Archive for December 5, 2008

We don’t need no stinking bloggers

Posted: December 5, 2008 by datechguy in internet/free speech, opinion/news
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Back in my HiWired blog days I had a category called internet speech where I documented good and bad news concerning internet free speech you can still find some of those pages in google cache.

One of the things I give major kudos to the company for is none of those posts were ever restricted although they only loosely were on a tech issue.

Well the HiWired blog is gone but next speech issues haven’t:

On Thursday, Cuban blogger Claudia Cadelo, was summoned to appear at the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of domestic security. A day earlier, Yoani Sanchez, the nation’s most prominent blogger, was told by authorities that her activities had “crossed the limits of tolerance,” and was told she couldn’t hold a planned meeting this Saturday of local bloggers, according to Ms. Sanchez.

Ms. Sanchez, who writes a blog called “Generation Y,” is at the forefront of a small group of bloggers in Cuba who chronicle life on the island and occasionally vent against its government, which was run for the past 49 years by Fidel Castro until he stepped aside earlier this year for health reasons and handed power to his brother Raúl. Ms. Sanchez was the subject of a front-page story in The Wall Street Journal in December, 2007. The 33-year-old wife and mother has won several awards recently for her work, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people this year.

Babalu Blog simply owns this story just keep scrolling. He also has a post of round up links to other blogs here.

You know it an odd coincidence that our friends on the left declare President Bush as the great repressor of rights yet people have made a fortune calling him a Nazi, terrorist, idiot et al. Yet it is almost impossible to avoid people going after him in film, print and TV on a daily basis. These people are lionized by the left and called speakers of truth to power.

However it always seems like places like Cuba , Iran, China, North Korea, Syria et-al that tend to actually jail people for their opinions don’t seem to rate that treatment or even publicity for those jailed. I suspect acknowledgment of such violates their political beliefs which seem more like a religion every day.

It brings to mind two Doctor Who quotes the first from Face of Evil:

You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that need altering.

The second from Image of the Fendahl:

But Gran just because people believed the word was flat didn’t it didn’t make it so,

Ah but they Behaved as if ’twere flat

For some left and right as Michelle Malkin points out today, the world will always be flat.

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Kudos and things to be thankful for

Posted: December 5, 2008 by datechguy in employment
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I’m been a tad depressing (well other than this post) but I do want to acknowledge a few things:

First of all when a friend of mine heard about our situation he insisted on having us over for thanksgiving. It was in incredible Thanksgiving and fun both socially and in terms of food, (but I was unable to get his CD drives to work, did share out the drive on the 2nd machine the next day as a temp work around.)

Second of all I rent out an apartment to a friend of mine. Been his landlord for 17 years. Every Christmas we discount his rent as a gift. When he showed up on at the house to pay the rent is insisted on paying the full amount , wouldn’t take no for an answer.

That’s just two examples there have been others as well, its nice to know your friends have your back when you need it.

How to kill your ego in 3 min.

Posted: December 5, 2008 by datechguy in employment
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If I ever become rich and successful this pair of e-mailed received 3 min apart will keep me humble, details removed to protect the innocent:

Sent 12/4/2008 2:38 p.m.:

We have reviewed your application and are very interested in speaking with you further about the position…

Sent 12/4/2008 2:41 p.m.:

Please disregard my last email. We are still reviewing your application and get back to you shortly.

Some things are just plain funny even when they happen to you.

Not a joiner

Posted: December 5, 2008 by datechguy in Hiwired, tech
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I’ve been teased a bit about not being on facebook, most of the guys I worked with are there and the HiWired group is rather large or so I’m told.

I might be one of only two who don’t have of the crowd who doesn’t have a facebook account account. Then again maybe it isn’t a bad thing considering today’s news

Reports circulated today about a virulent piece of malware making its way around Facebook, a major hub of the social Web with 120 million users. Because of its walled-off internal e-mail system, Facebook has long been a tough target for spammers and other fraudsters, but the “Koobface” virus is a sign that the relative viral calm on the site — which just today announced an ambitious program to extend its services outside its own tight perimeter — may have been a luxury.

The virus’ most insidious property is that users receive the offending message from a friend: On Facebook, only people whom users have explicitly approved as friends can send them e-mails.

So I guess I’m immune but I’ve gotta figure that a group of ex tech support people will likely be able to dodge this stuff.

Then again I still haven’t purchased a cell phone yet either…