Monday, July 19, 2010

Candiru Asu: a TERRIFYING Fish

candiru asu
This cat fish swam up a guy’s urine stream and lived inside him until it was surgically removed!  Animal Planet reports this infamous urban legend as confirmed.

Are you freaking kidding me?!

I am definitely wearing a condom if I ever go swimming in the Amazon.

Windows “Restart Computer” Pop-Up Dialogue Sneak Attack

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, frustrates me more with the Windows experience than the “take focus” aspect of a Windows Update “restart now” dialogue box.  I realize there are more than a few frustrating things about Windows, but this is the one that has consistently been the biggest pain in my ass for the past decade plus.

The scenario: you’re typing away at an e-mail or other document, you see a momentary flash on your screen (what the eff was that?!), and suddenly your entire system is shutting down because you hit “enter” while typing just as Windows popped up a “restart your computer now?” dialogue without your knowledge.

WHAT THE FUCK MICROSOFT?!  This is a HUGE problem with the way the Windows system dialogue works and has always worked (or NOT worked, as it were).  Do people not complain about this ALL THE FUCKING TIME?!

This would be such a simple fix… SO FIX IT.

There are a few “solutions” posted on the web that purport to fix this problem, but in my experience none of them work… at all.  If you know of something that actually does work, please post it in the comments!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Green Geeks are My Homies (best hosting service)

For a while I was on until I realized how “set up for crazy mass production” they are… to a horrible detriment.  As a web designer with many accounts, many e-mail addresses, yadda, yadda, yadda, I seem to raise all kinds of automated red flags within the Bluehost system.  So much so that they actually gave me the boot, even though I NEVER DID ANYTHING WRONG!!!

None of my clients are shady or suspect, and I’ve always paid all my bills, etc., on time.

C’est la vie.  I’ve found greener pastures… literally.

Say hello to  I LOVE THESE GUYS.

(full disclosure: I get a referral credit when you sign up, but I’m also telling you, “THIS IS WHO I USE FOR MY PERSONAL HOSTING SERVICES”)

Green Geeks is a smallish outfit based out of the Los Angeles area.  There prices and services are EVERY BIT as good as the “top tier” providers.  And best of all, when you call or e-mail support >get this< you talk to a person sitting in GLENDALE!  How crazy is that in this day and age?!  They also make a concerted effort to make “green” decisions, and have been stellar letting me (the client) know any time any adjustments or services are being performed on their servers.  It cracks me up when they let me know that they’ll be doing some sort of maintenance on a server that will take it out of service for 10 minutes at 3:45 in the morning on a Tuesday.  But I love the thoroughness of their communication!

So if you’re looking for the best hosting for your website, I highly recommend!