Saturday, June 16, 2012

My work here is finished...

It's been so long since I've updated anything over here that I almost forgot this blog even existed.  I can't say I care much for the new editing interface Google put in place for Blogger sites like this one at all and I'm more active over at Tumblr now anyway.  It's been fun.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Doctors, Schmoctors

Last weekend I woke up with severe back pain.  So I drove myself a few blocks up the highway to the ER (complete agony every time I step on the clutch) and after the most cursory of exams the doctor proclaims it as sciatica, prescribes two heavy-duty pain killers and refers me to a spinal clinic,  Seriously, it took them longer to write out the prescriptions and discharge me than it did for them to examine me!

It's now a week later, the pain killers not only do very little to help but it turns out they also cause edema - my feet are so badly swollen that I can hardly get my shoes on.  Honestly, I just don't see the point of going to yet another doctor to let them take a wild guess at what's wrong with me and prescribe something that's probably a lot worse than what I'm on now while bilking my health insurance for the whole thing.  I'm done taking their worse-than-useless pain pills and if I feel any better by Tuesday I'm just blowing off the appointment.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Dudes Of Christmas Past

This was meant to be posted yesterday but I got distracted by my annual cookie-baking madness.  I swore I wasn't going to do too much this year and just like every year I always end up doing more than I'd planned.  And I'm already lying to myself about having learned my lesson and not going overboard next year.

December 23rd was a date with a special meaning in my younger days.  My friends and I as teenagers knew that we'd be too busy with family functions from Christmas Eve until after the holiday to hang around together so  we all made a point of celebrating The Night Before The Night Before Christmas together.  Underage as we were, we still managed to get some alcohol (I always looked and sounded older than my actual age and none of us were driving) and with it being the '70s weed was cheap and plentiful.  We'd all get small gifts to exchange with each other - t-shirts, packs of imported cigarettes, records, that sort of thing - and make merry together

We've all gone off in different directions since those days.  I still stay in touch with a very few of my old friends from back then but at this time of year I really miss the others who've drifted away. - Tony, Vic, Rob, Ray, Mark, Dave, Hogie and probably some others whose names have faded from my memory.  I really miss you guys, especially Hogie and Dave who left this world long ago and far too young.  Merry Christmas, guys.  I hope your holidays have been happy ones and that you remember the fun times we had together like I do.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Thank someone for contacting my office..."


If I'd actually written to either of my Senators I might be happy to get a response back, even an automated one telling me which addresses I should send my e-mail to.  The problem is that I didn't write to either of my Senators about anything.

My best guess is that some anti-SOPA hippie activist thought I'd be okay with them using my e-mail address on my behalf.  It's not okay and I'm regretting ever having shown any support for stopping that vile legislation in the first place.  It's proof once more that no good deed ever goes unpunished.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What Your Android Says About You

It recently came to light that there's a hidden app on millions of Android smartphones logging everything users do on the phones. Every number dialed, every text received, every single button pressed on the device is noted and sent off to a company named Carrier IQ.


I was curious so I hooked up my LG Thrive and poked around a little bit.  The following are screenshots showing that Carrier IQ didn't even bother trying to hide this app, it's right under the running applications.  It claims it's not using any memory or system resources but my event logs say otherwise, I suspect this is the app's way of keeping it from being able to be closed.


I don't recall ever giving the app the permissions it has, either:


Sadly, this model of smartphone isn't open to being easily modded.  Still, I'm looking around for ways to get this nasty little rootkit out of the phone altogether.  I've read that in addition to being a huge invasion of privacy that it's also a real battery hog.