Ice Cream Progress

Closer. I think. The biggest problem right now is getting JAVA to work, which I am only working on so that Ubernote will work……. And enabler not a desirable. Necessity. At least in terms of modal work procedures.

Anyway, the constitutional was enjoyable until my back started complaining, which is modal – also! – for this time of year, so it will get less nasty in a few weeks.

Not much to comment on because I am still trying to get basic functionality. And thence devote some attention span to the exterior universe.

Film at 11.

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Bonus Army?

It may be recalled that Douglas MacArthur got exiled to the Philippines which led to all that mumblage about “returning”, which led to the thread on this blot. Anyway, what is less known is that MacArthur got exiled to the Philippines because of his obedient suppression of the “bonus army” in the early days of the “Great Depression”. Did good, at least from the standpoint of the politicians in office but micturated the populace and became one of the occasional top generals who becomes a scape goat. So much for politician integrity.

Anyway, I am back, or at least I once more have a primary deskbox, a Dell Precision T5500 that decided it didn’t like my last changes to get it up to my needs. So I spent much of yesterday dealing with all manner of digital ankle biting. Not yet settled in but at least we have landed.

And we did have a good constitutional in the park this morning. No jocks, no felines, no nasty weather, just a mediocre podcast episode and the protests of an ORF corpus. The latter are mostly from FD SCP telling me I have to clean up some of my gear piles and dispose of the storage system. That latter bothers a bit since FD SCP has what seems a chromosomal infatuation with storage systems. But I did the intelligent, rational, pain avoiding thing and complied and should be continuing with such for a few more days.

So coupled with softening and fulfilling the implementation of this “new” deskbox, I will be working my way back into the blog as I can give some attention to things other than HW and SW foibles.

I Have Returned! And without the Yankee Navy!

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End of Days – Sorta

Today is the end of support by MegaHard for Winders XP. It may also be the day marking the beginning of the end for MegaHard but that is not only uncertain, but likely improbable. Nastiness tends to stay around. I noticed an article earlier – lost when my other deskbox imploded – that some storage barrels of stercus several centuries old had been found and still had the odorus sterci – the olfactory punch of poo. MegaHard may not be several centuries old. nor all that nasty as corporations go today, but they still have magnum odorus.

The onslaught on XP will not be immediate, but it likely will come. Low hanging fruit and all that sort of rot – language rot, that is. I was marveling this morning after listening to science podcasts how abused the American English language is, and how facile Americans are at abusing such. I find it very disturbing when scientists, who should be speaking with care and precision, utter misuses and catch phrases like illiterate valley waifs. So there will be no shortage of low habgubgf fruit for the evildoers to rob and plunder.
I mentioned yesterday the issue of money instiututions. I feel moved to reiterate. If your money institution is not forthcoming that they are using a trustworthy OS, and tell you which one, then they almost certainly are using XP and should not be trusted. Sadly, since the vast majority of money inistitutions are still using XP – I have heard numbers as high as 0.8 of all ATMs are still XP driven – there is no easy answer on how to find a trustworthy money institution. And unfortunately, the use of a mattress safe is neither wise nor practical. Too many organizations, the Yankee government included, do direct deposit. Add to this the arrogance and cupidity of the bankers who manage these organizations and the risk becomes a necessity to assume. But you can reduce your exposure by not using ATMs. Unless they have a Penguin sticker. The new ones are Linux driven, but  they are few. The money organizations with technical savvy will advertise that in short order. 
The same goes for other organizations, including chain stores. If a store or business establishment won’t tell you what OS their money hardware is using, caveat emptor.
As for me, I am going to continue to use XP for the clients I still need to use. But I disabled wifi on all those machines and limit their interaction with the external world to printers and USB sticks. And I am doing more with money these days – pictures of dead politicians. Stores may not like it but if they complain I’ll spend it elsewhere. Be an offensive consumer!

Monetary Caution

Tomorrow, as we should know, is Abandonment Day for Winders XP. MegaHard will be releasing a final update but it seems to mostly be about Office. Anyway, we now need to enter a mode where we are very leery of any corporate (or organizational) computer system involving things of value – like money – unless the corporation (organization) has provided positive evidence of upgrading to another OS.

In particular this applies to banks and credit unions and and business where you use a credit or debit card. One of my colleagues, Magentic Inductance Forse, forwarded me an email from a credit union that declined to respond whther they had upgraded or not. It was also quite rude, a diversion that indicates that their system, especially ATMs, is vulnerable. So act accordingly Caveat Emptor.

Foul Weather

Last evening, just as the precipitation was intensifying, my primary deskbox, went Sowth. Second hrad drive it has eaten, or masticated, at least. Anyway, the blogging will be a bit sparse for the next few days as I tyr to get some parallel capability to the deskbox secundus on line. Not that I am likely to be that engaged, but my language is likely to be a bit foul. Besides, lacking ScribeFire I have no way of practicably doing spell check on blots.

Incidentally Scribefire quit working back about FF XX, which is why I am really not very concerned about who sits at the Mozilla table. 

Internet Prevarication

The lowering of temperatures has begin. While the temperature was greater this morning than last, the convective cooling was greater and more miserable. And the weather beavers are foretelling nastiness overnight.

The gym was again blissfully shy of bullies. Even the staff bullies were somehow restrained as if they lacked critical mass to sally forth and bludgeon the seniors in their usual fashion. The podcasts almost made up for it in the form of being TOO short. SCIENCE was below 20 minutes. NPR was down to sixteen. I am going to have to find other ‘casts or change my program.

One of the NPR episodes had to do with some anniversary of the internet. As is usual it was riddled with errors, inaccuracies, prevarications, and poor construction. It did strike me however, that the lesson we have learned from wireless (radio,) television, and the internet is that stercus, not cream, floats. As a result all three media have become as bad as they can be at any moment with a steady increase of bad over time. Wireless today is garbage, television is a collection of all the varieties of porn except biological, and the internet is a carnal pit of capitalism and greed. And they will get worse.

But I am still laughing at the fool who announced that we had to learn not to save what we liked on the internet because it would be there forever. Well, we now know forever is awfully short.

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Absence Assortment

A middling morning. Back to low temperatures, for a week the weather beavers promise and we know how their promises are worth a Continental banknote. The gym was actually pleasant this morning mostly because schule is desessioned so the educationalists and most of the weight bouncers are unpresent. The harassment and bullying were almost zero. Only the staff was being oppressive and frightening.

As is my usual I listened to an episode of the CBC’s “Best of Ideas” podcast, this one dealing with Albert Schweitzer. My memories of Schweitzer are from childhood when I read a rather saccharine children’s biography of him, revisiting when the Yankee government issued a stamp commemorating him. I was vaguely aware of his musical ability.

The podcast claims that the current generation do not know him and based on the rest of the podcast I am sure I did not either although I recognized his name. I was unaware of his academic accomplishments, thinking him a physician who went off into the jungle. Although not assessed, he was clearly fleeing towards something, probably a rebellion against European society and culture. Instead, the podcast was much more interested in talking about his opposition to nuclear weapons, an activity that made him a smear target of the Yankee and other governments, a situation I could not help – mysef – comparing  to Snowden. Both were  (are) portrayed as puppets of the Russians. I was also bemused to listen to the characterization of his behavior towards native Africans as natural albeit authoritarian by the natives and racist by Americans. Somehow that seems to fit with what I have seen of most racism monologues. Racism seems to be more a smear accusation than any actuality, at least in most cases. And it certainly is devoid of any scientific validity, which rather supports the slanderous and bullying aspect.

In that regard, I listened to an episode of the Marketplace Technology Report that reported (!) that the Management of Target (the chain store) was not only negligent but incompetent in the recent data breach. It seems that they invested in security software prior to the incursion that lead to the breach and that this software alerted them to the incursion. Which was ignored entirely by management.

It would seem that firing parties are definitely in order. Once this becomes common knowledge I doubt Target will survive the litigation. It’s one thing to claim being outwitted, another to own up to actual negligence and incompetence.

And hence into the week. I shall try to enjoy it. 

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Rainy Day Mutterings

Since it is rainy, and I don’t really want to stir, clearing a few tabs seems a useful endeavor leading up to breaking of fast. First, I have to note a very entertaining article [Link] criticizing Apple and Gartner for being unable to do analysis. I don’t care too much about Apple, at least so long as I have any other choice in products, or can somehow eke out existence without the product, but eviscerating Gartner appeals to my hunter side.

Back when I worked for the Yankee army I had to deal with Gartner numerous times, all identically flawed and unpleasant. The company seemed to be outside evolution. It made the same mistakes and somehow garnered the same exorbitant profits for giving bad advice. They used the same one-model-fits-none-but-we-apply-to-all approach and after I while I understood why – it always assured they had something nasty to say about everyone’s operations. So its not that they are averse to analysis, just only within their money-making model that applies to no one but somehow makes them lots of money.

I recall that we used to think leeches were only bad because they not only sucked blood but spread diseases. Medical practice has since found valid uses for them of benefit but I am not holding my breath that Gartner will ever be found to be of any benefit. I have evolved the conjecture that they have the solitary merit of antagonizing subordinates thus permitting executives to appear benevolent when they relax or suspend the irrelevant and wasteful recommendations of Gartner.

Next, I came across an article [Link] about how MegaHard is offering piddly sums to XP users to switch to a newer Winders. Let’s see, if I go to a MehaHard store – none in Nawth Alibam, incidentally – and buy a new computer with a newer Winders – read W8 in all its don’t-work for a couple of kilobucks, Yankee tender, then MegaHard will give me a hundred bucks rebate. And that’s a deal? No wonder they are losing marketspace. [Link] And don’t know why. Could it be that they have spent so long with Winders being the (almost) only OS that when lots better comes along they can’t see it.

Wasn’t there a children’s fairy tale about an emperor and his clothes?

Ceramic Catafalque

I can recall when all bathrooms had ceramic tiles. Some were completely tiled. And they were a rectal pain of chronic proportion to maintain what with the grout getting dirty and moldy and the tile itself getting dull with a film of that hermaphroditic chemical we call soap. Today, the only tile in my bathroom is a linoleum that has the texture of tile.

The same can be said for all of my computers except my cellular telephone and tablet. (Yes, I have a tablet. It’s a rare 7.5 cm one that I never use and hence constantly needs charging, but I have one.) And yes, I do have Unity and Gnome 3 installed on a couple of machines but I also have conventional GUIs as well that get used in other than experimental mode. And those experiments are long gone and the tile GUIs reside from laziness to remove them.

But I am confronted this morning with the question of whether the tile GUI or Megahard is dead? If the former, then someone needs to tell Canonical because April fast approaches. If the latter, then we should go rent a back hoe on the theory that dead horses are a health risk and should be buried (or turned to pet food) sine die.

Is seems [Link] that Mozilla has ceased work on a Metro version of FireFox. Which means that the W8 tile GUI is irrelevant. Or that W8 is irrelevant. Or that Megahard is irrelevant. Hence the question.

Mozilla, it may be remembered is the organization that checked Megahard’s visions of a thousand year reich. They did this by making Internet Explorer a back woods buffoon. A village idiot. And since then MegaHard has shown an amazing talent for parading sans clothing.

In many ways, Mozilla is the true champion of FOSS, not Canonical. I can easily see spending $50 on a FireFox Fone, knowing that in short order its app store will rival or surpass Android’s. I cannot see paying $300+ for an Ubuntu phone and having to wait for apps that really work with the small screen. Apps that will probably have to be written by Canonical since they have micturated all their volunteer coders by micturating on them.

The tile GUI works on the small screen just like chicklet keys worn on a calculator. But neither work scaled up. Someone tell Canonical that.

Pole Too Short

Off again on a day of life. The night was fair, a bit too low of temperature but at least the weather beavers erred in the direction I like. The gym was happily sparse on annoyances this morning, both troglodytic weight bouncers and dissonant educationalists. The podcast, an episode of “The Linux Action Show”, was unfortunately rating and unpleasant. Even the grammar mistakes were especially annoying. But the chiefest goes to a discussion of Ubuntu “Touch” and the Ubuntu cellular telephone.

The basic idea of the Ubuntu cellular telephone isn’t immediately BAD, that you use your phone to serve as a processing unit that can scale up to a larger screen and a keyboard. It’s not original, but then what does Canonical do these days that is and isn’t broken out of the box?

Up to this point I have disliked the Ubuntu cellular telephone mostly for causing pain on the desktop. Unity, which is supposed to be a common GUI for all screen sizes is a GUI that works less well than DOS. And is several times more annoying. And unfunctional. It’s the primary reason I abandoned Ubuntu. (Sorta, I still use KUBUNTU and XUBUNTU but the why should be obvious – a functional GUI.)

Anyway, I got to thinking about this from the cellular telephone standpoint and I discovered another reason to reject the Canonical fifth reich thing. Let me start by noting that in addition to desktops and laptops I have a “smart” (????) cellular telephone, and there are, from a functional aspect, apps in common between the two. And this, in a resounding epiphany, is where my rejection of the Ubuntu cellular telephone crystallizes.

Simply put, I don’t want my big screen apps on the small screen and I don’t want my small screen apps on the big screen. And I don’t want the overhead of two sets of apps.

What I want is two devices, two sets of apps, and a data exchange between the two that works. And on that note, I should comment that the Firefox cellular telephone looks quite possible. But not the Ubuntu cellular telephone.