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There are several, quite huge fuckups which causes that Android Auto should still be considered as a toy, not a real and useful application.

These includes:

  • "Contacts" tab doesn't recognize non-standard phone numbers' labels. If you have a contact with many customly-named phone numbers (i.e. "Gate", "Hospital" etc.) you will see "Custom" for all of them, instead of real names, and you must remember / guess which exactly phone number you were about to call.
  • "Contacts" tab includes everything mixed up. In a one place, on a single list there's everything -- your starred / favourite contacts, your recent calls and all contacts from your address book. Finding anything in this mess is a nightmare, especially if you have to focus on driving your car in the same time. Each and every address book (including default, system one in Android) has such list split into three sections -- favourite, recent and all. Android Auto -- where driving safety and using touch screen in a minimal manner is key -- is the only weird exception.
  • Android Auto fails completely on screen locks. As long as you don't unlock your phone, Android Auto will always start on the phone only. If you want to see and use in in your car's multimedia system, you are forced to unlock your phone's screen each time you connect your phone to your car with an USB cable.

The additional problem is a communication between car and a phone. Regular multimedia systems are using Bluetooth for this purpose. In case of Android Auto you must use USB cable instead. Bluetooth is used also, for some weird reason. And Android Auto blocks it!

If you fail upon third above (i.e. not unlock your phone's screen and having Android Auto on your phone only) you won't be able to communicate with your phone, using your car's multimedia system, in any way. Android Auto will be unavailable due to not unlocked phone's screen. And car's application won't be available due Bluetooth blocked by Android Auto and no communication with your phone.

I wanted to report above problem, as I did with three earlied, but I was blocked from doing so, because Google Help said that for some weird reasons my post violates Google policy.

I have created a number of posts in Android Auto Community. All technical, all about same or similar problems. When I wanted to post fourth, I was hit with this:

I\'ve read this damn post seven times and found nothing that could violate that stupid Google Help\'s policy. Any idea what am I missing?

A question. Is it possible to have a bug:

  • in a world most recognizable... bug reporting system,
  • that affects millions of users,
  • which fixing needs to change only a few lines of code,
  • for which you have already a provided solution,
  • and that solution needs only about half an hour on testing,
  • that remains unfixed for FIFTEEN years?

An answer. Yes. Welcome to the Atlassian world!

The above screenshot is from 2016. Add +3 years to above numbers...

My recent purchase of a digital stuff (Kindle book) proven that the world biggest Internet selling shop is completley not prepared for selling stuff (at least in area of European Union). Because for each purchase it is generating invoices that contains completely wrong and invalid data.

Yet, my contact with Amazon support team showed up that they don't give a shit.

...continue reading "Amazon.com and a completely invalid invoices…"

Cisco truly knows their business when it comes Webex and its support...

The "big letters" (for stupid Americans and even more stupid Japaneses?) are not true. The "small letters" (for cleaver remaining part of the world?) are true. I've been using Cisco Webex in 64-bit version of Google Chrome for past three years with absolutely no problems.

I'm not surprised that people are using partner services like Booking.com to book a hotel, if they can find at other hotels that many that huge fuckups, when trying to book on-line, as they can find at Vienna House.

The sweetest one is given above. There are no free rooms starting from tomorrow even though there are starting from today?

...continue reading "Sweet fuckups when booking on-line at Vienna House"

...or how to easily loose your files.

Microsoft introduced .zip files integration with Windows Explorer in Windows XP. And starting with 2001 you could operate on .zip archives just as you do on regular folders. In theory...

From the very beginning it was one of the buggiest and wasted functionality across entire IT world. And the one of the most irritating flaw were stupid errors appearing when doing copy-paste operations on .zip archives.

Sixteen years later nothing has changed. Doing some copy-paste operations on .zip files in Windows 10 is the fastest way to loose your files permanently.

...continue reading "Zip archives support in Windows 10 still fukky!"

Qustodio.com is one of the market leaders in securing and controlling children mobile devices. They're keen and open to hear all your feedback, feature requests and changes suggestions.

However, there's a small glitch and you may be surprised finding it out.

...continue reading "Qustodio.com’s features & suggestion form"

Revolut is a great alternative to foreign payments and maybe even -- as its name says -- a banking revolution. Thus, it is even more sad that it hires morons.

One of these morons decided that it will be extra cool to let Revoult's mobile app add Send money and Request money items to your each and every contact:

Yeah, you've heard it. To each and every one. Even to those of your friends that know a damn thing about Revolut, never used it, never heard of it. Even to those of your contacts -- as above -- that aren't even people at all.

The same moron decided that it will not be possible to disable this feature!

Vivaldi is an interesting browser alternative with a very annoying bug in its updater.

It asks you, whether you're sure that you want to close Vivaldi and continue with the update... even, if Vivaldi is already closed (updater is the only running program):

And the biggest fuckup is that after update installation is completed, the updater always opens Vivaldi for you... even, if it wasn't opened so far.

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"

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"

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Ever wondered, if someone could design a program, who is saving changes without asking user for a permission to do so? Well... the answer is yes! There's even more. You must pay hundreds of bugs for shit-software, that do things like that. You don't believe? Well then, take a look at Enterprise Architect 8's Project Browser tree.

...continue reading "A shit called Enterprise Architect 7 and 8"

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I was forced to change browser to Opera after years of using Chrome. The key reason was an absolute lack of Chrome on Windows Mobile and the fact, that on Android it was one of the worst, lest stable and most buggy apps, that I ever used. However, as I may expect, Opera is also full of fuckups, that are only waiting...

...continue reading "List of biggests fuckups in Opera"

SnagIt 8 is supposed to be somehow integrated with Skype, because it's uninstaller requires you to close Skype (among SnagIt's apps) before proceeding with uninstallation process. If you agree for an auto-close, you will be surprised to find out, that SnagIt's uninstaller is not only able to close Skype, but also... its own applications! I died laughing. How can any uninstaller not be able to close own apps (i.e. those, it is about to uninstall)? How can anyone design an uninstaller-like joke, which forces user to manually close all applications, that are being uninstalled?

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