A few months ago, I was interested in offsite backup, and thought I'd give Mozy a try. Their Home Backup plan intrigued me. It was only $4.95, and was billed as unlimited. Could it actually work as advertised? Short answer is no, not by a long shot. Sure, it only costs $4.95/month. That much is … Continue reading Mozy advertising versus user experience
We flew with KLM from IAD (Washington-Dulles airport in the US) to OTP (Otopeni-Bucharest airport in Romania) during this past New Year's Eve and Day. I highly recommend KLM, we've had the best flying experience with them of all the airlines we've used so far. I should warn you that Delta handles the ticketing and … Continue reading New Year's Day at Amsterdam Airport
I've seen companies do some pretty disgusting things in my time, and the move some of them are pulling lately definitely ranks right up there with some of the biggest stinkers. In effect, they're using the current weak economy/recession as an excuse to lay off employees and burden the existing ones with the extra work, … Continue reading Using the economy as an excuse to shortchange employees
❗ Updated 8/11/11: The loophole detailed in this post has been closed off by Netflix, but there's a simple way to bypass their new rules, provided you have a US credit card and mailing address. I've written a new how-to article that details how I've been watching Netflix from outside the US for the past … Continue reading Hooray for Netflix Watch Instantly abroad
I was thinking about the difference between hardware and software products designed for the consumer and those designed for the enterprise. In particular, I thought about how vocal consumers can be nowadays vs. companies, and how that affects the process of making and selling products to them vs. the business market. I think it makes … Continue reading Is it easier to design for the enterprise or for the consumer?
Everyone is happy to use free, open source software these days, and for-profit companies are only too happy to join that bandwagon. After all, they're supporting the open source movement -- or are they? If you're not sure, there's an easy litmus test: see how much they contribute to the open source movement. Look at … Continue reading Open source software and its use by for-profit companies
❗ Updated 5/27/2008: It has now been a month since I wrote this post, and Pepco still HAS NOT fixed the electrical panel. This makes it 7 months, which is simply unacceptable. I am going to write to Chris Van Hollen, our Congressman, to see if he'd like to get involved in the matter. ❗ … Continue reading Pepco fails to fix store's electrical panel after 6 months
Ford Transit Connect Concept http://tinyurl.com/2ocuml # Soft, Squeezable, Huggable Phone http://tinyurl.com/23r2mn # Metamophing Computer Interfaces http://tinyurl.com/257j95 # Another Touchscreen Phone But Wait, This One Has A Surprise! http://tinyurl.com/yqo8rp # All Ears: 1943 http://tinyurl.com/287ywt # Terminal Tip: Safari 3.1 brings true one-window mode http://tinyurl.com/2c5meo # Breakaway: Headphone Jack Manipulation http://tinyurl.com/343hnt # Tete-a-Tete: 1922 http://tinyurl.com/2kheo2 # Fake … Continue reading Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-23
I can't make this stuff up, seriously. I had another shipment of boxes returned to me by FedEx. I was using pre-printed labels sent to me by Data Robotics themselves. I sent back two Drobos to them a week ago, and the same boxes are now sitting back in my home. One was a replacement … Continue reading The packages return… again
I've written about the USPS before, and how slow and unreliable it can be. I want to give you an idea of how terrible their service can be with hard, indisputable evidence (see screen shots enclosed below). A package was mailed to us from a vendor on 11/14/2007. It came from Capitol Heights, Maryland, and … Continue reading USPS, how slow can you go?