I was lately inundated by spam comments. I was getting literally dozens of spam comments a day, and the number was ever growing. Requiring users to log in did not help. I had to install the akismet plugin to keep the spam in bay. This is so sad…
December 25, 2008
I had a “Java update available” icon on my task bar for a while. Finally I decided to install it. I thought it would be something like a service pack that will update my Java and shut up. Something like Firefox updates do. Unfortunately, that was no the case. Somewhere in between clicking Next, Accept License, Finish, etc. it snicked in a check box saying “Install Yahoo toolbar” which was on by default.
I DO NOT appreciate force-feeding software on my computer using dirty tricks like this. [read more...]
December 7, 2008
We went to the “Liza in the Palace” concert today, which is a four-week series of Minelli concerts on Broadway. What can I say… I’ve got mixed impressions from this concert. From one hand, undoubtedly, she still got it. The opening was brilliant. The songs were great. She really knows how to do a show. She has a vibrant temperament, and you get instantly swiped out by her infinite charm, energy, and sense of humor. Her voice is still amazing, after all these years. Oh, and the accompanying musicians are simply wonderful.
December 1, 2008
I finally got to download it. Well I TRIED to download it. It is amazing. I wonder, if they wanted to make it more difficult, would it be possible?
First, it is not an install, it’s a virtual PC image. So, you must have Microsoft VPC 2007, with a service pack. Once you are done with that, you must manually download 11 archive parts – one by one, and then unRAR them locally. And it is 7GB in size – archived!
It feels more like downloading a ripped DVD from a shady web site than a beta of a commercial product. I would not be surprised if while unRARing it showed something like “M$ Vizual Studio CR@CK3D BY H@x0RB1@d3″ surrounded by fancy pseudo-graphics.