Hipster dummy text

I just noticed that Twitter Bootstrap’s dummy text in their examples is pretty funny:

“Tight next level keffiyeh you probably haven’t heard of them. Photo booth beard raw denim letterpress vegan messenger bag stumptown. Farm-to-table seitan, mcsweeney’s fixie sustainable quinoa 8-bit american apparel have a terry richardson vinyl chambray. Beard stumptown, cardigans banh mi lomo thundercats. Tofu biodiesel williamsburg marfa, four loko mcsweeney’s cleanse vegan chambray. A really ironic artisan whatever keytar, scenester farm-to-table banksy Austin twitter handle freegan cred raw denim single-origin coffee viral.”

From what I understand, they might be using Hipster Ipsum which generates random hipster text for you…if you need that sort of thing.

no double-clicky!

Double-clicking may have been a terrible Windows design idea.  It does a lot of different things depending on the context.  Many people have just learned over time that you should just double-click everything just to make sure.  This makes web application development a bit harder, as you need to anticipate the possibility that people might hit that button twice quickly and so on.  Double-clicking on tabs in the Office ribbon will hide the tab and you’ll wonder what happened.

In summary, don’t double-click anything except files you want to open in Windows.  Click on links in the web browser once.  You can tell the difference between things you want to open and links by…oh, I see the problem.  🙂

Netflix profile issues

Why is it so hard to find anyone on the internet talking about the lack of profiles in the Windows 8 Netflix app?  Also, where’s the option to just have it alternate discs shipped for the various profiles?  If you only have one disc at-a-time and try to go to the Profile DVD Options, it tells you, “You only have 1 disc at-a-time in your plan. You may want to upgrade to a larger plan so each Profile will receive movies.”  What I really want is for it to take turns shipping DVDs for each profile.  Must be too hard.

Why Youtube is so slow

Here’s an article that talks about why Youtube loads so slowly.  Basically, your ISP (Comcast, Centurylink, etc.) wants mo’ money from Google for delivering the traffic to you…even though you’re already paying them for the internet service.  The ISP holds back network upgrades as a negotiating tactic…perhaps because they know it makes Youtube look like the bad guy, giving them more negotiating power with Google.

How to use Pandora

After all this time, I’ve finally figured out how to get Pandora to be more random.  Don’t go to your list of stations and shuffle.  It will just touch the surface of each station, which mainly means playing the artist that station is named after.  Instead, you should probably go into the individual band station you want to play for more shuffle depth.

Amazon reorder hackery

I was reading about some hackery trickery involving Amazon accounts. The bad guy needs to know your name, mailing address, and email address. They do an online chat with Amazon and pretend to be you to get an order number from something you bought recently. Then they ask Amazon for a free replacement of that order. As it’s being shipped, they ask them to change the receiving address to another US address. The US address turns out to be a company that forwards packages to other countries. So if you get a mysterious email from Amazon about a replacement order that you never asked for, this might have happened to you. This guy has more.

Tell someone if you get an odd email from them

If you ever get an odd email from someone, contact them about it through other channels.  Don’t just reply to the email.  Hackers may have taken control of the account for the purpose of sending emails out to people saying “Help, I lost my wallet as I’m travelling here in Nigeria and need you to wire money.”  If the hackers are watching the account, they’ll just delete any warning emails from anyone, which is why you need to warn the person through other channels.