Tom Sucks

Everything sucks, but we can make it suck less

Will unban the banned? September 3, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 4:17 am

Shortly after banned me in April 2004 (for mediocre reasons, especially their “no, we won’t consider an appeal, you paid $35 for a lifetime membership and we’d rather not keep all these non-monthly accounts” response), the company behind the site sold it to another company and went strictly military applications. The community died quickly, and it is a ghost world now. Few old names remain. The ones who do seem only to be going through the motions.

Now that is trying a revival, would they want some of their best, most experienced, most knowledgeable users back to keep new users from leaving after a few minutes? We’ll see. I might even send in an actual appeal!

Interestingly, in my early days in the World of Warcraft stress test beta, I spoke with a former employee of who actually agreed that the banning was a little unfair but it was because we were using server resources without providing any money to the bottom line, and that any reason for a ban was a good one. It apparently didn’t work!


Bored of iPhone

Filed under: Apple — Tom @ 12:22 am

There is nothing new or interesting for the iPhone, including on Cydia.


The entire joke is in the URL of LOLCats pictures. August 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 9:25 pm

Check funny-pictures-when-cat-is-done-with-you-you-will-need-medical-attention.jpg, and what’s in it? HEY, THE SAME JOKE THAT WAS IN THE URL. Check the url of ANY lolcats pic on ICHCB, and it is the same, joke is in the url. That ruins it, Ben Huh. Will anyone get on you about this? Will you even see this? No and no.


Blog comments are like cash August 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 7:25 pm

In that if you disable them, and somehow think

It has opened the door for stress-free site maintenance and publishing in a way I didn’t understand until experiencing it. When I hit publish – I’m done. The article has now been completed. It’s off to print. That’s all she I wrote.

then someone out there will call you out on how you hit publish way too soon, but on their own blog, in a very public way.

Shawn Blanc, when you disabled comments on your blog, you didn’t do it to save time. You did it because you are lazy. Too lazy to close your parentheses on item 2, too lazy to spellcheck encoureges into encourages, too lazy. And it shows, for when you mention e-mails, you say

Some noticed typos and/or misspellings (which are a dime-a-dozen around here).

which is a sentence fragment in a post made just over a year ago (August 14, 2007, if you can find it in the convoluted webpage design, it’s a blog, not flickr) that still has not had these glaring errors corrected.

This is not a free offer to call me out on mistakes I made and call me a hypocrite, but it is a free offer to call me out on mistakes so that I can fix them. You can do so below, in the lovely comments area provided for your benefit.


WordPress for the iPhone August 5, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 10:04 am

Pretty cool but no way to change settings after adding a blog 😦


Pretty neat July 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 1:38 am

I logged in to let my OpenID work on another site (I am not terribly active at actually writing down my thoughts) and saw that someone from the Houston Chronicle had tried to contact me a few days ago, wanting to interview me about Twitter. I have e-mailed her on this, and by posting here I pretty much confirm that it was me. I really don’t know if I’m the best person to talk to, but I do use twitter, so I guess that counts. I also use twitterrific, mobile twitterrific, twittervision, twitterlocal, summize, and I have ideas for things that are posted elsewhere on more Serious Blogs. I’m even trying to sit down and actually learn PHP/MySQL so that I can create some awesome applications for Twitter (one of the reasons I was so upset Summize got bought, I was hoping my apps would work for other services too once Summize implemented searching them, hopefully Tweetscan’s search will turn out to be good).

Why is the Chron interested in Twitter, though? The top google hit for twitter is a I don’t use twitter, only self-important people use twitter story. That’s one of the questions I asked in my heart-felt 1:30 am e-mail.

Also, while checking the dashboard I also caught some other responses I didn’t expect, like a Perian developer surprised his app was being used on the AppleTV and confused about ‘replacing Apple’s H264 decoder’. I’ve since contacted him, too, and offered photographic evidence.


Pytey confirms my NDA suspicions July 15, 2008

Filed under: Apple,iphone — Tom @ 1:22 pm
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From today’s TUAW Live Chat with Pytey,

pytey – This is a tricky one, Apple have made some sole distribution clauses in app contracts. It is a shame, I’m guessing people will have to make the choice of big bucks or free of charge.

The confirmation of my NDA speculation (I had only guessed) helps me with my new hobby, but interestingly enough the issue where MooCow whatever’s “Band” being for jailbroken iPhones (it’s still in I’m pretty sure) and for the App Store, similar to Twinkle (except Twinkle got a major overhaul, i.e. he removed the suck and didn’t backport, lame!) has not been addressed.