Not Apple Compatible… Not My Problem

First I would like to point out the time capsule.  One of my favorite items in the Apple ecosystem, the time capsule, comes in at $359 on Amazon for the new, 3TB version.  What is the time capsule?   It’s an external hard drive.  That is basically it.  It is not an ssd or 15k rpm sas drive either.  It is a standard 7200 rpm sata platter drive.  It could be a heavy duty one but as I’ve seen no mention of this, I highly doubt it.  I believe it comes with backup software.  I’m used to getting this for free in my OS so I can hardly consider that much of a bonus.  While the time capsule is a strange shape, it is an attractive enough box and if that is hugely important to you, it definitely looks different than competing options.  Where it really differs though is price.  You won’t have to look hard to find a wireless 3tb hard drive for under 150$, even for a mac compatible one.  I’ve seen them as low as 100$.  So what is the exta $259 for?  No wonder Microsoft is trying to copy everything Apple does lately?  Well, if you want to spend nearly 400 bucks on an external hard drive for your laptop, that’s your business.  What has really been annoying me lately is the number of one line reviews I see on Amazon written by frustrated Mac owners.  I, like most of America, shop on Amazon.  I shop their a lot.  If I need Q-Tips, I am likely to pop open a browser tab and drop them in my Amazon shopping cart real quick.  I love what Amazon has done to make shopping easier.  One of the most useful things about shopping there is the review system.  It is easy to make product choices primarily because other Amazon customers do such a good job of sharing their product experiences through this excellent system.  Once in a while you will see an unhelpful one written by a troll who has never even seen the product they are discussing.  This is rare though and i found most of the information volunteered to be very helpful.  What is far more common is simple 1 line review accompanied by a 1 star rating like that which I saw this morning researching projectors.  It read something like “Not compatible with my mac.”  ?????  Are you kidding me?  I use Linux.  Would there be any point in me going through the entire Amazon catalog, one starring every single piece of software and hardware that did not work right with my esoteric operating system choice?  Absolutely not.  In the case this morning, this pointless review was buried by so many 5 stars that it had no affect on the average score.  Had there only been 10-20 reviews, a one star would have dropped the average for absolutely no reason.  I can understand the person’s frustration.  He bought an expensive machine and now is having trouble with the fact most others have opted for less expensive ones.  After spending all that money, he is stuck buying other expensive items to ensure compatibility with the original choice; items like the aforementioned time capsule.  In the case of the projector, I know of no available option from Apple.  I’m sure something out there will work with it.  This particular projector apparently did not.  My point is, this is no reason for a one star rating. From the other reviews, this looked to be a great product.  If you bought the projector and it broke 2 times, give it a 1 star.  If you were giving a presentation, it started smoking and then burst in to flames, give it a 1 star.  If it doesn’t work with your mac, get something else, but don’t ruin such a useful system as Amazon reviews because of your personal problem.  You deserve 1 star not the product.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In

To balance out all my negatives, I figured I would start saying some good stuff about products that I actually like.  The first one that came to mind today is something that I depend upon regularly and have since my sister suggested it maybe 10 years ago.  If you have long hair it is likely you have split ends to some degree.  I have a terrible time with them.  Even using high end shampoo and conditioner, I can end up combing out a handful of hair after each shower.  As a guy with long hair, this really bothers me as most of my friends are at some point of going bald.  Even the thought terrifies me.  This is probably the best defense I’ve found on the market.  What you need to get is the It’s a 10 miracle spray on.  They have other products and if I have any complaint with the company, its that they make it so easy to actually grab the wrong one.  Right now I have both their shampoo and conditioner which I grabbed accidentally when rushing in to get more of this stuff.  Spray it on after your shower.  You can spray it all over as it doesn’t put out much per squeeze.  Then, squish it through your hair.  Let it dry for about 5 minutes (its never good to comb wet hair even though sometimes you have to if you have bad tangles) and then comb it out starting at the bottom and working up.  You will notice an improvement in your hair immediately.  It is easier to comb and frizz free all day.  This is a great product and the company charges for it.  I think the last bottle I got was over 40$.  It lasts a long time though and if you have hair like mine, it is worth the cost.  I would hate to go a day without it.  Their other products are ok, however maybe not worth the cost.  I usually use Redken shampoo and conditioner but always follow up with It’s a 10.  Try it, it works.  Make sure the bottle looks like the one below.  You can get it at Hair Cuttery for about as cheap as I’ve found it.  The type with keratin is a few bucks more.  I get that usually, however, I really can’t say that I can tell a difference.

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It’s a 10 miracle leave-in review

Purchasing/Renting Land in Second Life is Annoying

If you have ever bought or rented Second Life property, you will know exactly what I am talking about.  The land search tool offered through your viewer is practically worthless.  It is not worthless by design.  Most all the important data should be there in columns.  Price, area, price per meter, etc. are most everything you need to compare properties and identify those you would like to visit.   In addition, columns such as lindens per prim or some intensity of use rating would be helpful, however, given the way in which the existing columns are misused and ignored, what would be the point of adding them.  It is actually hard to find a listing for which the seller has bothered to fill out any of this stuff accurately or honestly.  The listings returned by a search can be sorted by these columns.   The default price now seems to be just 1L, entered this way i can only presume so as to not end up placed at the bottom of a sort on price.  Undoubtedly, if only a few people did this, those that did would get better placement.  Now that everyone does, the entire column is useless along with the L per meter one.  All information regarding price, size and prims is now reported in the description(name) field where it cannot be sorted upon or automatically plugged in to revealing calculated ratios.    Each “name” reads something like “Land Sale DSE Res L$2062wk/1406p/6144m Aloha Pearl (SE)”.   To compare competing properties based on price per unit, you must enter this data manually into your own spreadsheet.  When you finally narrow your choices in this laborious way and  go to visit the properties you have selected, you often find that a lot of your calculated price per prim and price per meter numbers are wrong.  Whether this is a deliberate “bait and switch” or simple data entry error, it definitely adds to my growing frustration with the whole process.   Would it be so bad to make it easy for people to compare properties on metrics such as price per unit?  The system is already set up to work like this.   Yet the last I checked there was not one seller who had bothered to provide the correct information in the correct fields.    Just as in some rl markets which require regulation to create reasonable and efficient pricing, I believe that the only way this situation will change for the better will be through some sort of Linden edict.  If I can come up with a market driven solution, I will happily share it, however for now I am pretty much at a loss.  This probably has to come from the top.  Please fix this.  Land is potentially the most important part of the entire SL economy.  It should be much easier to make a good purchasing decision than it currently is.

Incidentally, SL land ownership is at its lowest point in 8 years.

Windows 10

I’ve gotta say, the direction Microsoft is going with their OS is really messed up.  Windows 7 was a good operating system.  Functionally, 7 and Ubuntu are really close.  It was stable, powerful, the best windows yet.  Kindof like NT used to be.  Then came windows 8.  The Microsoft guys didn’t really get what Apple was doing but you could tell they really wanted to.  Or else, they were directed to.  I, for one, wish they would stop all this.  Without getting too much in to the specific functionality decisions that resulted in crappy products such as the new Windows Mail, i would have to say nothing about this strategy makes any sense to me.  Sure, Apple has been gaining market share.  Apple software works in a way, is marketed in a way and is distributed in a way that appeals to their customer base.  This does not mean that it is better.  It just turns out that there are people out there that do like it better and have switched from what used to be the only option, Windows.  This does not mean that everyone likes it better and will eventually switch.  In fact, I would think that the Apple model of dumbed down, optionless, over priced, scrutinized by big brother computing products may never achieve better than the market share they currently enjoy.  Meanwhile, those who like windows have been suffering as Microsoft flounders to duplicate the success of the Apple ecosystem.  Quit it.  If we wanted an Apple, we would have bought one in the first place.

 

Quick Question

How many times has MIA used the word Banana in a song? Just curious. If there was a record for such a thing, I think she’s got it.

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Refugee education number one
Here we go

Banana
Ba-na-na
Say it again now
Ba-na-na
Say it again now
Ba-na-na
Na-na
Ba-na-na
Say it again now
Ba-na-na
Say it again now
Ba-na-na
Say it again now
Get yourself an education

My stains hang low
On my shirts like a-ya-ya
Monkey brains and banana
I’ll hit you with my antenna
Put soap in my eye
Make it red so I look raa ra ra

Bought up a baby in a bandana
I boarded a Boeing eating a banana
Bounce on the bed
Battling with heads
It’s based on a story that nobody read
Bought up a baby in a bandana
I boarded a Boeing eating a banana
Bounce on the bed
Battling with heads
It’s based on a story that nobody read

YALA
YALA

Go low, go slow
Run like a polo
A banana pole like you’re
Climbing up a yoyo

It’s really a crime that she didn’t make this list:
http://remezcla.com/music/banana-love-10-songs-that-are-rich-in-potassium/

Guns and Bananas Guns and Bananas.  Is this the key to understanding the 3rd world.  Maybe?

I think I will try and catch her live on August 27th.