1. Now that I'm feeling better, at least for a while...

    14 March 2007

    ...Lyssa and I headed out to Rialian's place last night for the return of open study, stopping at our local Five Guys burger joint for dinner en route.

    Five Guys reminds me a lot of the O in Pittsburgh - it's homey and cozey, the food is tasty (only they serve hamburgers made to order instead of hot dogs), and when you order a large fries, they give you a large order of fries. A large fries is easily enough for two people so it's safe to halve your order if you go there. The hamburgers were made on site and …

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  2. The RIAA sues people about as accurately as Stormtroopers can shoot.

    14 March 2007

    The RIAA, in its effort to sue everyone and everything it can on the face of the planet because it thinks they've been pirating music has filed suit against a retiree who is paralysed on the left side of his body, nevermind the fact that he is probably unable to use a computer because he is medically disabled. John Paladuk is also largely unable to speak due to the stroke which paralysed him.

    On top of that, his sole means of income is his disability check.

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  3. New and interesting ways to get work done, so long as you get work done.

    13 March 2007

    The article says that so-called bedouin workers, who don't work out of offices or their homes, but from restaurants and coffee shops all day on laptops seem to be indigenous to San Francisco, California, but I think I've seen them in DC, Virginia, and New York City in my travels (and come to think of it, I was probably one of them during my last job in Pittsburgh). Rather than pay by the square foot for office space or work out of someone's bedroom, basement, or garage (which seem to be the traditional birthplaces of companies), people are paying by …

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  4. Congratulations, JC!

    13 March 2007

    I'd like to post congratulations to J.C. Hutchins, the podcaster behind 7th Son. In this week's episode he announced that he'd been contacted by an agent about getting the 7th Son trilogy published. Not long after this, what J.C. described as 'a major science fiction publisher' contacted him through his agent about the manuscript for the first novel, Descent.

    Congrats, J.C.!

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  5. Solid state hard drives officially announced.

    13 March 2007

    Yesterday Intel announced the first few models of its new line of solid-state hard drives based upon NAND gate technology. Rather than using spinning metal platters that use a lot of electricity ('a lot' is a relative term - when you consider the power consumption of a laptop running off of battery power, hard drives are power hogs) they use flashchips similiar to the ubiquitous USB key that just about everyone has one of these days. The Z-U130 line will come in 1, 2, 4, and 8GB capacities, read 28MB and write 20GB per second, which isn't bad for a flashdrive …

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  6. Weekend? There was a weekend and nobody told me?

    12 March 2007

    It wasn't really like that, but it's my attempt at a silly subject line for today.

    Despite the large amounts of antibiotics and analgesics running through my biosystems in the past week or so, somehow I managed to get kicked between wind and water by the first cold of the season. Waking up with a sore throat and burning sinus drainage should have been my first clue, but it didn't actually sink in until yesterday afternoon, when my nose started running. But now I have to back things up a little bit.. On Saturday Lyssa and I took the day …

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  7. The state of Illinois takes offense at a vehicle modified to run on vegetable oil.

    09 March 2007

    David and Eileen Wetzel converted a 1986 Volkswagon Golf to run on vegetable oil as fuel a couple of years ago, and have been driving around with it for a while now. The Illinois Department of Revenue is investigating them for criminal charges, mostly for not paying tax on fuel that the car doesn't even use, retroactive to the point at which he re-worked the car's engine. The couple (who are in their late 70's) had to post a $2500us bond (no mean feat when living on a fixed income, as many retired people do), and have to pay $244us …

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