8/29/2005

Apple: Will they change the world again?

Filed under: — menk @ 4:51 pm

Apple Computer is hinting that it will make an announcement on September 7th that will have as much impact as the original 5GB iPod. Will Steve be able to once again extend the ‘reality disruption field’ to cover the earth?

In the past when Apple alluded to some forthcoming announcement as being important they were generally right. I will be tuned in and hoping they are (and I) right this time.

Apple hints at big music announcement | CNET News.com

8/24/2005

Guerra misleading on his soapbox

Filed under: — menk @ 10:29 am

In the August 20th issue of FCW, “Government Consultant” Robert Guerra goes on for a full page on how unpatriotic the protest of the AKO contract is. Wrapping himself in the flag, he raves about how since we are a country at war, the groups protesting the AKO should put aside the protest of a contract they feel was improperly awarded to Lockheed Martin.

Bob’s assessment of the situation is confused and misleading. He suggests that somehow the AKO portal is critical to the war effort and is somehow crippled by the protest action. He could not be further from the truth. In point of fact the AKO portal is fully operational, completely functional and has been for years. The only thing stalled here is the ability of the Lockheed team to perform and bill the Government for efforts while the protest is pending. I for one fail to see how this hampers the work of the Army and Department of Defense in the war effort.

It is the right of any vendor to protest an award they feel is improper or made based on incomplete or incorrect information. To suggest that the protesting vendors set aside their issues with this award due to some imagined dependance of the war effort particularly with respect to AKO’s simple vendor transition in an ongoing IT contract is misleading and foolish.

The Government itself should be thankful when a vendor is willing to stick their neck out and point up problems with evaluations as in many cases it can result better decisions in these contracting situations. I suspect that the DLA folks involved with the EDC outsourcing contract are secretly wishing that Lockheed had protested the award they made to HP since that contract is a mess at this point.

I am unsure why Robert Guerra has an axe to grind on this particular contract but I suspect that there is more here than a good citizen speaking his mind.

Guerra: Drop the protest

8/20/2005

Cindy Sheehan should be ashamed

Filed under: — menk @ 7:20 am

In her politicized campaign to meet with President Bush, Cindy Sheehan has become the lightning rod for the liberals and their whining. All the while ignoring the fact that she had in fact already met with President Bush in June of last year shortly after her son Casey Sheehan was killed. Her husband is divorcing her and I suspect Casey would disown her as well if was he alive. I ran across a post entitled “SHE IS NOT WORTHY OF HER SON” that captures my feelings on her misguided crusade.

It captures what I believe to likely represent what would be Casey’s perspective on his Mom’s political pandering and I quote:

“Why can’t you be proud of me, mom?

Why can’t you be proud of what I did, what I believed in, the cause for which I gave my life? Why are you blaming my commander-in-chief? Why not affix the blame, if you must lay blame, upon the incarnate devils who killed me? They are the ones responsible for my death. I volunteered for this, dear mother. I knew what I was getting into, and I considered it worth any price, even my own life.

Why are you turning my sacrifice into a political playing card for anti-American fools who will never ‘move on’ from their hateful agenda, who love seeing the Iraq death toll—-miniscule compared to earlier wars’—-inch up every day, who would like nothing better than to see America retreat in dishonorable defeat, just so that they can say, We told you so? Is that was passes for patriotism to your evil masters—-gloating over their own country’s discomfiture? Not in my book, mom, and not on my watch.”

The full post is well worth reading.

Additional interesting background on this “tempest in teapot” is the wikipedia entry on Cindy as it factually captures the 180 degree flip flop that Cindy has taken on the war and President Bush. All in all quite enlightening.

8/19/2005

Business Week: Wormproofing Your PC

Filed under: — menk @ 7:52 am

With the recent spate of ‘worm’ attacks on PCs. The problem with Windows security has become so prevelant that even BusinessWeek feels compelled to offer suggestions to PC users on how to better secure their systems. Frankly, I am confused since the best advice to give users is to dump the security nightmare that is Microsoft Windows. Buy a Mac!

Wormproofing Your PC

8/18/2005

Solaris on x86 DOA IMHO

Filed under: — menk @ 2:25 pm

According to recent reviews Solaris 10 on x86 systems isn’t too bad. The problem is too little too late in my opinion. With Linux for servers now being adopted by individuals and commercial customers at a rapid pace, who would waste their time qualifying yet another ‘me to’ open source OS. Particularly when the company (Sun Microsystems) bringing it to market is slowly slipping from relevance.

There was a time (perhaps 5 years ago) when this might have made sense but now it’s just late to the party. As for developers in the open source world? From knowledgable contacts in the the open source community, I understand that Solaris is viewed as old school and stodgy. What cool self proclaimed hacker wants to be labled as a Sun shill.

Yet another technology delivered Dead on Arrival.

Sun’s Solaris x86 shows promise | The Register

8/17/2005

Windows Vista: not much more than window dressing

Filed under: — menk @ 2:22 pm

Microsoft has been touting the next Gen OS “Longhorn” for years at this point. A review of the recently renamed Windows Vista, beta one release has most analysts asking “where’s the beef”. If they haven’t added many new functions and haven’t addressed the inherent lack of security what have they done?

Wired News: Forecast Cloudy for Windows Vista

8/15/2005

Apple set to go on a tear

Filed under: — menk @ 4:13 pm

APPLE LOGO

More and more analysts believe that Apple Computer stock is set to roll. The fact that at this point Macs have such a small marketshare is making it more likely that it’s market presence will continue to grow thus having a significant positive impact on earnings.

Haven ridden Apple stock from around $20 a share (pre-split) to it current post split level at $48 (post 2-1 split) I am in for a pound. I also would suggest that IMHO they have a ways to go yet. With 2.4% of the market in personal computers they have a large upside with very little change in overall marketshare.

Hop on board and while you’re at it buy a Mac. :-)

History Lesson

Filed under: — menk @ 9:46 am

A friend of mine recently forwarded me a message that provides an overview of the emergence of Conservatives and Liberals. I have searched to try to ascertain the originator of the message to no avail. It’s widely posted but with no attribution. I do feel that the basic premise of the supposed history rings true. You either create value or not.


History began some 12,000 years ago. Humans existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the winter and would go to the coast to live on fish and lobster in the summer.

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundations of modern civilization, and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups: Liberals & Conservatives. Once beer was discovered, it required grain, and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early human ancestors were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That’s how villages were formed. ok

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as “the Conservative movement.”

Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting, learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q’s and doing the sewing, fetching and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the liberal movement. Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as ‘girlie-men.’ Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy and group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.

Over the years, conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass. Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.

Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists, are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn’t “fair” to make the pitcher also bat. Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, soldiers, athletes, and generally, anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to “govern” the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America. They crept in after the Wild West was tame and created a business of trying to get MORE for nothing.

Here ends today’s lesson in world history.

8/5/2005

George, you are over the line.

Filed under: — menk @ 12:45 pm

August 5, 2005

President George Bush White House Washington, DC 20002

Dear George,

Your recent comments on the inclusion of ‘Intelligent Design” in curriculum for public schools are over the line. Please see a prior post on the recent debates in Kansas if there is any question as to whether I believe “Intelligent Design” is a bunch of crap.

Get Back to the business at hand. Focus on Iraq and how to be efficient in securing our country. Focus on the Economy and how to continue the Jobs Engine.

But in short don’t soil yourself and the reputation of your wife as an educator to propose the teaching of PC Hogwash in our schools to satisfy a vocal minority. A majority of your supporters disagree with the agenda of the Christian conservatives.

Regards,

John Menkart

8/3/2005

Mozilla plans to spin off as private firm / Volunteers still working on the Firefox browser

Filed under: — menk @ 12:12 pm

My good friend; Frank Hecker, policy director for the Mozilla Foundation, said that the move will allow the group to focus on overseeing the development of new products built largely by legions of volunteer programmers. The offshoot, the Mozilla Corp., will be responsible for marketing those products and distributing them to consumers.

“We still have the same goal, even if the work is done separately,” Hecker said.

Mozilla plans to spin off as private firm / Volunteers still working on the Firefox browser

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