Monthly Archives: August 2007

Just when you thought Bush couldn’t shit on the environment any more than he already has, he is giving another gift to mining industry who has given so many generous campaign donations over the years.

Rule to Expand Mountaintop Coal Mining

The Bush administration is set to issue a regulation on Friday that would enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal. The technique involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams.

“This is a parting gift to the coal industry from this administration,” said Joe Lovett, executive director of the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment in Lewisburg, W.Va. “What is at stake is the future of Appalachia. This is an attempt to make legal what has long been illegal.”

Stephon Marbury, a shoot first point guard for the Knicks who has never lived up to the hype, defended Michael Vick, calling dogfight a sport.

“I think it’s tough,” Marbury said, according to Albany TV station Capital News 9. “I think, you know, we don’t say anything about people who shoot deer or shoot other animals. You know, from what I hear, dogfighting is a sport. It’s just behind closed doors.”

Yeah dogfighting is a sport, like deer hunting. I can’t wait to boo the Knicks when they come to town.

“I think it’s tough that we build Michael Vick up and then we break him down,” Marbury said. “I think he’s one of the superb athletes, and he’s a good human being. I just think that he fell into a bad situation.”

Michael Vick is a complete scumbag. Killing and abusing dogs is on par with child abuse and rape in my book. Michael Vick should spend the rest of his life in jail.

An Espn writer has a great opinion piece dealing with the Vick apologists.

america is not at war


500+ People died in attacks yesterday

US soldiers are dying every day. 3700 dead and rising.

How has your life changed? Chances are, your life is really not much different than the day before the ill advised invasion of Iraq. That’s the way the administration, and the defense industry wants it. Screw drafts and tax increases, the way to wage war in the 21st century is to not interrupt the day to day lives of Americans with pesky sacrifices.

21st century battle involves completely insulating the public, so whether its wartime or peacetime, they shouldn’t be able to tell the difference. That way, its easy to con the public in to allowing the next voluntary war. Just keep the people scared, keep giving a blank check to defense conglomerates, and add the bill to the deficit.

God Bless America!

Sun Cuts More

Looks like Sun is cutting more jobs again.

According to a Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory filing completed earlier in the week, Sun Microsystems plans to make job cuts while undergoing a restructuring plan. The company will spend from $100 million up to $150 million over the next few quarters while eliminating more jobs.

The company already cut around 3,700 positions with layoffs and attrition after Jonathan Schwartz took over as CEO — a number smaller than expected by analysts at the time. Sun still employs almost 34,000 people worldwide.

Wall St. loves job cuts, but as a technology customer, cuts generally turn me off to vendors. Unfortunately, Sun’s troubles are much deeper than having too many people. Sun develops some interesting technologies that make very little money.

The biggest cash cow for Sun in their hardware, which most companies will not buy. Sun survives on legacy customers. There are a variety of reasons why companies won’t even consider Sun. A lot of former Sun shops had really bad experiences, and wont even let a Sun rep set a foot in the door. The other big reason Sun hardware is having trouble is price, or in some cases the false perception of price. Companies won’t touch Sun hardware because it has a reputation of ripoff pricing. The reputation is justified, but today there are a lot of Sun configurations that are competitively priced.

Where Sun really completely missed the boat is Linux. Sun spent way too much time trying to push Solaris and fight Linux, when it should have adopted Linux. Sun’s outlook would be completely different today if it adopted Linux in the mid-late 90’s. If this was 2001, I would say Sun should just go out and buy Redhat, but now SUN can’t even afford to do that.

At this point, Sun can’t even make the switch to Linux if it they wanted. They already dug the hole a lot deeper with investing more into Solaris. As a UNIX fan, I like OpenSolaris. It has a lot of good features, but from a business perspective its stupid.

Sun is not going to make more money improving Solaris. Not enough companies are going to run out and adopt Solaris, and buy Sun hardware because of some feature in OpenSolaris. It might keep legacy customers happy, but Solaris is not going to attract enough new Sun hardware customers to validate Sun’s strategy.

With my recent bike purchase, I wanted to get the most thorough statistical analysis possible. Bike computers have come along way since the dinky cateye I had on my Cannondale mountain bike 13 years ago. My Garmin edge 305 can track a whole slew of statistics, and it syncs with the mac. Here is a quick shot of a recent sync with a little ride around Harvey’s Lake in Northeastern, PA.

Bike gps

alex on bike

Your record might be in jeopardy. Once I get my EPO, Testosterone, and Shelite blood transfusions, I should be all set for Le Tour.

In the meantime, people in greater Philadelphia area should steer clear of the fat guy riding a black Cannondale. I’m still figuring out how to turn. And if you think I’m kidding, you might notice that the handlebars in this picture are completely misaligned.