Well, gol-darn it.
Top 10 Internet Fads, although he forgot prefixing everything with a lowercase ‘e’ or ‘e-’. He also forgot the translucent-turqouise-everything fad, directly following the original iMac’s success. Which may or may not be considered an internet fad. I guess it’s more of an industrial design fad.
As reported over a year ago, Steve Burns, ex-host of the long-running hit kids show Blue’s Clues, realized that singing about mail time and talking to animated salt and pepper shakers wasn’t really a long-term goal of his, struck out to become a rock ‘n roll star. That was in 2002.
His album Songs for Dustmites was recently released, and despite my best efforts to pick it up on the iTMS, I had to actually walk into a Tower Records (shiver) to actually pick up the actual album that contained an actual CD. I know, awkward.
Anyway, it’s really damn good. Check out the audio samples (in Flash) on that site and you’ll most likely agree. Yes, it’s Flaming Lips-ish but this is more than likely attributed to Steven Drozd’s help on more than a few of the songs, and yes, the ones attributed to him helping are most often the better tracks, but not a single one disappoints.
Does it rock hard? Not really. It’s very airy and experimental, but is a joy to listen to.
Meanwhile, in everything’s-animated-except-the-host-land, there’s a new host for Blue’s Clues, and his name’s Joe, apparently Steve’s brother or something. I watched Steve’s farewell episode but am a little hazy on exactly what reason was fed to the kids to accept his departure wherein he goes to college and Blue is even given a tour of the dorm. Incedentally, however, it was time for Blue’s birthday again recently and Steve even made a phoned-in (literally) appearance.
Lance also fails to recognize that Windows and Mac OS are different not just by vendor and market share, but by the fundamental way that they’re designed, developed, tested, and supported. By integrating Internet Explorer, Media Player, and any number of other ‘extras’ (such as VB Script and ActiveX) into the operating system to lock out competitors, Microsoft knowingly inflicts many of its security vulnerabilities onto itself. As a result, its desire to achieve marketplace dominance over all facets of a user’s system has created a situation that’s anything but trustworthy or conducive to stable, secure computing. Mac users are free to use whatever browser, e-mail client, or media player they want, and the system accepts (and more importantly, remembers!) their choice.
If Lance is sleeping well believing that he’s on an equal level with the Mac regarding system security, he can crow about not being overly embarrassed while working on the only mainstream operating system that, among other high-profile incidents over the years, facilitated remote system exploitation through a word processor’s clip art function
One thing I noticed while reading the original “article” was this pervasive idea:
I was tired of the “We use Macs because they don’t get attacked by viruses and hackers” refrain from Mac nuts. I generally counter with what is apparently a secret carefully hidden from Mac zealots: “That’s because only a fraction of the world uses Macs. What’s the point of attacking a niche market? No one will notice!”
What’s the problem with this? He seems to think that because the entire mediocre business world relies on Windows and is ritualistically attacked by teenage hackers and worm-writers, that Windows is better to run. Like I care about the reason why no one writes virii for my OS. They don’t exist, it hardly matters that (he thinks) it’s because there are relatively few of us.
Hmmm. It appears Saddamn has been captured, which is interesting. I was really hoping to be able to elect a Democrat president (again) next year, but knowing this White House’s spin, this will kind of change a lot of people’s ideas about GW and this catastrophe of a war. Not me, of course, because there are still no WMDs. It’s hard to argue against a captured dictator, though.
Ok, because my main tower has 3 hard drives and I didn’t want to buy a controller, the third hard drive (the smallest and least-important) is running on the ATAPI bus, where the CDROM was. I say ‘was’ because apparently running a CDROM and an HD on that ATAPI bus is ‘not supported’ by Apple or their implementation of ATAPI. This means that when I have the third hard drive plugged in, I don’t have the CD at my disposal.
Anyway, so I use the iBook’s CD drive, and connect to the mounted disc over the network. Nothing brain-busting here.
However, what’s incredible is that I just initiated an install over the network, and my wife closed the iBook, effectively putting it to sleep, taking away the CD for my use. I look at the installer and, unsurprisingy, it’s hanging, not responding, and not installing anymore, just stopped at whatever percent, trying to figure out what the hell is going on, as it’s being run from a machine that is now no longer itself running.
I turn the iBook back on and within seconds, it’s running again and installing the very same point it left off. No re-mounting the disc, or starting the install over. Astounding.
Lindows: The Dumbest-Named OS Ever.
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Although I must admit that the UI doesn’t look as bad as most Linux installs. I’m more curious about it than I thought I would be, but that’s still not much, as when I moved, I purged all the PCs from my possession in one triumphant trip to the dumpster.