CA Drivers’ licenses

November 13, 2003 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

I was ambivalent about the issue of California giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens. I thought it was an attempt by outgoing Governor Davis to get votes, and an attempt by insurance companies to drum up more business.

This Washington Post article, however, shows that alien identification cards issued by Latin American countries are already accepted as legal identification by banks, businesses, and even local police departments. At the federal level, they are a legal and accepted means to get aboard aircraft.

Therefore, the recurring hypocrisy of the conservative anti-immigrant position is again made clear – illegal aliens are both welcome and reviled in this country. Welcomed for their ability to take on undesirable jobs, keep wages low, and send tax dollars to state coffers; not wanted because of the risks to national security, a burden to social and health services, and unwillingness to become part of the larger society (the last point being understandable given the anti-immigrant feeling stirred by certain California Republicans like Pete Wilson).

After all that, I’m still ambivalent about the entire issue, but I do want to bring out the point that illegal aliens will always be here because of our hypocrisy. One more thing – guess what our current President (Bush II) thinks of these things. Go ahead, read the article.

Shoddy journalism

November 11, 2003 at 8:38 pm | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

A rambling article from the University of Virginia about their sharing a US News number-one ranking with UC Berkeley. She puts out lots of points why UVa is better than Cal (my alma mater, FYI). Now I can see why Cal journalism students are still better than those produced by some East Coast schools.

One should realize that it’s not short term magazine article rankings that determine the greatness of a college, but the consistent performance and innovation over many decades, having a significant scientific and cultural impact nationwide, and being an instigator of social change. Berkeley, by all measures, is the best all-around public university in the country over the long-term. Cal may not be #1 this year, but ten years from now, UVa will just be a one-hit-wonder in some “Best of 2003” show on MTV.

The accomplishments of Berkeley faculty and alumni far, far exceeds that of a hot, humid mid-Atlantic school where their best days are Berkeley’s worst.

A couple of thoughts for Ms. Kristin Brown to ponder:

  1. Berkeley has more Nobel Prizes
  2. Your Charlottesville is no match to our San Francisco 🙂
  3. The third fastest supercomputer on the planet is in Virginia, but it isn’t at your University.
  4. Your University appears to take this way too seriously. Let me make a California suggestion — chill out, put the pen down, and enjoy yourself. Life’s too short.

Democrats need to Switch

November 5, 2003 at 10:27 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated), Macintosh, Politics | Leave a comment

Democrat candidates were asked what kind of computer they used — Mac or PC? There was only one guy who chose Mac, and he makes me wish Al Gore (Apple Board Member) was running for President 🙂

Vicious Panther

November 5, 2003 at 8:13 am | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

The user reports regarding the destruction of data in Firewire 800 drives when used with MacOS X 10.3 (Panther) systems continue to trickle in. Unless Apple, Oxford Semi, OEM manufacturers, and the retailers fix this problem soon, I can’t think of a better reason to move to USB 2.0. The next external drive I buy will probably be have both FireWire and USB 2.0 connections, and I will have to recommend the same to my friends and customers. It’s too bad Apple had to blow this opportunity to really let FireWire 800 shine under Panther; any goodwill FireWire had vis-a-vis USB 2.0 is now gone, along with any chances of being a significant player on x86 platforms.

Take Control of your Computer

November 3, 2003 at 9:58 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Panther has only been out 10 days, so there are few, if any books out there. MacOSX Hints is a great site that collects Panther hints, but some people just need a good book. Fortunately, the folks at TidBITS have created a new series of eBooks called the Take Control Series. Their first two books deal with upgrading and customizing Panther respectively. Written by good Mac-oriented writers, this is $5 well spent. Personally, I was able to upgrade to Panther without too much trouble, so I only got the second book.

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