Web Applications

I’m starting to see a change in the feelings of the people around me in acceptance of using online applications. I’m hearing the same things over and over again.

  • Why do I have to install this again
  • I just need that file that’s on the other computer
  • I really don’t want to have to worry about this
  • As these problems become more pronounced and people realize that with web applications you don’t have these worries I think we’ll see increased adoption.

    Of course this is all dependent on there not being a big privacy blowout. I’m glad to see that Google is holding it’s ground and fighting against the government’s fishing expeditions. It really is just too tempting for the government to have all of that data in one place, so we need to get the rules in place to force it to keep it’s hands off.

    There is no war on terror

    Just as there really isn’t a war on drugs, there isn’t really a war on terror. Until communities can form militias and open fire on the enemy combatants on our street corners selling heroin we’re not really at war. Of course everyone understands that waging war in the streets against drug dealers isn’t how things are done in this country. You let the police charge them and the DA convict them in a trial. It’s also understood that you can’t open fire on Muslim Americans in the street. Yet somehow the President feels he can use war powers because we’re at “war”.

    There are some individuals out there that are breaking the law that need to be brought before a court, charged, and found guilty with complete due process. There is a bit of a hitch with suicide bombers in that they tend to kill themselves and leave no one behind to charge, but we shouldn’t throw the civil liberties of the rest of the country out the window because these very few individuals are making law enforcement more difficult. We live in a country that believes in laws.

    Until the average american citizen realizes that this is all just a PR move to allow the Executive branch to grab more power we’ll continue to suffer the loss of basic civil rights. There are hundreds of people around the world stuck in legal limbo because the US can’t charge them but doesn’t want to let them go either. This is not how the country that I believe in acts. The country that I believe in follows the rules of law. It doesn’t throw them aside when it feels like it. If you can’t charge someone with a crime under the law, then you have to let them go. This happens with murderers all the time, not what we want to see happen, but there is a process to how you’re found guilty. This process protects us from being picked up in the middle of the night by the gestapo and disappearing, which is exactly what a german citizen is currently suing the US Government for doing. Also, you don’t torture innocent people because you think they’re someone else. Better yet, you just plain don’t torture anyone.

    Terrorism has become the boogeyman that normal people can’t think about rationally. The executive branch is using this to their advantage and taking our country down in the process. It’s about time americans wake up and really start to think about what’s happening to their country.

    VMware and my linux laptop

    With my linux setup I’ve been pushing the edge of what you can do on a laptop. I run vmware so that I can test Windows applications. VMware isn’t the happiest with the setup though. It won’t run bridged mode netwoking over a wifi nic. You have to use nat mode instead. This was a painful lesson as networking would just freeze up completely when you try and config bridged mode, to the point that I had to pull the battery to get the computer to shut down.

    Another painful lesson was that VMware isn’t all that happy with being on a suspended laptop. It wouldn’t come back after the suspend and would have to be forced down. Of course if you do this you’ll have to clear out the file system locks to get the vm to come back up again afterwards.

    So, general rule is that you have to be careful about what you’re doing while using vmware on a laptop. Shut it down before you close the lid and setting up networking takes some extra care over a wifi card. The amazing part is that it does work though once you get it setup.

    Class and Katrina

    I was listening to the podcast of KQED’s Forum this morning and the topic was the long term health effects of Katrina. There were some comments made during the show that got me thinking about the differences between the hurricane and 9/11.

    I don’t know if there was any measurable difference between the response to these two tragedies. I’m not an emergency response official and can’t accurately come to any conclusion with the amount of publicly available data out today. However, some comments about the role of the families in pressuring Congress and the President to launch the investigation into 9/11 got me thinking. From what I understand President Bush was very opposed to allowing this investigation to move forward, but was only swayed later on when the families of those killed in the tragedy were able to bring significant political and legal pressure to bear.

    I’m very curious to see if in the aftermath of Katrina, as the rebuilding process begins, if there is a similar group of families that is able to bring pressure on the federal government. I’m concerned that because the majority of those who lost their lives were elderly or poor, unable to afford high priced attorneys, that we won’t see the same pressure. That a few months from now people will move on with their lives and forget about the mistakes that caused that tragedy to be worse than it could have been.

    I don’t think President Bush would be callous enough to intentionally act differently against a city inhabited with poor refugees, but I do think that an army of attorneys can get him to do some things that he’d rather not. Without that pressure the President will focus on the politically easiest solution instead of the right solution and that is where the difference lies.