BMW 325i build quality problems

I put together a short video review of the build quality problems in the 2006 BMW 235i sport sedan. These are things like: Rotting or loose rubber seams on the outside Easily scratched/worn door handles Faulty cup holders Flimsy, easily melted cigarette lighters Soft plastic finishes that disintegrate and scuff right away Broken window shades [...]

Republicans move to block net neutrality

The latest push to get the net neutrality bill passed met with resistance from Republicans and Comcast, one of the large American ISPs. Apparently they think the market regulates itself. It would, in a perfect world, but not in one where politicians working hand in hand with ISP lobbyists move to block any measures that [...]

WordPress.com gets more expensive

Ever since I learned about WordPress, I thought it was the coolest blogging platform, and the more I found out about the WordPress.com network, the more I liked the options they offered their users. To this day, I regret not having started to publish directly on WordPress.com instead of doing it on my own with [...]

Is it any wonder there's computer piracy in Romania?

If the US and other Western countries are looking at Romania and shaking their heads while wondering why there's so much computer piracy there, perhaps this will help them get the picture. In 2008, the median monthly salary in Romania was €285, or $353, as another source quotes it. The same source says that by [...]

Netflix Watch Instantly comes to the Mac

On October 27 (last month), Netflix started testing a new way to stream movies for its Watch Instantly feature. They began using Microsoft's Silverlight player, which is platform-independent and can still handle the DRM that movie studios love so much. This meant that Mac users were no longer left out of the picture, and could [...]

A cure for cold sores

I can't take credit for this cure. A life-long nurse told me about it a few years ago, and it's worked for us ever since. I'm not sure if she'd be comfortable having her name revealed here, so I won't do it. But I'll always be grateful to her for the advice. In a few [...]

How to get T-Mobile Total Internet at 42% off

It's easy: sign up before 11/1/2008. Why? Because the price will apparently go up to $35/month on or around that date, according to T-Mobile Customer Service. ➡ Updated 10/27/08: Please see this comment below for an up-to-date clarification of the planned price increases. It's not as bad as I originally thought, but a price increase [...]

A few words on the economic crisis at hand

I've just got to say what I'm about to say, because it's gnawing at me from inside, and I need to have it out. I'm not going to pretend I'm some economic guru, and I'll use plain words. My thinking on economics is simple. I understand tangible products. If an economy makes stuff I can [...]

Just give me a good zoom lens, thanks

Greetings from Osttirol! My wife and I have been vacationing in Austria for the past week. It's a gorgeous place to visit and, needless to say, I took tons of photos here. I've been carrying my Canon 5D and my lenses with me everywhere, and let me tell you, I've been sorely in need of [...]