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Monday, February 22, 2010

Family Party Great Games

It is no accident that you can purchase the Wii Family Party game for "only" $20. The reviews tell you everything you need to know. Now, you probably think I am going to rant about the lousy game play and difficulty of completing the games. But others have already extensively done that.

I am here to complain about the deceptive packaging. Glance quickly at the image above that is on the package. How many games do you think there are? We all thought it was 50 when we first saw the box. It was only after a second look that we realized it was the number "30" carefully rendered so that it looks like "50".

But that's not all. It turns out that there are only 15 games when you start playing. There are another 15 games that can be "unlocked". Given the skill level required to play these games, and enjoyment factor, I'll be surprised if we ever see more than 16 or 17 of these games.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Case Sensitive Usernames

Every so often I come across a login that requires a case sensitive username. Most often I only discover what is going on after typing in my username and password 5 times and swearing that I know the password is correct. This practice should stop for the following reasons:

  • It is extremely annoying and confusing.

  • Most often you can't change your username, so you are stuck with the case you entered when you created the account

  • Usernames should be unique INDEPENDENT of case. What, are you going to allow two users, one named johnsmith and one named JohnSmith? Why on Earth would you do that?

  • I don't care what Unix/C++ does, fanboi.

  • The confusion created by case sensitive usernames outweighs the "added security". Let all the security be in the case sensitive password.

Monday, February 15, 2010


Dear Redbox,

Since you charge me per day to rent videos, it is ridiculous that the box was "Full" when I went to return the video. What is even more outrageous was the fact that I went to a Redbox at another store, and it was "Full" as well. You need to provide sufficient "room" in your boxes to accept all returns. The next time this happens, I'm stuffing peanut butter in the return slot. Seriously.

That really makes me see red!

Beware: After looking further into the company, it is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau:
On November 21, 2008 the BBB of Chicago contacted Redbox regarding a pattern of allegations contained in consumer complaints filed against the company. The pattern of allegations includes billing errors, unauthorized and/or illegitimate charges to consumers' credit cards or bank accounts, and the company's failure to produce receipts for transactions.

Most complainants allege returning movies to Redbox in a timely manner, but still received late fees. Because the company did not produce receipts to consumers with the date and time they returned their movies, consumers were unable to verify that they in fact returned the movie on time. Consumers also allege having difficulties contacting Redbox to resolve these issues.

Redbox failed to respond to the BBB when it brought these concerns to the company's attention; therefore, the company was revoked from BBB Accreditation due to failure to address and/or eliminate the pattern of consumer complaints.

Friday, February 12, 2010

TV Guide

Shame on TV Guide for lying and setting false expectations. I'm sure a lot of other magazines do this too, but I'm singling out TV Guide since it's the last magazine I get anymore.

My TV Guide subscription is for "57 issues". Would you assume this means that I will get 57 TV Guides in my mailbox? Of course not. Over the course of the year, their schedule includes 10 "double issues". WooHoo! Double Issue! Extra interviews with that douchebag from Big Brother!

Settle down. Each of those double issues counts as two issues. So my 57 issue subscription actually only nets me 47 paperweights for my recycle bin.

Shame on you, TV Guide. I will have to figure out some other magical place that I can get lots of information such as TV listings and information about TV shows.