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crossing the streams

Amazing that a music group formed in 2003 already had an album in 1982, no?

see you

Having trouble with your network? The Ubiquiti Cloud Key can reduce casting costs.

cloud key

The machines are learning. But what?

Posted 2017-06-09 03:12:59 by tedu Updated: 2017-06-09 03:12:59
Tagged: bugs web

HP Chrome Print fuckup du jour

Long story short, printing on a chromebook is still fucked, and now the incompetent dickheads who write drivers for HP have made things worse. With time and effort, however, one can still repair the damage. Writing this up in case somebody finds it useful, and because I have little doubt I’ll be referring to it again in the near future.

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Posted 2017-04-30 22:00:17 by tedu Updated: 2017-04-30 22:00:17
Tagged: bugs rants software web

file considered harmful

Yes, actually harmful.

The file utility can be useful. Don’t know what program to open a file with? Run file and it will tell you. Of course, sometimes file will be wrong and misidentify the file type. This may be inconvenient, but at least as a user you still have the option of trying to run another program.

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Posted 2016-05-18 18:11:51 by tedu Updated: 2016-05-18 18:11:51
Tagged: bugs rants software

bring your own customer service

Skip the middleman to save time and money by simply telling your customers exactly what you would have told your customer service team. Simple direct communications mean nothing gets lost in translation. Not even funtioning.

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Posted 2015-10-23 17:42:54 by tedu Updated: 2015-10-23 17:44:28
Tagged: bugs web

the best sandwiches in town

Everybody knows the best sandwiches in town are made by your local neighborhood deli.

deli is not Delhi

Or, apparently, Delhi. Good work Apple.

Posted 2015-09-07 03:40:29 by tedu Updated: 2015-09-07 03:40:29
Tagged: bugs

two mysterious background video bugs

I was watching some Netflix (Joss Whedon Astonishing X-Men) on my iPad. I take a break and I’m catching up on some reading in Safari, when suddenly the next episode starts playing in the background. Not a short while later, but probably about 30 minutes later. It was weird and quite unexpected.

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Posted 2015-01-05 17:15:40 by tedu Updated: 2015-01-05 17:17:48
Tagged: bugs software thoughts

time is running out

End of the year bug? Or always bug? Dunno. Seen at Starbucks.

null time

Also, “try not to lose this page”? For serious?

Posted 2014-12-31 13:16:46 by tedu Updated: 2014-12-31 13:16:46
Tagged: bugs

sorry this gif is not available in your browser

One of the great things about the animated GIF format, despite its many other deficiencies, is that it works everywhere. Even stodgy old browsers can display it. Naturally, this fact means that whenever an animated GIF is uploaded to twitter, they convert it to a format that fewer browsers can display.

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Posted 2014-07-17 00:32:29 by tedu Updated: 2014-07-17 00:32:29
Tagged: bugs rants web

home is where you want to be

Much has been written about the awfulness of Apple Maps, but sometimes it’s just awesome. I’m in California; I search for a Philz (because that’s what you do in the Bay Area), and I get... Philadelphia. iPhone knows me better than I thought.


Posted 2014-06-07 00:39:41 by tedu Updated: 2014-06-07 00:39:41
Tagged: bugs philly

Facebook Zero

A more difficult challenge than Inbox Zero, but after years of effort I’ve finally achieved it. Facebook Zero. I now know everything my friends have ever done. There is nothing left to read about.

Facebook Zero

Posted 2014-02-14 21:38:54 by tedu Updated: 2014-02-18 07:27:20
Tagged: bugs rants web

comcast ping times

Despite their wonky customer service, I have generally been happy with Comcast’s technical service. Occasionally though, I have to question what in the world is going on with their network. Recently I noticed that my internet connection would alternate between working and not on roughly a two minute interval. One minute things work fine, the next minute nothing works at all, the next minute everything is fine. During the blackout minutes, making a new connection would timeout, but established ssh connections would remain up, but nothing would happen until the blackout was over. Here are a few pings I sent out (2014-02-13).

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Posted 2014-02-13 21:49:15 by tedu Updated: 2015-06-25 17:56:21
Tagged: bugs network rants

worst website password entry mechansim?

Just in time for stolen password database month. I am trying to reset my Comcast password and I’m having a remarkably hard time typing the same password twice. Over and over, the two passwords never match. I’m a fairly decent typist, this shouldn’t be happening. Eventually I notice the second password is always one (obscured) character longer. WTF?

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Posted 2013-11-21 05:45:56 by tedu Updated: 2013-11-21 05:45:56
Tagged: bugs rants security web

if it ain’t mangled, don’t unmangle it

I have a song on my iPod, “Don’t Pull Your Love” (nonsensical fake video) by the grammatically ambiguous Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds. Three dudes, four names (two first, two last). The software on my iPod Nano sees this and decides that at some point in the past some other software must have mangled up the artist name, and therefore the Nano must attempt to unmangle it. Result: appearing in both the artist directory and as the song artist I have Joe Frank & Reynolds Hamilton.

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Posted 2013-11-20 02:26:11 by tedu Updated: 2013-11-20 04:47:21
Tagged: bugs gadget

almost original original links

Once upon a time, Google Reader shut down, and everybody scrambled to write a replacement. I didn’t actually use Reader or any RSS reader, but writing one seemed like a great idea. I’m quickly learning to regret that decision.

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Posted 2013-11-04 04:24:46 by tedu Updated: 2013-11-10 07:30:40
Tagged: bugs software web

printf null in the wild

What happens when you call printf("name: %s\n", NULL); in C? If you’re running Apple iOS, something like this:

safari screenshot

Posted 2013-10-16 04:37:22 by tedu Updated: 2014-02-18 07:20:09
Tagged: bugs c programming