There were 3 children killed at Saugus HS

The author of this piece in the Washington Post keeps saying there were 2 victims. 2 children lost to gun violence. No, there were 3 children lost, the shooter himself was 16 years old. What lead this kid to this point, where he thought the solution to something was this?

3 kids. Not 2.

NYT: How the swing states view the impeachment process

The New York Times sent people to six of the swing states to get an idea of how these areas view the impeachment process and how it might affect the next election. In FL of the four people who they quoted two were white women in their 70s from The Villages. That area is about as pro-Trump as you can get. They couldn’t find anyone better in the whole state of Florida?

Hey “Anonymous” – tell us something we don’t know

Laughed this morning when I saw this headline for a Philip Rucker story on washingtonpost.com:

Book by ‘Anonymous’ official describes Trump as cruel, inept and a danger to the nation

Do we really need Anonymous to tell us this? It’s been pretty obvious since the day Trump took office.

Shocked that in 2019 not only are there businesses that don’t have their own domain name but are still using @hotmail.com for email.

Backlash on Gruber re: Stallman comments

Just read this on Daring Fireball where John is describing some emails he received about his comments on Richard Stallman in a recent episode of The Talk Show:

I know your shows are meant to be funny and ad-lib’d to a degree but resorting to a random character attack is not something I want to listen to.

I know you don’t like e-mail but I really feel strongly about keeping this kind of garbage off the air. Nerd/geek culture is about acceptance not snobbishness and if your show claims to be for nerds, I don’t think it has place for this low-brow bullying.

Almost had to do a double-take when I read that. First of all, Stallman is a disgusting pig with a terrible history of mistreatment of women. He’s fucking fair game on the “random character attack” in my book.

As to nerd/geek culture being about “acceptance, not snobbishness”…when? Certainly not since I can remember. Nerds/geeks can be some of the absolute worst when it comes to that stuff. Wow.

Better late than never! Never thought these Morning Glory blooms would ever come and almost pulled down the plant because it’s so late in the season!

Austin Mann says serious photographers should get an 11 Pro because the increase in cost is worth it. Of course he only seems to really do anything with his around Sept. The rest of the time he’s using real cameras 😉

Fun with Dell computer recovery

Last night reminded me why I really prefer Mac. Trying to get the XPS13 laptop (model 9350 for those that are reading this that might have come here looking for clues) ready for sale and of course a factory reset can’t be straightforward. Dell has options for just this scenario but once I ran the factory reset the first time I wasn’t able to do it again because the recovery partitions, which were still on the drive, were no longer available because the boot loader was changed. Not sure why a recovery tool would do that but it must have because it ran once.

I needed to run it again however because instead of just shutting the machine off where the configuration of Windows starts I went thru the whole process. After a lot of messing around trying to get the bootloader configured again ( still have access to the settings on the image of the machine I made in Parallels) I finally just downloaded their cloud-based repair tool to redownload Windows and do a new install. That process ran overnight and I turned the machine off at the point I should have early last night. What remains to be seen today is are the recovery partitions available.

For those who might be interested the tools at boyans.net, especially Visual BCD Editor in my case, can be a life saver. If you ever dual-booted a Dell laptop with Windows and Ubuntu and want to get back to “normal” his other repair tool is excellent.