Bluetooth vs. Airport

October 8, 2004 at 9:11 am | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

I recently got a new iMac G5 and was wondering how Bluetooth and Airport (802.11b/g) could work together, seeing as how they both operate in the 2.4GHz range. This article explains it easily enough – Bluetooth uses frequency hopping to stay away from Airport frequencies.

Flu Vaccine Shortage

October 5, 2004 at 10:44 pm | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

It looks like the US will only get half of its allocated flu vaccines this year, according to this BBC article. What is most outrageous about this story are the following quotes:

… Chiron is responsible for half of the flu vaccines distributed in the country [US]. Chiron is one of six suppliers of the flu vaccine in the UK.

Let me get this straight – Great Britain, a country with one-fifth the population of the US, has six suppliers of flu vaccine while the US only has two, both of which are European (and French to boot)? Why are there no American companies nor production facilities to deal with a disease that kills thousands of people every year?

Outsourcing, as a policy of corporate greed, really does kill.

Apple Platinum Returns

October 5, 2004 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Macintosh | 2 Comments

Once famed for it’s adherence to interface consistency, Apple has recently begun to create different look-n-feels for their applications. Currently, MacOS X applications can use either the Aqua or Brushed Aluminum interfaces. Appleinsider reports that a third interface theme resembling either a merge of Aqua with Brushed Aluminum or a modernized version of the classic System 7 Platinum theme has been seen in developer releases of MacOS X 10.4 (Tiger).

I like it – it should make a good Aqua replacement. Some applications allow the user to decide which theme to use. Apple should allow limited skinning of applications.

Nintendo DS (Dual Screen)

October 4, 2004 at 8:27 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors, Technology | Leave a comment

Another retro design from Nintendo. Their new handheld system described in a GameSport article features two screens. I had to laugh (and therefore date myself as old) at the suggestion that this system was innovative. It’s only innovative in the Microsoft sense. You see, me and my brother played a similar-looking system 20 years ago, when it was called the Nintendo Game and Watch (notice the dual-screen units). I guess the Watch part allows kids to take it to school – to count the minutes until recess and a round of Donkey Kong.

Allawi Speech Made in the USA

October 1, 2004 at 9:41 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

This is what Bush said during yesterday’s debate:

Now, my opponent says he’s going to try to change the dynamics on the ground. Well, Prime Minister Allawi was here. He is the leader of that country. He’s a brave, brave man. And when he came, after giving a speech to the Congress, my opponent questioned his credibility. You can’t change the dynamics on the ground if you’ve criticized the brave leader of Iraq. One of his campaign people alleged that Prime Minister Allawi was like a puppet. That’s no way to treat somebody who’s courageous and brave that is trying to lead his country forward.

Now it turns out that Allawi’s speech to Congress was written and coached by members of the Bush Administration. You’d think that they could find a better speechwriter elsewhere. If that doesn’t make Allawi look like a puppet in the eyes of Iraqis and the world, I don’t know what does:

Allawi was coached by US officials — including Dan Senor, former spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq– in perfecting his delivery of the speech delivered before a joint session of Congress one week ago.

Just one more step from the gutter to the sewer. I think people are beginning to see the hypocrisy, lack of integrity, and the flip-flops in policy over the last four years.

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