My Car Is Pure Concentrated Evil

Can a car be evil? Or posessed? Or just plain prone to bad luck? Because I own that car. It's not Christine-evil (as in the Stephen King story). More of a junior kindergarten Christine. A Chrissy perhaps. I bought my 1997 Honda Accord used with amazingly low kilometers on the odometer and, for the price I paid, it seemed like an amazingly good deal at the time. It was a nice car and it drove well, but something dark lurked inside the engine. Or the side panels. Or in the transmission. I can't be sure of the exact location of …

Creating an eBook : An Evolutionary Approach

For anyone interested in self-publishing on the various eBook platforms (e.g. Kindle, Kobo, Nook, etc), creating books e-Reader ready is a skill that is becoming as important as the writing itself. At YouWordMe, we have created tools that automatically create machine-ready eBook files in .epub and .mobi formats, perfect for the most popular eBook readers on the market. All you need to do is provide a properly formatted file usingLibreOffice/OpenOffice or Microsoft Word. This document will show you how to do this. The subtitle, “An Evolutionary Approach”, was chosen because you will bee able to see, using screenshots of an Amazon Kindle, …

Who cares about your dang Desktop Environment?!

Well, actually . . . I do. If you are into such things, and you place your faith on those distro popularity numbers over on DistroWatch, you'll see that Ubuntu has dropped from its number one position, a position now held by Linux Mint. Heavens, no! Surely the universe is about to implode! And isn't even 2012 yet!  Sorry about that. The reason for Ubuntu's decline from that venerated number one position has been speculated on by tea leaf readers everywhere (i.e. my fellow tech journalists). Much has been made about the Canonical's embrace of Unity over traditional GNOME and …

Has Linux dropped off the face of the Earth?

Over on my mailing list, the WFTL-LUG, a "whatever happened to" discussion has emerged in part because question traffic has gone down dramatically. Fewer people are coming out to LUG meetings. It's as if Linux is fading away. "Has Linux dropped off the face of the Earth?" The answer is obviously no. Linux is still around, stronger than ever, but the desktop OS does seem to be disappearing. Of course this is true of Windows and Mac OS, at least from the average user's perspective. Desktop Linux is strong with those who use it; those who have been using it, …

Rememberance Day, 2011 – A Taste of Armageddon

Lest we forget . . . I've published a variation of this post for the last few years. If it sounds familiar, you'll understand why. But remembering the past is what this post is about and on this November 11, 2011, I am once again finding myself thinking about wars past, wars present, and sadly, the wars to come. Over the years, I've come to believe that we need to reflect on the horrors of war because we need to understand that it is something dreadful; something to be avoided at all costs; something to be engaged in only as …

Asimo Gets An Upgrade

As I write these words, I am also vacuuming the floor. In a manner of speaking. My Roomba, a robotic vacuum cleaner is actually doing the work. In that sense, in a few minutes, I will be washing my kitchen floor. Well, my Scooba floor washing robot will be doing the job but I still have to put in the cleaning solution and press the button. I love robots. If I could get a lawn mowing robot or a snow removal robot (albeit one that I could afford), I would be in line for one right now.  Meanwhile, in another …

God’s Will, Cruelty, and Murdering Children

Back a few months ago, Karen and Elizabeth Shatz were found guilty of their child's murder (they pleaded guilty). The adopted child was beaten to death by following the instructions in a fundamentalist Christian child-rearing book. Another mother, Lynn Paddock, was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing her 4 year old son, Sean, because he wouldn't stay in bed. Well, it has happened again. Larry and Carri Williams are charged with homocide resulting from torturing, beating, and starving their child, then leaving her outside to die of exposure (and, presumably, her various wounds). The parents, in both cases, essentially …

God’s Will, Cruelty, and Murdering Children

Back a few months ago, Karen and Elizabeth Shatz were found guilty of their child's murder (they pleaded guilty). The adopted child was beaten to death by following the instructions in a fundamentalist Christian child-rearing book. Another mother, Lynn Paddock, was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing her 4 year old son, Sean, because he wouldn't stay in bed. Well, it has happened again. Larry and Carri Williams are charged with homocide resulting from torturing, beating, and starving their child, then leaving her outside to die of exposure (and, presumably, her various wounds). The parents, in both cases, essentially (over time) beat their child …