On Thursday night of last week, my Synology DS415+ NAS died. It turns out that there was a CPU defect in this NAS which prompted Synology to extend its warranty from two to four years for people who ran into the defect, but alas my NAS decided to wait until it was five years old… Read More »
I recently replaced my Fitbit Ionic, which I wore for a couple years, with a Garmin Forerunner 35. Before the Fitbit, I wore two different Pebble models, so I’ve had long-term experience with four different fitness smart-watches. Here are my thoughts about both watches and how they compare. A good overall framing for this review… Read More »
Check out https://blog.kamens.us/head-to-head-comparison-of-password-managers-with-interactive-grid/.
The comics aggregator is currently unable to display Carolyn Hax columns because the Washington Post RSS feed that the aggregator uses to find out about Carolyn’s columns has been broken for several days. I have complained repeatedly to the Post’s customer service department but they have not acknowledged my complaint or addressed the problem. I… Read More »
I’ve just finished yet another iteration of the tooling I use to prevent myself from walking away from my desk without my YubiKey, which I previously described here. I’ve decided at this point it time to release the code somewhere a bit more robustly than in a blog posting, so I’ve published it on Github.… Read More »
When I look at the content of the “Mallard Fillmore” comic strip, two words inevitably come to mind: “ok boomer.” Bruce Tinsley, the author of Mallard Fillmore, has a nationwide platform which he mostly uses to publish endless variants of stupid “get off my lawn!” jokes, as befitting someone of his age. If it were… Read More »
The advice column “Ask Amy”, written by Amy Dickinson, has been removed from my comics aggregator and will not be coming back. Advice columnists draw from three wellsprings: advice, compassion, and judgment. All three have their place, and different responses call for different measures of each one. Good columnists accompany all three with a healthy… Read More »
Dear Vanguard, Yesterday, I wrote to you about the trouble I had trying to donate stock to a charity through your site, and the additional trouble I had when trying to complain to you about the initial trouble. I also tweeted at you about it. You responded this morning: I also DM’d you and asked… Read More »
Dear Vanguard, I have been a Vanguard account-holder for a rather long time, and overall I have been exceedingly happy with the service you have provided. Today, however, I am irritated, because today, you unnecessarily wasted my time and made my life more difficult, something which in the past you have been exceedingly good at… Read More »
Generating pointless alerts that users can’t do anything about decreases security for everyone.