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Journal: Random dose of MS hate - IIS wtf

Journal by soliptic

So, I'm trying to serve some flash movies.

Pretty simple task in 2008, surely?

Well, get this... because IE is a festering hunk of shit that simply doesnt work, you can't just add a simple <object>, but you have to monkey around with nested <object> tags instead - just because MS simply cant write software that works.

So far, so predictable. I don't do anything in this web dev game without assuming that 2 minutes work will sort Ff/Safari/Opera/Konq/etc, but making it work in IE as well will give me a day of pain.

But THEN guess what?

If you're unlucky enough to have a Windows hosting environment, you cant do that either, because... er... MS simply cant write software that works.

IIS claims you cant embed object tags. ASP error 0139. erm. excuse me?

For one thing: yes you can, GO READ THE FUCKING RFC YOU CRETINS.

For another thing: what earthly reason does IIS have for checking my DOM validity anyway? You are a webserver not a bloody validator, everything outside ASP tags is just a stream of text to you, and I expect you to serve whatever bloody characters are in that stream, not pick and choose which arrangements of characters are acceptable to you.

Or at least if you are going to be fussy about what tags i can and cant nest, READ THE FUCKING RFC and complain when I do something that is ACTUALLY forbidden, not something explicitly possible by design.

Fortunately, their software is sufficiently shit that you can bypass this "error-checking" rather easily with empty ASP tags.

So to recap:

  • You can't do what you should be able to do, because their client software sucks donkey cock
  • You can't do the workaround for their donkey-cock-sucking client software, because their server software sucks donkey cock and stops you
  • You can work around the donkey-cock-sucking server software stopping your workaround, because their server software sucks donkey cock

Glad we've got that cleared up.

Dear Microsoft, you UTTERLY FAIL at every single aspect of internet related technology I have ever come across. Here's a friendly hint on how to make your software suck less donkey cock: READ THE FUCKING RFCs.

Jesus fucking wept.

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Journal: BT Business Broadband is probably the worst ISP in the UK 1

Journal by soliptic

If you want internet that actually works, do not ever consider BT Business Broadband.

With previous ISPs I have had ('consumer' services), I've been used to it stopping working occasionally. That's OK. It only happened once every 2 or 3 months, and rebooting the router would tend to fix it straightaway. Besides, I was living out in a rural area, so I would cut them some slack as the exchange probably wasn't very modern, and I was probably approaching the max distance from the exchange at which ADSL works.

BT Business Broadband is a whole different ballgame. I'm now smack in the middle of London, but for the past year or so, on average roughly once a week, it stops working for no apparent reason. Rebooting the router generally does nothing - it'll be down for anything from 10 minute to a few hours, and there's nothing to do except wait.

Today, it's just been down for about three hours, after which it sort of started working. "Sort of", because they intercept every web page I tried to visit and redirected me to this message:

You have been connected to this page due to one of the following reasons. You must now shut down your browser and Internet applications before attempting to reconnect.

1. The BTWholesale access circuit to your Service Provider is currently down. Your service should be resumed soon...

Excuse me? The BT "Wholesale" circuit to my provider? No, you inept bunch of cretins, you ARE my "service" provider, at least given the world's most flexible definition of "service".

Then I noticed something strange. Accessing sites by IP address worked fine. (Last year I went through a period where it would fail to work pretty much every day, and I've bookmarked google by IP, as a means of testing if the problem was DNS or actual connectivity). So I switch my primary DNS server to a non-BT server, and oh look - everything actually works fine!!

What the f***? You're telling me that when your DNS server breaks, you just sit there not working at all for three hours, then displaying the world's most useless and inaccurate error page, instead of just SWITCHING TO A SECOND F***ING DNS SERVER? You're BT for god's sake, surely the biggest networking company in the country, and you've only got one DNS server!? Or what!?

Meh, I don't know; I'm no expert on this. Maybe my diagnosis is completely incorrect. All I do know is that BT Business Broadband is an ABSOLUTE JOKE and on no account should you ever even consider paying for it. The reliability would be piss-poor if this was advertised as a consumer/home service - as it's pitched (and priced) as a business service it simply defies belief. Fortunately, I don't pay for it (my flatmate's employers do), but I know next month when I move flat and have to pay for an ISP, I will be choosing anybody but BT.

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Journal: New mix (ambient/idm/downtempo)

Journal by soliptic
If anyone is into ambient/idm/dub/downtempo stuff, I thought I'd alert you to a series of free mixes I've done. I just uploaded the newest one the other day.

Example artists: Sasha, Burial, Aphex Twin, Ott, Tipper, Solar Fields, DJ Krush, Leftfield, Shpongle...
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Journal: Criticise Apple = troll

Journal by soliptic
Dare to suggest Apple isn't the best thing ever? That it's actually possible for ONE PERSON to prefer Winamp to iTunes, PERSONALLY-speaking?

Well, that makes you a "troll", who is "ignorant", who is missing "the truth".

ROFLCOPTER!

Keep it up guys, you're killing me.

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Journal: Fans....

Journal by soliptic
So.....

I've been reading /. close to daily for about 6 years, although I didnt sign up until about 4-5 years ago, then forgot that password, lost access to the email account I registered it with, and eventually registered this account goodness knows when.

Being the UK, I rarely post comments, because by the time I read most stories that interest me, they already seem have 300+ comments, the moderators have moved on to newer stories, and it seems pointless to post something which realistically will never be read. So I've only made a dozen or so posts here ever, almost always tucked away in an obscurely nested part of a threads, almost always receiving no moderation.

For the first time today I decided to explore my /. account and found that I have a fan.

I can't understand why? How can someone with essentially zero visibility in a community possibly garner a "fan"? Beyond me! :)

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. In fact I often wish I could get really involved in /. - its just that I'm in the wrong timezone, with the wrong politics (I consider myself fairly left-wing, but a British "fairly left-wing" is a US communist :D ), the wrong OS (XP) and the wrong hobbies (coding used to be my biggest pastime but got thoroughly displaced by music)....... So I always figured I'd never "fit in" here.

Nice to see at least one slashdotter is proving me wrong...haha...

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