Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ubuntu eats Windows driver

Each time I install Ubuntu on my Thinkpad T420S in a dual-boot configuration with Windows 7, the driver for my Ricoh multi-card reader goes missing. The error shows up as an error for “Base System Device in Device Manager. The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28) I tried re-installing several devices drivers […]

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Java hates users.

In preparation for a class that I’m teaching, I perform a Java update on my Windows 7 system. After avoiding the installation of the crapware Ask.com toolbar, I complete the installation. A browser window opens up. I click the button. Another window opens. I click the link to resolve the problem. (Yes, the plug-in is […]

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We have the right to remain silent

Respecting Hakkarainen’s Law of Great Events, this may be a good time not to read too much of what other people are posting on the Intertubes. Lots of people, including people I like, are saying things for, against, and “I was for it before I was against” last week’s events in Boston. Much of what I’ve […]

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Lenovo registration fail

Why, oh, why does Lenovo require a salutation for their products? It’s none of their frickin’ business my gender, marital status, or profession.Further, they get it wrong. In standard English usage, Miss is not an abbreviation.

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A sense of place

Americans are an unsettled people. Census records  (PDF) show that a third to nearly half of us moved at least once in the previous five years. The period 2005-2010 showed the lowest rate,  35.4 percent, in the past 40 years. Geographical Mobility: 2005 to 2010 Even though the unemployed have a higher mobility rate than […]

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The time is right

More than enough has already been said about yesterday’s bombings with much more to come. While it’s too early for us to know what it all will mean, it is the right time to reflect on the ways that good deflects evil. For those who put themselves in harm’s way for our sake.

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More on passwords

When I went to BJ’s  to create an online account, I dutifully created a password with at least eight characters, including at least one letter and one number. As standard practice, I also include a punctuation mark, making password cracking that much more difficult. 99.wharlG BJ’s took exception to my choice. but did so only […]

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