29 Jun 2016 @ 8:56 PM 

So, for no good reason, it seems Microsoft Office Upload Center (seemingly working in sync with OneDrive) likes to crash, restart, crash, restart, crash, (you guessed it), restart, etc., causing this:

 

Uber fun! (and I don’t mean the car ride). In fact, as of completing this post, the icons have now doubled. And now OneDrive as well (the issues are obviously related):

It’s bad enough the OneDrive sync takes ages to update files (causing most of my peers to revert to using DropBox), and resolving errors is tedious.

Tip: Seems disconnecting the networking, waiting a few seconds, and reconnecting helps.  As usual, Microsoft products work under “normal” circumstances (even then falling short, like Apple [don't get me started]) and rarely like to be helpful recovering otherwise. You’d think with all the money they have they could afford to hire better developers. ;) (it’s not like they just started recently, this has been around for years now – since August 1, 2007! :/ )

ps. I should also note I wasn’t uploading any office files! In fact, choosing to list recent uploads shows nothing (because I never use it lol).

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Last Edit: 29 Jun 2016 @ 09:01 PM

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 09 Mar 2016 @ 1:37 PM 

So, I noticed that OneDrive didn’t sync some items, so I opened the window to see the errors:

 

It said to search help, so I did.  Guess what?  It actually didn’t help (surprise! :/).  To make matters worse, there was no actual way to access these files from this screen.  Someone from Microsoft actually created this screen with no way to actually open the folder to where the file is.  Being a developer myself I know this is extremely easy, which makes who developed this UI part extremely poor.  It’s things like this that make me understand more and more why people switch to Google Apps instead.

So what are the invalid characters?  No problem, I just went to Google Help instead (google.ca), and found this: https://goo.gl/B8J478    ;)

BTW: Just to be fair, the help was “offline”, but these invalid characters have been known since 2013, so still no excuse. ;)

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Last Edit: 09 Mar 2016 @ 01:44 PM

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 09 Feb 2016 @ 9:05 PM 

You have no idea how much I HATE it when support for a software product or online service tells me something was “designed that way”.  If something isn’t working as expected, or becomes a road block for usage, it should not be easily dismissed.  Why don’t more software companies take more hints to these responses and better fix the issue? I get more the feeling these support correspondences fall along the wayside never to be seen again.  Let me coin a term here: BOPs – Bugs On Purpose (or perhaps BBD – Bugs By Design?) ;)

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Last Edit: 23 May 2017 @ 11:36 PM

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 17 Sep 2015 @ 12:42 PM 

Want to create your own animated comic, and post to YouTube!  Sure, no problem, just fork over $40-$50 per month, and don’t mind the companies advertising logo on your paid productions. :/ Think I’m joking?  Nope, go check the pricing for yourself.  I was actually considering their outrageous prices until I realized it.  They should have a pricing model for people who just want to try it for a couple months or so to see if it is something they can actually use (a 14-day trial is not long enough to try any projects on the public to warrant buy-in).

Anyhow, there are others, which you may find have a better pricing model: http://alternativeto.net/software/moovly/

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Last Edit: 17 Sep 2015 @ 12:44 PM

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 25 Aug 2015 @ 11:17 PM 

<rant>

News companies need to stop wasting people’s time showing ads EVERY SINGLE TIME A NEW VIDEO IS CLICKED.  You have no idea how ANNOYING THIS IS.  It’s the sole reason I rarely ever watch news videos online.  For example, the videos at “ctvnews.ca” makes people wait 30 seconds between EVERY video that only runs for 2-4 minutes on average.  So, if I watch 10 technology videos (2 mins each let’s say [skipping boring parts]), that’s 5 additional solid minutes of my time just watching ads!  The MOST annoying part of that is actually watching the SAME AD REPEAT ITSELF FOR ALMOST THE ENTIRE TIME!!! DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO SHOW THE SAME DAMN AD EVERY TIME I CLICK A VIDEO!? Honestly.  Money hungry much?  Perhaps the executives thinking they know best and being the assholes they most likely are?  Or perhaps just too lazy to actually make a site worth a damn?  (why make it at all if people won’t stay on it? There’s a term for this: SPAM sites – they just waste your time to make money)  Don’t investors also realize that showing the same ad multiple times when I’m not interested does nothing but piss me off and make me hate them?

How it should work: Listen closely, because this is only for smart people: Because visitors may skip many videos before settling on one, ONLY show ads after a PERIOD OF TIME PASSES.  Ok? (sort of like YouTube). Wake up and stop living in the past.  This is the internet, NOT TV.

Until this changes, I’ll continue to use my workaround – opening two separate windows and simply muting the audio on the one with the commercial while watching the other, then switching. >:)

</rant>

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 03 Dec 2014 @ 7:46 PM 

So, for a few years I’ve been stuck with jamesnw@me.com (please feel free to spam this to hell, as I never use it, and perhaps Apple will then allow me to change it, lol).  Can people change their Apple ID?  Yes – EXCEPT, if the email is an APPLE email (i.e. some_one@me.com, or @icloud.com).  Why?  Who knows – perhaps it’s good for business to trap people into a corner and prevent them from leaving.  I would liken it to people going into a store, and the owner locking the door to prevent them from buying elsewhere. ;)  Dumb? Yes.  Expected?  Of course, from Apple.

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Last Edit: 03 Dec 2014 @ 07:48 PM

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 03 Dec 2014 @ 7:35 PM 

Well, I was in my Apple account changing stuff, and what recently pissed me off (just add this to the list) was changing my security questions.  By the time I figured out the answers to 3 of them, it timed out, and I had to start over (3 times, because I had to find the questions still, then type the answer, and change the email).  There’s not enough damn time to do anything the first time.  So dumb – yet so expected really.

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 03 Nov 2014 @ 4:00 PM 

I hate phone voice dictations and smell checkers that auto corset my messages without first giving me options. Is spatially regarding voice dications, witch I think should give a list of possible meanings to select forum.  I mean, some words just don’t make cents in the context, write? :(

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Last Edit: 03 Nov 2014 @ 04:00 PM

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 24 Feb 2014 @ 8:34 AM 

Well, I cannot say for sure, but I’ll let you in on a little something I just found out.  I did a quick search to find the truth, and found they created a bias website to trick people into believing it is the best thing since sliced bread.  The site I found was this one:

http://gastricbypass.me (Gastric Bypass Reviews and Options)

Looks good, and seems to be a neutral website on Gastric Bypass.  It also seems some pages conveniently fail to load because, well, apparently a lot of people are flooding the pages from MY specific city (it seems they autodetected my location); how convenient for them.

 

Wow, a lot of people from my specific area are on this site. :(

 

Ok, well, let’s assume that I’m unlucky enough to have a lot of people from my small area flood this page.  Let’s look deeper into the site itself.  I’m curious if this domain is owned by Roca Labs.  I did a quick lookup and got this:

Domain Name:GASTRICBYPASS.ME
Domain Create Date:30-Mar-2012 20:09:04 UTC
Domain Last Updated Date:14-Nov-2013 04:01:40 UTC
Domain Expiration Date:30-Mar-2014 20:09:04 UTC
Last Transferred Date:
Sponsoring Registrar:Name.com LLC R79-ME (625)
Created by:Name.com LLC R79-ME (625)
Last Updated by Registrar:Name.com LLC R79-ME (625)
Domain Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Registrant ID:wp81546cydbvt
Registrant Name:Whois Agent
Registrant Organization:Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Registrant Address:PO Box 639
Registrant Address2:
Registrant Address3:
Registrant City:Kirkland
Registrant State/Province:WA
Registrant Country/Economy:US
Registrant Postal Code:98083
Registrant Phone:+1.4252740657
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:+1.4259744730
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant E-mail:gastricbypass.me@protecteddomainservices.com

Ok, well that’s “protected” from prying eyes, so what about rocalabs.com?

Domain Name: ROCALABS.COM
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.domainsite.com
Registrar URL: http://www.domainsite.com
Updated Date: 2013-02-14T19:12:18-07:00
Creation Date: 2009-04-09T12:20:20-06:00
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2014-04-09T12:20:20-06:00
Registrar: DomainSite, Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 466
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@domainsite.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.17202492374
Resellser:
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registrant Name: Whois Agent
Registrant Organization: Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Registrant Street: PO Box 639
Registrant City: Kirkland
Registrant State/Province: WA
Registrant Postal Code: 98083
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.4252740657
Registrant Fax: +1.4259744730
Registrant Email: rocalabs.com@protecteddomainservices.com 

Hmmm, well well well. That location looks much the same.  Also, something to hide?  Not even Microsoft, as big as they are, use privacy services.  Well, let’s look even deeper.  Let’s lookup the IP addresses of the domains:

gastricbypass.me = 209.59.163.199
rocalabs.com = 209.59.164.12

Well well well gain.  The IPs seem to be on the same subnet!  Ok, well, perhaps they could claim its in the same data centre as a coincidence.  Ok, well, let’s do a simple “trace route” to find more details on the IPs:

>tracert 209.59.163.199 (this is the gastricbypass.me domain)
11 30 ms 30 ms 40 ms lw-dc3-dist15.rtr.liquidweb.com [69.167.128.205]
12 32 ms 31 ms 31 ms host2.rocalabs.com [209.59.163.199]
>tracert 209.59.164.12 (this is the rocalabs.com domain)
11 32 ms 33 ms 33 ms lw-dc3-dist15.rtr.liquidweb.com [69.167.128.201]
12 34 ms 32 ms 35 ms host.rocalabs.com [209.59.164.12]

BUSTED!  As you can see, gastricbypass.me is hosted by the host2.rocalabs.com server, and rocalabs.com is hosted by host.rocalabs.com!!! THEY ARE BOTH ON THE ROCALABS.COM DOMAIN!!!

So, my question is not whether or not their product works, but whether or not you should trust a company that tries to mislead people through fake websites in order to boost sales. In fact, they even go as far as to list “other options”, but the information is laced with details that seem tailored to scare people away – and into the only other “successful” alternative called, of course, “Gastric Bypass Alternative” (the product sold by Roca Labs).  As well, all the videos on the site simply glorify the Roca Labs product ONLY.

Need I really say more?   Help fight scams, share this article.

 

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Last Edit: 24 Feb 2014 @ 08:50 AM

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 08 May 2013 @ 6:19 PM 

Okay, so I’ve been collecting Air Miles for years (no reason, just because) and got 1083 points.  They then started a new program that lets you convert your Air Miles to cash (for gas, etc.) – but only if you start over! :( Really!? I mean, COMMON! ARE YOU KIDDING? You honestly think I’m going to start over, and to make matters worse, SPLIT points between TWO plans now? (since it’s one or the other).  I see the warning signs – time to switch to something else that’s not a scam I think, ‘nough said.

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