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[16 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on Android issues | 666 views]
Android issues

As I’ve alluded to before, my disappointment with the Android operating system created by Google is mighty. However, it reached a new low last week.
Suddenly I kept being presented with “Unfortunately, Google+ has stopped” errors that prevented me from doing anything until I tapped either “Report” or “OK”. I tapped “OK” the first few times, but then I thought, “Well, maybe I should be a good user and report this problem.” At first my reports were polite, but after being presented with this error every few seconds, sometimes one on …

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[8 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Goodbye Windows! Goodbye Google! | 591 views]

The day is finally here! It’s 8 April 2014, and support for Windows XP has ended. Years ago — I really don’t remember how many — I swore that XP would be the last version of Windows that I’d run. Not because XP was any worse than versions of Windows before it; on the contrary, having finally reached a level of acceptable stability with Windows 2000, XP continued that and I was generally happy, although that happiness (contentedness, rather) has been badly tinged in the last couple of years by …

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[28 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on Samsung and Android: Out-of-box failure | 869 views]

I learnt a new term recently while doing research related to configuring my Samsung/Android tablet: Out-of-box failure. The current definition (as of this writing) on Wikipedia that applies in this case is as follows: “Out of box failure … is a negative experience a user has when installing and/or performing initial configuration on a piece of hardware ….”
In a nutshell, I am mightily disappointed in my Samsung/Android tablet.
While I have damn nearly two decades of experience being the go-to guy for computer problems among some of my friends (not to …

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[13 Oct 2011 | Comments Off on Google search going downhill? | 403 views]

After being frustrated by the results in a Google search yet again, I submitted the following feedback to Google under the category “Google’s search results weren’t helpful” and the sub-category “The results included a page that was irrelevant”:
You searched for shaw vod 33319.
Please list which site or sites were irrelevant.
http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=55214
http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=127023
https://secure.shaw.ca/apps/digital_services/GuideErrors.asp
… and probably the rest of the results, but I didn’t go past the top three.
Why were they irrelevant?
I’m finding more and more that Google ignores one or more of my search terms, trying to be too clever for its own …