Archive for February 2012
With the release of Windows 8 public beta I downloaded the 32 bit version ISO and burned to DVD. I used a grown up high speed connection that the people in town are permitted to have. Came home and cleaned up a secondary partition on my Windows box, popped the DVD in and rebooted. It whirred, banged and carried on for a while and then gave me a couple of set up options which I filled in. More whirring, banging, straining and lo – the damn thing defecated right on my desk. Said I needed a new DVD driver. ARGHHHHH. I hate Windows. Deep sigh – have run 4 updates on the Win box to see if that will do the job and will try once more. If it leaves another turd on my desk the DVD shall – well you know. Cripes MS, hire an Apple Engineer.
The Windows 8 developer preview is out for all to try, but installing it over your main Windows setup is a scary (and unrealistic) prospect. Here’s how to dual boot Windows 8 with your current Windows 7 installation so you can run them both side by side.
Snort – I knew that!
Riding a motorcycle every day might actually keep your brain functioning at peak condition, or so says a study conducted by the University of Tokyo. The study demonstrated that riders between the age of 40 and 50 were shown to improve their levels of cognitive functioning, compared to a control group, after riding their motorcycles daily to their workplace for a mere two months.
As expected, Apple on Tuesday announced an event to show off the company’s next generation iPad. The invitation, sent by Apple, says the event will take place at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Alas I shall not be going.
Not sure if I have introduced Kieren. He thinks he can do no wrong and if he plays his cards right he will skate through life eating, sleeping, playing and getting laid. Boys will be boys.
As my masters only allow me to have slow-speed Internet access I run a monitor on the bridge at Chateau ~hb. There are numerous devices running in various areas around the building and I like to keep track of what is going on.
I have noticed periodic slowing of performance and when I check the monitor I can see data is going out at the maximum upload speed that my masters allow. This results in a WTF mutter as I dash around the house to find out what is using bandwidth. I determined it is my Mac? Huh? How can this be when I am not doing anything? Years of being in the Windows world has taught me to worry about viri, but a scan show clean.
Over the years I have dis-allowed software or OS from calling home. I.E. when I am asked if I will allow data to be sent regarding my system ‘to better develop improvements to the software’ or something like that, I have always answered no. For some reason I allowed my iMac to call home. I changed that setting to not allow and all of the unexpected incoming (as seen by the bridge) traffic has stopped. Coincidence?
In a period when gentlemen came to the office in white shirts, conservative ties, pressed trousers and black shoes my very brave employer hired this guy. Earth shoes, plaid trousers and open neck shirts were not exactly in style in Charlottetown. A brave man, my employer.
What if you are only allowed to vote because it doesn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you vote, the elites get to have it their way? What if “one person, one vote” is just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy is dangerous to personal freedom? What if democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the foundations of government, and instead turns elections into beauty contests?
What if democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support it than to oppose it? What if the purpose of democracy is to convince people that they could prosper not through the creation of wealth but through theft from others? What if the only moral way to acquire wealth — aside from inheritance — is through voluntary economic activity? What if the government persuaded you that you could acquire wealth through political activity? What if economic activity included all the productive and peaceful things we do? What if political activity included all the parasitical and destructive things the government does?
Ducati owners around the world were heard to mutter, “whew, veddy veddy gud”
Indian car and utility vehicle major, Mahindra &Mahindra, it seems is not interested in buying out Italian motorcycle maker Ducati.
When you live with 5 German Sheps you get used to the fact no one will sneak up on you in the night. Well, sort of. Last night Herself tripped over a table in the middle of the night. Made a gawd-awful crash. Jorgia and Kieren never budged. Trek and Dax rushed to the other end of the house to take care of the intruder. Roshka yelped, farted and dashed to the other side of the bed to hide. Trek returned to assure me that all was well in his world. No, I will not respond to inquiries as to why I had my cell phone camera beside the bed.