Feb 28, 2007 ~Thing of the Month -
Vantec SATA/IDE to USB Adapter
SATA adapter to USB plug, IDE adapter to USB plug, and connects to your DVD-ROM drives too!
A nicely done review at http://techgage.com/article/vantec_sataide_to_usb_adapter
* 1 MB = 1,048,576 Bytes; 1 Byte per second = 8Mbps
task/project: System Restore without System Restore. (for : work T60) what program allows you to do "selective restore", i.e. Restore Registry, i.e. Restore system state but don't lose recent program changes?
June 21, 2004 - "Symantec's Norton GoBack Named PC Magazine Editors' Choice"
Advantage of blogging in wiki vs normal: engine automatically saves your diffs and change history for you.
excel as blogger (demo) [category:my notes, notes for me]
Feb 21, 2007
In response to a comment on Digg.com: "That teachers a fuckin retart, he spelled hopeful with 2 ll's, that's wrong...and for noob...Extra Credit POINTs!!"
Feb 10, 2007
Picasa photo blog test:
Monday, February 6, 2007 - What is identity? (or " 'Corportate Indentity' , and other bullshit marketing terms" )
'Identity' is a thing, a collection of things, or a process used to establish that thing A is the same as thing B.
The word 'identity' has different meanings depending on context; it should almost always be used with a modifier to clarify what type of identity is being discussed.
Most occurances of the word 'identity' are, to be precise, refering to 'personal identity', also called 'individual identity' or 'psychological identity' -- in other words, a person's conception of themselves.
Your personal identity is the collection of things (concepts, ideas) that you use to identify yourself to yourself. This is also called "a sense of identity." (More on this later.)
This is in contrast with another commonly heard use of the word in the phrase "identity theft" -- this 'identity' is the collection of things (pieces of data/information) that businesses and government use to identify that a given person is "who they claim to be." This use of the word is your 'financial identity'; the identity used by those groups which need to collect information about a person so that they can reliably collect money from that person in the future.
Identity has the same root, and a shared meaning with, the word 'identify'. Both words have a base meaning of 'to make identical to', 'to establish that two things are the same', 'to make one thing equivalent to another, in thought or in reality'.
To identify something means to perform a process (often a thought process) to establish (confirm) that one thing is the same as another thing. For example, if you identify someone, you are establishing that that person is the same as the word for that person (i.e. that person is their name; e.g. "that person = John"). Likewise, if you identify some thing, your are establishing that that thing is the same as, or equivalant to, the word that represents it. Or, you could be establishing its sameness to something else besides a word. For example, to "identify stolen goods" means to do something to establish that a collection of things (goods) is the same as the collection of things you know were stolen. Or, if you are identifying a person without knowing their name, you are establishing that that person is the same as a person you remember seeing before. It is the characteristics of the thing you are identifying that make up its identity to you.
Likewise, there is a collection of things that allow an institution, such as a bank, or a health care plan, or a government, to establish that you are the same as the person who has X amount of dollars in their bank, who owes them Y amount of money in taxes from a loan, who had such and such health problem, who was convicted of such and such crime, and so on. This collection of things is your identity to them.
But this use of the word identity does not match well with the pyschological meaning of identity. An institution does not really care about who you are, only the things, such as an identification card, or a name, or a social security number, or a credit card number, that allow them to establish that some person performing a transaction can be properly associated with some collection of other data. In other words, "you" and your personal identity are not really important from a financial identity point of view; only the relationship between a current piece of data about your activities and past and future pieces of data are important. This is why "identity theft" is so easy and common; the small collection of words and numbers used to identify (establish the sameness of) the individual performing a current transaction with the person that performed past transactions is not really the same thing as establishing a person's identity (which is a more wholistic collection of things).
This brings us back to your personal identity, and the perhaps odd-seeming definition given above. In psychological terms, your identity is the set (collection) of all the thoughts, ideas, and perceptions (things) that allow you to determine who you are. This identification process is actually an internal process of establishing that 'you' are the same as something else.
"I am..." means "I am the same as ...".
The theory at work in examinations of identity is one of establishing sameness, primarily with other people, but also with actions, places, feelings, and so on. The assumption is that conceptions of what you are _not_ arise out of perceptions of what you _are_. And conceptions are what you _are_ , or _who_ you are, comes from equating yourself with things (groups of people, a community, an activity, a philosophy, and so on).
The phrase "I can identify with ____." means that you can relate your experience or thoughts as being the same as ______.
A good example of this meaning can be found in the phrase 'identity crisis'. An identity crisis describes the feelings associated with a realisation that you are not, or might not be, the same as the things that you have perviously identified yourself with. For example, if you equated yourself with a sport, say football, and with the team you played with, and you had a realisation that you "are not a football player", or that you were completely unlike the other people on your team, this could lead to a cascading sense that you are not the same person you thought you were (an emotional crisis of identity).
"Corporate identity" , on the other hand, is another euphamism created by advertising people ("marketing" is, in itself, another euphamism) as part of an ongoing effort to advocate the idea that corporations (companies) have the same characteristics (including rights) as individuals.
(stopping at 2:21 AM, Feb 6 2007; perhaps more later)
66. Today people live more by virtue of what the system does FOR them or TO them than by virtue of what they do for themselves. And what they do for themselves is done more and more along channels laid down by the system. Opportunities tend to be those that the system provides, the opportunities must be exploited in accord with the rules and regulations , and techniques prescribed by experts must be followed if there is to be a chance of success.
67. Thus the power process is disrupted in our society through a deficiency of real goals and a deficiency of autonomy in pursuit of goals. But it is also disrupted because of those human drives that fall into group 3: the drives that one cannot adequately satisfy no matter how much effort one makes.
2007-02-01 - Finally caught up with the latest diggnation episode
Gotta say, that h.264 640x480 scales quite nicely to 1280x1024 ....
2007-02-01 - The "original" iPhone: ( www.linksys.com/iphone )
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lyberty.com: what's on this site you ask? Here's a sample.
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