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Vista 64 Bit Limited Connectivity (Local Only)

If you are a glutton for punishment and you enjoy pain, despair, hair pulling and cursing at tech support people try this for size: Brand spanking new Dell XPS 630i Vista Home Premium OEM 64 Bit nVidia nForce 10/100/1000 MBps … Continue reading

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Facebook is not a good picture sharing site

I just want to throw this out there for all the people who like to use Facebook as their primary picture sharing site. Don’t! Facebook is great for many things. It’s great for connecting with people, it is great for … Continue reading

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Laptop Password Trouble

I hate Mondays. Everyone does, but I have a very spacial, hate fueled relationship with that day. It is irrational to despise a day of the week – after all, it is not even a real concept. It is just … Continue reading

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UI Paradigms in Dual Screen Environment

For a few months now I have been working with a dual screen setup. I have built configured up 3-4 screen get ups for several people at the office (usually using VillageTronic VTBook PCIMCIA video cards) and I finally decided … Continue reading

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Web Design: Your Front Page Sucks

This scenario happens to me at least once a week if not more often. I see a name of a product, project, movie, video game or just an unfamiliar brand name of some sort and I proceed to google it … Continue reading

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Stop Hanging on to Obsolete Software

It is no longer OK to use IE6. If I see it on your screen, I swear that I will hold you down and forcefully install IE8 on your machine. I’m not joking here. I may not be able to … Continue reading

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Why do we get no respect?

Stuff like this saddens me: Apparently if you can read some sloppy, malformed pseudo-code thrown together by an idiot marketroid with no knowledge of programming you must be a total loser.This advertisement is yet another example in a very common … Continue reading

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Please Stop Asking me About Windows 7

Lately, a lot of technology-deficient people have been asking be about Windows 7. Apparently everyone is extremely eager to get off of Vista as soon as possible. I can tell you right now, that the sales of the next release … Continue reading

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You can make software piracy irrelevant

Software piracy is a problem. It has been an issue from the day one. As soon as people started selling software, others started copying it illegally. It’s funny, but we have built computers in a way that makes software easy … Continue reading

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Dell Tech Support Fun

Just for fun, let me show you a fun tech support ticked we have filled out recently. This is mostly taken from the issue tracking system, lightly to remove for personal information, improve grammar and make more readable and comprehensible. … Continue reading

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Pitfals of the Zip File as Folder Metaphor

I’m not exactly sure how did we get this strange notion that compressed archive files should act exactly like regular directories. But this is the prevalent behavior in most environments right now. 90% of the time, when you double click … Continue reading

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Skill Checks vs Minigames

I’ll tell you a little secret. I don’t particularly like mini games in my computer RPG’s. I actually don’t think they add anything to the game play. If I wanted to solve little puzzle games I would exit the game, … Continue reading

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Invisible Walls Kill Immersion

I’m going to talk about Oblivion again today. Friday post will be something entirely different – I promisse. Please keep in mind that while I complain about this game a lot, I continue playing it. It’s not bad – it’s … Continue reading

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Technology Magazines are Full of Fail

I do not buy or read computer/technology related magazines. At some point I decided that they all suck. It’s usually not their fault though. It is just that since they are usually monthly publications they can’t possibly compete with the … Continue reading

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Is it ok that my file is only 1KB?

Yesterday I blogged about my experience teaching LOGO to non-cs students but I forgot to mention an interesting observation I made. Most students did not believe me when I told them to save their code as a plain text file … Continue reading

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Video Games are Not Addictive After All

Most of you probably know what I think about the so called “video game addiction”. If you don’t (and you are to lazy to click on that link that I just posted) I will summarize it here: it is plain … Continue reading

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Free Email Services Look Unprofessional

I can’t help it, but every time I see a yahoo or hotmail email address on a resume, or a piece of official correspondence I cringe. It just looks incredibly unprofessional and tacky! I’m sorry if that offends you in … Continue reading

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Email Signatures… 5 Lines or Less!

I really think that Microsoft needs to include a new “feature” in Outlook which would restrict email signature to at most 5 lines of text. You really do not need more than that to list your name, job title, company … Continue reading

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Academic Advising Facepalm

My lovely university never ceases to amaze me. Every semester without fail, they do something so monumentally stupid that I can’t help but go: This has been going on since my freshman year. So 4 years of college, 2.5 years … Continue reading

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Windows XP Downgrade Fees are Bullshit

I was buying some new computers for work recently and I actually almost laughed at the newest OEM bullshit that is being pulled by Microsoft. But let me back up a bit. My workplace is a windows shop. I’d say … Continue reading

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Please Stop Forwarding me ‘The Secret’ Video

Normally I wouldn’t discuss this sort of stuff here, but in the last week or so 3 different people sent me a link to this video (or a similar one). This included my cousin who really should have known better. … Continue reading

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The Practical Reasons to Hate DRM

I admit it – when it comes to music, I’m really a simpleton. True music buffs probably would call me “part of the problem” or something equally bad. I may hear a song on the radio, or perhaps in a … Continue reading

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WYSIWYG is a Lie

Yes boys and girls, it’s that time of the month again when I rant about the evils of WYSIWYG. Let me tell you a little story. In the beginning there was text. That’s all we had really. We used white … Continue reading

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Commentary on the Palin Email Thing

I know that I promised not to talk about politics on this blog. You get some of that in the form of politically charged funnies at /dev/random and short bursts of venom on twitter. I don’t really want to become … Continue reading

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VBA Purgatory: The God Damned Scroll Wheel

This is hopefully the last post from my VBA Purgatory cycle. This time around it is a rant about one of the more infuriating little bugs in MS office namely the lack of scroll wheel support in the built in … Continue reading

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