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Tuesday, 7 February 2006

To Hell With Dell
As a struggling college student, I needed to bring in some extra money so I took a holiday job selling Dell computers.

I've never been a big fan of Dell. I don't like having so many decisions made for me. I don't like their style and I don't think that the prices are all that great.

All of that being said, I took the job. I needed money. Now that my holiday assignment is over, I feel free to speak my mind about my time there.

Dell's management wants increased sales and increased profits at all costs. Including misleading and outright lying to customers.

Dell uses low prices to lure customers and then refuses to provide the options that people want for them. I heard people tell customers that they couldn't run Microsoft Office on computers based on the Intel Celeron processor. I heard people tell customers that it wan't possible to put a DVD Burner on a computer based on the Celeron processor.

I heard a member of management tell customers that they should beware of companies selling computers based on "knock off" processors like the AMD Athlon.

This same manager asked me to assist him with his software piracy activities.

I heard this same manager tell a customer that the reason he couldn't burn a CD in his new Dell computer was that he wasn't buying 48x media.

I saw this same manager build a quote for a customer with an extra item on it and promise him $100 off of his final price. When the actual sale was entered, he removed the extra item and pretended that the ~$150 difference was due to the discount that he promised.

I saw Dell mail out 20% off coupons and then refuse to honor them when customers came in.

Many of the add-ons that Dell offers are overpriced. For example, a 15 month Anti-Virus subscription costs $79. You can buy a 12 month subscription from CompUSA for $39.

Don't even ask about support. If you have a problem, ANY problem, you will most likely be routed to a call center in India where someone will not understand your problem and will advise you in an accent that is too heavy for you to understand.

I felt bad for many of the customers, it was like I was watching someone buy a shitty used car that would blow up as soon as they left the lot but since I needed the money I couldn't warn them.

I'd never buy one. If you value your money, neither will you.

Posted by vamp/assamite0 at 1:54 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 31 March 2006 3:56 AM EST
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Wednesday, 21 September 2005

New Orleans
Mood:  surprised
It's been a little while since I've updated my blog, and this one won't be that long but here we go anyway.

The reaction of the country to Katrina has taught me something that I didn't know before.

The weather is President Bush's fault.

The environmentalists and just about every Bush basher has implied or outright declared that storms are getting worse because of global warming and that it's Bush's fault.

We have been told that the earth is between 0.5 and 1.5 degrees f warmer than it was a century ago. Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that this is correct. Let us also say, for the sake of argument, that something made it necessary for us to increase the temperature of the world by 1 degree f. How would we do it? Could we do it? I submit that we couldn't. We couldn't raise the temperature of the world if we needed to, it's laughable to think that we're doing it by accident.

When Krakatoa (or Krakatau) erupted in the late 1800s the climate of the planet was disrupted for several years. The year following the eruption, it snowed in New England in July. Approximately 13 cubic miles of earth was liberated into the atmosphere during the eruption. Descriptions of the evidence of that dispursion of earth was documented in drawings of sunsets for years after the event.

Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" has been called an accurate depiction of the sky over Norway after the eruption. This was painted 10 years after the eruption.

I'd like to know why I've not heard anyone theorize that this 0.5 to 1.5 degree difference is the return of normality to the atmosphere.

My point is this. We just don't know IF the earth is warming and even if it is we still don't know WHY. President Bush isn't responsible for the weather.


Posted by vamp/assamite0 at 2:47 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 7 February 2006 1:32 AM EST
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Tuesday, 10 May 2005

I Cypherpunk
Mood:  happy
For years I have had an interest in cryptography. I recently decided to get more than just my feet wet. I bought a copy of Applied Cryptography from eBay and have been reading it for about a week.

I'm less than 1/4 through the book, but I have already learned much that I did not know about security protocols. I really do not look forward to the math that lies ahead of me.

It's going to make my head hurt. But once I've gone through the book, I'll have a much better understanding of the subject.

I also hope to be able to take what I learn and add some cryptographic functionality to the programs that I'm working on.


Posted by vamp/assamite0 at 1:43 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 10 May 2005 1:43 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 19 April 2005

Real Basic is the ShizNit!
Mood:  chillin'
Topic: Development
About a week ago I found about about Real Software's free giveaway of a licence for Real Basic so I downloaded and tried it out.

It is pretty sweet, I first saw ads for Real Basic back when I was a Mac user but soon thereafter I stopped buying Apple equipment so Real Basic faded from my memory. I'm very happy that they decided to try to woo VB users away, because I wouldn't have tried their product otherwise. It is really nice. There are more type based protections in place so that you don't inadvertantly attempt to divide a number by a character. True enough, properly coded VB won't allow that either, but there are more built in protections with Real Basic.

When 2005 is released, I may just purchase an upgrade.

Posted by vamp/assamite0 at 2:17 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 26 September 2005 2:14 PM EDT
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Saturday, 9 April 2005


I was persona non grata at Slashdot for over 4 years. I couldn't get moderator points. I had excellent karma. I had been a regular moderator for about two years. I was a regular reader and meta-moderator, yet for some reason I got NO mod points.

I was karma bombed for about 6 months and it took me about a year to recover the lost karma. After that I could not get any mod points.

About a month ago, that all changed. I am getting mod points again. I also just got a free day pass. So now I get to see stories before they're officially posted.

I wonder what changed.

Posted by vamp/assamite0 at 3:59 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2005 5:35 PM EDT
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Sunday, 6 March 2005

Webmin is great!
I don't know why it took me so long to find it.

Since the days of Mandrake 6.0 I was a linuxconf user. It was OK, and over time it has become less and less reliable. As the distros have changed and upgraded versions of the included servers, linuxconf hasn't been something that I could rely on as much.

I was looking for information about a GUI config for apache and was introduced to webmin. It is fan-fucking-tastic. What I really like is that it gives you the ability to get the rough layout of your changes done via web forms, but then allows you to fine tune your changes by editing the text files, all in your browser window.

It supports all kinds of OSes. From *BSD, to GNU/Linux through HP/UX,Irix and Solaris you're set with webmin.

Webmin is great.

Posted by vamp/assamite0 at 2:49 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 7 March 2005 2:24 PM EST
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Wednesday, 17 November 2004

Professional Football is Gay
Mood:  irritated
Originally posted 10/20/2004

Over the past few years, I've been working on a theory that America's obsession with professional Football is indicative of massive amounts of deep seated homosexuality. I think that having this all organized in writing will help me to develop the theory.

Let's start at the beginning. What is the objective of a game of Football.

The game is played by two teams consisting of big strong muscle men wearing tight shiny pants.

One team of big strong muscle men in tight shiny pants goes about attempting to "penetrate the endzone" of the other team of big strong muscle men in tight shiny pants.

The other team of big strong muscle men in tight shiny pants is trying to prevent the other team of big strong muscle men in tight shiny pants from "penetrating their end zone".

The action of the game centers around the Quarterback. At the beginning of most plays, the quarterback lines up behind the center. The center is on all fours while another man steps up behind him in a simulation of gay sex.

Whenever one team successfully penetrates the end zone of the other team, you will see grown men spanking each others buttocks to celebrate.

After the game, two teams of big strong sweaty muscle men go back to their locker rooms, strip nude and shower together.

Let's take a look at some of the names of positions.
"Tight End", "Wide Receiver", "Slap Back"

Let's take a look at the names of some of the teams in the NFL.
"The Buccanners" Butt Pirates anyone?, The Green Bay "Packers" What are they packing?, "Browns" This one explains itself. The Raiders, The Titans, The Oilers, etc...Many of the names have obvious homoerotic overtones.

The uproar over the "Janet Jackson Incident" at the Super Bowl wasn't really over indecency. It was because the great homoerotic love fest was interrupted by a woman's breast.

I grew up in Pittsburgh, hating football. This is like growing up on an island and hating fish. About 8 or so years ago, something like 40% of the people in and around Pittsburgh actually voted YES to an additional 0.05% sales tax because the team was threatening to leave town.

These people were ready to financially take it in the rear just to keep a sports team here! I don't get it.

Football is Gay.

UPDATE:11/17/2004

The NFL and some of their homoerotic fans are upset that ABC dared hint at a naked woman during this week's Monday Night Football game.

In case you missed it before...
FOOTBALL IS GAY!
GAY GAY GAY

Posted by vamp/assamite0 at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 17 November 2004 1:21 AM EST
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Thursday, 11 November 2004

Attention little bitches!
John F Kerry lost. Deal with it. Live with it.

We, Republicans that is, got our asses stomped in 1992 and 1996. Sure, we didn't like it, but you know what? We dealt with it.

You bet on "gay marriage" and scaremongering about the supreme court. Sorry, that was not a winning bet.


Posted by vamp/assamite0 at 4:09 AM EST
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Wednesday, 3 November 2004

My Dawg, the president.
As I sit awake watching election returns on TV I can't help but celebrate a little. It would appear that GWB has won reelection. 4 more years of my favorite President during my lifetime. It's a good thing.


Posted by vamp/assamite0 at 1:19 AM EST
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Sunday, 24 October 2004

Israel is a bad friend
I've been trying to put into words how I feel about the situation with the "War on Terror".

Time and time again, middle eastern Arabs and Muslims say that the US's unconditional support of Israel is the number one reason why they don't like us.

I'm not going to assign blame for their conflict (arab/israeli), both sides have done some pretty awful things. What I will do is compare Israel to an old college buddy who gets into a barfight every time you go out with him.

It may or may not be his fault, but how many times do you have to get a busted lip or sore knuckles before you realize that this isn't someone that you want to go out with?

I say "no more". We should end all financial and military aid to Israel. We should maintain neutral diplomatic relations with them, but they shouldn't get the special protection that we provide them.

Want to make America safer? Let our friend learn to get along with his neighbors on his own.


Posted by vamp/assamite0 at 2:11 AM EDT
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