Category Archives: technology

What has happened to Apple???

Jesus.  I switched from windows to OS X years ago because of reliability and OS excellence.  Now, on top of getting as many security updates as windows, every single release has dumb glitches.   Additionally, trying to get help has become a PITA.

Example – new 12.5 version of iTunes for iMac.  The shuffle buttons won’t appear, even if turning shuffle on and off in the controls menu and restarting the app.  So I head for the community boards to see if this is a widespread issue, and I get…



It’s a small detail I know, but avoiding this type of runaround is why I switched in the first place – it rarely happened because the software releases were largely bug-free and coded to a higher standard than windows could ever achieve. Disappointed.


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way out there

AlisonSteeleIf you grew up in the 60’s and 70’s in the New York metro area, and were tuned into music at all, then you listened to WNEW-FM, 102.7.  the mother of east coast progressive radio.  FM radio was a relatively new thing in the 60s, at least in the public ear, and WNEW was in the forefront of trying new stuff..until someone figured out there was money to be made then it all went downhill from there.

As an NEW fan you had to be well acquainted with the sultry voice of the late Allison Steele -The Nightbird.  Many a night I would sit in the basement, turn on the blacklight and the lava lamp while relaxing on the pillows on the floor with Allison speaking to me through the Radio Shack stereo.  So suburban 60’s.

From time to time she would do a “Space Set” – music perfect for tripping or getting stoned.  Music like Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra from 2001 or anything by Tangerine Dream.  A staple, tho, was a thing called Space Hymn by Lothar and The Hand People.  This was a song that could not be bought at any price as the album had long gone out of print – and people clamored for it.  I know.  I worked in a record store and we’d get constant requests for it.  Me, being the tech-geek-youth I was, decided to make a tape of the song off one of her broadcasts.  I tripped (no pun intended) over it yesterday while rifling through a box of old cassettes (surprised it wasn’t an 8-track).  Gotta be 40 years old or so.

I’ve copied it on my computer in digital form and was going to post it, but checked just for the hell of it, and sure enough, someone had posted it on YouTube.  That’s ok.  My version has the voice of Ms. Steele outro-ing the song. So there.  And she had a smokin’ voice.

Anyway, I thought i’d post the YouTube version here.  Now remember, this was the late-60’s – long before  synthesizer was a popular word in the music lexicon, long before EST, long before ambient music, long before psychotherapy became a major industry and guided meditation was a career goal.  So it may not seem like a big deal now but back then…it was far out.

One note – the clip below runs 10 minutes – the song is only 7 minutes.  you can skip the 3 minutes of silence at the end – unless you’re too blissed out to care. Right on.


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iTunes 11 bah! humbug!

one_bad_apple_10533I’m not happy with iTunes 11.  At All.  Many of the features I used have been swept away with this new version.  I can’t imagine his-Steveness would have been happy either. Not to mention that when you load this new version you have to reauthorize your computer and iPod (at least I had to for the Nano).

If you are using an earlier version of iTunes…stay with it.  11 is a dog.


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print is dead

Now that the Oxford English Dictionary and Encyclopedia Brittanica will no longer be printed, I have a list of other works that I believe can be spared further use of the tree-choppers chainsaw:

The Twilight series – this should have been online all along as Cullen-ites are an exceptionally twittering and facebooky type. (except for all the thirty-something moms who swooned moistly over the glittery vamp.  for them we may have to keep a Cliff Notes version)

All Sandra Lee Cookbooks – I want to see her eat (and keep down) all her recipes and maintain that 0% body fat.  Good luck with that.

All Ann Coulter and Bill O’Reilly books – these make me consider fascism as a viable alternative.  especially the book-burning thang.  Which they both should appreciate.

Principles/Essentials of Economics textbooks – this must be stopped before other young minds are ruined.

Any book written by a politician of either party.  We have enough toilet paper, thanx.

Celebrity Biographies – Just stop.  Now.


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at war with google

this is one of those things that the more I investigate it the less sense it makes.

I, obviously, am a wordpress blogger.  Many good and fine folks blog using Blogger, as I once did.  There is a service available to Blogger bloggers (blogger squared???) that stops the internet morons who think it is a good idea to spam comments on blogs as a sales tool.  The service is called reCaptcha and forces commenters to type a sequence of letters in the reCaptcha box in order for the comment to get to the blog.

Over the past couple months I have been unable to leave comments with my Blogger friends as the reCaptcha verification never recognizes the letters I type, even when I’m 1000% they match.  Using an iMac with a Safari browser I tried using Firefox.  No soap.  I went to a Windows environment and tried using IE.  No such luck.  I’ve sent three trouble tickets to reCaptcha about this problem, yet it persists.

Today I tracked down the reCaptcha site and guess what…it’s owned by Google.  Well, wait a minute….Blogger is owned by Google.  So, two pieces of software owned by the same company only work for users of their software???  Doesn’t sound very socially enlightening to me, in this world of social connections.

So, my apologies to those of my Blogger blogger friends.  I’m really am reading your posts, but Google has more important things to do than make sure the software they offer actually works, like making cutesy logos for their home page.


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dear comcast customer…

Here’s your customer service…..bend over

You know those comcast commercials where all their customer service reps tell you how efficient and customer focused their service is and how they won’t rest unless each customer is 100% satisfied…


So, we have high-speed internet and cable TV from comcast and there are about 5 cable stations where reception has started getting unwatchable, as if I had a dish and there was a persistent hailstorm with 70 mph winds.  All I see is a digital jigsaw puzzle and hear about every tenth word.  These 5 stations just happen to be ones we watch when the TV is on…Food Network, Weather Channel, TV Land…why couldn’t this happen to a useless station…like MTV.  So yesterday I call 1-800-comcast.  After ten minutes of telling me my account balance, they ask for phone number, ssn and sperm count and after pressing a dozen more phone prompts I’m told there was a 21 minute wait.  NFW.  I call again today and after the same rigmarole I’m told there is a 26 minute wait but I should try to talk to a service rep.

Fine…I get on the computer and start a comcast tech chat session.  The tech’s name is Cherry Lou.  Are you kidding me?  I spend an hour going through explaining the problem and going with their standard-microsoft the cable box.  No change.  OK, so Cherry gets serious and wants to bring up my account (like that is going to solve this problem?) and I provide the same information I used on the phone to sign me in thru the IVR.

Only now it doesn’t work.  Cherry cannot validate my account on his/her (I really don’t know) system.  This is using the same information that I was able to validate on the phone with the same fucking company!!!!!!

Fine.  I give Verizon a call since comcast really doesn’t appear to want my service all that badly.

Now those of you who are regular readers of this mess may recall a post about two years ago detailing my legendary battle with Verizon over their high-speed internet service.  You can see this coming can’t you?  I get a Verizon Tech on the chat named Anne…ok this is a good sign.  Anne I can deal with instead of a bizarre kool-aid flavor.  We go through some preliminary steps and sure enough I can get FIOS……but I can’t get internet service.  The same internet service I had a year and a half ago.  Apparently Verizon is at capacity in my area now but i could get on a waiting list if I wanted.

As Lewis Black would say….ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME ???


Filed under customer service, life, marketing, media, stupidity, technology, TV

tech times

Apple Stock Soars on Reports Steve Jobs Uses Bathroom

Jobs demonstrating recent bathroom experience

Shares of Apple stock topped 1,000 today sending the NASDAQ soaring above 5,000 for the first time since the tech bubble of the 90’s on reports that Apple CEO Steve Jobs uses the bathroom a minimum of three times a day.  Wall Street nabobs were rendered speechless having, for the first time, to come to terms with the flaws in the tech company head honcho’s god-like status. 

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer held an impromptu press conference this afternoon and while he appeared visibly shaken, he stated that he personally uses the bathroom whenever possible and has done so for years.  When pressed for a response to rumors of a lawsuit against Apple for bathroom use infringement, Ballmer stated that it’s an option he was studying and then excused himself to go take a leak.

While Jobs remained unavailable for comment, Apple released a statement to the press stating they “stood behind Mr. Jobs bathroom usage, at a distance, and that this will have no impact on the future of the company’s direction or any product offerings.”

Rumors have swept through the industry that Apple will soon release a series of bathroom products including iTP, iSoap and iFloss.


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