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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter 2014, First Snow

We had a large-ish snow storm on the 17th. “Large” considering that it is the middle of November. I think the total was around 3 to 5 inches.

Anyhow, here is a time-lapse video from a webcam in an undisclosed location in central Ohio. The video includes the entire day in about 16 seconds. Enjoy.

Central Ohio, First Snow Winter 2014 from Chris Spackman on Vimeo.

posted by spackman at 19:05  

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Truecrypt Trouble Triumph

If you are having trouble unmounting a truecrypt file with
truecrypt -d
(especially if you get a “device busy” message) try umounting it first. You can do this from the command line with:
umount /media/truecrypt1
and then doing the usual:
truecrypt -d
Obviously you may have your truecrypt file mounted somewhere other than /media/truecrypt1, but if you do, you are probably tech-savvy enough to know it. On PCLinuxOS that is the default location. Unmounting first solved the problem for me. YMMV.

posted by Osugi Sakae at 22:19  

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Too Many Choices?

MS Windows advocates sometimes claim that “normal people” (1) don’t like having choices and that all the Linux distributions confuse people.

Just a quick question: have any of the people who argue this ever seen or been in an American supermarket? Have you seen the cereal aisle? The toothpaste section? Seriously, my wife is from Japan and she had some serious culture shock the first time she saw all the choices for things like toothpaste, deodorant, spaghetti sauces, etc, etc.

Personally, I don’t think “too much choice” has anything to do with the “popularity” of MS Windows. The explanation is much simpler — the network effect, years of having a monopoly, and the fact that most “normal people” don’t know or care one way or the other.

(1) “normal person” meaning anyone who isn’t motivated to advocate for an operating system or desktop environment or who doesn’t consider operating systems their hobby.

posted by Osugi Sakae at 23:50  

Sunday, April 19, 2009

On the Second Amendment

What is the purpose of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution? Not self-defense from muggers, rapists, or even murderers. The 2nd amendment exists to allow citizens to protect themselves from their government. Citizens have a responsibility to resist tyranny and oppression and they must have the ability to do so.

This is probably a good time to mention that nothing I am writing about here has anything to do with current politics in the United States. The US government is not tyrannical and there is currently, in my mind, absolutely no need for anyone to rebel against it. In fact, the election of 2008 showed just how healthy the US democracy actually is.


posted by Osugi Sakae at 23:36  

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