Category: Companies being dumb

  • Never forget when they spit in your face

    Talking about why I just…hate what Android has become and how Google has spat in the face of those who helped get Android where it is.

  • Oregon passes ban on parts pairing

    Thoughts on parts pairing and right to repair in the wake of Oregon banning the practice of said pairing.

  • On Apple getting its collective ass handed to it

    Expressing disdain with Apple’s direction as of late, but mostly ranting about how Apple Music just hosed the direction of the company.

  • Xfinity Internet Issues 2022, Part I: The Colossal Screw Up

    So I’m going to make a set of blog posts cataloguing trying to get xfinity/Comcast to do something, anything to fix my ongoing internet issues. This is the first of those. Where this starts is in April, 2022. Our contract with xfinity is up, so as such we give them a call and ask them…

  • Deja Vu

    From 2010-2013, I was a Sprint subscriber. I switched over after just having had it with AT&T’s lackluster network (keep in mind this was when they were still being absolutely besieged by iPhone users). For a while, Sprint was okay. Hardly the best, but for the price I was paying (plus hefty corporate discount) it…

  • It doesn’t count if it’s ridiculously obtuse

    NOTE: I am speaking from the view of someone who has zero programming experience. Therefore, if you have more input on this, please do correct me or whatever you wish. I’m @XodiumRetro on Twitter. I don’t bite. Promise. We’re on the cusp of another WWDC, and with it, inevitably we are going to see iOS…

  • Well, this sucks.

    In case you haven’t heard the news, Bandcamp is being acquired by Epic. The title of this piece really undersells how I feel about this. This really, really fucking sucks. Because Bandcamp is integral to my whole music strategy, especially coming hot off the heels of my last piece, “You Don’t Own It.” Epic used…

  • When I’ve just had enough.

    This is one of those things where one who knows me might say that hell froze over for me to do what I’m about to do: Switching to Verizon. Kind of. This is going to be some parts story, some parts rant, and maybe at the other end of this it’ll all sound coherent. Doubt…

  • Samsung Sucks: How they soft-locked the Galaxy S21 and what you can do about it.

    Update 12/2021: Samsung giveth, and Samsung taketh away. With the OneUI 4 beta that’s been running over the last few months, Samsung actually relented and added both eSIM and carrier firmware switching to the S21! And through beta 3 I believe, everything worked as it should: I pop in an AT&T SIM and the phone…

  • An Aside on Mobile Wallet History (and how carriers negotiated with terrorists?)

    (Okay, I’m kidding with the title, but you’ll see why I made the joke.) The time: 2011-2012. At this point, tap-and-pay was really just an artifact that you saw at places like CVS or Walgreens. It was nothing new (I remember having a tap and pay card back in 2007 with Wells Fargo), but arguably…