You've probably heard that Pluto is no longer a planet. This news has left some people (like school kids) scratching their heads, but it also highlights one of the fundamental tenets of science that most of us are never explicitly taught:
Science deals with facts, which are unchanging, until science decides to change them.
You've probably heard by now (how could you have missed the media blitz) that Chappelle's Show is back, for at least a few episodes (the lost episodes). I'm sure there are many sites talking about the show's content, which is great, but I'm more interested in how Comedy Central is handling the situation.
In short, I love it. Every other show on the network is just going crazy with "where's Chappelle" jokes. It's been worked in to the commercials, the Daily Show, Colbert Report, Mind of Mencia, and probably all the other shows I'm not seeing -- and they're not doing it lightly either.
This is a response I posted on Palminfocenter: Thoughts on Palm and Pocket PC Competition to an article, How the Pocket PC beat the Palm, and explains my thoughts on why Palm is losing the battle. (I'm not sure why this guy brings the iPod into the debate, it doesn't really have any relevance).
This being a Palm OS focused site, the will be a hard pill to swallow for many on here, but the article is completely right. Let me say, I have been a Palm advocate since the Palm III days, and have recommended them with fervor to everyone I know. I learned how to program them and wrote some applications. I was also very active on the developer mailing lists for a few years, and my name is even in one of the "Palm OS Programming" books.
I don't usually see a lot of TV commercials. My trusty TiVo makes sure of that. Every once in a while I happen to be watching "live TV," and I have to deal with a commercial or two.
As someone who watches too much TV, I'm used to tuning out the commercials. I go into zombie mode (more-so than when the actual TV show is on), but at the end of each commercial, I'm usually left with a vague idea of what it was about. It might only be a small turd of information, and it probably gets swept away quickly, but I still have the feeling that I saw something.
As a heavy computer user, I used to have a lot of problems with my right wrist. I thought I was getting a serious case of carpal tunnel syndrome. I often had to massage my wrist, and I also used some interesting stretching techniques to help relieve the discomfort. I'd heard of people who needed surgery to correct the problem, and I thought that would eventually be my fate.
Then I realized there was something I could do about it. I've figured out a few things that have changed my life, and I have no discomfort any more. Most of my problems come from the mouse, and I really believe that's where most other people's problems also lie.
Every once in a while, a discussion about switching the Internet to IPv6 shows up somewhere. It's usually the same story about how on some date the world will run out of IP addresses, and the Internet will come crashing to a halt. Generally, these stories get it right because we really are running out of IP addresses. Unfortunately, switching to IPv6 is not simple at all, and it has nothing to do with technical reasons.
Often when I view a web site that uses Flash, I am spared the annoying, seizure-inducing animations thanks to firefox and the flashblock module. Flashblock is great because it allows me to choose if I want to view the Flash or not. In the rare case that I want to see it, I'm usually treated to the endearing Flash experience of...
...being blown out of my seat because the volume is so !%@# loud.
Here's what's currently on my TiVo Season Pass list:
Last Updated: March 27, 2008
Uptime is a measurement of how long your computer has been running without having been rebooted or turned off. Your uptime shouldn't be longer than about 16 hours, maybe 18. You have to sleep sometime.
Unfortunately, many people never turn off their computers. Energy use is at an all-time high and is only increasing. While I'm not a dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist, I am opposed to needlessly wasting energy when doing so is utterly fruitless.
Some people need their computers on all the time, and there can be legitimate reasons for this. If you need to compile a large program overnight, go ahead. Rendering a huge 3D image? No problem. Need to encode a bunch of video files and want to run it overnight? Go for it.