January 6th, 2004


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It's really frustrating. I want to use Mozilla. Really I do. It's open-source, and as much as I complain about open-source quality, the fact is that I do think open-source is potentially superior. It doesn't have as many security problems. It handles page rendering better. And, really, I just want to *support* it.

But it's hard, you know?

Results of this test:

Ctrl-N doesn't work like expected - it should open a new window at the same location, not a new window at a completely different location. Possibly fixable by hacking the source. (Hey, it's open-source.) Minor annoyance.
Bookmarks don't work like I expect. Bookmarks with the same name will not overwrite each other (wtf?) Possibly fixable by hacking the source. Critical problem, due to how I read webcomics.
Mozilla crashed in the middle of entering data into a totally innocuous form. Not practically fixable. Critical problem.

Guess I'll try again in another few months.
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Is it just me, or has the average competence of the universe dropped sharply recently?

So it suddenly occured to me that UCLA, one of the colleges I applied to, had early filing dates partially because they had early start dates. I check the website and, lo and behold, college started yesterday. Note that I still haven't gotten an acceptance or a denial letter. So I call them and give me my information. They say that, yes, they sent a letter out in August. I say I never got it, and can they tell me what it said?

No. They can't. They're not allowed to give that information out over the phone. But they are willing to mail it again, and it will arrive in four to six weeks.

"But doesn't that eliminate any slim chance I might have of attending your college? I mean, even if it's an acceptance, which you're not telling me."
"Well, if you're accepted, you'll have to send us a confirmation of acceptance by October."
"You mean last October."
"So, if you accepted me, you'll let me know two months from now. At which point I must send you a letter three months ago saying that I'm coming to the college, then catch a plane today to arrive roughly in time."
"Are you sure you can't just tell me?"
" . . . Hold on a second."
*waits patiently*
"The letter was a denial."

Guess I'm hoping for Stony Brook now.

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Oh, incidentally, current college stats:

One college that wanted several transcripts from colleges that didn't exist.
One college that didn't mail me any of the things they said they were going to.
THREE colleges that lost various subsets of transcripts of mine.
One college that seems deeply confused as to the difference between "transfer" and "freshman".

I gotta say, this is being very deeply less than impressive.