Made the rather horrifying discovery today that if you are running Dropbox with Smart Sync enabled on a Windows 10 machine, it is silently corrupting all the Windows Restore Points. This is a known issue on Dropbox's part; they just... haven't fixed it.
Just bought a new (used) desktop. Budgeted $800, but quickly realized the glut of used off-lease workstations means you can get a real beast of a machine for cheap. Ended up with a 12-core, 24GB Xeon for $250. And honestly, it's probably overkill.
Apparently everyone wants laptops and SFF desktops right now; if you can tolerate a big box under your desk, it's a great time.
Was about to buy a moderately-expensive doohickey from a website, right up until it wanted me to create an account to buy it. NOPE. I've got better things to do than go through an account-creation process so I can give someone money.
If your site requires users to create an account to complete a sale, you are telling customers to go elsewhere. (Create an account on the backend if you want to, I don't care, I just can't be bothered to dick around doing it for you.)
Continuing the theme of Web 1.0 knowledge-drops…
TIL that in the 1960s-70s, many pen inks had chemical tracers added to them, to allow investigators to tell what year the ink was from. (It seemed to die out as a practice in the 80s with ballpoints.)
I love super-specialized Web 1.0 pages done by people really passionate about a niche subject.
Exhibit 1 is this page about USPS postage rates, which is better than the USPS's own documentation in many respects:
If you need some good news to brighten up your day, the #PrendaLaw assholes are going to prison. And in doing so, gave us a great real-life example of the Non-Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma at work. (Spoiler: one guy cooperated and got 5 years, the other guy got 14.)
Shameful that it took the legal system this long to get to this point, but as slow as it is, sometimes it does produce the right result.
So...what's the deal with #Tootdon? Their site says they're shutting the app down due to revenue/business model issues, but it also seems like they got caught routing data to their server that they had no business collecting? Suspicious.
Bummer because I really did like the app. Pity they don't seem inclined to open-source it rather than just kill it off.
Good article on #Hangouts. No news, really, though. Still have yet to hear a coherent explanation of what the hell Google is thinking.
RCS is garbage, and they kneecapped the only messaging platform that could have competed with iMessage. Infuriating.
"We build our computer systems the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins."
— Ellen Ullman https://twitter.com/devonzuegel/status/1137386992398766081
Always a good sign (not) when your code is so bad, auditors can't really say whether it's malice or incompetence:
I'll be honest, I had kinda forgotten about HP notebooks as something someone not in a corporate IT department would buy... but this makes me legit interested in one:
Love to know what they're smoking at Google HQ that makes RCS seem like a good idea in 2019. Totally insecure, dependent on carrier support, feature-poor... what's not to hate?
Here's an idea: carriers do *nothing* but pass IP packets, and all messaging is via over-the-top services. You know, like Hangouts.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko