Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Some People Have Too Much Time On Their Hands

I just got told by our service manager that someone had connected this blog with some software I wrote for my company. They told him I did not represent my company well on this blog and I had an awfully high opinion of myself. Maybe there is a reason for not representing my company well ... hmmmm. Oh yeah, this is not my company's blog. It is my personal blog. I have removed references to the software I created for my company. Hopefully, that will prevent this from happening in the future.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Senator Christopher Dodd's Housing Bill And You

Well, the federal government is at it again. Slipped into a new housing bill is a data collection policy requiring payment systems to track and report information on nearly every electronic transaction to the government. Yes, this is the same government that managed to lose 800,000 social security numbers by leaving a backup tape in an employees car. It's the same government that lost millions of veteran's social security numbers when a Veteran Affairs employee took the data home without authorization. Do we really trust them with our credit card and payment information? Why is this slipped innocuously into a Housing Bill? Are they ashamed to foist this turd in its own bill?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Where's My Fiber?

In a time when our Internet Service Providers are planning on foisting "pay as you go" plans upon the American consumer, it might be useful to look back 12 years to 1996. In 1996, America's Congress was ready to pass the Telecommunications Reform Act. The telephone companies "promised" to run fiber to 86 million American homes by 2008. They also promised that this fiber would enable us to cruise the Internet at 45 Mbps. In exchange for this promised, the telcos received $200 billion in tax breaks and beneficial legislation. That is about $2000 per American home in benefits we never received.
If you or I had scammed every household in the United States to the tune of $2000 we would be sitting in prison. Of course, you and I don't have millions of dollars to pay the American government hush money.
Telcos ... I'm still waiting for my fiber. Next week would be fine with me.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Chosing Between Crap And Poo

Ahhhh, politics is in the air again campers. Aren't we all just so excited? I don't know about you but I am sick of all the political parties and candidates. It just seems like every elections we get the choice between crap and poo. They both stink and taste bad going down. Just once, I would love to have a candidate that was not:
  1. In bed with special interests
  2. Lying to me
  3. Pre-compromised
  4. Looking for as much power as they can grab
Oh well, I guess I won't hold my breath. I don't want to turn blue and pass out.

Friday, June 13, 2008

RIAA Bullies At It Again

Just read about the RIAA doubling settling costs for people that try to quash their automated "piracy" pre-litigation letters. You know, the ones that try to link IP addresses to people (sometimes with horrifyingly unreliable results).
In other news, school yard bullies are doubling the amount of lunch money they take from their victims if they try to fight back.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bruce Lee's Top 7 Fundamentals For Getting Your Life In Shape

Just read some crap at a site called the positivity blog. It is the authors re-interpretation of 7 rules Bruce Lee had to make his life better. They are:
  1. What are you really thinking about today?
  2. Simplify.
  3. Learn about yourself in interactions.
  4. Do not divide.
  5. Avoid a dependency on validation from others.
  6. Be proactive.
  7. Be you.
Not bad rules necessarily (if a little general). The only problem is that you have to wade through so many pages of flipping Google ads to get to the rules. I did not even realize the site had completely loaded because no content besides ads was coming up. My only other gripe is that the author forgot to include Bruce Lee's 8th rule:

Don't do too much cocaine. It's a real killer.

I know. I'm utterly tasteless.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Twitter Is Like A Big Whale ... Suspended By Birds

This just seems Sooooooo appropriate. Look everyone. It is the Twitter Whale suspended in the air by some really small birds. Maybe that's why Twitter is so unreliable?