Friday, July 20, 2012

Microsoft- A Big Fat Dinosaur?

I want a transfer dammit!
Two guys having a drink at the corner bar after work.  On guy complains that his wife is always on his ass about this and that; "I'm fed up!"  His friend chips in, "yesh, your wife is a fkn cnt." And is promptly punched in the nose.  She may be a bitch, but she's my bitch. Right? 

Res Ipsa LoquitorI see that Microsoft had it's first losing quarter ever.  Prolly has something to do with stuff like this:

MoSup's old computer is newer- but slower than my old box that I'm giving her.  Old computer runs XP.  The ONLY program of consequence I had to get all of was Thunderbird mail.  She has about 3 years of mail archived, with pictures and videos, etc.  That's her filing system.  Best way was to use the XP Easy Transfer program.   It took about 90 minutes to compress  her measly files.  When I plugged into to the new (Windows 7) box however, that Easy Transfer program didn't recognize the "unc" backup file created by XP. 


I Googled "XP file transfer .unc to Windows 7"  and got virtually nothing;  no real help.  Somehow I wound up using Microsoft's' Bing search engine.  Probably because you can hardly move anymore without being hijacked by it; having a Bing tool bar installed.   But guess what?  Bing came back with a zillion responses, almost all referencing a Microsoft solution or forum.  In short order I found the fix, re-cataloged her old computer,  and did the transfer. 

For what that was worth!

MS's crappy architecture stores some info in  Program Files, some in /User Files, and still more in /Application Data files; all orchestrated by a registry file.  So, there is no way to just pick up one box and move it to another room.  Here, a day later, I'm still reconstructing her stuff. Which is why I hate Microsoft's guts for the moment. 

Aside: It's very much in Microsoft tradition to muscle competitors out of the loop, even one as dominant as Google (remember LOTUS 123/ Excel; or Netscape/ IE?).  What they've done here, it appears, is block Google's bot from access to anything on Microsoft's servers. It won't take long for people to notice that lapse, and just use Bing.  I kind of admire that; or at least enjoy seeing Google being one-upped (if that is indeed what happened).

This is cathartic for me, in case you wonder why I think anyone g-a-s.

I am very dizzy - posting just in vase


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  • Colorado allows people to “possess a handgun in a dwelling, place of business, or automobile.” But they cannot “carry the weapon concealed while transporting it into your home, business, hotel room, etc.”
  • Colorado allows a person to carry a firearm in a vehicle, loaded or unloaded, if its use is for lawfully protecting that person’s property or another person’s property.
  • Concealed weapons permits can be obtained in the county in which a person lives.
  • Colorado prohibits gun registration.
I started to compile this around noon, but was distracted by necessary chores so by now this is all old hat.  I heard Georrge Sthphoupoulus say the perp was a tea party member and dizzy

Time To Face It

Police State Culture                   

EFF: Americans may not realize it, but many are in
a face recognition database now

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"People are not going to, nor should they have to, start walking around outside with a bag over their head to avoid security cameras capturing images of them. Yet 'face recognition allows for covert, remote and mass capture and identification of images — and the photos that may end up in a database include not just a person's face but also how she is dressed and possibly whom she is with.

Res Ipsa LoquitorThis creates threats to free association and free expression not evident in other biometrics,' testified EFF Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch. There are 32 states that use some form of facial recognition for DMV photos. Every day, Facebook happily slurps up and automatically scans with facial recognition software about 300 million photos that users upload to the social networking giant. [Full]

We're the United States, not some Euro country that's lived under dictators for much their history.  We shouldn't have to change how we live; we do have to change who runs things—one way or another.

Does anyone see more than a little irony in this today?

Da Bro Gotta Go


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Tim W

Dying in July

If You Go to a Hospital in July, Get Ready to Die

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If you are reading these words from a hospital, chances are you either are about to or already have died. Very sorry that's how things shook out for you, but that's what you get for going to the hospital in July.

"The July Effect" is one of those great hospital secrets like, "You can always ask for a butterfly needle" or, "Dr. Campbell and Dr. Fowler are having an affair" that doctors won't tell you outright but that you might pick up on anyway by eavesdropping on hospital workers' conversations.

The rule holds that medical errors spike in summer because that's when residents, fresh out of medical school, start work at teaching hospitals. Being a doctor is one big game of Operation to these punks. You go in with a headache and all of a sudden they're trying to remove your Wish Bone with a pair of tweezers, being real, real careful not to touch the sides. The stethoscopes around their necks are made of plastic. Their doctor's coats are just one of their dad's white dress shirts.

Unless the election turns the right way, get ready for "The Obamacare Effect."

Punching Bag Obama


All the kids I know love it.  I work out with it daily Sheesh. 

Yes Virginia, Obama really is the new Hitler

Strassel: Obama's Enemies List—Part II
First an Obama campaign website called out Romney donor Frank Vandersloot. Next the IRS moved to audit him—and so did the Labor Department.

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This column has already told the story of Frank VanderSloot, an Idaho businessman who last year contributed to a group supporting Mitt Romney. An Obama campaign website in April sent a message to those who'd donate to the president's opponent. It called out Mr. VanderSloot and seven other private donors by name and occupation and slurred them as having "less-than-reputable" records. [Full article]

The German presidential election of 1932 was the Weimar Republic's last.  Our turn, this November?  No hyperbole.

72 Virginians

What I See

Fractured History
Some from Chris