Alright, Let's See It.
It is that time again, time for Apple fanboys to go all out and present as many unfounded rumors as they can possibly muster in a week’s time.
The time leading up to a new Apple presentation has historically been filled with massive amounts of wild stories about what new shiny product the Cupertino powerhouse corporation will be coming out with next.
Though I understand everyone’s enthusiasm for the upcoming event and the possibility of an Apple-branded tablet PC, I think that I am once again going to be underwhelmed by the news. Here’s why.
Later is the New 'Now'
It has been a long time since my last post, and I thought I would offer some
excuses reasons I have not updated Worthless Genius in a while.
So, hit the jump if you would like to read my pathetic attempt to justify my absence.
Once again, it is that time. That time where I wait in line at the Wal-Mart pharmacy, only to find out that the prescription is not ready.
I’m not going to blame the Wal-Mart employees themselves, on the contrary, they work in an extremely flawed system. There are far too few employees, leading to long wait times and disgruntled consumers.
On top of all of this pharmacy business, we find the strange-but-true business practices of the Wal-Mart corporation as a whole. Little nagging ideas such as being a responsible part of a local economy.
What makes Wal-Mart a necessary evil?
I was sitting and typing up another blog post earlier today, and I was interrupted rudely by a fellow student who decided it was completely up to me to fix her (or his) specific problem in their code. Being the pushover that I am, I lent a hand, only to find that this person was way over her (or his) head.
I don’t want to call names, or cite specific examples, so I’ll talk in really broad terms about why some people may need to rethink their career path when they make it to college, and find the work to be way over their heads.
I’ve talked before about how the higher education system is becoming a joke, and how the value of a Computer Science degree is ever decreasing. In fact, the other post that I was writing was about a similar subject. My opinions are certainly just that–opinions. Please take them as such, and don’t think that I am bashing any specific person or group of people with this post.
The fact is that some people aren’t cut out to be programmers.
There has been a lot in the news lately about the trial going on regarding popular BitTorrent tracking site, The Pirate Bay. Currently, the Swedish court system is determining whether it is illegal to provide a service that merely allows users to point other users to [possibly] copyrighted material without the rights-holder’s consent.
Much is to be said about this broad topic, and whether or not The Pirate Bay is simply providing a service, and not discriminating against nefarious use by its users; or whether they are running a business that continues to profit from the undermining of the MPAA and RIAA profits.
If one thing is clear from this trial, it’s that the industries are wasting their money. Not only has the prosecution had their collective heads up their asses during this whole debacle, they have proven time and again that they not only do not have evidence one way or the other, but also that they refuse to hire legitimate, well-rounded “expert” witnesses who have done their homework. Way to further dwindle your profit margin there, big industry!
This whole trial is diverting the public from the key point in the “illegal” file sharing mindset: If it is easier to pirate your product than to legitimately purchase, you are doing something wrong.
In the last entry of this series, I discussed the true cost of owning a Windows-based computer. Although the one-time upfront fee may sound like a great deal, in order to keep your computer running for years to come, you must invest a large amount of time, money and effort.
In this entry, I would like to discuss an alternative to the Windows operating system: Linux.
Since getting my dev server up and running again, I’ve been working my butt off to finish the applications that I’ve been working on for my new employer. I’ve finished the backbone of the whole application sweet today, and I plan on jumping right into a re-write of the first of three applications that I am trying to complete. I am going to set myself a deadline, but I don’t know which days I will have to myself to do this work, so I will have to wait until I can find out my hard schedule.
In my free time, I’ve mostly been watching a few shows with Myriah. We’ve recently watched Medium, Law and Order SVU, Aliens in America, and The Office. Each of these pretty much were on separate nights, and we are swiftly falling behind in the number of shows that we have to watch. It’s just so hard to find time lately to do anything for leisure. With Myriah working 9+ hours a day, she is very tired, and we generally don’t have the energy to stay up late anymore, so we fall behind. But work obviously comes first, so we can’t begrudge the time too much.
Lately, I haven’t been able to get to sleep too early, and Myriah has been really tired. So, I’ve been trying to read through my large shelf of books that are lined up for me to read. I recently finished A Confederacy of Dunces (Link at bottom of post). It was quite possibly one of the funniest books that I have ever read. Maybe if I get around to it, I’ll write a proper review.
I just started quite possibly one of the best books that I’ve read in a very long while: Snow Crash. It’s equal parts CyberPunk, alternative sci-fi historical and a great action adventure. I’m really loving it, and I’m glad that I had Myriah pick it up for me.