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Will Linux finish off the Mac?

Oh, the answer? The answer is, absolutely! I've been saying it for years. People inevitabley responded in the way they do when I tell them today that Linux will also finish off Winblows (in the next 5-10 years).

Finally folks are coming to realize that it's true. Read for yourself: Will Linux finish off the Mac? | Tech News on ZDNet

The State of Operating Systems: Sad

I've used MacOS, Windows, Solaris, FreeBSD and Linux. For the last ten years, I've been in search of the perfect computer operating system. While I'm a software programmer and an amateur geek, I also use my computer to send email, browse the web, view movies and sounds and images. Ultimately, I believe a computer should be like a modern car: it runs reliabley and well for long periods of time as long as regular service is performed. Well, the difference being that your computer should require much less service than any car. Crackers are always learning new exploits, and so the programs on your system are subject to security fixes, and that's fine. A computer with an automated method of updating itself should be utterly, perfectly reliable.


I thought I was lucky to get a gmail invite a few months ago. I promptly emailed all my buddies from my new account to express my excitement.

That was premature. As I recieved responses to my first sent gmail, I entered the hell that is the gmail experience.

You can't file anything. The idea is that you search for messages. I guess google doesn't understand the fact that many people begin their search for an email by clicking on the folder that represents the subject matter they're looking for. I mean if I want to find mail from my friend 'bo', do i really want to see all email with the string 'bo' in it??

You absolutely cannot tell whom you've responded to. I try to reply to all email that requires a response. But with gmail, I have no idea what I've responded to and what I haven't. They have read and unread filters, so if you reply to something immediately after reading it, you can assume that your read messages have already been addressed. But if you're not sure, then you're going to need to "search" for your own email address and look for a response to the email in question. Oh my god.

I spent years trying to get a job at google. Each time my current dot-com employer went belly-up during the late 90s and early 00s, I sent mail to google's hr department begging for an opportunity for an interview.

I eventually learned that google is quite proud of the number of PhDs they have on board and try to keep up that percentage.

Well, with gmail, I think the PhDs have run rampant, because gmail is about as easy to understand as a thesis on "the methodological role of structure and processes in the linguistic lexicon" - oh, and about as useful.

The idiot or the fake vet?

In order to help you decide who'll you'll be needing to vote for this November, I submit the following.

Why do I feel guilty

I didn't want to admit it, but thanks to the abuse of certain anti-anxiety medications, I think I finally can: I love The Simple Life

It's one hot chick and one annoying and ugly little thing travelling the country and making fun of everyone. For some reason (most likely the presence of the camera crew), they are able to get away with anything. They're entirely brainless and have absolutely nothing to say, and yet I'm addicted.

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