Prius Pricing Setback

July 30, 2005 at 11:56 am | Posted in General, Politics | Leave a comment

I’m in the market to buy a car, and the Prius (from an energy-savings and geek perspective) is very attractive, given my daily commute. I was getting ready to pay MSRP or a few hundred off MSRP when somebody forwarded this CNN article showing that the current $2000 tax deduction becomes a $2750 tax credit for hybrid/fuel efficient cars purchased next year.

I did a few rough calculations and figured what it would take in order to forego a $2750 April 2007 tax credit and settle for a $600 tax reduction next April. Factoring in gas savings, depreciation, maintenance, and insurance, I would need to get at least $800 off MSRP this year; not likely unless more and more people know about this federal energy bill.

The irony is that conservative interference in the free market is making me rethink my purchase decision; it would be less surprising, but no less palatable, to have liberal environmentalists putzing around with our tax laws.

Happy Endings

July 25, 2005 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Yahoo! has acquired the Konfabulator cross-platform widget framework. This is good news for the authors, who started the product on the Mac, had their ideas copied by Apple, and now have found a new home with a Big Internet Company. Check out their story in comic book format. To their credit, they’ve avoided taking potshots at Apple.

Here’s hoping that the Mac version continues to be updated and a Linux version released.. I’m going to try it out and see if I can replace Apple’s Dashboard.

Admission of Guilt?

July 16, 2005 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

When Intel gives permission for OEMs to use non-Intel chips in their systems, what were the business terms before? Could this be evidence of Intel engaging in unfair business practices? Recent AMD lawsuits and raids on their overseas sales offices works wonders in correcting their anticompetitive and possibly illegal behavior.

Even if Apple is choosing Intel CPUs, most Mac users are still cautious about this whole transition. For example, here is a popular Dashboard widget:

Dvorak’s Best Column

July 14, 2005 at 10:24 pm | Posted in General, Rants | Leave a comment

Technology “pundit” and regular TWiT John Dvorak couldn’t talk about computers to save his life, but his latest essay shows that he’s a pretty good columnist.

The good old days really were the good old days. Dvorak’s sad history of the airlines is happening in most other industries in the USA. In the end, the customer loses.

Firefox for G5

July 12, 2005 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

If you have a Mac with a G5 processor, I suggest downloading a version of Firefox 1.0.4 specifically optimized for the G5. I have been using it and it is definitely faster than the standard release; subjectively, it feels about 2-3 times faster on a broadband connection.

Yes, People Really Do Hate Verizon

July 8, 2005 at 9:40 am | Posted in Rants, Technology | 1 Comment

It’s good to know that others think that Verizon is evil. I’d have to agree; a friend once said that Verizon was a 19th Century company trying to give us 20th Century technology in the 21st Century. They have been unable to provide me with DSL service for the past six years (calling them every year is an exercise tantamount to banging your head against a brick wall, and I seem to enjoy that ritual). Most importantly, they have a CEO who seems to have a medieval mindset , not worthy of heading a technology company.

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