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Brother can you spare a half a trillion dollars

Written by Timothy Tuck on . Posted in Personal Soapbox

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Vote No on Corporate SocialismHow is everyone else hanging on out there? Tough paying the bills? Perhaps you should take a queue from the Banksters, also known as the Federal Reserve System and call up your elected officials to loan you some spare cash. Perhaps a nice cool 3 or 4 thousand dollars would tide you over? If your really interested you better hurry. Cause the Banksters are not slackers i will have you know, they are already a few steps ahead of you, actually a LOT of steps in front of you..moving with blinding almost i dare say *(-(-(JEDI SPEED )-)-)*. Did you just see something move in front of you, almost a blur? weird..oh, yeah where was i. OK, See the 2006 census showed the USA had about 300 million people over 18yrs old and ONCE    IF WHEN congress caves in Negotiates a Equitable Deal and gives the Banksters the cash they are gonna invest back into the economy   STASH AWAY use it to FIX WHAT THEY FUCKED UP IN THE FIRST PLACE stabilize the world markets that would work out to be almost 4000 dollars for every USA citizen over the age of 18. So, ask yourself this.... Do you think they know what to do with it? Yet, In return they want to give the US Citizens a boatload of Bad Debt and call it a done deal, quite fair and equitable. Which would you prefer of these 3 solutions.

1: A crapload of bad debt even a debt collector wouldn't step in.
2: Zero, and by that i mean, whatever you have that is under a loan, mortgage or bought under the influence of credit and delusions of Meaningful Employement you lose and hand over when the company goes belly up and your forced to pay it all back now..and i mean, before the end of the weekend or its the property of the Banksters.
3: 4 Thousand dollars to well try to get your house in order so to financially speak.

Cause the reality is this, This isn't the first Bail-Out. But if we keep The Fed in charge it also won't be the last. Assuming everyone does not go and create Anarchy in the streets, its still at best probably going to get a bit ugly and that alone sucks. But the Banksters are gonna get 4000 dollars for every Man, Woman and Child over 18 in the USA.

Of course they are going to continue running the world and basically making about 275 times what even the best of us make, prior to the whole thing going to "Hell in a HandBasket" as my Grandmother would say. Somehow nobody is asking the REALLY TOUGH questions, like "how did you fuck this up yet again" or at least VERY FEW. Almost even worse the Wall Street Boys seem to refuse to even WANT to play if they have to take even the smallest of cuts in pay. Reality is different than the headlines though and this crash like all of the others since 1913 have been created under the "Ever watchful and all Seeing Eye" of the Federal Reserve System. Perhaps they should hire Madam Cleo, remember the TV Psychic commercials we used to all see? Trust me, she is Psychic, I'm sure she saw it coming. BUT just a few weeks ago and continually over the last year as every economist has been preaching doom and gloom we have continually been told, "Don't worry, everything is under *(-(-( OUR )-)-)* control, the economy isn't really weak its just kind of slow right now but there is absolutely no danger of a resession, no need to panic, move along, *(-(-(these are not the droids your looking for, you may go, move along.)-)-)*

Somehow typing that makes me think of the parrot sketch from Monty Python. Strange, but now back to our regular Programming...daadaaaddadadada deeeedeeedededededede ok so i cant do steve austin sound effects either.Waay to many Blue Pills

Bet you didn't know they knew the Ancient Secret Jedi Mind Control Tricks did ya! Suckers, cause its working they caused this crash and somehow its a great idea for everyone to basically give them around 4 Grand. And... watch... its going to happen right in front of your eyes and if you blink your going to miss it. Kind of like the rigged games the Carnies talk you into playing. Somewhere in that transaction there is a wink or a nod or perhaps the "Secret Handshake" cause well hell Congress created the Fed in 1913, They are in on it too. Besides while your busy at home watching "dancing with the stars" they are playing a modified version of Cops and Robbers, There will be a few badguys rounded up and scolded and put up on stage under the bright lights, and we will hear how they were greedy and involved with cooking the books or funnelling millions to "as yet unknown or undisclosed offshore bank accounts". Somehow im prepared to hear the old standard "believed to be linked to Al Qaeda" BUT, Lucky for all of us. the FED queue the trumpetswill charge in on a big White Horse and like a Knight in Shiny Armor will save the day! Hurrah!!!!!

OR if you know Santa Claus also does not exist and him and the easter bunny do not in fact hang out in the off season in Cabo Wabo, you might decide to pickup a copy of "The Creature from Jekyll Island, a second look at the Federal Reserve" by G Edward Griffin. Flip to chapter 2 and begin reading the chapter entitled "The Name of the Game is BAIL OUT"

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Life without Google for a day ...TODAY..crap

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altI have said it several times over the last few years, I could not do what I do without Google and tonight I got to prove it, not cause I wanted to though. Sometime around 1am PST today April 20th 2011 Google stopped responding. First I was convinced my browser was bonking yet again. Then I tried to pull up a map..NOTHING?!?!
Crap! whats going on?

Then I pulled out mtr (awesome Linux tool) and low and behold, over 50% packet loss at the 10th Hop at YOU-TUBE-IN.edge2.SanJose1.Level3.net and then even more lost packets from there to Google. I also tested this out from some of my clients networks, not all ISP's were affected and being the hours that it happened at quite likely very few even notice it. Except me since I tend to work very late nights.

Crap, tomorrow ... TODAY ... Is going to SUCK.

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Open iMouth, insert iFoot

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Steve targetted by Assassin Droids It seems every time I read the news recently I hear more coming out of Apple, Steve Jobs is beginning to sound more like Stevo from the jackass series, specifically that is not very intelligent thing to do with computing and business relationships.

Ok so he has Pancreatic Cancer...BUT, Is there an app for that?

Sure maybe he is to isolated in his iHome and or egotistical to realize how many of the things he is saying could come back to doom his company and him if he lives that long. Perhaps he does not care. Whatever the case may be he is quite likely to one day regret it.

Case in point. On Jan 30th, 2010 Stevo was quoted by wired.com as saying "We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says. Someone else asks something on a different topic, but there’s no getting Jobs off this rant. I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing, he says. This don’t be evil mantra: “It’s bullshit.” Audience roars."

Stop right there and check the date, now go backwards to when Google Bought Android, that would have been back on Aug 17, 2005. Case in point, google bought the android company years before the iPhone happened. Also of note, Jobs went and pissed off Cisco by using the iPhone name. Cisco owned this because of their purchase of Infogear back before 2000. I know, I worked there. Technically I am the actual first electronics tech in the USA to work on the iPhone

Funny but true and the iPhone is a pretty cool phone too, Apples I mean. The infogear iPhone which I still have 5 or ten of in the box was a incredibly cool device... Concept wise at least, but as far as a phone, well lets just say one of them burst into flames while being tested at ATT Labs. Cool product concept wise, but Infogear the company did concept much better than it did reality and now, back to reality. Stevo + Apple = Iphone -vs- Google + Adobe + Silicon Valley = ?

Ok, probably not the smartest move one could make, luckily Stevo was not dealing with Larry Ellison or One Infinite Loop in Cupertino might be one smoking cinder instead of Apple's Headquarters.

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Backups on Acid

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Ok, sad part is the more i think about this, the more i know this is possible and i wander why it hasn't been done yet. Don't ask me how i came up with it though.

Imagine your backups being packaged as .rpm files or .debs or whatever your package manager for your distro is. Encrypt them so it requires your gpg key to actually be able to install something usable though if you really care about securing the data. If this is not the making of a brilliant company product, what is? Wow, Good beer huh! :-)

Seriously, same for windows. how about a program for users that they install and it goes and "finds your data" then it maps the directory structure and grabs it all and drops a .exe file on your desktop. you move it to the new system install it and bamm! there is all of your data. one package, sure its not going to setup outlook or import your mail? or is it? Linux easy, windows/outlook... not so much. It just uses a series of rsync scripts to constantly update the base of your source and bamm. instant carbon copy of your system. Is it brilliant? let me hear from you, what do you think?

Scary part is i have literally hundreds of ideas like this. Go ahead steal it. I know its a gem and we will both know where it came from idea wise. I'm cool with that.

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Lightning sites

Written by Timothy Tuck on . Posted in Uber Cool Shit

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Ok, i can name 3 people who have influenced history up to this point who have reshaped the world as we know it. Once of which is Nikola Tesla who invented Alternating Current, along with hundreds of other things we use every day.

What does this have to do with Lightning? well few in history have been able to make lightning bolts as large as Tesla was doing back in 1920 even today 85 years later and only now are we able to equal his accomplishments. Nothing is more powerful or required in our world of today than energy and other than earthquakes nothing releases as much energy as Lightning does in a matter of seconds. So how about some close up shots of it?

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Love parade pics 2005

Written by Timothy Tuck on . Posted in Uber Cool Shit

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In going through a bunch of pic's on my laptop this morning i ran across all the pic's i took at the SF Love Parade 2005. SO better late than never i have finally uploaded them into My Photogallery.
The day truly was magical, but it didn't start off with the rainbow nor did it finish with the beautiful night-sky shot you will see in there. i added those to show my feelings on the event.
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PC turns 25, Linux 15 - Basking in the reflection of electrons

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My first exposure to a computer was in a lab at IBM, i was probably about 9 years old at the time which would make it somewhere around 1972. I was part of a organization called Big Brothers of America and my "Big Brother" worked at IBM at the time.

I just remember all these people walking around and him showing me a stack of cards that the computer read. I vaguely remember them dropping them into this bin and the cards getting sucked into the machine one by one from the bottom of the stack and being spit back out someplace else. Clueless as to what any of this meant.

Sad to say but i really had no clue what i was looking at. Even to this day the memory is kind of fuzzy but at least now i can appreciate what i was seeing, i do remember this huge machine with people around it feeding it the stacks of cards

IBM created the worlds first commercially available PC using what they called COTS, common off the shelf components and released it upon the world on August 11th, 1981. I know exactly where i was that day, don't remember what i did but i do remember it.

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How to recondition a keg.

Written by Timothy Tuck on . Posted in How-To\'s - Tips and Tricks

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ImageThis is specific to Cornelius Kegs. When buying a used soda keg and turning it into a beer keg you need to change out all of the gaskets so they do not throw off the taste of the beer (since they have had contact with soda).

My first time doing this forced me to find out how to get the darn thing apart, easier said than done.

Once i got it apart i was further stuck because i didn't know which rubber gaskets to change and which to not change, the kit came with 5 new o-rings but the keg itself had many more which left me scratching my head and hitting google to try to find the answer, after hours of searching and finding nothing but one drawing that looked like it had been faxed and copied hundreds of times i realized it might take a bit more work.

In all my keg had 8 gaskets. 5 get changed and 3 are apparently unique to my keg. So here is a bit of a How-To with good pics.

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CES, for the first and last time

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Well i have tried to make it to CES for quite a few years now and never made it. I now know what i have been missing, Its not CES. Yes lots of cool stuff, actually way to much. This event is HUGE, I have multiple blisters and even walking into the airport is going to suck but the best thing i saw was sick cars and incredibly large LCD/Plasma and Projection TV's.

Yes some crazy PC stuff, but this is not Comdex, that show died. this show just kills you. Assuming i ever do this show again i will spend much more time choosing some really really good walking shoes than anything else. Only Device i saw that was running linux was the Nokia N800, i loved the industrial design. It had a seriously sick popout camera and the form factor was very nice too. I did not see if it had IR, if it does, this would make the sickest home remote control system. I have to admit it was kind of a time warp effect that stopped me dead to hear the Term "Internet Appliance" again. I have posted the few pics i took up in the Gallery. I did see one thing there i would love to have, it was a 16 Gig USB drive that looks more like a Zippo lighter. Very cool.

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Dream Home in the Bay

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In my searches around on the web I am always finding super cool shit. Anyone who knows me also knows I am always on the cutting edge of everything that is UberCool.

So here it is people, the ULTIMATE HOME on the bay, or at least my Dream Home if you will, here is part of their description from their website. It consists of five levels connected by a spiral staircase. The top level is 5.6 metres above the sea level and has been kept for study rooms. The next lower level is situated at 3.5 metres above the sea level and contains the night time zone while the next lower level at 1.4 metres contains the daytime zone with a kitchen and bathrooms. The lowest living level at 0.8 metres above the sea level is semi-submerged and has been kept for the guest room, bathroom and technical spaces.

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Returned from Switzerland

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Well i got back into the Bay Area very late Tuesday night. United Airlines lost my luggage, which truly sucked.

Once i did get it back Customs had rifled through and now much of my stuff is now missing, My GPS is gone, so are my keys (no time to pack so they ended up in the wrong bag, i know but hard to pack in 5 minutes)My ugg slippers are gone and so is a glass container with Rye Ergot that cost me 100 franks=120 US dollars. This little war on terrorism just cost me about a grand in missing stuff, Thanks US Customs Services. ya thieving bastards. I had not had adequate time to pack my stuff in Switzerland cause we got locked out of where i was staying so i ended up sleeping on the floor in the hallway outside of my friends apartment.

All in All it was an incredible trip, i did make it to the Gil Goa Party in Basel but didnt make it to see Banco De Gaia. What an incredible party it was too.

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Party at the Playboy Mansion!!

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Its now 4am in the morning, I am finally back to my hotel after having gone out and had dinner at Jerrys Deli in Westwoood, which involved sitting down and talking to Cuba Gooding Junior and his manager. That was after going to a party at the Playboy Mansion no less. With many new pictures from the Mansion, including mine with Kendra Wilkinson.

The party was a fund raiser for the Marijuana Policy Project but from where i was sitting it might as well have been sponsored by the Long Island Iced tea Initiative. One thing i walk away with which in my hazy state of mentality is this there is Digital and there is the real Analog world. Yes i got to meet real playboy bunnies and damn Dupont must be proud cause those things were just a tad smaller than the blimp.

I have seen a few fake tits but these were unreal. Honestly there was very little about them that was sexy. Trust me there were TONS of gorgeous women there but the fake tits on the one playboy bunny were bad, the blonde chick looked a lot like Pamela Anderson. The things were so huge they had to hurt, lord knows i have seen pimples pop that were under less pressure.

Which brings me to my Digital VS Analog statement. Cameras.

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Why Linux on the Desktop is irrelevantly irrelevant

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altIt seems every few years the press will start talking about the failure of Linux to ever take over the desktop. How about we talk on the failure of the press.

Hell, most people don't even realize they are trapped. As long as there is enough pretty shiny things to look at along the way, one mans trash is another mans treasure, right? It somehow reminds me of the old adage about slow boiling a frog VS dropping one in hot water. Its somehow true if you only pay attention to the water. Wonder what would happen if you tried that with a duck?

Linux on the desktop is irrelevant. That is not to say I don't think it will ever happen, it will, trust me! But is anyone looking at what else is happening along the way?

Of Course they aren't.

Smartphones, Embedded Devices, Supercomputers, Clusters, Grid Computing or The Cloud, call it what you will but its not a duck that much is for sure, after all, its almost all penguin powered.

How can that be you say? what about Apple, obviously its not a penguin but it sure as hell has no relation to a duck that much we can all agree on. Supposedly if you look really close... Like down into the DNA its a not so distant relative to the Penguin, seriously!

I don't really remember the press talking about how Linux would someday BE the whole cloud but the nobody is better than the press is pretty at delivering pipedreams so who knows, maybe I blinked and missed that weeks news.

I am guessing it must have been about the same time they predicted the phone industry would someday become VERY penguin friendly. Its also kind of funny, with the whole apple clan and Emperor Jobs preaching about the FUD effect that all the different Android ancestrial lineages will cause endless confusion as they attempt to keep their bloodlines pure.

Me thinks they have taken all the spoiled apples, turned em into hard cider and are constantly buzzed on their own apple juice. Gee and I thought cults only drank coolaid.