Saturday, March 29, 2014

Earthporn dump!

From reddit, downloaded via Baconreader, modified with Pixlr Express.

Science is about Proof.

Anytime I hear some telling me what is, or is not true, I fall back on what can be proven.
Belief is fine; I've got a few of my own. Some of which might not be in conflict with your own beliefs.
But the scientific method of testing, looking at resulting data, and drawing a conclusion, simply can't be beat. If there's a problem, have your worst enemy and your best friend look that data over and see what they agree on, and thereby eliminate whatever bias you might have.
If it's not perfect, it sure the hell beats out of any previous system you've been using...

Google+ photo dump

Friday, March 28, 2014

CLI Cheatsheet!

I first saw this as one of the default wallpapers in CruchBang Linux. I was also where I really began using, and learned to appreciate, just how much the command-line could really get done on something UNIX-like.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


I love my Nexus5, but sometime I need a real keyboard.

My Samsung Chromebook rocks, it's great, but a little too large if I take it somewhere social, like a sport-bar or work (which they don't approve of BYOD anyway).

The light cavalry option is my Nexus7, but with a MiniSuit keyboard/case that connects via Bluetooth. For a while now, I've been carrying it in my hand, which was fine, but...

The other day, I figured out that I could fit them both in the back pocket of my jeans. Neat!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A public shout-out to the computer manufacturers.

Hey, Guys…
I understand you’ve had some less than great sales these past two years. Bummer.
Remember when Secure Boot, which became UEFI, came out two years ago, and the Linux community screamed murder? I think, at the time, there was some conspiracy theory that Microsoft wanted to keep Linux off it’s machines, but you know, not from anyone important. And Windows 8 was doing to do absolutely gangbusters in term of sales! Those were the days, huh?
My current Toshiba 17” laptop, three years old and perfectly capable of running Win8, has Debian on it. If/when it dies, I’ll replace it with something that has never been touched by Microsoft or UEFI, like a Chromebook or Chromebox (which can be side-loaded with Linux, no problem).
Just thought I’d say, good luck following the Microsoft plan...

I posted this on Google+ earlier today, more in frustration than anything else. My Toshiba laptop running Crunchbang Linux is beginning to have hardware problems, but replacing it will be problematic until the Linux community come up with a really good, solid way of hacking around UEFI.
I realize that I'm in the minority of computer users out there, but I'm also a computer buyer, and these past two years have been horrible in terms of computer sales. Maybe I'm not the only one who's pissed off about the situation.

Sometimes, picking a fight works better than being the nice guy.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

You quote out of context.

I don't know about you, but whenever I see someone quoting a coach of whatever generic sports team applied to business, religion, life, etc. I cringe.
It tells me that no one has really got a better idea, or there's not much good news to share. In place of that, you have to try to fire the troops up with whatever you've got, and that means sports. There will be a clear winner, a clear loser, both sides will give 110% (despite being mathematically impossible, for either side) and nothing real will be lost!
It's a psychological trick to make you feel better about the situation you find yourself in while those in charge try to figure out what the fuck they're really going to do. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.
This quote, in particular, is worthless. It's wrong. The speed a group travels at is the speed of the lowest unit within that group. A leader could choose to expelled the slowest, and thereby increase the overall speed of the group, but if it's established that the maximum speed is X, handwaving and cheer-leading will still result in X speed.
You'll also notice the quote is unattributed. I expect that if you found the guy who said it in the first place and asked him how it applied to selling office supplies in a retail space, he'd be making the same face you're making now reading this.
If you really want a quote, try this one from Sun Tzu;
When you are weak, try to appear strong. When you are strong, appear weak.
Recently, Office Depot and Office Max merged, we're told, to stand-up to Staples who has been kicking both our collective asses. Earlier this month, Staples began closing some of their stores. So our competitor had the appearance of strength, but... Maybe we should stick to reading The Art of War and leave the football quoting to the armchair quarterbacks on Sundays.

Earthporn dump!