Too bad the information wasn’t available when the problem happened and provided every indication that the hard disk had in fact failed. The system was so messed up that Windows Startup Repair and other recovery options couldn’t work. (Kudos Microsoft for maintaining “batting one thousand” on repair/recovery tools as they have never once worked for me).
AVG: If you stumble across this posting in any sort of “brand monitoring” that you may be doing, please note that I’m done with your products. This failed update on your part forced me to purchase $200.00 in replacement drives, disrupted several days of work while rebuilding the system, and forced me to spend loads of time rebuilding the system. All of this happened because you couldn’t be bothered to adequately test an update to a class of application that many people consider to be critical to safe operations of their computers.
Honda has recently begun running an add that features Judas Priest’s The Hellion. I have no problem with Priest music being used in advertising. The problem is that the video playing inside the van isn’t Judas Priest. That’s Not Priest on the Screen
Fox News is reporting that McDonald’s is preparing to drop health insurance coverage for most workers. Fox says that McDonald’s is telling Federal regulators that the cost of complying with the recent health care reform legislation are too burdensome.
Are we surprised by this? Not in the least. As the nation debated the health care reform, we predicted that large corporations would decide that paying fines to shift the burden of health care for non-executive employees to the U.S. government and state governments would be less costly than actually including health care as part of the average employee’s compensation package.
The other day I was looking for a different instant messaging application that could be used with the system we use at work. I came across Trillian Astra and decided to try it since it looked like it would connect to our network.
Trillian has an attractive installer. But they’ve adopted what seems to be a common practice of installing an unnecessary Internet Explorer toolbar as well as offering to change the Internet Explorer’s default search provider. They also adopted the common practice of swapping the check boxes for these very different actions. The toolbar check box is down below the license agreement, away from the actual title of the screen and the sample of the toolbar they are proposing to install.
Trillian is also engaging in a different behavior from other software vendors that attempt to install Internet Explorer toolbars. Immediately after offering to install an unnecessary toolbar, they offer to install an unnecessary Microsoft Outlook plugin. This screen presents a completely different mechanism for installing this unnecessary piece of software. Note that there are not check boxes in the red area of the screen like there were in the previous dialog. As a user, my first thought when looking at this screen was “OMG, I have to install this plugin into Outlook to be able to use this instant messaging system?” It took a few seconds, but then I noticed that the navigation buttons had changed. There were two options: one to accept the plugin and another to proceed without installing the plugin.
Needless to say, I skip installing the free toolbar, changing my search provider, and adding an Outlook plugin.
I have this cheap little wireless bike computer for tracking speed and distance. I learned today that setting it on top of an iPhone, even briefly, isn’t good for the data that it manages. The iPhone emits enough wireless signals to confuse it. The little computer begins recording erratic and erroneous data. It even said I had hit 56mph! I wish!
The free toolbars that software vendors think they need to include with their applications are being presented in more sophisticated, devious styles. Toolbar installations also seem to want to change the default search provider in Internet Explorer.
Vuze hides the toolbar remote in a “I accept the License terms” line. It isn’t clear from the text whether the license that would be accepted relates to the Vuze software itself or to the “Vuze toolbar remote.” Not accepting the license checked here does not prevent Vuze itself from being installed or operating. Therefore the license that would be accepted on this screen is actually for the toolbar. It is easy to see from this how a naive or unsophisticated user would think that the checkbox really applied to the Vuze software as a whole and that if they wanted to be able to use Vuze that the Vuze toolbar remote would also have to be accepted.
Some, like Vuze, are offering to change the homepage as well. The offers to change the homepage are usually unchecked indicating that the homepage won’t change unless the user wants. That’s nice since most user just click through these dialogs during an installation or an upgrade without even realizing what is happening.
It’s too bad that these dialogs can’t have all of the checkboxes to install toolbars and change search providers unchecked like the change to the homepage in Vuze.
Gotta love USPS and their web site programmers! While placing an order at usps.com recently, I diligently followed all of their instructions, particularly with respect to the required fields when setting up the account for billing purposes. I skipped the “nickname” field because it was not flagged as “required”. An asterisk was not shown next to the field. However, if you try to complete the page without creating a “Nickname” for the credit card, you will be prompted to enter a Nickname.
If the field isn’t shown as required then why do I have to fill it in? Did any one QA the development of the web site?
I just picked up Ozzy Osbourne’s latest album Scream. I like it, particularly “Let It Die” and “Let Me Hear You Scream”. What can I say? It’s Ozzy. Both are fantastic head-bangers. “Let It Die” very different in style from anything Ozzy has done before. Perhaps that’s what is so attractive about it. “Let Me Hear You Scream” is one of those anthemic songs for which Ozzy is famous. I can easily visualize “Let Me Hear You Scream” in a packed general admission venue …
The only criticism that I have is the packaging. The prior album, Black Rain, came in a nice thin, paperboard package while Scream is in a standard plastic jewel case. I really like the modern, environmentally responsible style of packaging. I wish all albums came that way. I’d have more space to store all of the disks. Plus, I wouldn’t have to deal with all of the broken cases.