Saturday, October 31, 2009
Windows 7 Demo on Japanese TV Show Doesn’t Go That Well
Labels: Stupid things Bill wants to do
Now it is urgent for the Republican party to back Hoffman.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Affordable OLED in 2016
Funny thing but I was surprisingly close to the dates of availability and affordability. The only question is can I wait that long.
*Being an early adopter is expensive but satisfying. Except for operating systems and cars. Only masochists change operating systems when the new ones come out or buy the first model year of a car.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
As with inflation, deflation has its winners and losers
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I used to respect Roland Burris
I’ve just gotten my hands on the transcript of last Thursday’s Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on czars. There’s a lot in there, but the first thing I want to highlight is the dramatically incoherent testimony of Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.). I don’t know where to start with it. But Burris, in his short time on the Hill, has been plagued as much by the scandal surrounding his appointment as the rumors that he isn’t up to the job. This hearing didn’t help. Studded with phrases like “this is the meat that caused us political scientists to even exist” and “I’m certainly going read each and every one of you all’s testimony,” Burris’s questioning is almost impossible to understand.
By appointing Burris to inject racial politics into the battle to save his job, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) saddled Senate Democrats with one of the most dizzingly incoherent politicians in America, and threw the incredibly safe Illinois Senate seat open for a possible Republican takeover. Burris’s service in the Senate may one day be summed up by this accidental poem:
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, this is — this is — I mean this is. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I’m done.
10-foot Great White Shark bitten nearly in half by 20-foot 'monster shark' near Australia
Monday, October 26, 2009
And I wanted to like Windows 7, I Really Really Did...
Install #1 - Windows tells me that I have an invalid key: My hard drive was reformatted as
part of the custom install process, and then it told me I couldn't use this version
on a new system, only on a system that already has Windows on it . Well, it
*WAS* on there, right up UNTIL THE WINDOWS INSTALLER DELETED IT.
After two calls to tech support in India, I decide to just give up and start over.
So it's time to...
Install #2 - Re-install Vista so my "upgrade" disks have something on the hard drive to upgrade.
Install #3 - Install Windows 7. Hurray! now it works. Sort of. It's only 32-bit, and I wanted 64.
The documentation implied that it would ask which version I wanted. But it didn't.
The Internet tells me that if I start with 32-bit Vista, I can only upgrade to 32-bit
Win7, even if I wipe my hard drive clean. I got 32-bit Vista loooong before
the 64-bit version was released, so I'm penalized for being an early adopter?!?
But if I had never upgraded and stuck with XP, then I'd be able to choose the 64-bit version.
So I guess now it's time to ...
Install #4 - Install WindowsXP. It gives me a blue screen of death - my hard drives are not supported in XP.
Install #5 - Vista. Again.
Install #6 - Windows 7, 32-bit. Again.
Install #7 - Just for fun I put the 64-bit disk in (which refused to boot before) and finally!
Windows7, 64-bit. And well, hmm, it's not really any different from Vista.
At least now I know why they call it "7"...
Diego adds: Thanks for sharing! I bought a Gateway notebook a couple of weeks ago with vista installed and so far so good. I ordered the free Windows 7 upgrade which I'm told will be coming in the mail soon. I'm not going to install it right away though, I'll wait to hear more feedback before making that decision.
I probably didn't need the 64 bit but got it anyway. My old printer works in 64 bit but my Canon scanner is not supported. I can probably use it on my Asus eee PC if I can figure out how to install the drivers on the Linux system. That has proven to be more difficult than one would think. I haven't even found a driver for the scanner yet.
John O adds: Diego, I don't know what version of Vista you have, but you may want to try virtualization if you have a copy of XP (or a Linux distribution for that matter). Sun's VirtualBox runs fine on my Vista machine and its freeware. Also, Windows 7 allows for something called XP mode (something I didn't know when I tried it) that is supposed to take care of any driver compatibility issues, at least in theroy.
John O further adds: I do have one issue using VirtualBox to run XP virtually on Vista: I cannot get the game MapleStory to work; I get an 'error code -2147467259 (Unspecified error)' returned. I've researched various forums for solutions. But no luck yet. Anyone reading this who may have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments.
Diego adds: If anyone wants to play Speed-Monopoly let me know. No calculator necessary!
Time to pay attention to all markets II
We aren't there yet so the trend is still up.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Time to pay attention to all markets
The dollar has gotten beaten up in the press recently but the truth is that the dollar index is higher than it was in April 2008 and it looks like the decent is slowing. When bad news is not causing a market to fall it can be taken as a sign that everyone who wants to sell the dollar already has.
Next is the ten year U.S. treasuries. The rate is up to 3.5%. Rising rates will be good for the dollar, bad for the economy. Hence the dollar and interest rates are poised to move in a direction that will be bad for the economy and the stock market.
We have had a pretty amazing rally since March so I wouldn't be surprised to see a pause. The trend is still intact and if the Dow gets above 11,200 the chances that 6,500 was the low improve dramatically. This trend has been good to us so far and there is no reason to jump off the train before it shows signs of weakness. So just enjoy the uptrend but watch out for a break of the trend line which runs under the lows. Then we will have to see how much this market really holds up.
DON'T FIGHT THE TREND!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Hacking the Constitution
That sounds right to me.
Update Bill C: Apparently the thesis was a hoax.
Diego Updates: Fake but accurate is not a good excuse. Rush Limbaugh picked up on it as well.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
University of Illinois Admissions Scandal
I haven't read up on all the details but here is a good point: "Has any intrepid investigative reporter compared the qualifications of those admitted under the scandalous political preference program with the qualifications of those admitted under the unscandalous racial preference program? Has anyone in Illinois demanded (now this would be a scandal!) that all applicants to the University be treated, you know, equally, and judged by the same standards?"
Same rules for everyone? Sounds fair to me.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
White House and Fox News
I'm not sure if Obama is focusing on controlling Fox News or instructing his more friendly media to ignore their lead. While I don't think either will work I think they can succeed in shaping the Narrative to portray Fox as irrelevant among those who don't follow the news closely and especially with young voters.
If Obama succeeds, the Narrative can be an even more useful tool come election time. It still only goes so far though.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
OLED = UNLIMITED screen size
The screen life is still problematic but perhaps the price will reflect that. (OLED at 20k hours vs. LCD at 75k hours.) That is why I am looking forward to having a screen measured in feet.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Just as the health care debate is about much more than the proposed legislation (the legislative process is appalling and in need of exposure), this is about much more than just one man's interest in investing in an NFL franchise. I hope the msm, ESPN and the NFL are called out for their bias. Especially ESPN and the NFL as they try move on and pretend they have nothing to do with politics.
The Instapundit comments about the fake quotes attributed to Rush: "I don’t want to hear CNN slurring bloggers for insufficient fact-checking ever again." While I'm sure many agree with that I don't know how much an impact an even an obvious 'mistake' by CNN will have on the narrative which is what I really think is in dispute here.
In the Duke fake rape story the best defense the lynch mob had was that they got the narrative right but the facts wrong. I hope the Rush/NFL/ESPN/CNN story develops and sheds light on what is really going on. Another blow in the msm's death by a thousand cuts is nice but the narrative needs to be addressed. Right now the narrative trumps the facts and that cannot be allowed to continue.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Some how the celebration this time is more muted.
Amid both skepticism and optimism - depending on the camp - the Dow industrials surpassed the marquee 10,000 mark on Wednesday for the 26th time.
And while Dow 10,000 carries little technical significance, each benchmark nonetheless confirmed its uptrend with Wednesday's rally.
S&P support spanning from 1,071 to 1,080, bracketing the September closing and intraday peaks.
Nasdaq support spanning from 2,140 to 2,157, bracketing its former range top and the top of Wednesday's gap.
Dow support spanning from 9,840 to 9,918, roughly matching the September closing and intraday peaks.
The S&P's 50% retracement of the crash holds at 1,121, roughly matching the Sept. 29, 2008 close of 1,106. [Emphasis added]
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Limbaugh to be dropped from NFL bid for Rams
Not since Bill Frist snuck in the UIGEA has an organization so misunderstood its supporters/fan base. I love football. The fact that I have a two year old plus a wife who hates the game means that I don't watch as much as I would like. (I am currently trying to turn him into a sports fan under my wife's nose.)
Rush Limbaugh is a huge football fan and I think he would make a tremendous owner. A lot better than the stupid McCaskeys. But the NFL is full of owners who don't give a crap about the game so I can understand why they might cling to a smear campaign against a man who is outspoken as an excuse to keep him out of the club.
Fine, if the spoiled brat players and the stupid owners want to alienate the overwhelming white, male watchers of NFL football it isn't like we don't have other choices. Screw them.
Labels: Rush Limbaugh
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sony's Vaio L Series Touchscreen Computer, Updated and Bumped
Another problem I have is the 15" screen which makes it difficult to enlarge certain windows. I would like a larger screen however that means more area to cover with the mouse. A large multi-touch screen solves the cramped screen problem and the need to hit many buttons some times simultaneously.
All this is very exciting so I am going to call Bill O so he can
Update: HP is coming out with a line of touchscreen computers. After some thought what I really could use is a touchscreen tablet because I will be holding the screen in my lap or keeping it flat on a desk in front of me. Holding my arm up to touch a screen for hours is the sure way to the chiropractor.
Monday, October 12, 2009
MLB Waits For Snow
So aside from the Rockies, I can root for:
The Dodgers to win so that Jim Thome can get a World Series ring.
The Angels to send the Yankees home.
A nine and eight day layoff for the NL and AL champs. An NLCS or ALCS sweep would conclude on October 19th and 20th with the World Series beginning on October 28th.
Such a layoff could be enhanced if the Yankees and or Rockies are involved. A week of sun in NY or CO could easily be followed by cold and snow this time of year and what better way to highlight MLB's ridiculous scheduling policy than to involve the Yankee fan base in the Series folly.
It snows in Colorado in November? It is too cold for baseball in NY on November 5th? Would that surprise anyone? Is it wise to plan on playing baseball as late as November 5th while having the two teams involved sitting idle for over a week beforehand?
How to be the perfect boyfriend/girlfriend
How To Be The Perfect Girlfriend
How To Be The Perfect Boyfriend
Diego: Perfection is not realistic and that should be acknowledged. Most couples take on roles and divide the responsibilities of running the business of living their life together. I think many problems could be solved, or at least realistically assessed, if they would try reversing roles for a while. If that is not practical they could at least imagine wearing the others shoes for a while.
In the family where the man works and the woman cares for the kids it would be beneficial for the man to spend a few days with the kids and see what it is really like having that responsibility. It would also help if the woman would seriously consider how and where they would live if she were to secure a home and support the family.
Bill C: I look at it as goals. Expecting perfection is what children and women do. And then they are disappointed. If I can just convince one woman to stop nagging it will be worth it.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I find the above funny but the only difference between this and today's choreographed music/entertainment is that they used to smile more. Now there is more serious posing involved but it is still a matter of people jumping around and singing.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Iran doing its best to make Obama look like a fool...
Labels: Friday Music
Thursday, October 08, 2009
In depth interview w/ Dr. Who
Diego: I was very happy to see the show revived back in 2005 and waited for the first episode while hoping it would not be as bad as the Fox Doctor Who special made in the late 90's. It was not perfect but I enjoyed watching. I have to admit that there was a certain thrill from just seeing that it was not crap. Something pointed out in the interview above concerning the secrecy surrounding the details of the upcoming episodes is worth noting, after viewing every available story from the archives of 1963-1989, it is nice to watch without knowing what will happen.
David Tennant is a good Doctor but the show still needs another actor that does not fear being typecast. Tom Baker (#4) and William Hartnel (#1) were the best for that reason. Perhaps the new Doctor, Matt Smith, will make the character his own. I hope so. You can tell when an actor loves the role and the show is better for it when they do.
The immediate future for Doctor who looks very good. Steven Moffat takes over for Russel Davies (in interview above). Moffat wrote a few stories in the last four seasons and his were far and away the best. They were worthy of the cinema in my opinion and although he does not appear to be a lifetime fan like Davies, his creativity is more likely to make the upcoming season(s) more memorable than the Davies' era. I'm hoping for more Douglas Adams than John Nathan Turner.
If I were to suggest just one episode out of the entire classic (1963-1989) catalog it would be City of Death (at Netflix) which was written by Adams (he used a pseudonym to avoid union issues, he could not be both a script editor and writer). And if I were to suggest just one from the new era it would be any of the Moffat stories, though my favorite is Blink.
Labels: Sci Fi
So, Mike O, this is only playing at the AMC Rivereast, 322 East Illinois Street. Are you interested? The wife and I would like to see it. Sundays are our only free days at this point.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
The Dome Advantage
I've seen this happen several times before when the White Sox have played in the Metrodome. This is the last year for the dome and the Twins will be playing outside next year in the new Target Field. Two thoughts on that: 1. Will the Twins have the same success outside? 2. If they make the World Series the games could be played in Minnesota as late as Nov 5th, this years scheduled game 7, if necessary.
An interesting stat: The Twins have played 12 World Series games in their history. They are 11-1 at home and 0-9 on the road. Four of those home games were played outdoors in 1965 so they are 8-0 in the dome.
Monday, October 05, 2009
AL Central Division Thoughts
The Tigers had the chance to clinch the division by winning game #159 last Thursday. Five days later on Tuesday they will have the same chance to clinch first or this time second place. I would guess no team has had such an opportunity to clinch as early as the Tigers' and subsequently lost the division.
The Twins/Tigers game will be played in the Metrodome and despite the playoff implications will still be a regular season game. Considering that the Vikings and Bret Favre will be hosting the Packers in the same building tonight, I can't think of another venue hosting two bigger regular season games involving different sports on consecutive nights.
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Netbook or iPhone
First, let's get a few things straight. In terms of casual gaming, you cannot beat what Apple has to offer. There are countless quick and easy games that fit well on the Apple platform. No one is booting up a PSP game for the 15 minutes you'd sit in a waiting room or the time standing in line at the deli counter. So while that section of the gaming market seems sealed up, the same cannot be said for the more hardcore action/adventure and shooter games.
CNET's complaint is the lack of buttoned controller, a problem that wouldn't necessarily bother me but could easily be remedied. Right now I am leaning towards the iPhone. Sure a smaller screen might be a problem but the ease of use, portability (fits in my pocket), and the fact that it is becoming the standard for hand held computing kinda tilts the playing field in their direction.
Diego: NEITHER! For me at least, new Gateway was delivered yesterday so I wont be using my netbook as my main computer.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Health Care, DMV Style
NOlympics, No Problem
I don't know how much this really hurts Obama's standing with the world but it certainly does not help. There is plenty of time and political adjustments that The One can make but given the political trends, especially domestic, I'm beginning to believe that The One is becoming The One Term.
Just for fun, all smiles:
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Keep plucking that chicken-NSFW