IcoNyx

Aug 232009
 

I remember the spam days of “enlarge your pen1s” or “free cial1s”… that was when spam made sense, they are trying to sell you something. Usually just junk–but at least they had SOME method of extracting cash from you! Like professor Mumbai from Zimbabwe, or the rich prince from South Africa! They had a story to sell! it usually cost you the contents of your bank account, but hey! That’s spam!

These new spam bots… I don’t know… It’s like they just stopped caring, and just spam for the sake of spamming! DailyDFFR.net has had its host of Spam-bots, like flirtygirl420, and Littlevannessalikesboys. We had some good times with them! Remember when flirtygirl and littlevannessa got shoved into a chat room together? We all laughed when they repeatedly exchanged popup-riddled pron links… over and over… and over…

Remember the fun we had with Freeonlinegambler? he was a blast. I remember this one time; I set an auto filter to bounce his spam mail back at him. It was so funny to see him auto-reply to my auto-replies… it took 4 hours before the e-mail stopped… I guess those 3MB hotmail accounts get full pretty quick.

*sigh*

But these new Spambots… like xuji<phlem>hgt… yeah… I guess those Indian spam-bot builders have trouble spelling “bill”. And it’s no fun when they never reply to your e-mails… like the sweet old lady in Iraq with the fortune for me… she didn’t reply… after the twentieth response… I guess these scammers just aren’t as persistent as they used to be! Well, flirtygirl and Littlevannessa stopped spamming each other, the professor got shot in a mugging gone wrong, and the sweet little old lady in Iraq installed Norton antivirus and discovered she was actually a pimply faced teen boy in the UK… and freeonlinegambler apparently died of consumption. So I guess we’re stuck with the NEXT generation of spamming engines…

I miss the logic-less spambots… you know the ones… THEY could formulate a FUNCTIONAL popup-riddled spam link… what’s this “gogole.com” crap, and since when is “http://%;/casinoaddress…” a legitimate link?!? These spammers now a days have no idea how to gank someone’s credit accounts, nor how to PROPERLY infiltrate a bank account! I guess they just aren’t in it for the money anymore… but if that’s the case, what ARE they in it for?!? Have they managed to epically enlarge their pen1s’s to the point they cant reach the keyboard?!? Are they too doped out on cial1s they can’t type coherent sentences?!?

Boy, I miss the good old days.

*sigh*

Oh well.

 Posted by at 12:30 PM
Jun 142009
 

Ok, I had a conversation with Renfeld the other day about my super-human ability to find and focus on the flaws in technology… It went down something like this:

Renfeld: You complain a lot.
IcoNyx: Yeah, but it’s just so frustrating how companies out there aim to create things with so much potential only to ruin it at the last minute.
Renfeld: you shouldn’t complain so much.
IcoNyx: But everything SUCKS!
Renfeld:You complain a lot.

I’m paraphrasing but that’s pretty much how it went…

So during the conversation, at some point an analogy came out that was REALLY funny… I’d kinda like to replicate the idea in the form of a short film… but seeing as how I lack the needed manpower/equipment, I’ll just have to settle for telling you the idea…

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 Posted by at 9:13 AM
Jun 102009
 

EDIT: ok, I revoke my original statement, Fedora 11 sucks…

Ok, I finally got to install Fedora 11 this week… I like it… but you know me,I HAVE to complain…

First and foremost; This is the bestest fedora edition EVAR!!!
Right off, my bluetooth headset pairs and WORKS, UNIVERSALLY, OUT OF THE FRIGGEN BOX!!!1 I about had a friken heart attack when I saw that… that has been the LAST THING preventing me from settling on a distro!!! yeah… they added crap to make me hate it.

now for the flaws… there are two… many, MANY annoying/logic defying flaws… yeah… first though my bluetooth headset paired and worked without issue… it was stuck on HSP. now for the layman, with bluetooth audio equipment you have several “profiles” these profiles determine the type of hardware you are using, if you have one of those cheepy in ear headsets intended for cell phone use, HSP is great because it is intended for mono sound, quick burst broadcasts. IE: sounds like crap. A2DP, is the profile intended for higher end headsets that have BOTH ear pieces (For stereo sound) and is considered Hi definition audio.

So basically, I had use of the headset… but it sounded HORRIBLE!

Now this leads to the second (of MANY) flaw… Fedora developers are chicken-sh*t. they are so scared of lawsuits they strip out MUCH of the needed content from the OS to protect themselves from the litigious ass-tards in the world who would sue them for including some piece of closed source software.

what does this mean? Well right off, the screen looks bad because they can’t use the Nvidia video drivers. I cant play MP3s (not that I would with the craptacular HSP profile. and most (if not all) webcontent is disabled because they refuse to include a flashplayer!

FINAL WORD:

there is a reason I am sticking with fedora 11… While the developers DID hack out some great apps… they left them ACCESSIBLE! BROKEN AS CRAP So, all I had to do was OPEN an MP3 and it automatically searched for, downloaded, and installed–not just the Lame/MP3 codec but it also installed most of the codecs I could think of for BOTH audio and video playback at once!!! Then it did the same thing every time I played another file… over and over… “hey, I need to install these codecs…” every fraken time… GHA!!! INSTALL IT ALREADY!!! It’s funny when it asks to install the MP3 playback codec, WHILE playing the song it supposedly CAN’T play!

To fix my little flash problem, all I had to do was open a page (this one actually) and fedora auto prompted to install the flash player (though this one was not so smooth, I was able to get through it OK) and finally, a quick install/config of pavucontrol, and my headset is now happily playing Take Over Me by Evanescence with crystal clear sound… I Must also note, that with this one minor alteration, my laptop now handles my hardware BETTER than all versions of windows, on ALL levels… the last thing to fix was a2dp, and with the auto pair, connect, and output options means that switching from speakers to headset is as clean as turning them on! you can’t do that even in Windows 7!!! Yeah… still going to agree with this one… hardware works… software doesn’t

BEST RELEASE EVAR!!! I lied…

First, I cant use networking; In TSclient, I have to MANUALLY enter all my rdp server config files, and even then it’s intermittantly functional, I can’t browse Windows Networks… it sees them, but I have to MANUALLY enter all SMB locations… not even remotely cool. Searching for remote networks in hit or miss, and connection time to secure networks is painfully slow.

Next on my hitlist: Ext4 killed my data!!! I started a manual transfer of a batch of files from my NAS and most (if not all) copied with 0kb data… IE: all corrupt files. Now I know that I can reformat with ext3, but since Ext4 is default and they are pushing it, it’s a flaw, I don’t care who you are, or how much you like it, it sucks.

My Video drivers are borked, I tried to use the “neuveau” driver they use… yeah… no 3D support, so I tried to install the nV driver from livna/rpmfusion… fail. that driver only half worked but the large font problem reared it’s ugly head and I couldn’t fix it!!!

so yeah… after all that and realizing that though fedora offered to install needed packages (not installed by default) it KEEPS telling me it needs to install the packages… so every time I open an MP3 it tells me it needs to install Liblame!!! really annoying.

Yeah… rebranding this one… WORST RELEASE EVAR!!!

 Posted by at 7:54 PM
May 132009
 

So, I have found myself lacking in motivation to post as of late… meh…

So today, my work sponcered some… thing… I had to wear a dorky red shirt and walk a mile or two cleaning up trash from my town… It was kinda fun. But I’ll be honest, the conversation between my boss and one of the supers from admin was MUCH more entertaining… heh…

One of my coworkers dropped his blackberry into a wall while pulling cables, Engeniering had to cut it out. another co worker stepped on a cieling tile and nearly fell through into the team dining room… and me? yeah… All I did today was clean a road, restore some files, replace a monitor, and take calls… sigh…

But hey! the local telco is coming out tomarrow to help me finally document our phone system… I have mapped out most of the in house crap, they will help me flesh in the CO and PRI.

meh…

 Posted by at 5:48 PM
Apr 222009
 

Ok, I’ve been running gui free for a week now and I noticed something I never expected…

At first I caught myself repeatedly reaching for a mouse that wasn’t there, then I started to get used to the command line functions… and now I hardly have to look at my little cheat sheet.

Though lynx has a lack of functionality that I find annoying…

The thing is I noticed my constant use of command line has forced me to be less visual. Now I think about what I’m doing and my focus seems to be improving.

I find physical activity eaiser, I find I have more energy, and I find it’s easier to get up in the morning… I’m not sure WHY any of this would be caused by using command line… but it all started when I started using CLI exclusively…

meh.

 Posted by at 1:08 PM
Apr 202009
 

You can never beat the rush of configuring a wireless internet connection from a base install of Arch linux using nothing more than the install cd and your own knowledge of the Linux command consol!

Guess what operating system, I’m running NOW!!!

 Posted by at 11:56 AM