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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
"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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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...