Protected: Profanity, Dick Cheney, and Eric Idle

June 28, 2004 at 8:45 pm | Posted in Politics | Comments Off on Protected: Profanity, Dick Cheney, and Eric Idle

It was just a few days ago when Vice President Dick Cheney brought Senate politics and decorum to a new low by uttering one of the FCCs Seven Bad Words to Senator Pat Leahy. It isn’t very effective or useful to use profanity as a stress reliever.

However, profanity can be used effectively — Monty Python’s Eric Idle (he’s not dead yet 🙂 released a protest song last month that shows how to really use the F-word:

So fuck you dickhead Mr. Cheney too
Fuck you and fuck everything you do
Your pacemaker must be a fake —
you haven’t got a heart
As far I’m concerned you’re just a
pasty-faced old fart
      – Eric Idle, Fuck You Very Much

Comdex Dead

June 26, 2004 at 10:43 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

Late last year, I posted a comment about how Macworld Expo would outlast Comdex. This week, the organizers of the show have announced the cancellation of this November’s show. Instead of being a weasel and getting a hard drive from a yard sale, my friend paid off his losing bet with a SD card for my new camera.

Internet Explorer Hazard

June 26, 2004 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

Users of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Internet Information Services (IIS) servers are in a world of hurt this week. Even with twice-weekly security alerts affecting the Windows platform, this latest security hole is so bad that users have been advised to stop using the Internet altogether.

Will these “analysts” and “consultants” get off the Microsoft propaganda machine and propose the absolutely correct solution – stop using Microsoft Internet Explorer. There are lots of alternative browsers for Windows users. I recommend Firefox and Opera – I’ve been using them at work (where IE is the standard) for the past few years and they are 99% compatible. As for the other 1% – well, not everyone can use a good, safe(r) operating system, can they?
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Prozac Nation

June 23, 2004 at 8:56 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Further government intrusion into people’s lives continue. Mandatory mental health screenings and increased drug usage is being planned by the Department of Health and Human Services.

This is pure Republican hypocrisy, as this plan is tantamount to socialized health care — people may be forced to buy medication they don’t need, at taxpayer expense. The tin-foil-hat crowd among us will, with some justification, claim that this is an outrageous effort to not only enrich pharmaceutical companies, but to medicate the population into submission.

Overall, an excellent news article to accompany the lyrics to one of my favorite songs:

I have faith in medication
I believe in the Prozac Nation
You play doctor, but I’ve lost patience
But this is where it ends
This is where it ends
Call the police and call the press
But please, dear God, don’t tell my friends
This is where it ends
This is where it ends

      Barenaked Ladies

Coke C2 Revealed

June 20, 2004 at 8:03 pm | Posted in Food and Drink | 1 Comment

As one who finds soft drinks too sweet, I usually water them down with some soda water (when available). So I was very interested in Coca-Cola’s C2 when it was announced a few months ago. With America’s craze for low-carb Atkins-style diets, C2 promises half the sugar of the regular stuff. I bought a 20-oz bottle to see for myself. The sidebar looked good (18g of sugar and 68 calories for a 12 oz serving) until I saw this:

Yuck. I never liked diet sodas because I am sensitive to saccharine, aspartame, and other artificial sweeteners. Some even get headaches from aspartame, although this has been subject to debate. I tried it and I liked it because it is less sweet than regular Coke, but I can still taste the aspartame.

It looks like Coke just mixed one part Diet Coke and one part Coke Classic and spent millions of dollars trying to convince us that this is something innovative and new, when in reality, you might be able to approximate it using the above recipe.

It’s too bad the corn syrup producers in this country have bought legislation suppressing the use of an excellent alternative to refined sugar – stevia.

Check it out – the rest of the world can’t be wrong.

Expanded iBook Warranty

June 20, 2004 at 3:18 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Apple has expanded their iBook logic board repair program. It now covers an additional range of serial numbers, which now includes my iBook. However, this warranty program only covers certain motherboard video failures. I haven’t seen any problems yet, but I’m glad I’m covered until next year.

Apple’s G5 Disappointment

June 9, 2004 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Macintosh | 1 Comment

Almost a year since announcing the PowerMac G5, Apple introduces a new generation of PowerMacs. I was looking forward to buying a low end model in the $1600-$1800 range; instead, Apple raises the price of the low end PowerMac to $2000. A very disappointing upgrade.

Apple seems to have a compulsion to engineer and spend precious nonrecurring dollars on both a regular motherboard and a crippled motherboard, in order to preserve their margins and upsell customers to the mid- and high-end models. Back in 1999, Apple did the same thing with the Yikes! G4 PowerMacs. All I can say is that this may be a factor in the sliding marketshare of Macs (from 4% then to 2% now). In those (good old) days, one can get a low-end tower for about $1500.

Apple would like you to think that you’re getting yesterday’s $2500 dual 1.8GHz for $2000. However, reading the specs carefully, the dual 1.8GHz has the same motherboard limitations as the previous single 1.6GHz – only 4 RAM slots (must be populated in pairs) and PCI-only slots.
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Actor, Governor, President, American

June 6, 2004 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Ronald Reagan died yesterday, and Americans, and especially Californians, will mourn his passing this week.

I voted for Reagan in 1988^H4 not because he was a Republican, but because he was someone that one can disagree with and still feel that he would give you a fair shake next time. His “Morning in America” was for everyone, even those who did not agree with his policies.Someone said it best:

He made you feel safe and secure regardless of whether you voted for him or not.

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Shilling for Microsoft

June 5, 2004 at 10:10 pm | Posted in Technology | 2 Comments

Following in the footsteps of infamous Windows shills like Paul Thurrot and Lance Ulanoff, Ken Brown replies to criticisms of his hatchet job on Linux’s development. Go ahead and read the article and you’ll see the viewpoint of a person that is so pessimistic of the abilities of the human mind and spirit, preferring that we live in an oppressive world of planned corporate capitalism, whose only winner would be certain companies funding his institute. A clear case of conflict of interest is what I see.

A thread on Kuro5hin cleanly dissects and refutes of most of Brown’s response.
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