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Bullet Sunday 89

Posted on Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Dave!It's a mini edition of Bullet Sunday after a very long week.

• Sick & Tired. I am so exhausted from work this week that I'm becoming physically ill. So many things need to be done before I leave again... yet there simply isn't enough time to do them, and too many little details are slipping through the cracks. I haven't picked up my mail in so long that the post office probably thinks I'm dead. I have dry cleaning that has been sitting at the cleaners for months. My friends never see me, and I'm sure many of them are starting to question whether I even exist. If it weren't for this blog, even I would question whether or not I exist. And yet there's three more months of this left to go. It's times like this I question whether I'll be able to survive it.

• Re-Scheduled. I've lost track of the number of times my various travel itineraries have been changed over the past three months, but it just keeps getting uglier. Rumor has it that things will get much worse after labor day, as airlines scramble to cancel as many flights as possible to slash operating costs. I'm already having to fly out a day early for an overnight layover on three trips... now I've found out that I'm going to have to have an overnight layover on two more coming back. Just how much worse can it get? I'm afraid to even speculate. From what I can tell, the days of being able to schedule back-to-back trips on airlines are quickly disappearing. This is going to cause serious problems for me, and I can't even begin to think about how I'm going to deal with it. Maybe if I don't think about it, the problem will just go away? I can dream.

• Laughably Unfunny. I overheard somebody being told that not only was it possible for them to complete their work assignment on time... it was "impossibly possible." The guy on the receiving end didn't bat an eye and replied "In that case, I'll get it to you as quickly as impossible," which made his supervisor very happy... probably because he was just stupid enough not to over-think it: "See what happens when you put your mind on something?" ON?!? I can only guess his mind was on drugs.

• Mobile Maybe. Apple's $100-per-year ".Mac" service sounds like a dream come true. It's an online place to synchronize your address book, web browser bookmarks, email, calendar, and there's even room left over for file storage. No matter which of your computers you are using, you can rest easy that all your information is up-to-date, because everything is coordinated online by the ".Mac" server. At least that's how it's suppose to be. Unfortunately, reality is very different from the fantasy they sell you. The file storage is unbearably slow and freezes your computer (rendering it useless)... the syncing has NEVER worked properly... email is faulty and unreliable... basically, ".Mac" is a steaming pile of shit. Apple knows it's a steaming pile of shit, so they've introduced a replacement now called "MobileMe" which is a better, bigger, faster version of ".Mac"...

MobileMe graphic showing a Mac and an iPhone syncing through a cloud.

Yeah, still a steaming pile of shit! In fact, I'd go so far as to say that "MobileMe" is the biggest disaster I've ever seen from Apple. Not only does it not work... AT ALL... because Apple's servers are overloaded most of the time, but in those rare instances that it can connect to the server, IT STILL DOESN'T WORK! The entire service, from top to bottom, is plagued with troubles. I could go on for pages about the problems (which would only make me more angry than I already am), so let me give you just one example of how bad it is: When you enter your "MobileMe" identity into your iPhone, the last character is truncated. It took me HOURS to realize that my connection problems were because the last character of my login was being removed. I finally worked around this by adding an extra character to my identity (which was then truncated), but WHAT THE FUCK?!?? Did anybody bother to beta test this crap? Anybody?

• Mobile Misery. Okay, I just can't let this go... did I mention that I am PAYING for the MobileMe service? Perhaps these problems would be excusable if it were provided free, BUT I AM PAYING FOR THIS SHIT!! I am certain that Google Mail (a free service) has a shitload more people using it than are using "MobileMe," and yet how often does it go down? Now that I think of it... Google Mail has never crapped out on me. This is absolutely pathetic on Apple's part, and I hope that they have a plan for compensating their users for this bullshit. Assuming I ever get it to work in the first place, of course. Man, I never thought I'd find myself longing for the "horrible old .Mac days."

And on that perky note, I'd better get back to work...

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  1. Suzy says:

    I think from the moment they named it MobileMe they were sunk. MobileMe? REALLY?

  2. Avitable says:

    I think it’s time for you to invent Daveportation technology so you can just teleport wherever you need to go.

  3. Iron Fist says:

    That nobody at Apple caught something something so basic as the login scrapping the final character just blows my mind.

  4. sizzle says:

    I’m worried about my flight on Wednesday. I keep checking and rechecking like something is going to throw off my whole trip. Airline travel is a pain in the ass. I think we should all chip in and have our own private jet!

  5. Bec says:

    Please please please please have five minutes to yourself before you keel over! Do you need an assistant? I know someone with excellent admin skills who has some time on her hands 😉

  6. ADW says:

    See… I just ran into that very same thing today. I was updating my “work” blog and since it was the first time since it switched to Mobile Me, I got royally effed. It finally worked, but there was no rhyme or reason, so I will just assume that it was magic. I like magic, so no one can tell me differently.

  7. karla says:

    yeah. I got .Mac when i bought my computer and did not renew it.
    Never used it, hated it, only used the back up software.

    Now that i have let the .mac lapse the back up software is useless as it limits me to 100mb of data per backup!

    Sorry you are so tired. All that travel sounds glamorous until you are in it. Then it’s just tiring.

  8. Winter says:

    I hate paying for something that never works right. I usually find an alternative or give up. It just kills me to pay for it if I’m not using it or it’s not delivering.

  9. Jacki says:

    I think it is the time of the year for exhaustion. Myself and those around me seem to be feeling the effects. At least we get to go home at night. So take it easy Dave. Cancel trips if you need to.
    Remember – work is not more important than family and friends. But sometimes it is easier

  10. Whitenoise says:

    On behalf of the airlines, I would like to apologize. I would like to apologize, but they’re doing it to us, too. Fuck. I just work here, man…

  11. jewelz916 says:

    So is now a good time to ask about shipment of the Artificial Duck Store merchandise???? Hahaha….just kidding.
    Hope things go smoother for you than anticipated at this point!!!

  12. Poppy says:

    I like your baguette.

    Up there, at the top. It’s French.

    Dude, stop taking life so damn seriously that you make yourself sick.

    Signed with affection,

  13. little_lj says:

    Being mad at Apple feels like being mad at Father Christmas :o(

  14. ChillyWilly says:

    I’ve only been a .Mac customer since April, but I’ve had similar problems with the services. But MobileMe takes the cake in making something so-so even worse. I’m trying to like this product, but it’s lack of stability is making it hard. My biggest issue? on my Mac now prompts me each time for the SMTP server whenever I send a new message or reply from it. How hard can it be to remember the last SMTP server you used to send a message. It didn’t have a problem before the MobileMe switchover.

    EPIC FAIL. C’mon Apple… listen to us fans. Don’t make us write more poo-poo about this product.

  15. heather says:

    g-mail has only ever failed me once. but i blame it all on jester, i was e-mailing him at the time.

    time to start scouring e-bay for a private jet. 🙂

  16. All my favorite mac whores are seriously disappointed with Mobile Me… You’re not alone!

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