Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mint to be

By | December 26, 2013

How Mint became one of the most popular Linux distros. Regardless of what the article says, Mint is now popular for two reasons. The first is that it is one of the few OSes anywhere in current release that is concerned only with getting work done efficiently and without hassle, that does not attempt to… Read More »

Bad Self Portraits

By | December 25, 2013

Rachael Price in the lead. What a voice. I have some of their studio-recorded songs, but they are so much better live like many great artists. And Bridget Kearney on stand-up bass. Holy hell, she kills it.

8 up

By | December 25, 2013

It’s funny how people insist on telling me that I am using my computer wrong when I state how terrible Windows 8 is for doing any real work, even though I do everything they do three times as fast as they can. If you’re not doing much, a flashy interface makes you feel more efficient… Read More »


By | December 25, 2013

A New Twist in International Relations: The Corporate Keep-My-Data-Out-of-the-U.S. Clause. The international company that I work for is already doing this. Be interesting to see what happens as business pushes back against surveillance, as it damages them directly. Not good that defense of some of our basic rights has been subrogated to corporations, with their only… Read More »


By | December 24, 2013

Kevin Drum and I are on the same (high-resolution) page about how much pixel density matters if you don’t want your eyes to bleed out of your face. I’m a bug on pixel density. As far as I’m concerned, the first real tablet in the world was the iPad 3, with its Retina display. I… Read More »

Most damaging

By | December 24, 2013

The most damaging and widespread fiction in the US that both the Left, Right and Middle believe and implicitly subscribe to is that the government’s fiscal affairs in any way resemble that of a household or have any relation at all to bank accounts, loans or saving as experienced by the average person. Anyone’s checking… Read More »

Moz-y on away now

By | December 24, 2013

What sort of dumbass at Mozilla thought it was a good idea to remove the favicon from the address bar? I know, it’s been gone a long time (since Firefox 14), but what a huge design fail. I only noticed it because I changed my Mozilla variant to get away from idiotic Mozilla decisions and… Read More »

Masters of disaster

By | December 22, 2013

All-Cash Home Sales Hit Record 42% of Sales. The rich crashed the economy, and are buying the housing stock so they can rent it back to us at inflated prices. Disaster capitalism at its finest. (And no, I don’t think it was a formal conspiracy, just very powerful people looking out for their best interests… Read More »


By | December 22, 2013

On average, I sleep 18 hours less per week than my partner, who sleeps a normal amount. That is a whole lot of extra time I have in my week compared to most people. Not something I am attempting to do, and I don’t think getting a too-short amount of sleep is something to be… Read More »