Today’s PSA: Understand the word “arrogant” before you use it

I find that people are so quick to label someone “arrogant”.

Bing and Google both define arrogant as “having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.

Even Urban Dictionary (God forbid, and, NSFW) defines it as “When a person is led to believe that they are in some way more superior to everybody else.” [note: the rest of the definition wasn’t PG enough for me to quote it here.]

Arrogance is something that must be demonstrated over time. If the desire to label a person is a snap judgement then the most you can accurately call that person is “smug“. Don’t besmirch people just because you don’t agree on how things should be, or because they won’t accept your point of view. In that situation you should first agree to disagree and then ask yourself, “Who am I, anyway?”

And no, this isn’t me venting because someone calling me arrogant or implied that I am. It came up in my morning meditations and simply bothered me enough to say something about it.

 

Today’s PSA: Understand the word “arrogant” before you use it

Microsoft’s Identity Management Framework (2015)

You know, I really love a LOT of the things that Microsoft is doing in just about every space that they operate in. However, one thing that consistently disappoints me is that the people writing most of their technical documentation have a VERY BAD habit of leaving crucial bits out of their “how-tos”. Once such victim is how to integrate the Identity Management Framework with SendGrid in Windows Azure.

Thankfully someone else has had to deal with this issue (I simply knew I couldn’t be the first person) and they wrote up a good tutorial on how to deal with this little diddy. Of course some things have changed since it was originally written on 9/28/2014… but it’s still about 95% accurate. Special thanks to Max Vasilyev for his hard work —  which saved my Saturday afternoon.

Cheers!

Microsoft’s Identity Management Framework (2015)

THIS.

I rarely agree* with bloggers that “legitimate” news sources peddle as “journalists”, but this time one of them got it right.

READ.

Comcast Just Trolled Us All on Net Neutrality
(via Time, by Alex Fitzpatrick)

* Author’s Note: I rarely agree because news, even if slanted, should not be biased; it should simply be reported.

THIS.

American Journalism, oh how far you’ve fallen

It’s amazing (and very sad) to watch the downfall of American “journalism”. #smh.

I’m calling it “journalism” because that’s what they insist on calling it. I mentioned “American” because I don’t regularly visit other countries so I can’t speak on the quality of their news. What I do know is that the major purveyors of news in this country have apparently sold their journalistic integrity in order to ATTEMPT to stay relevant to NEW readers.

You know, “generation ‘N'” and the like. The same kids who aren’t reading the news anyway.

For a while now I’ve been becoming more and more jaded with the landscape and priority of retorted news. If it isn’t death, murder, destruction, sports, politics or the weather then it probably won’t be reported. The prattling that the New York Times peddles as “journalism” gives me hives and makes me itch to the point where I want to pour bleach into my brain and scratch my eyeballs out. We won’t even talk about CNN.

This is getting long-in-the-tooth, so let me finish up by saying that I really hope the people who SELL NEWS will go back to the glory days of true investigation, caring about the intellectual impact of their product and making a difference in our lives… Rather than focusing on how many retweets they can get on Twitter.

American Journalism, oh how far you’ve fallen

The scariest thing I’ve heard in a long time…

… Especially since it is an article about how Target Stores figures out how to market to you.

“Habits aren’t destiny — they can be ignored, changed or replaced. But it’s also true that once the loop is established and a habit emerges, your brain stops fully participating in decision-making. So unless you deliberately fight a habit — unless you find new cues and rewards — the old pattern will unfold automatically.

“We’ve done experiments where we trained rats to run down a maze until it was a habit, and then we extinguished the habit by changing the placement of the reward,” Graybiel told me. “Then one day, we’ll put the reward in the old place and put in the rat and, by golly, the old habit will re-emerge right away. Habits never really disappear.”

The rest of the article is here.

The scariest thing I’ve heard in a long time…

A Primer for those remedial “I can’t (insert complaint here) on my Surface” people

Ok. This is going to be short because it’s a really easy concept. In the Microsoft Surface family, the ones intended to be laptop/desktop replacements are the “Pro” devices.

You can install whatever apps you like from the Windows Store on anything in the Surface family. However, if it doesn’t say “Pro” in the name then it won’t allow you to install any DESKTOP software except for an exclusive handful of things in the Microsoft Office suite.

If you want to install desktop software (like alternative web browsers) then you should select a Surface Pro.

Simple.

Take notice, however, that this is BETTER than what you get with either iPads or Android tablets; you can’t install ANY desktop software at all. PERIOD. You can’t install the desktop version of ANY browser. AT ALL.

Simply put, the non-Pro Surface devices are meant to compete directly with their iOS and Android counterparts. They all offer about the same physical specifications.

If you want to get mad at someone do it at Google as they have been actively hostile towards any competing Microsoft product since day one. Ask them why they don’t create an RT version of Chrome. The same can be said of Apple and Safari.

Stop posting ignorantly because you are cheap and also didn’t take time to do your research or read the product card in the store. Like the person in the attachment. The only possible argument that *MIGHT* (and I stress might) keep this person from being a complete ID10T is if the salesperson told him/her the wrong thing. And I doubt that happened.

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A Primer for those remedial “I can’t (insert complaint here) on my Surface” people

Android really ISN’T your friend

It is simply amazing to me that people don’t pay more attention. Case in point, I wonder how many of the devout (yes, that is the word) Android (and in the first case iOS) users know about the following two articles that I saw today…

How Fandango and Credit Karma exposed millions of smartphone users’ data

Apps with millions of Google Play downloads covertly mine cryptocurrency

The first is a clear example of an utterly-reputation-damaging-yet-probably-survivable breach of trust that we’ve seen in the media recently (Target anyone?). Even though the situation and circumstances are different the outcome is the same: they blew it when it came to relatively easy security practices and it’s up to the consumer to make them pay for it.

The second is much more malicious in that someone is willing to most certainly shorten the life of your smartphone to make themselves richer. The onus of this one is on the greed of the app author… but the blame is needs to be shared with Google and anyone else who provided the app because of their very-much flawed application certification processes. Although comfortably couched in legalese and corporate rhetoric in their TOS and statements to the media about those apps, at the end of the day they pulled apps that should’ve never been published in the first place.

And let’s not forget this little ditty where Google tries to say that Android is “more secure because it’s open”… if that isn’t round-robin logic I don’t know what is.

Logic Fail #1: Google assumes “people” will review and contribute fixes to the OS. Hmm…. that’s like assuming your neighbors will willingly mow your lawn for you while you’re sitting by the pool drinking lemonade and working on your tan.

Logic Fail #2: Google says that hackers will go where most people are. Hmm… No, it’s been my experience that hackers go where the low-hanging fruit is. I’m not talking about the hacking elite that are trying to change the world; I seriously doubt they even care about this stuff. I’m talking about the script-kiddies and malware cartels that are intent on using you to make them money.

Logic Fail #3: Google says their app certification process is state of the art and that every submitted app is checked for malware. Really? Then how did the two Google summarily pulled from the Play Store get there in the first place. And let’s not forget that this ISN’T the first time Google has been to this particular dance… (http://www.bing.com/search?q=google+pulls+malware+apps)

Anyway, I think I’ve ranted long enough.

Please pay more attention to what is real and not the bull the marketers push on you.

Vote with your wallets, people.

Android really ISN’T your friend