Archive for July, 2005

More mod points

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

Today I was awarded 5 more mod points. See, doubters – meta-moderating does pay off…

Documentation overkill is fun!

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Why I don’t watch TV anymore

Friday, July 29th, 2005

I don’t – I just simply don’t feel the need any more. I used to watch about 4 hours a day when I was a kid, but now there’s just too much crap. Once a network comes up with a new idea that gets in the spotlight for a couple weeks (i.e. the first “reality show”), then they bombard you with more of the same (i.e. Survivor insert_country_here). The only thing I find mildly humorous about Survivor is the fact that people are stupid enough to go to countries like Africa which is full of disease in the jungle and famine…for some cash. Don’t even get me started on Fear Factor – they do even stupider things for even less cash. Media whores…

Next we have American Idol. Now, the concept is good because it looks more at real talent rather than “label-made artists”, but from here on out I can tell you how every series will go: Moron who can’t sing for crap gets a lot of publicity for a stunt they pull or for how untalented they really are during the first audition episode. Oh, and “rock singers” will drop like flies because bubble-gum pop garbage sells to kids with no brains of their own. Thank you, MTV!

Speaking of MTV, they have a show called “The Real World”. Oh yeah, that’s all real isn’t it? 10 people living in a huge apartment in a large city for free. They don’t have to have jobs, nor are they required to have jobs, they just show up for the show. Is that the job? So in conclusion, they don’t need a job, they don’t need to pay rent, they don’t need to pay utilities, they don’t need to pay for anything. What the HELL is so REAL about that?

Celebrity Boxing. Now THIS is alright – hiring washed up actors and other celebrities to kick each other’s ass on national TV. While it’s funny, once again, that some people will do anything for money, it does keep these unfortunate has-beens employed. I still want to see a match between Linus Torvalds and Bill Gates. My guess is that Gates would get pwned in the ring.

Road Rules: Ghey MTV crap.
Big Brother: ‘Tarded.
Queer Eye…: Really ghey.
The Osbournes: Funny, but then it spawned off garbage like Britney and Kevin, Newlyweds (Jessica and Nick), and now Hogan Knows Best. ENOUGH ALREADY!!
Temptation Island: PFFT.
I want to be a Hilton: Well, come over to my place and we’ll make some videos! Oh, that’s not what you meant?
Simple Life: Drag them both across a football field of elephant feces. Then call me so I can point and laugh in their overprivileged faces.
Pimp My Ride: Sorry, most of the cars looked better BEFORE you touched them. Ghey.
Who Wants to Marry insert_thing_here: NOBODY!!

Jesus, just LOOK at all the reality crap on TV!

This is why I don’t have cable/satellite, nor have I for the past year. Oddly enough, I don’t miss it at all. Reality shows simply ruined it for me.

So yeah, thanks network TV for pushing repetitive garbage on the public enough to make some of us so sick of it, we turn it off. All I need is my high-speed ‘net connection, a set of rollerblades, and I’m pretty much good to go.

Slashdot moderator points – 3rd time

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Today I was given 5 mod points, which will be my third time given points to moderate. Yay! 🙂

Apparently I was wrong about imports

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

It CAN get stupider…

Ubuntu vs. Mandriva

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Found here:

Really. Mandriva offers thousands upon thousands of packages in their main and contrib repositories, and then we haven’t counted 3rd party repositories yet. What packages could you possibly be missing?

apt-get upgrade

There’s one – an upgrade to the next version via network connectivity. Hell, you can install an entire Debian system over the net. With Mandrake, I got to download 3 CDs, hope they install properly (they actually were getting really good at getting no errors as of 9.2) and then you’re off. With Debian, you can fire up the business card CD to set up the network, then unplug the monitor and ssh to the machine remotely for the rest of the install. Mandrake, several times, had you start from scratch just to upgrade to the newest version. I had to more than once. Last ones I recall were from 7.x to 8.x, and then again from 8.x to 9.x. “Wipe it clean and start over” isn’t my cup of tea, so before I bothered with 10.x/2005, I decided to look at my options. Ubuntu nailed everything on my desktop and laptop – every piece of hardware just worked. From my cheap cheap firewire card, to both wireless cards on my laptop – two things that Mandrake could never seem to take hold of.

Don’t take this wrong, I really did like Mandrake and it served its purpose well for several years. I thank Mandrake for turning me on to Linux. But when they decided to change, so did I.

The download version (iso’s) can be extended to be equal to the enterprise-level edition by simply adding the free urpmi repositories to the media manager.

I would be very interested in finding these free urpmi repositories as every time I tried to find more, I kept running into “join mandrakeclub first”. The closest I came was here, which took me to distro link, then to a list of alphabetical packages, then to a description of the package with a link of where to download the package (similar to rpmfind.net), and then you get to install it and hope you have the dependencies required for the package. ARGGG! If you have to jump through hoops to find/download several rpms, you’re in for a long night doing it that way. With three checkmarks to configure what package lists to include, I was ready to go. Either use Synaptic or apt-get install in the terminal. There was no guessing as to “will this rpm have all the dependencies or do I have to search for those too?”, apt-get simply grabs the most recent stable release and installs it with any dependencies needed.

Well, good luck with Mandrake/Mandriva anyways. I’m not looking back.

I need this at work

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Quote of the week: July 25th

Monday, July 25th, 2005

“A person’s conscience doesn’t really keep them from doing anything wrong– it merely keeps them from enjoying it.”

Productivity

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

Why email is better than phone or in-person communication from a productivity standpoint:

This is exactly what my boss doesn’t seem to get, however often I try to explain it to him. I have a very hard time concentrating on my tasks when other people – my boss included – come around to just hang out for an hour at a time conversing about one thing, then going off on a tangent and ending the conversation on a completely different subject. Then coming back to review the 30 second initial sentence in the conversation that was all that needed to be said in the first place. It’s that kind of verbal spewage that is a complete waste of time, as it gets nothing accomplished. Yet another reason I like email better, but for the offending conversationist to defend the utter waste of time, I get called “impersonal”. I call it being more efficient, which was considered a high degree of what management attempts to achieve.

This is especially difficult when I cannot give an instant answer and have to think about it for a minute. I first need to change my way of thinking into the model of the interrupting project and then back to the original project that I’m supposed to be working on. Afterwards I probably have to figure out some things for the second time because they were lost in the process.

I prefer emails as they just shoot out a sound byte letting me know there’s new email and I can deal with them later. Other people or phone calls are harder to ignore. I appreciate that email makes it easier to screen incoming information and quickly decide whether it is worth reading right away.

Work on the stuff that you know is important. Don’t just switch tasks every time somebody adds something to your to-do list. The person calling on the phone will get taken care of in time. Time management gurus call this taking care of the important rather than just the “urgent.” This is the only way things get fixed in the long-term – often the person screaming for help on the phone is looking for a short term solution.

Again, I normally prefer email to phone calls. It is less interrupting, and it forces the person who is contacting you to organize their thoughts rather than just randomly spilling them out. Phone or showing up in person is great for conversations, but terrible for just making requests.

Patriot act extension?

Sunday, July 24th, 2005

“In the wake of today’s 4 dud bombings in London, the U.S. House has voted to extend the Patriot Act by a vote of 257-171. This includes 10-year extensions to the two other provisions set to expire on December 31, one allowing roving wiretaps, and another allowing searches of library and medical records.”

The politicians jump up and down about how the terrorists hate freedom, then turn around and take away freedom in the name of preventing terrorism. It’s very hard to not see the PATRIOT act as being utter proof that terrorist tactics work and work well.

The worst part is that they’re out there studying our government’s response, gloating, and preparing their next wave of attacks to see what sort of reactionary fascism they can rouse our government into next. Not only did the terrorists win, but our government keeps encouraging them by doing exactly what they want – slowly removing the freedoms of the United States through the politics of fear, uncertainty, and doubt, all in the name of fighting terrorism.

PATROIT act tactics have not worked in Britain against the IRA or in Israel against various terror groups. This just in – they won’t work in the United States, either. Unfortunately, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and I fear that the American public, nor our leaders, learn from history.

“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.” – Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. ” – Benjamin Franklin