Tuesday, January 11, 2011

IWEB is Apple’s version of a webpage builder.

It doesn’t do a table?

I have a spreadsheet of my High School alums with a link to their page. I thought it would be easy to put it into an IWEB site.

Thought wrong!


Even if I had to rebuild the table in IWEB, that, while upsetting, would be “good enough”.


So, it seems there’s no way to do it.


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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

VERIZONWIRELESS BACKUPASSISTANT is supposed to backup my contacts from my cell phone.

The website has a last backup date of June 11, 2010; I changed some yesterday.

It’s NOT keeping a current backup.


For warned is fore armed!

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SERVICE: VERIZON text from web is poorly designed

Monday, June 28, 2010


I sent a text message from the Verizon web site. (Yes, I was signed in despite the website’s design flaws about sign in.)

It gave me a response.

So I went merely on my way.

Never received a response. So I “texted” again from my cell this time.

I get a return phone call from the recipient asking me “if I’ve lost my mind”.

They received it and replied.

So, now I go check on the website and it’s like “what text message”.

If I have a tracking number AND the recipient, it can check.


I don’t have the 27 digit tracking number. (OK, I made that part up about 27 digit. But it’s a lot.)

And, apparently it doesn’t log it anywhere on the machine. Or, warn you that you’re goign to need it.

But where did the response go?

Argh! Squared!!

Verizon — not recommended. (Not that any of the others are much better from what I understand.)

Argh! Cubed!!!

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SERVICE: VWBBIE down from Saturday night until this morning. Argh!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

(1) I experienced an outage Verizon Wireless Broad Band (VWBBie) network from 2230 Saturday 26 Jun 10 until 0547 Sunday 27 Jun 10. please explain?

(2) When was 24 hour support eliminated?

(3) Why does the 914 error point me to a non-working number?


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SOFTWARE: Falling back to FIREFOX3 from Chrome

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Two items:

(1) No color tabs and other flaws in the tabs

(2) CARINGBRIDGE has a journal update window. Under Chrome, when you hit return it move the cursor back to the top. Too annoying to tolerate.

Falling back. Argh!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


*** begin quote ***

I felt compelled to pass this on and do my part.


Don’t forget to mark your calendars. As you may already know, it is a sin for a Muslim male to see any woman other than his wife naked. He must commit suicide if he does. So next Saturday at 4 PM Eastern Time, all American women are asked to walk out of their house completely naked to help weed out any neighborhood terrorists. Circling your block for one hour is recommended for this anti-terrorist effort. All patriotic men are to position themselves in lawn chairs in front of their house to prove they are not Muslims and to demonstrate they think its okay to see nude women other than their wife and to show support for all American women. Since Islam also does not approve of alcohol, a cold 6-pack at your side is further proof of your anti-Muslim sentiment. The American government appreciates your efforts to root out terrorists and applauds your participation in this anti-terrorist activity.

God bless America!

It is your patriotic duty to pass this on. If you don’t send this to at least 5 people, you’re a terrorist-sympathizing, lily-livered coward and are in the position of posing as a national threat.

*** end quote ***


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NOTRECOMMENDED: UpMo doesn’t know how to talk to or treat people imho

Thursday, August 13, 2009

From: “UpMo” <>
Date: August 13, 2009 1:12:13 AM EDT
To: fjohn
Subject: Changes to your UpMo Beta Account & Special Offer
Reply-To: “” <>

Dear fjohn reinke,

Thank you for participating in UpMo’s Beta community. We would like to notify you of important changes to your UpMo account effective today:

UpMo is no longer in Beta and is now a paid membership-based service with new capabilities and enhancements.

As an UpMo Beta user, you are entitled to a free, no-commitment 30-day trial membership. When you log in to UpMo, here’s what you can expect:

» You will be offered an exclusive free 30-day trial and asked to input payment information.

» If you’re not interested in continuing with UpMo, simply cancel your membership at any time during your free 30-day trial and you will not be charged.

Need more information or have additional questions about your UpMo account? Visit our FAQ, Terms of Use, or contact us at We’ll respond within 48 hours.

To learn more about the Intelligent Job Hunt™ and other new UpMo features, visit

To your continued success,

Team UpMo

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Yeah, and I feel real special. You used me as an unpaid testing staff, and now I can pay you. I don’t think so. I’m not interested and why do I have to do anything?

<Just Shaking My Head>

How to win friends and influence people?

“effective today”

Adding this to my not recommended!

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Playing with MagicJack.

A very expensive McBa




Verizon Wireless Broad Band


a $10 Radio Shack phone


A phone booth?

A cell phone?

A free Local and Long Distance phone?


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It didn’t go together as easy as they make it sound.

The user interface isn’t as user friendly as it could be.

The FAQ is difficult to navigate and may need some filling out.

Powered USB hub is fine. Although that is NOT clear, the device is labeled “no hubs”.

We’ll see if it’s useful.

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OBSERVATION: No way to import all your phone numbers. No way to use a directory (i.e., Apple’s Address Book or Microsoft Outlook).

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Gave it a live test and I could hear the drop outs. So could the other person.

RMA process is a hassle.

(And, that was from home with a real high speed line. Not Verizon Wireless Broad Band!)

Funny the McBa with VWBBIE performed better that a VISTA desktop and Comcast Broadband!

Oh well, it was a thought.

I guess you do get what you pay for.

Back to Skype and Google Voice.

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SERVICE: Microsoft’s BING does NOT do my search correctly

Monday, June 1, 2009

My “favorite” search for my fellow alumni is:

“manhattan college” -marymount -“marymount manhattan college” -“borough of manhattan college” -marymount

which Microsoft’s BING search engine translates into:

and returns:

*** begin quote ***

*** end quote ***

What part of “” didn’t you understand?


Who test this stuff for them?

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HARDWARE: Amazon’s Kindle; definitely not recommended

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Kindle owners start to lose text-to-speech on purchased books — how do DRM-free Kindle books work?
Posted by Cory Doctorow, May 14, 2009 5:22 AM

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I’m specifically interested because Amazon has announced a “DRM-free” version of the Kindle format and I’d love to sell my books on the platform if it’s really DRM-free. To that end, I’ve put three questions to Amazon:

1. Is there anything in the Kindle EULA that prohibits moving your purchased DRM-free Kindle files to a competing device?

2. Is there anything in the Kindle file-format (such as a patent or trade-secret) that would make it illegal to produce a Kindle format-reader or converter for a competing device?

3. What flags are in the DRM-free Kindle format, and can a DRM-free Kindle file have its features revoked after you purchase it?

*** end quote ***

Consistent with my irrational hatred for DRM. I wouldn’t by a Kindle if it was free.

Because sooner or later: DRM will bite you in the A double Q or some type of error (i.e., network, hardware, software, data) will lock you out.

Sorry, been burnt too many times.

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RANT: Jason’s Furniture -Toms River; Not Recommended

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Jason’s Furniture-Toms River
2 Route 37 W
Toms River, NJ 08753
(732) 797-0776‎

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We ordered a bed and scheduled delivery. When we bought it, the sales person said that we’d get a call the night before with a four hour window. OK!

Night before at 9:30PM and no call, I called the store, no answer. At 10PM, we get a call promising 1-4PM delivery.

4:30PM No delivery.

I call the store and get put on hold. She comes back on and says they’ll be here in about an hour. (Too bad if we had plans and commitments.) I complain and I get an attitude. I say “reschedule”. She says: “The paperwork says you have to be home all day!” “barbara streisand” I ask for a manager. “He’s going to tell you the same thing.” I insist; hold. She comes back on “Manager not available; he’ll call you when he can!” Argh!

I wouldn’t do business with them again. You shouldn’t either.

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RANT: Common phrase trademarked?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (or, the Privatization of the English Language)
from Zen Habits by Leo
Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter.

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Today I received an email from the lawyers of author Susan Jeffers, PhD., notifying me that I’d infringed on her trademark by inadvertantly using the phrase “feel the fear and do it anyway” in my post last week, A Guide to Beating the Fears That Hold You Back.

The phrase, apparently, is the title of one of her books … a book I’d never heard of. I wasn’t referring to her book. I’m not using the phrase as a title of a book or product or to sell anything. I was just referring to something a friend said on Twitter.

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I would think that “prior art” would defeat the the claim.

I know I heard that in injineering skool and in basic training.

Perhaps if every blogger jumps on this, we can “help”. (Does the lawyer charge his client by the letter, mine always bills me for everything!)

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JOBSEARCH: Sometimes you’re just stuck in the mud!

Monday, February 16, 2009


Sympathetically, especially with us older “turkeys”, geography lashes us to the deck of the Titanic as the band plays sadly “Nearer My God To Thee”. Commitments are the tiny threads that continually add to bind us to our geographic comfort zone. The Youth just out of school don’t even consider it; the Old “turkey” has no choice but to. Old parents, children, and supportive friends are the “ball and chain” of our thinking.

Sad to say, I understand not being able to flit around the countryside, hither and yon, pursung the gold that’s in “them thar hills”. When you have responsibilities, you have to be responsible.

Hopefully, one can blend all the “requirements” and be open to the opportunities that the Universe giving you. It’s always what you need; not necessarily what you want. If you can recognize it. Sometimes it’s a wake up call to face facts. An old stuck-in-the-jobsearch-mud “turkey” is just that. Stuck in the mud. Being sucked down, hardening, and fixating that poor bird to a spot where one has to take what’s offered. Even if it’s just the greeter at WalMart.

Beware callow youth where you take your first job. It just might be that first thread that ties you down. For sixty or seventy years! Be sure you like that dirt under your feet. You my be there a long long time.

signed: the big fat (old) turkey

Respectfully submitted for your consideration,
the big fat old turkey hisself
stuck in the mud in Nu Jerzee

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Postbox public beta is now live!

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We wanted to extend a special “thank you” for participating in the Private Beta program. Your feedback has been instrumental in getting us to where we are today. It has been remarkable to see the connection and passion people have with their email client.

You can now download the Postbox public beta from our newly designed website, Please keep the feedback coming and be sure to tell your friends, family, and co-workers about Postbox!

Gratefully yours,
The Postbox Team

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Sorry “Not Recommended”.

It wouldn’t install. Nor was there any response to my two negative reports on GETSATISFACTION that they were using as their support site.

IMHO not ready for BETA status.

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