Rant: February 2009 Archives

Stoopid computer crashed tonight while trying to watch a YouTube video.  Well it didn't actually crash, it just stopped displaying anything other than the cursor arrow.  All the usual tricks didn't work so ended up having to kick the thing.. sigh!
ok so maybe you can get some good deals there.  But I've been to all of two or three computer fairs in my life, and the last two (this year) have been epic fail.  Not the fairs themselves.  But the products for sale therein. 

First there was the usb hub.  $12.  Works intermittently.  Will work for a while, then things will just drop out.  Device has to be disconnected and reconnected.  Since it's way up the back of my computer/work desk, this is too impractical for words.  Pulled it out and now it's gathering dust.  Epic fail!

Then there was the VGA to DVI converter dongle.  $9.  Makes the monitor not be able to display white, no matter how much I fiddle with the settings.  Pretty sure this monitor worked perfectly on my last computer.  Probably epic fail!

The rack-mountable patch panel we got that day actually seems to work.  Win!

The airwolf remote-controlled helicopter.  $28.  Bought batteries for it yesterday.  The remote control console doesn't even switch on!!  Epicest fail of all!!!

There's also a ps/2 to usb mouse dongle I got for $3, but haven't tested that yet.  I'm guessing with three out of four failures so far, the probably of it not working are pretty high.

Which is why I will never again waste $3 on computer fairs.

Frustration

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Been getting pretty frustrated with Google Maps.  Often it will start to work, but then everything will stop, and a netstat will be full of syn_sent messages.  I originally thought it was vista because it started happening when I moved to Canberra and got a computer with vista on it.  But I have a feeling it's our router setup playing silly buggers, because when it's being stoopid the old w2k machine also has problems.

So it's been a little frustrating.  But it was working well enough later on to do a bit more Japan planning.  Busy planning everyone else's itineraries and sightseeing.  Hope they don't mind ;)
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