Â I’m sure there will be no chance of anybody that reads blogs will forget to change their clocks this weekend with everybody reminding each other. But I do want to remind you to consider other things that may need patches, fixes or special attention due to newly revised Daylight Saving Time changes.
First off, your PC. Microsoft has an update for Windows, but you may need to actually go and get it (especially if you have Automatic Updates turned off). Using Outlook? That needs a patch too. Your cell phone? That may need an update as well, check with your carrier.
And while this may sound silly to some, if you have a relative in the hospital, especially one that has something like a digital drip I.V., or other “smart” devices that are time dependent, it might be worth asking the staff what updates and/or contingency plans they have to deal with issues that could arise. It may sound silly, but if one computer (or device) is out of sync with the others, and medications are given at the wrong time, or not give when they are supposed to, the effects could be devestating for what amounts to the hospital as a small “glitch.”
There is no love loss when it comes to me and Dell Computers, and it would take a lot for them to turn me into a buyer of their computers, but as somebody that wants us to do something to improve our environment, I have to applaud their Plant a Tree for Me promotion.
From now on, whenever you buy a Dell PC, you’ll have the option of donating a few dollars toward the planting of new trees. And it’s not for nothing. A PC requires electricity, and generating electricity typically involves spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth makes pretty clear, this is a big problem, especially for people living at sea level. New trees can offset some of those carbon emissions. Read the full article.
DirecTivo disappointment – Every so often I hear news about something really cool coming to Tivo, and then come to the realization that the DirecTV version of Tivo is not included. Such is the case for the new Amazon Unboxed program which lets you buy a Movie and download it directly to your Tivo. You have a to have a Series 2 or 3 Tivo recorder (I do), and a network connection for it (which is not available for the DirecTV version). Rats. For those that have a “normal” Tivo though… it sounds pretty cool.
From the Who is Suprised? Department – Lisa Nowak, the astronaut that drove 900 miles to go and attack the woman that “stole” her boyfriend, was fired from NASA on Wednesday. My only real question is, What took them so long?
Drop that Corn Oil and put your hands in the air – 79 year old David Wetzel converted his car to run on Vegtable Oil and Diesel. He gets the Vegetable Oil from a place that is discarding it as Fryer waste. Well now the State of Illinois wants him to pay taxes as a “Fuel Supplier.” So much for being concerned about lessening our dependency on foreign oil.
What is YOUR school sweeping under the rug? – I have talked here about our school system and how it tried to sweep under the rug the story about a teach that was preaching during class, but at least that story was public. Somehow school officials were able to keep quiet for 4 months a story about two 6th graders have sex in a classroom; while the teacher was in the classroom (but apparently unaware). And even now that the story has broken, and parents are (rightfully) outraged, the school officials continues to refuse to comment or tell anybody what happened or what is being done to rectify the situation.
Sperm on a Plane – I was having serious questions about the validity of this story at first, but apparently an off duty NorthWest Airlines worker is alleged to have ejaculated on a female passenger during a flight from Tacoma, Wa. to Minneapolis, Mn. The Consumerist has a copy of the full complaint, here.
What a Chauvanistic Pig – Well yesterday was apparently Blog Against Sexism Day, and being the man that I am… I totally missed it, until I caught this nice litle article on Pandagon about why Corporations seem to think the only thing they need to do to market a product towards women (epecially technology items) is Make them PINK.Â Ladie’s forgive me, I have only been a true fighter for women’s causes for 6 years now (opps my daughter reminds me that it is ALMOST 7) and I am still a little slow on the uptake. (I wonder if this will get me another “Your an Alan Alda Femenist” comment.Â I wonder if anybody can really explain to me what it means?)
Grab a drink and sit down to watch… a cartoon – Cynical Dad regales us with what could potentially happen if you don’t pre-screen what your children are watching.Â It reminded me of when LatteGirl was about to lose her first tooth, and we were watching The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, when Zach says, “Yeah, like that was gonna happen.Â What do you still believe in the toothfairy too?”Â Not outright horrible things, but enough to make any parent a bit uneasy.