This post is the source of this one. Some people aren't very smart about computers; take me, for example. Just like some people aren't very smart about congenital heart disease or comparative Semitic philology. So... I should ditch Macs and get a cheap PC with Ubuntu? Why, exactly? Y'all know I hate consumerism and the rest of that shit, but I'm willing to listen, in a product by product consumer review based throwdown, from the smart people here. I'm as dumb as a six year old, in this. Read more about Red Hats: Make Your Pitch; or, What is Ubuntu and Is There a Good, Cheap, PC?
Let me rant short form: jeebus krist am I sick of this shit. I have several computers, most of them "old" which is to say a few years old. I recently had the PC reformatted, and lost some stuff in the process that I now can't seem to reinstall. Whatever, that's not what I'm bitching about. I'm bitching because I'm not a tech person, nor do I think I should have to be to use my computers. Computers are the modern day equivalent of cars; in order to function in our society and keep a job, one needs to have one and know how to operate one. Fine, I have and I do. Read more about The Rent I Hate The Most: Computers
So I just made the switch from one large corporate email system to another. It's confusing! Why should it be so? I'm stupid, yes, but I've switched before...it wasn't this hard the last time. Or, I'm getting older and more stupid. Both likely. Anyway- when incomprehensible features become as common as demons at an all-virgin naked night swim, there is a problem. There is such as thing as "too much innovation, too fast." If you don't see me for a while, it's because I'm trying* to master "the impossible."
This story continues to horrify. Every new detail I read just turns my stomach. I don't know when we will be able to do it (probably not until the next generation is pushing daisies) but we really, really need to have clarification and honest discussion about "child protection" laws in this country. A foily member of my family believes that they are created by law enforcement types who are mostly crooked, and who need a quick way to guarantee their enemies will be locked up for life. Read more about Miscarriage of Justice in CT
Ahem, Mr. Morris. Your attitude is displeasing. I don't think I can top this total smackdown, but to say that I don't even give it six months. Corporate arrogance never ceases to amaze me. This may be a "product review" but it feels political to me:
No, the Zune's sole wireless feature is "squirting" -- I know, I know, it's Microsoft's term, not mine -- music and pictures to any other Zune device within direct Wi-Fi range. Even if the track is inherently free (like a podcast) the Zune wraps it in a DRM scheme that causes the track to self-destruct after three days or three plays, whichever comes first.
I'm here at CAP for this event; if it's worth talking about I'll blog on it later. But I just have to make a comparison about my week in the District. Using my computer to liveblog at CAP: easy, high speed, friendly people sharing access codes. Using my computer at Brookings: a hassle, fake-friendly assistants annoyed by my request for access, PC only, eventually proved impossible. Read more about Hospitality: A Liberal Value
A shift in perception â€“ a shift in interface. Finally, scientist are learning that large, complex data structures (DNA, computer data) are best perceived by their patterns. We have better evolved systems of pattern recognition than our eyes and the linear processing associated with syllogistic reasoning. Soon the autistics will be doing our data processing,hooked up directly to supercomputers like Blue Brain. Its all in the interface. Scientist are using music to code for proteins. Read more about The Death of QWERTY - Protein coding and interface
I saw this a while back, and now it's offical: take your machine on the road, and it could "inspected" by some border guard yahoo for...well, you can just imagine what they'd think, for example, of some of my stored writing on Iran, the Bush administration, and/or lesbian sex:
Fess up, geek. Sometime, somewhere in your life, there was last year's machine, sitting in some closet or basement, gathering dust as you got over your proud (however quiet) assertion in your own mind that you'd "rebuild" or "fix" it. There may even be the Uncorrect among you, who have thrown away computers and parts into improper and illegal dumpsites. Well, time to atone for those sins. Read more about As the Junk Piles Up
I'm crowing today. Why? Because my computer has come back to life. Goddess be praised, all hail the Cult of the Righteous. That's right kiddies, my Mac rawks.
I've heard all the arguments, and I'm sorry, but they're just bullshit. Five days on a loaner PC have re-convinced me of that. Stealing from Skippy, let me offer up this lovely little ditty:
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Troy McClure Voice
Hi there! I'm Geeky McIdiot. You may remember me from such films as "Star Wars: The Screensaver" and "Science Babes Gone Wild." I'm here to remind you to never, ever, not even if it brought about the end of the Bush Regime, forget to back up your machine.
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I'm no computer expert, that's more than clear. But if I ran an important government agency that had a lot of sensitive information to deal with, I'd insist that computers in that department maintained the very highest levels of security. Why do I have the feeling that part of the reason we're reading about this, again, has to do with some crony no-bid contract and a couple of higher-ups who don't know how to use email?
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