Ya ain’t seen the Parkway

America’s 5 worst freeways

Apparently, Jersey made some news recently with this report which puts the Turnpike as the 4th worst freeway in the US. I have driven that road since I learned how to drive and it really isn’t that bad. Sure we’ve got some aggressive drivers on the ‘pike, but you know what, 70% of the assholes I see on the turnpike all have Maryland plates. I don’t know what it is with drivers from Maryland, but they pull some of the stupidest shit I have seen on the turnpike. Sure, us Jersey folk may be aggressive drivers, but we know our limits and know when to back off (or at least I do). Some of you out of staters make it look like you have something to prove to us on the roads or something.

The author does make a very good point with the idiotic merge down by exit 8. You know, I’m not sure which jackass thought that would be a great idea. Hey, let’s merge 5 lanes of cars and trucks into 2 lanes… Weee! I’m not sure why he complains about the truck splits because it keeps things flowing decently for most of the day and to be honest, the truck lanes are usually the fastest during my morning and evening commute.

Personally, I think the Garden State Parkway has more aggressive driving and even more problems that the Turnpike. Ever try going South on the Parkway past exit 129 in the summer? Even with 4-6 lanes, it will be packed with Shore traffic. Going northbound in the morning is nothing less than a nightmare and I’d be willing to bet that on a daily basis, the Parkway has more traffic accidents than the Turnpike does. I can’t tell you the amount of times that I have seen your standard pack of rice burners hauling ass up and down the Parkway doing at least 90 weaving in and out of traffic only to end up in a wreck a few miles down the road. Plus you have to stop every god damn 10 minutes to pay a toll and did you ever notice the traffic jams that causes?!?!

This author must have been sniffing them fumes up by the refineries to say that the turnpike is the 4th worst road in the US. The GSP would have been my choice…

Yawn

Is it me or was this police chase that started in Somerville, New Jersey and ended in da Bronx the most boring thing ever filmed?

You know, I was scared of this exact thing. Ever since that last police chase some time ago, every Tom, Dick and Harry is going to start getting into a police chase. It’s like freaggin’ Southern California East here now…

Candy Suxxx

Woah!

In case no one has heard, there was a pretty good police chase in northern New Jersey that went through several towns which I believe went for 50 miles ending in Bayonne. Apparently, a gentleman in an SUV was struck or struck another person in another car. The guy in the SUV became so enraged that he whipped out a bat and started going at the other driver. Then a police officer somehow became injured and the chase was on. Most people compared the chase to your typical chase in Grand Theft Auto and it was shown on New York TV as it was occurring. Hopefully, the full video feed will be available soon because I don’t ever recall seeing one in Jersey. Most of the ones I have witnessed have all occurred in California in some spot or another. I just saw a small clip of the ending of the police chase just now and yeah, it looks so much like Grand Theft Auto. Especially with all of the cops surrounding him and arresting him. If you have ever played the game, it was like it was a 4 star crime minus the Feds and choppers surrounding you.

Speaking of which, I got GTA: Vice City a while ago and stopped playing it for some reason or another. Sure, it’s a pretty controversial game and all, but it’s so much fucking fun playing the bad guy every once in a while. I eventually got back into VC and I pretty much have a good 70% of the game finished, but I’m stuck at that damn mission where you need to blow up the building with the little helicopter. I think that’s what keeping me from advancing in the game further…

Anyone have any suggestions for passing that mission? I should note that this is the PC version of the game and not the console one. I don’t believe in console systems to be honest. I’ve always seen them as the device kids play before they get a real gaming system and get some PC games. Anyhoo, I think I’m just having a problem with my mouse/keyboard settings for the helicopter missions because I typically do really badly on them. If you can let me know what your mouse/keyboard config is set to with regards to the helicopter settings, it would be much appreciated. My guess is that if I tweak those settings a bit, I can finally finish that damn mission and continue on with the game. I’ve got all of the properties and hideouts except for the Malibu Club, but I think not passing that helicopter mission is what’s holding me back from getting the club…

And just for the record. Jenna Jameson’s character (Candy Suxxx) in the game really sucks, and not in a good way. It would have been so much better if it was actually a replica of her IMHO.

No, I said computer!

Why am I not surprised about this?

Dell drops some tech calls to India

Luckily, I have never had the misfortune of dealing with overseas customer reps while I was working at Silhouette with a Dell problem. I did however, have the misfortune of dealing with an overseas rep when I had to order my copies of Windows Mobile 2003 under my “Home” account. I had a horrible time trying to understand the gentleman in India mostly because of the degraded quality of the phone connection. I have no real problem with thick Indian accents because throughout my stay in Rutgers and forward, I have always had Indian friends and co-workers. My real problem with overseas Dell representatives is the lack of preparedness and the horrible phone quality. When I called to order some software, I could hear the gentleman fumbling around for his script and then the line would get full of static when he talked. I called one other time and the same exact thing happened, so I hung up and called in from work the next day and ordered the software from our corporate account. Granted I had to deal with an even thicker (and harder to understand oddly enough) Texan accent, it was definitely a more pleasurable transaction.

I say this is a good move by Dell.

Purchasers in IT departments are about as loyal as a sack of crap when it comes to brand loyalty. One wrong move or one bad experience with any vendor and you better bet your ass they are switching to a different company. Shit, a bitchy IBM sales rep gave me some lip while placing an order for a few dozen high end laptops and desktops, so I cancelled the order just as she gave me her lowest quote. Dell and Sony got my orders and IBM lost out on a good chunk of change… Hell, the new guy who replaced my boss had a bad run-in with Dell I believe, so the company went completely Compaq at the new location. Granted Compaq’s and HP’s are the biggest pieces of crap hardware wise, that was his call and HP got the big bucks to outfit the entire US infrastructure.

Chances are a great deal of IT managers had some relatively less than stellar experiences with Dell after the move to overseas support and just dropped them. Thus Dell reacted to this in the only way it could. Granted this only deals with corporate support for Optiplexes and Latitudes, it’ll be very interesting to see if they eventually drop overseas support for Home users as well. Only time will tell.