Why I Hate Toshiba

I really should have known better. Last summer I got caught up in the back to school sales and purchased a Toshiba Satellite A215-S5848 notebook. I was sick and tired of dealing with the WinBook I had purchased from Micro Center. Someone who used to work there had told me they thought the WinBook notebooks were private lable Toshiba, but they weren’t certain. After dealing with this p*ss complected puddle of puke, I know for certain that they are. You should know right off the bat when the ad for the notebook claims it has a fax modem and you find out it has just a modem. How much did they really save by leaving fax capability out of the…

It’s All About the Packaging

With the current global recession, rural areas have started being hit by a wave of thieves that ordinarily wouldn’t bother driving out to the country side. I guess the competition in the city is getting to intense. These aren’t the ordinary burglar type thieves, they are junkers. They drive around looking for building sites that don’t have anyone living there and pull in with truck and trailer looking for things that can be sold quickly at a junk yard. Ordinarily we were immune to such thieving, but recently they wheeled into two farms we have and made off with an International 302 gas truck engine along with some sweep augers. That got me thinking about why we were immune in…

You’re Only an Ass Until You Are Proven Right

Quite a few months ago I started writing my first novel, “Infinite Exposure”. The first 18 chapters are available for free in PDF format here: http://www.bookhabit.com/book/1452/Infinite-Exposure I hadn’t really thought about writing a novel prior to writing this one. Yes, I had ideas, but I liked focusing on writing geek books. During an on-line interview for one of my geek books I was asked to explain where I saw IT going in the next five to ten years. I couldn’t adequately answer in the space allowed. Most people handed that question have some pat prognastication about computers which fit in the palm of your hand and expand to a full desktop on command, or some other SciFi type answer to…

The Future of Publishing

I’ve been reading a lot of articles and comments lately about the future of publishing. Just today I spent some bathroom time reading another of these articles in “Book Business” magazine. (Does anyone who doesn’t frequent doctor’s offices read a magazine anywhere else?) Apparently, this prognosticator owned a lot of stock in POD companies. While I do believe they had a few things correct, I don’t believe POD will end up as anything more than another 8-track tape player story. During some recent conversations with people from Sony about an exclusive deal for my new book, they asked where I saw the book business in five years. (I don’t know if they were asking as a stalling tactic or as…

Converting Lotus WordPro to OpenOffice

I must confess. Back in the days when I was forced to use that God forsaken Windows platform, I fell in love with the Lotus SmartSuite. When I migrated to OS/2, SmartSuite was right there with me. Yes, I had to run WordPerfect in the Windows 3.1 emulation thing for some work I did, not because WordPro couldn’t do it, but because people wanted to use WordPerfect. Sadly, IBM didn’t migrate the SmartSuite product to 64-bit Ubuntu or any other Linux. People are only willing to deal with that Wine contraption for so long. Having been in love with Lotus WordPro for so long, I amassed a lot of LWP documents. I probably should have converted them with that obscure…