Dec 312010

For Christmas I gave Molly and Apple iPod touch 32 GB (4th Generation).
I have always personally written apple stuff off for me because of the touch screen.  I just didn’t think it would work too well with my very poor vision.  As it would turn out My old beloved Creative labs Zen W seems to be dying a slow death so I thought I’d look at Molly’s IPod.

After looking up accessibility for it I saw that they had a way to make the text large and reverse contrast which is what suits my needs best.  As a matter of fact my computer screen is white (or at least light text on a dark background now and that of course is how I have my browser set up to display pages.

I found the screen very readable on the IPod although I didn’t play with it for long since it’s her gift and I’m sure she wanted to play with her new toy!  When My old Zen finally dies I believe I’ll have to look closely at the Ipod because it seemed as it it would work well for me.  The other thing is it just makes sense for us so we could just bring one cable when we go someplace since it would work in both devices.

I haven’t tried it but I have also read voice features too which sound like they’d be helpful to me.  I am thankful a company would take the time to at least try to address accessibility in a mainstream product.

I do hope they’ve made some changes with the iTunes software for windows though, last time I had to look at that it was almost impossible for me to read.  That was a few years ago though and I only use windows when I have to so I haven’t tried it since then.

I really like how thin the IPod is.  It seems like it would be perfect to take to the gym which we will be doing regularly again soon.  I was pretty impressed with it for my first impression.

Dec 312010

Google, can you please give me a way to get rid of the stupid and pointless previews for half of the sites that appear as an image on the right side of the page when my mouse hovers over the link.  I find them very distracting and also a waste of bandwidth.  They are there sometimes and other times they are not.

What ever happened to having things simple.  That and the good search results are what originally got me to begin using your search engine.  The results now are not very good.  Usually the first page is just spam links and now you’re adding completely pointless features with no way to disable them.  How I wish you had some real competition.

I also don’t need to see image results and video results at the top of the page.  I can click on either image search or video search to get those.  Isn’t that the point of having them links?

Dec 302010

I hate spam.  I hate the fact that I have to waste my time going through my email to look for an important message sifting through what is ninety percent spam.  Email is basically useless with such a high signal to noise ratio.

Could you imagine if your regular phone  worked like email does?  It would be constantly ringing to try to trick you into buying viagra.

Close behind that would be people trying to sell you the next new way to lose weight.  It would be all about the new medical diet or the next fat burning pill.  Then there would be the revolutionary devices that make your lose  weight while doing nothing.

If I believed in Hell I would really hope there is a special area reserved for spammers and those who sell email addresses to spammers.  Die now spammers.  The spam must work to a point or else they wouldn’t bother.  This just shows the sad state of humanity.

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Dec 282010

One thing I would love to do is come up with a way to legitimately make some money online.  Then I would not feel so guilty even though the reason I am not out is because transportation is the issue.

I would like to come up with something that is honest and does not involve lying or scamming people.  That rules out something like 90% of the possibilities there doesn’t it?   Also out is spamming of any kind.  Spam is extremely annoying and that’s why I would not do it.

My problem really is the fact that I have morals.  Not perfect and I’ve strayed from them in the past with other things in life but I do try to stick to my beliefs.  It’s not easy sometimes but doing the right thing isn’t easy.

I don’t want a get rich quick scheme.  The only person that will get rich is maybe the person who came up with the original idea.  I just would love to find something stable.  Something that could help us get into a better place.

I am tired of feeling guilty about not doing something but I do not even know where to begin looking.  My goal for the the new year is to look harder.

My inspiration on this is my brother who works his ass off with his tree business.  Maybe he works too much but his goals are different than mine.

Dec 282010

While we didn’t get much snow from Sunday/Monday’s Storm here in central Pennsylvania we got plenty of wind.  Sunday night starting around midnight I guess I just was hearing a constant wind, not guts like it usually is.  That continued as Jersey and New York got slammed with snow with the storm bombing off the coast.

The wind continued Monday and apparently may have blown a couple of shipping containers from a train into the river off the bridge near Harrisburg.

This sure was an interesting storm to watch after a month of basically wasted cold here.

Dec 192010

Zynga’s mafia wars team are people I will never understand.  They blatantly ignore the players’ requests and go ahead and add more crap into the game trying to make it more than a click game while they have many players who have shown they’re more than willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

It’s interesting how they continue to drive people away or at least cause them to stop spending.  If I’d have to guess they’re are being run by idiot marketers who have no idea who actually plays the game.

Take the latest “upgrade” for example where they changed the inventory page.  While I agree it needed to be changed but now when I look at it all I can think is what the fuck?  They must have been high.  Then again I thought that when they introduced animals after people begged them not to.  I’m thinking that team is run by people who shouldn’t even be allowed to flip burgers on their own.