June 15, 2010
I’m thrilled. My dvd drive quit working. The computer indicated that the driver was malfunctioning and I went on the net to try to find one. I found an apparently reliable site but after it downloaded for about ten seconds, I decided I didn’t want to risk it and stopped the download. Well, guess what?, ten seconds is enough. My infested computer had to be wiped and the basic software reloaded. Now I being ever cautious have two computers that do this blog. So, one computer is left and it’s the main one. The one I just wiped is going to become a web cruiser only with tons of defensive software, so in a couple weeks I should have identical material on both computers.
It makes me angry that people would do this and much more angry that Microsoft’s operating system bears more resemblance to Swiss cheese than a computer program. But I’ll keep going.
June 15, 2010
Mitchell Schnurman writing for the Fort Worth Star Telegram discusses Radio Shack continued push for more incentives to stay in the Fort Worth area. Schnurman is upset about the whole matter and after you read the article I bet you get upset too. It’s a good two pages and most of it is spent discusses the great deals Radio Shack is already getting. This guy is fighting the good fight. I wish there were more people like him. Give ‘em hell, Mitchell!
Loren Steffy has a picture of a crab sporting a new camo paint job courtesy of its friends at British Petroleum.
Steffy’s June 10th essay asks that interesting question, “Do the Chinese want to organize a takeover of BP?”
Jon Talton talks about the poorly performing stock market and asks his readers to vote on what they expect it to do. (It’s going down.)
Jay Hancock asks, “Why is anyone surprised that Moody’s downgraded Greek debt to junk status?” He’s right. The most casual reading of the newspaper would tell someone the country was in trouble. A tiny, little reading of the material disclosed Goldman Sachs’ involvement in the debt crisis. Haven’t you seen enough of Goldman Sachs to realize that all their clients are expected to be “sophisticated investors?” Doesn’t always work out, does it?
Edward Lotterman says what I have already known for a long time: the internet can be a reliable source of information. He recommends using official government reports and cross checking them with other government agencies. I consider it to be a matter of experience and judgment tempered by a willingness to keep on hunting until you are sure you have the answer, and if you can’t find a definitive answer, the willingness to explain where you found the data and that it may not be accurate. (I firmly believe that humility is seriously lacking in this culture.)