Michael Steele on Gun Control

January 31, 2009 at 10:16 am | Posted in Politics | 1 Comment

Republicans like to believe that the country elected Obama because the Democrats have moved to the right. Sorry, but Obama is the most liberal Democrat since Lyndon Johnson. I think they don’t want to admit that it’s not the Democrats that have moved right, it’s that the country has moved left, and is now dragging the GOP along. His views on gun control are moderate, but would anger the NRA:

What do you need an assault weapon for, if you’re going hunting? That’s overkill – Michael Steele, Republican National Committee Chariman

I hope that Steele’s election will remove the racists and bigots from the GOP – from Sarah Palin rallies to political irrelevance; they have no place in 21st century America.

 

No Innovation at Microsoft

January 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

If Microsoft were so innovative, if all the billions of dollars in R&D they spend over at Microsoft Labs were so useful, how come they can’t even come up with this simple extension to their own mapping products? It does seem obvious in retrospect, but I’m sure it wasn’t what most people were thinking of a few weeks/months/years ago.

Apple and Google will continue to innovate, while all Microsoft can do is copy, copy, copy. I’ll admit that MS Songsmith is pretty cool, but it doesn’t have the same kind of impact as Google Maps.

Hot Summer Down Under

January 30, 2009 at 12:03 am | Posted in Fun Outdoors | Leave a comment

Here in California, it’s been a normal but dry winter. Skeptics have been using the severe winter weather in the East as proof that global warming isn’t real. However, one effect of global warming may be severe winters and summers. If you look beyond US borders, you’ll see some insanely high temperatures in Australia. 115°F may be normal in a place like Phoenix, but not a coastal city like Melbourne.

Monster.com Hacked Again

January 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

For the second time in the last two years, monster.com had user identities stolen by hackers. I finally took action and canceled my account with them – there wasn’t much information in my profile, just my first name, last name initial, and my home zip code. Fortunately, I left all my other fields blank and had no resumes or other private information stored on their servers. I suggest that everyone looking for a job cancel their monster.com account and look elsewhere – I’ve found better leads on Dice and Craigslist.

I will still give companies the benefit of the doubt the first time something like this happens, but I’m not giving them three strikes. Two strikes is all they get.

Censorship by Chrysler

January 25, 2009 at 1:16 am | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

The Cluetrain Manifesto says that “markets are conversations”, and that requires that the company respond to their customers in an open manner, especially if you use a blog. Well, the clueless marketing droids at Chrysler posted a blog entry thanking America for their share of the bailout, and people responded by blasting the company for having the gall to thank people who had absolutely no say in the matter. Valuing public image over customer goodwill, Chrysler deleted the negative blog entries. However, censorship doesn’t work on the internet – here are the actual comments left by taxpayers.

Hey Chrysler – once you take government money, everyone is your customer, not just the ones buying your crappy cars.

25 Years of Macintosh

January 24, 2009 at 8:30 am | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Macintosh. Born at a time when there were multiple computer platforms competing for market share, the Macintosh survived the rise of the Wintel platform in the 1990’s. The Mac tried to maintain a separate hardware platform but eventually adopted the Intel architecture in 2005. My first Mac was the SE/30, which has been voted by Macworld magazine as the the best Mac ever.

Today, MacOS and Linux stand as the only viable operating system alternatives to Microsoft. I am fortunate to be using Apple computers as my primary computer for work and home since high school.

The Ratchet Theory of Real Estate

January 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Posted in General, Rants | Leave a comment

A friend once said in 2005 that real estate prices, especially in California, would never go down a lot, since a “ratchet effect” would make homeowners stay in their homes rather than sell at a loss. The latest report from the California real estate market has home prices down 38% year-over-year and 49% during the last 20 months – people were losing 2.5% a month in home value. I believed that prices in 2005 could only be maintained by an appropriate rise in income, and that wasn’t happening. With the market collapse, tight credit, and rising unemployment, it will only get worse this year.

Under New Management

January 20, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Tonight, someone named Hussein is sleeping in the White House.

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May the new administration fulfill their promise of being transparent and accountable.

Worst. President. Ever.

January 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Bush = Loser

 “Why did the financial collapse have to happen on my watch?”
“It’s just pathetic, isn’t it, self-pity?”
– G. W. Bush’s final news conference, January 2009

Yes it is, Mr. President. Good bye and good riddance. As one of your predecessors said over 30 years ago – our long national nightmare is over.

Bush’s Farewell Tour

January 17, 2009 at 11:28 am | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated), Politics | Leave a comment

Bush Tours America To Survey Damage Caused By His Disastrous Presidency

With three days remaining in the his administration, the world anxiously waits to see if President Bush can set a record and start another war during his time in office.

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