Been a while eh?

Wow.  Been quite a while since I was here to post.

Just got a Mac and am being blown away over how much better it is than the previously mentioned Dell.  Even after the Dell was upgraded multiple times to almost the exact same specs as the Mac, the Mac still far outshines it in many ways!

First, the graphics are much much better.  Despite both having NVidia 8800 512 mb cards, the 3-d and speed of the Mac is quite superior.  They both have 4 gigs and 64-bit OS’s (Dell got Vista 64 which was quite an improvement over all other Windoze systems).

I could go on comparing but I’m tired at this point.  After I’ve had the Mac a few months I’ll have to write up some sort of critique; but for now I must say I’m pleasantly impressed with the Mac itself, Apple customer service and the software provided in general.


The REAL Ten Commandments!

10 Commandments Of Mother Earth

I. Thou shall love and honour the Earth for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.
II. Thou shall keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of it’s seasons.
III. Thou shall not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.
IV. Thou shall give thanks for thy food, to the creatures and plants that nourish thee.
V. Thou shall educate thy offspring, for multitudes of people are a blessing unto the Earth when we live in harmony.
VI. Thou shall not kill, nor waste Earth’s riches upon weapons of war.
VII. Thou shall not pursue profit at the Earth’s expense, but strive to restore it’s damaged majesty.
VIII. Thou shall not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth.
IX. Thou shall not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.
X. Thou shall consume material goods in moderation so all may share the Earth’s bounty.

Woot! Dude, I got a Dell!

Just got me a new XPS 600 from Dell!   Sweet machine so far.  And the price was even better!  Seems it's true what I've heard…call Dell and speak to a rep for the best deals.  I got the low end model – $1699 – with the upgraded RAM and a floppy drive for < $1500 shipped!   So far, so good.  The box is huge – looks like a glowing spaceheater rather than a pc, but wth – I ❤ it!  It made a little noise initially, but seems to be quieting down a bit with time, although it's definately NOT silent. The box is kinda cheesy – mostly plastique – but wtf, I'm not gonna roll it down the steps for sure.  It opens kinda nicely, like a clamshell.  The innards seem fairly easy to get to. The upgraded 20" Ultrasharp monitor is crisp without a hint of dead pixelation or any other oddity.  Very nice.  My biggest complaint happens to NOT be with Dell but rather with UPS.  What a bunch of asshats!  Holy crap!  The boxes arrived looking like they've been dragged behind the truck as opposed to in it.  Holes in the side of the PC box, corners crushed and the seal broke on top and bottom on one end.  The monitor box had similar wounds. I'm surprised the system even worked after seeing what the asshats at United Parcel Service did to it enroute.  This isn't the first time they've mutilated items enroute.  My last Dell pc had 3 21" CRTs ruined by them.  It took my calling Dell and bitching about the carrier and having them ship via Airborne to get me a working CRT.  Hmm…a pattern emerges!  Not to mention the numerous peripherals that have arrived in not so good a shape.  UPS must be the cheapest, and you do get what you pay for in this life for sure.  Everybody bitches and complains about bad products, and I've seen a good bit of complaints about Dell.  I just have to voice my opposite experience and say what a good experience I've had thusfar, from the ordering to modifying my order to the final product.   I'd definately buy another Dell at this point in time. More to come…

Real surprise there! The Washington Post has a story about how climatologists and other scientists are pretty much censored by the Bush Regime and disallowed to disseminate unedited info about global warming and other similar climactic changes.

Oh, and don’t forget, The Regime has peppered the departments with industrialist plants sympathetic and beholden to the various industries who are responsible for global warming in the first place!

Administration officials said they are following long-standing policies that were not enforced in the past. Kent Laborde, a NOAA public affairs officer who flew to Boulder last month to monitor an interview Tans did with a film crew from the BBC, said he was helping facilitate meetings between scientists and journalists.

“We’ve always had the policy, it just hasn’t been enforced,” Laborde said. “It’s important that the leadership knows something is coming out in the media, because it has a huge impact. The leadership needs to know the tenor or the tone of what we expect to be printed or broadcast.”  

I thought Bush stated he doesn’t bother reading newspaters or watching the news?

/>Click here for full Washington Post story<

Another glorious assault against mother nature and our fellow earthlings by the Bush Regime.  I guess a population of 3,800  across 7 states constitutes the full population of these creatures to the all knowing in DC.

“The federal proposal drew support from several environmentalist groups…”  Can you say “Front groups”.  I wonder who these may be?  “Putting states and tribes in charge means farmers will encounter fewer bureaucratic hurdles in dealing with wolves…”  Hmmm..

“Fewer than 1,000 gray wolves remained in the contiguous United States when the species was listed as endangered in 1974. The latest population estimates were 3,020 in Minnesota, 425 to 455 in Wisconsin and 405 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.” 

So an increase in population by about 2800 over 30 years constitutes a “thriving” population!  Straight from the pages of the “US Gov’t. and Little Red Riding Hood Book of Wolf Management” no doubt.

Full story >here<

Useful Websites

Here’s an interesting and useful website/utility I’ve found.  Writely.com   is a full featured online word processor with online storage of your docs!  Very useful for on the go sorts or peeps who forget to grab their docs on removable media when out and about.  Just sign in or set up sharing and you’re set!

Best of all it’s free!  In the future they’re planning to add some premium features, but who’d begrudge a little dinero for an ad free alternative to MS!

Here’s a nice story via Reuters about a New York Times bestseller about a family and their dog. It’s doing fabulously as far as landmarks in the publishing industry.

Then the article quotes some “authority”(?) on books:

Bob Wietrak, vice president of merchandising for the Barnes & Noble chain of bookstores, said the book’s success was due to its focus on broader human themes. “It’s about the human condition, it’s about relationships, it’s about family.” (Italics mine)

I see this attitude all over – in religions, industry, etc. It couldn’t be someone loves their dog?! Can you say “armchair psychologist”? No wonder the world is in such piss poor shape. /end rant


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