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Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by random axe on Yesterday at 07:41:23 PM »
SO my phone updated.  :eyeroll:

Here are the things now broken:

- Google Play Services has turned from an irritation into a total ass.  Now, unless I have every single permission turned on (yes, including Body Motion Sensors), it stops my messaging app from working and randomly reboots the phone.  It helpfully removed my ability to disable it, too, so I can't stop it from being an ass 24/7 and letting Google spy on me.  I'll have to get those Colorform stickers that go over the cameras, etc, etc, fucking fuck.  Phone's basically a piece of shit, now.

- The Messaging system is really weird in small ways I can ignore, except that I can no longer send Group Chat messages.  We use Group Chat for work, and also my family uses it for family updates, which are more common of late.  But I can't reply now unless I reply to people separately.  FFS.  Also, I still have only an impoverished subset of the melted-gumdrops emojis.  :eyeroll:

- Chrome updated to v. 80.0.398blahblahblah.  And it is ass.  Oh my sweet leaping CHRIST is it bad. 

- The look and feel went off a cliff.  Using it feels like a crime against good taste.

- It closes tabs sometimes for no apparent reason (and they don't always appear in the Recently Closed list, you can't just reopen them, not that the reopen-tab function ever worked well).

- Memory use is way up.

- It's frequently way too slow, much slower than before.  I tend to think this is connected to the memory use.

- It doesn't display URLs well anymore.  I mean, you can see part of the URL, but it's now a two-extra-steps pain in the ass to see the whole thing, or copy it, or edit it.  God, they hate the user to have any input control.

- Used to be, if you 'clicked' on a link and held your finger down, you'd get a pop-up that showed the link URL and options like Open In A New Tab.  Now you get a smaller pop-up (But fancier! Hurrah!) that shows you only 18 characters of the URL.  Which . . . is not better.  And so, for instance, if you're at, say, Reddit or Fark or any other site that redirects, you won't see the actual URL the link wants to send you to, just the redirect prefix.  So you gotta just click and wait to see where you're being sent.  Ha ha!  No.

So I haven't followed links from aggregator sites since it 'upgraded'.  Thanks, Google, you schmucks.

There's a bunch of other shit, but I forget what.  Money is tight, but I'm seriously thinking of buying a second phone to try jailbreaking it, to see if I can run a Google-free rig instead.  I just hate those useless fuckers.  And they used to be great!  Just makes it even more irritating.

Seriously, though.  This new Chrome is so bad.  So bad I'd try Edge.  THAT'S HOW BAD IT IS.  Although I'll probably use Firefox instead, even if it's not great.  It's better than this.
General Discussion / Re: Topicless
« Last post by random axe on March 27, 2020, 03:14:21 PM »
Yeah.  That stuff is apparently very similar to the Goop products, which, in turn, are pretty similar to each other.  The Shoe Goo version is apparently thinner / runnier, and the Marine and Plumbing Goops are thicker and maybe faster-setting (not everyone agrees), and the outdoor formulations are more UV-resistant.

What I really want is a type of this exact thing that's thin enough to be painted on in layers, roughly like rubber cement . . . except far stronger.  All this shit is a messy pain in the ass.

I have a tube of E6000 that I haven't opened yet.  These things are like silicone.  Sometimes you have like 3 days from whenever you open the tube, and after that you've got a block of rubber in a tube.
General Discussion / Re: Topicless
« Last post by pdrake on March 27, 2020, 10:52:34 AM »
Try this. It's pretty good stuff.

General Discussion / Re: Topicless
« Last post by random axe on March 26, 2020, 04:34:33 PM »
The Gorilla Glue is failing.  The areas where it's let go . . . look like they were never glued.  It's not the material tearing; the adhesive seems to be falling away from both surfaces in very small pieces.

Six months almost exactly, make of it what you will.  I rarely use the shoes that got the Gorilla.  Goop would've definitely last longer.

The Goop thinned with acetone remains a weird failure, though.  Not much grip strength, and in some places it turned the leather very dark, as if it were damp.  Those areas are probably sealed, but it's not what I was hoping for.
Health & Sports / Re: Misc
« Last post by Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 22, 2020, 06:00:20 PM »
"Dammit, Jim ..."
Health & Sports / Re: Misc
« Last post by random axe on March 21, 2020, 07:58:57 PM »
I mentioned elsewhere that in the last few months I managed to drill through my left thumbnail TWICE in separate incidents.  I just can't stop injuring that thumb, and apparently I don't own the right book of forbidden knowledge to tell me what that means.

I've been managing the broken thumbnail with nail polish (clear, mostly) and Super Glue and baking soda.  Very mixed results.  Yesterday, I friggin' googled the problem, because I know shit about nail polish.  (HOW CAN IT TAKE SO LONG TO DRY AND YET BE SO SOFT AND FLIMSY WHEN IT'S DONE I should just use polyurethane.)  Broken nails are something women have dealt with more than men, all in all, because men usually have just looked at the broken nail and cursed.

SO, yesterday, I put on a thin coat of clear polish and then pressed into it little strips I cut from a paper coffee filter, which I then covered with another layer of nail polish.  And you know what?  I should've done that like two months ago.  It's not perfect, but it was cheap and easy, and it works much better than anything I tried before.  And from an engineering standpoint, it's retroactively obvious.  :nonplused:

It also looks like I have a bandage on my thumbnail, which is a lot better than the nail actually looks, with or without gloss.  So there's that.  All in all, I recommend this method, should you need it.
Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by random axe on March 06, 2020, 01:39:04 PM »
:shamrock: :thumbsup:
Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by pdrake on March 05, 2020, 10:09:53 PM »
Got my mac pro today. First thing I did was turn off auto update.  ;)

Now to relearn macOS and get re-used to the hot keys.
Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by random axe on March 05, 2020, 12:51:43 PM »
OK, so:

Archives and Curious have the same AT&T U-verse internet-and-phones misery service.  We've mostly got it manageable after I was eventually able to convince AT&T to drop about $250 a month of unnecessary add-ons that their sales guy convinced my boss we needed.  :eyeroll:

Archives often has its phone go out, and its internet typically disconnects for at least a few minutes about every 15-20 minutes.  Sometimes it's out for an hour.  Rebooting the router usually fixes it, but it's what you'd call a pain in the ass.  Getting an AT&T tech to come look at it is usually a 2-3 day affair, and usually they declare there's nothing wrong and it must be the scapegoat of your choice.

But.  Archives' setup includes an extra piece of hardware, a gray box almost the size of the router, which sits between the router and the computer.  AT&T techs have always refused to reveal exactly what it is and what it does.  I googled its serial number once, and, yeah, the internet said it was a gateway.  But Archives doesn't do anything Curious does, so why the extra hardware?

Today, the clerk there was fed up and just unplugged the gray box's transformer.  And the DSL immediately started working again.  Phone works, too.  Mind you, the Ethernet still goes through the gray box on its way to the standard U-verse Pace router, but apparently it doesn't care if the gray box is shut down.


It's been two hours, and no problems.  SO I guess we leave it unplugged until something comes up.  :nonplused:
Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by flipper on March 04, 2020, 07:43:56 PM »
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