When you are pro-war even the abortion doctors call you "baby-killer."

2004-05-14

IMAO Decoder for Mac OS X (10.3)

I deleted the link to the IMAO Decoder for Mac OS X when I redid the template here, but people are still downloading it somehow.

In any event this is the actual true and correct link (virus free!): IMAO Decoder

Is Frank J. even doing the secret messages needed by this anymore?

2004-05-13

Yay for me!

Got a very short term computer programming-ish job tomorrow, which may lead to some type of consultation/full time work. It should only take part of one day to do the "work" and a few more for the business details and such.

This may be the break I have been waiting for. And yet I have still not heard anything from the other company I was trying to get a job with. Oh well.

Yay for me!

2004-05-12

Why am I not a millionaire by now?

If making really backwards, stupid, completely moronic decisions powers the modern business world including the Internet software industries why am I not a millionaire by now?

Years after IRC (Internet Relay Chat) jumped the shark, landed back in the water and was promptly chewed up and was then replaced by Instant Messaging. all of a sudden web browsers are coming with... IRC clients!

I left the world of IRC behind after 7 years because it had devolved to nothing more than a place for newly-Internet-capable countries in the middle east to collect horny men looking for hot American women, or men to give trojans and virii to.

That and the fact that most people on IRC were looking for sex talk, MP3s or movie files to download.

What in the world would I want to get on IRC again only to be DoS'd, probed for getting a virus or requests for lists of warez, Mp3s and whatever else was illegal at the time and available on IRC. Then there were the netsplits, bot and clone attack/floods, anti-social morons who did nothing but harass everyone, on top of people from foreign countries who had no idea what was going on and were THRILLED to be on the INTERNET!

Good riddance.

IRC is dead, long live IRC!

2004-05-11

My Ears are Ringing

I keep posting because I hate going to sleep. I hate being really tired, but the process of "sleeping" really annoys me. I have always had trouble falling asleep, over-active brain I guess.

I can't stop thinking about stuff. It's like being stuck in Waterworld, but only its being fast-forwarded and it seemlessly blends with Dances with Wolvesa and then The Postman.

It may also be due to my worsening nerve-deafness. My ears are ringing, in two different tones/frequencies, right now. I can sometimes hear it over very loud background noise (loud TV, forklifts and general light industrial noise). It gets so bad I sometimes wince from it, as the intense ringing rises and falls in volume inside my head.

I am also become averse to loud noises and have a hard time understanding speech. I can hear people talking, but the noises are like gunshots repeatedly firing next to my ears or I just hear garbled noises.

Living in the South doesn't help, especially with the occasional thick redneck accent. I sometimes just nod and say "yeah" or "sure" and have no clue what was just said.

Even my music is driving me crazy. I can't stand certain music anymore, its actually annoying to listen to. It's hard to explain to someone who doesn't have this problem, like trying to describe being blind to someone who can merely close their eyes and yet still see flashes of light - not the same as absolute blindness I imagine.

My (adopted) mother had the same problem and now I empathize with her when the background noise would drive her crazy and she had the TV turned WAY up. I do the same thing. I can thank my biological father for this, and future vascular disease-related problems.

Pretty soon I won't be able to use a phone, it's already barely comfortable as it is now. At least I can already touch-type reasonably well and fast. I wonder if I qualify for disability...

Blogger Profiling

No one really seems to be reading the same books and/or watching the same movies as me. Does that mean I am weird or that my "people" aren't using Blogger?

I put a mix of esoteric and common fan-boy stuff in there. Lots-o-hits on the fan-boy stuff.

Has no one else on here seen SLC Punk!? Or is it my spelling? Technically the ! is on the title, I think. Fuck it. No one else is like me and that's fine. I am not looking for "friends" or "buddies" or shit like that. I don't. Like. People.

Get off my blog!

I don't get it?

The iTunes Music Store is a smashing success (more firmly planting the iPod as the top music device after coming far from behind).

But some people are not happy that they are forced to keep their iTunes-purchased music on only 5 computers (up from 3 for exactly one year). And you can't do anything you want with the files, such as convert them to un-protected MP3 or use them in software or whatever.

Some crafty guy made a program called PlayFair (Apple's DRM in iTunes (QuickTime) is called FairPlay, how clever). It was quickly taken down and is now reborn as Hymn (Hear Your Music aNywhere).

Apparently the motivation behind this anti-DRM is to let people use music they purchased, digitally, quite cheaply any way they want.

First I am not sure how Hymn is pronounced. Is it hy-man (*snicker*) or him? I leave that as an exercise for the reader.

Anyway...

People want to use music they purchased in more ways then they agreed to when installing iTunes. Renegotiating is fine, as long as it's a part of the contract or the laws of the land. Apple obviously sweated a lot of details to open up legal music downloads and largely has the market sewn up.

But of course people who are just plain cheap want to do MORE with the files they legally own with restrictions they knowingly agreed to.

Why don't these people buy a physical CD with no copy protection (on most) and rip the "pristine" files any way they want? You can make backups, thats allowed under "fair use" clauses in (recent) copyright law. You just cant circumvent copy-protection or encryption that protects rights-holders.

I guess when a physical CD that you have to go and get costs 20% more than an iTunes CD and you can get a la carte songs for only $1 the cheapskates now demand MORE rights to do with the files as they see fit than they agreed to to buy them.

I really wish I could do this kind of thing with our car loan - I mean paying nearly $200 for a tiny little four-door car that is underpowered and is constantly breaking down is crazy, I want to pay LESS for it! And that interest rate is way too high compared to the current prime, I want that lowered too. And lengthen the term!

This whole mess pretty much proves that the music-listeners want a totally free, pristine high-quality product and will do ANYTHING to get it. That kind of business model simply doesn't work, okay? If you don't think something has such low value then why do you want it so bad?

I am going to have to close down my software business web site *again* because while people want my stuff, they don't want to pay ANYTHING for it. I can't pay a damn $20 web host bill because no one has bought enough product this month! (And I have to pay nearly $2/gallon for gas in a shitty car that needs a new gasket somewhere because its bleeding oil - how ironic)

At some point the whole music, movie and software industries will fragment; the mega-corporates will thrive because some people really NEED their product and are willing to actually pay while the teeming masses will get shut out because they WONT pay a dime.

So we will end up with extremes, totally free software that has minimal support if any and massive mega-dollar corporate software that you have to be employed by a Fortune 500 company to use.

Are you people happy now? You produced the exact OPPOSITE effect you free-everything people wanted!

Porntipsguzardo

Since I am now an official hit on Google for the word Porntipsguzardo I figure I might add something for the people coming here.

As far as I remember porntipsguzardo was a cheat code for use in the original SimCity PC game that gave you god mode or everything or made a monster smash your town. I think.

You literally typed that "word" in and then whatever special happened, happened. That's about it. Big whoop, eh?

Useless info:

I played SimCity for the first time on a game console, I think it was on a Nintendo. My friend had a Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, some other thing called TurboGrafix. He played a lot of video games, I guess since he didn't have much of a life (like me).

I played SimCity on a 6100/60 Power Macintosh with 48 meg. RAM and a 1.x gig HD. I also had SimTower which I played a bit more than SimCity

Okay enough google-spawning crap. Get off my blog!

2004-05-10

The Universe Hates me

I did not win the PowerBall, again, this past weekend. Someone in PA had the winning numbers that were supposed to be on my ticket. They are going to benefit from my $1, assholes.

I have never, ever, ever won the lottery. Not scratch tickets, not the big pick-some-numbers deals. Not a goddamn dime. I don't know why I bother, I might as well give my money to a random stranger at this point - completely bypassing the whole Lotto/Lottery/Powerball scam on the poor rednecks who spend the last of their WAL*MART paycheck buying tickets every week only to get kicked in the face like me. At least I only spend $1 for the same effect, hah. Losers.

BTW the Sopranos was almost interesting last night. The whole cousin-feud thing is interesting, I bet someone in that trio gets whacked pretty soon. Someone better get whacked, its starting to become mind-numbingly boring.

Blah blah blah. Whatever.