No particular order.
What am I doing here lately? I suppose doing something that isn't done any more.. presenting music videos... an art lost, both music and video.
Men at Work - Down Under
Men at work - Who can it be now?
Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
Styx - Mr. Roboto
Styx - Too Much Time on my Hands
J. Giels Band - Freeze Frame
Hall & Oates - Private Eyes
Hall & Oates - Maneater
Billy Joel - We Didn't start the Fire
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Joan Jett - I Love Rock n Roll
Joan Jett - Hate Myself for Loving You
The Police - Don't Stand so Close to Me
The Police - Every Breath you Take
U2 - With or Without You
U2 - Pride in the Name of Love
The first thing I started listening to was Huey Lewis. I could still hear decently well then.
It was easy to listen to, and it stuck in my ears. I could make out the lyrics... so I listened to it a lot.
I got made fun of for listening to this stuff, but it just worked for me then. I could HEAR it.
Biggest thing of the 80's was Huey Lewis and the News, really. But I grew up, and out of anything else they did after 1991.
Do You Believe in Love?
Hip to be Square
I want a New Drug
Stuck with You
Heart and Soul
If this is It
Doing it All for my Baby
Power of Love
Walking on a Thin Line
The Heart of Rock n Roll
Why? Because it was the best... I'm not gonna pick between Van Roth and Van Hagar. It's all Van Halen, and it's all mostly good. Here's a few good ones... reminds me of being 14 years old, banging out downloads, punter protocol, and bad homemade pizza at 3am till sun rise...
Runnin' with the Devil
Everybody Wants Some (Better Off Dead version)
Oh, Pretty Woman
Hot for Teacher
Ain't Talking About Love
Always worked for me. The sound is simple, perverse, and complex. Saw them in concert last year, and it was just awesome... even on one ear. Delightfully weird and twisted. Sound like someone you know?
I Can't Get No Satisfaction
Through Being Cool
Jerkin' Back and Forth
Girl U Want & Gates of Steel
What We Do
Don't Shoot, I'm a Man!
Devo National Anthem and Freedom of Choice
Baby Doll (Tape Heads Version)
Secret Agent Man
What kind of music does a deaf guy listen to?
Primus. Here's a primer... in no particular order
Thing that Should Not Be
Shake Hands with Beef
John the Fisherman
The Ol' Diamondback Sturgeon
Last Salmon Man
Them Damn Blue Collar Tweakers
My Name is Mud
Jerry was a Race Car Driver
Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
I'm lucky enough to have gotten a Kindle Fire right off the bat. Here's a few initial thoughts:
1. This is not replacement or even legit competitor to the iPad or other Android tablets (Samsung Galaxy, Toshiba Thrive, Motorola Xoom, etc). I really like that when I ordered it, the settings were input into the device, so it was automatically tied to my Amazon account. This meant that it instantly populated the Kindle Fire with books I had checked out for Kindle! However, this "convenience" makes gift giving for the Fire a bit strange, however.
2. This is purely a media delivery device for Amazon. The clear and obvious intention in the device is to push users to buy an Amazon Prime account, and purchase items solely from Amazon. It's a consumption device, sold and marketed at a loss in the same way that HP or Xerox sell printers: the printers are relatively cheap because they charge exorbiant amounts for the print cartridges and other printer consumables to make up the difference on the back end.
2a. How do I know this? Well, consider the following: the Amazon App store does NOT include the Overdrive app. Overdrive is an extremely popular choice for Public Libraries to provide ebooks, audiobooks, etc to patrons. It's not included because Amazon wants the average Fire owner to purchase a Prime account and use the Amazon Lending Library instead of your Public library.
2b. Never fear! The Fire has a very decent web browser, which can properly load your local library's webpage, and then their portal to Overdrive... you can select Kindle titles and directly deliver them to your new Kindle Fire.
3. Now, on the the device itself... the form factor is excellent. 7" screen, VERY BRIGHT and VERY READABLE. I like this screen almost as much as my Toshiba Thrive (10.5").
4. The weight is acceptable. It fits in my back pocket (although I wouldn't want to sit on it). It's comfortable to hold, and feels very sturdy. The power button location may be a mistake: it's on the bottom. The only mechanical button on the unit, and it's in a location where accidental use is not just possible, but likely.
5. Noticing the wifi antenna in the Fire may be a bit weak. In a location where my Thrive and Blackberry Bold both show strong Wifi signal, the Fire shows a very low, weak signal. On this subject... some people may purchase this without realizing it REQUIRES a wifi connection. So if you do not have a wifi connection at home, work, or wherever your primary use of this device is... you may need to arrange the installation of wifi.
6. The Amazon App store requires you set up a one-click choice for your account. The Amazon app store is simple enough to use, and works essentially the same way as the Android market. I was able to install and run Netflix without much issue once I applied One-Click settings to my account.
7. No extra media support. There are no media card ports, no USB ports, no obvious means to connect to your desktop or laptop computer. Your only connection with the Kindle Fire is intended to be with Amazon.
8. Oddity: the touch screen is oddly numb compared to an iPad or most other touchscreen devices. It's like it requires you to "lag" your normal usage behavior from other devices. You have to touch, count to 0.75 or 1 and then release to actually click and use a button. This may confuse many people who are used to touchscreen devices, and certainly confuses an iPad user.
9. The Kindle Fire is clearly designed and intended as a n00b device. Anyone wanting more advanced features and hackability... is not likely to be happy with the Kindle Fire.
In summary: The Kindle Fire is an Amazon centric media consumption device with an excellent form factor, and some small issues, but otherwise is a well executed "pseudo tablet" and an excellent ereader.
I still feel myself suffering this "impending" burn out feel, and I do not like it. I am going through one of the roughest installs I've ever had... and it seems like even when I FINISH it, it's still not right.
I know installs aren't always clean and easy, but this one is like "Murphy's Law of Installations".
So, the crux of it: Upgrading OPACs from Windows XP to Windows 7. New workstations replacing 8 workhorse OPACs that were approaching 5 years old, and all exhibiting various states of thermal failure. 1 has had 4 hard drive in it. All original KB's and Mice had been replaced twice, and 2 monitors replaced twice. Rule of thumb: If you get 3 years out of your hardware, you got your money worth (an important point to consider when buying computers... a $500 computer is worth about $166.66/yr.)
My methodology follows: First, I set up one workstation. I set it up so it's running, it auto loads, it shuts down, etc. Then, I use CloneZilla to make a copy of this to an identical sized USB hard drive (320MB in this case). Then I can use CloneZilla to copy the "finished" state computer onto the other computers. This reduces setup time greatly, as removing all the pre-installed crap, then Windows Update, AV software, Public Web Browser, etc is about a 4 hours process minimum. So 8 computers would be a 32 hour process normally. With CloneZilla, it tooks 4 hours for the first one, then only 20 minutes each for the other 7. So the original 32 hour job is reduced to just 6.5 hours or so. It also means, ALL the computers are exact copies, which almost always makes roll out easier...
First Buggaboo (and the apparent cause of almost all buggaboos): Symantec Endpoint 11.06. A decent piece of AV on Windows XP, and supposedly compatible with Windows 7... my experience is... NO. Trash that sucker. Take the software, and throw it in the can. It's garbage on Windows 7, and I expect this is because the scanning engine is inadequate for the Windows 7 network stack. We use Symantec because that's what our Cooperative provides. Its' free, and trust me, in a Public Library, when you can get Enterprise grade software free... you use it.
The second piece of the puzzle is called WinSelect. This is an excellent piece of software... with Windows XP. We had to upgrade from a previous version to a newer version because the previous version was not Windows 7 compatible. Neither the company, nor our cooperative (who owns the license, and sold us the software... ) advised this. So I run the updates... and the update destroys all access into the management server for WinSelect.
This requires a WebEx session by the company to fix the software. After the "fix" is applied (basically cracking MS SQL), I'm able to get 4 of the OPACs done. Then, I have to wait a few days to work on other duties. I was thrilled we got the Server working, and thrilled I could install the damned software.
But it was stupid. I had to remove Symantec from all the clients, and turn of Endpoint and the Windows firewall on the Core server. Why? Most any security program will open it's firewall holes appropriately, but not WinSelect... I had to manually find out the ports used, but even then, because Endpoint is crap, it was still blocking even when turned off. Therefore, I had to remove Endpoint from the clients.. and it worked THEN.
When I come back to work on this (first day after Standard time goes into effect)... nothing works. The installations are all a total failure. And at that point, I had a mini nervous break down which required half a Xanax. My mind was shot, and I was useless. I could not solve the issue that day. It did not occur to me until the next day that the issue was... Endpoint on the server.
So, I removed Endpoint from the server.. and VOILA! I was able to complete all OPAC installations... So at the end, I'm feeling all happy that this is completed and I can move on... We discover that rebooting the Core server causes ALL THE OPACs to reboot and require a login.
I hate you, WinSelect. I hate you Endpoint. With my last breath, I spite thee.
I now have to arrange the company to do another Web session to determine why their useless crap ass software is sending reboot/licensing notices... or just reenabled Endpoint to block the shit, because it NEVER happened before.
So the company looked at both the install OPACs and the server, and cannot explain why the issue occurs. Lucky me, I have stumbled onto the great "unknown issues" that must be investigated at the software provider level. Meh.
Today is election day, as it were. Here in my local election, there was no real issue at question. The mayor of the city. Some council men, and school board.
I was in with 5 minutes to spare, and my # is mid 200's in a city of over 80,000 people. I'm presented with a ballot 2 minutes after I walk in, and I'm presented with a slate of... who the hell are these people?
I knew nothing about most of these people. I have no idea which candidate is Democrat, which is Republican, Green, Tea, Labour, or Communist. What do they stand for? I do not know.
All I know are yard signs.
So here's my crazy idea... Why not treat election day like a MAJOR THING? Why not require that EVERYONE TAKE THE DAY OFF. Why not actually RESEARCH who the hell these people are? What they stand for? I hadn't spoken to a single candidate, nor read the positions of any of these people. I felt like a fool voting for the prettiest yard sign, or the least obnoxious snail mail.
Sure, it's a small election... but then you're saying so are our lives. If we each took Election Day more seriously, and were given the time and access necessary to figure out who these people are... then maybe we'd make more informed decisions.
I feel like I just did not make an informed decision. I feel like I just voted for a freaking yard sign.
Having a real bad stretch...
Last week was not enjoyable. Last week was 2 years since my mom passed. I had a really hard time that day. Everything went to shit at work, and I just started to break down. I felt completely over whelmed. I went into the back and cried for about 15 minutes.
However, the "problem" was solved (mostly) on Thursday, or so it seems. Except now I'm dealing with more of the same... Windows XP and Windows 7 do NOT play well together, especially when it comes to security software.
I started to feel the same sense of being over whelmed. Too many things at once... with the realization that it's mostly me. *I*'m the one driving too hard. I'm the one driving myself freaking nuts.
Because I'm afraid. I'm afraid that my bosses will think "oh my gosh, he didn't get it right the first time... he's slipping... " I'm afraid sort of afraid my friend will get tired of the fact I'm not afraid to tell her how I feel, even when I feel over whelmed, and want to talk to her about it, so she can talk me down from whatever ridiculous heights of self imposed panic I've created...
I don't want to burn out. Maybe i'm having a mid-life crisis. I can feel myself screaming inside, wonder why all of this is. Why do I have so little? Why can't I get my bills paid without massive effort? Why does is "capitalism" good? Why is it bad to place more currency in CARE than I do it "earning"?
When I snap at you... I hope you know I'm not trying to hurt you. That I'm not trying to be mean. That sometimes, I'm not nearly perfect, and sometimes when I snap, that's me saying "I'm hurt, I'm lost, and I need help." But I can't always says I need help, because I'm the whole kit and kaboodle.
I wrote out a list of projects I'm currently dealing with. I may well share that. Regardless of which, it's 9 deep and I'm about half done. And in terms of "timeline", it's all expected to be done by January.
I want to take a vacation. I want to leave for 2 or 3 weeks. i want to lay on the beach, swim and sleep all day. So very much I want to do... but cannot. Because I don't have the money. Because my friend isn't available. Because... because... because... because... because... so many becauses.
When I was about 20, I had a fairly traumatic moment with my Dad. i don't even think he realized it was traumatic, but I still feel it now. My Dad was upset, and it the middle of his own mid-life crisis. He asked me in a sort of angry, distraught voice... 'What do I have? I don't have nothing to show for it. 30 years of work, and I have nothing at all.'
I remember being pissed off. I remember my jaw dropped and I stood there, my thoughts screaming "you have 2 sons! you have a wife! you have a house! you have two cars, a camper, and a happy family!"
I feel myself asking the same questions... and I don't have a son, or family to look upon. To care about, or to love. I know what I want, and I know what I need... and i know I can get there, if only patience comes unto me.
BTW: Loving this new theme.