Category Archives: Technology Fails

State of consumer goods market post 2020 and a small list of tricks to get quality goods

By | May 21, 2024

I was looking for some time for a hair-dryer. No luck at start as retail stores and supermarkets are all flooded exclusively with low quality China made ones. Luck struck while on holiday. I always check stuff hotels use (usually they try to have high reliability appliances). To my surprise I found they had a… Read More »

Remove Brother MFC 7640DN “replace drum unit” annoying message

By | December 8, 2019

Brother like any other printer producers what you do perform unnecessary costly replacements to components. We all know the lame affirmation: “quality parameters will no longer be met if producer recommendations are not followed”, but do I really need to replace the drum unit (like 80EUR) of a 200EUR printer after some 1000 pages ?… Read More »

What happens when #opensource #truecrypt #programmer got cheated by big business

By | March 16, 2019

The first time I heard of this guy I was fascinated by him: Paul Le Roux . He is the suspected creator of TrueCrypt the open source software to encrypt your disk. If you never used TrueCrypt maybe you know and use its latest fork VeraCrypt. So, this guy started as an open source idealist… Read More »

Technology fail: When #Lidl asks you to login to a #Linux terminal to find the price of an item :)

By | June 29, 2018

This was spotted in the wild by a coworker 🙂 After some research you can easily find that the device is a Scantech SG15c price scanner. See here the manual User’s Manual SG-15Plus . Interesting extract from the manual: “The login password is default blank.” Manual even gives instructions on how to modify prices 🙂… Read More »

Follow-up to “Vodafone #Romania and #GDPR, or how to trick customers to circumvent #GDPR”, first GDPR related fine

By | May 24, 2018

Follow-up to the Vodafone case, they got owned. Vodafone was fined because of the dishonest campaign, which tried to circumvent the new GDPR regulations. See the article in romanian: Vodafone ia amendă de la ANSPDCP pentru o campanie de obținere a consimțământului pentru utilizarea datelor cu caracter personal. Basically, several people and news outlets contacted… Read More »

Elevate guest/standard #Windows 10 user to administrator from safe mode

By | April 22, 2018

There is a known issue that when you upgrade from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro directly you may end up with your only user changed from administrator to guest. This is what happened to me on one of the family laptops. Of course you end up with a stupid useless machine on which… Read More »