Eating My Words

Less than a year ago I posted a link that allowed people to get to most any sports event online for free.  A great website with tons of links to anything, including pay per view events for free.  (Here’s what I said.)

And it was great – for a while.  But now, I’m forced to eat my words.  The above link, as of yesterday, now requires on any of their “free” links, a “free download” plugin  (Don’t click on that link and allow it to download unless you want your PC infected with all kinds of crap!) to allow you to watch their feeds.  That link?  Nothing but malware and tracking software.  Here’s one review of it.

So, I’m forced to reverse my previous opinion:  What was great a year ago isn’t worth the security risk now.  Too bad, isn’t it?  Something that once worked has now – like so many other things – sold out to track every move you make on the web…  Surf at your own risk…

 

 

 

Once Upon a Time

googleOnce upon a time…

Google was worth the effort.  Not anymore…

Once upon a time…

Gmail was a great option for email.  Not anymore…

youtube addOnce upon a time…

Youtube actually had content without adds appearing all over the screen with adware / malware only one click away.  Not anymore…

Here’s the sad result…  Google is too big, has lost it’s edge, is making too much money, isn’t worth your while…

So… Dump them.  And contact them (you can’t send Google an ordinary email anymore, they are too big to deal with that) as to why you’re dumping them.

It’s sad to see the World Wide Web devolving before our very eyes into nothing more than a wasteland of advertizing nonsense.  Newton Minnow was more correct and prescient than he ever could have imagined in 1961… The Google of today is nothing more than adequate evidence of the wasteland that the Web is becoming…

Way to go Lowes (Sarcasm Intended)

I spend a bunch of money at the local Lowes “home improvement” center.  Just about any repair I do for any client in my handyman business entails a trip to either Lowes or Home Depot.  Since Lowes is both much closer and has more locations, most of my supplies come from there.

But after seeing the following commercial on TV tonight?  I’m thinking it might be time to take my business elsewhere.

What’s the problem, you might ask?  So the cabinets aren’t quite up to date?  The sinks don’t quite have the look you want?  That range is no longer brand new?  What to do?  Grab a sledgehammer and simply destroy them all.  Forget about recycling; forget about donating those perfectly good, usable cabinets to the local Habitat Restore; forget about any sense of sustainable consumerism.  Just have at it – destroy it all – then come buy all new stuff!  Get up to date!  Have a good time while you’re at it!  (Forget about the fact that removing old cabinets, decking or railings like this almost insures you’ll have a bunch of drywall or lumber to replace as well – Lowe’s sells all that also!)

I almost thought about titling this post, “What’s wrong with America, part 23… or so.”  I’m also just about angry enough to contact Lowes CEO Robert Niblock and let him know why I’m contemplating taking ALL my business to Home Depot – simply based on such a despicable and insulting advertisement.  (My business might not seem like much to them, but I think spending close to $20 thousand a year on home improvement supplies is significant.)

Then again, maybe I’ll just email the link to this post to him.  Feel free to chime in to him yourself: robert.a.niblock@lowes.com

Digital Prostitution

OK:  Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a fan of Facebook.  I’m a former “user” and have vowed that nothing, no way, no how… can ever draw me back into that universe.  Here’s just one more reason why.

FB message

How pathetic… No other words can possibly describe the way this “social media” continues simply to shill for money…

Reset for 2013

Sometimes you just need to kill it off and start rebuilding.  Forget any stats or readers, archives or anything “pithy” you once said out loud.  It’s easier just to let it crash and start all over again.

Thankfully, the miracle of database backups means it’s not really gone; unless you want it to be.  (Which is definitely the case with some previous thoughts that are now missing from the archive!)

And since WordPress is now part of what I do for a living, rebuilding means doing it better than it was.  The WordPress 2012 Theme is light years ahead of what used to show up here.

Stay tuned… The best is (always) yet to be…

RPS

Watch any sports feed for free

I don’t know about the rest of you… but my standard cable package can honestly be described as “lacking” when it comes to any kind of sports coverage.

I’m not as willing as some of my friends to shell out the bucks for either the “premium” package on cable or the dish stuff… So… what to do when the game, race, or event you want to watch isn’t on TV?

Check this link out… Chances are you can watch it on the web for free…

http://www.thefirstrow.eu/

(2013 addendum to the above – and check my recent post – this website has morphed into a malware / adware supplier.  To watch many of their feeds they now require a “downloader program” to be installed on your machine.  It’s filled with malicious software that attempts to steal as much personal information from you as possible.  Once upon a time, this was a great site – not anymore – surf at your own risk.  Sad… but true… what the web is becoming…)