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Jan 10, 2023, 01:40 PM
 
Mail puts spam in the junk box. I empty the junk box. This works as it should.

However after a few days of the same spam being in the junk box, I'd love it if it was blasted to oblivion server-side so i never see it.

Perhaps updating my OS would get me newer mail app with those features... maybe... Hmm.
     
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Jan 10, 2023, 01:59 PM
 
I have to assume professors that teach UI design just take everything that Microsoft has ever done and call that the textbook of what not to do.

If you change the window size, the snipping tool changes the location of the buttons from top....all of the way to the bottom. It took me several seconds to find the save button the first time this happened to me.



     
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Jan 10, 2023, 02:25 PM
 
oh don’t get me started on Microsoft. I’m not even talking about Windows 11. Office keyboard shortcuts - literally every standard ignored. it’s not even consistent from app to app. Alt F4 save as? WTF?
     
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Jan 10, 2023, 02:27 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
I’m convinced that, if Gmail sniffs you’re using a 3rd-party mail client (Apple Mail, Thunderbird, etc.) it will occasionally let spam through, forcing you to log-in directly to Gmail. I get the same occasional spam out of nowhere.

Oddly, sometimes spam will come through (I use Thunderbird) but when I go to Gmail to mark it as spam, it is already in the spam folder. How/why it still downloaded to my Tbird Inbox is a puzzler.

I also sometimes get spam that isn’t actually addressed to my Gmail account. The address is usually some variation of my Gmail address (thorzdad.wantstobuy.things @gmail, for instance) and quite often not even to the Gmail domain. I get a large amount of spam where it’s being sent to a friggin’ AOL address. I check the long headers and/or raw code and my actual, legit Gmail address is not anywhere to be found. Why this happens really perplexes me.
I’m getting AOL addressee spam too. Also lol, that AOL isn’t in Apple’s dictation library. I’m old.

Last irritant for the day… Safari reloading pages all the time. On a 14 Pro with 6 gigs of RAM. How? Why?
     
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Jan 10, 2023, 03:54 PM
 
Originally Posted by Brien View Post
Last irritant for the day… Safari reloading pages all the time. On a 14 Pro with 6 gigs of RAM. How? Why?
Oh, gods, this. There’s just no damned reason to do this.

In iOS on my iPad, Safari reloads a page/tab every. single. time. you go back to it, even if it was mere seconds ago. I’ve sometimes been copy/pasting some text from one tab to a text field (like this one) in another tab, and have had Safari reload the tab and lose everything I had already entered in the text field
     
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Jan 11, 2023, 08:03 AM
 
That is the single biggest change (next to the Pencil 2) I can discern on my new iPad Air 2022. The 8GB RAM means that Safari super often still has the last active tab loaded. It surprises me every time.
     
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Jan 11, 2023, 09:04 AM
 
Apparently, all flights in the US have been grounded due to an outage of the FAA’s NOTAM system. The ground stop is expected to last at least another hour.

I realize this probably isn’t a minor irritant to some folks.
     
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Jan 11, 2023, 09:34 AM
 
Yikes - right after Southwest had their huge outage (apparently their entire computer system was held together with popsicle sticks and Scotch tape).

Apparently the city school IT system got hit by a ransomware attack so they closed school yesterday and today.
     
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Jan 11, 2023, 01:56 PM
 
Please tell us they didn't pay the ransom. That's what keeps these attacks happening.
     
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Jan 11, 2023, 02:40 PM
 
NOTAMs are vital to safety of flight. How the FAA managed to lose that system boggles the mind.

Glenn -----OTR/L, MOT, Tx
     
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Jan 11, 2023, 09:05 PM
 
Well, the leading conspiracy theory is that it was an outside job pulled by some country just to the east of europe.
     
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Jan 11, 2023, 09:30 PM
 
YouTube and ads language again.

I watched a YT video on how we (Westerners) mispronounce Japanese brand names. A day or two later, I got a Nissan ad ... in Japanese.

Since gotten an ad in Hindi - I've seen a few Wion News videos on Ukraine events, all in English. The most recent was over a month ago. Not sure why else YT would try Hindi.

And just now, a pair of ads in Sweedish. No freaking clue why they tried that language.

Side issue: it's getting hard to figure out what the ads are about. The Sweedish ad appeared to be for golf clubs, or maybe vacations at a golf resort. Followed by a Lexus ad, also in Sweedish. The Hindi ad might have been for clothing, cosmetics, or designer eyeglasses. Women dancing around in all of those things.
     
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Jan 11, 2023, 11:40 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Well, the leading conspiracy theory is that it was an outside job pulled by some country just to the east of europe.
So conspiracy theorists give the FAA’s IT folks a clean pass, in favor of blaming foreign interference? But aren’t these the same theorists who flatly denied the factually proven foreign interference in the 2016 election?

My take is simply that the NOTAM system is big, and has been maintained the way almost anything the federal government owns - for the lowest cost possible, despite how critical that system is. Yes, Congress allocates money to the FAA for this system and others, but they allocate pennies when dollars are requested, with full business cases provided and everything.

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Jan 11, 2023, 11:50 PM
 
Now, Glenn. You wouldn’t want the government to raise taxes or something, so they could adequately fund stuff that keeps people safe, would you? That’s practically socialism. Or something.
     
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Jan 12, 2023, 01:09 AM
 
My YouTube revenue has dropped by half since mid-November without me changing anything.., wtf.
     
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Jan 12, 2023, 09:22 AM
 
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YouTube and ads language again.
I've only ever gotten Spanish-language ads, and I haven't seen one of those in a while. We're watching more Hulu now, and the sheer number of dating apps they're advertising is wild - over 50, Christian, the one with the two people in a fencing match while they get ready to go to their high-profile jobs and then the final shot is of the car in the garage rocking back and forth.

Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
My YouTube revenue has dropped by half since mid-November without me changing anything.., wtf.
I was reading yesterday about YouTube demonetizing older videos, while still continuing to show ads and just capture the revenue for themselves - any chance they've pulled something like that?
     
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Jan 12, 2023, 05:51 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Oh, gods, this. There’s just no damned reason to do this.

In iOS on my iPad, Safari reloads a page/tab every. single. time. you go back to it, even if it was mere seconds ago. I’ve sometimes been copy/pasting some text from one tab to a text field (like this one) in another tab, and have had Safari reload the tab and lose everything I had already entered in the text field
I'm really wondering WTF is up with Apple engineering these days. macOS11, iOS 14+ etc. have gotten progressively more buggy. Siri on Homepod is a joke. HomeKit breaks, constantly.

They really need to pump the brakes on the yearly cadence for their entire OS lineup and go back to releasing major updates when they're ready. Or barring that, give us another maintance year like Snow Leopard or iOS 12.
     
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Jan 12, 2023, 06:27 PM
 
I’m not sure the Safari-reloading-tabs thing is a bug so much as it’s just developer hubris/stupidity. Frankly, that would explain a ton of software weirdness from anyone.
     
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Jan 14, 2023, 12:11 AM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
My YouTube revenue has dropped by half since mid-November without me changing anything.., wtf.
Potty mouth?

https://www.theverge.com/2023/1/13/2...-policy-change
     
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Absolutely not. Music videos and a handful of music education videos, exclusively.
     
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Jan 16, 2023, 03:07 PM
 
Today's Microsoft complaint: "smart" highlighting. If I highlight the space before a word because I specifically want that space highlighted, Word will highlight the word before the space as well. No, Microsoft, I don't have bad aim - I wanted just the space, not the whole word before it.

Okay, I just looked it up, and I can disable "When selecting, automatically select entire word" and that issue is fixed.

It's also jarring when I use another computer that still has that horrific cursor smoothing still enabled.
     
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Jan 16, 2023, 08:29 PM
 
Oh man the smooth typing is annoying. So much.

(As is all of Windows 11. Except multi-monitor support which is oddly improved.)
     
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Jan 17, 2023, 09:47 AM
 
It's amazing that after two decades the "skip every other Windows version" is still a hard and fast rule. It'd be great if Microsoft was doing it on purpose, but I don't think they are.
     
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Jan 17, 2023, 11:51 AM
 
Doesn’t Apple kinda do this?
     
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Jan 17, 2023, 02:03 PM
 
Certainly not on the same scale. As far as I'm aware, there's no huge pushback on Apple's OS versions and enterprises aren't almost universally purposely skipping versions.

Windows 2000 - good
Windows ME - skip
Windows XP - good
Windows Vista - skip
Windows 7 - good
Windows 8 - skip
Windows 10 - good
Windows 11 - skip

I'm sure some people found some small issues with different versions of OS X or didn't bother upgrading because there was nothing compelling them to, but for Windows these conclusions are the near-universal opinion of all experts.
     
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Jan 17, 2023, 02:29 PM
 
It’s not Windows bad, but they have a “tick-tock” cycle.

The “tick” is a pretty big overhaul, and the “tock” fixes the shit they broke in the overhaul.

I feel iOS is that way at least.
     
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Jan 17, 2023, 02:53 PM
 
Maybe I'm not enough of a power user to notice, but ever since my iPhone 5 I've just dutifully installed the available upgrade and never had an issue.
     
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Jan 17, 2023, 03:18 PM
 
Same here, Laminar. Apple has at various times gotten into a "This release is features - This release is bug fixes" rhythm, but it's been ages since I last saw an obvious pattern like that.
     
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Jan 17, 2023, 03:26 PM
 
With iOS, I remember 14 being a “tock”, 15 was a “tick” (fuck you Focus in particular), and… 16’s kind of a tick I guess, but better than 15.
     
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At least Focus was real easy to ignore/avoid.
     
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Jan 17, 2023, 04:33 PM
 
You don’t use Do Not Disturb?
     
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No.
     
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Ah.

I’m a “text me 24/7” type, so DND is critical to uninterrupted sleep. Using the Focus version was unavoidable.
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Jan 17, 2023, 11:51 PM
 
A long, long time ago, Amazon accidentally sent me a 50-round magazine loaded with live ammo. Never got rid of it because I felt to do so properly would draw unnecessary attention.

As of a few weeks ago, my state has made the shit illegal.
     
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I don’t use Focus modes or DND (and on macOS, don’t even use notifications). MacOS peaked around 10.9 for me.

Just recently got a new Mac and Ventura is… fine? Much like Win11 I think the OS tries to do too much. Things were simpler then…
     
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I actually like Monterey a lot, though maybe that’s me being thankful they finally ironed out the glitches from early on.

Before Monterey IIRC I was on Sierra, which I also liked.
     
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I’m a “text me 24/7” type, so DND is critical to uninterrupted sleep. Using the Focus version was unavoidable.
How can you be a “text me 24/7” type yet also use DND? Doesn’t that negate being textable 24/7?
     
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Jan 18, 2023, 11:42 AM
 
Read as “text me 24/7 [without fear of it waking me up should I be asleep]”
     
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Variety packs.

Lay’s Variety Pack, 146 ct:
- 8 cool ranch
- 10 bbq
- 10 sour cream and onion
- 12 cheetos
- 96 plain

Quaker Oatmeal, 48 ct:
- 8 apple and cinnamon
- 10 cinnamon spice
- 6 strawberry and cream
- 24 brown sugar

Every time.
     
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I'm not a fan of variety chip packs either. They always seem to short the ones I like the most, with maximum content of the ones I don't care about.

Pop tart variety packs are better - they often have equal breakdowns.
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
I feel iOS is that way at least.
I haven't felt that way about iOS since the radical break of iOS 7.

In recent years, it's become more of a "This is the promise of the new OS", and then they follow through with v X.2 or X.3. Like they laid the groundwork for iCloud end-to-end encryption in iOS 16, but Europe is getting it in 16.3.

With macOS, it does feel like tick-tock a bit. I need to replace this 2016 MBP on an insurance claim (it's got wonky after taking a tumble), and I'm pretty leery of having to move to Ventura at this point. It seems to have broken more stuff than Monterey did, and Monterey feels like a polished system.
     
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Jan 21, 2023, 11:17 PM
 
Google ads have picked up on my YouTube ads. Someone who deserves ads in Sweedish.



"Fram" is a brand of car engine filters. "Thermia" presumably refers to temps. "skidland" might refer to skiing. "av" and "sponsor" might not need translating.

So ... "Hot car filter company sponsors long multimedia skiing vacations". <-- almost certainly wrong.
     
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Thermia does relate to temps by way of it being the name of a heating company.

Längdskidlandslaget is the Swedish Ski Team I think.

Framtidens are for when you your tidens need framming.
     
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Future heating - today. Thermia is a proud sponsor of the national cross-country skiing team.
     
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Sites that ask you to make a password of 40 characters or less, but multiple attempts and a call to support reveal they meant 20 or less.
     
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All password errors should show the requirements dammit. Also if the username is required to be an email address, give us a clue, man.
     
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This one also didn’t allow hyphens in the password.

At least they notified you of it, but it was still pretty irritating.
     
 
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