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Steve Jobs' philosophy was that you should feel like a king or queen from the very first moment when you start opening a package that holds your newest Apple equipment. That is why he was a mad perfectionist about boxes, wrappings, sealings and overall design. And... the magic worked for all those past years. Opening each new Apple box was like a small, private Thanksgiving.

Now, Steve Jobs is long dead. And so is the magic that he brought to life. Now, Apple thinks you are a mindless pieces of shit and a complete moron.

...continue reading "Yes, Virginia, Steve Jobs is dead!"

For the first time in my life I was forced to reset Windows 10 back to its initial state.

I was amazed by the facts that:

  • such handy and useful feature was ever developed,
  • it allows you to reset Windows to roots while keeping most apps and settings untouched,
  • the list of apps I will be forced to install again was surprisingly short.

I was, of course, surprised that this list ends on "M" not around "Z", but I believed (at first) that this is just a pure coincidence. Turned out, I was wrong.

...continue reading "Resetting Windows 10 the Microsoft way"

...in Google Chrome. Finally ships with the newest feature...

Finally it can save passwords as a serie of stars! Fuck, yes! :>

No, Virginia, this user did not used all-stars as his password. He used a regular password with all the necessary characters, as defined by privacy policy in the given websiste. It was just a morons at Google Chrome dev team who developed such a crap.

I had some issues with my latest Booking.com's booking. There were certain things missing in reality against offer, but I managed to settle it out with the property owner itself. She agreed to refund me a 10% of the price that I paid. She decided to process this refund through Booking.com. That's where the horror started.

In short, sharp words -- while only about thirty seconds was needed to pay for this booking, thirty days was not enough to process a refund! I am more than certain that (after years of uninterrupted cooperation) I will never use booking.com again.

...continue reading "How Booking.com is cheating on their customers"

This is what happens if you employ QA-morons that tests your software on production environments. And you pay them that little that they don't even understand the fuckup, they're stepping into! :>

And mummy was always saying... never test anything on prod! :>

To increase your security your card details are never revealed to the merchant or transaction issuer. A virtual card is used instead:

This may produce a pretty fuckup, when you use public transport system.

...continue reading "How Google Pay fails for public transport systems"

Seems that using Atlassian Confluence® can be dangerous. You can fall into dissociative identity disorder illness! :>

Serious illness in Confluence? :>
...continue reading "Dissociative identity disorder in Confluence?"

You can't add any kind of review to any Google Play app under Microsoft Edge, because a review form that initially looks like this:

turns into this after 2-3 seconds since opening:

And nothing helps. Refreshing etc. Always the same. Unless you're able to add full review and rating in less than 2 seconds you won't be able to add it at all.

And nobody gives a damn shit about this. Neither Microsoft nor Google.

Recent changes in Google Navigation design, look and feel can actually kill you (yes... literally!). You will be staring to the map more than to the road to try to see info that was shown clearly and undoubtedly before these pathetic updates. Or you will be forced to make last second (again, literally!) decisions.

Both road behaviours can lead you into a serious troubles and even kill you in WCS.

Unfortunately, Google employs too many morons and have users' opinions too deeply in the ass to understand it.

Because there aren't too many applications that can literally lead to your death then this particular example is surely worth awarding "Golden Fuckup of the Year 2019", if not "Golden Fuckup of the Decade".

...continue reading "Google Navigation can kill you!"

Wizzair.com has a nasty bug in "Booking Overview" section.

If it happens that you have two or more bookings existing in the same time, you will learn that two of these tabs contains incorrect (probably: cached) data, if you open both itineraries in the same time (i.e. in two separate browser tabs).

It isn't an easy to spot fuckup, because not many passenegers has two or more active bookings in the same time. And thus it is even more sweet that I managed to catch up that nasty fucker! :>

...continue reading "Mixed data in booking overview in Wizzair"

Wizzair.com webpage has a very weird bug. When you're booking a plane in exactly the same time as your actual future flight will take over, it will prevent you from completing of such booking claiming that... your plane is about to depart!

There are nearly two months left, but I can't book, because plane is departing in... less than 3 hours!

Here you have a booking for end of January, so plane is actually departing in less than two months. But, because -- due to that weird bug -- Wizzair booking system is ignoring date, it has blocked booking completion claiming that plane is departing in less than three hours. Brilliant!

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…"