Saturday, February 13, 2010

Visio SV472XVT Review.

We lost almost all our stuff with hurricane Ike,, and its taken some time to replace our livingroom/familyroom TV. We decided we wanted an LED/LCD TV. These sets promise to longer lasting with contrast comparable to the Plasma sets. We wanted big, and we wanted network capable.

We decided on the Visio SV472XVT Its 47 inch size was a trade off for us between availability and budget. and getting all the features we wanted. It turns out that the 47 inch size is plenty big enough for the room it is in These flat screens always seem smaller in the stores than they do at home. The Visio had Internet apps that included Netflix. They also claimed to have Facebook and Pandora apps.

When the set was initially turned on we were taken through a setup wizard. The process was easy and while it took a while for the set to scan and find all the channels on our cable system it was done all automatically.

We set the TV against a wall directly opposed to the our large glass double doors. We haven't replaced the blinds yet on it so there is a lot daylight shinning directly on the the TV. The TV holds up pretty well under all that reflective glare although noticible it is still quite watchable. The sound typically on Visio sets is quite good right out the box, this box is no exception, however,like most HDTVs this one will benefit with the addition of an external home theater sound system.

The picture on this thing is incredible. Blackest blacks bright and ever so sharp. The set does an very good job of standard 480sd analog stations too. We don't have a blue-ray for this yet, but Broadcast quality HD is oustanding and where the Visio really shines.
the "N" wireless Netflix streams in flawlessly even though the set is pretty far away from our router. We were disappointed though that Pandora wasn't included in the apps selection.

This set has it all, Network capable, zoned LED backlighting and Great picture, and Visio value.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Loyalty.

The first rule one must understand when running for office is to know your constituency. Martha Coakley called and insisted that Curt Shilling was a a Yankees fan. One has to understand that the state of Massachusetts takes their Red Socks very seriously and that Curt Shilling has earned a place of honor higher than any any Governor or other politician. To the folks of Massachusetts this is the same scale of blunder as calling George Washington a Marxist. No, it's even worse than that. Washington never gave Boston a World Series.

Coakley to the delight of conservatives everywhere can't resist opening her mouth on things she is clueless about She is kinda like Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee.

Curt responded on his blog.
But never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn’t know what the hell is going
on in your own state maybe you could….

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Google, putting Itself on The Line

We have been harsh on Google for giving in to China's censorious ways. Google is proving to have charactor and Google is stepping up to the plate in the name of freedom.
Google Inc. will stop censoring its search results in China and may pull out of the country completely after discovering that computer hackers had tricked human-rights activists into exposing their e-mail accounts to outsiders.

The change of heart announced Tuesday heralds a major shift for the Internet's search leader, which has repeatedly said it will obey Chinese laws requiring some politically and socially sensitive issues to be blocked from search results available in other countries. The acquiescence had outraged free-speech advocates and even some shareholders, who argued Google's cooperation with China violated the company's ''don't be evil'' motto.

The criticism had started to sway Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who openly expressed his misgivings about the company's presence in China.

But the tipping point didn't come until Google recently uncovered hacking attacks launched from within China. The apparent goals: breaking into the computers of at least 20 major U.S. companies and gathering personal information about dozens of human rights activists trying to shine a light on China's alleged abuses.

We congratulate Google for doing the right thing, and present a tip of the hat to Sodahead who lays out a clear explanation of what this all really means.

What’s more, the AP story cites a Google blog post stating that the company “is no longer willing to continue censoring our [search] results.” This would mark a dramatic about face from Google’s previous policy of complying with the Chinese government’s insistence that they omit certain objectionable search results.

Finally, it seems, a corporation has learned a much needed lesson from doing business in China: playing by the “law of the land” isn’t always a guarantee of safe passage. Google thought that by being above-board in accommodating China’s “Great Firewall” it would be spared clandestine observation and manipulation by China’s Brobdingnagian internet censorship regime.

What this shows us is that no amount of appeasement is enough to satisfy the paranoia of China’s Internet Mandarins. Google’s getting burned so pointedly, and its equally pointed response, will hopefully serve as a rejoinder to corporations around the world that do business over Chinese servers.
Hopefully China backs down and maybe the good people in China will be free to explore what other folks think and believe around the world.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

Titan Missile Museum


We visited the Titan Missile Museum near Tuscon yesterday. A reminder of the cold war and M.A.D. It was a fascinating tour, and reminder of the Cold which was won simply because of American fortitude and demonstrations that we Amercans won't back down.
The dark grey capsule that caps this missile contains the 9 Megaton Warhead that could destroy a communist city somewhere in the "Evil Empire".

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Meeting on the Border.


On Christmas day three of us, My wife Equality, her sister ruok I were near El Pasoo, on our way to Phoenix from our home in Galveston. We veared off I-10 near the intersection of Texas, New Mexico,and Mexico. I wanted a picture of the long fence line seperating two nations. I had seen the fence on an earlier trip to El Paso, the image fascinated me and I wanted to share it with the ladies. 



There is a small shanty town divided by a fence. The Mexican side is not quite as beat up as the American side.  .I noticed a group of people behind me where I took my picture and observed the long fenceline . I don't know what they were doing. I don't know if they were smuggling drugs, or just exchanging Christmas greetings. I do know the fence wasn't keeping any one out. and as far as this group of people were concerned it was only a minor obstacle. We didn't stick around to find out.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Health Care, Whether we want it or not.

The senate presses forward with the new healthcare bill, whether the citizens want it or not. The problem is that no one seems to know what it it is. The whole idea of healthcare reform is supposed to be making it more available to the people. What we are hearing is that it will cause our insurance to go up. That some health care insurance is going to be taxed. If prices are driven up doesn't it make it less accessible?
"Voting 'no' and hiding from the vote are the same result. Those of us on the floor see it. It was clear the three of them who did not cast their yes votes until all 60 Senate votes had been tallied and it was clear that the result was a foregone conclusion. And why? Why all this discord and discourtesy, all this unprecedented destructive action? All to break the momentum of our new young president.
They are desperate to break this president. They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama. The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist. That is one powerful reason. It is not the only one."
Senators and Reps are being bought off for hundreds of millions. Harry Ried tells us that such deals are a normal and expected way of doing business.
Senate Democrats said the payoffs are nothing unusual, and in fact typical.
"People figaht for their own states. That's the nature of a democracy," Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnt., said on "Fox News Sunday," defending Nelson against withering attacks from the GOP.
"This is just part of the normal legislative process," said Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
As a measure of just how typical they are, a slew of payoffs and concessions have been struck over the past several months.
-- Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., won between $100 million and $300 million in additional federal aid for her state's Medicaid population. The deal, secured before she cast her critical vote in favor of bringing the health bill to the floor, was immediately dubbed the "Louisiana Purchase," though the actual Louisiana Purchase was considerably cheaper.
-- Vermont and Massachusetts got $1.2 billion in Medicaid money -- a change that was described as a correction to the current system which exempts those two states because they have robust health care systems. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders also boasted Saturday that he requested and won an investment worth between $10 and $14 billion for community health centers.
Apparently the Democrats find nothing wrong with buying votes. Maybe reid really does stand a chance in 2010, if he can only buy enough votes. Conservatives Republicans and libertarians who dare criticize or question, and not fall in line with the the "Beloved Leaders" are attacked fiercely. As Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) speech on the Senate floor
"Voting 'no' and hiding from the vote are the same result. Those of us on the floor see it. It was clear the three of them who did not cast their yes votes until all 60 Senate votes had been tallied and it was clear that the result was a foregone conclusion. And why? Why all this discord and discourtesy, all this unprecedented destructive action? All to break the momentum of our new young president.
They are desperate to break this president. They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama. The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist. That is one powerful reason. It is not the only one."
The Bill is projected to cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Who is going to pay for it? Probably not the Chinese, but even Obama seems to understand this.
"In the long run we can't continue to spend as if deficits don't have consequences, as if waste doesn't matter, as if the hard earned tax dollars of the American people can be treated like monopoly money, that's what we've seen time and time again, Washington has become more concerned about the next election than the next generation."
I wonder why he doesn't suggest to the Senators to give up the bill? Hmmmm ..

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

OpenOffice.org as HTML Editor

I have pretty much moved off to Linux based systems, and as such I am finding I need to use different tools. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Open Office does a surprisingly good job as a WYSIWYG html editor. Being a program I use regularly anyway even before I I did the big Linux switch, Its been pretty easy to use. It doesn't seem to produce bad html, and the html editor is as good as any text based editor. There seems to be support for more advance functions, but they are more advanced than I.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Explosion at Bayport


On the way to work on HWY 146, I heard an explosion looked up and saw a giant plume of smoke.

A large plant explosion near Seabrook early this morning sent a gigantic plume of smoke billowing into the air. No serious injuries have been reported.

The explosion occurred at an American Acryl facility at 11600 Port Road near old Texas 146 about 8:50 a.m., according to the Seabrook Police Department. A short section of Texas 146 near the blast site was closed in both directions, as is Port Road.

An hour later, firefighters appeared to have the fire out, and no smoke was visible from the charred wreckage at the plant.

I snapped a picture from the overpass at Port RD. Seabrook police for some reason blocked 146, compounding the incident with a traffic jam. I don't understand why any time these things happen the first thing the police think of is to block the road. There was no smoke on the streets in Seabrook.
The good new is no one was killed, no serious inguries, and the fire was out in about an hour.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Global Warming Fraud



The global warming email scandal doesn't surprise most people. We knew it all along. Reminds us all of the old back of the barn joke.
There were three prim and proper matrons were walking down the sidewalk wearing their Sunday finest on their way to the church social. They happened upon brown substance in the middle of the sidewalk. The first dowager squats down low to examine the substance and pronounces, "Looks like dog poo" The second lady squats down and said, "Smells like dog poo". The third bends down smears a little on her finger and taste the strange substance, and pronounces " Yes dears, it looks like dog poo, smells like dog poo, and taste like dog poo. Must be dog poo. It sure is a good thing we didn't step in it!"
If it looks smells and taste like poo than it likely is. Surely most conservative folks understood the man made global warming scare had little to do with reality. There has been some evidence that indicates we have been on a cooling trend, While some scientist claiming that the manmade CO2 emissions have very little to do with global warming. When those forwarding the claims tend to be socialist political type people , and the actual scientists seem to be split on the idea. A socialist agenda was always suspected by us in the moderate or conservative camps. Al Gores movie showed the dramatic rising water sinking our continents under the seas, had no scientific validity even if the global warming does continue.
Several items were presented as facts:
  1. Global warming is happening now .. and will continue until life on earth as we know it doesn't exist any more.
  2. Man is causing this global warming because of the use of fossile fuels generating increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
  3. The civilized nations with the advanced economy is the cause of the greenhouse gas releases.
The leftist fall in love with the idea, their plan is to reduce all the economies into a level playing field Where every man woman and child is allowed the same level of Greenhouse gas emissions. The idea that we are even in a state of global warming has been questioned by the non political scientist for years. Gary Sutton observes

Many of you are too young to remember, but in 1975 our government pushed "the coming ice age."

Random House dutifully printed "THE WEATHER CONSPIRACY … coming of the New Ice Age." This may be the only book ever written by 18 authors. All 18 lived just a short sled ride from Washington, D.C. Newsweek fell in line and did a cover issue warning us of global cooling on April 28, 1975. And The New York Times, Aug. 14, 1976, reported "many signs that Earth may be headImagine if there were no reliable records of global surface temperature. Raucous policy debates such as cap-and-trade would have no scientific basis, Al Gore would at this point be little more than a historical footnote, and President Obama would not be spendined for another ice age."

Even the most thick skulled of the global warmers will have to admit the data seems to be trending cooler the last 10 years. The global cooling folks never reached the religious fever of the current save the earth/global warmist. A culture within the scientist has has been about proving what they already believe they know, and they won't let the facts get in the way of what they are so sure is the truth. The climate change within the scientific community is born of government grants and a leftist intelectual community that is so ingrained within our universities.

Hackers mined the Climate Research Units email servers. To find that there has been a conspiracy to ensure that the any data released only confirms the theories the scientist have already accepted as fact:
Yet even a partial review of the emails is highly illuminating. In them, scientists appear to urge each other to present a "unified" view on the theory of man-made climate change while discussing the importance of the "common cause"; to advise each other on how to smooth over data so as not to compromise the favored hypothesis; to discuss ways to keep opposing views out of leading journals; and to give tips on how to "hide the decline" of temperature in certain inconvenient data.
This newest exposé was preceded by an scandal earlier this year.

Imagine if there were no reliable records of global surface temperature. Raucous policy debates such as cap-and-trade would have no scientific basis, Al Gore would at this point be little more than a historical footnote, and President Obama would not be spending this U.N. session talking up a (likely unattainable) international climate deal in Copenhagen in December.

Steel yourself for the new reality, because the data needed to verify the gloom-and-doom warming forecasts have disappeared.

Or so it seems. Apparently, they were either lost or purged from some discarded computer. Only a very few people know what really happened, and they aren't talking much. And what little they are saying makes no sense.g this U.N. session talking up a (likely unattainable) international climate deal in Copenhagen in December.


Yes, the data just disappeared. Like he says , The dog must have eaten global warming and it looks like someone is stepping in it.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Google Wave Invites

If any of my good readers would like invites to Google Wave drop me an email.
Liberty at Libertysblog.com
Give me a good email address, I have several and its first come first served. When I run out I'm out.

Once you sign up though it may be a few days before you get an account.