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Stupid, Stupid, Stupid: Dune – House Harkonnen

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The Dune series by Frank Herbert is one of the best SF series ever, ranking up there with fantasy’s Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) and the Thomas Covenant novels (Stephen R. Donaldson). And now they’re being bastardized by bullshit from Frank’s son Brian and some other hack by the name of Kevin J. Anderson.

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Feeling Like a Dog, a Dirty Dog

Most of my blog entries are for the world at large. This one is for just one person – you know who you are.

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My New Most unFavorite Word: Compliance

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Compliance seems to be a very in word these days … and I have had it with a passion. I’ve heard it three times in the last 36 hours. Enough!

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New iMac G5, New Apple Tablet

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I wrote a few weeks ago about the need, yes need, for an Apple tablet. Today the new iMac came out. Anyone else notice anything interesting?

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Mr. Cranky Reviews the iMac G5

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Mr. Cranky, alias Paul Thurrott, reviewed the iMac in about 3 minutes and 5 posts today … One guess as to the prognosis …

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Infantry Aces, by Franz Kurowski

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I just finished reading Infantry Aces, a compilation of stories about the second world war – from the perspective of the enemy: German soldiers. It’s an engrossing and revolting book, for a number of different reasons, not least of which is that the author is a WWII veteran … and a German soldier.

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Please, an Apple Tablet!

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As the rumors build up for the next big Mac fest in France, and as the late, late, late next-gen iMac inches closer to a unveiling date sometime in September, I’m hoping to see something about an Apple tablet.

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Internet Explorer is NOT insecure (if you’re an analyst)

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I just love the obligatory analyst idiocies that one sees ever so often regarding Microsoft and its tools:

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The obligatory and long-awaited I, Robot it-wasn’t-the-same-as-the-book rant

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OK, I went to see I, Robot. OK, I liked the film. OK, it far surpassed my abysmal preconceptions. But, I mean, really! Is this I Robot?

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Getting it together would be good (life that is)

Just saw a link to this page again. It’s the “clean sweap” program and it is something I’ve kinda wanted to do … The Clean Sweep Program is a checklist of 100 items which, when completed, give one complete personal freedom. These 100 items are grouped in 4 areas of life with 25 in each

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The Russian Mob in North America

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I just finished reading “Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob has Invaded America” by Robert Friedman. Very, very scary.

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Vehicular Malfeasance …. or Boone’s Bodacious Badness

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OK, I gotta get to the post, quick, before my titles drown me in waves of purple prose. Anyways, David Boone, the webmaster at Premier, in the Technology Solutions department that I lead, posted a story on his blog about some pretty amazing automotive high jinks. You must check it out . . . Decide

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The Truth About Security: Mac OS X versus Windows

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I responded to a tech columnist on July 21 about an article that ticked me off. The topic? The relative security merits of OS X versus “other OSes.” The spin? Pure, unaldulterated FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt).

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My Second Interview Questions

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I recently hired a new developer, and had to spend some time thinking about second interview questions. The first interview is fairly straightforward: who is the person, what does he/she know, what have they done, etc. The second interview is harder: how would this perso perform if he/she were offered the position? Here are the

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Internet Explorer is a Secure Browser (If You’re an Analyst)

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Unbelievable. All you have to be is an ‘analyst’ or a ‘security consultant’ and you can spout the most amazing crap. Presumable some people even believe you. Check out this on the relative security of various browsers ….

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Mom and Mum and other Linguistic Oddities

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All work and no play makes John a dull boy …. and let me tell you, it’s been too much work lately. So it’s time for some fun. I was thinking the other day about the word “mom.” When Canadians (and denizens of jolly old England) say mom, it rhymes with gum. When Americans say

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I want a new iMac with(out) a monitor!

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Umm … this is obvious to everyone except Steve Jobs, and I hope this announcment is part of the solution, but I want a cheap Mac for my kids, but I don’t see why I need to buy a new monitor every time I buy a new Mac! OK. End rant.

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Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Truth

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I was wondering whether I wanted to go see Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore’s ‘expose’ of America, Bush II, and all things western, so I decided to do some checking up on it. Found this: a Christopher Hitchens review of the film.

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Swiss Lock versus Formica Laminate Flooring

In this post, I talked about the travails of installing defective laminate flooring. I am feeling a LOT better about it now. We ripped up all the old new flooring – Swiss Lock laminate – returned it, and came home with the new new flooring: Formica laminate. Much better!

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Wining, wAds, and Winsanity

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So, as the whole world knows by now, Dave Winer, one of the pioneers of blogging, shut down weblogs.com without any notice. While it was great of him to provide free hosting for as long as he did, and while he’s been a huge benefactor of the blogging community in many ways, this is nasty

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Microsoft License Insanity

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I just bought VirtualPC with Windows XP for my Mac (groan). I need to be able to support clients who are using PCs. The install was not too bad, but the most unfriendly part of the install came from an odd source: the license that Microsoft has put on both Virtual PC and WinXP. When

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The Death of the NHL Superstar

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The biggest issue in hockey today is killing the trap – the grinding, defensive mode of playing that results in boring, slow games. The trap also results in low-scoring games. And the result is that it has killed hockey’s superstars.

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Kid’s Jokes ….

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Gabrielle, my 7 year old daughter, is in the stage where she loves word play jokes (yes it can be rather trying at times.) Today, however, she actually came up with one that is only a moderately bad groaner: Q: What kind of baseball player can you eat?

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Copyright Reform Process in Canada

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I googled my name out of 1 part idle curiosity and 2 parts ego boosting. Interestingly, this link popped up first. It’s a submission I made ages ago when the Canadian government was looking for public input into copyright reform. I’ll reproduce it here for my amusement, and perhaps yours.

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Bad, Bad, Bad Characterization

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I’m reading (or trying to read) a book called Hour of Judgement, by Susan R. Matthews. Erch, it sucks.

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Installing Software on Mac OS X: Improvements Needed?

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Ever since I upgraded from MacOS 9 to the first version Mac OS X, I’ve often wondered how user-friendly OS X is with regard to installing software. Finally (now that I’m using the latest (Panther, 10.3.4), I thought I’d document the install process and make some notes as I go. And using my usual usability

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Wow, I Don’t Feel Like a Handyman

In my last post, I talked about feeling like a handyman … since we’re installing laminate flooring. Well, that was shortlived.

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Installing Laminate Flooring

Wow. I feel like a handyman. We’re installing new flooring – laminate hardwood – on our main floor. Don’t let anyone fool you – it’s a lot of work. And we haven’t even started laying the floor yet.

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The Ridiculously Easy Upgrade

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I just upgraded this blog from B2 Evolution to WordPress. They’re both based on the same codebase, but that was the most amazingly easy unbelievably laughable upgrade ever.

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Radio Userland is Awful Software

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I have had absolutely no time right now for about a week to go into details, but seriously: Radio Userland has been pumped up to be the best thing since sliced bread, but when you download and install it, it lays a huge big fat stinky egg. And it doesn’t stop stinking for a VERY

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