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The Worst Thing

Ya know what the worst thing is? I just spent $25 on a pair of brand new, ultra-bright, now I can finally see at night, headlights.

And then the engine goes.

I'm taking the lights with me. Anyone need a pair?

Tim Lytle [02/09/07 15:18:07] | 11 Comments | Point

Things to do...

...when you're stuck in Bedford, PA waiting to throw your car away.

  1. Talk to Salesman about a new car.**
  2. Check your e-mail.
  3. Play with new software.
  4. Check your e-mail again.
  5. Look up cars on craigslist.
  6. Try to figure how many*** kisses fit in a flat rate box.
  7. Blog.
  8. Respond to e-mails.
  9. Call people about contract jobs.
  10. Clean out e-mail.
  11. Go for a test drive in a car you don't really want.
  12. Import old e-mail into your new e-mail account.
  13. Check your e-mail.
  14. Blog again.
  15. Check your e-mail.

**Really, your engine dying doesn't put you in a vulnerable position. It's actually a strong negation factor.

***Thanks Harry.

Tim Lytle [02/09/07 14:55:37] | 1 Comment | Point

Why do they Hate us?

Was listening to Philly talk radio this morning, and the morning guy - Michael Smerconish - interviewed Dinesh D'Souza about his book, "The Enemy At Home", and why radical Islam hates us.

His take is interesting, it's that the liberal idealist in this country are pushing their liberal ideals in other countries.

So it's not that America is pushing this whole 'freedom' thing, it's that American liberals are pushing the 'do whatever you want' thing.

It's an interesting take, I think that it could be a tactic used to enlist people in this Jihad, just like our military presence is used, but in the end I think they hate us because we are Israel's ally.

But every time a liberal says 'they hate us because of our Neocon foreign policy', maybe we should question if they hate us 'because of liberal abortion in Africa'. And then realize that both are excuses, they hate us because of Israel.

[Get the audio from the big talker (podcast links on left sidebar), or listen below.]

Tim Lytle [02/09/07 11:06:17] | 0 Comments | Point

Athestic Absurity

"But to me, it's akin to dousing yourself with gasoline and running around screaming 'there is no God' while waving a sparkler."

"They're playing Texas Hold 'Em with eternity and are holding a lousy hand," Barber added. "You can only pity the attention-starved boneheads behind this wickedness."

Read the whole article:
More than a month after atheists launched a campaign encouraging young people to blaspheme God in an online video clip, more than 800 people have done so...
Tim Lytle [02/06/07 10:01:59] | 0 Comments | Point

Google Pwns

Yeah, I'm using gmail exclusively now, not sure why I waited so long to try it. Could be that no other web based e-mail system is even close to it (in my opinion), and that I had never thought of how the Inbox/Archive and Label(Tag) system matched my e-mail style.

Now on to the future, I'm thinking it's time to retire Trillian (sorry buddy, you served me well). That's coming from the guy who's been a trill user since before the pro version.

I've tried Messenger Live, and almost started convulsing immediately. I forgot that IM clients were riddled with ads, link to their owners sites, and slick bubbly buttons that take up all my space.

So Messenger Live lasted all of a few hours.

But Google has Google Talk, which is integrated into Gmail. Very integrated. Any conversation is logged on the server and stored on Gmail. That's why I haven't switched chat clients, that's why I don't long onto web based chat clients, I have this thing about logs.

But if Google will log my chats no matter what client I use, as long as I'm using their server, and if their web and desktop based clients are light and easy to use, and if they support 3rd party clients, and if they (because it's just a Jabber server) can connect to other IM networks without needed a special multi-network client, and if...well, that's about it, if they can do that - I might just switch.

And I think they can.

Was planning on setting up a Jabber server for clients to contact me, maybe I'll just run my own transport server.

[Yeah Harry, I know, we'll all be slaves to Google one day, but at least my e-mail will be labeled and my chats logged.]

Tim Lytle [02/03/07 15:30:31] | 3 Comments | Point

Oh Really?

From another blog:

"While the vast majority of Americans realized some time ago that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake..."
Here, let me try that too. While the vast majority of Americans voted for President Bush the second time, while the vast majority of Americans are opposed to abortion, and while the vast majority of liberals and 'media' think that they and those around them constitute a 'vast majority', the rest of us know better than to trust polls and have more faith in the ballot box more than we do in exit polls.

Tim Lytle [02/03/07 10:11:49] | 0 Comments | Point

No Team Player

Thought this story would interest Harry, Peaty, or Lloyd.

The NFL won't let a church show the superbowl live.

Oh well, guess we'll have to stick with preaching.

Tim Lytle [02/02/07 19:36:30] | 0 Comments | Point

Yeah, Don't Touch That

From the VLC (VideoLAN) documentation:

--memcpy <module> allows you to choose a memory copy module. You should probably never touch that.

But if you had too, you could.

Tim Lytle [02/02/07 13:06:44] | 0 Comments | Point

Gates on Apple Ads

I don't think the over 90 percent of the [population] who use Windows PCs think of themselves as dullards, or the kind of klutzes that somebody is trying to say they are.

[About the ad implying upgrading is like 'major surgery'.]

Well, certainly we've done a better job letting you upgrade on the hardware than our competitors have done. You can choose to buy a new machine, or you can choose to do an upgrade. And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like itís superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say? Does honesty matter in these things, or if you're really cool, that means you get to be a lying person whenever you feel like it? There's not even the slightest shred of truth to it.

[About some Vista features already available on Mac's OS.]

You can go through and look at who showed any of these things first, if you care about the facts. If you just want to say, "Steve Jobs invented the world, and then the rest of us came along," that's fine. If youíre interested, [Vista development chief] Jim Allchin will be glad to educate you feature by feature what the truth is. I mean, itís fascinating, maybe we shouldn't have showed so publicly the stuff we were doing, because we knew how long the new security base was going to take us to get done. Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine. So, yes, it took us longer, and they had what we were doing, user interface-wise. Letís be realistic, who came up with [the] file, edit, view, help [menu bar]? Do you want to go back to the original Mac and think about where those interface concepts came from?

Reat the whole interview with Gates

While I probably won't be seeing Vista for a while (if it weren't for a few applications and hardware I need to run on windows, I'd probably be using a linux based OS - not because I hate Microsoft, just because it would match my work style), and while I'm not a Microsoft blind follower, I must admit - the condescending superiority Mac and its users tend to display makes me side with Gates.

Tim Lytle [02/02/07 12:07:11] | 0 Comments | Point