Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Had a premonition this was going to happen back in about '78

Sprint saves Radio Shack from extinction  Uhm, why?

No, not the saving part...the bankruptcy part.

Back in the days when a Western Auto catalog was your prime competition during the Christmas shopping season, selling crap was a viable business model.

I recall being in a Radio Shack in the dawning days of personal computing when Commodore,  Apple and Tandy computers were the heavy hitters.**
Tandy computers being sold by Radio Shack seeing as they were part of the Electronics, computer and Leather? conglomerate.

I bought quite a bit of leather from Tandy as well. I miss the days when you could get a half cow hide for 90 bucks. But, I digress.

The premonition came when I walked up to the counter in a Radio Shack, Tandy computers displayed expensively around me, to pay for whatever the heck it was I was buying at the time.

The clerk pulled out a ball point pen and an invoice pad, replete with carbon paper, to write up my purchase before it was punched into the cash register.

Innocently, I stated, " I find it odd that you don't use your own computers for invoicing"

Time froze.
I heard a pin drop a hundred yards away out in the mall food court.

The manager and two clerks behind the counter expressed such a hurt look on their faces.
I, expected upon such observation, to feel "bad".  Surprisingly, I did not.

That experience, and having bought three electronics kits from them previously convinced me Radio Shack was headed down the tube.

By the time my Daughter was born in 1989, Tandy was out of the computer business.

How they survived this long escapes me.  When I'm thinking of purchasing electronics of any type, Radio Shack is not a name that even remotely shows up on my radar scope.

** Mein Got, were they expensive back then.  Particularly if you factor in inflation since, say 1983. $2500 for an Apple IIe with 64k of ram and a squirrel speed walking in a rodent wheel for a processor. No such thing as a hard drive. Storage was two external 5 1/4" floppy drives. But, it was cutting edge technology and I effing paid the price tag to get it. Booyah.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Drudge Report - is it just me?

Has anyone else noticed how annoying the frequency of the page reloads from the adds on the Drudge Report have become?

It does it so frequently on my smaht phone it crashes the browser.

On my laptop it's just annoying.

Matt, ole buddy whuzup wid da site?

Friday, March 27, 2015

MMmm Desert!

Maybe not.

Is that a hedgehog sleeping in there?

Hmm, sell before date is...OMG way too long ago.
Fortunately the trash can has already been deployed to the curb...

I'll just march this little science experiment right out there.


Harry Ried to retire in 2016

Same to you Harry.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ted Cruz for Prez

I think 'Merica is ready for our first half Latin president, don't you?
I mean we've done the half mocha latte president now. It's time for some positive change and we desperately need some hope.

Ted threw his hat into the ring in the wee hours via a tweet, which I read about this morning as I do not tweeter  twitter twat whatever...I can barely keep this blog afloat.

I digress.

I read the transcript of some of Ted's speech today and it was good, quite good.   Reagan'esque some pundits are calling it.
I'd vote for Ted.  We will see if is he there at the finish line.  I say this not because he lacks the qualities we desperately need in a leader right now, but because he doesn't just have to beat the democrats, he will have to overcome the liberal media and the establishment republicans.

November 2016 is still a long ways off.

This is not to say that I don't have faith, I voted with my pocketbook a few minutes ago.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

There's a price break here somewhere

bought a brick of 9mm recently which arrived in a smallish box, about half the size of the previous box.  WTF?  What'd they do? ship 500?
Same count, smaller packaging.
Bidness in the real world does not do this for no reason. Weight is the same, less air between the rounds.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Weather Forecast: Blackhawks at low altitude.

Where's my aluminium foil hat dammit!

A few snippets from operation Jade Helm that popped out at me.

JH is a challenging eight week joint military and interagency* unconventional warfare exercise conducted throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado.

RED: Hostile  (See the map.  The entire state of Texas, because we are well armed? I take personal offense frankly.)

Personnel may be carrying weapons with blank ammo .**
Some participants will be wearing civilian attire and driving civilian vehicles

Wearing civilian clothes...weapons with blank ammo. Hmmm.  Do be careful boys. See parenthetical comment at "RED: Hostile"  I jest of course.

* Die Polizei, i.e. the local Po Po.
** That can be read two ways.

All snark aside, exercises such as this only apply to one theater of operation.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wodka When I was a child

I can remember when I was a wee kx59 listening on the AM car radio to the news reports on the trip down to Galveston about the leeegal ranglings over legalizing that  "EVIIIIL" liquor by the drink.
In the early sixties, you had to bring your own bottle to the pool hall or "lounge". The proprietors were prohibited from serving you anything other than the "set ups".

Our local Vietnamese boat person small business owner and success story, owner of the closest liquor store to the BAR Corp. Hq. pitched a Vodka to the Lovely Belle that we had not heard of before.

Belle, ascribing to the scientific axiom that sample size will defeat margin of error, uhm,  bought a rather LARGE bottle.

This evening I have sampled the test specimen and give it two thumbs up.

I am a big fan of Tito's, distilled in Austin.

Space City Vodka happens to be distilled in my home county*.  It is very good, and very smooth Vodka.

*I'm going to have to find out if they give tours....and free samples.  I'm pretty sure I could drive that far home.

All Your Security aRe OuRs

Kaspersky*, the computer security folks, have unearthed "The Equation Group".  This group is apparently so good at writing malware that it cannot be erased by reformatting the hard drive.

I'm posting this mostly to give the ever 'puter security savey Borepatch a heads up so he can 'splain what this truly means to highly educated and licensed rednecks like me.

After reading the article, plan "A" for the BAR Corp HQ infrastructure is to store the family vacay pics on an off network storage device, buy some spare hard drives and keep the Ubuntu install USB drive handy.

All dumbassery** aside, the Equation Group periodically filters down spy tools to lesser mortals like the guys that created Stuxnet.  Stuxnet was no kiddy script. This was the malware used to disrupt the Iranian Iranian Nuclear program.  Eventually, this is going to get down to flannel shirt and stretch pants wearing parent's basement living malcontent-ed hackers.

There was some quote attributed to the Rothschilds long ago, something to the effect of, "give me control of your currency, and I will control your country."

That has been trumped. "Currency" has been replaced, for the most part, by numbers in computers.  If you have control over the correct computers, and need more money, just add a few zeros to the balance.

Ah, I remember the internet. I really enjoyed it. Between these Equation folks and the FCC deciding they need total control over the internet, fax machines and paper are looking pretty good again.

* Kaspersky Lab and their virus and malware proteciton software is highly spoken of by the outsource IT folks I've used over the years.  However, Kaspersky is Ruski.  Edward Snowden, of NSA whistleblower fame, is currently in Russia.  The bit trail of this "discovery" is pointing towards the NSA.

** I learned that word from my Uncle Jay.