Monthly Archives: October 2012

With Windows 8 Rapidly Approaching,…

It is a simple fact that cell phones, tablets, laptops and desktops have different works flows and different usage paradigms, and therefore REQUIRE a different UI. A cell phone/tablet UI has no place and a normal laptop/desktop. Simple as that. I really don’t understand what is so hard to understand about that.

The entire future of computing IS NOT cell phone/tablet mobile based. Millions if not Billions of people need and use laptops and desktops for a multitude of reasons that a cell phone/tablet simply cannot at any foreseeable time, replace.

If Microsoft would allow “Metro” to be turned off and allow users to use a normal desktop if they choose to, the resistance and calls for Ballmers head would be greatly diminished. If the added back in DVD playback without having to buy an upgrade like every other OS maker on the planet does, most if not all of the dissent against Windows 8 would disappear.

This is what people fail to understand. Those of us speaking out against Windows 8 aren’t against Windows 8 its self. We’re against the forced use of Metro, on the desktop, whether we want it or not. It’s Metro on the desktop that’s a mistake and will be a disaster.

Full screen, single apps, IS A STEP BACKWARD. Anyone who does not understand this, was born into the computing world rather late. Just as “Cloud” computing and storage is a step backward. Those of us old enough to remember DOS, Win 3.1 and mainframe/terminals, remember what that was like. We have no wish to return to those days. Some of us, refuse to.

Internet Service Providers on the verge of implementing “Six Strikes” plan.

Here it comes: After months of secret negotiations with the players who pushed SOPA, the major Internet Service Providers on the verge of implementing their “Six Strikes” plan to fight “online infringement”. With essentially no due process, AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon will get on your case if you’re accused of violating intellectual property rights — and eventually even interfere with your ability to access the Internet. (You can contest accusations — if you fork over $35.)

According to Wired, “The internet companies may eliminate service altogether for repeat file-sharing offenders, although the plan does not directly call for such drastic action.”

After the first few supposed violations, they’ll alert you that your connection was engaging in behavior that they — the giant corporations that provide your Internet service — deem inappropriate.

And then it gets really dicey: They can make it difficult for you to access the web, or start throttling down your connection. More from Wired:

After four alerts, according to the program, “mitigation measures” may commence. They include “temporary reductions of Internet speeds, redirection to a landing page until the subscriber contacts the ISP to discuss the matter or reviews and responds to some educational information about copyright, or other measures (as specified in published policies) that the ISP may deem necessary to help resolve the matter.”

That’s right: These mega-corporations now claim the authority to undermine your Internet access — and want to serve as judge, jury, and executioner. Tell them to back off — or that you’ll start looking for other places to bring your business.

Read more…

SOPA Round Two. Since the internet rose up and made ISP’s, Congress and Corporations back down from SOPA a few months ago, they decided to take their negotiations secret this time. Get ready for more. As long as corporations are in charge of congress, and have the money to threaten ISP’s, this will continue to happen. Much as gun control is an ongoing fight.

One Hand SKS Mag Change

Short video showing how to effectively and efficiently change a Tapco SKS detachable magazine. In order to do this as demonstrated, you must have done the drop free bolt mod to your SKS and installed a Tapco extended magazine release. You also will need Tapco or other detachable magazines.

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