Family, and Politics

Family, and Politics

I wasn't going to disrupt a post in gratitude with petty worldly concerns, but it's now the day after, and those who have gathered are going on with the rest of their lives, and so I turn my focus to other things. One thing seen in the lead-up to the holiday was a Saturday Night Live skit with Will Farrell I got in my inbox from family who for some reason still think SNL is funny. Yes, every once in a blue moon on odd leap years, they can be self aware (look up the liberal bubble skit from after…

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

It's been another year, and much has happened. Some good, some... not. Yet, as family gathers around, there are many reasons to give thanks. For family, good health, a home to gether in, and food to eat. For work to do, and good deeds to perform to forward civilization. For those who were able to gather, for those who gathered elsewhere across mountain and sea, and the memories of those who can no longer join us. May all of you be blessed, and may all of us appreciate that which we have. For a few more well chosen words on…

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Impressions of Europe - Stavanger

Impressions of Europe - Stavanger

Stavanger was interesting. First of all, it's the de facto oil capital of Norway, and the source of much of its wealth. Where Denmark relies on it's shipping and biomedical for paying for all the "free" health care, Norway leans on oil. It's also not a mess of sckyscrapers, though there are some moderately tall buildings. The food was excellent, but of course hideously expensive in actual restaurants. Yes. 7-Eleven's are a thing in Europe. And Japan.The cathedral there was in early stages of renovation, with workmen literally tapping every stone one at a time to determine which ones…

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Shoddy Programming

Shoddy Programming

I was held up Friday trying to track down why, oh why, an image backup of a server that had one job, to run a fairly recent version of act, kept failing. That brought me to this post in the help forums: Installation of ACT! reproducibly destroys ability to make Image Backups due to VSS errors. Buried in the thread, after the company rep on the forum had basically said "not our problem, the issue is with SQL, we didn't write that" is this golden bit. I entirely agree with your assessment, based on my all-too recent experience, from which…

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Tech-related Twofer

Tech-related Twofer

Filed under "stuff doesn't work" and "consequences of lost focus" - I ended up dealing with an interesting bug in the new "Catalina" update for Mac OS. No, not the one giving antivirus and other "data protection" types nightmares about the kernel being locked down, no extensions, etc. It turns out for a lot of people, you walk into a Starbucks, hotel, etc., that when you connect to the wifi, it connects, but that login/authentication sheet that is supposed top open up to allow you on the network never does. There are a lot of proposed fixes. Most of…

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A Ruthless Solution

A Ruthless Solution

Courtesy of the Didact reposting, it's a message that has not lost its timeliness. namely, what one LTC Kratman has to say about pitiless war. Here is what a decorated veteran of Operations Just Cause, Desert Storm, and Iraqi Freedom, LTC Tom Kratman (US Army - Ret) had to say in response to a rather pompous declaration by a quite gormless doofus who just happened to be Le President de France back in 2015 in the wake of the Bataclan Islamist attacks:... Let me tell you what a pitiless war would look like. Firstly, your armed forces would be culled…

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