Using Windows to Get Rid of Windows

It sounds like government logic, but that is the boat a lot of people and companies are in. With the industry wide move to Ubuntu and away from Legacy proprietary desktops like Windows XP and Windows Vista, a lot of companies are having to upgrade one sacrificial machine in order to save the others from viruses and other unexpected lockups.   There are only two nagging things I still need to be completely free of Windows. The first is a decent conversion of some books and documents I have in WordPerfect format to OpenOffice format. The second is very old expense data I created in DOS days with a product called DataBoss. I don’t “need” the DataBoss data, but I…

One Nation Under Citigroup

Normally I try to refrain from making a lot of political entries in this blog. Yes, many of the times where I point out things which are wrong with various industries could be considered political, but they are really meant to point out a problem and a solution. In this particular instance, I don’t have much of a solution, other than nationalization, and we’ve all seen just how well the government has run any enterprise it ever tried to operate. Recently we had an election which had the overwhelming theme of “Change”. Now we seem to all be victims of the ancient Chinese curse “Be careful what you wish for.” Granted, the policies of the Clinton administration painted us into…

Funding al-Qaeda With Taxpayer Dollars

It’s bad enough when massive banks which took millions, and in some cases billions, in taxpayer bailout money, import L1 and H1 visa workers with little to no care about either taxpayer opinion or national security. We’ve even gotten used to the “consulting firms” which were flying operatives over on tourist visas then billing them out as consultants to clients and paying these people on a 1099. Thankfully the IRS caught onto it as well and now there is a massive round up going on. Now, the colleges are even openly funding al-Qaeda. Of course, the IRS seems to have caught onto it at roughly the same time a guy was busted in Denver for buying lots of hydrogen peroxide…

Loud Cell Phone Addict 0 Universe 1

On Saturday I finally got to fly back from New York. Nothing makes one miss home like being in New York. Yes, it was a trip from hell involving a bout with the flu, an accident in a cab, and a host of other bad things. All pretty typical. The flight home allowed for a brief moment of joy though. I arrived at the airport 3 hours early and spent my time napping at the gate. Barely one hour before departure time a blonde girl showed up chatting loudly and incessantly on her iPhone. She must have made 9 or more phone calls filling in people on the details of her shopping trip. If you’ve never flown out of JFK,…

HP UX and MS Windows Fail

It isn’t really a surprise to anyone who knows anything about technology. It is only a shock to those missguided souls who listen to that marketing firm known as The Gartner Group. Recently the Shanghai Stock Exchange announce it will be replacing its current HP UX trading engine with a next generation platform developed completely on OpenVMS. Why? Unix can’t cut it and Windows couldn’t even find the knife. This choice was made in a country where MS has claimed they lost billions due to piracy. I’m thinking more along the lines that billions of people took one look at the pathetic offerings from MS and turned up their collective noses. China has had a long history of low quality…