Sunday, August 31, 2008

Comcast Caps Internet Downloads

Comcast has announced that in October they will officially limit customer downloads to 250 GB a month. It has been rumored before that Comcast has unofficially had download limits before and cut customers off for too much downloading. I think in this age of the Internet and downloadable media, the policy is very short sighted.
Verizon FIOS is my area, but dealing with them is worse than Comcast. At least I have some options. Lots of people don't have options for Internet access.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Viruses In Space

"Computer virus infects International Space Station laptops: A malicious computer virus that steals passwords has been brought on board the International Space Station, NASA has confirmed." As usual, the virus was passed between people sharing files. NASA also said that this was not the first virus in space.
You would think that the screening process was a little more strict to go to space.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Obama, I Really Want To Like Him

In case you missed it, Obama has picked a running mate, Senator from Delaware Joseph Biden. Now this causes me to look at Obama again because I personally like what I have seen of Joe Biden. I have seen him on several news shows and the most memorable are appearances he has made on Bill Maher show on HBO. Everything I have seen and read about him I tend to like. He does have a tendency to put his foot in his mouth, but he also tends to speak more honestly than most politicians that I have seen on TV. Trying to speak honestly in politics will always get you into trouble.
So once again I must think about voting for Obama. If I could only trust someone on some level of politics I would feel so much better about the whole political BS. If McCain can remember how many houses he owns I might vote for him.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

There May Be A Solid Connection Between Things And Cancer

Beware of moisturisers, Cell phones, electricity, oil, gas, cigarettes, coffee, plastic, smoke, red meat, chemicals, and everything else. Those things may cause cancer. And other things may cause cancer, or they may not.
I'm not making light of cancer. I am making light of the way media talks about possible cancer causing agents. Science knows about a lot of chemicals that can promote cancer growth. Any chance the Media gets to print a snappy headline about some everyday product that may promote cancer growth they jump on that.
At the end of the day, the best way to protect yourself is stay way from known cancer agents, eat a healthy diet, live an active life style, get a yearly physical and have a good laugh at least once a day. If you can laugh at yourself once a month that helps too.

Friday, August 15, 2008 Prime

(Disclaimer: This post is intended to be informative, but I also am part of the associates programs, so I do get credit for any sales when you click these links. If you don't like me, don't follow the links. I do have Prime service. I like it and use it frequently.)

I always liked shopping at Back in the mid 90's I thought it would be awesome to be able to go to one website and order anything you needed. Amazon at that time sold mostly books. Back then e-commerce was in its infancy, you could not find everything that you wanted, search engines were slow and less accurate and web pages were just text with no video being viewable over slow dial-up modems.

So fast forward to today. Google indexes over 1 billion web pages, every page now seems to contain video and flash animation, and e-commerce is booming. now sells almost everything. But the the biggest down fall of ordering online is shipping costs. Some places cost shipping & handling fees that cost more than the product.

So when gas prices started to rise it made even more sense to shop online, but I hated the high shipping costs. I saw an advertisement about the program where, for a yearly fee, you get free 2 day shipping, and 3.99 for one-day. Being a frequent shopper to the website, I read about it and decided to try it.

Now every deal has its problems. The only two issues I found are:

- The yearly cost is a little high, 80 bucks a year. is offering a free month trial, but make sure that you use the service to get your money out of it.

- The free 2-day shipping only applies to products. These means you still pay shipping with third-party sellers.

This service has been very useful, especially when gas prices were so high this summer. At the highest point in gas prices, it would cost us 10 dollars in gas to go to the local Target, but with free shipping through , we only had to wait a day or two.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

No criminal prosecution For Former Justice Department Employees

For those who don't know about the Justice Department selectively hiring people, read here.
The Justice Departments Inspector General and its internal ethics office have found that officials at the Justice Department rejected candidates with possible liberal backgrounds for what were supposed to be non-political jobs and hired conservative Republicans.
If you want to read about the technical stuff, the search they used is talked about here.
The Attorney General has rejected the idea of criminally prosecuting anyone. From one article I read the following;
“Where there is enough evidence to charge someone with a crime, we vigorously prosecute,” he said. “But not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime,” he said. As the inspector general’s report acknowledged, the hiring violations were such a case, because the wrongdoing violated federal civil service law, but not criminal law, he said.
Lemony and I argued this question but I will pose it to you. Is it not the definition of crime to violate the law?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Remembering Isaac Hayes & Bernie Mac

Being from the generation I am, I know Isaac Hayes mostly from South Park. Probably a shame to know him mostly singing about "Chocolate Salty Balls", and "Simultaneous". He was a very talented man.
Bernie Mac was a comedian that I always enjoyed. He had his own brand of humor that I usually enjoyed. I loved him in the "Ocean 11" movies.

Russia's Iraq?

You may not have noticed between the Olympic news, the Presidential race, bank failings and nelebrity news, but Russia invaded the Former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Since something like 85% of Americans can't find Iraq on a map I doubt most people could tell you where Georgia is, or the history of the former Soviet Republic. The BBC has a map on the bottom of this article if your curious.
What kind of country would invade another for an oil pipeline?

Monday, August 4, 2008

Just trying to keep up, some more pics

We have been busy this last week. Work, kids, house, and friends have been filling our days--and nights, in some cases. Since it has been a week since the last post, I thought I would go through my gigs of photos and post a few.

Here are a couple interesting pictures from this spring. We were at the park when our middle daughter said she had found a fairy mushroom in the tree. I questioned her on what she was referring to and our oldest daughter then said that she had seen it also. So I got up, and to my surprise and amazement there was a slit in the tree...

and when peeking into the slit you could see a glowing white mushroom.

I guess my daughter is right. Fairies do exist.