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Qustodio markets itself as "Best Parental Control Software". Really? I don't believe in any kind of advertisement, but after spending a year with "Kaspersky Safe Kids" I was more than sure that it couldn't be worse than that.

Turns out, I was wrong. It seems that Qustodio lacks even most fundamental functionalities when it comes to remote child security. And in addition, it fails in many other areas with nasty and stupid bugs.

Because most functionalities are not available in free version (and you must pay in order to get them) then think twice and read this article through, before you decide to give them your money. Even with 30-days money back guarantee program, this could be a wrong decision.

...continue reading "Questionable child security called Qustodio"

Undo functionality in Gmail is a cool feature that can allow you to take back your decision of sending given message even up to 90 seconds after clicking "Sent".

However, be aware that at some very rare occasions it may fail:

This is because when you click "Send" the message is actually sent to Gmail servers and put to send-out queue. And when you click "Undo", it is taken back from that queue. But, because everything happens on-line, when for that very tiny moment when you click "Undo" Gmail cannot communicate with its servers (a half-second moment of lack of access to Internet?) then... puf, there it go!

So, please, don't send a divorce letter or a declaration of war this way.

You may not be able to change your mind... :>

By a coincidence I have found a "Disk Cleanup" feature in my Windows 7.

I was wondering why it took me nearly ten years to discover it. Now, I know this...

It doesn't work at all! :>

...continue reading "Disk Cleanup. Another pretty… nothing in Windows 7"

Aside of regular games, Steam offers also a Steam Apps -- apps, programs and utilities that are deeply based on Steam's core -- like for example live wallpapers.

These are utilities that simply cannot exist, work or run without Steam. The problem is that when you uninstall Steam, the uninstaller (or Steam itself) doesn't give a fuck about Steam Apps. Neither uninstall them nor warn users about them.

Next time you restart your computer after Steam uninstallation you're punched into face with a lame messages like this:

And the best part of this is that uninstallers of this side-utilities... are also based on Steam. And since it is gone from your computer you actually have to... install Steam again only to clean mess it left in your system (only to uninstall these utilities).

Morons at Valve... I salute you!

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…"

Scenario:

  1. User sends a number of e-mails. All are delivered without any problems.
  2. User creates first calendar event (and sends invitation). It is delivered at once.
  3. Five minutes later user creates another calendar event. Invitation is not delivered at all.
  4. User, again, sends a number of e-mails. All, again, are delivered without problems.
  5. Program does not inform user about errors in delivering that calendar event's invitation for five hours since event creation, i.e. until program closure.
  6. Calendar marks that invitation was delivered even though it still sits in "Outbok" folder.

And the cherry on the top: After learning about above problem, user sends an e-mail to its IT Support that it can't send one, single calendar event's invitation. E-mail is delivered without any problems.

Question. Is this possible? Answer: Microsoft Outlook 2013. ...continue reading "The worst e-mail client ever!"

There's a new price sheet for Miles & More's airline tickets awards that comes to live at 9 March 2019. It is already available as a PDF document. If you open up this document and scroll down to lower-right corner, you'll see a box saying:

Information on Eurowings flight awards at miles-and-more.com/ew-award

Try to select URL address in this text and click it with your right mouse key -- the fastest way to open a not clickable URL -- and you will see some nice, little fuckup.

...continue reading "Miles&More redirects to a fake domain!"

When winter ends and March is coming, Google Calendar fails completely on event repetition functionality for events that are repeated by the end of each month:

It doesn't have such a repetition value like "end of month". And Google Calendar's developers are morons and didn't figured out that event set to repeat on 30th or 29th of each month must appear on February 28 in each non-leap year.

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You cannot use non-alphanumeric characters in your passwords (which greatly increase password complexity and strength) and your password is limited to 20 characters at most -- new AliExpress madness:

The biggest China on-line shop offers you the biggest piece of shit when it comes to security, password complexity and strength!

Microsoft released a Windows 10' update that virtually kills your computer. That is -- upon restart your PC is unable to boot and keeps restarting to Repair Mode.

This is because some morons at Microsoft figured out that it will be so cool if an update to Windows will also fuck up boot sequence in your BIOS. Windows Boot Manager is thus set as first boot device and for some evil reason it is unable to find actual SDD disk which was (in my case) device number 7 in BIOS' boot sequence.

Booting device to BIOS (for which Repair Mode has even a cool button) and throwing Windows Boot Manager hell out of boot sequence or at least putting it into one of latest positions actually solves the problem.

You only have to eat your lunch then because this particular update also installs itself nasty long even on fast PCs.

When you open up settings screen in Google's Photos app, you'll see this:

That's pretty much everything about how Google care for you, what you may want or think. Zero! You're useless, mindless idiot. You cannot control, set or change anything. You must use this app (and everything from Google) in the exact way how Google is telling you.

This is the pure madness of Google. This is the pure madness of today's IT. This is the pure madness of the world we're living today in. We control nothing. Others tells us how to live.

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.

Microsoft Outlook's offers a support for Free/Busy functionality -- a nifty feature for sharing your calendar details with others, which helps you organise meetings in the moment when every attendee is free for joining it.

Actually, this is an unspoken standard that is also supported in Thunderbird and many other calendars/mail clients. Only in Outlook it is so badly fucked up.

...continue reading "Free/Busy feature’s fuckup in Outlook"

Eleven years after being launched OneDrive still sometimes fails on its key feature -- file sync -- and on some devices it recreates and syncs back files that were actually deleted on some other device.

This is the latest of at least three huge fuckups in this service that finally caused me to say: "Screw you, Microsoft, I am going back to Google!".

...continue reading "List of biggest fuckups in OneDrive"

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