Wednesday Weirdness #350

Our spam filter is configured to restart on regular intervals which usually works well and ensures that it doesn’t run long enough to hang.  Except occasionally, it takes a long time to start after being stopped and we get a flood of spam.  I’m not surprised.  But we get a LOT of junk mail when its offline for just a few minutes.  It’s amazing how much email on the internet is unsolicited.

Wednesday Weirdness #349

Even though we’re in the middle of a mini-drought, my next-door neighbor is still cutting his grass. He’s basically “cutting” it to the same height as it was. Running the mower just puts extra stress on his lawn and doesn’t make any difference to the way it looks.

Wednesday Weirdness #348

My car starts reminding me that I need an oil change when there is 8% oil life left. I drive a lot and it will still be weeks before it gets close to zero. It wouldn’t be a problem if you could dismiss the reminder for a while. But you have to dismiss it every time you start your car in order to use the LCD display on the instrument panel. I change my oil regularly. But I don’t want to be constantly reminded; especially after I have already made the appointment. One of the nuisances of driving a high-tech vehicle.

Wednesday Weirdness #347

We were getting a lot of spam flagged as good recently so I cleared the database that our learning filter uses. It’s slowly relearning what is spam and was is not. But we don’t get enough mail to train it very quickly. I wish there was a good way to save emails in the raw format it uses. The we could teach it very quickly. Until then there is going to be a lot of manual relearning.

Wednesday Weirdness #346

After a recent update, The Wife’s phone stopped sending emails. I think I’ve fixed it; but often when this has happened in the past, I’ve had to delete and re-add the account. I’m amazed that software in such widespread use on a “flagship” phone is so buggy.

Wednesday Weirdness #344

I recently discovered that misplaced the clip to the hitch pin that I most often use. Replacement hitch pins are easy to find. But its not so easy to find the clip by itself. I’m probably not the only person to ever lose the clip. But, it’s a lot more difficult than you would expect to find that part by itself although I did eventually find one. It shouldn’t be that hard.

Wednesday Weirdness #343

I just placed an online order for which the expected delivery date is next Friday. 10 days to receive my items and the price wasn’t too good either. Why raise the price when you know you have slow delivery? Not the way to create satisfied customers. I’ll definitely be looking for another seller.

Wednesday Weirdness #342

When I could get back on line after our computer outage, one of the first things hat greeted me besides an overflowing inbox was a WordPress upgrade notice. It went smoothly. However, after the disaster that was my last computer upgrade experience, it wasn’t what I wanted to see. WordPress isn’t in the category of software where thorough testing is very important since it doesn’t crash the entire computer when it breaks. But. it is still annoying to find bugs that should have been caught and fixed by the developers.

Wednesday Weirdness #341

Our spam filter didn’t restart properly after a system restart so we woke up to inboxes overflowing with spam. I know why it happens; but, it’s still a nuisance. Updates and the resulting reboot are unfortunately necessary in today’s world. But it would be nice if they weren’t so disruptive.