Thursday, January 31, 2008


We are now using 802.11n for our network and I like it a lot. We are seeing a much higher signal strength, reliability, and speed. Part of the good experience is due to using the D-Link DWA-142 Wireless USB Adaptor. We have a D-Link router, with all of our desktops using the external adaptor. Only our two laptops are not 802.11n.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Firefox as memory hog (with memory leaks)

I finally killed Firefox when it had ballooned to over 400K. I restarted the session, with the same tabs, and the size had shrunk to 100K. I hate Firefox, but not as much as I hate the alternatives. I do end up using IE7 for sites that will not work with Firefox. After a small bit of usage, it has grown to 138K. How much of this is due to Yahoo Mail?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The whole immigration issue is a mess

The whole US government immigration bureaucracy has long been troubled and continues to have similar issues. This blog post just illustrates the widespread problem of government overreach. In this case, it talks about US citizens being abused by the "ICE".

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The apocalypse?

On the way home, I could see the tall, dark clouds to the east, but no lightning. I could imagine the apocalypse about to occur. I expected to hear voices from the sky. Then the skies cleared and there was the setting sun. This is especially appropriate, as we have the reports from the southwest of us about the huge unidentified flying objects, a mile long and a half-mile wide, hovering less than a 1,000 feet above the ground and then streaking off into the distance.

Friday, January 11, 2008


I just replaced my failed 802.11g wireless router with a D-Link DIR-625 router, which is 802.11n compliant. I have had problems with routers, perhaps due to having fixed wireless internet service, so that the router connects to the radio and antenna on the roof. We have many storms with thunder and lightning, and I theorize that that the last storm, three days ago, took out the router. I find that most of my network problems must have been the result of a failing router, and this has at least temporarily fixed the problem. Only two of our five computers on the network have 802.11n interfaces, but I would expect to change to the D-Link USB2 wireless interfaces in the next few months. I already see better reliability. There may be higher speed, as well.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Rep. Ellen Tauscher sounds like someone I would like

Rep. Ellen Tauscher is a Democrat from California, but she talks sense about the Air Force and military in general. The present crowd have mismanaged the government and Defense Department, and maybe we need a change. If we do, who knows what we will get, but there are some good Democrats "out there".

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Some global cooling, anyone?

With my interest in 16th and 17th Century history, I am very aware of the warming that occurred by the late 17th and early 18th Centuries. During the period of the mini-Ice Age, many far north latitude summer and winter storms occurred. This article talks of a coming cooling that will start in a few years. The author is a Russian, of course. They are serious scientists.

The murdered sisters

When you see the picture of the two teenage girls murdered, probably by their Muslim father, you can see that they were typical Texas girls. They obviously had assimilated into the local culture. We can imagine that the father hated that assimilation, so he finally killed them. KRLD has the story and picture.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Did a religious fanatic kill his teenage daughters?

I have a friend who calls the fundamentalist Muslims "religious fanatics". That is how he described the people who President Carter and his buddy Zbigniew Brzezinski helped to bring to power in Iran. They all don't need to be Shia, but could be Sunni, as well. A father, who was a cab driver, apparently killed his two teenage daughters, here in the Dallas area. We can imagine that perhaps his daughters were Americanized and he didn't like it. His reaction was to kill them, apparently.