Windows 8 mail is the worst application ever coded. Things that you cannot do easily: add accounts, select recipients or multitask on two emails. Who develop the interface? Full screen? You can't select copy all the recipients and then add them to another email, or if you can, only the display name is copied, not the metadata associated to it. Even using Surface, that layout has to hurt. Thunderbird is not much better, but both Thunderbird and Mac OSX mail beat the be k out of Windows Mail, that by the way, had to be reinstalled after a botched upgrade from the windows App Store (testing much? Not that I am guilt free, but I am a team of one with 4 apps). Heck, back to my Mac to forward emails. Shame Microsoft.

08
Oct 13

Why Windows 8 Mail is the worst mail application in the history of communications

Windows 8 mail is the worst application ever coded. Things that you cannot do easily: add accounts, select recipients or multitask on two emails.

Who develop the interface? Full screen? You can’t select copy all the recipients and then add them to another email, or if you can, only the display name is copied, not the metadata associated to it. Even using Surface, that layout has to hurt.

Thunderbird is not much better, but both Thunderbird and Mac OSX mail beat the be k out of Windows Mail, that by the way, had to be reinstalled after a botched upgrade from the windows App Store (testing much? Not that I am guilt free, but I am a team of one with 4 apps).

Heck, back to my Mac to forward emails. Shame Microsoft.


09
Jul 13

AT&T throttling continuously?

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44Kb/s on 4G? Ridiculous!


20
Jun 12

Going legit? Why?

Why going legit? AT&T’s 3G sucks, so why would I pay them 15$ a month to allow me to create a hotspot on my phone to share the goodness? Netflix doesn’t allow users to stream to more than two devices simultaneously. The few shows in Hulu have an average of 7 minutes of ads of dubious quality. Comcast’s modems needs to be rebooted every week, and their home security teams are nowhere to be found.

So really, who benefits from going legit? Not me. Because in the end I might end paying for a openvpn service across the world, where the RIAA can’t touch me. I might pay for sharing services in Germany and get the shows the day they air in the time I takes to swallow the Hulu ads, through the openvpn.

So, who loses? Everybody. I don’t mind paying for content. I stream from Netflix from day one. But the fact that the networks won’t share their shows in a unified way it only works to the hacker’s advantage, who can watch shows from the US, Canada, UK and Germany in the same portable device.

The users have moved. The cheese have moved too. When will providers understand?


16
Feb 12

Rewriting the rules for Unlimited Data

I got this letter from AT&T this morning. Apparently I use too much data. I am a historic unlimited data usage person. I got into the plan early and stuck to it through bad coverage and dropped calls, AT&T’s coverage was poised to improve.

Like other wireless companies, AT&T is taking steps to manage exploding demand for mobile data. We’re responding on many levels, including investing billions in our wireless network this year and working to acquire more network capacity.

As mentioned on a previous bill, we’re also taking additional, more immediate steps to help address network congestion and improve reliability. One of these steps involves a change for some customers who use extraordinarily large amounts of data in a single billing period – about 12 times more data than the average smartphone user.

For the current billing cycle, your data usage indicates you could be affected by this change. Here’s how it works:

Smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle reaches the level that puts them among the top 5 percent of heaviest data users. These customers can still use unlimited data and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle.

We’re writing because you are in the top 5 percent of heaviest data users for this billing cycle. Because we recognize that data usage can change from month to month, you will not see reduced speeds this billing cycle.

Beginning with your next billing cycle, we’ll send you a text message if you are approaching the top 5 percent of heaviest data users. We’ll also send you a second text message if you cross into the top 5 percent of heaviest users, at which point you may see reduced speeds for the rest of the month.

Customers have several ways to manage extremely high data usage.

Wi-Fi offers great speeds and doesn’t add to your wireless data usage. Consider using Wi-Fi when possible for applications that use the highest amounts of data, such as streaming video apps, remote web camera apps, large data-file transfers (like video) and some online gaming.

You may also consider switching to a tiered data plan if speed is more important to you than having an unlimited data plan. Customers on tiered plans can pay for more data if they need it, and will not see reduced speeds.

To estimate how much data different activities use, and find out more about Wi-Fi or tiered data plans, visit https://www.att.com/dataplans or call Customer Care at 800-331-0500.

I have unlimited data. Let me use it. Learn from me how to improve bandwidth usage, the way Amazon does.

Did you see that the email doesn’t state the upper limit of the data usage? It is just 5% of heavier users. As users dial down their data usage, they bring that maximum back to the median. And this means that the 2GB Plan for corporate users now looks promising, because they are capped at a fixed value, not a month to month threshold. Have I reached the 2GB mark by February 14th? Is this a pre-emptive strike?

This means moving forward on plan B: an openWRT router that directs all the wireless traffic through a SSH tunnel, through the corporate firewall. Most of the knowledge is in place, but the pieces don’t fit together yet.

Fucking AT&T…


01
Feb 12

About privacy

Privacy: do we have the right to privacy in a social net? It is an oxymoron. How can you claim for privacy when using Facebook? How someone can be so moronic as to use the like button and claim for privacy? Even the business model of LinkedIn I find it shares too much.

What is my business? My business is to get as much as possible giving away as little as possible. Google is not here to give me search results. It is here to make money out of good searches. And it is in the business of gathering information about us. What do we read, buy, talk about or visit. And what do we search, of course; what are our immediate needs. So what again is my business? To provide a small footprint for every data gatherer. I use gmail, but I download the email to a mail client before reading it. I never search logged into a gmail account, because the searches are associated to the email and ip address. Ah, the ip address, how to fix that problem? After the recent spat of digital lockers going down, I set the servers to use a ssh tunnel into France or Luxembourg, so the google searches are stored towards a machine in France. Still, what about amazon? That is trickier, since they are my provider of choice on the net. But I’ll think of something. In the meantime, enjoy a life while not facebooking.


21
Jun 11

Politics are going to kill me

Michelle Bachman claims CO2 is harmless. She knows better than the scientific community. Cap and Trade, started by president Bush is now socialism. Only 13% of Americans knows that 94% of scientists agree on global warming.

Who are these 13%? The intellectual elite? The elite that reads blogs and rss feeds and Reuters news? I guess we all agree that this country is going to Hell in a hand basket. We just disagree on how to veer out to a proper course. I think we need to look back at Brazil and Argentina. Brazil decided to put his money into training engineers ( education, democrats) while Argentina bet on psychologists (religion, republicans). Twenty years down the road, who has a very strong economy and a bright future ahead even with very left leaning presidents?

Be nice!


05
Apr 11

Nanny state company

I am going to spend two days in training. New to MCA training. Fucking nanny state process. This is how the company weeds out free thinkers, hackers and unconformists. I have been here for two hours and I am ready to call it quits and go work for a cowboy operated company. These bozos have been reading slides at snail pace, and we have one and a half more days to go. Laptops are not allowed, phones either (here, here).

So, if my email at the end of the day doesn’t have the usual xxxx.com attached to it, it will be because it did not calm down.

Reporting from location on a event horizon, where time is crawling.

Carlos


21
Dec 06

First Mistery (Paris)

While I was living in Paris and Eulalia in Germany, Eulalia used to come to the City of Lights quite often, so we could spend weekends together. One of the [first] weekends she visited me, we want and did a huge touristic (but romantic) weekend in la Tour Eiffel, le Bateau Mouche, a couple of modernist museums, the Louvre, le Quartier Latin… the works!

On Sunday night, Eulalia left for Germany again and I went back to school. The following day, at three in the afternoon, a room mate came to tell me that someone had broken into our house. Someone had broken through the back door (the garden), got into the house, search through each and every room (5 room mates) and finally left with nothing (apparently). Some of my negatives were scattered on the living room floor, but laptops, discmans, cash, debit anbd credit cards were still on the tables were they were left but their respective owners. What the heck was going on?

Looking at the negatives, I knew where the negatives came from, a plastic bag, from Fotoprix, in my room. So why somebody who steals nothing takes a plastic bag, and what’s more, why go through the process of emptying the bag of two slim envelopes containing negatives? Darn, my camera wasn’t there. The bag was there ans so was the flash, but the cheap as half broken Konica that I took from my father wasn’t there, and the film from that weekend all over Paris with Eulalia was inside.

F*@#CK! SH*#&T!

So, someone broke into our place because we saw/photographed something during that weekend, while Eulalia was there? I am still wondering if I am more sad because the camera was taken or because the film was taken. The film was a good one to hold onto, plus it had been a memorable weekend.

I did learn one leason, though. Empty your camera of film as soon as possible.

For Conspiracy Theorists: Who was in Paris that weekend that needed his pictures that badly?

To be continued…