whips in my mind, and I’m not sure I want to go there.

Yet, anyways.

Fake Titles.com

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