Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bully politics

The case of Suaad Hagi Mohamud reveals the fundamentally bullying attitude of the Conservative government, and their inability to take effective responsibility or even say they are sorry.

The fact that Mohamud is black only emphasises that the current government sees Canadians as "Us and them" and only Conservative party supporters, of the correct ethnicity, creed and regional location are really citizens deserving of treatment as such.

Over-reacting to a declining crime rate, under reacting to the economic downturn(spent us into a deficit without achieving anything), under-reacting to the environmental and climate change issues facing us, and our children and their children, wasting our taxes by stymieing their own government by playing childish political games in Parliamentary committees(where the heavy lifting of government policy takes place) , leaves me wondering why they bother even pretending to govern.

Vote out these losers before they waste anymore of our money. I want a government, not a self-licking ice cream cone of second-rate public relations flacks bent only on power at any cost- and failing at that, to boot.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Linux tricks with the Aspire One

I bought an acer Aspire One about a year ago, so I could have a really portable laptop. Mostly, I use macs, but a new Macbook wasn't affordable at that time, so the linux-based replaced an old G4 ibook.

Here are some really useful links for tweaking the Aspire one. Remeber that these involve monkeying withe the computers operating system. Check the warnings in the following links and prepare to reinstall the system if things go badly. You precede from here on in at your own risk.

The Road to Elysium blog offers Acer Aspire One tricks and tips, including my favourite, disabling the proprietary Acer desktop and replacing it with a more flexible style. I'm using KFce4, with is packaged with the Aspire One when you get it.

A slightly less intrusive set of changes are to be found at Register Hardware. That blog provides Ten Tweaks for a new Acer Aspire One.

"If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."
-E.M. Forster