The ravens are looking a bit sluggish. Tell Malcolm they need new batteries.

Friday, November 18

Rant

Classic Apple Form Over Function

If you can't use your mouse because the battery is flat, you need to plug it in via the Lightning port - which is on the bottom, so you still can't use your mouse.

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Saturday, October 08

Rant

The Fun Never Starts

So, Azusa, my shiny Dell notebook, got unceremoniously murdered by an errant Windows update (as if there were any other kind).

I can get it to boot in safe mode (which is now completely undiscoverable - if you don't know how to reach safe mode, you will never find it).*  Windows 10 has apparently lost the network and video drivers, which means that when booting normally I get a black screen and no network access.  Booting into safe mode loads the default video drivers, which don't work right on this hardware (it has dual video controllers and a 4K screen) but work enough.

I downloaded the network drivers, put them on a USB drive, and copied them onto the Azusa - because once the network is working again, I can download anything else I need.

And you know what?  You can't install drivers while running in safe mode.  And since the drivers are broken, I can't run anything when I'm not in safe mode.

Thanks a whole lot, Microsoft.

Apparently the solution is:
REG ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot\Network\MSIServer" /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D "Service"
net start msiserver
Which is about as undiscoverable as you can get.

And I have to type that by hand.  I can't copy and paste because the drivers are broken.


* Shift-click the power button in the login screen, then reboot.**  That will give you a menu where you can choose safe mode, and, you guessed it, reboot again.

I think a mid-level manager at Microsoft asked his team "How can we make things as annoying as possible for someone who is already having a very bad day?" and they then had a very productive brainstorming session.

** How undiscoverable is it?  I just did it, and I still didn't know how to do it.  You click the power button, and then shift-click the restart option.  Shift-clicking the power button itself does you no good at all.  And holding down shift gives you no indication that anything has changed.

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Rant

BLAARGH

So I finally found a mouse driver that makes using a 27" iMac bearable, and Apple updates their so-called operating system and now it doesn't work any more.

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Wednesday, May 06

Rant

After Texas Shooting: If Free Speech Is Provocative, Should There Be Limits?

No.

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Saturday, March 28

Rant

Dear IGN

Please find the twat that reviewed Pillars of Eternity for you and throw him off a cliff.

Thanks.

Dear everyone not IGN: Never read IGN.  They employ twats.

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Rant

Canaryception

This blog service has not yet been charged for offences relating to the "warrant canary" provisions in the Australian government's 2015 data retention legislation.

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Thursday, March 19

Rant

Blarglezarglewargle

TPG is buying iiNet.

Blah.

Not the end of the world, not even close to the end of the world, not even the end of the street, but blah.

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Thursday, February 19

Rant

Say No To Lenovo

I was thinking of getting a Lenovo notebook before I settled on the LG, since Lenovo and Apple are the only major manufacturers that still offer any build-to-order options in Australia.

Their Australian pricing isn't very good, though, and they're slow to release new models here, so I passed.  And now I'm really glad about that, because they just got caught putting adware with self-signed root certificates on their laptops.

The adware is bad.  The self-signed root certificates are downright criminal.  They mean that unless you install Firefox (which ignores any existing certificates and installs its own) the certificate owner can do...  Basically, whatever the hell they want.  You have no security and no privacy at all.  Even if you trust the companies involved - and they are obviously untrustworthy for doing this in the first place - it leaves you open to a third-party attack.

That's it as far as I'm concerned.  I'll never look at another Lenovo product, never recommend them, and warn people away if they ask.

Their non-excuses and non-apologies just turn it into a black comedy.  It's like being caught substituting ground-up diseased cockroaches for coffee, and putting a stop to the practice until you can find a source of disease-free cockroaches.

Update: The only tiny sliver of protection remaining was that the passphrase for the private key wasn't known.  But that was hours ago, and it's now been found.  Thanks Lenovo!

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Thursday, December 04

Rant

Just Pointing It Out

For a company whose primary retail presence is an online store, Dell's online store is bloody awful.

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Wednesday, December 03

Rant

The Difference Between Node.js And Ebola

There's a promising vaccine for Ebola.

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