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Welcome, my friends, to the greatest collection of words ever written. Yes, I know that this kind of thing is subjective, and that I often forget about unimportant things like forming a proper sentence. Many experts on the English language will probably say my posts are the worst thing they've ever read, even compared to an owner's manual for a Chinese washing machine, but they are wrong. Those other written works were made by people not brave enough to say Canadian Internet service providers are bad. This one was.

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The Dell XPS 12 Had a Very Serious, Very Stupid Design Flaw

There's an Olde English saying out there that goes something like this: He who buyeth a laptop just because it looketh cool shall risk developing cancer. OK, maybe I made that up. Still, I feel like this is one of the most interesting design flaws to ever come out of the tech industry, and one that deserves to be far better known because of just how pathetic it is. When Dell launched the original XPS 12 in 2012, it was marketed as a "MacBook Air and iPad melded into one device," despite

WordPad is no longer broken

If you didn't see my last post on here, WordPad wasn't starting as quickly as it should've been on my laptop. I tried everything I could possibly think of to fix it or at least diagnose it, but everything failed. I was recently thinking about things that could have some form of input into how WordPad works (which isn't much, it's got about as many settings as a light switch) and thought about the Windows Print Spooler service. For those of you wondering what the hell I'm talking about, t

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WordPad is Broken

Whenever I write one of these posts, there's a good chance that I'm doing so using WordPad. I know some people are probably wondering why, so I should probably start by answering that.   I don't use Microsoft Office because I'm not paying $80 for a word processor. I don't use LibreOffice because it's crashy, needs to be updated manually, and unfamiliar. I know WordPad has no spell-checking, but that doesn't bother me because I'm confidrnt enough in my spellig. I know WordPad doesn't ha

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Thoughts on the iPhone 14

As the proud user of a tried-and-tired iPhone XS with an ailing battery and more scuffs than a drunk driver’s car, it should be fairly obvious that I’m not the kind of person who excitedly buys the latest iPhone when it comes out. Still, I often argue with the keyboard comedians out there who always make the same jokes about how a new iPhone is the same as the last one.   I’ve always disagreed with these people for several reasons over the years: The camera usually gets a s

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You don't want to use a Linux-converted Chromebook

About a year ago, I received a Chromebook from my mom’s friend. Its end of support date was sometime in June of this year (2022 if you’re reading this in 2023, 2024, or maybe this blog will be like religious books and people in the year 4843 will have this read to them by their robotic dog who is also their dental hygienist), so she figured I might want to do something with it.   I genuinely don’t think I’d ever wanted a laptop less than that, because I’m sure we all know the hardware

Tasks with Plenty of Documentation: 2, theverge.com: 0

Hello everyone! I’m back at my home again, which is a lot like being out at my cabin but with Internet that’s twice as slow and three times more expensive. Tonight I wanted to take a look at an impressively bad article from The Verge (Wow! I bet you’re shocked! You probably thought “bad The Verge article” was an oxymoron!)   This absolute gem of a story can be considered a spiritual successor to the last time The Verge tried to perform a task for which an endless amount of documentatio

Trying to Update a Blu-Ray Player From 14 Years Ago Shouldn't be This Hard

Hello everyone! I'm writing this from my cabin, where it's now past midnight because finding a firmware update for my Sharp Blu-Ray player took so long. While I can usually trust the Wayback Machine to find me a 2000s copy of a webpage that includes whatever download I'm after, this was much harder.   Actually, "much harder" is a massive understatement. What I meant is that it'd probably be easier to find the lost city of Atlantis and the lost city of Eldorado than it would be to find

The Search for a New Monitor, Part 2

A little while ago, I told you guys about how desperate I was to switch to a monitor that wasn’t a low-end Acer from 2006-07. I said how much I really wanted one of those Dell Ultrasharp monitors that you could put those soundbars on, and it seems like that’s finally becoming a reality in a few days.   Yesterday, I was out in Downtown Winnipeg, for an appointment when I had the idea to go to an e-recycling facility and look for one of those monitors. The place is located in Winnipeg’s

The Spark Plug Change From Hell, Part One

Today's blog entry is a lesson in not being prepared when you really should've been. My dad and I knew it wouldn't be long until we had to change the spark plugs in the '05 Audi TT, but we came to the car without a spark plug wrench, experience working on these stupid German cars with barely any room around the engine, or even the damn replacement spark plugs.    The TT has been sitting in a garage at our cabin for over half a year, because we had a painfully long winter, Followed by a

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ScrollPoint: IBM's Attempt to Reinvent the Wheel, Literally

Over the years, IBM has introduced some of the greatest and most fondly-remembered peripherals in the history of the PC. Whether we’re talking about the venerable Model M, or the TrackPoint that made laptops far more intuitive at a time when they usually sacrificed too many features to truly replace desktops, it’s clear that IBM knew what they were doing in the late 20th Century. Today, however, we’re taking a look back at a product that didn’t quite develop the same kind of following.  

I think keyboards hate me today

This evening I was just opening my Start Menu to open Firefox, when my trusty 20-year-old Microsoft Internet Keyboard decided it wanted to search "444444444444444" on its own. I was a little confused at first, but I decided to just brush it off as me probably pressing the key without noticing. I opened the Start Menu again, and right away, it says "666666666666" in the search box. At this point I'm afraid someone might've managed to get access to my computer despite how much I do about security,

I can't believe how bad the Windows 10 Photos app is

Remember in 2017 when Microsoft unveiled their latest in innovative buzzwords, “Creators?” I sure wish I didn’t. 5 years after its release, the Creators Update is still the worst update to Windows 10 for a plethora of reasons, chief among them being Microsoft’s promises to replace a significant amount of the best software they’ve ever made with even better stuff. Being Microsoft, they naturally failed to deliver on any of those promises.   After using all of the programs introduced in

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I'm ditching my 16-year-old monitor for another 16-year-old monitor

When I was younger, I always loved to read this little story in which there were 3 pigs, and and a wolf. These 3 pigs each built their houses out of different materials, and the wolf demolished all but one of them, presumably because they weren’t compliant with local building codes.   Why am I bringing up an obscure children’s story you’ve definitely never heard before in a post about monitors? Because of the similarities between the LCD monitors sold from 2006 to 2010 that featured on

I've hated computers a little bit less ever since I stopped caring about Windows 11

As you guys may know, I have a burning hatred for Windows 11. I don't think there's ever been another UI that feels like such an insult to the userbase, and there's just no excuse for the artificial hardware limits. However, I've decided to stop pretending that this is somehow going to affect me, because I don't think I'll ever actually use the OS.  Ever since I found out about this, I vowed that I'd become like one of those people who still uses Windows 7 in 2022, only I'd be using Windows

How to Fix WMP Metadata Services in XP, Vista and 7 if You Want to Do That for Some Reason

If you're like me, you might remember July of 2019, when Microsoft discontinued their fai[dot]metaservices[dot]com metadata provider for Windows Media Player, and only added a replacement service on Windows 8.1 and 10. This came as a tremendous shock to me, because the resulting uproar was how I found out people still used WMP. Since then, several people have discovered a workaround, which is effective in almost every way, aside from one thing I'll answer at the very end because that's how blog

A post about my computer

As a Gen Z, it seems like I'm required to make my whole life revolve around one thing, to the point of insanity and well beyond. That's why if you search "Acer Aspire T180", you'll find that the amount of posts mentioning this Vista-era mini-tower has essentially doubled since the day I joined the forums.   Why do I love a PC made nearly 2 decades ago by a system integrator known for their poor build quality so much? Can you still live with a computer from the days when people hadn't e

1st post

Hi everyone! I'm officially behind the times by about 15 years now. I don't care how 2007 it is to have a blog, I'm doing it. Due to my lack of creativity, I chose a name that clearly isn't infringing on the name of any other blogs. I'm also not sure how often I'll post on here, but I'm aiming to do so 3-4 times a week, and have recurring series on things. Think of it as LGR in (poorly) written form, I guess. EDIT: I've changed the name to something that's clearly far more unique and origin

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