Thursday, October 14, 2004

Apple Computers

My name is Tony and I am a Macaholic. I own a few shares of Apple stock and have been a Mac User and owner since I bought my Mac Plus in about 1986 or so.

I have reviewed software, supported computers, worked with user groups, and am an advanced user of most of the standard programs.

There is little doubt in my mind that even since the first days of the Lisa, Macs have represented not only a better product, but also a better value. When Macs first came out they were not cheap, but the beauty of them is that they came in a single package with just about everything you needed. PCs on the other hand were much cheaper, but... If you actually wanted to use them you were stuck with plunking down a whole lot more money to get up to the same capability of a Mac. This holds true today too. I'll write more about Macs later.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Debate Number 3

In the first two debates, I thought that Kerry blew Bush away purely on better arguments. A lot of people focused on Bush's facial expressions; I didn't even notice them. Tonight I watched though. He generally seemed to have control over himself.

As far as the answers that they gave go, I tended to like Kerry's answers better, but didn't see any real knockout punches as in the first two debates.

W said he prays a lot. I somehow don't buy it. He said, "I never want to impose my religion on anyone else." I almost vomited.

Bush tried a few jokes and they were really lame.

I just heard that Bush did in fact say that he wasn't worried about Osama bin Laden.

Call this one a draw.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Debate Number 2

Several really important points:

Sanctions:Bush said that the sanctions weren't working because Hussein had still been in power. Kerry made the right point that in fact, the sanctions worked. Hussein had no WMDs and, by the way, the sanctions were not intended to take him out of power. Huge score for Kerry in my book.

Environment: Bush talked aout how the air is cleaner today than it was 4 years ago. That may be true, but it is despite his efforts, not because of them. He has relaxed standards on air and water pollution drastically.

Abortions: The other really telling part was during their discussion about partial birth abortions. Bush said and repeated, Kerry voted against it There's nothing else you need to know. Kerry explained his vote against it because it did not make necessary allowances in certain cases. I know many people see abortion as black and white, but there are a lot of gray shades there. Bush's inability to see or admit those shades is insane.

Accountability for the war: One other part that I found unbelievable was when Bush blamed his generals for not having enough people in Iraq. He said that he asked them point blank if they had enough troops to win to which they replied that they did. Kerry's response was that the general's job is to win the war; the president's is to win the peace. President Bush needs a sign on his desk that says, "The buck stops here."

Bush did make a strong point when Kerry went after him once again regarding the Osama-bin-Laden-holed-up-in-the-mountains-of-Tora-Bora-thing. He said, "It's a fundamental misunderstanding to say that the war on terror is only Osama bin Laden." Which neutralizes Kerry's point to some extent.

There was other give and take, but in my mind those were some of the most important points of debate two.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Mosaics

My wife, Kathleen, has recently taken up Mosaics. It has opened my eyes to a very cool art form. It has elements of both art and construction.

In Ravenna Italy there are mosaics still standing that were created in the 6th century. You have to love art that lasts