koppie Mon, 07/23/2012 - 14:36
For a while now I've felt that the Linux desktop isn't just "as good as" Windows / Mac OS; it's better. But is such an issue even relevant, as everything goes to the cloud? Yes - here's why.
koppie Mon, 07/09/2012 - 09:11
I don't think you realize just how awesome Beethoven's 9th really is. Beethoven was a rebel in his day - the original punk rocker - and he broke so many rules with his 9th Symphony it's amazing they didn't take away his baton. (Actually they did; he co-conducted the first performance of the 9th but the "real" conductor told the orchestra to ignore Beethoven.)
koppie Mon, 07/02/2012 - 12:16
a.k.a. "Procrastination, 21st-century style." I wanted a new skydome for my spinny cube (think: "computer desktop wallpaper"). I've got a space theme going on right now, and wanted a simple photograph of the Space Shuttle flying alone in orbit. Turns out there aren't that many photographs of this, probably because it was rare for the shuttle to be orbiting near another manned spacecraft. (Although not that rare; the shuttle docked with both Mir and the ISS.
koppie Thu, 06/28/2012 - 12:46
Today the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Here's why it's a good thing.
koppie Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:25
This song has a story behind it. At Roaring Camp last month, someone dropped by my camp with a gift. Sadly, I was out, and the benificent stranger didsn't stay around long enough to identify himself. I still don't know who it was, but he gave me a copy of a wonderful album called The Irish Volunteer by David Kincaid. There's some wonderful music on the disc, but this one in particular jumped out at me:
koppie Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:02
This is a new thing: breaking down historical songs. If you know me, you know I love 18th-century folk songs, particularly Irish-American songs and sea chanties. But I've found you enjoy it even more when you understand what they're saying. First, an old favorite, I'se the Bye. I grew up on this song, and I used to believe that I was, in fact, the Boy.
koppie Wed, 05/23/2012 - 08:39
There's been a lot of noise--a lot of noise--about how Facebook's stock went down immediately after the IPO. "Facebook now has an unlike button: NASDAQ! Hee hee!" Here's the truth.
koppie Sun, 05/20/2012 - 22:52
I've switched careers and am now a full-time web developer. My last legal contract job finished two weeks ago, and I informed the temp agency that I was not interested in doing more. Does this mean I'm no longer an attorney? Not quite.
koppie Fri, 05/04/2012 - 15:18
I just read the 500-Mile Email Story for the first time. (It's amazing how many internet memes I've missed.) This story would be funny to anyone, I think, but it's going to be more funny for computer nerds, and I'll tell you why: our hubris. When normal people have computer problems, we can typically fix them in less time that it would take to snort derisively (which we also do). So many of their problems are things we've been advising them against for years, eg. "did you back up your work first? When was the last time you scanned for viruses?