les chèques doivent mourir

chequeChers amis français,

loin de moi l’idée de vouloir vous donner des leçons. Mais là, je cherche quand même à comprendre comment vous pouvez être aussi conservateurs. Après avoir annulé une réservation, le prestataire, très sympathiquement, me rembourse la totalité de l’acompte, sans retenir aucun frais. Honneur à lui, je lui ai donné du boulot pour rien, sa démarche est à saluer.

Là où ça devient ridicule: il m’envoie la somme de 134€ sous la forme d’un chèque… en 2014, un chèque, et payable en France. Là, je suis soufflé. Comment un pays aussi moderne, ayant inventé le TGV et le Concorde en 1972, la carte à puce en 1975 et le Minitel en 1982 peut-il avoir conservé cette absurdité que sont les chèques ?

Au lieu de s’occuper de la loi sur le mariage et détricoter d’un côté de l’échiquier politique ce qu’on a crocheté de l’autre, ne vaudrait-il pas mieux moderniser ce pays en s’attaquant à des problèmes plus importants ? Par exemple la suppression d’un moyen de paiement obsolète depuis 30 ans dans les pays voisins ?


2014, still no CalDAV in Micro$oft Outlook

I’m tired of these products following no standards. I have tried many plugins in Outlook for Windows, to sync a bunch of calendars and contacts from Davical and Owncloud. Either unstable or clunky GUI. Or both. When will Microsoft realise it’s time to play with the other kids ?


New kind of Micro$oft bull$hit

Unknown error in Windows update. I mean, seriously, what kind of crappy bull$hitware is this ?
I even paid for this. And this is supposedly “Enterprise-Class” ?



The Endless River

Latest album of Pink Floyd. Probably the last one. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone (David Gilmour).


Visiting Perrefitte

I thought England had the strangest way of numbering houses, but this is even more creative. Located in an otherwise nice village called Perrefitte.

Oracle gets a F-

Sad to see how Oracle broke Solaris. I started with Solaris 2.1 around 1991, we had a good 15-years ride together. Now read what James Gosling think about Oracle’s job.

Calling BS level 5 !

On November 13, I ordered 3 items from an online shop which pretended to have them in stock. 16 days later, only one of them arrived. After several complaints, here is the answer I got after asking for explanations:

Unser Lieferant welcher die Sennheiser Kopfhörer liefert musste Insolvenz anmelden, und alles reorganisieren, um die Waren welche er noch hat zu versenden. Ihre Bestellung sollte im Verlauf der nächsten Woche bei Ihnen eintreffen.

I have read so much bullshit in the last 10-or-so years of online shopping, but that one is easily level-5 bullshit. So either the remaining two items arrive before December 6, or I publish the shop name herein with a negative comment on toppreise.ch.

Avoiding D-Link forever

Whow. NSA has its fingers everywhere.

Service-provider NMS / Overlapping IP addresses with Zenoss Core

Zenoss Core cannot be used properly to manage overlapping IP addresses. The commercial version of Zenoss can do it, but the design they used to piggyback this feature is the usage of realms to segregate conflicting IPs, so if you have custA and custB both using, they end up being stored as custA: and custB: Because you then need one remote collector per customer, this solution does not scale if you have many customers, you end up with many collectors.

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a bad day, indeed

Got a brand new T-shirt this morning, spilled tomato-curry sauce on it during lunch. Then ESL says the flight I booked is too early, have to get a new flight. Then all the Zenoss ZenPacks I try are broken, Shane Scott’s IP-SLA Zenpack does not work on Zenoss 4.2, and over all my friend rips out our Nacra jib.

I think I shall avoid touching my car for the rest of the day. Already enough shit in the fan for today.