Stealth Cat

This is great. It’s like time lapse photography without all that fancy equipment.

Posted under Amusing

This post was written by Marc
on October 8, 2008 at 10:57 pm

General American sentiments and empathy concerning the kneejerk bailout plan.

The last time we saw legislation so ill-fitted to the ideals this amazing Constitutional Republic was when that most heinous piece of trash legislation called (ironically) “The Patriot Act” was cobbled together and dumped in representatives laps with no time for them to review the outrage contained therein. Nobody could not vote for something with that name.

It seems that capitalism is now without risk for those with the right “leverage”…

This was forwarded to me by a friend, I don’t know where it comes from, but I can understand where the sentiments behind it come from.

Posted under Opinions

This post was written by Marc
on October 7, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Subprime Crisis – explained

Forwarded to me by my brother. This tongue in cheek interview goes a long way toward explaining the subprime crisis, notably the terrible excess of greed, lack of judgment and twisted incentives that lead to this issue.

Posted under Amusing, Opinions

This post was written by Marc
on October 6, 2008 at 11:10 pm

My Yearly Rate of Return

I just checked my 401(k) statement and it tells me that my yearly rate of return for the year to date is…

-22%  (!)

It almost makes me wish I’d blown it all on household electronics.

All those forecasts – “We’ll use the conservative model of 7% growth per year” – aren’t looking all that promising at this point.

I’m taking the advice being sent to me by all those incredibly wealthy folks who run the various brokerages and I’m “staying the course”.

Am I just being foolish? Should I just stop investing in my future and join the majority?

Sometimes I wonder…

Posted under Affluenza, Opinions

This post was written by Marc
on October 6, 2008 at 8:30 am

Your Cisco VPN drops and you can’t reconnect

I’m running Vista Enterprise on a T60 laptop and connect to my office using Cisco’s VPN client version 5.x .

Lately I’ve been having problems with my DSL where it drops for about 15 seconds and then springs back to life (they’re sending me yet another modem to address the issue…). This is, of course, enough of an outage to cause the VPN client to drop its connection like a hot potato.

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Posted under Tech Stuff

This post was written by Marc
on October 5, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Kill A Watt EZ P4460 – Main Computer Results

day002I had the computer set up and it was showing fairly steady power consumption of around 220 watts. Again a little less than I expected. Turning off my smaller monitor drops the consumption by 19 Watts (s/b 34 Watts), the larger monitor by about 26 Watts (s/b 55 Watts).

I’m going to disengage the power meter now since I want to reconfigure things a bit as I swap in my new modem/router combo from AT&T. I’m going to hook it up to some known consumer (a light bulb) to verify if the consumption readings are accurate.

Assuming accuracy, my main computer’s consumption after 273 hours (a little over 11 days) is 51 kilowatts or $5.42. The average cost is about 47 cents per day or $3.33 per week. The predicted annual cost is about $173 per year. A bit of an eye opener really. Little things have so much power to add up when paired with the inexorable march of time.

Posted under On the Home Front, Tech Stuff

This post was written by Marc
on October 5, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Register to vote, and then go do it.

This is a pretty good idea. The stars just bring up the issues and aren’t pushing their personal agendas beyond actually getting you off your sorry behind and getting you out to vote.

I don’t usually put much stock in what actors have to say on the issues as they’re often not terribly broadly educated and the ones with the clout to get heard seem to be rather cloistered and somewhat detached from the world that most of us live in. But this campaign hits the nail on the head.

Be sure to educate yourself on the issues that are important to you. Your individual vote may seem meaningless. But if you throw away this opportunity to express yourself, then you are just one more drone in a sea of drones who are willing to accept whatever government is thrust upon them. And there is simply too much of that going on.

Check out this video:

Then head over to this site here and register yourself to vote if you are not already registered.

For my county the deadline is by October 6 so there are still 2 more days left. Hopefully it’s not too late for you.

Posted under Opinions

This post was written by Marc
on October 4, 2008 at 7:24 pm