Relative Dating

“Today” and “Yesterday” are intuitive ways to indicate when something happened. Except when one cannot determine when today is.

See, I appear to have a weird DNS issue where some software is not able to communicate with servers. Microsoft Teams appears to be one of those products affected. So, in a thread that says “Today”, I end up scrolling back up in the feed to verify that today is today and not say yesterday because the time did not refresh.

This is better than Facebook or Twitter where the feed is non-temporal, so scrolling up does not mean that a yesterday or 3 days ago reflects a date relative to today. Especially when the phone is connected to a shoddy WiFi and has not refreshed in hours unknown to me.

The Special Character That Wasn’t

In trying to uninstall a piece of software, the computer reported that process failed because of a special character in the directory where it was installed. What? That doesn’t make any sense. First, it was a generic folder name. Second, how did the same installer software create this directory it now cannot remove?

Eventually, the issue turned out to be that the file system where the installer put a directory was not mounted. It is one I have to provide a password after startup, so my laziness turns out to be my Achilles heel.

This means the error message was completely misleading. It sent me in the completely wrong direction. I hate, hate, HATE this vendor, so I am not sure I want to report the bad error message because it will mean having to deal with them. Morally and ethically, I should. But, I have better things to do.