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XOHM has differences in fixed and mobile WiMax

xohm.jpg For those that don’t know what XOHM is, it began as the brand for WiMax helmed by SprintPCS. They eventually merged with Nextel, and then later on partnered with Clearwire.
Now here’s the interesting part of the whole thing. Clearwire’s main competition has not been in the mobile industry, although they were actually using pre-WiMax equipment and eventually shifting over to WiMax equipment. Theirs were purely a fixed broadband product, which is no wonder that InfoWorld’s test didn’t work in a mobile situation. I thought this was pretty clear cut case here, but I suppose it’s not if you’re not paying attention to the telecommunications industry.
So the partnership between the two actually combines two different sides of WiMax. One is a fixed perspective, and the other is a mobile perspective. I’m unsure as far as if they would be shifting from a fixed to mobile network when the device started to move and how they would be detecting that scenario, but I do know that there are two different networks up in place as far as currently today. Eventually? Perhaps they’ll combine it all into the mobile side and drop out of the fixed. But as of right now, there are two different distinct differences in how they interact and even the infrastructure equipment.
Don’t forget, Clearwire’s been in the hands of consumers for a while now, while XOHM has yet to be actually truly tested by consumers. So we’ll see where the actual technology goes.

iTunes audiobooks just don’t play the same

Apple iTunes Audiobooks. One of the best little things that has been released secondary only to reading (no kidding, right?)
Yet, for whatever reason, the audiobooks that iTunes gets from Audible, are not the same as your average audiobook CDs. What do I mean? Well, in audiobook CDs, you can actually bookmark and move around a lot easier than Audible’s formatting. In fact, Audible’s thing is not even close to regular formatting since it breaks each section by chapters.
Now, somehow or another I doubt this is iTunes fault since they actually get the content from Audible. But why these audiobooks don’t actually follow the same formatting as audio CDs is beyond me. It wouldn’t take too much to break it down similarly and allow the breakdowns to be in the same format. So why Audible does it the way it does? Beyond me.
Will I still buy them? Sure thing. Still probably the cheapest out there and it works with portable music device. But the question that escapes me still is why it doesn’t take care of such a simple thing as conforming to a standard.

Vote against Congressional Bailout Supporters

wethepeople.jpg You can guarantee with the latest news about the financial bailout where it seems that no one actually pays attention to what their constituents are saying…
Let’s be frank. We’re all cynical enough to know that Congress, those people that we voted in, don’t actually listen to a word the people that they represent. But you can be sure that I personally will be one vote more in standing in the way of their job in their next election if they supported the bailout.
Thus, there’s this:
A petition where those that support the bailout will indeed lose a vote.
And if there are enough people that actually sign this? You know that at least some of those in Congress will shiver in their boots. Let’s be frank. When you’re paid a little under $170 thousand dollars a year to work only ninety some odd days and complain about how you work too much and the average American works more and gets paid less than you do? You better dang well listen up to what they have to say.

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Movie Review: The Scorpion King 2 – Rise of a Warrior

This story was about young Mathayus and before he became the Scorpion King. It goes into some of the details of why he ended up like he did and talks much about some of journeys he goes on to avenge his father’s death with a Greek and his childhood friend Layla. They go off to slay the Minotaur to retrieve the sword of … I believe it was Damascus? Either way, it was supposed to help him defeat Sargon, who had taken his father and had taken the crown in the mean time.
Over all, I found that the mythology storyline was actually pretty good. The CG was a little off kilter in today’s standards, but it was overall pretty decent. I thought the acting was a bit overdone and a little cheesy, but actors and actresses were pretty young so I didn’t expect as much. The Greek part especially played by Simon Quarterman was actually the best in my opinion.
They did have a UFC champion as Sargon (Randy Couture). Sorry, but this guy should stay fighting and stay out of films. There are some tough guys that can act, some that can do B-rated films, but this guy really doesn’t have it in him even for this. Personally, I find WWE superstars in a better role. Anyhow, I think that The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior was an alright movie in general, but I don’t think I would rent it again if I had a choice in it. Pretty much one of those one time deals.

Treasury bailout the wrong solution

“肉包子打狗”. Literally, it means that using a meat bun to hit a dog.
So what does this Chinese proverb really mean? It means that when you have a problem (in this case like a mean dog), then you really shouldn’t use the wrong solution (using a meat bun which would have the opposite effect that it intended to have).
In the same situation, spending $700 billion USD taxpayer money is crazy talk. We’re not even talking about helping gain back lost jobs to overseas or actual economic impact. No, this money would be earmarked for bailing out the investment banks that made horrible decisions in sub-prime mortgages that were not regulated properly. All in all, the entire thing sounds greasy to me.
It’s funny that they want to push it through like it’s going to do something. What if the American public doesn’t want to spend $700 billion USD? Whatever happened to the tax-free money that was sent back to the public that was supposed to “bolster the economy?”
It’s interesting but it seems that we’re not all crazy about this. Apparently there are already protests forming in how this money is used.
Congress is now trying to do a “bi-partisan” plan. Sounds like it’s still going to cost us, the taxpayers, money for paying for people that can’t read the fine print. Still not good enough since we shouldn’t have to pay for corporate mistakes. Everyone has their own pains to deal with already day-to-day. As for me? I’m totally against the “meat bun”. Give me a big stick any day.
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ConvergeSouth 2008 and BlogHer Alternative

convergesouth2008.png It’s that time of year again. And Sue’s done a fantastic job at coordinating the event. Yet again. Kudos, Sue. As always, you’re awesome. I had thought I’d be more involved this year, but with Firelace launching our product, Merchant’s Mirror, during the same time, my time has been limited.
But in any case, October 16 and 17th are the dates for this year. Conference day is the 17th and the annual barbeque at Hoggards, and if you want to go to a dinner, then the speakers will be in on the 16th. Those that are signed up for the video tour will be doing that in the afternoon of the 16th. On the 18th there was supposed to be the BlogHer Road Show, but for whatever reason, they canceled because not enough people signed up, or resources or something. Personally, I’m just a little annoyed by the “month” out cancellation instead of giving enough notice since it threw the people that already had non-refundable tickets holding the ball. Sorry, but while I agree that conferences are planned by human beings, I personally found that it to be somewhat bad form.
Fortunately, a buddy of mine, Dave Slusher of Evil Genius Chronicles and Kelby Carr of Type A Mom have decided to make the best of it and setting up sessions and workshops on short notice and developing BlogHer Alternative in a month’s time.
Whomever said that bloggers aren’t a dynamic bunch, has another thing coming! Anyhow, I’m glad a bunch of bloggers got together and said… hey… we’re going to be there anyways. Dave, you know that you got me working if ya’ll need me. I’ll be there.

ISPs try to compare themselves to Google in privacy

att.jpg Don’t let the ISPs fool ya. Today, they’re in a Senate hearing trying to defend themselves about privacy and ISPs. And they’re pointing their finger at Google.
From a technology standpoint, I practically spit out my coffee when I read this. Now, most laypeople do not know that there is a big difference between Google and the ISPs. If you do an analogy in the automotive industry, ISPs are the roads leading from place to place, while Google is merely a vehicle. So as a consumer, you have the choice of vehicles, but you don’t have a choice in what road you pick, since it’s the infrastructure that the vehicle travels upon. So if the ISPs (people behind the roads) decide to toll you, or inspect the contents in your vehicle? Then you have to let them or else you can’t use the infrastructure. There’s no choice in the matter. With choosing Google however, you are actually selecting the vehicle knowingly letting Google look at your contents. You could just as likely choose Yahoo, MSN, or a number of other “vehicles” for your travels.
So basically, the choice is between voluntary, and involuntary access to data. And the ISPs are comparing themselves to Google? If the Senate hearing committee buys into this, then you know that there’s something seriously wrong with politicians (or they’ve never learned how infrastructure works).
What really got me is this quote on AT&T’s DPI (deep packet inspection) technology. Basically, they have a way to inspect packets and their contents while they’re running through their routers. Nothing super fancy pants, hackers have been doing this for years, but it is hardware.

AT&T says it is not doing anything yet with so-called Deep Packet Inspection technology, which lets routers look beyond basic routing information on internet packets to look more closely at what kind of information is being sent, how, and even the content of the packet.

Now remember something here. AT&T was also the one that allowed the NSA to put in a totally separate room in their main switching center that would fork off all the data going in and out and then pushed really hard to gain retroactive immunity. The SAME company is now telling the Senate that they’re not going to be invading privacy with this technology? Come on.
So sorry, AT&T. But in my opinion, you’ve lost all credibility when you chose to push for immunity instead of facing the consequences of it. You don’t place yourself for consumer rights, nor does it seem like you’d abide by privacy matters anyways. Call it historical precedence. And to wipe the slate clean and start over, is going to take a lot more work than just your word that you won’t be using the DPI technology.
As for the comparison with Google? Seriously. ISPs that are trying to make that relationship just made my day.

Moo0 SystemMonitor

systemmonitor.gif Pretty neat little system analyzer, this SystemMonitor. It can tell you about all sorts of great things you can look up, but your basics are all there. CPU, memory, hard drive, but there’s even more!
You can track the number of processes there are, or threads, or even uptime. Not really sure what uptime has to do with anything on a Windows box since you really should reboot it anyways, but that’s okay! It’s all about having the option to monitor that stuff! Of course if you run linux, you would have already seen things like this for your desktop that sits on the desktop so that you can track your cpu and network and such. But regardless? Windows really doesn’t have anything super fancypants so this basically fills the niche nicely. Freeware for Windows. Even Vista.

Bailout just helps “the fat cats on Wall Street”

It’s funny. Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke claims that without the bailout, we’ll all be in dire straits. Not being able to borrow money would definitely be a problem.
But wait, haven’t we seen this before? Stock market tumbles as Wall Street analysts looked to the Fed to cut rates. We’re not talking about the first time either. This was the third, and fourth, and so on. And what happened? Main Street took a beating. The problem was that the expectation was there. And here we go again, the larger banks that made risky investments are getting a free pass at showing everyone else that it’s not only okay to lose people’s investment in your corporation but you even get out of it if you’re large enough.
And to that, I say ridiculous. Of course, politicians wise, I don’t believe they actually understand the crux of the problem since overall, it seems that it effects us all but yet Democrats don’t really care it seems:

“It’s their problem. It’s their bill. And they’re going to have to figure out if they can support it,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said of Republicans.

Totally not the way to look at things, my dear Nancy. In fact, the summing up of this entire thing was best said from a Republican.

Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., said, “This massive bailout is not a solution. It is financial socialism, and it’s un-American.”

Whoa. What words. What grace. I’m actually glad I’m an Independent voter now. Look out for that Bunning guy. He might actually have some sense in him.
All the while, you watch Dow Jones plummet. Know why? They’re “expecting” the bailout. Again looking for Big Brother to step in. It’s time that the bigger banks that screwed up face up to their mistakes and either dissolve and let smaller banks take their place, or merge their bad liquidity with someone that’s stable enough to take on the debt. Because if that $700 billion bailout plan passes, it’ll be another financial burden upon Americans. We won’t even go into the crazy wording in the plan that actually points out that the Treasury Secretary has the right to basically do whatever without blowback. Scary clause. You’d think someone pushing an emergency plan at that large sum wouldn’t throw that out.
In a perfect world, there would be a changing of the guard. Other banks take the place of the investment banks that failed and the world keeps moving along as we watch the financial life cycle occur. But unfortunately, this administration wants to play God with the entire process and Congress will probably still let it through when push comes to shove. Who loses? American taxpayers are the ones that get burned in the end.
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