So I get some funny emails clearly not intended for me. I received the below through the form on my company's Web site (www.theushergroup.com). Suffice to say this wasn't meant for me (I'm not that cute and I sure as hell can't sing...definitely not meant for this vanilla Usher.) _____
"Dear usher i love you you e so cute i realy realy want to meat you.My mom
likes you too people be saying you ugly and i want to kill them I love your
voice to bye"
I don't think they went with XMPP. They have a tremendous user network and I think they could have extended their brand better by going open standards. Google should have made it worth their while to go with XMPP, but alas, Trillian, Gaim, et al will have to learn another protocol (will they ever add Skype?) Link: Myspace Joins IM Fray.
I bought a new HP printer today for my home. (side note, I also bought a $30 DVD player because every DVD player I've owned has broken, so if its disposable it may as well be cheap too.)
Anyway, I know that HP (and every other printer company) is going to rob me on the ink, I am okay with that (to a point.) I also expected to have to supply my own printer cable, which I have, but was happy to note that this printer only does USB.
What pissed me off though was to open the box and find that they don't include the USB cable...are you serious?!?!?! why the hell not? It doesn't say this clearly and I've never bought another USB device that didn't include the damned cable. I figured it was fair to assume it would include it. That is plain old ridiculous. I suppose they're trying to protect those old printer cable margins, but that's not sustainable with abundant and cheap USB cables lying about (I had an extra one luckily).
So instead of being very pleased with the rest of the package I am writing this rant. Instead of trying to rip me off on the cable HP, just throw it in the box, raise the retail price a couple of bucks, but don't stick me with a nasty surprise when I get home!
I'm just an amateur without any inside knowledge but I think Porter Goss' resignation, the (justified) snub of Russia by Dick Cheney followed by his longer-than-expected (and scheduled) meeting with Kazakhstan's President, the snub of Hu Jintao at the White House, and recent briefing of Gulf allies all point toward pending military action against Iran.
I think Goss wasn't willing to support the President on this and did the right thing, resign. I think Cheney's speech on Russia yesterday was a direct statement to Russia that we've already given up on diplomacy so have no need to mince words with you any longer, same with the treatment Hu Jintao received. I think the retired generals were all speaking out at once because they see this coming too. Hold on tight because I think its going to be a rough ride this summer (though with what this will do to gas prices you're not going to drive anywhere.)
I work in downtown Denver, (LoDo to be exact) and there are currently at least 4 helicopters flying low overhead.
They are obviously staking out positions for the planned march in support of immigrants today (which will pass right by my office). Hey, I'm all for immigrants and their supporters marching, boycotting work today, whatever. They have their right and should call attention to their cause, etc. I'm not bothered by the inconvenience (at least not yet.)
I have an issue with the local news channels though. First, is it safe to fly that many helicopters in such close proximity? Second, do they have to fly so freaking low? It is really loud and my head hurts. Third, why (especially given the price of fuel and the constant drum beat of there not being enough money in the news business) don't they try having a pool helicopter? Keep your own chopper for scoop/exclusive opportunities, but for a planned event can't we just have one chopper with pool footage? Seem excessive and LOUD...the news organizations are - through sheer decibels - becoming part of the story.