Blog of helios Is Tweeted As Anti-Geek Squad

As seen recently on the Blog of helios, there have apparently been some issues with some techs believing they are being pushed out of their jobs by open source software.

Of course when I see this post referred to on Twitter and various other social networking sites, original posters are referring to “Geek Squad-style techs assaults open source advocate”. Which leads directly to posts claiming “The Geek Squad brutalizes open source advocate”. It goes further, but you get the drift.

My issue with this type of thing is that the original post, made on the Blog of helios, makes no allusion to The Geek Squad – or to any other company, for that matter. In addition, I can tell you that The Geek Squad does not automatically schedule recalls, as indicated in the article. The affair is against the entire character of The Geek Squad, and I would expect anyone who has made it up through the ranks as any Geek Squad Double Agent to execute on the values of the company and leave us in a much better light.

One of the mottos of The Geek Squad is “any computer, any coordinates, any time”. Even if Microsoft Windows disappeared off the face of the planet tomorrow, the vast majority of computer users would still require assistance – and The Geek Squad would still be assisting them. Users transitioning to Mac OS are a good example – yes things are still done in roughly the same way as in Windows, but there are enough differences that people has needed help transitioning. Geek Squad is still in the infancy of supporting alternatives to Microsoft Windows – but support them they will, and they will do it admirably in response to the kinds of challenges and changes found within the computer support market today.

Disclaimer: mattfast1 is an Agent in the employ of The Geek Squad in the United States of America. The views expressed in this article may not be the same as the views held by Geek Squad/Best Buy. For any official views or opinions, please contact Best Buy at or The Geek Squad at

Cleanup Done!

I have cleaned up the posts on my site – it has gone from 375 public posts to 29. There are a couple reasons for this cleanup – 1, I noted that there was some fairly strong language in most of my “angry teen years” posts from High School and shortly beyond, and I wanted this to become a more family-friendly blog. 2, it was a necessary step for me to realize my vision for this blog, which does not involve complaining about school or jobs which I do not have any more, or be riddled with lame memes.

I also plan to move the blog to a different address, and this will cut down the work – don’t worry, when I do change addresses, I’ll make sure the current address redirects to the new one.

New Features

In addition to this blog being automatically updated from the WordPress Subversion Repository on a nightly basis, installing new features almost as fast as the WordPress team adds them, I have changed the \’default\’ avatar that appears when a comment is made from someone who doesn\’t have their email address tied to a Gravatar account. It used to be the \’mystery man\’ default avatar, that everyone\’s probably used to seeing on blogs that have Gravatar enabled.

Now, I\’ve changed that \’mystery man\’ to Wavatar, which will automatically generate an avatar for you, based on your email address. As an added bonus, any other Wavatar-enabled sites will give you the same avatar!

Quest to reset T9 Dictionary [ LG Fusic (LX-550) ]

Recently, the T9 dictionary on my phone (which is a LG LX550, also called the LG Fusic) has become flooded with bad entries, coming from turning off the dictionary and forgetting to turn it back on or other PEBCAK errors on my part (entries such as Hmy, Gdt, and other gems are among the offenders). So, since I had problems finding out how to do it myself, I figured I would share how I reset my dictionary. (more…)