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According to fastmail.com ("SSL/TLS vs plaintext/STARTTLS port numbers" part) and thousands of other sources in the Internet (emphasis mine):

  • IMAP uses port 143, but SSL/TLS encrypted IMAP uses port 993.
  • POP uses port 110, but SSL/TLS encrypted POP uses port 995.
  • SMTP uses port 25, but SSL/TLS encrypted SMTP uses port 465.

That doesn't count to morons who produced Microsoft Outlook 2010. They've decided that switching encryption method for IMAP between None to SSL will change port from 143 to 993 and back (correct!). While, doing exactly the same for SMTP won't change port at all.

This way Outlook is problably the only mail client in the world who is trying (unless you manually correct it) to establish secure, encrypted SMTP connection over port 25. An attempt which is doomed by its definition. Congrats again, Microsoft fucks!

I had a simple case. I wanted to rent a car for a week at Europcar. My initial attempt (to provide all the necessary details in an email and receive initial quote through this channel) was bumped with Europcar employee responding to me and advising me to visit europcar.com instad.

So I did. And here's where all the madness started.

...continue reading "A simple case: Rent a car at Europcar"

The stupidity of Power Point itself and all those fucks with "I'm working for Microsoft" tattooed on their foreheads is simply beyond imagination. You actually cannot change language of all PowerPoint slides at once. You have to:

  • do this manually (each and every slide and text box separately!),
  • mess up with outline view (won't work for future-written text!),
  • mess up with system settings or
  • even be forced to use Visual Basic for Applications (here, here, here and here).

Thirty years of PowerPoint's development wasn't enough time for MS-Morons to figure out that global change of language would actually be a useful functionality!

There is a third (next to this one and this one), quite pretty fuckup with HP printer's settings. Even though they have full hardware support for duplex printing, this feature (as good as many others -- like manual page feeding) comes disabled.

...continue reading "No duplex on duplex-enabled HP printers"

There is another (next to this one), quite pretty fuckup with HP printer's settings. This time not related to language or location, but to network configuration instead.

On non-DHCP networks printers cannot access Internet out-of-the-box because morons at HP didn't added DNS settings to touchscreen configuration menu.

...continue reading "HP printers and non-DHCP networks"

When running my HP LaserJet Pro M426fdn for the first time I didn't removed touchscreen foil and my finger slipped over when selecting location of my printer. I ended up with having proper language but location set to Estonia and some reports (like Google Cloud Print configuration leaflet) printed in cyrylic (even though entire printer interface was set to English).

Unfortunately, due to extreme stupidity of HP engineers you are forced to perform a full factory reset of your printer in this situation.

...continue reading "HP printers, set to English, still prints in cyrylic"

There's a huge weird bug in Polycom SoundPoint IP 331 PoE phones.

When changing display name using web panel you can enter space in it. This will be accepted, but after phone is restarted this will render in useless (many features not working; unable to call any number).

You'll be forced to reset your phone to defaults (see here for details).

audioteka.com is a quite well know audiobook store, offering audiobooks in 12 languages across 23 countries. They have a really good offer, a quite good software and an ability to play audiobooks on both regular .mp3 player or their own streaming solution.

And the only problem is that some of their developers are mindless idiots...

...continue reading "audioteka.com’s Developers Playground"

Facebook allows your page to have an "username". All you have to do, is to visit your page, to About section and hit Create or Edit in General > Username line.

And the only fukky thing is that this feature sometimes doesn't work at all...

...continue reading "Facebook Page’s username fuckup"

As every nowadays airline, Air Berlin offers on-line check-in feature. There are a lot of stupid fuckups around this, but the biggest one of them is that on-line check-in may not work at all, showing you an empty error frame and leaving you with a dull guessing of what the fuck is going on...

...continue reading "Sweet fuckup with Air Berlin’s on-line check-in feature"

Well... I was trying to contact Air Berlin to ask them about some issue concerning my reservation. Finding contact form (after digging through some mindless FAQ) was an experience itself. But, when I actually found it, filled it up and tried to send my message then... CAPTCHA killed me completely.

...continue reading "Air Berlin complete CAPTCHA failure"

The usage data collection policy, introduced by Adobe in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC may possibly be the one of the biggest fuckups in entire IT industry, when it comes to the terms of user privacy.

First of all, Adobe does not ask you, whether you'd like to become part of usage data collection program. So, there is no usual "Yes, I agree" checkbox or "No, I'm not interested" button. Adobe thinks, you're a lossless piece of shit and only kindly informs you, that you're part of this program.

But, there's a far more shit behind.

...continue reading "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC’s data collection policy"

When you're using some shared computer (i.e. university, hotel, airport etc.) and you want to get access to your Google services, you have four options:

  • use Guest / Incognito mode,
  • login in Google Chrome browser,
  • login to each service used separately (i.e. Gmail),
  • login to Google account via https://myaccount.google.com/.

Since you're cleaver user, you will most likely use Ctrl+Shift+Delete to purge browser out of private data. Great!

If you selected second option above (i.e. login to Google) then now you're really screwd! Next time you wake up you'll see your account completely purged out of all your private data.

...continue reading "Google shared computer browsing fuckup!"

I've been writing about stupidities found in Firefox and other Mozilla products for years. Finally, I've decided that there is so many fuckups and bugs in Firefox that I actually stopped using it. I switched to Chrome and left Firefox installed only for one reason -- very cool download-youtube plugin, which lets me download YouTube video with a snap of fingers.

Up until today I was downloading single video per day, so I didn't noticed, how fukky and wasted Firefox downloader module is. Even in newest version of this dully browser. Today I had to download 27 parts of a large video guide. The way how Firefox was choosing folders for saving each video brought me to only one conclusion -- either this is purely randomized madness or Mozilla morons only knows logic behind this.

...continue reading "A shit called Firefox file downloader"

On just a little bit slower computers running Windows 7 you may experience a really strange "blurry" behavior of Windows Update main screen, when downloading or installing a large amount of updates. But, that's not the only problem with this service. It also get completely wako, if you install certain fixes using offline installation packages.

...continue reading "Windows Update offline installation fuckup"

We all know about stupidities of recreating Documents folder in OneDrive each time you manually delete it. Something for which Microsoft in general and OneDrive in particular are very, very famous recently.

Today, I found something way bigger. A fuckup that kills everything!

...continue reading "Probably the biggest OneDrive fuckup!"

The Mio MiVue 658 Touch dashboard camera is generally a good piece of hardware.

Unfortunately, among some extra features (like included safety cameras warning feature) and some obvious things, found in most dashboard cameras (like being able to use it for just 10-20 seconds without external power source) it also has two huge fuckups, which may not be so obvious to people willing to purchase it.

...continue reading "Mio MiVue 658 Touch: Two things you should know…"

It seems that GetGO, a loyalty program for Cebu Pacific airline, has some serious problems with anti-spam filters and marketing communication configuration...

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I think, I don't need to explain, that there actually was no transaction at all.

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