Mostly Harmless

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October 2007

Apple really knows how to get good PR

Note from Apple to a 3rd grader: “There is no Santa Claus. The Easter bunny is dead! THE TOOTH FAIRY IS MADE UP!!” Nice going Apple, sending a 9 year old a C&D letter.

Just close FEMA, okay?

I was waiting for this response from FEMA. They had a bogus press conference with no press. That did not stop FEMA from pretending that their staffers were reporters. George Orwell would be so impressed.

Amateur balloon hits 30km with pics

Reddit’s web site is a pure time waster by design. This morning I saw this link. It leads to a web site that shows how a hobbyist built a kit and put it on a high altitude balloon. According to… Continue Reading →

California is doomed after all

Read this on the Internet today: “Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at… Continue Reading →

It’s going to be a high of 78 degrees today

It’s October 22nd and the high is expected to be 78° F. My son is 5 years old; when I was 5 years old in 1972, the high was 61° F. What the heck is going on?

Wow, sometimes it does work out

When I read that newspaper executives were arrested in Arizona and that they earlier were sent a subpoena for “the names and Internet addresses of all people who have viewed the site since Jan. 1, 2004” I was not surprised…. Continue Reading →

A brown out or “why DR planning is your friend”

My server is in the basement of my home. In Long Island. Where we have brown outs like the one we had today. The clocks came back and had to be reset but my Linux server apparently did not, or… Continue Reading →

Upgraded the laptop to Gutsy Gibbon

Last night ran the command ‘sudo update-manager -c’ and after a few prompts left the laptop running the distribution upgrade to Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. This morning I rebooted it at the prompt and poof I’m upgraded. I usually don’t… Continue Reading →

Half-Life 2: Episode Two

I’ve bought Half-Life games since they first came out so naturally I had to buy Episode 2. I’m about half way through in only a couple of hours. The play is okay and unlike Microsoft games (Halo 2 is still… Continue Reading →

The pot calls the kettle black

Enjoy the irony. I’m sure that Putin could get the Secretary of State to issue a retraction provided he employs these power grabs using a euphemism such as calling it the Patriot Act.

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