Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Thursday, November 30, 2006

He Said as He Startled Wide Awake in Front of the Computer

It will be nice to get through the initial doses of this new med. It drains me. Tonight as I left a job my knees were trying to buckle. Once home and sitting I felt better, Each day I dread the walks, But it has to be done and whining won't prevail.

Am rambling. It's late and the lights are going out. Maybe tomorrow I'll not be wimpyboy and post something worthwhile.

"The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them."
-Ecclesiasticus 38:4

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Weather n Hard Drives

Break out the Bermuda shorts and short sleeves tomorrow. The day after you will have need of a jacket. Saltillo, MS. forecast; tomorrow's high is 73F n Friday is 39F. Bet there will be need of an umbrella somewhere in the mix. The 10 day forecast is at Weather.com. Wanna bet it changes before morning?

Thinking about buying a new hard drive? You might want to read this article at ArsTechnica. Some folks may not be aware that Seagate purchased Maxtor last December. Seagate drives have a 5 year warranty. They increased the Maxtor warranty from 1 year to 3 years. Since IBM withdrew from the arena, Seagate has been my prime choice.

Hitachi bought the IBM hard drive division years ago with IBM retaining part of the R&D department. Anyone used any Hitachi drives? Haven't seen them available in the local market. Just wonder if they continued IBM's tradition of trying to build a bulletproof hard drive. Hope so.

It's been a long day. Hope tomorrow is as industrious in spite of the weird weather. Nighters all.

"It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."
-Martin Van Buren

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Latest Media Bruhaha

I don't like Bush bashers. He's our President. Show some respect. What the hell has happened to our country? We are becoming a nation of impolite, rude, trash mouth hate mongers. It's okay to disagree, but don't make up stuff just to hear your tongue flap. That said, IMHO it's time to get our troops out of harm's way and let the Iraqis finish their civil war. Do they really care about democracy? We will see. So I disagree, but there was no name calling.

Yes, I disagree with the current administration's war. If you can't see that this IS a civil war then God help you. We have issues with greater threats such as Iran and North Korea. Our initial invasion of Iraq was to stop proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. You say that's false? Let's see, they found 24 late model MIGs buried in the desert. I'd bet a dollar that Saddam removed most of the big stuff before we arrived. He had plenty of time. Where are they now? That's the question.

BTW most of the major democrats are on record stating they initially believed in our troops being there. Now many of them are of a different opinion. Another form of Bush bashing? Not necessarily. Like me they may want our brave servicepeople to quit dying.

Brings our troops home. Welcome them and tell them job well done. It's for sure that didn't happen when we returned from Vietnam. What prompted this slanted political observation? A conversation with a client who whispered she's a democrat and was very polite in stating facts plus an article posted at Reuters.

Agree? Don't? Use the comments.

"My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders."
-Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Monday, November 27, 2006

Heart drunk with beauty...

Sometimes things just slap-dab blow me away. EdC, that great Texas philosopher and netizen extraordinaire, sent a link that has started this Monday out with a touch of class: Time to Say Goodbye. This is just over 5 minutes of pure musical celebration and left tears welled in my eyes. Watch it with the volume up, without distractions. It is Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. Wow, I just watched it the second time. Such talent, such beauty.

Thanks Ed. As usual, I owe you one. Monday somehow seems better now. Yes indeed.

"He who sings scares away his woes."

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Modern Day Inklings, Southern Style

It is always a good time to gather with friends and enjoy common interests, trade tales and facts computerese, eat good food (the taco soup and chili were hits - not much leftover, lol, n Beagle's cookies were downright awesome!) and get online together to play GuildWars. I did fall asleep for several hours but getting up at 5:30AM and working all day on prep, remoting in to different networks , fielding phone calls from customers and being under the influence of new meds that drain energy made for a long day. But the LAN party was the first time to relax in forever and a nap was needed to enjoy the rest of it.

Yesterday was Purple Giraffe's birthday. She is the daughter of Beagle and Mudslingr. It's always great to see her and she had fun showing off her birthday presents. She actually received a robodog and it is as cute as pie. It barks, flaps its ears, walks and is A.I. Heck, I want one of these! That brings to mind the book my exbride gave me many years ago called the Peter Pan Syndrome. Robots have always fascinated me. Think about it, robodog needs no pooper scooper, and if he gets rambunctious just turn him off. Am still sad that Sony canceled the Aibo robodog. It probably had a root kit in it.

Once again there were mega computers in the house. The whirring, buzzing, kewl soft glow of lights, the enormous display panels were fun to behold. Still, it's the constant laughter and positive interaction that delights me the most. We have a fun, verbose, mega intelligent group. Just glad they let me hang out! Those that didn't attend? So sorry you missed another great gathering. God willing, we'll do it again!

"Properly speaking, the Inklings was neither a club nor a literary society, though it partook of the nature of both. There were no rules, officers, agendas, or formal elections."
-Warren Lewis, from Wikipedia

Saturday, November 25, 2006

De Back, Boss! De Back!

There's about 6 hours left until LAN Party. The kitchen is the present target with the chili and taco soup simmering. Next the southern cornbread and texmex cornbread. Have to make one short trip to the grocer and keep cleaning like a mad man. Somehow I will find that slob that comes in and messes the house up. Okay, enough of a break. The back has eased up a bit so it's grind and work like a lardass on a treadmill.

Come LAN Party with us! Great gaming, super fellowship, awesome tunes on the sound system, and the food will hopefully be passable. K, stalling here, I must return to scrubbing n' the like...if you show up and I am flopping in the floor or worse please stir the chili and check to see if the cornbread is still in the oven before callling 911. Later.

"Don't cook. Don't clean. No man will ever make love to a woman because she waxed the linoleum - "My God, the floor's immaculate. Lie down, you hot bitch."
-Joan Rivers

Friday, November 24, 2006

THE Shopping Day is Today

Mornings usually start with a cup of fresh ground coffee, reading email (which is really GMail, lol),checking messages, then a scan of the web for interesting tech news, afterwards a shower and hit the road running. It's a holiday and even though I have two service calls scheduled the luxury of sleeping late this morning was awesome. The recent change in meds does a good job of draining energy so the extra snooze time finds me chipper and ready.

Scanning email discovered a link from my daughter in Louisiana and it is hilarious. It takes place in Emperor Palpatine's office and involves Darth Vader phoning to report some news. Even though the profanity is bleeped out this is still not for children. Anyway, go look at a very funny Star Wars Phone Call. Have a great Friday and be careful out there amongst the shoppers.

"Wal-mart... do they like make walls there?"
-Paris Hilton

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving is a Great Time for Family, Friends and Food

Spending mine alone this year. Am splurging and putting kraut and cheese on my hot dogs, lol! Will drink a real Coke today too. The family is busy doing things elsewhere and it's nice to have some time off. The kids will be here Saturday for the LAN party and that's treat enough for me. Enjoy the day and please take a moment to count your blessings. Mine are tremendous. I thank God for all of you that call me friend, family and brother.

"Some hae meat and canna eat, -
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit."

-Robert Burns

EDIT: Wow, I barely get this posted and one of my best friends shows up with a huge plate of Turkey day food and another container of different desserts. Know what? Actually didn't pray for food n such, just said prayers of gratitude for that which has been bestowed upon me. And people don't believe in the power of prayer? Go figure...

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hard Hats & Coffee

Over the holiday weekend the beach house network will undergo changes. These are upgrades that will improve the overall performance of the web server and file server. The changes will be made during early morning hours and hopefully Teamspeak clients will not experience downtime. This should commence early Friday around 4-5AM. Please bear with the construction. Thanks!

"What I mean is that if you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else. That forces you to sort it out in your own mind. And the more slow and dim-witted your pupil, the more you have to break things down into more and more simple ideas. And that's really the essence of programming. By the time you've sorted out a complicated idea into little steps that even a stupid machine can deal with, you've certainly learned something about it yourself."
-Douglas Adams

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Better Half

Top ten girl geeks comes to us from CNet. Darryl Hannah made the list. So did Mary Shelley. And Paris Hilton. Kewl article with good graphics. This definitely caught my interest since both of my daughters are nerdlings. Let's face it the world of computer science is not gender prejudice. Nice, I like the concept.

Did you know the keyboard is lefthand prejudice? Keys most often used are on the left side. Lefters rock. Am rambling and Morpheus is doing his dance in my head. Time to sleep.

"If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base."
-Dave Barry

Monday, November 20, 2006

Such a Deal?

Amazing how the mail box fills up with circulars this time of year. Everyone is having a morning madness sale Friday. This tradition probably started several years ago when people lined up outside Wal-Mart in the wee morning hours to take advantage of the great buys. Other businesses saw this piece of marketing strategy and adopted it. Staples will even open at 5AM! Yep, all that pushing and shoving, rudeness, hair pulling, eye gouging, tire slashing, bitch slapping sure makes me want to get up early and dive into the insanity.

Just go to any retail site and check out their specials. It'd take the whole day to link to them.

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."
-Eric Hoffer

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Eyelids are Getting Heavy

After trying to remote into a system all day with only one successful attempt, it's time to hit the hay. Did play Guild Wars with good friends for an hour or so this evening and that goes a long way to relieve stress at times. Actually got a machine built and running that is dedicated to the online remote process. It can sit and perform tasks as I do geek things on other PCs. Power Supply for my Linux PC should be here in the next day or so. Initialized a Calendar from Google and changed my home page moving all my nerd stuff to a tab called Geek Stuff. Actually, not a bad day. Just wish the ISP at the other end of my remoting had been more reliable.

Niters y'all, too tired to stay up and watch Van Morrison on Austin City Limits. Enjoy it!

"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down."
-Lily Tomlin

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Entertainment Tonight? Fabulous, just Fabulous

Some things are hard to describe. Beauty is one of them. And believe me, there is something beautiful about music. It is eclectic, so mysterious and melancholy, exciting and intense, moody and soulful. Beauty showed up on the stage of Austin City Limits tonight. This show airs on most PBS-TV stations nationwide at different times. Not talking about a good looking woman, not a chorus line of dancing legs, or even the new two piece swim suits of the Miss Universe contest! Mr. Van Morrison and company showed up to stir the imagination and soul of the audience. Thank God for surround sound, subwoofers and TV.

Geogre Ivan Morrison was born in Belfast, Ireland. His 61 years have led him down a path rare in this world. Talent abounds and it was present and accounted for at this Austin City Limits appearance. To be given such a gift and still share it at his 'youthful' age is inspiring. Van always seems surrounded by other people of max ability and this hour was filled with many harmonies, solos, jams, and smiles. Seems there's a lot of standing ovations for closing tunes, but Van got one for Wild Night, the opening song!

The music ran from country refrains to blues to old rock standards. Somewhere around the 4th or 5th tune Van asked for requests from the audience saying they didn't have a planned set. How many times have you seen someone do that!?!? Again another standing ovation. Gosh this just got better as the music progressed. Literally, there were people dancing in the aisles. The intense wails and resonance of his distinct voice blended with ultimate harmonies from voice and instruments is still sending chills to the marrow.

When performing St. James Infirmary Van started the tune with a alto sax solo which he nailed. Man oh man this was something. His sax playing was spot on and then he did a moving rendition of the Ray Charles classic I Can't Stop Loving You. The night ended with an awesome version of Brown Eyed Girl which segued into Gloria, the rock anthem of the 60s. Austin City Limits just gets better with age. Awesome I say, the epitome of TV broadcasting.

Van Morrison was one of my first musical heroes. His melodies constantly fill the beach house along with Buffett, Stones, Hendrix, Clapton, Pink Floyd, Phil Perry, David Sanborn, King Crimson, Mindi Abair, Mr. Zevon, Lyle, Ray Charles, the Temps, Celtic Woman, Steely Dan, Tom Waits, Mozart, Stevie Ray, Grieg and many, many more sounds that abound. Music is a wonderful entity and one of humankind's greatest pleasures. Here's the link at PBS. Hey boys n girls, friends n lovers, ladies n gents, if you live locally it will be aired again tomorrow night (Sunday) on PBS at 11:00PM. See ya at the concert...

"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."
-Robert Fripp

Friday, November 17, 2006

Open Mouth, Insert Foot...and Chew It Off Because You Can't Stop Talking

Throughout the years it's been mentioned here on several occasions that Bill Gates is not perceived as some evil Satan in the realm of computerese. Gates made it possible for us all to have affordable PCs in the home and workplace. It sure didn't hurt his feelings to make a bit o de long green along the way either. No, Bill is not the devil. That title is held by Steve Jobs, aka Darth Jobs, evil overlord of the 3% of the marketshare Apple Empire. Well seems Darth has a padawan Sith Lord inside the halls of Redmond. His name is Steve Ballmer, aka Loudmouth, Doofus, Sh--head, Microsoft's head sycophant etc.

This village idiot decides to once again offend a large segment of computer users by announcing that Linux infringes upon Microsoft's intellectual property. Gee Steviepoo, think if you jerks had written better code initially there'd be a Linux platform? Somebody had to get it right! And there was certainly no noise about FreeBSD which is making tremendous strides in the desktop battle. The FreeBSD peeps are kewl; they know their stuff works. Loudmouth's timing is impeccable. Just earlier this month Microsoft announced a joint venture, merger, voodoo ritual, witchdoctor thangy with Novell, which is the repository of things LINUX SUSE!

It is time for Ballmer to retire. Period. Bill Gates should post a watch on him or maybe even invest in one of those fashionable Martha Stewart ankle bracelets. It is my hope that Windows Vista will be a good operating system and not a continuing nightmare of hundreds of "fixes" and other such garbage. Lighten up and consider the customer. We deserve a break today. Quit offending our intelligence. The passive attitude of the computing society may abruptly change. Let me tell you friends and neighbors, Kubuntu, my favorite variety of Linux, runs fine on a beach house desktop and it was installed yesterday on the laptop. This was a flawless installation done with utmost ease in under 30 minutes. It took less than five minutes to configure the wireless connection and that's not something you can usually say about Windows.

Must stop now, time to take the morning meds. The article that keyed this can be found at Slashdot. The /.'ers seem to be a fringe group of mostly Apple users that don't bow to Jobs, his lordness of sithy pomes. Thanks for a great site and a very enlightening article. Gee, the sun is shining, it's Friday (only two more days to work this week) and the fall season is putting on a show alongside the Natchez Trace which I have to travel today. Be nice if Santa brings me a convertible...

"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped."

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Trojan Hunter? It's Pure Garbage

Recently a reader asked, "Have you ever used Trojan Hunter?" After answering no I decided to take a looksee. Any program that is advertised as a free 30 day trail and then absolutely WON'T let you update is being falsely represented. That's complaint number 1. Complaint number 2 is how can they get away with asking 50 bucks for this trash? Let me just relate the experience instead of numbering the rest of this...

Downloaded and installed it. As usual I turned off all programs including AVG running in the background before installing. It proceeded to do its thing and the computer crashed. No 3 finger salute (Ctrl/Alt/Del), no closing the application, just absolute hard crash. When finally rebooted it decided to take out my Linksys wireless card which has worked perfectly for months. As I rushed to uninstall this garbage (it has no uninstall program, you have to use the control panel) it crashed again. After rebooting and spending some time repairing the network card config, I am now able to write and post this information.

I am considering reporting this company to the proper authorities and HIGHLY discourage anyone from trying to use this junk. Download AVG Anti-Spyware and have a good experience installing protection software that's free. Screw Trojan Hunter. 50 bucks my lardass!

"Albert Einstein, who discovered that a tiny amount of mass is equal to a huge amount of energy, which explains why, as Einstein himself so eloquently put it in a famous 1939 speech to the Physics Department at Princeton, "You have to exercise for a week to work off the thigh fat from a single Snickers."
-Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns 50

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Touch of the Past

Ever own a VIC-20 or C-64? I did. Commodore was a glimpse of the future. Now there's a book out about their rise and fall. Check it out over at Slashdot. Remembering this far back brings up images of floppies that were floppy, RF modulators for TV hookup, Basic, Pascal, Pitfall, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong.

Long day today and the bed is screaming my name. Later.

"Fatigue is the best pillow."
-Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

It's a Baby Girl

Yesterday the post was about my youngest daughter, netname Beagle. Today it's about my oldest, netname Verdana. She went to the doctor this morning and promptly walked out after her appointment and called "Handsome Daddy," LOL. She's going to have a little girl in April. Wow , two granddaughters to spoil and call me Big Daddy. Neat that I was first to know! Well, after my son-in-law, naturally.

Got to get back to work. Thought I'd take a minute and share good news!

"The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child."
-Joe Houldsworth

Monday, November 13, 2006

Half-Full Glass

Wow, my homepage just got better. Using Google's personalized homepage has been great, but one of my two wonderful daughters (netname Beagle) just made it even more fun and thought provoking. Now, in the top left corner of the screen is a marquee type window that displays Parrothead information galore! Every half minute or so it displays a different bit of trivia about all sorts of things casual.

Gosh, how many times has Jimmy Buffett shored up my life with songs of happiness and sometimes deep meaning? Awesome. Beagle thank you. Thank you for everything. Hey, I did notice the positive take on "Dad's cornbread dressing recipe" over at your site. Be sure and read the quote today. Ludlow was Lewis Grizzard's stepbrother and your Mother has the book. It's a short read and very funny.

My daughters...both are da bomb!

"People that put sugar in their cornbread just ain't right with the Lord."
-Ludlow Porch, The Cornbread Chronicles

Sunday, November 12, 2006

SUSE no more

When Novell grabbed Linux SUSE several years ago it disturbed me. Trying to be optimistic I continued to use this flavor of Linux. It is the version that dual boots with XP on the beach house laptop. This will change in the very near future. It was hard to forgive Novell for the creation of "Netware" anyway. Netware is a horrible, horrible networking protocol that has gone by the wayside for the most part.

On November 2nd, Novell announced a newly forged partnership with Microsoft. This "merger" has been in the opensource software news and this worries me and others. The people that bring you the capability to interface Windows with Linux, UNIX, FreeBSD, etc., are really upset. This company is a huge player in the computer world and makes it possible for a vast majority of networks to function. Read about it at Samba.org.

What new Linux flavor for the laptop? Kubuntu, no doubt. This is an awesome alternative operating system.

"A dance and type of music from Brazil originating from African slaves. The dance is very difficult as performed by Brazilians in comparison to formal "ballroom" dancing which is highly stylized. Men and women dance samba differently and together yet without touching. The dance for the women can be characterized as quick symmetrical feet movement with each foot twisting on the heel. This foot movement is accompanied by hip and shoulder gyrations creating a dance that agitates the entire body...."
-Web definition of Samba (the dance)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Recollection of Some Sobering Moments

Today is Veterans Day. This holiday was originally meant to honor Armistice Day and the Veterans of WW1. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill changing the name in order to honor veterans of ALL American wars.

Being a veteran of the Vietnam War, this holiday is most precious. My 2 years over there and blood left on the ground are memories that linger. The most devastating part of this experience was the treatment of the troops during this conflict and the national attitude upon return. It wasn't good at the time...

During the past several years two young people found out about my experiences and said thank you. Both times I came home and cried. And I thanked God my name was not on that big black wall. Those that honor this holiday by closing business or displaying the Flag on Monday have my respect.

Say a prayer for our troops today. They are the most wonderful people going in harm's way so that we can live free. God bless all of you.

"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!"
-Thomas Jefferson

Friday, November 10, 2006

A Geek Friday Night

Having slight problems with uploading and it should clear up in the next day or so. Working on a way to use the contig.exe file to defrag Guild Wars and changing some stuff around on the server. It will be down for a few minutes Sunday night, so Teamspeak ppl, please don't be alarmed. It should only be long enough to extract and install a few pieces of hardware. Let's say maybe a half hour, k? Have a casual evening!

"It is well for people who think, to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean."
-Luther Burbank

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Why GMail instead of EMail?

Security, power, access capability, intergration, and user friendliness are all pertinent to the title question. Are you having trouble with spam? Here's your answer. Need to keep all your messages? Here's your answer. Need to access your messages when at home, on a trip, etc? Here's your answer. GMail has revolutionized the way netizens receive their primary mode of text communication. The spam filter alone is worth the 20 minutes or so it takes to set up an account.

Being an early tester of this product helped my decision to support this great service. It virtually flew without problems from the getgo. During the past few years my account storage space has increased from 1 gigabyte to almost 3 gigabytes. This is a Google product and that is possibly the strongest endorsement one can give to any application. You don't Google? Okay quit reading this and go run the bats out of that cave.

Google has a knack of taking difficult procedures and tweaking them for maximum usage and ease. When you click on the Google link be sure and take a look at their online spreadsheet, their online word processor, Picasa which is a awesome graphics editor (PhotoShop comes to mind), Calendar, Google Talk, and many of the other services provided. Hey all this is free! Google just plain rocks!

The beach house has used this great service in several different ways. At first it was downloaded through Outlook. When I switched to the Thunderbird client, GMail easily made the transition. What is Thunderbird? The Mozilla email software that is closely associated with Firefox. What's Firefox? C'mon, you're kidding me right? You really don't know? Might be time to go feed that velociraptor you keep as a pet.

Anyway, now GMail is used as a webmail client instead of POP3. It's just easier that way and I don't have to worry about losing data if a machine crashes. Keeping data stored on the internet saves hard drive space and messages, attachments n' such can be downloaded at my convenience. Besides, give me a computer using most any flavor of Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, even Apple and GMail can be accessed from any location I visit. This is wayyyy handy.

I can go on and on about the wonders and awe of this service. Attachments are a breeze, large files can be transferred, you can use the extra space as online storage, etc. Instead let me list several links so you can see why my endorsement is so positive.

GMail FAQ (not a Google site)

Wikipedia definition of GMail

Forbes (review made 11 days after the GMail beta was released!)

About GMail (this is a Google site)

Is everyone getting a sense of heavy duty, positive feelings about this service? Many things have not been mentioned, like the ability to download your GMail messages to a cellphone, the integration of Google applications, so on and so forth. In the days when the internet has massive problems with spyware creeps, trojan writers and other such scum from cyberhell it is nice to report about a service and a company that is improving our lives through better communication procedures. Hats off to the super folks at Google for a fine, fine job.

Now I must cease this adoration and go feed Robodog. Questions? Use the comments or GMail me at cybersouth@gmail.com.

"Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

MySpace and Possum Rights

Someone asked if I have anything on MySpace. NO. If you want to use it that's fine with me, but this is another site that has absolutely no business in the workplace or home. Why, you ask? Check out this article at TechDirt. If you want to laden your PC with garbage be sure and put this right along side Yahoo in your favorites. Then when the local tech of your choice charges you by the hour and cuts no slack deal with it. It's very sad that these sites persist in covert invasion of privacy and then laugh at the consuming public.

Arnold, opossumus germanicus austriabodicus, has been quiet lately. His marsupialness is probably preparing to direct traffic at the Christmas parade again. He almost bought the possum farm last year. This past weekend his glowing, beady eyes were spotted prowling around the large green garbage bin in the wee hours of the morn. There was a very muted stream of possum cussing as he banged around. He probably wanted to impress one of his possum girlfriends, but I've found a way to stop it from being turned over. If he calls out his stormtrooper possum buddies guess I'll have to give him admin privileges on the dumpster. Hey, don't want to wake up one morning and find the car turned over!

"The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't bother to stop because they'd want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club."
-Dave Barry

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Please click on the link in this post and read...

There is one type of article that always lifts my spirits: Company fined $3m for adware use. Only problem here is that the FTC let them off with a nominal fine. They should close them down, grab all the assets and put all stockholders in jail for 20 years without parole. The death penalty is too good for these creeps. Sad thing is that this company will probably recover with even higher profit margins.

Will the people with Zango on their computers pay attention? Probably not. This passive attitude is why the computer industry is full of crooks and going straight to hell. You have Microsoft with over 300 "fixes" concerning XP and the number is still growing. Apple charges a ridiculous fee for outdated hardware and gets away with it. Yahoo is putting spyware, adware, malware, dungware or whatever it's called today, on your computers left and right, but I still see this garbage used as home pages everywhere. Hey FTC, when will y'all deal with these jerks?

Yes, yes, still better a Microsoft world than an Apple one. It is true that since Windows is the big boy on the block they are the primary target. Still, they need to worry more about customer satisfaction and less about profit. Good Lord knows they've made enough over the past few years. This latest fiasco called Vista will most likely be another never ending string of "fixes." Yes, yes, they are to blame, but the jerks tampering with their code are even more guilty of violating the rights of the public.

Rant over. Gosh, this can be quite tiring. Maybe tomorrow I'll write about the resident possum and his latest shenanigans. Now I need to review the first sentence up there and decide what made me get out the soapbox (insert evil grin here).

"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business."
-Henry Ford

Monday, November 06, 2006

Amid the Sobbing

When it seems closure is near then battles arise to further taunt my sanity. No, I am not talking about Vietnam. It's the Battle of the Gateway Modem. I may have to replace this computer just to get it out of my life, but if that happens it'll find out how fast 80 rounds of .223 ammo will pass thru it!!?"!%$&!!!

I am going to take my medication now.

"Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward."
-Kurt Vonnegut

Sunday, November 05, 2006

PC Buyers Will Be Conservative This Year?

If you are thinking about purchasing a new PC during the holiday season, you may want to wait a few months. CNetNews.com has an article outlining the woes of the industry during this holiday season. Microsoft's weird and shaky debut of Vista won't happen until after the new year and I'm betting it may even be delayed further.

At one time it was kicked around that Microsoft would not make Vista available as a standalone package installable on a computer built by an individual. That would mean a disaster for the Windows folks on both sides. Apparently this rumor is being hushed up. Still looking for details here and will provide them in the near future.

Buy Vista? The beach house will wait. It's very possible it will be installed on only one machine just for work related projects. The five flavors are enough to throw anyone for a loop. Don't be too shocked at the cost when it finally hits the shelves.

I hope Microsoft proves my pessimism wrong, but seems they are hell bent on alienating the consuming public. Loudmouth Ballmer needs to retire and leave the CEO position to someone that is sane. What a jerk. He's the paranoid creep that thinks Microsoft should squeeze every dime possible out of the consuming public. No need to link, this guy is all over the net as the Saddam of the computing world. Wow, maybe a new friend for Darth Jobs?

"Integrity has no need of rules."
-Albert Camus

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Problems with AVG 7.5?

AVG Anti-Virus is in the process of changing to version 7.5. They will stop support on the recent 7.1 version in January 2007. Recently I upgraded to the newer version and upon booting the computer takes forever with AVG doing something in the background. This has been going on for a week and has not stopped. If it does not cease I'll switch to Avast and recommend that to all my clients. It seems that even though the software has been told to scan at a specific time the program will run a scan immediately after boot if it was turned off during the scheduled time. Sorry, this just won't work. It's MY computer and I'll decide when something runs. Will keep you posted. In the meantime, stick with the older version. It's controllable. One important note about all this, AVG does provide this edition as a FREE service controllable or not.

Have you had such problems? Right now I kill the avg.exe process and turn off the control center. This PC rarely goes to unknown sites and GMail is in use so it's not in great danger. Let me hear from you.

"Choices are the hinges of destiny."

Friday, November 03, 2006

A Planet Out of Orange Roughy?

Not much of a tree hugger here, but just finished an article that disturbs me. Seems our gluttony and lack of attention to the environment may have dire consequences in the very near future. Try this on for size; Salt-Water Fish Extinction Seen By 2048. This is not your usual greenies spouting sometimes valid, sometimes invalid concern. This group is a collaboration of scientists with impressive credentials.

In Mississippi when trees are harvested, more are planted than cut. Hardwood is taken with great care. Our logging industry seems to be on the right track, but some won't agree. One important difference to remember while comparing these two scenarios is that we don't eat trees. Thanks goes out to CBS News for an important piece of journalism. Check out the above link and let me know your opinions.

"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon."
-Doug Larson

Thursday, November 02, 2006

To Modulate or Demodulate

The Battle of the Gateway Modem was won last night (dialed out and remained online for over 3 hours), but has returned for another round after being moved to the client's abode. It'll be sooooo nice when modems become extinct. Modems and all-n-one printers are hideous devices. Anyway, it'll be an onsight repair, but that's part of the biz. And whining certainly doesn't help so I'll stop.

It's getting late, big day tomorrow, and work will continue through the weekend. Great combination which helps with the decision to turn in early and rest. Have a glorious evening.

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."
-Albert Einstein

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Penguin Stuff

Release 6.10 of Linux Kubuntu; this is a beta that is being downloaded now at the beach house. Kubuntu is Linux Ubuntu with the KDE interface instead of Gnome. The last version of Kubuntu was BEYOND ANY DOUBT the easiest install of an operating system ever done around here. It also has been uber stable and just super to use. This is an excellent way to start a journey into the land of the Penguin. Linux Rocks! FreeBSD rocks, and Windows is k (after the 300 or so updates).

Now I must return to the Battle of the Gateway Modem. I think it just waved a white flag as the new drivers installed. It will have no quarter if that's what it seeks. Later.

"If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization."
-Murphy's Laws of Technology