Monthly Archives: September 2006

Reagan Quote

The greatest president in my lifetime is also an amazingly quoteable person. Here are a couple I picked up from some of my friends.

“Some people go their entire lives never knowing if they have made a difference. Marines don’t have that problem.”

“Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.”

“Blood that has soaked into the sands of a beach is all of one color. America stands unique in the world: the only country not founded on race but on a way, an ideal. Not in spite of but because of our polyglot background, we have had all the strength in the world.”

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”

“Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal. It was Mussolini’s success in Italy, with his government-directed economy, that led the early New Dealers to say “But Mussolini keeps the trains running on time.””

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

“I notice that everybody who is Pro-Abortion already has been born.”

“No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.”

Now I feel old

Today I turned 30. My wife said to me “Bobby, what’s wrong. You look awful!” She then quickly followed up with, “Oh yah, you turned 30 today.”

I gave her a dirty look. She laughed and said, “Relax, I’m just kidding. You looked awful yesterday too.”

Links, Links, and more Links

This is possibly the most random group of links I have ever posted. Hopefully I will get back to posting real articles in a couple days.

  • The Ubuntu Guide. Useful information for other Linux distributions as well. Like getting buttons 4 & 5 working on a mouse.
  • IE 4 Linux — A drop and install version of IE for Linux. Uses a pre-configured, pre-built version of wine to work. Requires no outside wine configuration to get working. Perfect for web developers who need to test IE support for their websites on Linux.
  • Upstart— A dependency-based system replacement for init on Unix systems. Works to solve dependancy startup issues by “pausing” a service until it’s needed resources become available. In this way it’s more intelligent than the more common init replacement, Initng.
  • Advice to students— By Peter Norvig to the 2006 graduating class of UC Berkley CompSci department.
  • Industry vs. Education— YES!!! One I kinda remember something about. This is a brain dump from a guy who has experience working for a univerity (doing research) and then working for a business (also doing research.) Covers the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches to knowledge gathering.
  • No Sympathy for Students— A college professor lists the top ten things he ignores on end of semester course questionnaires. GREAT comment on what is wrong with entitlement students and how they view education.
  • The Dutch Wind Carpet— The Dutch Wind Carpet is the largest off-shore wind farm in the entire world. It has a max capacity of some 2,500 MW of power. This article has some really interesting information on the coast/benefit breakdown of the carpet along with its overall weaknesses (not the least of which is an average 20% output from full capacity.)
  • HowTo Build KDE4— The first developers build of KDE was released a couple weeks ago. This describes how to get it built on your Linux system.
  • Kerberos & LDAP— Using these two technologies for centralized management of an enterprise system.
  • Reason and Logic— Gödel and the limits of logic.  Rundown of his life and the problems he discovered with number theory.
  • Two Dogmas of Empiricism — Willard Van Orman Quine’s famous attack on logical positivism.