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Big Brother

Facebook just got a whole shit ton creepier.

First, they offered me an email address, which basically let’s non facebook users to send you messages. It’s more of a facebook message than an email, but you can add attachments. That’s really cool- if I’m taking to somebody and want to send them a picture I usually resort to email on the side. Now, I don’t have to. After chatting for a few minutes, I noticed a little box in the chat dialogue. It brought up my messages between that person- and it had all of our chat logged in it. It appears now whenever you chat with someone, your actually sending them an “email” and everything is logged. I looked through my messages and it has my last two days of chats logged. Next time Facebook, ask me. Or at least let me turn this fucking thing off. It would also be cooler if allowed me to pick my email address instead of using my facebook.com/username.

The new button takes you to your messages/chat logs with that person

I get what they are doing; they are trying to eliminate email. In a perfect world, that would be great. Someones email would actually be connected to another person, so you knew exactly who you were sending something to and they would know who you are. In other words, no more spam. If you did want to spam me, I’d know exactly who you are and could easily find your home and rip your wife in half. Also, some people just never check their email but yet they are on Facebook all day. It’d be a one stop shop but with shit that’s actually useful.

I don’t like how chats are thrown into the mix. There are certain people I talk to everyday; finding something they send me a month ago would take forever. Specially with Facebook’s dumb ass idea of scrolling. They really need to learn how to have page numbers rather than making you scroll to the top and wait and have the next paid load, over and over again. Chat logs are personal stuff, having them one click away makes it way too easy to spy on people when they leave themselves logged into someone else’s computer. I’m not against logged chats; I love that and used to Meebo solely for that reason. It should just be in a different location and be password protected. That’s how I would do it if I were in charge. I would also put the paperclip/attachment icon inside the chat window, and have instant messages with attachments sent to the messages folder. The way they have it is just a little too much integration for me. Usually, when Facebook adds new features they don’t let go of them. I guess we’d better get used to it.

“Fuck Facebook. In the face.”


And one more thing…

…I like about my Mac is the unlimited battery life.


Quality

I just can’t seem to fix this computer. I did some e-search and found an orgy of other people with the same problem and had to replace the computer because there is no fixing it. In the last 13 months, this is 4/4 HP’s that have crapped out on me. I’m convinced they are most unreliable company on earth. In other news I just got a job solely selling HP products in Best Buy. I love the job, but I feel bad for the poor saps who actually take my advice and buy the crap. The 2 back to back HP desktops that crapped out were 1,500 a piece. The two together lasted about three years; if that same 3k were spent on a mac pro, I bet my balls (both of them) that it would still be running like a fucking champ. I could find loads of people who despise Apple, but I’d have a hard time finding someone who could dispute that.

I like Apple. I’m actually really surprised by the number of people who flat out hate them, and even hate me for liking them. The people who do hate them usually know nothing about them; they can’t afford it and they envy the people who can. The people with “Apple fanboy” in their vocabulary are usually dorks (NOT nerds) who think they know it all because they upgraded the ram in their 7 year old e-machines. It’s a sad truth.

I have yet to hear someone say that a Ferrari sucks because it’s expensive. It’s illogical to think something is inferior because it costs more. I could actually argue that a mac isn’t any more expensive than any other computer. They retain their value more than any other computer, so when it’s time to upgrade you don’t have to toss it in the garbage. My first laptop was a macbook that I bought for $1100 dollars. After two years, I sold it for $800 and I upgraded to a $1000 Gateway. That gateway was sent in for repairs twice during the first year, and the repairs only lasted about 3 months.  Essentially, the macbook cost me 300$, and the Gateway cost me $1,000. I bet a majority of people who made the switch to Apple have a similar story.

Despite how all this sounds, this is not about Apple vs HP. It’s about quality. I’m not upset that my HP’s aren’t macs, I’m upset they aren’t working right now. The only other company that builds their computers with quality is Lenovo. My school is actually forcing a Lenovo into my hands, but I’m embracing it because it’s top notch quality. I’m actually excited to get my hands on it. Lenovo offers a three year warranty out of the box on most of their computers, some with on site repairs. The extra two years doesn’t even make a difference to Lenovo or Apple because less people have problem with their machines after three years than a Toshiba in one. Apple is just slick enough to get people to pay the extra 250 for it.

I wish this job had Apple or Lenovo behind it, I would sell the shit out of either of those companies. Not because they are easier to sell, but  because I trust what I’m selling and would actually take it home myself. The low prices and equally low quality helps HP sell two laptops every second of every day of every year. They need me to sell their products because they certainly don’t sell themselves, and if I don’t intervene and say “hey, don’t spend 400 dollars less on this subpar machine”  no one would buy the damn things.

I guess my point is if  you don’t like fillet mignon, that doesn’t mean you have to eat fast food. If your debating two computers, don’t let the price be the deciding factor because odds are you won’t be saving anything by going with the cheaper one.


What am I to do Windows?

Gotta love the choices