Reunion time

May 11, 2012

It’s that time of year – reunion time. I’m helping with mine, and wrote 7 Good Excuses to Skip Our Reunion and One Great Reason to Come. Feel free to use any of these jokes for your reunion.

And yes, Facebook has clobbered reunion attendance. Shame that people think Facebook is a viable alternative to meeting with old friends face to face.

Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Grow a Pair

February 17, 2010

Will people ever stop running to lawyers when they get their feelings hurt? And will the people they file these nuisance suits against ever grow a pair and tell the whiners to shut up? Apparently not, if the recent lawsuit over privacy issues on Facebook is any indication. Yo, Mark, tell the whiners to stuff it.

Let’s see if I understand this: a free (repeat FREE) Web service, Facebook, exists solely to share information about what a person is doing or thinking with every friend and friend of a friend they can reach. Most of the information, at least the last six months, has been annoying as hell Farmville nonsense. No, I will not help you buy a cow.

Those who share information now want to hide some information, and they think Facebook is making it awkward or difficult or confusing in some way. So they call a lawyer. Surprise, surprise, the lawyer thinks they should file a lawsuit.

Advice to Mark: take care of those privacy issues the easy way: Throw the whiny idiots out of Facebook. Want more privacy? You got it. Afraid someone might see what an idiot you are from your Facebook drivel? Taken care of, quickly and easily.

Now let’s see if Mark can grow a pair with hair: block whiners from any direct Facebook activity, and block all mentions of the whiners in all other user comments and photo galleries. You want privacy, whiners? Here’s your privacy: you are persona non grata on Facebook, period.

Is Facebook wonderful? No. Do I use it? Sometimes. Do I get tired of Farmville and Mafia Wars and other nonsense? Absolutely. When Facebook annoys me, do I call a lawyer? Hell no, I go to another Web site, or go play tennis.

Facebook is a free service. If you don’t like it, don’t use it. Problem solved. Go whine about something else.

Printer jokes, anyone?

January 7, 2010

Are printers funny? I’m doing a printer-specific blog sponsored by HP over at ITWorld, and the editor wanted me to find some funny printer jokes. I found six, and they were pretty lame.

So I wrote my own jokes here. Let me know what you think.

Hello Screaming Weasel in Pittsburgh

April 12, 2009

What a surprise to see this blog listed in the blogroll for Screaming Weasel, a “partly cloudy Pittsburgh rant n stuff.” Check out the news from the Northeast with a funny and political viewpoint.

Thank you, Google Alerts. And, of course, Screaming Weasel.

I’m attracted to weasel names, and have the domain My daughter was playing with it, but lost interest immediately. What should I do with SlackerWeasel?

Stupid Credit Card Security Rules

October 28, 2008

I have no fear of buying products online. Part of the drill is to jump through a few hoops for authentication. I understand that.

However, I can’t understand why credit and debit card companies, Visa in this case, put tight limits on passwords. Read the rest of this entry »

Solid State Disk Potential Breakthrough

February 28, 2008

First came the MacBook Air, with the optional $1000 Solid State Disk option. I like that option, because SSDs are more rugged and reliable when used in real work environments. Many small businesses do the real work as subcontractors to the corporate vice presidents busy buying themselves MacBook Air laptop to play Solitaire on their next flight.

Computerworld reported Korean startup Read the rest of this entry »


April 21, 2007

Welcome to Technology Is Broken. I hope you will find these examples of broken technology, and tips how to either fix or replace those broken technologies, useful.