Planning my next reinstall

Having been forced by winrot into rebuilding luggable, I am thinking it would be wise to plan for the next reinstall.

Last time, I was lucky because the was essentially nothing wrong with the hard drive. It was windoze that was screwed up. At least one program was lost that I know of (i.e., the Intel Wireless Configuration utility). Data and applications were duplicated. Clean up is a mess.

Why do programs have to be installed?

So my thinking is I need to identify all applications. Catagorize them as: those I can reinstall because I have media and those I can't. For the ones I can't what is my plan?

So I need to create a data strategy. That is somewhat easier. During the reinstall, I found that Windows, certain Applications, and some slovenly habits on my part allowed data to be scattered across the directory structure. I need to come up with a plan for data. Some data is by the nature of the application is automagically off-sited. For example, Corex's Cardscan saves its data on the Corex site. In recovery, it can, after the application is reinstalled, be brought down from the cloud. It's questionable if it MUST be brought down form the cloud (i.e., restoring is useless because it has to be brought from the cloud to be syncable back to the cloud). So it has it's own gotcha. Data could be restricted to a data drive and backup to something like that book drive. Or off-site service like Streamload or such?

So there are lots of apps and lots of data that all needs work.

There is also a class of stuff that needs consideration. Drivers, configurations, and other things need to be accounted for.

Keyboarding everything stinks. So there has to be scripts, batch files, or other ways to recover and minimize the amount of time and effort to do it.

So I have a lot of work cut out for me.

Since I won't move to Vista, I need to identify how I can stay behind until my move to Linux.

My thought is that ideally I'd like to get a base that I could image and then that would always serve as a jumping off point.

One idea would be to create images as I begin to beat this into shape.

So where do I start?

Are Condi’s actions inconsistent with BC’s values, Catholicism, and Jesuit traditions. (WWJD?)–+Op-ed+columns

Condoleezza Rice at Boston College? I quit
By Steve Almond  |  May 12, 2006

An open letter to William P. Leahy, SJ, president of Boston College.

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DEAR Father Leahy,

I am writing to resign my post as an adjunct professor of English at Boston College.

I am doing so — after five years at BC, and with tremendous regret — as a direct result of your decision to invite Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be the commencement speaker at this year's graduation.

Many members of the faculty and student body already have voiced their objection to the invitation, arguing that Rice's actions as secretary of state are inconsistent with the broader humanistic values of the university and the Catholic and Jesuit traditions from which those values derive.

But I am not writing this letter simply because of an objection to the war against Iraq. My concern is more fundamental. Simply put, Rice is a liar.

She has lied to the American people knowingly, repeatedly, often extravagantly over the past five years, in an effort to justify a pathologically misguided foreign policy.

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Well, this fellow is a great exemplar of Catholic values (i.e., charity, forgiveness, humility, temperence, honesty).

Now I am not so sure that there might NOT be whole bunches of liars in Washington. Socialist and Statists by the boatload sure! But, "liars"? I think one has to be very circumspect about calling anyone a "liar". Now I have no use for politicians of either ilk in general. Having said that, the last time I thought a politician was a "liar" was when Bill Clinton parsed the word "is". And he gave that testimony himself!

If a politician says X Y or Z, then I am inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt as far as lying is concerned. Stupidity, incompetence, and immaturity should be self-evident. Truth is not.

As far as memos and papers and emails and conversations, I am willing to bet that "stuff" gets lost. Leadership in business and government has the attention span of a 4 year old. Get them to read a memo and they zone out. When I make a presentation to them, I try and make it only one slide. AND, even that they'll forget. Tell them your opinion and they'll go right out an do the opposite. We are an error prone species.

Liar? That verdict I'll leave to the accused and the Intelligent Designer.

Too many of the accusers have forgotten Jesus and the adulteress tale.

"Let he, who is without sin, cast the first stone."

It sure isn't me!

Sorry, Steve. I think you're making a mistake and I hope you unemployment checks may teach you a little about humanity.

Hillary Clinton proposes minimum wage increase tied to Congressional wage raises!


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. While I am not a particular fan of hers *, and I realize that there are economic ramifications to making a drastic jump in minimum wage that I don't fully understand, you really have to admire the beauty of that concept. It's a good thing I'm nearly as easily amused as I am pissed off. * She and Lieberman are still on my shit list for their stance on violent video games and music.

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Sounds like a positive feedback loop!

The FED inflates the currency. Congress raises the minimum wage. All the union and government workers make more money. All the federal non-union "executives" have to make more than those they "manage" so they get a bump. All the gummamint execs can make more than Congress so they get a bump.

Now, if Congress legislates a rise in the minimum wage when Congress gets a raise, the it completes the feedback loop.

When I was in injineering school, we waz taught that positive feedback loops eventually destroy themselves. Power increase means increasing power. Very quickly the whole thing melts.

Back to Hillary's latest "proposal", who melts down? The taxpayer (higher taxes), seniors on fixed income (inflation), non-union non-gummamint workers (higher prices), property owners (higher taxes), small businesses (have to pay higher wages), low wage workers (unemployed if wage exceeds value generated), and welfare recipients (they don't get more but inflation get them).

Great plan!

I got an IDEA! Peg congress critters and their staffs to a dollar a year. It's an honor to serve your country. They would have to rely on what they steal. They do that anyway. Just think, no government salaries, pensions, or paid heathcare. Double dippers could have TWO dollars!

Wow we'd save gobs and gobs of money!

LBTY: Gas tax revolt (Had enough yet?)

States Weigh Cutting Gas Taxes
May 12, 12:46 AM (ET)

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(AP) UPDATES with most recent state gas tax numbers; graphic shows state gas taxes and historical…

With a gallon of gas breaking $3 and voters unhappy, state leaders across the country are taking a sudden, sharp dislike to gasoline taxes, proposing to eliminate the levies that are a mainstay for road programs – or at least suspend them for the summer.

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Gee, I wonder what was their first clue? Maybe it was constituents coming for them with torches and pitchforks.

As blogged previously, I don't think we have any worries. They will not forgo this tax or any other without a fight.

Tax revolt? Count me in

A Technology Strategy for email and a desire to go paperless with crypto

I use lots of email addresses. One for immediate attention. But each of my other email ids has a specific purpose. Politics, professional job search networking, techie stuff, Manhattan College alumni aka Jaspers, Manhattan Prep aka my high school alums, one for work, and lots of secret ones for personal use. All it costs me is setup time! Outlook can poll lots of mailboxes pretty quickly; most only get looked at once per day.


Many of the email addresses are just a random string (e.g. HJPP 0S9L C9AW EBTY  @ gmail or W363 N93A DPO8 POAS @ gmail). I have several, probably a dozen, dedicated email addresses for different purposes.

I have “lost” a lot of addresses to spammers.

In one case, I know they used an alpha progression to eventually “discover” every address.  I wised up to it when some dumb spammer had “reinke @, reinkea@, reinkez@ reinkeaa@, …” in the To field. I noted that he quit at 12 so I went to 16 character names. So, I have adopted the long random strings as the “user” part.  Since 99% of the email use is “reply”, no one cares. Also since no one invests any time in the “name”, I can change it when needed (i.e., if it starts to be spammed). 

I have many ways for people to keep in or get back in touch, so it seems to work for me. For eample, or Plaxo or LinkedIn or Corex Cardscan or … …

It makes for compartmentalizing one’s email. AND, it makes spam and phishing laughable (i.e., a financial institution coming in on the manhattan prep account can be discarded without further adieu). Each financial institution has it’s own gmail account that is never used elsewhere. Hence, an email on the proper account has a high degree of reliability.

You might want to think about what strategy would work for you.

I really really want the financial institutions and every business to truncate paper. I always seemed to be buried in it. If they offer it, I have them discontinue the paper mail. No one does yet but one can only hope they will pick the idea up.

Having a background in cryptology, public key crypto should make this trivial.

The institution could accept my public key and give me theirs. Then they could encrypt my paper (e.g., a statement; bill; receipt) with their private key. Then, they encrypt it with my public key. And put it in the public email to my registered address. I could then decrypt it by using my private key and then decrypt it by using their public key. It is worthless to anyone without my private key.

Note the order of which they do it — SEQUENCE ONE their private key first then my public key; or SEQUENCE TWO my public key then their private key — doesn't matter.

They'd have to register my public key in their keyring somewhere. But when you consider the cost of mailings, they would have to save money. And, I'd be happier.

Wonder when?

YAHOO ANSWER:How to “invest” a small amount for a few years? Buy a CD.

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I want to buy stock/share for $700 long term investment?

Can Anyone let me know, Because I want buy the stock for long term investment, I am thinking to buy walmart stock.
Please let me know the sugestion, I dont like to trade, I want to keep it for 2-3years.

Which stock that are good that 2-3 years investment.

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Seven hundred dollars, while it might seem to be a lot, isn’t. You can’t get into the game with that stake. Further, long term in the stock market is ten to twenty years. That’s based on the conventional wisdom that the market hasn’t “lost” in any ten year period in modern time. May I suggest that if you are adamant about WalMart for three years that you consider using… that would allow you to get in and out without being eaten alive. Don’t get me wrong, just because you can do something doesn’t make it a good idea to do it. I’d suggest a CD until you learn more and have more.

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