Mid-morning tech gripe/rant[PA]

Suppose you have a major manufacturer of tech junk, CPU's, video cards, etc that has a support site for driver downloads, specs, blah, blah who'll remain anonymous, but we'll just call them AMD for convenience.

You're merrily zooming around to find the right drivers for some video card, and run into a busted link to some crucial information and get bitch slapped by the dreaded 404.

That the link existed in the first place suggests that the information may have existed at some point, right? So where did it go? Alien abduction? Black holes? Flesh eating bacteria?

If you were a vendor with a support site, that customers depend on, that saves you money by avoiding having to handle support calls, wouldn't it be useful to have some sort of site maintenance tool that would detect bad links in your support pages so the idiot webmasters that caused them by flinging code around with the grace of hyenas dining on a carcass can fix them?

Of course that tool would be useful. Back in the stone-age, we used to have such tools. Scratchings on cave walls in France indicate they were called web crawlers.

Openificate the RANTZ. Go ahead, fling the invective, name names, suggest your most creative punishments for your tormentors. Vent now.

Posted by: Open Blogger at 11:27 AM



Comments

1 Those are some mighty fine boots you're stompin' with this mornin', PA.

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at February 14, 2013 11:28 AM (QTHTd)

2 The fact that you have to go out to get support to begin with is deserving of a rant. Every video card should come with a disk with all the needed drivers on it,.

Posted by: Vic at February 14, 2013 11:30 AM (53z96)

3 eh, get over it. You think that's a headache? I work in the industry... I get to deal with the human equivilent of 404s daily!

Posted by: Timin203 at February 14, 2013 11:30 AM (5WxMt)

4 @Vic -- well and with Win 7/8 you really shouldnt ever have to worry about drivers again.

Posted by: Timin203 at February 14, 2013 11:30 AM (5WxMt)

5 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 14, 2013 11:31 AM (8y9MW)

6 Ilike Pi.

Posted by: fyscyl clyff at February 14, 2013 11:32 AM (380tA)

7 My technology frustrations these days stem from switching between a PC, my Android phone and my Kindle Fire.

Everything is a little different and each makes different assumptions about what I really want to do.

Posted by: Mama AJ, Assault Poiser at February 14, 2013 11:33 AM (SUKHu)

8 AMD has auto-update for vid card drivers now. I get a pop-up window asking if I want to download new drivers for this month.

Posted by: EC at February 14, 2013 11:33 AM (GQ8sn)

9 Auto updates are the bane of my existence.


The first mistake is actually having an AMD card, which I have learned to my great pain over the past year, having built a PC around an AMD card and not having the cash to rectify my mistake now. >_>

Posted by: Kinley Ardal at February 14, 2013 11:36 AM (durTT)

10 I like things that are great. That's all I got on this topic.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 11:36 AM (8sCoq)

11 Also I would just like to say


Asus computers are as unstable as Charles Manson on PCP.


Thank you. -.- That is all.

Posted by: Kinley Ardal at February 14, 2013 11:37 AM (durTT)

12 Oooh. Pie.

Posted by: Radish at February 14, 2013 11:39 AM (/kI1Q)

13 Flesh eating bacteria?

If I was bacteria I would be taco eating bacteria.

Posted by: eleven at February 14, 2013 11:40 AM (KXm42)

14 I just had an extremely helpful, friendly, effective tech support session from Microsoft. Got my problem solved. Back on track.

... guess it's time for the aneurysm.

Posted by: BumperStickerist at February 14, 2013 11:41 AM (J8DGo)

15 Hey, Jones in CO (or other CO Morons)

I just had an idea for a Liberal Locusts post (for that blog I don't have), but I don't actually have first-hand experience with the phenomenon. Could you provide me some examples and/or a rough timeline of the bluing of Colorado?

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 14, 2013 11:42 AM (8y9MW)

16 My coffee holder is broken on my computer. The tech guy says that is where you put CDs into your computer... what an idiot.

Posted by: The Jackhole at February 14, 2013 11:42 AM (nTgAI)

17 This is old, but a couple years back, the "e" key on the keyboard of my HP dv7 broke off. All I needed was a replacement key. After spending 20 minutes explaining to "Kevin" in Mumbai that all I needed was a replacement key, he told me to ship the whole laptop to HP and they would replace the key.

"Fuck that, Kevin. Not sending you my computer full of personal and business info and I'm not pulling the hard drive to send it, either. I'M NOT FUCKING DOING IT, KEVIN."

Back and forth, same answer.

"Can I help you with anything else, sir?"

"You haven't helped me with anything. HOW THE FUCK COULD YOU HELP ME WITH ANYTHING *ELSE*, KEVIN?"

Ten minutes later I found a guy on eBay whole sold me an OEM "e" key for $3 including shipping!

Fucking Kevin. Dick.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 11:42 AM (0yI6R)

18 I get automated robo calls every single day on my no call list cell phoneasking me if I want to lower the interest rate on my credit card. I have not had a balance in many many years so it kind of does not apply.

I usually respond to where I get a live body and then mess with them for as long as I can. I have had them on the phone for 20+ minutes in the past. Would pay money if someone could tell me how to get back at these a-holes.

Posted by: AndrewsDad at February 14, 2013 11:42 AM (C2//T)

19 Oy, vey

*hikes up plaid slacks*

You should think they would have support, nu?

Posted by: Bigby's Pinky Ring at February 14, 2013 11:43 AM (3ZtZW)

20 I just switched to nvidia after using AMD video drivers for at least 15 years. They used to be the best for 2D stuff - the hell with games. They started screwing up the catalyst control panel, and then my card wouldn't run on win 7 with the acceleration for Photoshop (drivers). Switch to 8 no improvement. The nvidia is simpler and just works. Installing on 8 took no intervention on my part - found everything it needed.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at February 14, 2013 11:43 AM (Qxdfp)

21 Yeah.... and no silent automated way of updating Java??? How dumb is that....

Posted by: Romeo13.... at February 14, 2013 11:44 AM (lZBBB)

22 The only AMD I would get would be an AMD 65.

I always liked hungarians.

Posted by: Jollyroger at February 14, 2013 11:44 AM (t06LC)

23 Actually I meant ATI video, now owned by AMD.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at February 14, 2013 11:46 AM (Qxdfp)

24 Asus computers are as unstable as Charles Manson on PCP.
Which ones? What chipset? That could be your problem right there. Betty white on PCP(spelled AMD) would be bad news as well.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at February 14, 2013 11:47 AM (Qxdfp)

25 AMD is only one letter away from AMC, which made such fine products as the Pacer and Hornet.

Coincidence?

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 11:47 AM (0yI6R)

26 After some thought I realized that I could do every productive thing I need to do on my first 8086-XT running DOS 3.3 with WordPerfect 5 and a Hercules graphics card.

-

Posted by: BumperStickerist at February 14, 2013 11:47 AM (J8DGo)

27 26
After some thought I realized that I could do every productive thing I
need to do on my first 8086-XT running DOS 3.3 with WordPerfect 5 and a
Hercules graphics card.



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Posted by: BumperStickerist at February 14, 2013 11:47 AM (J8DGo)

Pretty sure that is what Pixy rolls

Posted by: Red Shirt at February 14, 2013 11:49 AM (FIDMq)

28
AMD is circling the drain waiting for another company to buy them or just flat go out of business.


My rant was with xBox Live, I had a credit card stolen, forgot to change my auto pay for xBox Live and when they went to charge the next year the payment was denied, and they notified me of this. And then I was trapped in an endless loop of not being able to change my payment until I had paid but not being able to pay since the credit card was canceled. However, eventually a very nice online chat with someone from xBox Live fixed the whole thing. So I guess my rant isn't so ranty after all.

Posted by: ParanoidGirlInSeattle at February 14, 2013 11:49 AM (RZ8pf)

29 http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/auto_detect.aspx

That won't work?

Posted by: LC LaWedgie at February 14, 2013 11:49 AM (bGlsD)

30 25 ...Coincidence?

Gremlin. Nuff said. Who the f* would buy a car called "the Gremlin"?!?

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at February 14, 2013 11:49 AM (Qxdfp)

31 I am going to repost this from the link dump thread. I despair of the stupid party.

I think the NYT knows that Republicans - if they were smart BWAHAHAHAHA! - could actually do something with the Menendez story, because it is bad for Democrats. They want Reid to clear him off the table.

Republicans could do the following with Menendez:

- make him the face of Obama immigration reform, which would poison that
- make him the face of Democrat foreign policy. The insufferable Kerry, dumbass Hagel, and this horndog
- tar the Democrat brand with this. This is what they are, this is what they do. Corrupt whoremongers. The lot of them.
- indict the Obama administration in the coverup. Oh, people love them some free shit, and they think Obama is fighting for them, but, no, aside from funneling "green" money to billionaire donors and stimulus money to fatcat union heads, he is covering for corrupt whoremongers.
- throw a wrench in to Democrat politics in Jersey. It would be a GOOD thing for Christie to get Booker het up about getting Menendez's seat. Start some black on brown rivalries on racism. The long knives out. Then after the deed is done, drop some doc on Booker as a reason not to appoint him, then appoint a Republican. Even some RINO. Hell, Christine Todd Whitman is retired, and whatever else, she is better than Booker.
- and something about private jets.

The story is that powerful. I mean, come on, get some good pictures of hot Dominican hookers, get some to cry on TV, and people will listen. But will Republicans do any of it? Hell no. Look how fast they let Weiner and Tony the Tiger get swept under the rug.

This story is an embarrassment of riches, we should be pounding it like an underage Dominican hooker - oh, that's an unfortunate turn of phrase, huh?

Posted by: blaster at February 14, 2013 11:49 AM (pZDxu)

32 Small objects scare me.

Posted by: Truman North at February 14, 2013 11:49 AM (kWx48)

33 Openificate the RANTZ. Go ahead, fling the invective, name names, suggest your most creative punishments for your tormentors. Vent now.

A squad of diarrhetic flying squid?

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 14, 2013 11:49 AM (zF6Iw)

34 Microsoft is the worst. I am constantly googling for solutions to weird database problems or strange error messages our clients get when they run our software.

Invariably, I will hit a forum that links to a Microsoft article that supposedly solves the exact problem I am experiencing.. only to find a broken link. At least Microsoft comes up with its own page telling you it cannot find it..

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at February 14, 2013 11:49 AM (f9c2L)

35
You see.... this is why I'll never be a multi- millionaire.... I have no idea what you are talking about.

The other (real) reason I'll never be a multi- millionaire is that I'm f*cking lazy as hell.

Screw you guys.

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at February 14, 2013 11:50 AM (9Nw9P)

36 Vic, the drivers that comes with the card are usually severely obsolete by the time you buy and put it into use.

The WHQL drivers you get from Windows Update are functional but again frequently obsolete if performance, especially in games and creative apps, is an issue. Because of the cause and time involved in getting a driver certified the companies only update their WHQL item at most three times a year. This isn't an issue for most types of devices but turnover for video drivers can be very rapid.

Posted by: epobirs at February 14, 2013 11:50 AM (kcfmt)

37
A challenge to rant away about misplaced technology on a blog that once had formatting tools available to all and sundry?

The irony, it burns!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at February 14, 2013 11:50 AM (Jcd0S)

38 Asus computers are as unstable as Charles Manson on PCP.

See if the BIOS settings have something to tweak up the memory timing characteristics. Sometimes the defaults or "optimal" settings are too aggressive for a marginal memory module and you'll get farkeling.

A less aggressive setting may allow a marginal module to start functioning OK again.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 11:50 AM (1rU+d)

39 :::24 Asus computers are as unstable as Charles Manson on PCP.::::

Huh. That's not been my experience. I have an ASUS G73 with the Sandy Bridge processor (not the first version that was crashy) and its been the best computer I've ever own. Hums along like a fuckin champ. Gaming, HD video editing, it plows through all that stuff without a hitch. Love it.

When it's dead I'm getting the same exact kind.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 11:50 AM (0yI6R)

40 AMD is only one letter away from AMC, which made such fine products as the Pacer and Hornet. Coincidence?
Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 11:47 AM (0yI6R)

And lets not forget AMC was run by Mitts dad. The circle is complete.

Posted by: Jollyroger at February 14, 2013 11:50 AM (t06LC)

41 Regardless of OS (Windows versions) I like to run Driver Reviver to update to the latest versions of everything on my own or my customer's systems. This is especially useful for bus drivers, video cards and such, it can really fine tune the access time of the entire machine. Windows update just doesn't cut it when it comes to providing current driver support. You can run the software in trial version to see what needs updating before purchasing or if you are really resourceful you can find a full version on iratepay aybay...

Posted by: Red State Ricky at February 14, 2013 11:51 AM (Z6a9n)

42 A challenge to rant away about misplaced technology on a blog that once had formatting tools available to all and sundry? The irony, it burns!
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at February 14, 2013 11:50 AM (Jcd0S)

Yeah. I must have been out. Why won't my bold and italicize work again?

Posted by: Jollyroger at February 14, 2013 11:51 AM (t06LC)

43
2 The fact that you have to go out to get support to begin with is deserving of a rant. Every video card should come with a disk with all the needed drivers on it,.
Posted by: Vic at February 14, 2013 11:30 AM (53z96)


Pretty much they all do. The thing is that the drivers are updated at a fairly regular pace to help improve performance so your disk with drivers on it is going to eventually have out of date drivers on it, and may already be behind when you get it.

Posted by: buzzion at February 14, 2013 11:51 AM (GULKT)

44 I am upset Google won't let me turn of the safe setting search! GRRRRRR!

Posted by: Tilikum the Killer Assault Whale at February 14, 2013 11:51 AM (uhftQ)

45 AMD is only one letter away from AMC, which made such fine products as the Pacer and Hornet.>>

Of AMF which owned Harley Davidson at it's highpoint.

Posted by: Buzzsaw at February 14, 2013 11:52 AM (81UWZ)

46 I had a keyboard tray with mouse (evil device designed to make money for surgeons) at work and eventually the auto OS updates wiped out any ability for the computer to deal with it. Of course this happened after the sys admin had flamed out and the stupid bosses were still trying to coax him back instead of buckling down to hiring a replacement so I had to just switch to track pad mouse replacement which uses batteries --which they theoretically hate for the non-green aspect. Joys of working for a liberal non-profit outfit.

Posted by: Palerider at February 14, 2013 11:52 AM (5CusZ)

47 I find this portion of the rant to be fascinating...

"wouldn't it be useful to have some sort of site maintenance tool that would detect bad links in your support pages "

If I had a tool like that, where would I be able to use it?
*strokes chin, while looking at the AoSHQ sidebar chock full'o Zombie links*

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 14, 2013 11:52 AM (bTPOR)

48 45 Of should be Or

Posted by: Buzzsaw at February 14, 2013 11:52 AM (81UWZ)

49 Then you get the folks who are determined to stay on script no matter the cost. It's almost as if they've sworn a holy oath to adhere to it and eternal damnation awaits them if they don't begin the conversation with "I need you to reset the machine."

Posted by: NR Pax at February 14, 2013 11:53 AM (1ml8s)

50 34 Microsoft is the worst.

I'm afraid Adobe is vying for top spot there. I swear, they are in cahoots with google to get rid of any mention of stability issues on their software. If you do find a link to some forum it gets scrubbed in a week or two.

They're trying to force people into a "subscription" for their software, so you can work in the cloud. Everything is in the cloud. Nice, fluffy cloud. Just keep giving us money, and your stuff might stay safe.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at February 14, 2013 11:53 AM (Qxdfp)

51 :::Gremlin. Nuff said. Who the f* would buy a car called "the Gremlin"?!?:::

Hah! Forgot that one!

Naming a piece of machinery after a mythical creature whose sole purpose IS TO CAUSE MACHINERY TO BREAK.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 11:53 AM (0yI6R)

52 Errr. Mouse replacement. 'DOH.

Posted by: Palerider at February 14, 2013 11:53 AM (5CusZ)

53 Did I miss the Valentine's Day Sex Party?

Posted by: garrett at February 14, 2013 11:53 AM (6QcUS)

54 Yaaay, we haven't found about NVIDIA v. AMD for ages and ages.


Though the same thing happens at that other major graphics card company that shall remain nameless but we'll call NVIDIA for convenience sake.

I needed a driver update for an admittedly few years old GPU. Search the site, click the link, get the 404, search a few other places, fire up ye olde bing, it's all 404 o'rama until I finally hunted it down. Pondered sending the Ravage after the web designers but Chompy gets all fidgety when I have to use the floss to the the stringy coder bits out of his teeth.


Posted by: alexthechick - Chaotic Evil Hobbit. at February 14, 2013 11:53 AM (VtjlW)

55 I ate it,after devouring the pi!

Posted by: cookies at February 14, 2013 11:53 AM (VmEIG)

56 "farkeling" ?
What the fark?

Posted by: Tilikum the Killer Assault Whale at February 14, 2013 11:54 AM (uhftQ)

57 44 I am upset Google won't let me turn of the safe setting search! GRRRRRR!

One word. Bing.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at February 14, 2013 11:54 AM (Qxdfp)

58 How you gonna diss the AMC Gremlin?

Posted by: garrett at February 14, 2013 11:55 AM (6QcUS)

59 >Could you provide me some examples and/or a rough timeline of the bluing of Colorado?

well, Dubya won the state in 2000. I had a Rep congressman then- Beauprez,. Bush won the state again in '04, but in the midterm election (2006) my district (CO 7) went blue and elected Perlmutter. Obama won the state in 2008 and again last November. SO- Colorado was red when I gor here in 2000, but it's blue now. Colorado's Congressional delegation consists of 2 D senators, and House members are 4-3 Republican.

The Colorado Senate is currently 20-15 D
The House is 37-28 D

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 11:55 AM (8sCoq)

60 Is this anything like the "critical update" that gets installed right in the middle of you doing something very important, and then re-boots your computer/device right then and there only to crash the whole system and make it unusable? If it is, then that tends to piss me off a little bit.

Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, formerly MrCaniac at February 14, 2013 11:56 AM (Zd/NW)

61 You see.... this is why I'll never be a multi- millionaire.... I have no idea what you are talking about.

The other (real) reason I'll never be a multi- millionaire is that I'm f*cking lazy as hell.

Screw you guys.



I like the cut of this guy's jib. This is who we need to run Poop Magazine.

Posted by: eleven at February 14, 2013 11:56 AM (KXm42)

62 Small objects scare me.
Posted by: Truman North at February 14, 2013 11:49 AM (kWx4



*sidles over*


Hi. How you doin'?

Posted by: alexthechick - Chaotic Evil Hobbit. at February 14, 2013 11:56 AM (VtjlW)

63
Computers are like cars, in that they used to make them so the reasonably intelligent user could open them up and see a problem, then fix it themselves.

I don't know from tech geekery in general, but I used to know what processes were running on my machine, taking up memory, and why. I used to know what was in my registry, and know what could be safely removed.

I used to have desktop machines that ran on 256 or 512 MB of memory, and whirled through whatever I needed them to, and now I have a machine with 2GB of real memory, and whatever amount of "virtual memory" it has, and just opening my email and running my browser at the same time taxes its resources.

What the F? I'm not an idiot, why is my machine designed to treat me as if I'm not allowed to really understand what it's doing all the time??

No wonder people act like a-holes on the internet. Our machines breed us that way.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 14, 2013 11:56 AM (TOk1P)

64
>>The Colorado Senate is currently 20-15 D
The House is 37-28 D<<


All the more reason to fence in California.

Posted by: garrett at February 14, 2013 11:57 AM (6QcUS)

65 Everything is in the cloud. Nice, fluffy cloud. Just keep giving us money, and your stuff might stay safe.


Posted by: Clutch Cargo at February 14, 2013 11:53 AM (Qxdfp)


Yeah.... the cloud.... where not only do they track everything you do, but where if you have not accessed your data in over 6 months, the Fed Gov legaly considers it abandoned data, and does not need a Search Warrant to get it...

The Cloud is the greatest threat to the idea of Privacy even concocted... IMO.

Posted by: Romeo13.... at February 14, 2013 11:57 AM (lZBBB)

66 Did I miss the Valentine's Day Sex Party?

The first rule of Valentine's Day Sex Party is don't talk about Valentine's Day Sex Party.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 14, 2013 11:57 AM (zF6Iw)

67 One of the knobs on my etch a sketch doesn't work so good. Also my Texas Instrument solar cell calculator is not powering up like it used to.

My tech problems are screwing with me today.

Posted by: polynikes at February 14, 2013 11:57 AM (m2CN7)

68 Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 11:55 AM (8sCoq)

Thanks.

BBL.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 14, 2013 11:57 AM (8y9MW)

69 One word. Bing.
Posted by: Clutch Cargo
***

Already there. Fark Google.

Posted by: Tilikum the Killer Assault Whale at February 14, 2013 11:58 AM (uhftQ)

70 Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 14, 2013 11:52 AM (bTPOR)

The MuNuvians are a mythical race who departed long ago, leaving behind only broken or indecipherable scratchings.

Sort of like the Elves of Middle Earth who departed for the West from the Gray Havens.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at February 14, 2013 11:58 AM (Jcd0S)

71 Don't worry! We're on that. We're on all of that...

Posted by: NSA at February 14, 2013 11:58 AM (Vk2pI)

72 Would you like to update Java?


Would you like to update Adobe?


Would you like to update Windows?


Lather, rinse, repeat.



Probability increased right smack in the middle of loading some other program resulting in a system crash.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 14, 2013 11:59 AM (DvVVN)

73 The thing is that the drivers are updated at a fairly regular pace to help improve performance

The problem is they often break stuff doing that. To get something that works you often need a wide selection of prior drivers. Video drivers are godawful complicated beasts, highly accelerated ones with all the bling are essentially untestable. The test "suites" really just sample likely paths. Exhaustive testing is a thing of the past


Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 11:59 AM (1rU+d)

74 Same idiots - AMD - pops up a window to update driver every time I reboot. I usually click on it, wait for the download and "install", then reboot again.

Come to find it hasn't actually updated the driver in over a year. Dicks.

Posted by: Gromulin at February 14, 2013 11:59 AM (SNjPs)

75
51 -

Maybe it's supposed to be an opposite effect sort thing.

Like the fact that EVERYONE who drives an intrepid is a cowardly old foop who does 45 in the fast lane.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 14, 2013 11:59 AM (TOk1P)

76 Who the f* would buy a car called "the Gremlin"?!?

*throws saw blades*

Posted by: Stripe at February 14, 2013 12:00 PM (/kI1Q)

77 and of course CO has a Democrat governor, Hickenlooper, who was a restauranteur in Denver before becoming mayor, then governor.

The former gov was Bill Owns, R

SO- from 2000 to 2008, CO went from red to blue

I blame illegal immigrations, new arrivals from blue states, and large doses of marijuana

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:00 PM (8sCoq)

78
39 :::24 Asus computers are as unstable as Charles Manson on PCP.:::: Huh. That's not been my experience. I have an ASUS G73 with the Sandy Bridge processor (not the first version that was crashy) and its been the best computer I've ever own. Hums along like a fuckin champ. Gaming, HD video editing, it plows through all that stuff without a hitch. Love it. When it's dead I'm getting the same exact kind.
Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 11:50 AM (0yI6R)



Similar to me. I have a personally built computer, but I used an Asus motherboard and an Asus videocard with the nvidia chipset. Runs very well and handles high graphics settings on the games I have wonderfully.

Posted by: buzzion at February 14, 2013 12:00 PM (GULKT)

79 Sort of tech related ...

Google's valentine page is odd. Their inter-species romance game is creepy. Does the world really need the visual of a horse and octopus hooking up? What is having two cute birds hooking up make Google to hetero-normative speciesist?

Posted by: Long Island at February 14, 2013 12:00 PM (hl8SI)

80 Probability increased right smack in the middle of loading some other program resulting in a system crash.


Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 14, 2013 11:59 AM (DvVVN)


Better? Dr. in the middle of seeing a patient, using Electronic Medical Records....

Posted by: Romeo13.... at February 14, 2013 12:01 PM (lZBBB)

81
I had to replace the 500G hard drive on this here laptop. I backed up the OS when I first got it. Dell had no direct replacement, so I had to get a smaller HD, backup wouldn't recognize the different sized drive. Fortunately, a few emails to Dell resulted in me getting a Win7 install disk for free.

Now the fun begins: trying to upgrade all the drivers to match the BIOS upgrade. I have a high-end sound card, and the drivers are specific to the BIOS. Dell has a page where I can download all the latest drivers, which I did, but I couldn't find the control panel (for EQ and headphone settings) for the sound card. It used to be in the Start/Programs area. They had moved it.

The sound card control panel software was hidden in plain sight in Control Panel, with nothing telling you to look there instead of where it once was.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 14, 2013 12:01 PM (+z4pE)

82 #28

I've got some of that coming up. Somebody went on a shopping spree with my Toys R Us Mastercard. (Hey, the kickback pays for much of my gaming expenses.) They might have gotten to the point where they took delivery on something if they'd stuck to small businesses. But they tried to buy something for about $600 at Wal-mart and the use of my card with a new account with a different address from mine flagged the transaction and caused Wal-mart to call me to verify what was happening.

Sure enough, when I checked the site for my account, there were several purchases from places I'd never heard and was extremely unlikely to buy anything from. Like a clothing outfit for skatepunks called Zumiez. If they'd stuck with stuff like that they might have gotten the good before anyone caught on.

So now I'm waiting for my new card. Fortunately, I don't have too many auto pays. Off the top of my head, the only one that comes to mind is the TiVo subscription. Anything else is probably something I've forgotten and I'd prefer to have to think about before continuing.

Posted by: epobirs at February 14, 2013 12:01 PM (kcfmt)

83 Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 14, 2013 11:42 AM (8y9MW)

AllenG, I know that the Gill Foundation headquartered in Colorado Springs was set up to funnel money into Co to turn it blue.

I worked at Focus on the Family in the 90s, which moved from California to Colorado in the late 80s or early 90s to escape onerous California costs. That bunch tends to be rather conservative, though (not just socially conservative).

Posted by: Mindy at February 14, 2013 12:01 PM (gBOQE)

84 @15. AllenG.

I've lived in Northern CO for over 16 years, and from my epxerience the Locust invasion followed soon after that. At first Fort Collins seemed to be everything we dreamed of, kind of the conservative alternative to the perpetually loony Boulder. But, as I said, it wasn't long before I saw things change. More open space, less growth, an increasingly vocal yammer coming from the over-educated numbskulls with letters behind their names. And now, 16 years later, we were gerrymandered and are no longer in Corey Gardner's 4th district. We're in the Boulder-dominated 2nd.

I've got tons more to add.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at February 14, 2013 12:01 PM (K+mtQ)

85 Thanks, Barry.
Gas is now $4.32 at the nearest station.

Posted by: Gerry at February 14, 2013 12:02 PM (t0VDn)

86 Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but it appears as if CO's recent blueness might be owed more to Bush43's damage to the brand than anything else.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 14, 2013 12:02 PM (DvVVN)

87 My ATI board is so old that it is listed under "legacy" at the AMD site

Posted by: Abe Lincoln at February 14, 2013 12:02 PM (e8kgV)

88 I blame illegal immigrations, new arrivals from blue states, and large doses of marijuana

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:00 PM (8sCoq)


In that particular order!
I'm enjoying the chaos the marijuana laws are generating, though.
The supporters are all going "OMG! Didn't expect that ..."

Assholes had the wisdom to write it into the State Constitution, no less.

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 14, 2013 12:03 PM (Qxe/p)

89 now I have a machine with 2GB of real memory, and whatever amount of
"virtual memory" it has, and just opening my email and running my
browser at the same time taxes its resources


Moores law addendum: Software gets slower faster than the hardware gets faster.

Software expands to consume all available disk space and memory.


Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 12:03 PM (1rU+d)

90
The MuNuvians are a mythical race who departed long ago, leaving behind only broken or indecipherable scratchings.

So long and thanks for all the ampersands.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 14, 2013 12:03 PM (+z4pE)

91 Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) ChannellingBreitbart at February 14, 2013 11:42 AM (8y9MW)

Having grown up in CO (and my mom having done so also) I think it's a case of "slowly, and then all at once". Boulder was *always* (or at least 60 years worth) weird and a couple of places in the mountains, but there were a lot of ranchers/farmers and small business men who mostly minded their own business and looked to the community in time of real need.

As the population has grown assumptions about who to turn to for help have changed as newcomers started trying to get their government oriented assumptions enforced "for fairness" and too many people likex the sound of that and didn't put in the effort to find out what it actually *meant*.

Now the sudden comes. A large part of the very conservative but lower population north east part of the state was just rolled into the Boulder representational district by judicial order. These people's voices have been effectively silenced.

I don't know if that's what gave TPTB in Denver the "courage" to race to the forefront of gun-grabbing in a state that for a long time was very libertarian (i.e. "do what you want but don't expect me to pay"), if it was the "medical marijuana" vote which was funded by Californians, or something else. All I know is that the state has changed significantly in the 3 years I've been gone and I doubt I would be comfortable living there even with all my family still there.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, assault Hobbit at February 14, 2013 12:04 PM (wbeNt)

92 Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but it appears as if CO's recent blueness might be owed more to Bush43's damage to the brand than anything else.
Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 14, 2013 12:02 PM (DvVVN)


You're readingitexactly like every lefty reads everything. So you got that going for ya.

Posted by: polynikes at February 14, 2013 12:04 PM (m2CN7)

93 #74

Sounds like you've got registry issues. Run repair utility for that, then uninstall the driver and install it from scratch.

Posted by: epobirs at February 14, 2013 12:04 PM (kcfmt)

94 Small objects scare me.
Posted by: Truman North at February 14, 2013 11:49 AM (kWx4

*sidles over*

Hi. How you doin'?


Posted by: alexthechick - Chaotic Evil Hobbit. at February 14, 2013 11:56 AM (VtjlW)



You know, I know this is meant to be somewhat threatening, but darn it, AtC, all I can think is, "KAWAII!"

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 14, 2013 12:04 PM (4df7R)

95 Blaster. I want you to proofread something for me.

Posted by: Truman North at February 14, 2013 12:05 PM (kWx48)

96 Speaking of tech rants , when the Barry Government looks in your life under the guise of National Security, then you will regret those rants down the Wabbit hole..

Posted by: Clemenza at February 14, 2013 12:05 PM (Q8Pu5)

97 So now I'm waiting for my new card. Fortunately, I don't have too many auto pays. Off the top of my head, the only one that comes to mind is the TiVo subscription. Anything else is probably something I've forgotten and I'd prefer to have to think about before continuing.
Posted by: epobirs at February 14, 2013 12:01 PM (kcfmt)

I love autopay when it works, when shit happens it really is a beast to figure out what goes where.

Posted by: Jollyroger at February 14, 2013 12:05 PM (t06LC)

98
89 -

And it does so much nonsense in the background, you really have no idea WHY it's consuming all your recources, or how to decide what you can safely shut off.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 14, 2013 12:05 PM (TOk1P)

99 >Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but it appears as if CO's recent blueness
might be owed more to Bush43's damage to the brand than anything else.


No, there's a lot of out-of-state license plates on our roads now. Wiki says

Recently, however, there has been a growing population of Hispanic Americans, young professionals, and an influx of people from other states - all of whom tend to vote Democratic.


Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:06 PM (8sCoq)

100 Colorado was trending blue before Bush took office.

Posted by: Mindy at February 14, 2013 12:06 PM (gBOQE)

101 So I see on the Google main page that Bammy's having a "Google Hangout" at 4:50pm Eastern. Cute. I don't suppose I should read anything into the fact that it starts, conveniently, half an hour after the Stoner Hour.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 14, 2013 12:07 PM (4df7R)

102 So long and thanks for all the ampersands.
Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at February 14, 2013 12:03 PM (+z4pE)Could be the best comment I have read, here, all year.

Posted by: garrett at February 14, 2013 12:07 PM (6QcUS)

103 #41

Windows Update is not intended to deliver the latest drivers. It offers WHQL certified drivers, which many large enterprises require for a number of reasons.

Posted by: epobirs at February 14, 2013 12:07 PM (kcfmt)

104 @ AllenG. and while it's easy to blame the Californians, many of the worst come from places like Michigan, PA,and all along the East Coast. they move out here and root for the wrong teams,argue about which place has the best cheesesteaks, and pollute our ears with their stupid accents.

You don't get that from people who come from Wyoming or Montana, or Texas. And the ones who bitch about Texans are also the aforementioned East Coast dipshits.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at February 14, 2013 12:08 PM (K+mtQ)

105 "You're readingitexactly like every lefty reads everything. So you got that going for ya.


Posted by: polynikes at February 14, 2013 12:04 PM (m2CN7)"



Coming from you, that's fucking rich. If you're thinking GWB was some sort of breath of fresh air into the small gov't, FiCon wing of the party, you really are as clueless as you regularly come across.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 14, 2013 12:09 PM (DvVVN)

106 My favorite fake error message of all time:

http://tinyurl.com/a3bkhty

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 12:09 PM (0yI6R)

107
Wyoming or Montana.


Nobody leaves Wyoming or Montana for Colorado. At least nobody with any sense.

Posted by: garrett at February 14, 2013 12:09 PM (6QcUS)

108 My last tech-rage was with the first iTunes update that came after Steve Jobs died. It didn't even function, and "downgrading" back to a working version was a massive pain in the ass, like rolling back all the scattered debris that makes up a Microsoft application--not like replacing the properly self-contained packages Apple used to make.

When Jobs was around, everyone there was afraid to be whatever kind of lazy jumped-up fuckup they naturally are, and garbage seldom made it out the door. Not anymore. First chance to shovel shit at us, they did. And it was wino shit.

That joint's coasting into the grave behind him.

Posted by: oblig. at February 14, 2013 12:09 PM (cePv8)

109 >>>Would you like to update Windows?

Bwahahahahaha Virus Detected!

Posted by: Bigby's Pinky Ring at February 14, 2013 12:10 PM (3ZtZW)

110 62 Small objects scare me.
Posted by: Truman North at February 14, 2013 11:49 AM (kWx4


*sidles over*


Hi. How you doin'?
Posted by: alexthechick - Chaotic Evil Hobbit. at February 14, 2013 11:56 AM (VtjlW)



Ever hear of a Puki? A cross breed between a gnome and an Orc. All the practical joker and inventiveness of the former and all the retard-strength hate from the latter.

They are little green balls of evil.

Awesome race for advanced nerds

Posted by: Truman North at February 14, 2013 12:10 PM (kWx48)

111 I love Colorado- climate, scenery, recreational opportunities... but the continued influx of leftist assholes combined with a Democrat-dominated State Legislature will make it suck donkey balls at some point in the near future. So I need to find me a nice red county in a nice red state to live in at some point down the road.

Wyoming and Utah are my leading candidates.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:10 PM (8sCoq)

112

I just got an email from Lands End:

We ♥ you.


Of course they do...$$$.

Posted by: beach at February 14, 2013 12:11 PM (LpQbZ)

113 >My last tech-rage was with the first iTunes update that came after Steve Jobs died.


I refuse all offers to upgrade my iTunes version. The version I have works perfectly, thank you very much.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:12 PM (8sCoq)

114 Seriously, I blame the University system for the spread of the Democrats across the West.

Posted by: garrett at February 14, 2013 12:12 PM (6QcUS)

115 My coffee holder is broken on my computer. The tech guy says that is where you put CDs into your computer... what an idiot.


That's nothing. I have smoke coming out of the back my pc. I wonder if they have a fire at the data center.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 14, 2013 12:12 PM (GFM2b)

116 >>>Ever hear of a Puki? A cross breed between a gnome and an Orc

Not in the Phillipines. Who names these things, anyway?

Posted by: Bigby's Pinky Ring at February 14, 2013 12:12 PM (3ZtZW)

117 I get automated robo calls every single day on my no call list cell phone asking me if I want to lower the interest rate on my credit card. I have not had a balance in many many years so it kind of does not apply.

My BIL knows I hate robo calls and bought me a 'telezapper' for Christmas. Plugged it in between the line in and the answering machine. Nuisance calls have gone from about three per day to once a week.

It tricks the computer which makes the call into thinking the number is disconnected. Telemarketers share lists of active numbers and disconnected to not waste time. I trust the thing more then 'no-call' lists.

More info... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telezapper

Posted by: Regular Moron at February 14, 2013 12:12 PM (feFL6)

118 Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:06 PM (8sCoq)


Got it. I was basing my comment of your first post. Subsequent posts seem to have offered even more info.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 14, 2013 12:13 PM (DvVVN)

119 I have a Mac, I don't have those problems.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 14, 2013 12:13 PM (l86i3)

120 @95 Truman okay how?

Posted by: blaster at February 14, 2013 12:14 PM (pZDxu)

121 It offers WHQL certified drivers, which many large enterprises require for a number of reasons.

Yea, because the "latest" drivers are badly broken.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 12:14 PM (1rU+d)

122 Does the world really need the visual of a horse and octopus hooking up?

Yes. Yes we do.

Posted by: Japan at February 14, 2013 12:14 PM (pZDxu)

123 >>>I have a Mac, I don't have those problems.

I use Linux. I make these problems for myself.

Posted by: Bigby's Pinky Ring at February 14, 2013 12:14 PM (3ZtZW)

124 I refuse all offers to upgrade my iTunes version. The version I have works perfectly, thank you very much.

Yup. iTunes has become a bloated piece of shit.

I have also never updated my iPad or iPod Touch software. Every update has stuff for the latest iPhone which has nothing at all to do with what I have, yet will eat up 200 to 300 MB of space if you choose to upgrade. Fuck that stupid shit.

Posted by: EC at February 14, 2013 12:14 PM (GQ8sn)

125 If you want to send an email, make sure all your cords and wires are smooth and not kinked. See, data is all zeroes and ones. The zeroes roll right through, but the ones are pointy. They get stuck in the kinky wires.

Also, the Internet mailman only delivers six days a week, like the real mailman, so take that into consideration.

Posted by: Truman North at February 14, 2013 12:14 PM (kWx48)

126 >Got it. I was basing my comment of your first post. Subsequent posts seem to have offered even more info.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 14, 2013 12:13 PM (DvVVN)

Another thing I'd add- since Obama was elected, the number of vacant commercial properties has grown. So many empty storefronts here in Jefferson County. It's sad.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:15 PM (8sCoq)

127 My company, a pharma, moved about 500 (mostly VM) servers across the country to another pharma, a bigger company that bought us.

The techs in the new pharma were not given permissions to access these servers, which now are in their data center and physically belong to them. As part of the migration, we installed a lot of specialized software on the servers that only their users need.

Now when there is a problem with the new software, the techies have to call us because they have no access. We don't use this software and don't really have a clue.

Today I let one of their techs take over my desktop so he could access a server I had opened an RDP session into. Meanwhile, I could do squat with my own work as he needed to take over my mouse.

A couple hours of wasted time, and he couldn't fix it. I fixed it, by magic, after he released my machine.

Posted by: trainer @ LIB at February 14, 2013 12:15 PM (QbdUW)

128 I need one of them telezappers...I get that shit numerous times a day.

Does WMT sell'em?

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 12:15 PM (1rU+d)

129
123 -

My experience with Linux users is that they have a hard time seeing their screens, due to their noses being so high up in the air.

Posted by: BurtTC at February 14, 2013 12:16 PM (TOk1P)

130 Also, the Internet mailman only delivers six days a week, like the real mailman, so take that into consideration.

Will he still deliver on Saturday once the USPS stops?

Posted by: rickb223 at February 14, 2013 12:16 PM (GFM2b)

131 I'll email you. And anyone else here who wants to look at a first draft of a letter announcing my PAC.

But identify your screen name, suckas

Email me at

sanderson2208 @gmail .com

Posted by: Truman North at February 14, 2013 12:16 PM (kWx48)

132 Now , I never post a link here ever, but I came across this last week in NV and thought uh oh.What I have been told and my lying eyes believed..


http://tinyurl.com/axlxkyn.



Posted by: Clemenza at February 14, 2013 12:16 PM (Q8Pu5)

133 Since this is a tech thread, sort of, what is the latest on Java software? I have all Java turned off right now and refuse all updates. Throw me some knowledge, y'all.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:17 PM (8sCoq)

134 Use archive.org to open the link.

They keep a record of the whole damned internet, unless someone ups a "no robots" meta tag on their page.

Archive.org will then give you a change history for the page. Click on the last change to get the page before they deleted it.

If you need a file off that page, you probably won't get it, but the information in the text, and some of the pictures will still be there.

Posted by: Kristophr at February 14, 2013 12:17 PM (wYVte)

135 I'm assuming you're not talking about downloading beta drivers, which go up and down like a Vietnamese hooker with a crank addiction.

Posted by: MadisonConservative at February 14, 2013 12:17 PM (Y/HG5)

136 I want an app that identifies the Irish, so I know who to hit with my cane.

Posted by: Truman North at February 14, 2013 12:17 PM (kWx48)

137 Sorry, but many of today's programmers aren't really programmers anymore. All they do is cut and paste shit from one place to another and BAM!!! New software.

I've been seeing that for years. It's the reason the everytime Microsoft releases a new patch or update, it works for XP, Vista, 7, 8, Server 2003, 2008 and 2010.

Nothing new, just rehashed old shit in new plastic wrapping.

Yes, Apple does the same crap........

Posted by: © Sponge at February 14, 2013 12:17 PM (xmcEQ)

138 Does WMT sell'em?

I see 'em on Amazon.

Posted by: Regular Moron at February 14, 2013 12:18 PM (feFL6)

139 I work in IT, and have for almost 20 years. What is his "maintenance"' of which you speak?

Posted by: Boomer Redneque, mobile edition at February 14, 2013 12:19 PM (9V8Rw)

140 Most web designers should have their hands amputated to prevent recidivism.

Posted by: SpongeBob Saget at February 14, 2013 12:19 PM (epxV4)

141 @131 you have mail

Posted by: blaster at February 14, 2013 12:19 PM (pZDxu)

142 I've got tons more to add.

Glad to hear it. That post is up (or, would be if I had a blog). Please sound off in the comments.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 14, 2013 12:19 PM (8y9MW)

143 103 #41

Windows Update is not intended to deliver the latest drivers. It offers WHQL certified drivers, which many large enterprises require for a number of reasons.

Depending on who set up the system and whether they checked "install recommended updates" Windows can and will update drivers, this is especially aggravating to the myriad of AC97 sound card drivers. Otherwise those updates just show up in the "optional" section of Windows Update.

At times I've had to track down modded drivers for older video cards, especially Toshiba laptops. Many times the actual users have more on the ball the manufacturers. I'm looking at you Intel.

Posted by: Red State Ricky at February 14, 2013 12:20 PM (Z6a9n)

144 Posted by: Jones inCO at February 14, 2013 11:55 AM(8sCoq)

Your answer was much more succinct (sp?) Than mine. With the judicial rulings on the representational districts those high D numbers in state congress aren't going to change either. I'm surprised there's still an R majority in the federal house.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, assault Hobbit at February 14, 2013 12:20 PM (wbeNt)

145 >>>My experience with Linux users is that they have a hard time seeing their screens, due to their noses being so high up in the air.

No longer the case, just another OS. I've still got copies of BeOS laying around, and that would have been a game changer. Now its just a great little toy.

Posted by: Bigby's Pinky Ring at February 14, 2013 12:20 PM (3ZtZW)

146 "Another thing I'd add- since Obama was elected, the number of vacant commercial properties has grown. So many empty storefronts here in Jefferson County. It's sad."


Jacksonville is the same. It's not just commercial office frontage, the public properties that are vacant are crazy. Large old postal building, city library, the brand new old courthouse. Go up into some of the high rises and many entire floors are vacant.


But at least there's a brand spanking new $350m county courthouse complex.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 14, 2013 12:21 PM (DvVVN)

147 Until minimum wage is raised to $26.30, we'll have these programming problems.

Posted by: Nanzee Pelosi at February 14, 2013 12:21 PM (rzTDZ)

148 Have you seen what Rubio is doing with the water bottle thing? That guy is not stupid. I know everyone has written him off because of immigration, but like Lincoln said, I cannot spare this man, he fights.

Posted by: blaster at February 14, 2013 12:21 PM (pZDxu)

149 You got mail too blaster.

Posted by: Truman North at February 14, 2013 12:21 PM (kWx48)

150 Rubio is hilarious. Very Alinsky of him.

Posted by: Truman North at February 14, 2013 12:23 PM (kWx48)

151 I have one of the aforementioned Asus G73 laptops with an nVidia card and it's great. Also, my custom-built tower with an AMD hexa-core CPU and nVidia card works flawlessly, too. I keep video drivers up to date and have no problems doing so. Perhaps the moral of the story is, "don't buy an ATI/AMD video card." This is especially the case given their history of dropping support for card lines as well as reports of their OpenGL implementation still being garbage.

Posted by: Big McLargeHuge at February 14, 2013 12:25 PM (XTy5s)

152 Yeah, I got that email from Rubio too, and I 1) cracked up and 2) donated to get one.

He's squishy on immigration, but he's playing the media almost as well as Breitbart.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 14, 2013 12:25 PM (B/VB5)

153 Shouldn't you carry digital pepper spray? I mean, being bitchslapped by a 404 shouldn't stand.

Posted by: model_1066 at February 14, 2013 12:26 PM (7xPCu)

154 >But at least there's a brand spanking new $350m county courthouse complex.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 14, 2013 12:21 PM (DvVVN)

same here. So many storefronts and whole commercial buildings stand empty, but the shiny brand new multi-kabillion dollar light rail opens for business in April

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:26 PM (8sCoq)

155 I hate my IT department. Fucking idiots.

Posted by: mpfs at February 14, 2013 12:27 PM (a+GN6)

156 111 I love Colorado- climate, scenery, recreational opportunities... but the continued influx of leftist assholes combined with a Democrat-dominated State Legislature will make it suck donkey balls at some point in the near future. So I need to find me a nice red county in a nice red state to live in at some point down the road.

Wyoming and Utah are my leading candidates.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:10 PM (8sCoq)


I moved here from Western Nebraska in 1983.
My observation of Colorado politics over that time period has been:

(a) F*ck something up.
(b) Get Hank Brown to fix it.
(c) go back to step (a)

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 14, 2013 12:27 PM (Qxe/p)

157 154 >But at least there's a brand spanking new $350m county courthouse complex.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 14, 2013 12:21 PM (DvVVN)

same here. So many storefronts and whole commercial buildings stand empty, but the shiny brand new multi-kabillion dollar light rail opens for business in April
Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:26 PM (8sCoq)

Yeah, I noticed that the gubmint has the nicest facilities. Because they sacrifice, man! They deserve it!

Posted by: model_1066 at February 14, 2013 12:27 PM (7xPCu)

158 For about 10 years I used only the Matrox millenium cards...because they freaking WORKED and the drivers were stable.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 12:28 PM (1rU+d)

159 I have an ASUS laptop and it's fine. Rock solid.

I'd bitch about it if there was anything to bitch about.

Posted by: Regular Moron at February 14, 2013 12:28 PM (feFL6)

160 155 I hate my IT department. Fucking idiots. Posted by: mpfs at February 14, 2013 12:27 PM (a+GN6)

It will all be over soon.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at February 14, 2013 12:28 PM (F3G1y)

161 >I hate my IT department. Fucking idiots.

Posted by: mpfs at February 14, 2013 12:27 PM (a+GN6)

I was in the IT Dept on my last job (currently a free agent). I agree with your assessment! A few years ago they dumped a shitload of Cisco gear and went with Juniper routers. Hilarity ensued.

Posted by: Jones in CO at February 14, 2013 12:29 PM (8sCoq)

162 I moved here from Western Nebraska in 1983.
My observation of Colorado politics over that time period has been:

(a) F*ck something up.
(b) Get Hank Brown to fix it.
(c) go back to step (a)

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 14, 2013 12:27 PM (Qxe/p)

You forgot the 'screech like a whiny little bitch about something you don't like and expect someone else to deal with it' part.

Posted by: model_1066 at February 14, 2013 12:29 PM (7xPCu)

163 I’m actually using the evil Google’s webmaster tools right now to add redirects for ancient pages that no longer exist (as well as redirects for every idiot who misspelled their links to my site). Started at about a thousand at the beginning of the year, down to about a hundred and fifty now.

But I ignore support calls anyway. Or make fun of them.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at February 14, 2013 12:30 PM (QF8uk)

164 After the first EMF pulse the web is fryed.(oh my how can they live without facebook and twitter)?

I have my Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone word processor as a backup. Its called paper and pencil.

Posted by: Illegal_Soon_2B_Citizen at February 14, 2013 12:30 PM (cCxiu)

165 Our little fiefdom of IT department deems what is necessary to our jobs.

There is a reason I need Adobe Pro numbnuts. I shouldn't have to beg these twats especially when the CFO has told them to install it now.

Posted by: mpfs at February 14, 2013 12:30 PM (a+GN6)

166 ASUS laptops are prone to having the power connector fall off the motherboard. Happened to mine right before the warranty expired so they fixed it for free. I went with a third-party power cord after that where the connector's an "L" which takes the stress off.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 14, 2013 12:31 PM (B/VB5)

167 And to those of you not in IT who say that your IT department sucks: it probably sucks ten times worse than you think it does.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at February 14, 2013 12:31 PM (QF8uk)

168 Sorry, but many of today's programmers aren't really programmers
anymore. All they do is cut and paste shit from one place to another and
BAM!!! New software.


^^^THIS

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 12:32 PM (1rU+d)

169 Sorry, but many of today's programmers aren't really programmers
anymore. All they do is cut and paste shit from one place to another and
BAM!!! New software.


I'm sharpening a shiv from a breakroom spork with the breakroom toaster for the mechanical engineer writing test code with no understanding that dividing by zero is bad.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 14, 2013 12:32 PM (/kI1Q)

170 You forgot the 'screech like a whiny little bitch about something you don't like and expect someone else to deal with it' part.

Posted by: model_1066 at February 14, 2013 12:29 PM (7xPCu)


You're right.
I also forgot to add "elect another Democrat, because Hank Brown can fix it".

That guy has never broken his word, and has never become a "permanent" part of the problem.

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 14, 2013 12:33 PM (Qxe/p)

171 Sorry, but many of today's programmers aren't really programmers anymore. All they do is cut and paste shit from one place to another and BAM!!! New software.

That's because users act terrified and stupid when confronted with something new and unfamiliar, like Vista.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 14, 2013 12:33 PM (B/VB5)

172 Yeah, I noticed that the gubmint has the nicest facilities. Because they sacrifice, man! They deserve it!>>

In the suburb where I work there are 2 Taj mah park and ride structures within 1/2 a mile of each other. No normal business could afford the fancy structure let alone 2putting 2 that close to each other.

Posted by: Buzzsaw at February 14, 2013 12:33 PM (81UWZ)

173
I have my Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone word processor as a backup. Its called paper and pencil.

I have some pigeons. Let's talk.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 14, 2013 12:34 PM (+z4pE)

174 OT: Watergate2 media bias. Pic in link. lol

Posted by: Tonic Dog at February 14, 2013 12:34 PM (X/+QT)

175 172 Yeah, I noticed that the gubmint has the nicest facilities. Because they sacrifice, man! They deserve it!>>

In the suburb where I work there are 2 Taj mah park and ride structures within 1/2 a mile of each other. No normal business could afford the fancy structure let alone 2putting 2 that close to each other.
Posted by: Buzzsaw at February 14, 2013 12:33 PM (81UWZ)

Golden? Lakewood?

Posted by: model_1066 at February 14, 2013 12:35 PM (7xPCu)

176 143 Windows Update is not intended to deliver the latest drivers.

Windows 8 has an auto update for device drivers and icons. You have to disable it if you don't want it running.

I have 8 set to ask me about updates - my windows 7 killed itself on some auto update, and by the time I found it it was too late for a system rollback.

Basically, it can't install updates anymore - something is corrupt. I did all the "fix the updater" things. Luckily, I had already planned the move to 8 on a new HD, so I have 2.5TB and an extra 2.5TB in backup HDs. Anyway, I like to see what it's going to update now before I let it. Some of that crap I don't need.

Fuck the cloud.
It's right behind me, isn't it?

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at February 14, 2013 12:35 PM (Qxdfp)

177 revenge of the machine.
you buy it , it owns you .

alex , tea.

Posted by: ette at February 14, 2013 12:35 PM (nqBYe)

178 @174: The stupid part about this is TFG drank water frequently during his campaign speeches. Apparently the media see that as walking on water somehow though.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 14, 2013 12:35 PM (B/VB5)

179 I'm setting up a dumpster x64 machine with Vista for development work. Its got the balls to run the UI effectively. I kinda like it actually. I'm really liking the $0.00 price.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 12:36 PM (1rU+d)

180 178 @174: The stupid part about this is TFG drank water frequently during his campaign speeches. Apparently the media see that as walking on water somehow though.
Posted by: Ian S. at February 14, 2013 12:35 PM (B/VB5)

Well, when your foot is always in your mouth....

Posted by: model_1066 at February 14, 2013 12:36 PM (7xPCu)

181 :::That's because users act terrified and stupid when confronted with something new and unfamiliar, like Vista.:::

I was already familiar with sluggish performance and frozen systems when I bought a Vista machine. The screens fading to barely transparent blinding white with (Not Responding) in the title bar was an exciting new touch, though.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 12:36 PM (CJjw5)

182 02/12-03-12
Burger King, Norfolk, Va.

03/05/1980-03/04/2002
US Navy Seal US Navy, Queens,Ny

Oct 2009-April 2010
Cashier,McDonalds, Norfolk, Va.

-----

Looks legit

Posted by: RWC at February 14, 2013 12:37 PM (fWAjv)

183 OT: Watergate2 media bias. Pic in link. lol


Posted by: Tonic Dog at February 14, 2013 12:34 PM (X/+QT)


That's actually quite funny.

Posted by: © Sponge at February 14, 2013 12:37 PM (xmcEQ)

184 Well, when your foot is always in your mouth....

I could do that once...

Posted by: Rex Ryan at February 14, 2013 12:38 PM (8y9MW)

185 .....with no understanding that dividing by zero is bad.


Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 14, 2013 12:32 PM (/kI1Q)

-----WERD!!
Hell...... Ive been divided by Zero everyday for last five years.

Posted by: American Electorate at February 14, 2013 12:38 PM (nELVU)

186 The cloud isn't fluffy and white, its a dark swirling vortex.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 12:38 PM (1rU+d)

187 but while were here speaking of computer issues.

i had bought my son a dell gx sumthin or other.\
it runs but makes racket now, so of course he needed a new laptop to replace it (never mind0

ok so i have the dell thingy cd, do the steps i'm supposd to partition balh blah, it ran fine until i hooked it back on the internet/back to fan high drive.
was i supposed to do something more> i only had one cd, did i need to download drivers or anything else from online?

Posted by: ette at February 14, 2013 12:38 PM (nqBYe)

188 I was already familiar with sluggish performance and
frozen systems when I bought a Vista machine. The screens fading to
barely transparent blinding white with (Not Responding) in the title bar
was an exciting new touch, though.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 12:36 PM (CJjw5)


Ahhh, in the Windows 8 POS sitting on my office desk, the screen stays the same but I get a bar at the top that says not responding. Very spiffy.

Know what doesn't do that? Ever? My fucking MacBook.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 14, 2013 12:38 PM (da5Wo)

189
IT?
We have enough problems with HR.

Posted by: garrett at February 14, 2013 12:39 PM (6QcUS)

190 Let us know once you've killed a few cops. Then we can run hundreds of feature stories on how much this supplier sucks.
By way of encouragement, Anderson does like the style of your manifesto.

Posted by: CNN at February 14, 2013 12:39 PM (SO2Q8)

191 Our little fiefdom of IT department deems what is necessary to our jobs.

They're not there to make your job easier. They're there to make their job easier.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 14, 2013 12:39 PM (/kI1Q)

192 Posted by: Pug MahonatFebruary 14,2013 12:01 PM(K+mtQ)

Your'e in the Fort Collins area? I grew up outside of Loveland and parents and in-laws are still there.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, assault Hobbit at February 14, 2013 12:39 PM (wbeNt)

193 Know what doesn't do that? Ever? My fucking MacBook.
Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 14, 2013 12:38 PM (da5Wo)


Careful, the PC people are vicious.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 14, 2013 12:40 PM (l86i3)

194 on the dell is like 5 years old now. still it ran tons better than my hp media center (craP )with all the bells and whistles

Posted by: ette at February 14, 2013 12:40 PM (nqBYe)

195 Golden? Lakewood?>>

Different blue state, Chanhassen Minnesota

Posted by: Buzzsaw at February 14, 2013 12:40 PM (81UWZ)

196 I have my Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone word processor as a backup. Its called paper and pencil.

------


My Big Chief Yellow Pad Laptop has NEVER crashed.... In fact... the batteries are on their first charge.

Posted by: fixerupper at February 14, 2013 12:40 PM (nELVU)

197 Careful, the PC people are vicious.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 14, 2013 12:40 PM (l86i3)


They also freeze up every few minutes. I'll have plenty of time to get away.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 14, 2013 12:40 PM (da5Wo)

198 Oh Heather, that was magnificent.

wipes tear from eye.

Posted by: mpfs at February 14, 2013 12:40 PM (a+GN6)

199 "...suggest your most creative punishments for your tormentors."

It usually starts off resembling the scene in Untouchables where Capone extols his love for baseball, and then I get mean....

Posted by: Mikey NTH - pirate scum of Umbar at February 14, 2013 12:41 PM (hLRSq)

200 193 Know what doesn't do that? Ever? My fucking MacBook.
Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 14, 2013 12:38 PM (da5Wo)


Careful, the PC people are vicious.
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on KINDLE finally at February 14, 2013 12:40 PM (l86i3)

Linux folk are chains and bottles and shotguns vicious. I'm kidding.

Posted by: model_1066 at February 14, 2013 12:41 PM (7xPCu)

201 When Companies Merge And Absorb Smaller Company Websites: The 404 Crisis

Posted by: fb at February 14, 2013 12:42 PM (JVEmw)

202 nood

Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 14, 2013 12:42 PM (da5Wo)

203 :::188 I was already familiar with sluggish performance and
frozen systems when I bought a Vista machine. The screens fading to
barely transparent blinding white with (Not Responding) in the title bar
was an exciting new touch, though.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 12:36 PM (CJjw5)

Ahhh, in the Windows 8 POS sitting on my office desk, the screen stays the same but I get a bar at the top that says not responding. Very spiffy.

Know what doesn't do that? Ever? My fucking MacBook.
Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 14, 2013 12:38 PM (da5Wo):::

That's awesome. Is your MacBook easy to type on while you're sitting down to pee?

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 12:42 PM (0yI6R)

204
Somehow I picture Radish fiendishly 'blacklisting' the entire internet for hundreds of companies every day.

Posted by: Regular Moron at February 14, 2013 12:42 PM (feFL6)

205 nood

Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 14, 2013 12:42 PM (da5Wo)

o sure, right after i ask a question!

Posted by: ette at February 14, 2013 12:43 PM (nqBYe)

206
194 on the dell is like 5 years old now. still it ran tons better than my hp media center (craP )with all the bells and whistles
Posted by: ette at February 14, 2013 12:40 PM (nqBYe)


I have no respect for HPs and always try to steer people away from them. Compaqs with a new skin, and every Compaq I ever used was a piece of shit.

Posted by: buzzion at February 14, 2013 12:43 PM (GULKT)

207 buzzion i agre about the HP thing, I've had two paid big bucks at the time, and they are finicky shits.

Posted by: ette at February 14, 2013 12:44 PM (nqBYe)

208 never again.

Posted by: ette at February 14, 2013 12:44 PM (nqBYe)

209 I have some pigeons. Let's talk.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 14, 2013 12:34 PM (+z4pE)
================

You'll need this: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1149.txt

Posted by: Nighthawk at February 14, 2013 12:44 PM (RSqz2)

210
ette, sounds like a cooling fan issue.

Dell should have all the drivers and such on their site. There's a build number on the back, enter that and it should give you everything you need.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 14, 2013 12:44 PM (+z4pE)

211 back to my question after using the dell cd provided during a restore, was there anything else i was required to do ?

Posted by: ette at February 14, 2013 12:45 PM (nqBYe)

212 Backwards alright Thanks!

Posted by: ette at February 14, 2013 12:45 PM (nqBYe)

213 @192, Polliwog. Yup. 16 years. Kind of tired of it. I want to move back to Wyoming or Montana, but my wife isn't crazy about either, except to visit on vacations.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at February 14, 2013 12:46 PM (K+mtQ)

214 I work in an upper levelsupport rolefor a major computer manufacturer that provides a driver site much like the one you are describing. I am often identifying theseerrors and contributingfeedback toprojects to fix them, soI see a lot of what happens on the back end. Generally, the problem is that infrastructure changes so much that resources are not always reorganized or remapped accurately, or someone uploaded the wrong driver package during an update. A webcrawler isn't going to identify when a new backend server did not receive the correct files from the legacy server that it is replacing, and no one is going to hire new heads to download and test drivers for the hundred products that are supported. The nature of the tech world is that it changes so quickly that the expense of quality testing is often of little value.

Posted by: Brisco_County at February 14, 2013 12:46 PM (STpkO)

215 Nobody leaves Wyoming or Montana for Colorado. At least nobody with any sense.

Posted by: garrett at February 14, 2013 12:09 PM (6QcUS)

Well, my in-laws did but that wad the army's doing. They're rumbling about going back though. Mostly, WY and MT are where the original Coloradoans are going to get away from the newcomers.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, assault Hobbit at February 14, 2013 12:47 PM (wbeNt)

216 That was funny, Nighthawk.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 14, 2013 12:47 PM (+z4pE)

217 That's awesome. Is your MacBook easy to type on while you're sitting down to pee?

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 14, 2013 12:42 PM (0yI6R)


Cute. I'm sure you have plenty of time for bathroom breaks what with all the error messages, updates, installs, freezes and general fuckuppery.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 14, 2013 12:47 PM (da5Wo)

218 Regarding ITunes update.
What is so important that they need to update every two weeks? are they looking to see where you got your music from. I stopped updating that crap a year ago and everything still works just fine.

Posted by: cicero skip at February 14, 2013 12:47 PM (3m9Uc)

219 Compaq lost me when they started using Torx fasteners on everything. WTF? I got a full set, including security Torx for the ones with the middle post, but most people don't.

Tech fascism.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 12:47 PM (1rU+d)

220 Well, my in-laws did but that wad the army's doing. They're rumbling about going back though. Mostly, WY and MT are where the original Coloradoans are going to get away from the newcomers.
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, assault Hobbit at February 14, 2013 12:47 PM (wbeNt)

Saw a blurb the other day about a location up near Jackson that is the most unpopulated location in the CONUS. If you're lucky, you could get about 30 miles from the nearest human.

Posted by: model_1066 at February 14, 2013 12:48 PM (7xPCu)

221 Eh.

I finally figured out the toilet lid conondurum!

Living with and supporting my aged. bankrupt, father has been a trip these past few years...

Here's the deal...

Always put both lids down.

Otherwise you are just aerosolizing little bits of your pee and poo onto your toothbrush!

Case fuckin' closed.



Posted by: Deety at February 14, 2013 12:49 PM (/J0Gi)

222 You people are in a world of your own.

Posted by: eleven at February 14, 2013 12:49 PM (KXm42)

223 Saw a blurb the other day about a location up near Jackson that is the most unpopulated location in the CONUS. If you're lucky, you could get about 30 miles from the nearest human.
Posted by: model_1066 at February 14, 2013 12:48 PM (7xPCu)

In Alaska, that's called "an hour drive from Anchorage"

Posted by: model_1066 at February 14, 2013 12:50 PM (7xPCu)

224 222 You people are in a world of your own.
Posted by: eleven at February 14, 2013 12:49 PM (KXm42)

I take that as a compliment.

Posted by: model_1066 at February 14, 2013 12:50 PM (7xPCu)

225
Compaq lost me when they started using Torx fasteners on everything. WTF? I got a full set, including security Torx for the ones with the middle post, but most people don't.

Tech fascism.


Tech insanity. I've stripped out more Torx fasteners than I can count.

What I hated was when they got used on machining cutting inserts. If those things aren't kept in pristine condition (using the anti-seize compound), they're a nightmare. I was the only one in my last shop that ever did it and never had any problems with them.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 14, 2013 12:51 PM (+z4pE)

226 You know what else pisses me off?
The frigging software we have for medical billing. It can't even print a fucking bill that's why I need Adobe Pro. If I don't have that I have to use a fucking typewriter. A TYPEWRITER!

Posted by: mpfs at February 14, 2013 12:52 PM (vuWhy)

227 I've had two AMD embedded graphics crap the bed in the last two months, total time of usage about two weeks each, not even going to bother getting another board. And the drivers for that particular AMD graphics set aren't compatible with the Netflix app on Windows 8. So yeah, it's no wonder everyone's gong to Nvidia.

Posted by: booger at February 14, 2013 12:54 PM (HI6wa)

228 I meant integrated graphics.

Posted by: booger at February 14, 2013 12:55 PM (HI6wa)

229
Assholes had the wisdom to write it into the State Constitution, no less.
Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 14, 2013 12:03 PM (Qxe/p)


We behind enemy lines in the People's Republic of California can easily top putting medical marijuana into the state Constitution. We put in a requirement that K-12 "education" comprise => 39% of the state budget. Top that one.

Fuckin' teachers' union put that on the ballot as an initiative, and the local idiots voted for it. It's for the children!

Posted by: Jay Guevara at February 14, 2013 12:56 PM (IDSI7)

230 The good thing about a typewriter is it doesn't blue screen or need driver updates.

IBM used to sell a daisy wheel one with an optional printer adapter board so you could use it as a dumb text printer too.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 12:57 PM (1rU+d)

231 That was funny, Nighthawk.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 14, 2013 12:47 PM (+z4pE)
=============

Then you should enjoy this one too: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1925

Posted by: Nighthawk at February 14, 2013 12:57 PM (RSqz2)

232 We put in a requirement that K-12 "education" comprise => 39% of the state budget. Top that one.

Don’t worry, we will.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair, south of Southern California at February 14, 2013 12:58 PM (QF8uk)

233
What is so important that they need to update every two weeks? are they looking to see where you got your music from. I stopped updating that crap a year ago and everything still works just fine.

I get this with Adobe. It seemed like every ten minutes they wanted me to download and install yet another update. Hey, guys, straighten out your software once and for all, OK? I turned off the updates, and everything here still works fine too. And my blood pressure is lower.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at February 14, 2013 12:59 PM (IDSI7)

234 #176 I have 8 set to ask me about updates - my windows 7 killed itself on some auto update, and by the time I found it it was too late for a system rollback.Basically, it can't install updates anymore - something is corrupt. I did all the "fix the updater" things. Luckily, I had already planned the move to 8 on a new HD, so I have 2.5TB and an extra 2.5TB in backup HDs. Anyway, I like to see what it's going to update now before I let it. Some of that crap I don't need.Clutch Cargo, you can access a restore point by booting from the CD. A restore point is created every time Windows runs an update. If that does not resolve, the problem is not driver related, it would be a corrupted OS or a bad sector on the hard drive.

Posted by: Brisco_County at February 14, 2013 01:01 PM (TY5tw)

235 JG @229 CO did something similar about 10 years ago. There is now much sobbing as the education budget eats up everything else. People started going for Constitutional amendments when the courts made it clear they'd overturn any law tbey felt like. It was a rational decision but has played *hell* with getting stuff fixed afyer one turns out to have been a bad idea.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, assault Hobbit at February 14, 2013 01:05 PM (wbeNt)

236 227 I've had two AMD embedded graphics crap the bed in the last two months, total time of usage about two weeks each, not even going to bother getting another board. And the drivers for that particular AMD graphics set aren't compatible with the Netflix app on Windows 8. So yeah, it's no wonder everyone's gong to Nvidia.
Never be an early adopter of a new OS until the first service pack is released. You wouldn't believe (or you probably would) how many driver incompatibilities exist on Windows 8 right now.
And nVidea traditionally has better drivers than ATI/AMD. I like AMD products, but I would wait a while before buying a newly releaed product from them.

Posted by: Brisco_County at February 14, 2013 01:05 PM (TY5tw)

237 What the fuck is up with these tech assholes?

I do some business with Anheuser-Busch. In order to invoice them, I need to go through their website. They required me to change passwords today, but the rules are:

Must be at least 6 characters
No vowels
Must have at least 1 number
Can't resemble your user name.

No vowels? Who the fuck thought that up? Do these assholes realize that a password that needs to be written down isn't as secure as one that the user can remember?

I've been trying to find the link to their webmaster so that I can tell them exactly what I think of their internet skills. They're not a big enough customer for me not to recommend a career in food service for the idiots who came up with this.

Posted by: jwest at February 14, 2013 01:05 PM (ZDsRL)

238 Probability increased right smack in the middle of loading some other program resulting in a system crash.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at February 14, 2013 11:59 AM (DvVVN)

I make it a point to turn off auto-updates on everything I possibly can. And I usually won't manually update until I've seen chatter on the Internets that a given update is safe, and should be done, to fix a security issue. I have had machines lose functionality because of updates.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 14, 2013 01:07 PM (673KB)

239 Windows Vista and wireless connectivity. I spent an hour on this last night. Customer turned up wireless security. Everything in the house worked except the Vista machine, which showed local only. Went through all the articles in Google talking about fixes. Disabled IP v6, which didn't help (and no, I'm not walking a customer through editing the registry.) Tried to set it up as a hidden network with no security, but she messed it up somehow and it still wouldn't connect. Finally told her to turn off security and reconnect. Worked fine.

Then there are the overjoyed folks with Win8, which has a mail program almost as stupid as Mac mail. So nice of Microsoft to decide that we no longer need POP. As for Macs, the newest version of the OS is always the most wonderful program ever created. That lasts until the new OS comes out, when you finally learn what a POS the old software was. And I love how Apple decides to make functional hardware obsolete, just because, like they did during the conversion to OSX.

Then there's Ubuntu, where every other upgrade breaks something. I use that just to keep my CLI skills sharp.

Posted by: notsothoreau at February 14, 2013 01:12 PM (5HBd1)

240 Empire of Jeff:

Macbooks just works because Jobs got a clue and switched to UNIX ... the same MACH kernel UNIX he bought for the NeXT.

If you don't like sitting down to pee, load LINUX on any laptop and call it done. The current distros are idiot-proof and free.

Fuck Gates ( and Jobs for making expensive hipster toys ). The internet lives in UNIX.

Posted by: Kristophr at February 14, 2013 01:14 PM (wYVte)

241 Posted by: Brisco_County at February 14, 2013 01:05 PM (TY5tw)

Yeah, the basic driver Windows 8 installs works fine, but if you install the newest driver from AMD it goes kablooey and AMD doesn't list the past versions anymore for this particular graphics chip so it's either the basic or nothing.

Posted by: booger at February 14, 2013 01:15 PM (HI6wa)

242 If you don't like sitting down to pee, load LINUX on any laptop and call it done. The current distros are idiot-proof and free.

Yep, i use Mint on my old machines, love it, even got my folks using it on their old machines now too.

Posted by: booger at February 14, 2013 01:17 PM (HI6wa)

243 Turning on Auto Updates should require a physical key, that the it staff could keep locked up.

Posted by: Jean at February 14, 2013 01:20 PM (EYbqR)

244
No vowels? Who the fuck thought that up? Do these assholes realize that a password that needs to be written down isn't as secure as one that the user can remember?

Posted by: jwest at February 14, 2013 01:05 PM (ZDsRL)


I use LastPass (free for the basic version) to generate and keep track of passwords, which it does locally. I'm really happy with it. Does anyone have anything negative to say about it? Security issues? I haven't had any problem.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at February 14, 2013 01:28 PM (IDSI7)

245 #240

Enjoy your kernel panic.

Posted by: epobirs at February 14, 2013 01:28 PM (kcfmt)

246 AMD driver support (or lack of) is legendary. I've owned several generations of ATI/AMD graphics cards, and my current HD6950 will be my last one due to their driver issues in Ubuntu. I like AMD/ATI products, but its getting really hard to justify not buying an NVIDA card when just about everything about their cards are superior, from raw processing power right down to driver support. The same can be said about their CPU's vs Intel, too.

Posted by: Jaybee at February 14, 2013 01:28 PM (iFq7B)

247 Compaq lost me when they started using Torx
fasteners on everything. WTF? I got a full set, including security Torx
for the ones with the middle post, but most people don't.

Tech fascism.


Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 12:47 PM (1rU+d)


Yeah, I have a full set of Torx drivers, too. I use 'em to remove the wretched Torx fasteners and replace them with real screws. Torx are for dorx. Robertson rules!

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 14, 2013 01:28 PM (673KB)

248 From the desk of any large enterprise: This rant goes to any security/anti-virus software vendor that has ever had the gall to call their uninstalls "uninstalls". And yes adobe, we are looking at you too. We have spent millions paying people that know what they are doing to write code that removes your crappy products from our environments. You should all be forced to dress in PETA gear and go lobby the more creative than I people of Alextopia about your Save the (Insert Arachnid of Choice Here) Campaign.

Whew! Thanks for the thread.

Posted by: Prepositions Fists and Nachos at February 14, 2013 01:33 PM (QWN3E)

249 Jay, until LastPass gets hacked

Posted by: Jean at February 14, 2013 01:36 PM (xBps2)

250 Want to have some fun? Buy a new laptop with win 8 OS, like I just did. More fun but one that doesn't have a touch screen but a super size touch pad. Now if your fingers touch the pad with a pressure greater than the weight of a butterfly's left nut you my friend will experience a plethora of pop ups and adds along with miscellaneous BS that you have zero interest in.Thanks MS geniuses, now I can go to the local campus, dance on the tables with girls in plaidskirts and show off my new pop up book.

Posted by: Bufalobob at February 14, 2013 01:39 PM (x+7qA)

251 @jollyroger 97

Autopay - NEVER NEVER NEVER let them dip a straw. PUSH from your bank's bill pay and maintain control.

Posted by: phunctor at February 14, 2013 01:52 PM (ozLpz)

252 #250

That sort of thing has been a problem for a long time before Win8. Around the time Vista shipped the price points on laptops started dropping rapidly. This was great in the obvious sense but one thing that started happening a lot was complaints about phantom inputs. You didn't even have to brush the touch pad, just putting weight any near it was enough to cause erroneous cursor movements and other annoyances. It can be really infuriating to look at the screen and find your cursor jumped into the previous paragraph while you were typing away, making you have to stop and fix it.

This really sucks because the area around the touch pad is frequently called the wrist rest, as in you're supposed to put some weight there. When you look at MacBooks or equivalently priced PC laptops, this issue is one of the areas where you get what you pay for.

Posted by: epobirs at February 14, 2013 01:59 PM (kcfmt)

253
Jay, until LastPass gets hackedPosted by: Jean at February 14, 2013 01:36 PM (xBps2)

Jean, yeah, I worry about that, but the passwords are not kept on LastPass's server, but kept locally, in an encrypted form, so I think I'm OK. Anyone care to set me straight?

Posted by: Jay Guevara at February 14, 2013 02:03 PM (IDSI7)

254 Anybody still on this thread?
Bought my daughter an ASUS laptop for Christmas, brand new. Was highly rated by several sites, and Amazon had a huge sale on it. Damn thing won't play a YouTube video or most other simple shit, so daughter won't use it and is back to hogging our other laptop all the time. Got on the ASUS support site via our other computer and couldn't figure it out. Tried calling them and got into an endless hold loop.Finally emailed them and got an answer that was undoubtedly a form letter written in India. Did a system restore to restore the original settings, as they instructed, and the damn thing still won't play avideo and web pages load at a snail's pace, worse than my 2010 Acer cheapo laptop.

Anyone have any ideas? Do I just try to returnthis thingor am I doing something wrong?

Posted by: rockmom at February 14, 2013 02:30 PM (aBlZ1)

255 A friend of mine was having trouble with a machine they bought new. I looked at it and poked around some and discovered that the factory disk preload image was fucked up. A number of shortcuts and links pointed to stuff that didn't exist on the machine.

It took a while of geeking around with REGEDIT and command line to figure all that out though.

I guess the moral of the story is, sometimes the virgin factory shipped stuff has egregious problems.

Posted by: @PurpAv at February 14, 2013 02:34 PM (1rU+d)

256 Posted by: rockmom at February 14, 2013 02:30 PM (aBlZ1)

You tube just uses flash so other than un-install/re-install flash i don't know what else you could do. Since it seems to be slow maybe go to speedtest.net and make sure your getting the connection speed you're supposed to and clean the disk/defrag.

Posted by: booger at February 14, 2013 03:08 PM (HI6wa)

257 Apparently you need the latest version of java to run you tube too, so might try updating that or making sure it's turned on.

Posted by: booger at February 14, 2013 03:15 PM (HI6wa)

258 What is it with all those zombi links on the sidebar? Worse than that, zombis move. It's like a graveyard over there. Why is that kept? Is it a memorial or something?

Posted by: bour3 at February 14, 2013 03:49 PM (5x3+2)

259 5"
Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor."


Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 14, 2013 11:31 AM (8y9MW)

Do you know Steevy?

Posted by: Torqued at February 14, 2013 04:23 PM (AKS75)

260 Ugh. I was just trying to get something off the GI bill site, it's 404s as far as the eye can see. Every seemingly useful link, broken. Not that I expect much from government webmasters, but this was unbelievably bad.

Posted by: francis at February 14, 2013 09:10 PM (rCMaG)






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