Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Neel Kashkari - Blame Bush Resurrected?

Neel Kashkari, a Republican candidate for the Governorship of California, recently made an outstandingly idiotic comment on CNBC.  The recent Republican fiscal stance has been been promoting spending control and reduction of the National debt. Joe Kernen asked Kashkari, given that California now has a budget surplus, if some of that money would be used to pay-down California's debt.  The response by Kashkari was the unbelievable prostration that economic measures were needed to stimulate the California economy. A non-answer to Kernen's question. The "between the lines" take-away, another excuse not to address the debt issue.

Mr. Kashkari, is only one Republican and does not define the Republican party's fiscal policies. Nevertheless, his comments, may be a chilling harbinger of what might happen should the Republicans take control of the US government. Will the Republicans, like the Democrats, abandon fiscal responsibility in favor of continued deficit spending to "gift" their base "freebies"?  Will the Republican, once elected, repeat the irresponsible tax policies of Blame Bush?

PS: I could not locate the actual video clip were this exchange took place. Here is one clip from that day.  I would agree that high frequency trading should be regulated.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Windows XP End-of-Life - The Linux Alternative

With Microsoft retiring support of Windows XP, the Internet has been awash with discussions concerning what to do next. The typical uninspired response is to migrate to a newer version of MS Windows. But there are other options to MS Windows, Linux for example.

Should you be wondering what to do with your Windows XP computer, look into Linux.  Linux, for the vast majority of applications, is just as good as Windows and it is also free. One place to start would be LinuxQuestions.org. I would encourage you to investigate Linux to determine whether it would be a suitable replacement for MS Windows.  You have nothing to loose and you may find Linux to be a superior operating system.  Good-Luck.

PS: Leave a similar post on your blog to "crowd-source" Linux as a suitable replacement for MS Windows.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Asus RT-N56U Modem and Simple Backup

Recently, I have seen posts concerning what to get in the way of a replacement modem. This post won't answer that question, but will provide some anecdotal thoughts on the topic. The Asus RT-N56U modem is now obsolete and has been replaced by the Asus Dual-Band Wireless-N750 Gigabit Router.

One of main reasons for selecting the RT-N56U was that it came with two USB 2.0 ports.  Since routers are never turned off, the USB ports could be used for backing up your computers.  It is my belief that backups should always be done to a second disk drive. (Installed either on the computer itself or as an external device, in this case the router.)  To accomplish that, I bought a 3TB Western Digital USB hard drive, which plugged into the router's USB port.

For the backup program, I used Simple Backup. This is an excellent back-up program.  Though an excellent program, it proved to be quite finicky when it came to backing data onto the USB HD drive attached to the router's USB port. Periodically the back-ups would fail with permission/access error messages. Worked without issue when backing-up to a USB device that was directly attached to the computer.

I have Simple Backup working as expected with the RT-N46U router.  The following tweaks may have resulted in getting Simple Backup to function correctly.

1.  Mount the USB HD Drive.  See the /etc/fstab entry below.
#Mount Western Digital Passport Drive On Router
//rt-n56u/sda1 /media/My_Passport cifs rw,sec=ntlm,guest,uid=1000,gid=34,iocharset=utf8,nofail 0 0

2. Change the format of the USB HD to EXT3.

Why EXT3?  Turns out that the Asus RT-N56U does not recognize EXT4.  The fact that the router does not recognize EXT4 is "hidden" in the manual.  Had to actually read the manual to find that out. Grumble.

Check to see if your router supports EXT4.

Furthermore, The Western Digital USB HD, as purchased, came formated with Microsoft's NTFS.  Under NTFS, I would receive periodic permission/access error messages when connected through the router's USB port. Since changing the file system to EXT3, these issues have disappeared.

With the tweaks identified above, Simple Backup is now operating reliably.  These tweaks may also prove to be beneficial with other modems that offer USB ports where a USB hard drive can be attached.

Friday, February 21, 2014

It's Been a While

Time slips by. Just got involved with other projects.  One, reading the "Game Of Thrones" by George R.R.Martin.  At a thousand pages per novel, plus watching each episode, it has been a slow-go.  Fortunately there are several very helpful internet resources, one being:  A Wiki of Ice and Fire.  I'm currently reading "A Feast for Crows".

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It

Unbelievable.  I kept hearing on the TV that the White House had not changed their webpage despite all the hoopla. So I decided to look, and I discovered that the Obama Ministry of Truth had not updated the website to a revisionist mantra.  What is also interesting, in perusing the website, no mention was made concerning the health insurance cancellations.

Link to: "If you like your plan you can keep it and you don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law.".  As they say in the commercials, hurry this is a limited time offer that will soon disappear.  Amazing that this assertion is still up and available for all to inspect the lie. Seems that Obama's Ministry of Truth needs to undertake some website revisions to disappear the disingenuous promise.

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I also located this U-tube video: Cornyn, Sebelius spar over "keep your plan" promise.  Cornyn asks Sebelius if the statement that: "if you like your plan you can keep it" was true. Sebelius refuses to acknowledge that people are having their health coverage canceled. Furthermore she obfuscates her response by asserting that some people are in other types of plans and that others would have the "opportunity" to enroll in better plans. So getting your health insurance plan cancelled is really an "opportunity". The knowing deceit, cover-up, and denial by the Obama administration continues.