Avarto Sucks

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Just got the confirmation email that my order for Windows 7 from HP was shipping, five days AFTER I received it!

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Two Things

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m in a writing mood today.  It’s wierd.  I spend most of my days at work writing things down, so normally I don’t like to write at home.  But let’s just say, I’m feeling punchy.

Thing number one, Black Friday is tomorrow.  I take some precautions for this day.  You know, people have been killed going shopping on this day.  So I don’t do it.  I figure I can get the same if not better deals online all holiday season long.  The mass hysteria surrounding this day befuddles me. 

Thing number two, I received an email the other day from the “Director of Amazement”.  As the Chief of Slight Dissapointment I feel that her title was overreaching, and assinine. 

Thank you.

More Turkey!

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

I am using Alton Brown’s turkey brine recipe from foodnetwork.com, here is the link:


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November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Something struck me a few years ago, while I was shopping for a turkey.  They don’t have legs anymore.  No more thigh, no more drumstick, no more dark meat.  It would seem that turkeys today are more closely related to Pamela Anderson than their forefathers when it comes to breast size.  I’m thinking if they were human sized, they’d be something like 48DDDD and all of 4′-6″ tall. 

I understand that people like the white meat, it’s generally neutrally flavored, and when prepared correctly very tender and juicy.  Now that being said, I know of few people who can actually prepare a turkey correctly.  Most often it’s overcooked and has a moisture content similar to that of the Gobi.  However, dark meat off of these turkeys is almost always still delicious.  It has a higher fat content, yes fat is good!  If it’s tasty and delicious, one might say that it is good for you. 

I digress, I have more to rant about in the world of poultry. 

This year, and for the past few for that matter, I have purchased free range turkeys.  I’m not sure if they are organic, but I couldn’t care less.  The reason I buy them isn’t for health, it’s for looks.  They look like a turkey!  Legs, wings, everything.  And by my estimation, having seen turkeys raised both cooped up and free, they had a slightly better, albeit equally short life.  But ethics isn’t my big thing with the turkey farmers.

It’s taste!  Free range turkeys taste like turkey!  Butterball and their counterparts have created very large chickens that they sell as turkeys, it would seem.  They have a slight turkey flavor, but really it’s just chicken with injected turkey flavor. 

There is a very simple explanation for all of this, turkeys don’t eat corn.  They eat grass and bugs.  Feeding them corn makes them not taste like turkey.  It makes them taste like chicken.  If I wanted chicken, I would make a chicken. 

For the record, I whole heartedly enjoy roasted chicken. It’s one of the most delicious foods comma period.  But on Thanksgiving and at other such holiday events I want my turkey to taste like turkey. 

Imagine if ham tasted like chicken.  We’d all be pissed.  Screwing with meat candy like that.

Happy turkey day!

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Windows 7, round two… Fight! (With Lenovo)

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

So, here goes.  At work last week our conference room computer decided to commit ceremonial hari-kari.  I think it dishonored the family and felt that the best way to solve the problem was the use of a blade through the gut and then up and to the right.  But that’s beyond the point. 

I ordered a computer immediately from globalcomputer.com.  A Lenovo refurb for around $330.  It had a Core2 duo processor and 2 gigs of ram.  A hell of a deal if I ever saw one.  So on it’s way it was to me.  That was not to be.  There inventory was goofed up.  I realized about two days later, which was Wednesday last, when it had not shipped there was a problem.  I called my rep, Nick, who is a great guy, for the record.  He informed me that they were backordered and would not be in for quite some time.  He suggested that we search for alternatives.  I thought this was okay, as I don’t need to use that computer until the Thursday after Thanksgiving. 

We ordered another, new Lenovo desktop.  It showed “Order Today, Ships Today” with no disclaimers about being nearly out of stock or only a few left, so I felt comfortable.  I also had to order a video card and an extra gig of ram.  Come to find out Friday of last week, they too were out of these other Lenovo’s.  I asked my representative to contact Lenovo and see if they could just drop ship it to me.  I had a good price and paying slightly more for the shipping would really not be a big deal.  I was still under budget. 

It get’s better, Lenovo say, “We don’t ship to end-users.”  Pardon my fucking french, but that is the biggest load of shit I have ever heard.  Are you fucking serious?  “No, we will never go out of our way to help out a customer, not a chance.”  Fucking assholes!  Well, I ask Nick to have the buyer put some pressure on them, I am near a deadline.  He did, but it was to no avail. 

I’m not mad at Global, I’m mad at Lenovo.  They guaranteed the product to Global and fell short.  When the blowback occurred, they didn’t own up and fix the problem.  It’s a big pile of shitty responses to a problem that made me pissed.  Again, globalcomputer.com is a great company, they do good work.  However, I am never buying Lenovo from them again.  For that matter, I am never buying a Lenovo again.  I strayed from HP and got burned.  Mama, I’m coming home!

So, in a bind I was.  I marched my happy, amex carrying ass over to MicroCenter.  Ahhh, Mecca!  It’s like TigerDirect, but without the need to wait!  Jason, the salesman there was awesome.  We realized that since I needed a small form factor desktop, I would be better off building one than buying a boxed unit.  It has been sometime since I have assembled a PC from scratch, as it is generally not doable, given my schedule. 

Got everything home this afternoon and was ready to go in about 30 minutes.  Windows 7 install took all of 1 hour and was brilliantly simple.  No drivers were missing, it just worked.  Good work Microsoft and good work Asus on the board.  It was all so simple, compared to some other driver nightmares I have had in the past.

It’s Wednesday!

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Albeit, this is not a normal statement from me, given that this week Wednesday = Friday, I am more than happy to exclaim it.  For the record, this is the only 3 day work week that occurs every year.  At least for the most of us working stiffs, to all of you in retail, public service, healthcare, the postal service, UPS or FedEx, my apologies.

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HP, Windows 7, AuthenTec Fingerprint Scanner

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Here’s some helpful links for the AuthenTec Fingerprint sensor on HP laptops in Windows 7.

AuthenTec Windows 7 Drivers:http://www.authentec.com/win7beta32.cfm

Here’s the digitalpersona software to make it work: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp43501-44000/sp43883.exe

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