John Cole started Balloon Juice early in 2002. Those who have followed along know that this has been quite the journey.
Quote of the Day:
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
A friend (who has a much higher threshold for pain than yours truly) just called to inform me that, as I type this, Slash is on ABC abusing a guitar while Michael Jackson is singing ‘Beat It.” I was also informed that it appears that Pam Anderson has been re-re-re-re-augmented, if you know what I mean. The horror of it all- this is why my television spends most of its time idling on the History Channel (or hitler channel as my ex called it).
Me-thinks the Taliban may have been on to something with the music ban.
A rant from one of my friends that Apple users will enjoy….
“I’ve set up about 20 Windows machines of various flavors in the last 2-3 weeks.
SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY I CAN’T JUST DOWNLOAD ALL THE FRIGGIN PATCHES I NEED? Windows Update, half the time I use it, is slower than a 56k modem.
While I’m at it, why the hell is everything “active” now.. I HATE “active downloads”.. Just let me download a god damned full installer instead of some 500k “active” installer so I don’t have to worry about a crash or connectivity issues and so I can save the bloody installer to a CD so I don’t have to mess with navigating a site for some half-hidden download area, or bring it to a friend who has a shitty modem internet connection.
And why do programs have to try to hijack filetypes? THIS CHAPS MY ASS. I DON’T WANT TO USE NETSCAPE TO VIEW A BLOODY JPG FILE!
I just fixed a computer for some friends of mine. These friends don’t know anything about computers. They’re computer dumb, and they’re content with that. You know the type — they have 15 programs running in the tray when Windows starts. They install Comet Cursor. You get the idea.
Reinstalling shit programs like RealPlayer — it just drives me up the wall. The thing asks for an email address 3 times ([email protected]), keeps trying to hijack filetypes, installs buggy bloated crashware that comes up on Windows boot, doesn’t ask permission to connect to the internet unless I dig down into obscure preferences and tell it not to. Even then, I can only turn off an “update check” for 30 days. Why do people use this shit?
Just now — literally — after installing RealPlayer and turning off all the spyware shit, disabling the SmartBloatCrashCenter, etc.. Closed RealPlayer and get an Illegal Operation. “REALPLAY caused an invalid page fault in module RNQU3260.DLL…”
During one point in a Windows Update, the thing hung at 600k of a download. The last time I had something like that happen to me, it corrupted the entire OS and wouldn’t even boot into Windows.
Hehe. Computers are fun.
Robert Fisk gets beat up, this time long distance by Sgt. Stryker.
BLOGGER is BACK. I expect an orgy of publishing from people tonight to make up for the missed opportunities today.
I am feeling better about my Windows XP problems at the office. Well, actually, I am just feeling better about myself. My friend (who, for his sake, we will not name) just called and asked me a series of really stupid questions. The conversation went something like this:
Friend: “Hey, Cole, Help me out because I am illiterate.”
Me (realizing he didn’t mean illiterate, but rather, stupid): “O.K.”
Friend: “How do I pull something up on the computer?”
Me (thinking he is looking for porn): “What on earth are you talking about?”
Friend: “I just stuck a blue disk with a resume in XxxxxX’s (my illiterate friend’s roommate) white computer.”
I then gave him directions to find the resume. This guy is a real good friend, but it is now confirmed that his computer skills negin and end at the microwave. Fortunately he is not applying to any hi-tech firms.