# John Farnam’s Quips — 23Mar05: Your new M4 Case — recommends the
Mar 29th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

John Farnam’s Quips -

23Mar05: Your new M4 Case
— rec­om­mends the


elec­tric gui­tar case
, avail­able at Wal*Mart for $20 (but not on
their web site) or

via mail-order from FirstAct
for $33, as low-profile
trans­port for a short-barreled rifle or shot­gun.
Styl­ish, durable, heavy duty case fits most elec­tric gui­tars. Padded
for gui­tar pro­tec­tion and secure fit. Back­pack design with com­fort­able
shoul­der straps. Rugged cush­ioned car­ry­ing han­dle. Bungee strap­ping
for large acces­sories.
[End the War on Free­dom]

I won­der if this would fit my Steyr Scout Rifle?

M 6.1, Nias region, Indonesia .
Mar 29th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

M 6.1, Nias region, Indone­sia. March 28, 2005 18:30:43 GMT [USGS M>2.5 Earth­quakes]

There have been over a dozen 5.0 or greater earth­quakes in this area in the past 24 hours–that must be rather nerve-wracking for tsuna­mi sur­vivors.

Iceland Granting Citizenship to Bobby Fischer .
Mar 22nd, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Ice­land Grant­i­ng Cit­i­zen­ship to Bob­by Fis­ch­er. Lit­tle Ice­land has stepped for­ward to stand up to the U.S. The Ice­landers note that Fis­ch­er has remained a hero in Ice­land due to his 1972 vic­to­ry in Reyk­javik. [Par­lia­men­tar­i­an] Mr. Benedik­ts­son said… “A new gen­er­a­tion of inter­na­tion­al chess play­ers… By Stephen Car­son. [ Blog]

Unfor­tu­nate­ly the linked arti­cle requires reg­is­tra­tion to read, so I don’t know if it answers my ques­tion: does this mean that Fis­ch­er will be released? Cur­rent­ly he’s impris­oned in Japan–not because he’s bro­ken any Japan­ese laws (he hasn’t), but at the behest of Japan’s Impe­r­i­al mas­ters in Wash­ing­ton. It’s great that Ice­land is stand­ing up to the Evil Empire, but it’s not enough by itself–now Japan has to be will­ing to let him go.

For iTunes users, I’ve created an iMix titled Musicians I’ve Photographed .
Mar 22nd, 2005 by Ken Hagler

For iTunes users, I’ve cre­at­ed an iMix titled Musi­cians I’ve Pho­tographed. As the name sug­gests, it’s a col­lec­tion of sam­ple tracks from musi­cians I’ve pho­tographed (or at least, those whose music is sold through iTunes).

Recently I’ve noticed that many of the musicians I photograph are using a new weblog service called MySpace .
Mar 22nd, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Recent­ly I’ve noticed that many of the musi­cians I pho­to­graph are using a new weblog ser­vice called MySpace. It looks like the same idea as Live­Jour­nal, but with a built in music player–which no doubt has some­thing to do with its pop­u­lar­i­ty with musi­cians.

Macintouch has posted a series of reader comments on Apple’s policy of removing RAM from computers sent to them for repair, claiming (falsely) that the RAM is bad.
Mar 17th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Mac­in­touch has post­ed a series of read­er com­ments on Apple’s pol­i­cy of remov­ing RAM from com­put­ers sent to them for repair, claim­ing (false­ly) that the RAM is bad. They had done that with my recent­ly repaired TiBook, result­ing in a com­put­er that was actu­al­ly DOA when it was sent back to me (and until I put the mem­o­ry back in).

Austrians Say The Darndest Things .
Mar 14th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Aus­tri­ans Say The Darn­d­est Things. Nes­tle chief rejects the need to ‘give back’ to com­mu­ni­ties:bq. Com­pa­nies shouldn’t feel oblig­at­ed to “give back” to the com­mu­ni­ty, because they haven’t tak­en any­thing away, the Austrian-born chief of the world’s largest food com­pa­ny told local exec­u­tives yes­ter­day.

In a stun­ning broad­side to cor­po­rate cit­i­zen­ship as Bosto­ni­ans have come to know it, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe — head of Nes­tle S.A. — said com­pa­nies should only pur­sue char­i­ta­ble endeav­ors with an under­ly­ing inten­tion of mak­ing mon­ey for investors. Via Mar­garet Griff­is. [Mis­es Eco­nom­ics Blog]

This is an uncom­mon­ly sen­si­ble state­ment to be mak­ing it into the main­stream media. I expect that the social­ists who infest Boston so heav­i­ly will soon be scream­ing in out­rage.

Microsoft Buys Groove .
Mar 11th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

Microsoft Buys Groove. Microsoft to Acquire Groove Net­works, Com­bin­ing Tal­ents to Cre­ate Any­time, Any­where Col­lab­o­ra­tion Prod­ucts and Ser­vices: This is kind of a no-brainer. Micr­soft owned 25% of Groove, and it was only a mat­ter of time until Groove got built into Win­dows.

bq. Microsoft Corp. announced today that it will acquire Groove Net­works Inc., a lead­ing provider of col­lab­o­ra­tion soft­ware for the “vir­tu­al office.”

This will essen­tial­ly give every copy of Win­dows a built-in pri­vate P2P net­work. The RIAA can’t be hap­py about that prospect.

I’m not a big fan of Groove. I spent $700 on it, alto­geth­er. It did the job, I guess, but I end­ed up using it for lit­tle more than file sync­ing between machines — about 10% of the app. I just nev­er felt com­fort­able with it, because of the Win­dows lock-in. [Gadgetopia]

I bought it myself, but only one copy at around $125. I tried to inter­est the oth­er peo­ple in my depart­ment at work in it, but with­out suc­cess.

Iron­i­cal­ly, it would be most use­ful for the Mac group, which has mem­bers who work from home often and oth­ers who are locat­ed in dif­fer­ent states. Unfor­tu­nate­ly that’s not an option, because it’s not avail­able for OS X, and Mac devel­op­ers tend not to have Win­dows com­put­ers around.

My TiBook came back from Apple today–it had died last week.
Mar 9th, 2005 by Ken Hagler

My TiBook came back from Apple today–it had died last week. When I opened the box I was sur­prised to see that the RAM had been removed, lead­ing me to think, “You’ve got to be kid­ding!”

A call to Apple revealed that they had actu­al­ly replaced the moth­er­board, and only tak­en the RAM out because it wasn’t made by Apple. On putting the RAM back in, the TiBook was fine. It’s a good thing they didn’t look at the hard drive–it’s a replace­ment too, and much hard­er to rein­stall.

The moth­er­board replace­ment is actu­al­ly real­ly good news for me. One of the DIMM slots in the TiBook had failed some time ago, and couldn’t be repaired short of a moth­er­board replace­ment. Now, that prob­lem is fixed too. Not only that, but I found that the new moth­er­board has met­al clips on the DIMM slot, replac­ing the cheap plas­tic ones that had worn out before. Appar­ent­ly at some time in the past Apple had qui­et­ly acknowl­edged their mis­take and cor­rect­ed it, and now my TiBook has two DIMM slots and 1 GB of RAM.

Mar 5th, 2005 by Ken Hagler


An Army intel­li­gence sergeant who accused fel­low sol­diers in Samar­ra, Iraq, of abus­ing detainees in 2003 was in turn accused by his com­man­der of being delu­sion­al and ordered to under­go a psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion in Ger­many, despite a mil­i­tary psychiatrist’s ini­tial judg­ment that the man was sta­ble, accord­ing to inter­nal Army … [The Light Of Rea­son]

Con­sid­er also how this ties in with the Bushevik’s plans for forced “men­tal health screen­ing” and invol­un­tary drug­ging of Amer­i­can cit­i­zens, espe­cial­ly chil­dren.

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