Archive for December 26, 2008

Ctrl-Center Hmmmm

Posted: December 26, 2008 by datechguy in employment, Hiwired, tech
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Noticed that the page for Ctrl-Center has changed.

When HiWired stopped breathing it remained to be seen what would happen to Ctrl-Center, would Office Max drop the brand or give it to another tech support company?

I presume Office Max decided they didn’t want the dough already sunk into be a loss so somebody is doing it. Since the page say US based support I presume it hasn’t gone to India but as to where it is being done and who is doing it I have no idea.

Still not sure if they will be supporting the old services that we once offered, but that is a post for another day. I’d be very interested in knowing what people think of the new service, of course I’d recommend Datechguy’s tech services instead.

UPDATE: It belongs to PlumChoice.

Two great cartoons

Posted: December 26, 2008 by datechguy in doctor who, opinion/news, Uncategorized
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HotAir links to my second favorite cartoon of the week.

My favorite is here.

Why I don’t trust the media reason 468,398

Posted: December 26, 2008 by datechguy in opinion/news
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On Morning Joe today there were showing some old clips, one had Brian Williams talking about how the country needs the mainstream media for information and what we would do without them for information.

It’s a good thing too otherwise I would have missed this news:

Palestinians misfire rocket, two Gaza girls killed after Qassam hits home in northern Strip; earlier Friday, Palestinian man wounded by misfired rocket taken for treatment in Israeli hospital

Oh wait I didn’t see it on any mainstream media page I saw it at Meryl Yourish’s blog.

Commenting on the the fact that Israel is treating the Palestinians who were wounded by rockets meant for Jews she bottom lines the reason why I refer to one side as barbarians and one side not:

That’s the difference between us and them. And it’s the difference that never gets highlighted by the news agencies.

It also explains why with the media it is always verify before trust.

The 2nd day of Christmas, Boxing Day and Kwanzaa

Posted: December 26, 2008 by datechguy in Uncategorized
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Today is the 2nd day of Christmas, it is also Boxing day celebrated in England and all over the former British Empire.

It is also the 2nd day of Maulana Ron Karenga’s (Ron Everett) holiday of Kwanzaa. Celebrated “offically” by many municipalities this newest of December Holidays (even younger than Festivus) is not only the source of much debate.

It seems to me not to be making a lot of noise these days. Reason mag has noticed that too:

In the days leading up the Christmas, one couldn’t help but notice that references to Kwanzaa, the decades-old African-American holiday that captured so many dull minds during the Great Culture Wars of the 1990s, were almost nonexistent. Kwanzaa, an Afrocentic celebration of black self-reliance (or something) that so spooked the “war on Christmas” types, has largely disappeared. Back in the day, its champions and critics alike thought it could potentially replace Christmas in the very Christian African-American community.

But now, silence.

Josh Newman at the Huffington post is disappointed but gets it:

I still can’t help but notice not noticing Kwanzaa at the greeting cards store. Certainly people are still celebrating the holiday, but clearly corporate America no longer seeks to capitalize on Kwanzaa the way it once did. At a time when a black man can be elected President, the powers-that-be seem to be saying African-Americans are much more ready embrace the de facto American civic religion, Christianity.

Multiculturalism was supposed to highlight our differences in radical ways, not transform them into different flavors of ice cream. But I worry about how Kwanzaa’s disappearance will get understood. In a few years (if not already), Americans will probably remember it the way they remember parachute pants or the Rubik’s cube–the irony, that removing Kwanzaa from the aisles of greeting card stores might end up forever enshrining it as a pop cultural relic. Meanwhile, the meanings of Christmas and Hanukkah continue to be contested and questioned as they reside in the marketplace, Whether it’s gone because nobody knew how to sell it, or because nobody wanted to buy it, Kwanzaa is now nowhere to be found.

I don’t have a big problem with Kwanzza mainly because those who celebrate it these days do so not in the spirit of separation as the founder would like. Kwanzza has become more about a celebration of Blackness than the Marxist drivel of its founder or his attempt to Co-opt Christmas.

So if you celebrate it have a Happy Kwanzza. If you celebrate Boxing Day have a happy one and if you don’t celebrate anything at all then just have a nice day as always.