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Your "Federal Benefit Payment"

A friend sent me this suggesting it should be passed on. Here we go.


Have you noticed, your Social Security check is now referred to as a 'Federal Benefit Payment'? I'll be part of the one percent to forward this.

I am forwarding it because it touches a nerve in me, and I hope it will in you. Please keep passing it on until everyone in our country has read it.

The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a 'Federal Benefit Payment.' This isn’t a benefit its earned income!


Why Twitter?

Until this week, I never understood how Twitter could make any sense. Why would anyone want to babble is short messages. I envisioned it as a place where most of the messages were on the level of "Eating lunch now".

Boy, was I wrong. Well, at least wrong about the potential as I still have no clue what most of the messages are about.

What converted me was seeing how effective it has been at getting the news out about what is happening with/to Julian Assange. The Wikileaks Twitter feed pointed me to lots of timely information when timely was all so important.

New Lemur 4 Laptop

I have (another) new laptop. It is a Lemur 4 from System 76. While I can't say that I love it, I can say that it seems like a good system.

The computers I love are IBM T-series ThinkPads where the specific model is 43 or less. I have had a couple of T20s, a T22, a T23, a T42 and a T43. Unfortunately, they are all a bit long in the tooth. While my T43 is still happy, this purchase was inspired by the fact that I have to put my T42 in the oven in order to get it to work.

War Against Wikileaks

I just made a post on NicaLiving titled The Fragile Internet. It will tell you what is going on with that war and, well, what it means.

Here, I just wanted to add a page of information about how to donate to WikiLeaks through alternative means. This page comes from my using Tor to get the WL mirror.

There, I said it. Let's see if that qualifies me for a DDOS attack.

Linus Warned Me

Before Linus Torvalds moved to the US we were corresponding in email. Mostly we were talking about his future employment choices and the "politics" of the move. Sometimes he would not respond. I remember harassing him about that.

His response was that sometimes messages get lost because so many other things have come in to deal with.


Why Grid-Tie Systems Suck

A while ago I posted an article here about what I called grid assisted electric systems. As far as I know, the concept is mine and I do plan to write more about it.

In that article and others I have pointed out why grid-tie systems don't make a lot of sense.

Autos: Measuring Pollution

There is an old (and depressing) saying, "the solution to pollution is dillution". As I remember, I first heard it with regard to how all the shit from Los Angeles is ultimately dumped into the Pacific Ocean. It goes way beyond that from radioactivity to cars. Well, this post is about cars.

Let's start with an article in Natural News.


Looking more at CMSs

Last year I wrote http://fylz.com/which-cms-is-best but I recently updated my knowledge because of two projects and a disaster I am dealing with. I don't intend to tell you the other article is mis-information but I want to add a bit of information on two more CMSs.

Tiki Wiki

The first is Tiki Wiki. I had used it long ago and it was a pretty amazing collection of bugs. It seems to be stable now so I took another look.


Time for Lubuntu?

I've been a Linux user almost as long as Linus has. Once I got serious about using a GUI, I quickly became a KDE user. Yes, I have played with Gnome many times but I quickly back to KDE. But, that said, much like the US government, it seems that KDE had developed more bloat than i like.

Following the Microsoft model, the next generation of hardware seems to always make up for the next generation of features. We tend to accept the it does more excuse for it needing newer, bigger and faster hardware.

Sharing Information Securely

A common question (well, at least I get asked it quite often) is how do you share information both between your own computers/access and with others in a secure manner. Until now, the approaches have been less than perfect and, in many cases, require technical skills and work. Well, Wuala seems to offer a good solution. I confess I just started playing with it but, so far, it seems to do everything with close to no work/inconvenience.

In the past, the typical methods have been:

  • Encrypted email using PGP/GPG.