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Dell wants me to have Carpal Tunnel

Posted by james on Feb. 24, 2004

<i>For those of you who have never seen images from a computer screen when you close your eyes, this rant is not for you</i>

It's serious. Dell really does want me to have <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/disorders/carpal_doc.htm">Carpal Tunnel syndrome</a>. This is when your wrist gets mad at you for abusing it (ie. using a keyboard or mouse too much) and decides to hurt you, a lot. I don't have it yet, and I'm very careful about it since I know at some point I'll probably push myself too far. But the mouse is the worst part, without a mouse people would probably get a good 5 or 6 more years out of their hands, before they have to trade them in for new ones.

So a very good thing is keyboard shortcuts. Press 1 key, 2 key, a 3rd and bang, my email appears. 1 key, 2 key, bang the internet pops up. Now go to my laptop. Press 1 key... except THERE IS NO ONE KEY! The Windows key, that little flag thing that is a international symbol of <a href="http://www.zejn.si/~natan/666.html">evil</a>, is missing on my new laptop. It used to be by the spacebar, one of the easiest places to reach. Now it's on the top-right corner of the keyboard... where you'll never accidentally press it, because you never press <b>anything</b> on the top-right corner.

So thank you Dell. You've taken something that makes me faster, more efficient, stronger, and an all-around slightly more amicable person, and made me the worst of all things in the computer world; slow.

Plus, in ten years my hands will be all bundled up like that sidekick from GTA3. Who apparently never got his hands fixed, the whole game. If that happened to me, I'd say screw it and get my hands replaced by <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099487/">sharp blades</a>. Or a <a href="http://home.swipnet.se/~w-12947/AOD_page.html">chainsaw</a>. Mmm...

Re: recent &quot;RIAA&quot; poll

Posted by james on Feb. 13, 2004

For those of you who who don't know what the RIAA is (there were 5 of you... I know), it's an evil corporation. They've got, at first glance, a plausible good cause; saving poor musicians. But their tactics leave much to be desired... a lot like those people who had great intentions to rid the world of evil, so they burned innocent people who float when you throw them in water (obviously witches) and watched the rest drown (thankfully innocent... and dead).

RIAA's mission is (plausibly) to save all those poor starving musicians from their fans stealing all their music. Problem is, are they really helping musicians? The world is changing, and while that never justifies stealing, that also doesn't justify suing single moms of 12 year old girls, or 80-year old mac loving grandma's who apparently downloaded gangsta rap on her mac using a filesharing program. Except that the program in question doesn't run on mac. And never has. I do understand the 80-year old + rap thing though... my grandma's always trying to get me to listen to that stuff. James! Eat your spaghetti! No grandma, it tastes like cabbage and goose-fat. James! Listen to the newest snoop dog! No grandma!

If you still need to be educated, read this link. It's incredibly short, will take almost no energy to read and understand, and yet is the most eloquent way to explain the dillema.

<a href="http://www.savethegoldfish.co.uk/fun/lobster.php">Possibly the most intelligent expose you'll see on the site.</a> You owe it to yourself to click that link. You know you want to.

Have you thanked your [nameless-tyranical-corporation] today?

Posted by james on Jan. 23, 2004

The RIAA says its concern is artists. That's true, in the sense that a cattle rancher is concerned about cattle. - L. Lessig

<a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/forum/june03/copyright6.html">third one down</a>


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