Is Microsoft Vista "Sexy"?

January 30th, 2007 by tungsai

If you know me, you know that I hate the term “Sexy” when used to refer to anything other than people, clothing, or actions. My wife is sexy, a Bikini can be sexy, A dance can be sexy… But a car? an iPod? a Phone? a COMPUTER PROGRAM?!? Let me tell you something, kiddo: If I don’t pop a woody, honey, it ain’t sexy. And if you’re pitching a tent over the next Release Candidate, you got some serious issues.

That doesn’t stop the world’s various marketing departments. from trying to use sex to sell anything! stuff! I mean, just look at this ad from Microsoft:

You know you want me....

“Oh, but she’s a Professional! Look, she has a COLLAR!” If the suggestive look on her face doesn’t give it away, then maybe the NOT-SO-SUBLIMINAL OPEN-COLLAR GRAPHIC framing the “Get Windows Vista Now!” might convince you! Why don’t they just come right out and say it:

Oh Yes, I MUST HAVE YOU!!!!

Editor’s Note: Later that evening our CD of a Beta version disappeared… We don’t know where Tung gets off.

An angry letter to Microsoft

January 30th, 2007 by tungsai

Dear Microsoft,

This letter is regarding your product, “Exchange Server”. It is evident that you have not allocated enough resources toward a process of continual improvement for this product.

Specifically, the “Message Rules” function is limited by a hard barrier of 2048k. This is even specifically mentioned on your web site, as a documented flaw in your product, and has been for several years. Yet, despite this crippling limitation, you have done nothing to pro-actively address this issue.

Being of sound mind, body, and programming skills, I offer you this suggestion.

1. Remove the memory limitation on user message routing rules;

2. Allow users to use GROUPS to route mail messages rather than only specific e-mail addresses;

3. When I drag an e-mail from the Inbox to another folder, ask me if I want to do this for future e-mails with that address. Include the “Don’t ask me this again” checkbox, for users that would be annoyed by this.

Using these three simple suggestions, you can improve your product in such a way to make many people happy. By ignoring this letter, you can encourage me to continue buying GOOG stock rather than MSFT.

Sincerely,

Wayne Byarlay
B.S., Computer Technology, Purdue University

Dream of Jan 15, 2007

January 15th, 2007 by tungsai

I was in a city not unlike Lafayette. It was a college town. A great millitary leader was advancing his legions (All medieval horsemen and spearmen, of course; no modern soldiers) up a major thoroughfare on the eastern half of the city, and then turning to the north-west to confront the forces of his enemy. I was a college student, and some of my fellow college students were there at the bend. We watched the soldiers march by.

Then I was a scout for the good guy’s forces, in a slightly wooded grassy area. The forces of the good guy’s enemies were more like the underbelly rabble of the city, and I had to walk back to the good area through a shady gang area at night. My confidence bore me through, however.

Then I was somewhere on the ocean, and it was WWII. We were near land, but a friendly cargo plane had been hit and it was going down. I watched it try to make a landing in the water with the least amount of damage; but upon first contact with the water, it sort of skipped back up uncontrollably, and then came back down with a crash that tore the wings apart and split the fuselage in two. We boated forward, and I jumped into the water, swimming for survivors, and I had the dream-effect of not being able to detect peripheral vision. However, we did locate one survivor, resembling or perhaps played by Kiefer Sutherland, who described the death of the other crewman who was in charge of the cargo. It played out like a movie in my mind, as so many of my dreams do: The guy was in a large cargo hold of the plane, and it got hit. Boxes and boxes of possibly flammable and explosive material were all around him. It began to light up, and I guess the guy decided he was done for. He jumped down a square cargo hatch hitting his shoulder, and at first I thought he was jumping down to try and get away from the fire & inevitable explosion. But then in slow-motion I saw that he’d wrapped a chain around his neck, and had jumped down to hang himself in suicide, to save himself from a burning death.

Why the Question Marks????????

January 6th, 2007 by tungsai

If you see the title of this blog to be “Tung Sai”, and then a bunch of question marks below it, it is because you do not have EAST-ASIAN LANGUAGES installed on your Windows computer! I invite you to do so, because it will add the flavor to the site, and allow you to see the written language of the majority of the people in the world… and perhaps somebody even related to you by marriage!

However, to do so is somewhat of a chore. Since I just built myself a new dream machine computer, I also forgot to include the east asian language support when I installed XP. (Hey, I just wanted to hurry up and check my frame rates in my games!)

So, slow down for a second, and take two minutes to add more robustness to your system!

Step 1 is the hardest:

1. Find your Windows XP CD and put it in the drive.

WHEW! that took forever, my cd was hidden and I had to ask help to find it.

2. Go to the control panel > Regional and Language Options.

3. Click on the “Languages” tab and check the check-box that says “Install files for east asian languages”. it takes a while, then you have to reboot. Maybe do this later.

There! Now you can see the chinese characters on the WWW.

TIAA-CREF’s lame password policy

January 6th, 2007 by tungsai

In this day and age, it is unthinkable that a web site of such financial importance as TIAA-CREF would limit their password field to SEVEN CHARACTERS. That’s right, SEVEN CHARACTERS.

Thus, if a hacker were to somehow gain access to their password file, and ran a hash on it, they could probably decipher it in a matter of minutes, given the computing power of even the average desktop. How?

Well, since seven characters is a nice, round number, people probably make passwords like “Sparky” or “Jason”. The hacker could provide a number of common words like these, or even use a Dictionary File to provide the top 200 most common six and seven letter passwords used by people. Then, a hash program would be run against this file. This hash program would use every known encryption algorithm against each entry in the password file, and check the result. If the result happens to be one of these english-language words, then that algorithm is run against all the other entries in the password file. If suddenly the results yield many english-language words, then chances are, you’ve discovered the encryption algorithm, and you now have every single person’s password to log into the TIAA-CREF web site.

This will probably never happen. I’m sure that some other level of security is in place to prevent this from ever happening, and if they’re smart, they don’t even let one single person have access to the password file. But you know what the REAL REASON is that it pisses me off? Because the password I use for everything else is significantly longer than seven characters, and I don’t write any of them down, so, consequently I forget this password every time I want to use the site.

Forget it, I’m just going to start writing down my passwords.

But just to let them know I’m still not happy, I wrote them this charming feedback on their web site.

I see that your webmasters have still limited the password field to SEVEN CHARACTERS.

How long do you plan to persist in this annoying policy? I have over 20 different web sites that I must visit on a regular basis, to manage personal business. As such, I choose not to write down any of my passwords, but I instead use the same password for all of them, rotating every now and then. Perhaps not the best, but it’s my choice. So, every 3 months, I have to go through this business of forgetting my ID & Password, calling your number, listen to the vapid recording of “We also invite you to visit our web center at doubleyou doubleyou doubleyou dot tiaa-cref dot org”. DUH! Where do you think I got the PHONE NUMBER from? This is 2007, people. Then, finally, I can contact a rep and get my entire account remade.

Perhaps it does add a level of security to have my account & password reset all the time, and it’s not like hackers are all after retirement accounts. But I’m the worst type of customer, one who does system administration for a living, and I just gotta get my $0.02 in.

There, I’m done ranting and I’ve said my peace. I fully expect my input to be filed away in the “Deleted Items” folder, just like it was 6 months ago. I’m sure this message comes off as a smart-aleck, arrogant, know-it-all, but I’m too old to care if I’m wrong or not, I am the customer and… you know.

Hello 2007

January 3rd, 2007 by tungsai

I have no career path nor have I ever mapped out how I think the future should be. This is something that people should do, so I think I should do it.

My friend Bart is crazy about buying silver. I mean, actual bars of silver that get shipped to your house, as an investment. he gave me a 30 minute rundown of why he thinks this is a good idea, and perhaps if I had more time I’d lay it out for you.

For christmas I got BBM one of THESE! <--click She got me a bowling bag and bowling stuff, so nice! Moondog even gave us gifts: I got 2 Matisyahu CDs. We played 2 D&D sessions with Germ as the GM. it was so much fun, I really miss roleplaying with friends. I hope Bart starts up his Cthulhu campaign again someday. We had lunch with my grandma and my aunt & uncle at Cracker Barrel. I've decided that Bob Evans is better. I have a new favorite band called Spare Parts. look them up. We saw 2 fights at Nick's. the bouncers were involved. very unprofessional, a huge pile of people one of which was the bouncer! when the bouncer has to be peeled out of the fleshpile, and wants to continue thwacking somebody, that's just unprofessional. but what do you expect from west lafayette, indiana.