As a Certified Natural Health Professional, I get REALLY irritated by the drug commercials on TV! They drive me nuts. They usually go something like, “You know you need our drug, you have some symptoms, we won’t tell you what they are, or what our drug will do… but take it! You’ll feel better, and so will we! After all, if you donâ€™t bug your doctor to get him (or her) to prescribe it for you, how will we make the tons of money we make?” OK, something like that. Anyway, apparently, I am not the only one, check this out:
Cartoon: The Drugs I Need!
Listen to the â€œdisclaimerâ€? at the end carefully! It is a hoot! This is also a serious reminder about how the “Big Pharma” companies are partnering with doctors (most, I choose to believe, without their knowing they are party to it) to foist tons of medications on an already overly medicated United States!
Why do I say, “typically?” Well, when it works, it is pretty nice… nice interface, pretty images… but as with everything else M$, it isn’t rock-solid dependable! You’ve heard of the “Blue Screen of Death” (BSOD) on Windows systems… here are screen shots of the equivalent on the new, much hyped, Xbox 360:
Xbox 360 crash screens
After all the lead-up to the Xbox 360 release, one would think that they would have tried to make it less prone to crashing! Oh, yes! It is not a bug, it is a feature!
As the author says, “Another day, another lame attempt by Microsoft to show that Windows is better than Linux.” Of course we know, it is not! However, that doesn’t stop M$ from pulling out the stops to lie about it!
Opinion: New Linux study suggests fundamental Microsoft credibility problems
Read this article carefully. Bottom line: If M$ is willing to skew the data this much, what does it say about their belief in their own product?!? There is a reason that Netcraft says (as of today) that Linux has 70.98% of the Web server market. That is out of 74,572,794 sites that reported. Dewd! The numbers tell the story. Webmasters know who to trust. After all, you want your Web server up at ALL times!
By the way, I am (of course) running CentOS Linux on all my web servers at Dr. Bill Bailey.NET. Word.
A better question? Are you an idiot? No? Prove it! Don’t open an attachment that claims to be a Paris Hilton video, or link/download tool to receive it! Also, if the “FBI” sends you an e-mail that says that they have evidence that you have been visiting “naughty sites”, well… do you REALLY think they would TELL you?!?
Sex, Lies and the FBI
So… I ask again, are YOU an idiot? I hope not. Bottom line, don’t EVER click ANY e-mail attachment!
Bill Gates and his evil minions would like you to believe that Open Source software like Linux, Firefox, and OpenOffice are all EVIL because they are open and free. Riiiight! And he (and they) wouldn’t have any reason to “paint” Open Source as a “commie-plot” now would they… no, surely not!
Open Source Isn’t Communism
In point of fact, I am a HUGE Open Source supporter, and I am also anti-commie, serious right wing Christian extremist. (Yes, I say “extremist,” because as a Christian, I am EXTREMELY blessed!) So… I could never support anything that was commie in nature. However, if there are folks that love to code and develop software and share it to the world for free… then, dewd, I am there! So, why support Uncle Bill Gates and company when you can use free and Open Source software? Good question!
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Geek Software of the Week – TVTad, Numb3rs TV Show, … explanation of BitTorrent, discussion of IPTV, Tech News, including: Will Spyware become Illegal?, Will we live hundreds of years by gene tweaking?, I am moving back to Greensboro from Jamestown, more Tech News Stories: Sony DRM Update, Warner Bros. will release 100 episodes of old TV shows for free on IPTV, use of AJAX technology on the web, Squirrel Speak de-coded! Dr. Steven Hawking’s health improves, Hint/Tip: Strong Password Generator for WPA Wireless Router Safety.
This week’s Geek Software of the Week requires a few caveats! First, you should only use it to download TV programs that you legally have rights to, second, you have to have a BitTorrent client like Azureus installed prior to installing this software. TVTad allows you to select a TV program and then download it every week! So, imagine setting it to receive Stargate SG-1 and every week, you will get the episode on your computer! Cool! This is the beginning of IPTV, one of my favorite “cool ideas” that folks are talking about today!
Check it out! This is very cool… let’s just hope the RIAA and the networks don’t kill it!
Spyware illegal?! NOW we’re talkin’!
Senate Considers Spyware Bill
I hope that they actually get this passed! After all, installing something on my PC is like violating my property rights. Hummmmm… but then, the Supreme Court recently shot our property rights in the foot, didn’t they? Sigh. We can only hope that they will protect us in “cyberspace” better than in “real space!”
Methuselah lived to be 969 years old. He is the oldest recorded man ever to have lived. (I am assuming here, that like me, you simply believe the Bible is true.) Now, science is near to restoring us to nearly that long a lifespan, potentially. The Bible says that the normal lifespan of man is 120 years. Today, it is VERY reasonable to have people live to 100 without that much fanfare. I heard a statistic that there are over 60,000 people over 100 alive today, just in the United States. Check out this article:
Old Age Gene Manipulation
So, if you take the “6 times longer” figure mentioned in this article and multiply that out for the Bible’s 120 years of lifespan standard, you have 720 years! If you go with just the “lower end” 100 year range, that would be 600! So, suddenly Methuselah sounds somewhat “more normal!” Whoa! (By the way, I am NOT recommending, or endorsing, gene manipulation! That would be BAD for a natural health guy, huh?)
Security is on everyone’s mind these days, and rightly so… there is a lot going on in computing. Plus, more and more, we are putting our “lives” on our computer systems. We have information on our computers, and especially our notebook or laptop computers, that is VERY private! So, if YOUR laptop was, horrors, stolen… what would be compromised? YIKES!
TrueCrypt Open Source Software
Check out the link above. You will find free, Open Source software that just might give you some peace of mind if the worse were to happen! It can create a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mount it as a real disk. It can encrypt an entire hard disk partition or a device, such as USB memory stick, floppy disk, etc. Very cool! Check it out!