Category Archives: Tech

With a Push From Google, California Legalizes Driverless Cars – NYTimes.com

With a Push From Google, California Legalizes Driverless Cars – NYTimes.com.

A driverless car sounds cool to me, think of all the time you could reclaim by having Google be your chauffer! Of course the first issue is getting used to having a driverless car, but I suspect that people will get used to this pretty quickly!

I’m wondering what the insurance carriers will say when you tell them to add Google to your policy. One could argue that rates should drip, if these are as safe as Google claims. And if you ARE in an accident then what better defense is there than “I wasn’t driving, Google was. If you have a problem, sue Google!”

Chained To A Desktop? No, I CHOOSE IT!

Yep, though laptops, tablets, and smartphones all there place I’m finding that  old-school computing still have a few things going for it!

My old computer recently died, so I ordered a replacement. Truth be told, I hadn’t been using it very much, but still feel it’s nice to have a “permanent” setup, if for not reason other than to justify the existence of the office and the massive computer desk (command central). Since the “office” had become a place to throw “important” papers and anything computer-ey or gadget-ey it was in quite a disarray, so I launched operation cleanup, to clean out the junk and organize what I really needed BEFORE setting up the new computer.

Fasting forward, I set up my new Dell, connected all the peripherals, and started the process of adding my favorite software. To make a long story short, I’ve fallen in love with desktop computing! Sure, laptops have the portability factor, but that’s about all they have going for them. Desktops have lots more power, 22″ flatscreen monitors (YMMV), full keyboards, mice/trackballs, and good speakers! Other peripherals like laser printers and scanners come in handy, too!

Of course the screens, speakers, etc., can be connected to a laptop, but laptops aren’t really made for that kind of life. They love their freedom! Desktops are homebody’s who like to be surrounded by all their “stuff”. A place and purpose for everything.

Did I mention the full-sized keyboard? And the mouse and screen and speakers? Yeah, I’m loving it!

Also, by getting the laptop off the coffee table it leaves the Living Room for living and encourages me to do computing tasks in the office. And if I’m in the office I naturally gravitate towards using the more comfortable setup. Heck, I’ve even started using my home phone more!

Of course the laptop is right here, ready to go. Sometimes a second screen is nice, too! And did you know that you can use your laptop in tandem with your desktop computer and use the same mouse and keyboard for both? Google “Mouse Without Borders” to learn more.

PHP & Me

I’ve been studying PHP this week using a video tutorial. I was rather pleased with myself for getting a virtual dev/test machine set up using VMware, with WordPress running on it even. The only real difficulty was in getting PHP-MyAdmin set up to connect to MySQL so I could actually create a database for WP but after that it was smooth sailing. It’s pretty neat doing all the development on my own machine (the new 4-core Dell), with Apache serving up the web pages.

I also visited the Guilford Co. Linus Users Group last night, in hopes of meeting some like-minded individuals. I think I have a few leads, though of course they were somewhat disgusted that I’m using WAMP instead of LAMP! LOL

Not So Open Source

Ok, so “Open Source” may not technically mean free. I am not one to define the term. But I think most people have the working definition that if software is open source then you can download and use the software for free.

Not always.

There is an e-commerce plugin for WordPress called the Shopp plugin (shopplusing.net). They publish under an “open source” license, but you can’t get the source unless you purchase a license to use the software. I’m not sure I really see the point. I think all WordPress plugins are “open source” in that they are written in PHP, so you can see the uncompiled source code.

It just aggravates me. It’s called “open source” but I cannot see, test, or use it without paying $55. A nominal fee, if it is something you want, but I’ve spend enough money on software that I didn’t really get any use out of. I’ll probably buy it, but wanted to complain.

😀 Have a nice day.