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Hating Windows September 3, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Apple, Dell, Microsoft, NBC, YouTube.
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I’ve been using XP for a long time now on a Dell XPS M140. The machine is an improvement over my last machine which was a Windows 2000 box but some things annoy me.

First is the wireless performance. We have two of these XPS boxes, one with the Intel wireless the other with the Dell wireless. The Dell wireless card is based on a Broadcomm chipset and I can tell you from experience that it sucks ass.

My Intel card is no picnic either. Well, maybe it’s not the card itself but the absolutely fucked DHCP implementation of Windows. If you read the details regarding DHCP and then contrast it to the implementation that MS used for Windows you’ll see what I mean. It’s fucked.

The other day I got the chance to play with a co-workers new MacBook Pro. First off the machine is light as a feather and has cool features that my Dell lacks, like built in camera, illuminated keyboard, anti-shock disk parking, etc. The one thing it doesn’t have that my XPS does is a card reader that’ll use SD, xD and mMC cards. Oh well.

But what really floored me is that using VMWare my co-worker was able to run a full install of Windows Vista on it. Virtualization rocks.

And don’t tell me that Vista will solve my woes since it won’t. It’s a bloated piece of shit.

So come tax time I think I’ll be ditching my PC and going Mac. Can’t say I didn’t warn you.

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17th Anniversary of the Tank Man June 9, 2007

Posted by truthspew in China, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Tank Man, Tiananmen Square, Yahoo.
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It was 17 years ago that the events of Tiananmen Square were broadcast to the western world. But in China it was suppressed.

There’s a very interesting video on Google from a British program called “The Cutting Edge – Tiananmen Square: The Tank Man”. It’s fifty two minutes long but it has some interesting moments in it.

The Tank Man is now an icon in the west but he hasn’t been completely forgotten in China. There is a part towards the end of the video where they show the picture of the Tank Man to university students in Beijing. Of the three two KNOW what it is but are afraid to say it.

The other interesting part is how Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco are enabling the ChiCom government to both limit what the people can see on the net while also giving Chinese police the tools they need to track internet usage.

They showed what a Google image search would yield when searched in the western world, the same search in China only shows positive images of Tiananmen Square, nothing about Tank Man or the uprising.

At this current moment I’m using Microsoft and Cisco gear to post this. And Cisco’s defense is weak to say the least, that they sell the same gear everywhere. Yeah, and I can fly without any external support.

The other thing the video touches on is the rise of cities in China and how the country is now China A and China B. China A is comprised of the cities, while China B is the peasant classes in the countryside which is by far the main composition of the Chinese population.

The problem is that China B is getting the message too. They want what their city brethren have. So there’ll be another revolution in China very shortly.

And if the government in the U.S. isn’t careful we may very well see the same thing here. It’s becoming a dispute between the haves and the have nots. And when push comes to shove it’s going to get ugly. I suppose that’s what we get for letting corporations pull the strings.