Dell Fail

Dell Fail

Click for Bigness

I finally got my Dell XPS 15z on the date expected (no surprise early delivery), but the bottom of the machine is so warped I’m going to have to return it. I really need this machine to get stuff done, but there is no way around the shoddy build quality so might as well bite the bullet now. This really ticks me off and also the almost daily calls I got from “Gary”, “Sarah” and “Frank” with heavy foreign accents really rubbed me the wrong way. All these calls were to tell me my laptop left the factory, shipped, will arrive soon, will arrive on time, has arrived, did it arrive? etc. Calling both my home and work numbers early in the morning, including waking me up on a holiday.

So that, so far has been my experience ordering my first PC.

Screw You, Flash

I hate you, flash!I hate flash. If the entire web abandoned it, I wouldn’t notice. I have ClickToFlash running on all my WebKit apps (yes, CTF does not work on Safari 5.1.1), Flashblock on Mozilla (yes, it isn’t available for Firefox 8.0a2) and Flash disabled completely on Chromium apps. It still creeps through somehow.

Today I left about 10 tabs open in Aurora, completely forgot about them and continued working in another application. Suddenly the performance of my entire machine died. Slow as hell. Whip up Activity Monitor, force quit the extension wrapper for Mozilla, check out Aurora and I see the picture to your right in those 10 tabs. What is the Flash for? An ad. *SIGH*

Recently I uploaded some hands-on with the Galaxy Tab playing flash games. It was decent, but still got a bit slide-showy on me at times. The entire Samsung display focused on the ability to use Flash and that this was the “real” Internet. But, as usual, it sucked.

Flash sucks on tablets, sucks on laptops, sucks on desktops… It just isn’t worth it. I should just abandon it altogether and ditch the plugin.

My First Windows Machine

Dell XPS 15zWow. This will be the first Windows machine I’ve ever owned. After working in the IT industry for 15 years, it’s kind of amazing I’ve been able to dodge the Windows bullet for as long as I have. Well, I ordered the Dell XPS 15z and after reading about it a bit, I have to say I’m rather excited (it won’t arrive for another 6 days). Don’t worry, I’m Apple for life.

Check out a review and the specs.

We’ll Be Back Soon

I’m not even going to say where I saw this… but if Amazon did this every time they updated their offerings, they’d be out of business by now. I really wonder what the site build/deploy situation is like at Apple. I used to know the guy that pushed the magic button for the Japanese web site, but he would never spill the beans… now he’s at Google. Oh well.

BBM Music Rocks

I don’t have a BlackBerry, though I did a couple years ago (and having just come back from Japan, I literally thought the device was a sick joke). Anyway, the BBM Music service that’s rolling out and everyone is making fun of is quite interesting. Sure, you only get 50 songs a month; sure, you can only swap out 25 of those songs each month; sure, it’s spendy at $5 (er. $4.99)… but you get to listen to the music of all your friends on the service. I thought only Facebook could come up with this kind of forced virality. They have it all wrong though – all carrot and no stick.