macOS Sierra’s nickname is…

I try to give the latest OS X an “affectionate” nickname because the reality seldom matches the promise. Remember when Snow Leopard was supposed to be mainly a bug fix version of the truly awful Leopard. I do. It was so bad I nicknamed it, “Yellow Snow Leopard” for obvious reasons.

El KabongLion became Lyin’, Mountain Lion became Cougar because it was a tired old OS with some lipstick and a new hairdo, but my favourite was El Capitan that I refer to as El Kabong, channeling one of my favourite cartoon characters, Quickdraw McGraw’s alter-ego (remember QuickDraw?).

Now that Apple is dropping OS X for macOS with the 2016 version being called macOS Sierra, I must come up with another nickname. I will give Sierra a chance to prove that it’s unlike its predecessors and is really a stable OS, but that’s highly unlikely given Apple’s track record.

I used to have a great dog, part German Shepherd, part Collie that we named, Sierra. I don’t want that name tarnished by another crappy OS so…

…should the need arise, macOS Sierra will be referred to as macOS Siooma.

One Infinite Loop

… and I’m not talking about the address of Apple’s main campus. I’m talking about an infinite loop in how Siri processes text messages. I’m going to describe a situation that Apple’s developers amazingly didn’t consider, and their verification team missed. In this situation, it’s better for them if they appear to be incompetent rather than to have made a concious decision to code an infinite loop.

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Koodo says, “We want more money for nothing!”

I’m a prepaid customer who has a $15 base plan that includes unlimited texting, which costs them $0.01. I’m really paying 50¢/day for access to the network regardless of whether I use it or not. I also have to pay for talk and data “boosters” so my average cost per month is about $17. Koodo wants me to pay them $13-$23 more each month for something I won’t use.

Koodo knows my usage patterns. They know I’m a very light user. So why are they trying to up-sell me to a package that offers far more than I’ll ever use for twice the money? Because they don’t care what’s best for the customer, only what’s best for them. Enticing a low-usage prepaid customer into a post-paid plan is pure profit.

Koodo Post-Paid Offer

It’s sweet of them to “… carry over your prepaid balance.2” but you have to read the fine print (why is it that none of the telecartels can make an offer without many lines of fine print? Or should I say, fine print?

2. Only the remaining prepaid balance will be transferred. No credit will be applied for the value of any remaining Booster add-ons or base plan.

Koodo, in all their generosity, will just keep the money for those pricy boosters we had to pay for. Again, more pure profit for a telecartel. Why would they do this? Why not just give us the equivalent dollar value of the remaining boosters as a credit to the account? Duh! That would reduce their profit.

So no Koodo, I will not downgrade to a post-paid plan until you put my interests ahead of yours. Made it so I get more value than I’m getting now on pre-paid. That should be easy given that every telecartel hates their pre-paid customers and show it by giving us such poor value for the money spent. $30 for a measly one gigabyte of data? Are you kidding me, Koodo?