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Var blev ni av, ljuva drömmar?

Kommentar, mer eller mindre relevant, på det politiska läget i mitt nya hemland. Det räcker inte med bara en dollar numera…

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October 22, 2013 · 8:19 pm

Lucky Perk, take notice. You need to go away.

My favorite on-the-way-to-work coffee place is under new ownership.

There is a big sign by the counter that proudly states the owners are new, but the baristas and the coffee are the same. They lie!

I’ve been stopping there on my way to work 2-3 times a week since we moved here a few years ago, and I don’t recognize a single face. For the first time in over a year I have to actually explain how I want my coffee drink, and they don’t even offer breakfast sandwiches. Also, the coffee they serve tastes awful. In fact, it’s disgusting.

Before the switch, when Moxie Java ran the place, it was packed in the mornings. Since they changed to the Local Franchise, it’s not. There was one other person there this morning. One! And they are slooooow. I have to be at work by 9:00 AM… before, if I left home by 8:35, i had time to stop for coffee, with time to spare. Now, if I leave by 8:35, I barely make it to work on time.

This particular local franchise sucks donkey balls and I hope they go out of business. They ruined my morning coffee place!

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For once, a customer made me laugh

After spending a few years on the receiving end of hardware support phone calls, I’ve heard all the bad jokes. I’ve heard all the abysmal ones.I’ve even heard all the good ones so often they aren’t funny anymore.

And then, this happened. Customer calls in for tech support help. Essentially, his order was lost in transit by the stupid courier company that was supposed to deliver them. So the customer calls us back and is confused. Where is the order? The agent that takes the call checks the dollar value of the order, and since it’s very low he immediately sends out a replacement, with apologies. The replacement is DOA, Dead On Arrival.

At this point, I’m astonished that the customer was still in a good mood when he called in for tech support, to find out why the part didn’t work. I did some troubleshooting with him, verified he had a bad module, and tried to put a good spin on it with my “I can fix this”-speech. The customer bought it (thankfully) and was all in favor of a warranty exchange, so I started creating the paperwork and told him I would make sure UPS emailed him a pre-paid label for the return shipping. The customer proceeds to tell me that without working memory his computer is down, so he can’t print the label.

Oh. Okay, I can work around that.

So I nod to myself, and proceed to confidently tell my customer, “That’s okay, I can work around that.”

He’s quiet for a moment and then says, “You must be a wife. Wives are the only ones who know how to solve problems.”

For some bizarre reason that reply made me laugh for over a minute.

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Protest SOPA, now!

Wikipedia has the scoop

And that link works. Though Wikipedia, along with Craigslist, Google, and other sites, are doing their black-out protest of SOPA and PIPA today, Wikipedia have made sure that their detailed article on why these two are bad, is visible to everyone.

Protest, everyone in the US. This is our only chance to tell Congress and the Senate just how stupidly bad this legislation is. The fact that hardly anyone involved in it understands how the internet works is actually not the worst part about this piece of legislation. Protest if you’re outside the US as well. If SOPA or PIPA, or both, are passed into law, the US-based websites you visit every day could be lost to you.

SOPA gives a game publishing company the power to legally shut down the entire domain Gamespot.com, if they think that posting videos or screenshots from one of their games is a copyright violation severe enough that it needs to be stopped. The company making this request is not required to notify Gamespot, or ask them to remove the content–which is already their right, and if asked, Gamespot is legally required to comply–and Gamespot would remain offline until they can prove they were innocent and didn’t know that copyright was violated. SOPA also gives the MPAA and the RIAA the ability to create “black-lists” of site that they want taken down or censored, and the legal right and ability to make that happen. So in theory, if this bill goes through the US Congress, the entire world could lose access to Gamespot, or for that matter, YouTube.

WIkipedia has suggestions on how people outside this country can protest by contacting their own governments. Let’s get this ball rolling. Protest SOPA and PIPA.

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Things that suck…

Saturday morning. I slept in, woke up to find a very affectionate cat in my bed, who wanted to be snuggled and loved on. So I scritched the cat, slowly woke up to the point I was willing to get out of bed, and headed out to the kitchen for breakfast.

While I was preparing to make coffee, I accidentally shattered the glass beaker to my French press. I have no other coffee maker.

Life is unfair.

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Basic Email Security

A while back I wrote a blog about how to keep your Steam/email account safe from unscrupulous people on the internet. After a bit of thinking, it has occurred to me that it would not be a bad idea to write another one, on how to stay safe from email traps and ambushes. So here we go…

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I saw a good movie the other day…

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus, by William Henley

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