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Category: i-tech

07/09/11 10:51 - ID#54669

Microsoft and Apple gang up to stall technology and Google.

...and thus, effectively, stall future innovations in technology by Google, JUST BECAUSE their crappy outdated non-forward thinking technologies face the likelihood of making god forbid, less money than Google. While Google gives away and shares its technological innovations free with the people and helps make the internet a better and sounder place for the future, all Microsoft ever thinks of is making money and all Apple thinks of is how to keep extracting money in spite of their ridiculously high-failure-rate hardware and limited-software from snobby sheep.

And their combined evil solution? Well, just sue Google and its partner companies for every technological process ever patented by
  • a) buying the companies that originally created these patents (who needs the brains to develop and innovate and actually apply for patents when you can conveniently buy the company that created and innovated, in the first place..) and
  • b) by pouring money into nitpicky and downright grubby-paw litigation and
  • c) using cunning backdoor strategies to win these ligitations.

In the end, these strategies make Microsoft's technologically PALEOLITHIC and appallingly poorly made software make money out of what Google slaved over creating.

I read the OS News website after a conversation with (e:Paul) yesterday and was completely blown away by the ever-expanding EVIL Apple and Microsoft are perpetrating against progress in technology, in general and more specifically, how they have both invested substantial amounts of influence and money to keep open source technologies like Linux stunted and shunned by a large proportion of the population. Worse, when one branch of linux, the Android OS, is honed into a commercial success for mobile platforms by the brains at Google, Microsoft and Apple make sure that they STILL fleece the unsuspecting population and make money out of Android by using underhand and totally loathesome unethical legal strategies.

All of this makes me loathe Microsoft and Apple even more. It cements my view that any self-respecting consumer who lives with technology and thus, has even remote interests in innovation in technology, should seriously think about means and ways to move away from the stifling monopoly that microshit and crapple have on the market. More importantly, it is time to take assertive steps to implement this move away from the technological cesspool that microsoft and apple have managed to create.

(e:Matthew) was telling me how he has walked and continues to walk with kids and a pram down Linwood and it remains one of the most positive things one can do for a neighbourhood. I couldn't have agreed more. In a weirdly analogous way, small individual actions to dispel general misconceptions about linux and opensource technologies (that are not bound down by the venal giants, Microsoft and Apple) make a world of difference to the neighbourhood of future technological innovation that are not geared to fleece people but empower them to be more productive and encourage independent thought.

I am glad that I have taken the first daunting step by embracing linux and at the very least, trying to learn to think for myself. If I can do it, anyone can. It's not that hard. It just requires the willingness to fight the cancer that hamper progress and thought.

Do it today, try out a linux OS, try out R for analysis, ditch SAS, move your office applications to a browser-based cloud, weed out microshit and crapple from your lives, try out some Google products. See how they change and rock your world. You would have done that small invisible favour to help take web technology and innovation a little bit further and away from the artificial and downright, atrocious restraints that it doesn't deserve.
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Category: the odes

07/08/11 07:10 - ID#54664

Dear diary...

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PS: Inside chatter joke for (e:metalpeter)... ;-)

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Category: eating in

07/08/11 04:42 - ID#54663

Wo(r)k obsession

I bought a ton of collard greens today. I think it might be so cool to toss and stir-fry them with cashews, almonds and roasted garlic in one of these...


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I am leaning towards the wok...

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Category: the odes

07/08/11 12:27 - ID#54662

Buying restaurantware

I recently saw this picture of a re-purposed sink on Amazon when I was looking up "Bar Keepers friend":
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The caption says:

Recently installed in my garage a used deep well stainless steel sink from a restaurant.



That made me wonder. What happens to cookware from commercial restaurants once they close? Do they hold an auction to get rid of cookware? Do they end up in trash? So many new-ish restaurants close in Buffalo every now and then. What do they do with the things they have had?

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Category: i-tech

07/04/11 11:40 - ID#54642

Really random question.

I was searching for some answers on a forum when this gem appeared:
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What on earth is a REAPER in the context of recording or shopping? Since when did random questions become so tough?
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Category: linux

07/02/11 09:14 - ID#54623

Remove ghetto icon text highlighting (XFCE)

I hate it when the Icon text is surrounded by a ghetto highlight on the desktop. Fix for removing the ghetto icon text highlight.

Edit the ~/.gtkrc-2.0 file

# Changing default ghetto looks
style "xfdesktop-icon-view" {
XfdesktopIconView::label-alpha = 75

base[NORMAL] = "#000000"
base[SELECTED] = "#CFD784"
base[ACTIVE] = "#FFE7BA"

fg[NORMAL] = "#D8D8BF"
fg[SELECTED] = "#ffffff"
fg[ACTIVE] = "#ffffff"
}
widget_class "*XfdesktopIconView*" style "xfdesktop-icon-view"


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Category: eating in

07/02/11 03:23 - ID#54622

Smooth caramelized garlic paste

As a complement to (e:tinypliny,54608), the method below is probably the easiest (and the healthiest) way to get a smooth roasted/caramelized garlic paste for use in salads, salad-dressings, hummus, or any sort of dish where you need a smooth garlic flavour with a hint of sweetness to it. I used it on a multi-layered multi-texture quinoa salad yesterday.

I recommend that you don't use the multi-pack budget garlic that comes in mesh bags. They are abysmally poor when it comes to taste. To me, they don't taste like garlic at all! Sometimes, using even two whole bulbs doesn't give me sufficient flavour-levels.

So loose garlic it is.

1. Take a whole garlic. Wash it. (Don't dry it. Don't peel it.)
2. Wrap well in aluminium foil with a tablespoon or so of water.
3. Bake at 375 deg F for 40 minutes (just toss it in the corner while the onions are caramelizing...)

4. After 40 minutes, the garlic is caramelized and softened so well that you could simply take the peels off and smash the cloves to a wonderfully smooth paste with your fingers if you wanted. I used a spoon. It has this absolutely awesome silky consistency to it. Best of all, it doesn't make anything greasy or oily but instead gives dishes an earthy, well-proportioned and exquisite garlic taste.
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Category: linux

07/02/11 02:08 - ID#54621

System76 PanP7 LSPCI output

This is the lspci devices output for the super-crappy Pangolin performance laptop panp7 from system76 (*February 2011) a.k.a Clevo W765CUH (Model: W76CU)

LSPCI Output for Reference:

Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 18)
PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor PCI Express x16 Root Port (rev 18) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 06)
    Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel

PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 06) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev 06) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev 06) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev 06) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 06) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a6) (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])    
ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 06)    
SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 06) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
    Kernel driver in use: ahci
Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 06)
VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M92 [Mobility Radeon HD 4500 Series] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    Kernel driver in use: radeon
Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RV710/730
    Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel

Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8191SEvB Wireless LAN Controller (rev 10)
    Kernel driver in use: rtl819xSE
System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. SD/MMC Host Controller (rev 80)
    Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
Host controller: JMicron Technology Corp. Standard SD Host Controller (rev 80) (prog-if 01)
System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. MS Host Controller (rev 80)
    Kernel driver in use: jmb38x_ms
Ethernet controller: JMicron Technology Corp. JMC250 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: jme
Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 05)    
Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 05)
Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 (rev 05)
Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 (rev 05)
Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 05)
Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 05)
    
According to this I have two audio devices:
  • Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 06)
    Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
  • ATI Technologies Inc RV710/730
    Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel

I am bit confused... right now. What's new?
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Category: art

07/02/11 01:06 - ID#54620

Wire Sculpting

Why has this art-form escaped my notice for so long?!

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I love the fluidity of the medium and how closely it relies on good drawing skills. It's almost like drawing but with a solid 3d pencil in 3d space. The most challenging ones are perhaps done with a single roll of wire seamlessly flowing into forms and shapes. It's almost origami but with wire... Fascinating!

But this one?
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BIG OUCH!


From:


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Category: goals

07/01/11 10:59 - ID#54619

Long weekend Resolution.

It's STILL ONLY FRIDAY!
It's the weekend of hope.

I will.
-- Finish my tasks and reach my goals this weekend.
-- NOT be distracted by ANYTHING.
-- Check in with my progress here.
-- Make sure than I am on track.

Tasklist
  1. Mcombinations
  2. Equivalence coding
  3. Ratio decision.
  4. Extraction.
  5. Function port.
  6. Covariable recognition
  7. Variable selection (D)
  8. a) conventional
  9. b) bootstrap
  10. Variable selection (W)
  11. a) conventional
  12. b) bootstrap
  13. Model evaluation (D)
  14. Model evaluation (W)
  15. Send to A/M/Z
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  1. SNP Scoring
  2. Run through algorithm
  3. Send to R

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