Monday, September 20, 2004
Penny For My Thoughts
I’m going to steal a little concept from Thomas Sowell. These are various thoughts I’ve been storing up about the world around me. Some are thoughts I have heard from other people, others are my own.
Why is it that our presidential candidates are avoiding real issues and instead resorting to childish arguments about who completed what kind of military service 30 years ago? Do they feel there is nothing of significance worth debating or do they think the voting public is just plain stupid?
Has anyone else tried to buy a combination black and red ink pen, pencil, and PDA stylus pen? I really like having multiple colors of ink in my pen/stylus combo, but I’ve been unable to find anything of quality. The mechanical pencils tend to jam, the eraser caps pop off, or the whole thing just falls apart.
I’m convinced that idiots get promoted to higher positions just to get them out of our hair. This seems to be the case in both the public and private sector. At least in the private sector, they tend to hire managers with actual management qualifications.
Digital cameras are a mixed blessing. On one hand, I shoot and look at more pictures than I ever did with an SLR camera. On the other hand, I’ve got a lot more lower quality, useless shots that I would have otherwise avoided.
Some people are dreamers and tend to see opportunity in everything. Other people are resistant to change and will fight bitterly to keep things the way they are, even when the benefits of the change are undeniable. When someone complains to me about how complicated computers have made their life, I point out to them how much time they save by typing documents in a word processor application today versus a manual typewriter 20 or 30 years ago.
Digital Rights Management (DRM) and similar technologies are a ridiculous attempt by the music industry to stifle fair use rights. DRM does not stop those who want to steal music. If you can hear it, you can record it, period!
They say good fences make good neighbors. Just make sure the fence isn’t in the easement, too high, or too ugly. In some cases, just having a fence in general will piss off neighbors. I’m watching with interest the tensions building up between a few of my neighbors over this issue. I’ll stay out of it.
It’s amazing how useless studies can be. One recent study “discovered” that when employees come to work sick, it costs the company more money than if they had taken sick leave. I’ve never met a manager that didn’t already know this.
Sometimes, I wish we could just block all e-mail coming from any e-mail server that allows open forwarding. Unfortunately, this would effectively shutdown just about all e-mail from outside the United States.
Do dog owners who leave their dogs tied up outside while they’re gone not realize that the dog barks constantly until they return, or do they just not care? On the flip side, do people who move into the country really expect neighbors to keep their dogs tied up? I refer back to the good fences argument.
I want a DVD recorder with a built-in hard drive for DVR capability that I can connect to my home network, wired or wireless, my choice. I want to share video, pictures, and music between all these devices with the ability to store and recall everything on my server. Since DRM is becoming an issue, this device needs to be able to handle DRM seamlessly. I want this device to cost no more than $300 to $400, otherwise, I might as well buy media center PCs. I know this is possible. Why are all the manufacturers making devices that are only half of this at twice the cost?
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