Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Why is Add/Remove Programs stupid?

I'm blogging for something to do while I wait for Add/Remove Programs to populate itself. This has irritated me for years, and now I'm going to express my frustration publically: why is Add/Remove Programs stupid??

The way it appears to work, each time I open Add/Remove Programs, it acts like this is the first time it's ever visited this computer, so it leisurely trolls through the registry and program files to see what interesting items are in the neighborhood (or however it does its thing). When it's done taking a census, it displays the list.

My expectation: you live in this neighborhood too, A/RP, so pay attention. When neighbors move out or new neighbors move in, make note of it. Then, when I visit you, you should know exactly what's going on in the neighborhood and tell me. Immediately.

Hmpf. I could have searched for the darn program I'm checking on myself quicker than you could tell me. Stupid A/RP.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Reporters twist things

Secretary of Defense Gates, in a speech today:

"My concern is that our services are still not moving aggressively in wartime to provide resources needed now on the battlefield. I’ve been wrestling for months to get more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets into the theatre. Because people were stuck in old ways of doing business, it’s been like pulling teeth."

The Associated Press interpretation:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday the Air Force is not doing enough to help in the Iraq and Afghanistan war effort, complaining that some military leaders are "stuck in old ways of doing business."

Gates said in a speech at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., that getting the Air Force to send more surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to Iraq and Afghanistan has been "like pulling teeth."

4/23: added - Gates responds to AP:

Gates said that a close reading of his speech shows "it's not a dig at the Air Force at all. In fact, a significant part of the speech was full of praise at what the Air Force has done in the Middle East, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and the whole theater." Gates pointed to his specific comments about how USAF cargo aircraft have gotten convoys off the road, as well as USAF's "total control of the air, the medevac capabilities, and so on. So, there was a lot in that speech that praised the Air Force." Gates said his remark that it's been like "pulling teeth" to get more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets in-theater was "focused on all the services." He added that he was trying to jab the "bureaucracy in ...the Department of Defense as a whole" and "really had nothing to do with the people downrange. They're doing an incredible job."

"When all you have is a hammer..."

"...everything looks like a nail."

That's what came to mind when I stumbled across a "live blog session" with John Cusack on Crooks and Liars.

I'm looking forward to his new movie, War, Inc. so I thought I'd check it out, although I wasn't too sure what exactly "live blog session" meant. Turns out they attempted a chat, using blog comments. I wasn't there when it was "live", but at a minimum, that would have to consist of type...submit....refresh...find where you left off reading and catch up. Rinse and repeat.

Dudes, IRC might be ancient, but it's a good tool for what you were trying to do. And there are plenty of other online chat solutions. You can log chats, y'know, and then post the log for those who missed it. Blog comments have got to be one of the most inefficient, inadequate substitutes for a chat solution.

Just 'cuz you have a blog doesn't mean you can't communicate using other methods as well.