Annoyance April Empty Promises

4/14/2017

Annoyance April: Empty promises!

Let me tell you something that bugs the hell out of me – people who don’t follow through on the promises they make. Look, if you cant rely on someone to do something when they say they will, that’s just bad form.

As a counter example, lets take this very website. Many, many moons ago, I made a simple promise about skkra.com: that it would be updated, and updated daily. And since 2001, I’ve kept that promise. It’s the reason I’ve cultivated such a massive loyal audience… it’s the reason I’m one of the most trusted sites on the internet… hell, it’s the reason that you’re reading this right now!

So hold the people in your life accountable, I say. If you, say, promise a cousin that you’ll pay $100 should you fail to keep a promise, well then, pay up! Unless, of course, he foolishly assumes you’ll fail twice and agrees to a double-or-nothing followup wager.

Annoyance April Form Saves

4/13/2017

Annoyance April: Web browser forms saving your inputs.

I get that this is supposed to be a “feature” and that you can turn it off, but the fact that it happens by default bugs the living hell out of me.  It’s the epitome of anti-security.

It doesn’t save passwords, sure.  But if I want to go to someone’s computer and type in a few words in their URL bar, I bet I can figure out what bank you bank with.  And then on the login screen, if I just try hitting letters A-Z… well, there’s the login you use.  That’s my start to start trying to figure out the associated password, or if nothing else, I can probably use it to begin a social engineering attack with the tech support people at your bank.

I never save browser form information, and you shouldn’t either.  Do yourself a favor.

Annoyance April LED Lightbulbs

4/11/2017

Annoyance April: LED Lightbulbs

I HATE those frigging LED lightbulbs.  I know they’re trying to phase out standard bulbs, because I guess they’re made of pure satanic evil, but at least leave me the OPTION.  I do not want to be stuck with those terrible LED bulbs as my sole option.

The light they emit is just cold and harsh in a way that is hard to describe.  It’s like it’s TOO bright.  You can always tell LED christmas lights, because they glow with this strange color that just looks odd and a tad too vibrant to your eye.  Well, the actual bulbs made to go in your home are worse.

I’ve read a ton of different studies showing that staring at that kind of light is bad for several different reasons, but honestly?  I just hate it.  I like good ol’ warm-light bulbs.  It’s way closer to the look of natural sunlight than those nightmarish LEDs.

I hope you, my loyal army of readers, will join me in boycotting LED bulbs.  And even if you don’t, I’d seriously appreciate you breaking as many as you can next time you’re at Walmart.  They’ll throw you out, sure, but the chances of a serious arrest are pretty unlikely.  And even so, isn’t it worth it?

Annoyance April Bottled Water

4/10/2017

Annoyance April: Bottled Water.

Yeah, that’s right, bottled water.  It’s not bottled water itself, actually.  It’s what it represents.  The fucking government allows so many chemicals to be put into tap water that I generally won’t drink it.

In my home, I have an extremely high grade filter to filter the tap water.  It’s ridiculous to the point that you can taste a glass of straight tap water and a taste of the post-filter water, and it’s not even a question as to which is which.

I buy bottled waters here and there when I have to, but I hate that you feel forced into it because you don’t want to put the freely available water into your body.