MCBA: MacBookAir (old one) loses sound

Sunday, October 31, 2010

For no apparent reason, there is no sound on the McBa. The volume controls on the keyboard don’t work. And in the system preferences | sound, there are no output devices defined.

The only help I can find online says to run the permission fixer, which I did to no avail.

Argh!

So much for Apple’s reputation of “bulletproof-ness”. I go get this on a Windoze machine.

Time for a bare metal restore?

But I’ll lose all my email archives.

Argh!

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MONEY: Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is what?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

http://goo.gl/UPFV

How Will Financial Reform Affect You?
by Ric Edelman
For Immediate Release
October 29, 2010

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After months of debate, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is law — and a long one at that. At more than 2,300 pages, the law requires regulators to create some 240 new rules, conduct 68 studies and issue more than 20 periodic reports. All this will occur over time; in many cases, implementation dates and deadlines are unspecified.

Parts of the law will impact the products and services that are available to you; others are designed to improve the nation’s financial stability. Read on to learn about some of the law’s most important provisions.

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Ric Edelman has a lot of smart people looking into this. It’s going to impact everything. And, I doubt that it will be good. Who know what the “unintended consequences” will be? FYI!

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GUNS: Turn that goat into shepherd’s pie!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/25423256/detail.html

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“Nobody saw what actually happened. They heard Bob yell,” Baccus told the Daily News.

The goat stayed, standing over Boardman, as he lay on the ground bleeding.

Bill Baccus, a park ranger not on duty but familiar with mountain goats, said he moved forward with a safety blanket and shook it at the goat, the newspaper reported.

He also pelted it with rocks, and after what seemed like a long time, “it moved away, but it stayed close by,” Jessica Baccus said.

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Are you kidding me? The attack in the first place while attempting to “shoo away” an aggressive goat, then the first aid delayed, and everything complicated by the thing “hanging around” — all because We, The Sheeple have lost our stones and our Second Amendment rights! If he’d have been properly outfitted for a hike, like a Misguided Child, he have had his primary weapon, a rifle, to send the darned goat to pet heaven. Even a secondary weapon, like a girlie 380, would have been enough to “shoo away” anything smaller than a grizzly. Grizzly might have required a reload. My personal preference, from my time in the ‘Effete Force’, is the good old urban yute discouragement device Colt M1945. Guaranteed to turn an “aggressive Mountain Goat” into Shepherd’s Pie. And, “discourage” everything including the aforementioned grizzly. Of course, the poor victim would then have to face charges for the firearm’s discharge, ruining the goat’s day, and who knows what else PETA could dream up. But he’d be alive. Unbelievable!

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INTERESTING: Wrong way corrigan; probably just as old?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

http://goo.gl/t9dG

Elderly Woman Drives ‘Wrong Way’ On I-95
October 29, 2010 11:27 PM

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania State Police questioned an 84-year-old female from Wilmington in connection with a wrong-way driving incident on I-95 Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses say she was travelling east in the westbound lanes of Route 322, and then she got on the southbound lanes of I-95 travelling northbound, causing a number of crashes along the way.

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Amazing. The skill for everyone to get out of granny’s way! Isn’t there a saying about God protecting the idiots and fools. Where were her family members who didn’t yank her license? I’ve had to do it to an elderly relative who acted like replacing the side mirrors was normal maintenance. We’re all just fortunate it wasn’t a bigger disaster. We have enough of those when everyone is going in the SAME direction. Now watch some politician save us from older drivers. Oh yea, right, that won’t happen because old folks vote. I guess a politician will award her a safe driving certificate because SHE didn’t hit anything?

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IPAD: Appliance, Thin Client, or something else

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The IPAD is a platform which may or may not be an appliance. It may or may not depend upon the cloud. It may or may not be: a stand alone platform (not so good), a bridge to the cloud (maybe good), a thin Client with cloud integration (not so good based on the Caring Bridge application), a true Client / Server Client platform (haven’t seen that), or something else.

Right now to me it is in the “something else” category .. as long as you have a credit card?

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POLITICAL: Dirty tricks — absentee ballots not sent to the board of elections

Friday, October 29, 2010

http://goo.gl/rWNq

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ADDENDUM: And oddly enough, a similar scandal is unfolding in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, where Democratic incumbent Patrick Murphy is in the fight of his political life. Hundreds of voters in the district were warned that their votes might not count unless they returned an enclosed absentee ballot to a post office box in Bristol, Pennsylvania. The box was controlled by Murphy’s campaign manager, who then “re-mailed” the ballots to the local election board.

As National Review has learned, there was a sudden surge in Democratic absentee ballots in the district last week, and many were mailed in identical, pre-labeled envelopes. Local GOP officials say some of the suspicious ballots were post-marked as far back as August, suggesting they had been held by a third party–perhaps the same individual who controlled the P.O. box where they were mailed? You know, the same guy running Murphy’s re-election bid?

At this point, there’s no proof that Congressman Murphy was involved. Officials with his campaign insist that no ballots sent to the post office box were discarded or tampered with.

Riiiighhhtttttt…..

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There ought to be a law!

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IPAD: “Office” applications are $30

Friday, October 29, 2010

The IPAD doesn’t come with the iworks or ilife suites. iworks is sold in three a la carte apps for 30$. I’m not sure the equivalent functionality is available. Searching for the apps is cumbersome.

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