The Battle Begins

7:30 am - Jason G. - Technology

From Slashdot:No Virtual PC for Intel-based Macs

The bigger news for me:

Microsoft will also be discontinuing support of Visual Basic scripting in the next version of Office for Mac.

Let the platform wars begin (again) in a completely passive aggressive way!


Software Licenses in the Real World

7:24 am - Jason G. - Humor, Technology

From Boing Boing:

The city of Hoboken had a contract dispute with the operators of a robotic parking garage; the garage operators cancelled the city’s license to its software and locked all the cars inside.

Can we say oops! Don’t mess with the software licenses when it controls things in the real world.


Lower Your A/C Bill

7:48 am - Jason G. - Technology

There’s an article over at TreeHugger about lowering your A/C bill by installing sunlight-blocking screens on sun-facing windows.

We’ve also used window film on the interior of our windows… essentially tinting the windows on our house. It helps reflect sunlight to keep rooms cooler when the sun is bright, and theoretically reflects heat inward when it’s cold outside.


Don’t Drink and Blog

7:02 am - Jason G. - Humor

Somewhere along the way we all realize that we need to refrain from “drinking and dialing” (or drunk dialing, if you will), implicitly don’t drink and txt or email, but now there’s don’t drink and blog.

Really, good advice if I ever heard it. Although I do like Mark Twain’s, “Write drunk, edit sober.”


The Truth

7:29 am - Jason G. - Quotes

The criterion of truth is that it works even if nobody is prepared to acknowledge it.

-Ludwig von Mises


Google Patents

7:29 am - Jason G. - Technology

Good lord Google has a lot of patents –  Google Patents.


The Power of a Name

12:07 pm - Jason G. - Rant

I remember way back in High School, one of my slightly batty English teachers liked to say, “when we name things, we have power over them.” Like I said, slightly batty.

But the statement actually has a lot of truth, if you think about it the right way. First up, what do we mean when we use the word “power”? Put simply, power is the ability to act. A full definition might yield “the ability or capacity to perform or act effectively.” Same thing. (more…)


7:12 am - Jason G. - Humor

Parkour – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Parkour (IPA: /pa?.’ku?/, often abbreviated PK) is a physical discipline of French origin in which participants attempt to pass obstacles in the fastest and most direct manner possible, using skills such as jumping, vaulting and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves. The obstacles can be anything in one’s environment, so parkour is often practiced in urban areas because of many suitable public structures, such as buildings, rails, and walls.

As seen in YouTube favorites Crazy Russian Climbers and similar.


In Praise of Sloth

7:44 am - Jason G. - Commentary

Had I been more on top of things, I might have found this sooner:

For TiVos purchased before January 21, 2000, you get a one-time exception to the rules, allowing you to move your lifetime subscription to a new machine you purchase as a replacement (such as a bigger unit). This was done because there was so much confusion, and the wording before that date was more vague.

But as it is now, I have my very old TiVo that is suddenly worth an awful lot becuase I can transfer the lifetime service… Hellow Series3 TiVo!


Children of Men

7:04 am - Jason G. - Commentary

I like what I’m seeing in the return of science fiction to big movies this year. I particularly liked the trailer for Children of Men. Clive Owen is the man. Like all good SF, the technology or dystopia is just the setting for a compelling story about people.

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