I am not a happy camper right now. In fact, I’m fucking pissed! I was working on something I’ll be showing here later, and I needed a certain font (or at least to identify the font). I found exactly what I needed, and it was a “free” download. You gotta love the interweb!
Except that upon downloading, I got a bunch of unwanted software that installed itself unasked,… and no font! I ended up with AVG’s free anti-virus suite, some sort of “register (i.e. pay) to actually use” backup software, and a bunch of new toolbars for my browsers. None of it asked for or wanted. You gotta hate the interweb.
So this is a hategram to the fucks at AVG and anyone else that pulls this fucked up bullshit.
Rather than spending the last few hours working on my “something” while enjoying a ballgame in the background, I’ve spent hours tracking down and removing all those unwanted, unasked for bits and bytes (and that really bites). My mood (for the moment) is in ruins.
The sad thing is that I’ve heard good things about AVG — very good things, in fact — but now they’ve gone and made themselves the enemy. There is now zero chance I will ever give them a chance with me again. (In certain areas, I am not a forgiving person. I do not take kindly to the rape of my PC.)
While I’m foaming at the mouth and ranting, let me say a few words about the worst PC I’ve ever owned: my Sony Vaio laptop.
This one is on me for buying from the interweb without actually using the machine. I bought it because it had good specs, a big screen and a big keyboard.
(I also learned to never again trust the “Geek Squad” at Best Buy… they completely bungled the installation of the extra memory. The machine wouldn’t even begin to boot when I got it home. So not only did they do a crap job, they didn’t check their work! Incompetence squared!!)
This beast turns to be the most unusable laptop I’ve ever owned — or even experienced. How do I hate it? Let me count the ways…
The most objectionable thing is how the mic and headphone jacks are mounted on the front edge. This guarantees that the plugs will dig into your hand and that your hand will stress both the jack and the plug. Incredibly stupid engineering.
The other most objectionable thing is how the front edge is so sharp. It’s guaranteed to also dig into your hand. Between the front edge and the audio plugs, using the laptop as a laptop is an unpleasant experience!
Then there’s the way the (only!) three USB connectors are located on the front of the right side. This makes it all but impossible to have the laptop to the left of a standalone monitor (which is my preferred configuration). Since there are no other USB ports anywhere, I’m stuck with those.
Likewise, the video connector is on the left side (rather than the back as is common). The reason for all the edge mounts is that the top folds up in such a way that the back is unusable. Maybe somebody somewhere likes this design, but for me it’s about as wrong as it could be.
The thing is, I haven’t gotten good results from a Sony product since the days of the Walkman and the Trinitron. In the last decade, I’ve bought three different Sony clock radios with CD players (because I want to wake up to music, not commercials or even people talking). Not one of them lasted more than a few months — at some point they all decided that they didn’t want to play CDs anymore (which made them useless to me).
The other thing is that the volume of all these CD players is significantly lower than on the radio. I have a severe hearing deficiency, so I need the volume! Why are the CD players so soft? That was also true of a Memorex unit and an RCA unit. To this day I have been unable to find a satisfactory clock radio with a CD player. [Fortunately, now that I’m retired, it’s a moot issue.]
I am so sick of living in a cheap, half-assed, dumb-ass, incompetent, disposable world. I am so sick of the complete lack of expectation of quality or service. I am so sick of how doing the right thing makes you a “hero” and doing the wrong thing is chalked up to “normal human behavior.”
I’m sick to death of advertising and spamming and the whole scratch-and-claw race to “success” that passes as modern life these days. I’m sick to death of peoples’ materialism, greed, shallowness and general stupidity.
I’m increasingly convinced that humankind will wipe itself out in the very near future, and right now… I think it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of assholes. Humanity… is an abject failure! Let’s wipe the slate clean and try again.
(And to top it all off, Detroit is losing to Oakland, and it appears I do have a dog in that fight, since I find myself definitely rooting for the Tigers.)