This about sums it up...

Concerns mount as banks start using Windows in ATMs

Concerns mount as banks start using Windows in ATMs

You have got to be kidding me - I just don't understand how this is possible. I would think banks would look for a cheaper and more secure alternative in Linux or Unix, but Windows?! Christ, now I don't know if I should be using ATMs anymore. I'm just waiting for the day when Windows is everywhere and some really smart nerd rights such a destructive virus that crashes every copy of windows, leaving banks inoperable, cars dead on the road where they crashed (computer wise and physically) and terrorist can come and go as they please because Homeland Security has no working computers. Hello people!!

I like what MacDaily had to say:

"MacDailyNews Take: Great idea! Let's use Windows, the most insecure and most heavily attacked operating system, for banks and U.S. Homeland Security! Hey, let's use Windows to control nuclear missile silos next! And in two ton vehicles that can drive at high speeds. And on planes, yeah, jets - that would be great! Or to run nuclear subs, right after we install the screen doors! Typical institutional stupidity. It's too bad that the average human IQ isn't just a few points higher; everything would be so much easier without so many morons mucking everything up all the time."

KSTP video shows seal on Iraq bunker

KSTP video shows seal on Iraq bunker

Not only are American troops being attacked and bombed almost daily, but many of the weapons used in the attack were likely in US custody - if just for a short time. I think what is the worst part of this situation is that the Administration was warned about these stockpiles of weapons. Then again Bush didn't want to let the inspectors do their work so why should he care what they found while they were there.


iPod Ashlee Simpson Karaoke Edition

iPod Ashlee Simpson Karaoke Edition

This has got to hurt. I haven't seen the incident, but enough people have told me about it that I feel embarrassed for her. I can't believe they would try to do something like this on SNL, then again remember Brittany's first appearance. It was so awful but look at her now, knocked up at 23 with a guy loaded with a kid or two already - nice!


Eminem's Mosh Music Video

Eminem's Mosh Music Video

It seems Eminem is not only politically thoughtful, but more than willing to express it in a constructive manner. The video is more or less a call to arms for America's disenfranchised...a call to vote. Voting out Bush is by far the easiest way to rid this country of his tyranny and perhaps start America, and the world as a whole, down a path of a better future.

Kudos for Eminem for doing his part. Somehow I don't think door knocking would work well for him.

Apple's iPod/iTunes Announcement


SWEET! I'm jonesing for the Photo iPod - that could be really cool to share photos with friends, and music will even play along!!

Just go check it out, I cannot do all these new products justice with my words. I'm floored!

My Mac News Source

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MacDailyNews must be the preferred source of Mac News, that or their server just sucks. I've been trying to find out the news from Apple and so far I'm just getting tidbits. MDN has uploaded a simple text page with the tidbit I'm referring to. MacCentral has posted about some new shortcut for some photo application I've never heard of - oh why do I even go to their site?!

Oh sweet jesus the Apple Store just came back online. I'm in heaven...


100 Facts and 1 Opinion

100 Facts and 1 Opinion

This is some very good reading courtesy of The Nation. In all reality Bush should be kicked out of office in a gigantic landslide, unfortunately the Republican spin-machine is so good that Bush could shoot a baby in the head, and within 24 hours the majority of news outlets would be reporting on Ashlee Simpson's blunder on SNL.


Study finds 65,000 gay men, women in the military

Study finds 65,000 gay men, women in the military (HamptonRoads.com/Pilot Online)

Just imaging what our military position in Iraq/Afghanistan would be like right now with 65,000 fewer American's fighting and supporting. We are already strapped to the limits of our military - would radical ideology trump need?

At the Kerry/Edwards Rally

At the Kerry/Edwards Rally

I attended the Kerry/Edwards Rally in Minneapolis on Thursday and was proud to wear a t-shirt representing Fire Fighters for Kerry/Edwards. It was estimated that 30,000 people turned out for the rally in support of the next President.


Retire Tom DeLay

Retire Tom DeLay

It seems the sh!t is gettin' deep for Tom Delay. He has been issued a subpoena to appear in court on Monday and explain his actions sending Homeland Security agents after political rivals in Texas.

Run down

  • I don't pretend to understand how tax laws work, but when I hear about Republicans passing a massive tax bill giving $136 billion in tax breaks to companies I get suspicious. And to top it all off they say they're paying for it by closing tax loopholes, shelters and saving money by stopping the illegal export subsidies they had going will only generate $82 billion - still short and not "pay-as-you-go."
  • I got to attend the Kerry rally in Minneapolis last night - it was lots of fun to go see with 25,000 other Minnesotans. It was a great speech, full of hope, mauturity and caring.
  • Our governor is trying to blackmail the Indian Tribes in the state to pay the state or face competition from the major casino companies.
  • Google's shares are rising today after some good news in their first quarterly report. It was up $25 when I last checked and one analyst made the bold price target of $200. Personally I think he got a little too excited, but as long as it doesn't spread we can trust some sanity is left with these types when it comes to managing hype. I like Google and I think they are doing great things, but shit happens - especially with technology.


This is a Nightmare just waiting to happen

Microsoft jams 'Windows Automotive' into cars; will it work with Apple's iPod?

So let me get this straight. Microsoft wants cars to run on Windows (go figure!)?! But lets look at Windows today. First of all, Windows is PLAGUED by viruses, trojan horses, worms, adware, spyware, security holes, etc, etc, etc - lets just say there is no glass left in the window.

So I'm imagining owning a car that might not start because some hacker managed to send the car a virus during the nightly security download from Mircrosoft - becuase you know they'll be patching almost nightly. Or you might be driving down the road and all of a sudden your screen goes blue and the car just stops dead. Holy jumpin' Jesus this could be BAD!


Xavier Hard at Work

Xavier Hard at Work

Something is missing in the media

Bush administration suppressing CIA report on 9/11

This doesn't surprise me at all, and I'm sure it doesn't surprise most people. Could be an interesting situation if Bush wins and then a report comes out directly linking blame onto his administration.


Dad's recovery is going well

Mom called last night to let me know Dad's final surgery last night went very well and he's expected to make a speedy recovery. This is hopefully his last surgery as a result of the colon cancer to help put him back together. He still has to finish up with some chemotherapy for a few weeks, but thats been going well and hardly having much of an affect on him.

He is excited to be seeing this ordeal come to a close, its been quite a while and he hasn't been working through this whole time so he's starting to go crazy.

Tech Round-up

  • Apple does a surprise introduction of even more affordable iBooks loaded with Airport Extreme, and a low-end PowerMac G5.
  • Microsoft again delays security measures in its operating system until 2007. Apple's lastest OS still slated for Spring '05 and looks spectacular and as alwasy virus free.
  • Apple hits 52-week high, again!


Tantalizing News regarding something music at Apple

Apple to hold special event on October 26th

Damn, I have a feeling this is going to make my Apple Product envy even harder to control. I have it on good word I'm getting an iPod mini for Christmas, but I still need a new iMac. (Notice I said 'need.')


Moore election special is dropped

Moore election special is dropped

People and corporations are still trying to silence Freedom of Speech in America, and what gets me is this company is walking away from the highest grossing documentary film ever made. This would be a huge showing for In Demand and would certainly be worth their financial time. So why are they dropping it? How much did the Neo-Cons offer them in tax incentives and promises?

After all the things that have happened during this election its impossible for anyone ot suggest the media has a liberal bias. I like that last paragraph stating Moore offered the film for free to Sinclair Broadcasting which is forcing its affiliates to air an anti-Kerry film before the election.


Darfur Death Toll Reaches 70,000 - U.N. Agency

Darfur Death Toll Reaches 70,000 - U.N. Agency

When is the world going to start doing something about this crisis? How many people have to die, many of them murdered simply becuase they are Christian, before the world (US included) will stand up and take notice. I think its just sick and wrong that we do nothing on the matter - this is terrorism at its worst. We should be there.

Non-Partisan Joke

This was forwarded to me from a friend:

A powerful senator dies after a prolonged illness. His soul arrives
in Heaven where he is met by St. Peter.

"Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter." We seldom see a high official around these parts, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the guy.

"I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you

spend one day in Hell and one in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in Heaven," says the senator.

I'm sorry but rules are rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a club and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening attire. They run to greet him, hug him and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar.

Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, is time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up,, up and the door reopens in Heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

"Now it's time to visit Heaven.", he says.

So 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

"Well then, you've spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now choose your eternity."

He reflects for a minute, then the senator answers, "Well, I would never have said it, I mean Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in Hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, ! down to Hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he is in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags.

The Devil comes over to him and lays his arm on his neck.

"I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and club and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great time. Now all there is, is a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable."

The Devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning. Today you voted for us!"

Apple's new Mini-Store Posted by Hello


We got him on the OBL comment

We got him on the OBL comment

Here is the text outlining Bush as a straight up liar last night in the debate. This happened within the first few minutes when he accused Kerry of exaggerating. Sorry, Mr. President, but those were your words.

Q: Mr. President, in your speeches now, you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? [...]

BUSH: ... I don't know where he is. Nor -- you know, I just don't spend that much time on him really, to be honest with you [...]

Q: Do you believe the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead of alive?

BUSH: As I say, we hadn't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, you know, again, I don't know where he is.

I'll repeat what I said: I truly am not that concerned about him.

Post Debate Thoughts

- Bush totally lied about his comments regarding Osama bin Laden. I've already heard the audio clips on the radio this morning when he stated he didn't really think about bin Laden much at all. Mind you, he said it only six months after 9/11 when he was all gung-ho about invading Iraq.

- So are drugs from Canada good or bad?! In the second debate he stated he couldn't allow drugs from Canada because they could be dangerous. But now he's running to Canada to help with out flu vaccine shortage. Oh, and the FDA didn't not decide to stop Chiron from shipping their bad vaccines, the British made that decision and caught the FDA totally off-guard.

- His whole "culture of life" statements are starting to really piss me off. I recall a statement that as Governor of Texas he presided over the most executions of any state in America history. These opposing actions/views do not mesh.

- Bush's healthcare view is a complete pandering to the insurance companies. American's are not about to start calling hospitals and asking for rates. "Hi, I'm wondering how much you charge to remove a tumor in my colon?"

- I bet small business owners would rather see their healthcare costs drop rather than their taxes - if it came to choose between the two. I can vouch from my work experience that small business are seriously concerned with their health care costs.

- Minimum wage: Bush side-lined the question are started talking about better education. Granted that can certainly help, but it will take a generation to see the results. Raising the minimum wage, the lowest in decades, will have an immediate effect. Mind you 5 million Americans have fallen into poverty - they need help now.

20 more days!!


I didn't teach him that

MacDailyNews - News - Welcome Home

Analyst on Apple's earnings: 'It's shocking. I'm shocked.'

The good news just keeps rolling in for Apple, and the last quarter certainly wasn't an exception with Apple earning its highest profits in nine years. Get this, Apple sold over 2 million iPods in the last three months. Why are other companies even wasting their time competing, this is just insane.

One in four airport screeners fail - Oct 13, 2004

One in four airport screeners fail - Oct 13, 2004

Geez, we're spending $30 billion more on Homeland Security to protect Americans from experiencing another horiffic event like 9/11 and our airports still act like Microsoft Windows - full of holes! Doesn't Bush say we need to be right 100% of the time?! This airport, which the hijackers of 9/11 used is only right 75.2 percent of the time.

ATTENTION HIJACKERS/AL QAEDA/ and WHOEVER ELSE AMERICA HAS PISSED OFF: Our airports are still free and clear for attacks. Oh, and vote Bush!

Genes for gay men make women fertile

Genes for gay men make women fertile

Kind of an interesting article that might explain why the 'gay gene,' if there is such a thing, hasn't been weeded out by evolution. That or maybe God just wants some help decorating heaven - I don't know which.

The Fall of MacCentral; the Rise of MacDaily News

As a Mac user and a huge fan of the company, I like to know as much as I can about anything and everything related. MacCentral used to be a great site, but then MacWorld bought them out, and though their magazine might be good their website stinks. Now they've turned a great news source into a neutered, plain, advertising service fronting as a news source. Everyday its just more and more advertising and press releases about this new product or that. I've been comparing the news from these two sites and MacCentral is either a day behind or completely missing from the game.

Fortunately we have lots of Mac news websites out there and after careful review I've found MacDaily News to be the best source out there. MacObserver is alright, but not quite as pleasant.

So in speaking of mac news, the good news just keeps coming in for Apple. They had 82% of mp3 player retail sales in August and now the iPod controls over 90% of the mp3 player market in the US. Even better, iTunes still has 70% of the legal download music market - regardless of all the new competitors to the field. I guess great products and service can be picked over mediocrity.


Sinclair plans to air anti-Kerry film without commercials - Oct. 11, 2004

Sinclair plans to air anti-Kerry film without commercials - Oct. 11, 2004

Just another example of Right-wing controlled media. Anyone who suggests the media has a liberal bias has serious reasoning disabilites. They suggest reciting a list of American casualities is against the public interest, but dragging up old, oppionated issues from 30 years ago is a required must.

Warlord named Somali president - Oct 10, 200

Warlord named Somali president - Oct 10, 2004

I wonder if this means Somalia is about to turn the corner out of the turmoil that has ravaged this country for way too long. Should be interesting to see if the Bush administration will take any supporting action or ignore it since the country has no natural resources we want.



If you are a resident of Florida, and don't want to piss God off you better NOT vote for Bush. Yikes!


YouForgotPoland.com - Politics Makes You Stupid

I won't say anything here, I think the photos say enough. Its certainly worth a laugh at least.


Cheney Caught in a Lie

Courtesy of Michael Moore.com

Turns out he's met Edwards on a number of occasions, even had breakfast together once.


Michael Badnarik for President

Libertarian Party

Kerry, Bush and Nader aren't the only candidates on the ballot and certainly aren't the only ones polling with any significance. Turns out the Libertarian's Michael Badnarik is polling as high as 5% in places like New Mexico and he's on the ballot in more states than Nader.

I've always been interested in some of the positions this party takes - I guess I like a party that makes a strong stance and sticks with it. Check him out and while you're at the site, check out the "Are you a Libertarian?" Quiz. It may surprise you.


Rumsfeld Says He Was Misunderstood on Iraq-Al Qaeda

Rumsfeld Says He Was Misunderstood on Iraq-Al Qaeda

Rumsfeld seems to have actually spoken the truth, then ofcourse makes an about-face to try and cover it up. The fact remains however, when asked the question and providing an immediate answer he states no strong connection between Saddam-Iraq and al Qaeda existed.

So Iraq is part of the war on terror how? Well, I suppose it is today since we've created so many terrorists there and it is easier for al Qaeda to stike America now since we're in their backyard these days. Fun!


Shooting at home of Siegfried and Roy labeled a hate crime

Shooting at home of Siegfried and Roy labeled a hate crime

Is it really necessary to shoot at them?! Geez, one of them was mauled by a tiger. A TIGER!

Poland's troops to leave Iraq next year

Poland's troops to leave Iraq next year

"Don't forget Poland!" Thats what Bush kept tyring to impress upon viewers of the last debate. Now it turns out the Poland will be forgetting us sooner rather than later. How embarassing for the President. This also brings up another matter, Poland says 2 1/2 years is enough time in Iraq, but we still don't know how long will be enough for the President.


The Money Behind Kyoto Treaty

Russian Cabinet Backs Kyoto Pact (washingtonpost.com)

Turns out Russia could make billions of dollars every year with the implementation of the treaty by selling emission quota credits to other countries. I had no idea Russia has actually reduced their emissions 25 percent below its 1990 levels - thats huge! That should certainly counter-balance any arguments that might be had about slowing the economy.

Spain Unveils Controversial Gay Marriage Law

Yahoo! News - Spain Unveils Controversial Gay Marriage Law

Saw this on the ether, interesting move happening over there in Spain. Maybe electing Zappataro wasn't so bad afterall.

"I see on the t.v. screens how hard it is."

I just don't know what to do with that comment. First of all I thought he was a President that didn't read the paper, which I thought meant he didn't pay attention to the news at all. Secondly we don't see in the news all the body bags coming home, we haven't seen footage of American soldiers recovering in our hospitals all mamed and disfigured. I recall hearing on the radio the other day that for every one America soldier killed, seven more are injured. That means some 7000+ Americans have been injured and some of those I'm sure are pretty serious.

Bush says he understands how hard it is by what he sees on tv. But Kerry can say he knows how hard it is from actual EXPERIENCE. Since we're in the war already, we need a President who actually understands the meaning of war on a personal level. And thats John Kerry.