Price Discrepancies

I love the Internet. I’ve been using it since before Google and it just keeps getting better! I use it for everything I do, and even seek to use it more. One of the best parts about the Internet is shopping. It’s like regular shopping in a mall, but with all the vendors sitting in front of you at a table offering their wares and you don’t have to bargain hunt or shop around because the best price is right there in front of you! And of course, international shopping.

I recently bought a pen from France. Why France? Because Waterman doesn’t offer that product line in North America, let alone Canada. And just now I bought a music CD (Moving On by Myleene Klass) from Amazon UK. Before I dive into this diatribe I’d like to note Amazon’s cultural acknowledgment; The Canadian site will “Ship to this address”, the UK site will “Dispatch to this address” (how cute!), and the American one will “Drops mah shit off hear plz”. Now on to the rant.

Amazon Canada has the album, Amazon Amerikuh haz teh albem and the lowest price I can get is from the same damn company across the Atlantic… about seven thousand kilometers (4,300 stat. miles, 3,800 nautical miles) away. WTF? Continue reading

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Microwave Timer

The timer on my microwave is cofused. When I enter 33, it runs for 33 seconds. 67, it runs for 67 seconds. 94, it runs for 94 seconds. 99, 99 seconds. Notice a pattern? I think that it would be great if the device kept this neato pattern, because I like seconds. They’re pretty long anyways. So what comes after 99? 99+1 = 60. 100 means 60 seconds. If I wanted 60 seconds, I would enter 60, not 100.

Stupid microwave.

Vista

Alright… I did it. I put the Vista disc in and did the install thing. It took a long time. The first thing I noticed: Nothing. No choices! No customization other than timezone. There wasn’t any obvious click here to fix buttons. Yes, I am alluding to the fact that Vista is broken upon installation.

Okay, I’m extremely critical and biased… but I’ll try to be fair.

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Linux Story

Windows is a Pile of Crap

First, it doesn’t install right — It wrote over my boot loader with some crap-encrusted near-sighted Windows-Only thing. It’s useless, how do I access Linux with this? So I needed to boot with a forensic Linux disk and reconstruct a less-than-useless bootloader: Grub

There goes about half an hour. Continue reading