Default surfing

Know of the time when your mind’s spacing out and your fingers start typing things in your address bar and pressing Enter?

It used to be Yahoo.com that I go to when I have nothing in mind. I don’t know why but it seems like my mind’s portal of choice. Uh, it’s not mine, it’s my mind’s. Anyway, it has since changed to Facebook.com and I am concerned.

I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook.com, that it is that I love to hate it. Facebook.com has my photographs and life trapped in it and just the other day I was using Facebook to date a particular moment of my life. I am so reliant on a channel that it almost is part of me. My friends are there, okay, my friends’ profiles are there. Facebook manages to make me feel I’ve done my social homework everyday and it fulfills my need to be close to people somewhat sufficiently.

But, there are times when I typed Facebook.com on my browser windows only to close it in defiance. This is the rebel facility in my mind acting up. I call it a bunch of names:

  • Unsocial
  • Fake social
  • Toilet status machine
  • Rant Reader 2.0

At one point of time I blocked myself from Facebook.com by, very smartly, adding Facebook.com to my /etc/hosts file. I remained proud of myself till the day I had to do some work on Facebook. I now have it unblocked and Chrome is picking it up as one of my most frequented sites.

So let’s look at my most frequented sites:

  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • Hacker News
  • Google Reader
  • YouTube
  • Gmail
  • Cafyn
  • CNN

Okay I can’t continue my topic from here, let’s go back to the topic on Facebook.

My point is Facebook has become some sort of a validation tool. Nothing happened unless it’s on Facebook. Went to Australia? No you didn’t, because it ain’t on Facebook. Which is why it took me so long to put up my Sydney and Melbourne photographs (I still have yet to). I felt a part of me is putting it up to confirmed my presence in Australia and that disturbed me.

And think of the time you do something good and write on Facebook.com. What happens? Your friends flock to Like your comment. You feel pleased and your act of kindness is validated by their likes. For the lazy, Facebook is the new moral compass. “I’m not sure what I am doing is right or not. I’ll put it on Facebook.”

Then the rants. Facebook is the most unhappy website for me because I read far too many complaints I feel unhappy too. There’s just too many rants on Facebook until I feel a little less reading lightens my mood.

Now look at your news feed and look at what people are sharing on Facebook. I’m not sure about your news feed but mine is filled with music videos. “Charles shared this with me the –” I stopped and thought for a while. Well he did share it to Facebook but it wasn’t specifically to me. Suddenly sharing the way I understand is evolving. I don’t feel the exclusivity anymore and they’re sharing everything they found interesting. I missed the times when shares are with more intent, now things are just so random. Furthermore I don’t feel my friend really shared things with me. My friend just delegated the sharing to Facebook. My friend is Facebook.

I am back to blocking Facebook. I’m staying away from it for a while. It’s getting depressing.

Autorenewal is so evil!

I’m so traumatized by the fact that my US$5 is taken away from me through this GoDaddy auto renewal service. It is of a service I don’t want and I did not know it was auto renewed till when it was auto renewed minutes ago. Oh that’s so great.

Parting with my 5 bucks – the worst day of my life. I don’t remember setting it to auto renew. I guess it’s in this labyrinth of checkboxes that I did not notice. They like to put a bunch of bright graphics and that always distracts me from the form controls, i.e. the check boxes and radio buttons.

You know this GoDaddy is reputed for all the wrong ways. I haven’t heard good stories except that they have pretty good Super Bowl advertisements sometimes. That asides, GoDaddy as a online company is poor. The web site is slow. The support is slow.

When requesting for email support it says the expected time to revert to me was 3 hours on the website. It’s just for show. After I reported ‘the incident’, they send me an email immediately:

Your question has been received. You should expect a response within 24 hours.

This is your Incident ID: BLAHBLAH

Thanks,
GoDaddy.com, Inc.

Please do not reply to this email. Emails sent to this address will not be answered.

You should never ever ever tell your customers not to reply an email unless it’s a bloody newsletter and the mailing software did not support it. Okay, happy thoughts, happy thoughts.

The amount of crap in Acrobat Reader

Take a look at the preferences:

The amount of crap in Acrobat Reader

I wish they come out with Acrobat Reader Lite or something. Acrobat Reader is just filled with crap I don’t want at all.

Adobe Reader actually feels slower and slower these days. I just want something to read my documents with, I don’t want to fill in form, don’t want 3D, don’t want JavaScript, don’t want collaboration tools, don’t want read aloud tools and all those additional navigation tools.

Acrobat Reader is in this stage where they have nothing to add in the software any more and the program managers just have to get creative in order to keep everyone’s jobs. All the additional fanciful tools just serve maybe 1% of your customers. The rest of 99% are totally clueless why a bunch of text take so long to load.