Thursday, January 21, 2010

IE vs Firefox vs Chrome

Like most I started with the browser from Microsoft, the Internet Explorer.  I used if for a few years before I moved onto the Firefox browser.  Everyone kept saying how much better it was, how much faster, etc.  I'm not sure how much that was to it being really better or how much that some people really don't like Microsoft.

Still I was happy with Firefox and actually did find it better to use than my old IE.  I've been using it for the last I'm not sure how many years.  But lately I've been having problems with it.  I found I couldn't copy and paste.  Now I use that feature a lot, what with the three blogs I have and adding music to the Voices to hear one.  Without that feature it sucked.  Trying to figure out why this feature was no longer working I discovered it was a bug or something with Firefox.  And I couldn't find any simple solutions to fixing it.

So now I've moved over to Goggle's Chrome.  Even before this problem I've been reading how Chrome is going to basically push Firefox out of the picture of which browser to use and it'll be down to just IE and Chrome.  I don't know if I really believe that, but it is fast growing in popularity, which considering it has the power of Google behind it, shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

I've just started using Chrome today, but I'm liking it pretty much overall.  It does seem to load faster and it has a cleaner, more stark look to it.  It jettisons  all the tool bars and other stuff that appears at the top of the page and basically gives you one thin line of buttons.  What I don't like is it doesn't import your bookmarks completely, or at least it didn't mine and to actually get them like I want I'm pretty much having to re-do them over, but once I get them on the top I think I'll like the format better.

Only time will tell if I like Chrome better, but for now I think it will be the browser I use.  Has anyone else tried it yet?  Any thoughts?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Scott Brown and the Health Care Plan

This picture is from a different event, but for me the look on President Obama's face says it all.  With Scott Brown elected as a Senator and letting everyone and his brother know that he will vote no on the Health Plan it looks like another chance for this country to offer health care to all its people will go down the tube again.

And this from a state that offers a health care plan for all it's residents.

I don't see this completely as the voice of the people rejecting the President and his plans, there was a lot more going on in that vote.  The Democrat thought it was a lock and did very little campaigning until it was too late.  And I think the Republican machine is a  lot better at scaring people into believing that the President is not doing his job.  It's no longer a fight over right or wrong, it's become just a fight over who wins.  (And I say that for both sides, the Republicans and the Democrats.)  The GOP will say or do just about anything to convince the people they are right, even if they know they aren't.

It really worries me about the mid term elections coming up.  I would hate to see the GOP voted in for a fear factor.

And even though whenever we see an election locally the media always tries to give it a larger meaning, someone once said "all politics are local" so we should all remember that.

The above photo is from the AP.

Kids Say The Darndest Things

Not to sound like one of those old fools that are always saying kids just aren't the same as they were when I was one.... but I have to say it.  Go read this and than come back and tell me what you think.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Robert Parker Dies

Robert Parker, the writer died today.  He was 77 years old.  Apparently he died of a heart attack, at his desk working on a new book.

Parker was the creator of the private eye Spenser.  I was a big fan of Spenser for years, but have to admit that in recent years I haven't been following the character.  More recently Parker created Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall as series characters. 

Parker was a very influential writer in the mystery field and is credited with helping bring back the tough guy private eye when he debuted Spenser.  Reading that he died was a shock to me, even though I haven't been reading his books lately, I still admired him and always figured I'd go back to reading the books eventually.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Best Albums of 2009

Over at my music site, Voices to hear I've made a list of what I consider the top ten albums of 2009.  Now since that site is about talent deserving more recognition I have omitted any of the more established, bigger acts.  So you won't find Green Day or U2, but you will find what I think are ten albums that were very good this past year.

Up At The Crack of, never went to bed....

Just got home from work.  Today was inventory, so it was pretty much an all nighter.  It actually went very well, last year we didn't leave the store until after seven in the morning, so we're doing better.  And I'm still not tired yet....

Monday, January 11, 2010

New TV Show

I'm not a fan of all the CSI shows on TV.  The few times I've tried to watch them I never make it through an episode.  But whenever I go to visit my Mom, one of the shows we have to watch every Monday night is NCIS.  And if there's nothing else on she can always find a re run of the show somewhere on cable.  So slowly it's been burrowing under my skin.  The problem was that I saw the shows out of order and it didn't make sense.  This was why was everyone in civilian clothes.  A little research and I discovered that NCIS is civilian. 

But slowly, oh so slowly, this show was growing on me.  Until now I'm a fan.  I've bought the first two seasons on DVD and am on my way through the second season now.  The first season was great.  There's an episode in the second season about a Medal of Honour winner that will hit you in the heart and hard.  It's an amazing piece of televsion. 

And my favorite character.  Why Abby of course!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


It's like 21 degrees outside right now.  There's a reason I live in the South and it's so I don't have to put up with temperatures like this.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Gumby's Creator Dies

The creator of Gumby, Art Clokey, died today at the age of 88.  Gumby always fascinated me.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Vic Chesnut

On Christmas Day Vic Chesnut died. Vic was a singer/songwriter from Athens Georgia. At the age of 18 he was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. He had very little use of his hands, but managed to play guitar. Michael Stipe from R.E.M. was an early fan of his work. Vic went on to record well over a dozen albums. Chesnut's death was a suicide. He was in debt from hospital bills he couldn't pay and faced a lifetime of continued hospital bills he had no way of paying.

And the Republicans still can fight a health plan....(and please don't say that they just oppose the current one, they've made no effort to pass one on their own.)

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I was in the car today with my brother and we were looking for some place to eat. (Didn't figure on as many places being closed today as there was.) I'm not even sure what he said, but when he said it and than tugged on the brim of his baseball cap I "saw/heard" my Dad. He sounded so much like him in the phrasing of his words as much as the sound and than the tug was just something I had forgotten my Dad did until that moment. You couldn't really call it deja vu, but I actually had to not say anything for a moment, the feeling of my Dad was so strong at that moment.

Complete Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone has always been one of my favorite magazines. It was one of the first mags I ever bought a subscription to and I probably had a closet full of issues from the seventies and eighties until I realized that storing a bunch of paper in big stacks wasn't the greatest thing in the world. Now I have some issues with the direction of the Stone over the last few years, but when it finds its groove there's no one better.

This digital collection has the complete run of the Stone from the first issue in 1969 to 2007. That's a lot of issues, especially when you figure that the magazine was published every two weeks. I just picked this up at Barnes & Noble today for less than twenty five dollars. You can find it on Amazon for even less. I've been looking through briefly and it looks amazing. It reproduces the entire issue, ads and all. I have a feeling I'm going to be spending some serious time reading this.

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