Seth Wisely said

December 30, 2009

webmail notifier 2.0.1 replaces todd long’s gmail manager 0.6 beta

Filed under: interweb — Tags: — Seth Wisely @ 17:19

I was thrilled by the interface of Todd Long’s Gmail Manager 0.6 — I nearly hated the 0.5 versions.  When gmaill changed and 0.6 became permanently borked I had to resort to manually logging in with the aid of Secure Login.  :ugh:

The new chrome features of Byungwook Kang’s Webmail Notifier 2.0.1, at first glance irksome, entirely replace both versions of gmail manager as it properly shows gmail labels, yahoo folders, and hotmail live folders.

(With a webmail notifier user script I also check GMX and another service that will remain unnamed).

The only improvements for webmail notifier for me now would be

  • an option to control not-showing the chrome list of all webmails
  • an option to NOT recheck every account after adding a new account
  • an option to show nested labels in gmail
  • clicking on an account not currently autochecked to now check instead of spawning a new tab and being logged in

I would have posted the suggestions to his forum but it seems other people are so excited- or vexed by the new features the forum has been temporarily closed.

I much prefer yahoo over gmail: actual-privacy, integrated disposable email address service, real IMAP (though only for zimbra), unlimited storage.  Sometimes I use a gmail account to manage a yahoo account to send email (from DEA) without including my IP address in headers.

All the big name free webmail providers have horrendously POOR filtering power.  They could all take a lesson from BurntMail — they also have real-IMAP, sadly only free for a trial, but fully functional.

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December 22, 2009

new gadget trend: designed by feckless engineers for imbecilic customers — applies equally as well to ‘phones’

Filed under: CIO, gear — Seth Wisely @ 15:50

The iphone embodies the latter group essentially.

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I was riding home in a friend’s car when friend received a picture message on the phone.  Having decidedly the best reply myself I was elected to send said reply.

Most phones have ‘soft touch’ buttons, or buttons whose function is governed by what appears on screen nearest it.  Natually that was the button I mashed.  No response from phone.  I mashed it down further for longer.  No response from phone.  Seeing the difficulty I was having friend took possession of phone saying “like this”.  Friend clicked a button for menu, navigated down three levels through menus to select text reply (to image message)

Really?  That GUI team needs to be flogged.

There were soft touch buttons but only available in modes after traversing menus.  Brilliant.

December 20, 2009

Syncplicity has zero confidence in its own services

Filed under: interweb, overview — Seth Wisely @ 13:56

Thinking about using Syncplicity?  Don’t!

excerpt from TOS

you should not rely on the Site, Syncplicity Content, Services and Sync Files for any reason

Goodness me!  That is a horrendous claim for a ‘backup’ service to make.

We understand the need to license service to store- and provide us our own files, but irrevocably?  That’s silly

you hereby grant to Syncplicity a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use such Sync Files as necessary to provide you with the Services

Becareful with whom you share your files as they might cease to be yours

In addition, you hereby grant all other Syncplicity Users who you invite to access the Sync Files you indicate a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use such Sync Files.

You had better hope you do not need to access your own files often

in no event may your monthly bandwidth utilization exceed two times your allotted storage under your currently applicable Service plan.

The files you upload might not be the files available to download

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Syncplicity is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, appropriateness, legality or applicability of User Files or anything said,

Sounds like terms of service I apply to comments

All feedback, comments, and suggestions for improvements (the “Feedback”) that you provide to Syncplicity, in any form, and any contributions you make to the Site by posting Syncplicity Content and communicating with other Syncplicity Users via posts to forums on the site (“User Posts”) will be the sole and exclusive property of Syncplicity

I hereby acquire these additional terms to bind comments to myself

You hereby irrevocably transfer and assign to Syncplicity and agree to irrevocably assign and transfer to Syncplicity all of your right, title, and interest in and to all of your Feedback and User Posts, including all worldwide patent rights (including patent applications and disclosures), copyright rights, trade secret rights, and other intellectual property rights therein. At Syncplicity’s request and expense, you will execute documents and take such further acts as Syncplicity may reasonably request to assist Syncplicity in acquiring, perfecting and maintaining its intellectual property rights and other legal protections for your Feedback and User Posts. If any such rights in Feedback or User Posts are not assignable to Syncplicity for any reason, you hereby grant to Syncplicity and its successors a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to fully exercise all intellectual property rights related to such Feedback and User Posts in connection with its business. You will not earn or acquire any rights or licenses in the Site, Syncplicity Content, and Services or in any Syncplicity intellectual property rights on account of these Terms of Service or your performance under these Terms of Service.

Cannot post offensive content?  One would expect such otherwise explicit terms to elucidate, but one would be wrong

[you agree not to] Post, publish or transmit any text, graphics, or material that: (i) is false or misleading; … (iv) is obscene, pornographic, or offensive; (v) promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any individual or group… (vii) violates, or encourages any conduct that would violate, any applicable law or regulation or would give rise to civil liability;

Yeah, I cannot agree to these terms

Attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software used to provide the Site, Syncplicity Content, Services or User Files;

My this is encouraging language for a backup site

THE SITE, SYNCPLICITY CONTENT, SERVICES, SYNC FILES OR USER FILES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS”, … SYNCPLICITY MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT .. [your files will] BE AVAILABLE ON AN UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE BASIS….IN NO EVENT WILL SYNCPLICITY BE LIABLE TO YOU OR TO ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY… PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY TYPE OR NATURE (INCLUDING LOSS OF USE, DATA, BUSINESS OR PROFITS) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OF SERVICE

I bet I am expected to pay for the privilege of risking my files

Summary of TOS:  “Please use another backup service”.  Direct questions to: legal@syncplicity.com

All Service Fees are billed in advance on a monthly basis

That way Syncplicity keeps your money even when Syncplicity cannot be bothered to keep your files secure.

All fees are non-refundable and non-cancelable

When Syncplicity does lose- or damange your files you are not even entitled to a refund.  Nice.

Yes, this amazingly insecure, indifferent “service” by syncplicity also has a self destruction clause

Syncplicity accounts which are unused for more than 60 consecutive days are subject to termination.

If after all these admissions of ineptitude by Syncplicity you wish to try their services be sure you use your American Express card.

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December 19, 2009

firefox extension suggestions for December 2009

Filed under: interweb — Tags: — Seth Wisely @ 20:11

@ karma blocker

+ context menu to initiate rule creation

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@ TooManyTabs

+ context menu to send links directly to TMT without having first opened them

I could drag link to (desktop) folder (shortcut) as I do now
or I could r-click “Bookmark this link”

+ “show X rows” should work akin to Tab Kit tab rows.  If 2 then show 2 rows if array of tabs with (minimum) width exceeds FX window width otherwise show only 1 row.  X should be the limit of rows to show

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@ Tab Kit

+ learn to play well with- or incorporate code from:  Aging Tabs, ChromaTabs Plus.
or
+ be able to hand off control of “tab coloring” and “appearance”

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@ ChromaTabs Plus , Aging Tabs

+ learn to play well with Tab Kit
+ learn to play well with Aging Tags
+ learn to play well with ChromaTabs Plus

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@ firefox (“community” edition)

+ adopt priorities for both browser features- and extension’s functions possibly similar to Windows DirectShow filters

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December 13, 2009

department of energy lies: shocking?

Filed under: burning money = pointless pain, Gulagosphere — Seth Wisely @ 22:36

energy.gov/beating_high_energy_prices.htm
(emphasis added)

the phase-out of the gasoline additive MTBE in favor of ethanol

Yeah right — that’s a double positive so it must be more better.  As soon as the larger portion of civilization is razed in favor of maize. Another entertaining approach at needlessly reducing population.  The selfish hoards are in many places below the birth replacement rate by (willfully) ignorant use of abortifacients masquerading as contraceptives [every female “birth” control other than barrier-only or spermicide].  Do you still believe the inanimate planet needs a population reduction?  Fine: murder yourself right now.

apocalypse image: Motoda Hisaharu, savaged by (uni)corn fantasy

energy.gov/beating_high_energy_prices.htm
(emphasis added)

There are a number of things that American families can do to improve their fuel efficiency and help them save money. Taken together, these efficiencies can equal up to a dollar of savings per gallon.

Slow down: Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.15 per gallon for gas.

Bzzzt.  Wrong. Most cars cost less to operate at a consistent speed above 75 mph.  Slower is less efficient.  Speed limits are neither “safety focused” nor “efficiency focused”.

If speed limits were about safety then nowhere could one drive in excess of 15 mph to increase walk-away likelihood in head-on collisions.

Speed limits are fascist: there are already ‘unsafe’ driving laws.  I can haz less unsafe driving conditions?  Why does the most civilized country on the planet set the bar so low to qualify for a driving license?

Liberalists frequently rave about ‘police, firefighters, and education’ when the topics of spending cuts arise.  We pay to have a police infrastructure that further extorts money from us?  Yeah, that’s genius.

In a home invasion robbery scenario which would you rather have (1) phone in hand having already communicated with 911?  or (2) a gun?   If you chose option 1.. oh, too bad, you’re dead.  If you chose option 2 someone is dead but it’s not you and you have the option to contact the police to have the coroner remove the dead home invader.

Seth Wisely said: a well educated, well armed society is a happy one

December 5, 2009

chinese metro to resurrect zoeotrope with leds… saturation marketing the length of your trip

Filed under: wantonly bizarre — Seth Wisely @ 17:35

when tied into local face recognition advertisers can gain vexing real-time response to seen commercials

December 4, 2009

all your FQDN are belong to google hippies? google competes for your resolution requests with Google Public DNS

Filed under: CIO, interweb — Seth Wisely @ 20:25

http://code.google.com/speed/public-dns/
http://code.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using.html

  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4.4

yay?

As if google was not yet tracking enough.  Now you’re thrilled with the idea of google, an ad serving data mining megalith, collating ALL resolutions?

No, that won’t end badly at all

*cough* AT&T switches *cough*  *cough*  NSA  *cough*  *cough* socialism  *cough*  *cough*  *cough*

I can haz freeDOM from mine?

Maybe you should call them [and volunteer even more information about yourself via ANI] for “support”

Google Public DNS telephone support

  • 877-590-4367 in the U.S.

Be sure to use google voice to help them help themselves to more data mining.

Run back to the safety of your ISP’s walled garden!

compare google dns faster claims

shorter bars are more better

fanboy has it in for google?

Filed under: adblock — Tags: — Seth Wisely @ 20:08

fanboy adblock Version 021B
http://www.fanboy.co.nz/adblock/fanboy-adblocklist-current-expanded.txt

has it in for google search results page numbering graphics

google.com##.ch

hides the letter images other than the current page

stomping on a few page number graphics will not bring the evil empire to its knees.  Or is it part of the green conspiracy?  Less pixels: less energy used and: somehow saved? hehe

Thanks, though, fanboy, for the easylist alternative segmented ABP subscriptions.  I use both yours and Rick‘s.

^^ alternativeTo: an idea I’ve toyed with many times but never developed into such a ‘large’ scale public utility

Seth Wisely said: a few false positives is better than seeing a few ads

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