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Compensating Politicians Adequately

My personal belief is that we vote against each and every incumbent; they have shown time and time again that they are the problem… and by far and large their only interest is in themselves and their needs.

Given, though, that people will always have faith in those that have thrown them bread crumbs to win their favor, we need to figure out other ways to encourage our politicians to fix what’s wrong.

One possible way to make our politicians more accountable for what they do (or don’t do) would be to tie their compensation to economic indicators (and not let them keep changing how those are calculated).

Let’s see — we could permanently reduce their pay by the percentage that the GNP falls; and reduce their pay by the same percentage as unemployment.

Those two would be a good start — but we’d also need to make sure that their nearly unlimited expense accounts were curbed as well… and maybe we need to find a way to make sure that the health insurance and retirement systems that they are part of is no better than that the people who put them in office are entitle to.

Let’s end the gravy train, and force our leaders to lead us, not bleed us dry.

Originally posted 2010-04-16 02:00:01.

HDX Media Player

I ran across this site while reading on the web.  The HDX 1000 and HDX 900 look like they could be interesting devices to hookup to your high definition panel to give you options in how you acquire and manage your content.

I haven’t played with one, so all I have to go by is what’s on the web site.

http://www.hdx1080.com/

Originally posted 2008-11-13 12:00:36.

System Update Readiness Tool for Windows

If you have any issue installing Windows V6 SP2 or an update for Vista or Server 2008 you might want to download and run the System Update Readiness Tool from Microsoft.

You can read about it and download it via the link below.

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947821

Originally posted 2009-06-08 11:00:04.

Here’s what happens to most printed phone books…

If you advertise in a phone book, here’s where your advertising dollars are ending up — and you’re helping to destroy the environment as well; cutting down trees, wasting energy to produce and distribute (and recycle). Think about where you spend your advertising dollars and make both effective and green choices.

Phone books in a recycling dumpster in Milton, Santa Rosa County, Florida, US.

Originally posted 2013-11-29 22:00:39.

Good-Bye CVS…

I’ve been using the Concurrent Version System (CVS) for almost a decade, running mostly on a Windows server machine (the March-Hare CVSNT Open Source build); but a few months ago I made the switch to Subversion (the VisualSVN Open Source build).

Why?

Well it wasn’t because CVS wasn’t working (well — there were a few nasties in a couple recent builds of the client; but that wasn’t it)… it was because CVS and TortoiseCVS simply weren’t taking Vista (and particularly Vista64) seriously and I didn’t want to be limited by my source control.

The transition from CVS to SVN was painless, and the server works great (and the GUI administration tool from VisualSVN is really why I picked them — I don’t want to be a full time source control administrator; for professional use the CollabNet Windows SVN Server might be a better choice); and of course TortoiseSVN clients (they have both 32 and 64 bit versions, that work fine with Vista as well as Server 2003 x64 & x32 plus XP).

The SVN model is a little different from CVS… and of course SVN is designed from the ground up to work over the internet (it’s hosted as a module for Apache).

If you’re in the middle of selecting a “free” source control solution; I’d say you only have one real choice in this day and age… you simply need to decide the platform you’re going to run your server on, and which build you want to use of Subversion.

Originally posted 2008-07-16 16:48:46.

50 Years of Progress

Clay Bennett
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Originally posted 2013-12-26 08:00:56.

Just Say No Brown Bailout

Read up on the maneuvering United Parcel service is aiming for in the US Congress to attempt to limit competition in the form of the FAA Reauthorization bill that could make labor costs increase radically for Federal Express.

Time to put an end to special interest legislation; time to vote out senators and representatives who cater to special interests — hell, in my mind time to vote out every incumbent!

http://www.brownbailout.com/

Originally posted 2010-09-12 02:00:37.

I’m mad as hell…

and not going to take it any longer is the phrase we’ve heard from the silver screen when it comes to the breakdown of our political system.

One thing to keep in mind is that the people you elect (or maybe I should say the people who find their way to “public” office — since recent history tells us they might not always be elected) don’t know what’s on your mind unless you tell them.

Sure they look at polls and surveys and listen to the media — but pollsters, surveyors, and the media have their own agenda — and are often funded by big business to make sure their interests are put in the spotlight (favorably).

The best way to let your elected officials know your feelings are to contact them.

When you do contact them; make sure you’ve written a clear and concise message.  Keep it simple — you don’t need to include any extraneous details or information that reasonable people would be aware of.  Tell them who you are if you’re someone who’s “professional” view on the topic would give it additional credibility.  Make sure any specific details (including enough to identify the legislation or initiative) is included; again if you have information that may not be available provide the facts.  Close your message with the specific action(s) you’d like to see taken.  If you want a response, include your contact information so that they can reply to you.

Contacting the Congress of the United States is fairly easy

Your Senator may be contacted written correspondence at

The Honorable <Full Name>
<Room #> <Building Name> Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

If you don’t know your Senator’s name or location information or you’d prefer to try and contact them electronically, you can visit

http://senate.gov/

Your Representative may be contacted written correspondence at

The Honorable <Full Name>
<Room #> <Building Name> House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

If you don’t know your Representative’s name or location information or you’d prefer to try and contact them electronically, you can visit

http://house.gov/

Your President may be contacted at

http://whitehouse.gov/

NOTE:  President Obama seems to encourage electronic contact over written letters , but if you must (though they request you email address, even if you send a letter)

President Barrack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

I’ll close by saying you should avoid vulgarity, profanity and threats (which might get you a visit from the Secret Service, or a “vacation” at “Club Fed”)… it’s fine to underscore your frustration or anger, but do it in a calm, reasonable way and treat the individual with respect (even if you don’t feel their actions have earned your respect).

If you need more help, you can locate examples of letters about issues on the Internet, and simply use one of those as the basis for your contact.

Originally posted 2010-07-24 02:00:00.

Time To Move On…

For the moment I’m going to hold off making any changes to my BLOG or web site… including moving to a new hosting server.

While I may think the customer service at 1and1 SUCKS, I don’t really need to interface with them very often, so I’m deciding to leave things as they are until after I get moved and settled.

I will be changing my BLOG time zone to Central Standard Time — that may effect some of you; but hopefully your RSS readers adjust the time properly for your time zone and you won’t see anything change (except the time of day my posts get published will now be 1:00 am CST rather than 1:00 am PST).

Originally posted 2009-03-02 01:00:04.

Graphene

First theorized by PR Wallace in 1947, realized by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in 2004, and awarded a Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010 it’s a material that’s made from carbon…

There’s a great deal of money funding research, and there are many practical uses for the material that we’re likely to see marketed soon — the potential has been touted to be enormous… but the expectations that graphene is a replacemnt for silicon might be a little over stated.

Here’s a bullet list — and you can read an article on graphene on BBC News — Is graphnen a miracle material?

 

  • Graphene is taken from graphite, which is made up of weakly bonded layers of carbon
  • Graphene is composed of carbon atoms arranged in tightly bound hexagons just one atom thick
  • Three million sheets of graphene on top of each other would be 1mm thick
  • The band structure of graphite was first theorized and calculated by PR Wallace in 1947, though for it to exist in the real world was thought impossible
  • Due to the timing of this discovery, some conspiracy theorists have linked it to materials at the Roswell “crash site”
  • In 2004, teams including Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov demonstrated that single layers could be isolated, resulting in the award of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010
  • It is a good thermal and electric conductor and can be used to develop semiconductor circuits and computer parts. Experiments have shown it to be incredibly strong

 

 

Originally posted 2011-06-05 02:00:00.