Here it is Sunday and the usual train of thoughts mixed with coffee ensue. I destroyed the Windows 7 install on this Lenovo Edge and put on Debian testing instead. I got tired of the senseless messages about malware, anti-virus subscriptions, strange slow-downs and random lockups on a pretty new laptop (for me). Lets be clear though. Moving to Linux is not painless. I had two issues which required some solving:
- Wireless with the realtek mini-pci card. I may just have to buy a better supported mini PCI card for this thing than the realtek. What a bogus bunch of crap. Have to download and install a second tarball to get it working. Come on realtek where is your game?
- Sound. Well sound coming from the laptop speakers would be nice. Took me a bit of futzing with audio this and that; installing pulse finally got it working. Seems to me this should be easier too. I guess Ubuntu is directly supported but I don’t like the brown distribution any longer.
There are always coffee thoughts on a Sunday morning when its dreary here in the cities by the bay. Thoughts like WTF am I doing here in the dreary cities by the bay. Why do I still persist in staying here? Why does work seem so much like work these days? Maybe work has always been that way and every so often I crack open the nut of it and see that its a fair counterpart of the dreary cloudy days of the cities by the bay.
Divorce is not a fair thing for men. When the judge says 50/50 custody, it does not mean that at all. What it means is that the guy gets 50% of the gritty remains of the 95% custody the other parent enjoys. Moving out really affirmed that for me. As long as I lived in a messed up house with messed up rules around people who believed themselves to be the victim, it was okay. Now I live elsewhere and the remaining 50% of the 5% sucks. I think how divorce works for men sucks. Never mind that I happened to be in Chennai when most of this went down and I stuck it out for 4 years in some cave where the sunlight in the dreary morning hardly ever broke through. I said I would never speak of this. I lied. This is my blog. You can go read some treatise on the positive results of life elsewhere.
Another thing which bugs me is the whole attention span of the media on anything that Apple happens to do. Why is it that when Google puts a thing in Android its not even worth a mention but when it shows up in Apple two years later its a major headline? Why do people think that a smartwatch not announced yet but that looks suckass is better than products out now which are undoubtedly evolving still. We don’t have years of smartwatches. In fact, where is Apple’s smartwatch? Not out yet. Same thing with features like widgets and custom keyboards. How the hell long has android had those things? Or even NFC payments for heaven’s sakes. Come on media. Get your head out of the nether regions. Stop shilling to apple. Be objective. The one TV channel that drives me crazy is KTVU. Their coverage is so biased its like I wonder how much apple subsidizes the network executives. We have events that launch a variety of android devices with nary a word. Let Apple utter a word about a larger screen size which is a thing we have had for awhile and its like they have invented said larger screen size and cannot wait to spread the idea around.
Seriously, this coffee thought is really irritating.
Closure of the Day
Its a shame there is no closure. Nothing ever has closure. There is no acceptance. No stages of things which finally end up with that grand and almost god-like acceptance. I’m just human dammit. I don’t know all the rules or guidelines or steps. I only know that things are things. Events transpire and we have choices how we deal with them. We cannot apply some grand sociological rules because even with the events we are all experiments of one. Don’t proselytize to me about how good this or that religion is either. Just because I was (and am) an anthropologist does not equate to being either agnostic or an atheist. It only means that I have a belief but I’m not willing to let you walk on it by smearing over the top of it some 2000 year old ethics that you think people should live by. The churches need to up their ante. What year is this again?