Drunken Reality Check

December 31, 2004 at 8:39 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Rants | Leave a comment

As 2004 comes to an end, Mac users are caught in a one-week twilight zone between the RDF of Christmas and the RDF of the upcoming Macworld Expo. DrunkenBlog inserts a bit of a reality check aimed not only at Mac users, but people in general. This year has been turbulent – an ongoing global war, a divided country and election, uncertain economic news, and just this past week the worst natural disaster in recent memory.

We certainly live in interesting times. Here’s to 2005. Happy New Year to all.

South Asian Tsunami Relief

December 29, 2004 at 3:31 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

I’m shocked at the continually rising death toll from the tsunamis in South Asia (Wikipedia has excellent coverage). As the news media have all said, the best most of us without medical or disaster recovery skills can do is to send money. As they did during 9/11, amazon.com has a donations page whose proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. Please donate!

[Update 2004-12-29] In addition to amazon.com, Google, Apple, and other socially-conscious corporations have changed their home pages temporarily to make it easy for their customers to help in fundraising. Microsoft, Dell, and other socially-unconscious companies have not.

An Onion Prediction?

December 23, 2004 at 10:01 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated), Rants | Leave a comment

The parody site The Onion has published an article about the ultimate Wal-Mart rollback – on employees’ wages.

Although not true, the fact is that it can actually happen if we let Wal-Mart become stronger and allow it to take over entire communities as the only source for basic necessities and low-wage jobs. TTD

Too Busy to Care

December 20, 2004 at 8:46 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld can’t even spare three seconds to personally sign letters informing parents of American soldiers killed in action. With two soldiers dying every day, the fact that he has not spent six seconds off his daily schedule to acknowledge his gratitude speaks a lot about his arrogance, aloofness and lack of compassion.

HP-Intel give up on Itanic

December 19, 2004 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Technology | 1 Comment

After years of convincing their customers to make the switch from PA-RISC to Itanium-based workstations, Intel and Hewlett-Packard have finally thrown in the towel. It looks like HP is in worse shape after this divorce, since as part of their condition to become Intel’s partner, HP had to phase out their in-house Itanium competitors like Alpha and PA-RISC. HP is well on the way of being just another technology distributor instead of an innovator. Here’s a suggested logo to reflect their philosophy since the passing of their founders:

At work, I’ve been subjected to HP’s confusing journey regarding the future of their product lines. I expect more of the same when our HP-UX workstations are up for refresh next year. As the Unix market consolidates, customers want companies that show a clear committment and roadmap for their products. It’s too bad that some other Unix vendors (like Sun, Apple, IBM) aren’t doing much better than HP on this issue.

WordPress Upgrade

December 18, 2004 at 4:17 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

In the process of doing some other work on the server, this blog has been upgraded to WordPress 1.2.2. Quite a minor upgrade – I did not see the need to upgrade by destroying the old installation; I only uploaded files that have been changed. The only glitch was in forgetting directory permissions on auto-generated static pages.

Excellent iPod commercial

December 13, 2004 at 8:35 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Apple fan George Masters as created an ad that is spreading via email, news articles, and blog entries like this one. It targets the same demographics as Apple’s dancing silhouette ads.

One site said it best – consumers are tried of being just consumers. We want to be both advocates and critics.

iMac G5 reviewed by Sudhian

December 10, 2004 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

I’ve used Sudhian Media as the resource for bulilding shoebox (SFF) PCs. SFF PCs have picked up where Apple’s G4 forums arCube left off. In any case, they have posted a “fair and balanced” iMac G5 review. Right now, the e quiet for two reasons. First, the article urges readers not to start yet another Mac-PC flame war. The more likely reason is that it’s early.

BCS Robbery

December 5, 2004 at 5:38 pm | Posted in Fun Outdoors, Rants | Leave a comment

Throwing away a 100-year tradition, California was denied a chance to be in their first Rose Bowl since 1959 by the slimmest of margins. It’s sad that the fourth-ranked team in the country can’t even get a New Years’ game this January; even more so that the only game that matters to the BCS is the one pitting #1 USC against #2 Oklahoma.

Cal should be in the Rose Bowl and Texas should be in the Cotton Bowl. Tradition, pride, and history has taken a back seat to money, thanks to the BCS and bowl committees.

Go Bears!!!

Sony The Bully

December 3, 2004 at 11:26 pm | Posted in Rants | 1 Comment

Once again, a ruthless and clueless corporation goes after an individual. Sony, makers of movies, televisions, and also-ran iPod competitors, sends their lawyers after Jason Kottke for blogging about and including an audio clip of Ken Jennings’ loss. Will Sony lawyers now go after those who trackback to kottke.org?

I’m not going to tell others to boycott Sony. However, let me put it this way – my next big purchase may well be a LCD or plasma television. It won’t be a Sony.

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