29 November 2006

Linux about to leap forward

I have not used Linux on a regular basis for about 6 years now. I know there must have been many leaps and bounds between what I used in high school and freshman year. It is no longer a operating system that is only used for programmers and checking code. I recently have been liking more and more OS X architecture and design. It has gotten me anxious to explore other operating system options. So I figured it was time to do some research. I found this blog post at Linuxbloggers.com. I think I might test out a few of the more "windows like" Linux distributions at the office.

But I wanted to tell you about Xandros and SLED, because I think these two distributions are the closest anyone has ever come in the Linux camp to providing a plug it in and go system that office workers in the enterprise could actually use. For SLED especially, it even looks somewhat like Windows. Linux purists hate it when a Linux distro looks like Windows, but frankly, it is bridge products like these two that help fuel the migration from one system to another.

I am beginning to wonder if Linux will ever take a dominant place in desktop computing. If desktops do move from 32 bit to 64 bit environments, that might be one opportunity for Linux to attack the status quo. When people are replacing massive numbers of systems, that is the best time to look at alternatives. If Linux hs a great 64 bit solution, provides a really easy migration path with many programs that look and feel similar to Windows, yet also starts to offer other compelling alternatives and new solutions, it could happen. In order for such a thing to happen, Linux would have to run great on 64 bit systems, the hardware vendors would have to cooperate, and Linux would have to have a very good multimedia and gaming answer - and communicate effortlessly with iPod systems and other MP3 players, or it just won't happen, period.

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19 November 2006


I voted this November because I was disturbed by the incompetence of our current leadership. I researched all the candidates online. I even included the local regional ones and Judges. Yeah, I know, even I can't believe it. I actually sifted through tons of news related to the election. I read policies. I read transcripts of speeches. So much information.

What did I find election day? I went and voted here in Atlanta, Georgia on a Diebold electronic voting machine. As I walked into the public housing complex common room to vote, I started a small conversation with one of the polling people. Telling her how I read up on this and that, and how I had moved and my address was different.

"Don't tell me too much information" she said as a warning. This still puzzles me today. Was she trying to save me from loosing my vote because I was at my old polling station? I thought my vote would be provisional because of my move so close to the election. Would it not be counted? Could it have been that because she was a poller she was forbidden from getting that information verbally from me?

I will never know. However her image stuck with me.

Here I was voting in Midtown Atlanta. Probably one of the most Democratic regions in the state of Georgia. There was no line. There were no pollsters taking exit polls as I left. The only thing in the room was 3 women who passed out paperwork, someone to give me a SIM card the size of a VISA. And 10 electronic voting machines.

If they could give you less information they would. There were state resolutions with 4 lines. A sizable group of local positions were uncontested.

Lets say that electronic voting machines are not killing democracy for a minute. Lets give the politicians and the corporations the benefit of the doubt. If you are going to use something electronic to vote, why not give the voter more information if they want it. Why not give an executive summary of referendums to be passed if the voter wants to see it. I am not saying force people to read through legalese legislation. Just some cliff notes on what the bill is about.

Also why are we voting for judges? They have no political affiliation. They were nominated for their position, we just say yes or no. Does anyone ever hear about specific cases of judicial decisions that create precedent in the media? No, all we hear about is OJ Simpson's new book.

Voting was pushed to the back of my head since then. However weeks later, post referendum, I figure that Coach Pelosi is going to make some changes. I have slowly come to realize that this will not be the case. Nothing will be accomplished because our nation is so polarized that compromise is out of the question for the politik.

What we need is a Progressive party. We need a Christian Party. We need a
Libertarian party. A Green party. Not only Dems and Repugs. A multi-party system is the only thing that will force our politicians to compromise. In a multi-party system even a small minority has power because they need to be brought on board to get legislation through. They must work together to pass anything with a majority.

I am truly not sure what this all means for our everyday lives. The only actual thing that I know for a fact is that Gas was cheap in October. The price of fuel was high before and it is steadily increasing now. This is one commodity that the whole country watches on a daily basis. The rest of the economy is only monitored closely by our stock brokers and traders. Think of what they must be seeing during these elections.

Something must change soon. We must always strive to improve upon our imperfect democracy. What have we done lately? What has evolved in our system? I hope that more people are asking these questions. I hope they are searching for answers themselves. Knowledge is our only option.

15 November 2006

New Blog

I just discovered a new blog called Get Untracked. First off, I love the name. It is based off of stupid ex-pro sports casters screwing with the English language. Anyways, this guy's got great links and two great posts so far and it looks like he is going to have a great blog. Here is a link to the BEST sports/automotive analogy ever! I recommend you check out his blog. Thats all for now, you can go back to your rainy, gloomy (if your in Atlanta) work day.

10 November 2006

New Defense Secretary Gates Was Director Of e-Voting Company

Gates was on the board of directors of VoteHere, a strange little company that was the biggest elections industry lobbyist for the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). VoteHere spent more money than ES&S, Diebold, and Sequoia combined to help ram HAVA through. And HAVA, of course, was the bill sponsored by Bob Ney that put e-voting on steroids. Anyone think this smells a little?

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03 November 2006

Daily Show - lampoons White House political attack tactics

The last point by Stewart is the best. Why are we more concerned with someone hurting some feelings, and less concerned with the people who are letting our troops die?

02 November 2006

I can't stand Rush Dumbass so I thought I would post this vid.