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Posted on January 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

Printed QR codes vs. digital QR codes

Many who know me are fully aware of my disdain of QR codes. Yes, I can think of at least one use for them: embedding a lot of contact information into one, printed on a business card, allowing me to quickly set up a contact in my iPhone by way of importing a vCard. This […]

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Companion Language

I’ll say right up front that I have an inclination to be politically correct in my actions and speech. I think it’s important to be sensitive to other people’s feelings and experiences. But I’ll also say I have the inclination to believe that people (Americans, in particular) take political correctness MUCH too far. It’s one […]

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Bright House needs to reverse one of the HD viewing modes

Bright House HD cable boxes have a button that toggles three viewing modes. Normal, zoom, and stretch. Zoom mode is helpful when a station broadcasting 4:3 shows widescreen content in letterboxed format. I can zoom it to fill my 16:9 screen. Stretch mode, however, is stupid. Its purpose would be to make widescreen content squeezed […]

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

AppZapper seems devious to me

Sometimes, you really just need to bite the bullet and admit the truth. Unfortunately, AppZapper isn’t going to do that. For many years, my practice has been to create a unique e-mail alias for every company with which I e-mail regularly or need an address for a registration. Presently, there are nearly 150 address aliases […]

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 10:29 am

Hey Subway—wanna make more money?

Dear Subway restaurants: you sell a product that is 99.999999% profit. You take a few pennies worth of herb leaves and sugar, dump them into several gallons of hot water, and sell this elixir by the cup for a buck and a half a pop. And yet employees say they’re only allowed to make one […]

Posted on August 30, 2009 at 1:00 am

Apple, please stop removing pre-existing functionality

I’ve just learned the heavy price we’re paying for the new functionality in the Snow Leopard variant of QuickTime. For all that was added, a lot was removed. Before I get into it, I’ll acknowledge that for those of us who’d previously paid the Apple Tax for QuickTime Pro luckily still have the previous QuickTime […]

Posted on May 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm

A soapbox moment about HTML (rich text) formatted e-mail

Someone is¬†probably gonna try to rip me for having published this blog entry. Before you do, let me affirm solidly that this is an opinion and I’m not setting out on a crusade. I’m allowed my opinion. The opinion to which I refer is: I loathe the fact that formatting e-mail in HTML (a.k.a. Rich […]

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm

A soapbox moment about text messaging

I’m having a bit of cognitive dissonances about text messaging. I’m not adding anything the debate which has already been dragged through the coals. Just hammering out some thoughts, and ultimately explaining the facts of a decision I’m pondering. Let’s define a text message, shall we? From here on out, I’m going to assume we […]

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Bright House essentially removed features—not added

Bright House Networks has been performing firmware updates on all digital navigator cable boxes. The update happened to my box last Thursday. The only¬†bits of good news I’ve discovered are: 1) settings that we were informed might be lost weren’t, and 2) there’s now a percentage indicator of how full the hard drive is. Let […]