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Monthly Archives: July 2007

Trillion Dollar Man


For those who are a little foggy about our current President-Bush and his spending habits. Cato-at-liberty » Trillion Dollar Man The recent budget update from the Bush administration shows that federal spending will be $2.918 trillion in fiscal 2008. That means that spending increases under Bush will break the $1 trillion mark when the new […]

iPhone Use Disappoints; Apple Slides


Geez – who are these “analysts” and who is foolish enough to take their advice? At the same rate (if sustained) AT&T could end up selling 35 million iPhones. How exactly does this count as “disappointing”? At first I thought this was a joke… IPhone Use Disappoints; Apple Slides – New York Times Apple’s shares […]

Fewer mediocre “journalists” is good news


Caught this bit of nonsense on the way home. Marketplace: No newspapers is bad news Neil Henry: I had no idea the job cuts at the San Francisco Chronicle would be this sudden, this deep, this personal. Some of my former students facing unemployment. We know what happened: Marvelous search engines like Google with magical […]

O.C. sheriff is denied use of law enforcement data


Amusing is an odd way… O.C. sheriff is denied use of law enforcement data – Los Angeles Times A law enforcement network that gathers intelligence on organized crime has cut off the Orange County Sheriff’s Department because of the sheriff’s association with various businessmen, including a Las Vegas strip club owner with reputed mob ties […]

Example of configuring Trac and Subversion on Ubuntu


I chose to replace the stock Ubuntu apache2.conf. The stock configuration created and maintained by Ubuntu is a somewhat clever collection of included files, but … the stock Trac and Subversion install did not do what I wanted. Figuring out what was not working was tricky enough, so I simplified and re-built the configuration from […]

802.11g (NetGear) flaked out, 802.11n (NetGear) not better.


Once again, my wireless network has become almost unusable. A few years back, I hooked up a Linksys 802.11b router, and could use my HP laptop from the garage (in front), anywhere in the house, and out in the backyard. Speed was not as good as the wired network (not suitable for downloading CD/DVD images), […]

What to make of this?


Read this article a couple days back. A man was sentenced to “144 years and eight months in prison for beating and torturing his then-wife over a four-day period”. The crime occurred “at their Foothill Ranch home on April 14, 2005″ – my area, and generally otherwise relatively peaceful. A couple years ago I heard […]

Organized violence


“The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.” from Samuel Huntington Ran across this quote before, most lately in a post from Tim Bray. The quote bothered me because it […]