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April 2013

Steyn smacks two academics . . .

. . . two academics--who, sadly, work at an institution from which I have a degree--whose concern after the Boston shootings is "whether we do an adequate job assimilating immigrants who arrive in the United States as children or teenagers". 

Please. Double please. Both shooters, but especially the younger one, attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in the multi-cultural paradise of Cambridge, MA. Read about it here. It is "what could be the most tolerant and accepting place imaginable for two Chechen boys looking to find their place in the world."


"10 Very Costly Typos"

Proofreading is not easy, but it is vital. Example:

2. THE CASE OF THE ANTIQUE ALE  

The damage: $502,996

A missing ‘P’ cost one sloppy (and we’d have to surmise ill-informed) eBay seller more than half-a-mill on the 150-year-old beer he was auctioning. Few collectors knew a bottle of Allsopp’s Arctic Ale was up for bid, because it was listed as a bottle of Allsop’s Arctic Ale. One eagle-eyed bidder hit a payday of Antiques Roadshow proportions when he came across the rare booze, purchased it for $304, then immediately re-sold it for $503,300.


"David Lee Roth Will Not Go Quietly"

What Diamond Dave has been up to recently.

The once and future Van Halen frontman has parlayed the sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll of his youth into a wild middle age, and he wants to teach us all about it. Drinking, smoking, and swinging swords on a Saturday night at home with the last true rock star.

UPDATE: here's the link I forgot. Thanks, Phil.


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"5 Common Misconceptions That Destroy Computers"

Of interest primarily to the inexperienced and the naive. But for them it could be really helpful

  • #4. "My Computer Is Slow. It Has to Be a Virus!"
  • The problem here is that people use the word "virus" to mean "bad program doing weird things to my computer," but there are some important distinctions to make, because they have different solutions. If you do have a nasty virus -- an actual virus -- there's an excellent chance you'll need to get help from a professional. But what you probably have is much easier to fix. If I've fixed 500 computers in my life, I can count on one hand how many of them had an actual "virus." The rest were all malware, an overload of spyware, or a Trojan horse, all of which are much easier to remove.