First World Problems

Not confidence-inspiring

When you’re talking to a customer service rep and they ask if they can call you back because it will take a few minutes to find the information you requested, that’s OK. What’s not OK is for that rep to not ask for a phone number, especially when said number was neither asked for nor…

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I know I’m supposed to be hibernating and …

I’m trying to hibernate from football, but there’s a lot of noise. Apparently there is a match-up between the Broncos of Denver and the Patriots of New England tomorrow, and it’s happening here in Denver. They apparently will try to kick a funny looking ball made from former pig covering through a big “H” and…

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There are certain things I just don’t get

Elf on the Shelf is one of them. I see lots of cute Elves on Shelves, and lots of Elves not on Shelves doing all manner of naughty things to Barbie and a friend. And I just don’t know what to make of it. I’d rather ignore it, but it’s everywhere right now. I know,…

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Spam Shift

My poor email box. It’s constantly getting bombarded with messages from all sorts of sketchy companies touting products I don’t need or want. The amount of spam I get increases and decreases seemingly at random. Despite  having rather strict filters on my email account, lots of spam gets through. I’m not happy about that but…

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Satisfaction

I like cashing in “rewards” dollars on my credit cards as opposed to buying merchandise or gift certificates. The two credit cards I use the most have decent rewards and allow you to simply take points and turn them into a payment. Even taking $25 feels good, although $50 feels better. Shaves a bit right…

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Color Math

I’ve been doing my own laundry for more than twenty years. I’m pretty good at separating colors and whites, darks and lights, and so on. I do, however, usually wash my socks and underwear together. Despite all this and all the information out there about such things, you’d think I would have realized this before…

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I’m quite backed up

I have been a firm believer in redundant computer hardware for years. I have my important data on RAID 1 (which is two mirrored drives so that if one fails, there is another drive with intact data). It’s a bit expensive, since you pay twice for storage, but after some close calls, I have realized…

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Chrome needs polishing

I have been making my living doing “Internetty” things for at least the past decade. Browsers are an integral part of the internet experience, and a critical tool for any web developer. I suspect most folks simply use the default browser on their operating system (Safari on Macs, Internet Explorer on Windows) and don’t give…

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I won’t drink to that.

I’ve been hearing about New York City’s incredibly stupid ban on large drinks and other “unhealthy” foods. I’ll start by saying I don’t drink soda (I used to drink a lot of soda, but that’s kind of beside the point), and I haven’t been to the Big Apple in a few years. I don’t have…

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I Audio Know Better

You know you’ve got a First World Problem when you start worrying about how to make only certain apps on your phone use  your car’s audio system for sound output, while using the phone’s internal speaker with others. The problem enters when what appears to be something simple turns out to be not so simple.…

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Harry Reid = Scary Ride

Dear RTD: Please stop hiring bus and train drivers that look like Senator Harry Reid. I thought I escaped his evil presence when I moved from Nevada and don’t need the reminder when I’m using your otherwise excellent services. Sincerely, Chris

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