Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I'm waiting to be impressed...

From left, Kevin B. Rollins of Dell, Sean Maloney of Intel, Steven A. Ballmer of Microsoft, Hisatsugu Nonaka of Toshiba, Hector Ruiz of Advanced Micro Devices and Todd Bradley of Hewlett-Packard helped kick off the Vista operating system Monday in New York.

Wow. Enthusiasm is contagious - and so is the lack of it.
/also, is it just me or does the dude from AMD look constipated?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Start the Presses...

Well as I write this the first issue of the re-designed Packet is rolling off the new press. The amount of work that has gone into this new building, new press and redesign by every department at the paper has been staggering, but today for the most part has gone off without a hitch (compare this to the night we switched to InDesign, where I nearly killed 8 members of the newsroom with a baseball bat). Although I'm currently on hour 15 of my day and COMPLETELY exhausted, I must say it was all worth it to see the Packet looking this good. For my out-of-town readers, here's what today's 1A looks like - enjoy....

Saturday, January 27, 2007

You tell 'em Ted


What is it with Republicans and their refusal to help the working class?

"Do you have such disdain for hard-working Americans that you want to pile all your amendments on this? Why don’t you just hold your amendments until other pieces of legislation? Why this volume of amendments on just the issue to try and raise the minimum wage? What is it about it that drives you Republicans crazy? What is it? Something. Something! What is the price that the workers have to pay to get an increase? What is it about working men and women that you find so offensive?"

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Hoop Dreams

Tonight was my first game for the WMD's (Weapons of Mass Dysfunction), a rec league 3-on-3 basketball team on Hilton Head. Consisting of mostly Packeteers from the Newsroom (yes, I have forged an unholy alliance) and me, we took the floor tonight and were promptly dismissed 144-68 by some team whose name I didn't catch. I scored 12 points, had 3 boards and 5 assists. I can safely say I would have played better had I had some better shoes. I discovered about 10 seconds into the game that my shoes had no (and I mean zero) traction left on them. It dawned on me that these were my tennis shoes, and I had been using them to play said tennis for at least a year. Oops. The other thing is, this team wasn't that great. They had one guy who was about 6'5, 190 with the wing-span of a Pterodactyl (Tom un-officially named him Mr. Fantastic) that was just freakin' awesome, but other than him they just had two guys play defense and one guy back - so when we'd miss a shot all they did was throw the outlet pass back down the court and get an easy lay-up. I think once we make the adjustment to the way this full-court (well, more like 3/4 court) game is played we'll be fine. Oh, and when I get new shoes. Anyway, I'm sore and tired, but determined to help take my team to the promised land.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Pale blue dot

Earth seen from 4 billion miles away, photographed by Voyager 1 on June 6, 1990.

Of the "pale blue dot," astronomer Carl Sagan said, "That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

Mmmmm.....Pancakes!

So today I had to swap out a computer out in Advertising with a newer one - it was on the floor, so I had to go under the desk to unplug all the cables. While I was down there, I noticed that something was behind the computer....I moved the computer out from under the desk and discovered....a bottle of maple syrup. I asked the occupant of the desk if it was her syrup....she denied any involvement. All of her pod-mates disavowed any knowledge of the syrup as well.

Huh. Something sketchy is going on in Advertising these days....I intend to find out what they're hiding....

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Look sir! Pants!

15 Star Wars Lines Improved by Substituting the Word “Pants”

1. I find your lack of pants disturbing.

2. You are unwise to lower your pants.

3. The Force is strong in my pants.

4. Chewie and me got into a lot of pants more heavily guarded than this.

5. Your pants, you will not need them.

6. I cannot teach him. The boy has no pants.

7. You came in those pants? You’re braver than I thought.

8. Governer Tarkin. I should have expected to find you holding Vader’s pants.

9. In his pants you will find a new definition of pain and suffering

10. I think you just can’t bear to let a gorgeous guy like me out of your pants.

11. Pull up! All pants pull up!

12. I sense the conflict within you. Let go of your pants!

13. I’ve just made a deal that will keep the Empire out of our pants forever.

14. Alderan is peaceful, we have no pants!

15. These aren’t the pants you’re looking for.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Tux sux (or, why I love my Mac part 230)

Anybody not interested in reading a highly technical rant about operating systems can stop reading this post right now.

Still there?

Ok....so this week on one of the tech podcasts I listen to every week, one of the people on the show said that his prediction for 2007 was that we'd see an actual OS war between OS X, Vista and Ubuntu. I installed a Linux distro a few years ago (Mandrake, I think) and found it to be nothing more than a Windoze wannabe that had an even less friendly UI. I gave up after about a day, when it took me more than 10 minutes to figure out how to unstuff a file. Anyway, hoping that perhaps Linux had made some progress over the years, I downloaded the latest Ubuntu distro and burned the ISO for OS X PPC.

My plan was to create a partition for it on my Packet-issue PowerBook, and give it a shot. I booted from the CD and everything seemed to be going well....my first indication that something was wrong was when the tracking on the cursor was going very slowly...as in, I had to completely move my finger across the trackpad about 10 times to move the cursor across the screen. I found the mouse system preference, but was unable to change this behavior. When I finally was able to click on the install icon, things started to go downhill. Firstly when it asked me to fill out the name for my user account and password, it automatically filled in my username as the "hostname" - but for some reason it added a "-laptop" to it. Fine - so I click ok to continue, and a box pops up telling me my hostname has too many characters. I take off the "-laptop" and then it's fine. SO WHY DID YOU ADD THE -LAPTOP IN THE FIRST PLACE? Now comes the fun part - partitioning the drive. It gives you three options - erase the drive, use the free space on the drive, or set up the partition manually. So I happily try to set up the partition myself, only to be met with the most confusing partition map I've ever seen. I've been doing this whole "computer" thing for quite a while now, and I couldn't make heads-or-tails of it. And considering I didn't really feeling like wiping out my OS X install tonight, I didn't want to chance it. So I went back to the partition options, and selected the "use free space on the drive" option. Everything looked ok, but after I clicked install I got an error message that read "Unable to complete install - root file system has not been defined". So why even give me the option if you won't install that way it you big jerk?

After that I just got fed up, said "this sucks" and booted back into my beloved OS X. If that's the best the Linux world has to offer then they need look no further than their own installers to realize why only 23 people on the planet use Linux. I have recently been giving serious thought to buying a copy of Vista when it comes out, since I'm completely useless at work when it comes to fixing a Windoze problem - from everything I read about it, it sounds like it's a complete rip-off of OS 10.3, but at least that's still 100 times better than XP. Until something changes, it's a two-horse race - Linux seems incapable of making itself user-friendly in the slightest degree. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go put in my pre-order for Leopard.

Monday, January 01, 2007

When it rains....


The Broncos family lost one of its own today - my deepest condolences go out to the Williams family. All I can do is hope his killer is found and brought to justice. R.I.P. Darrent - you will be missed.