Daily Archives: March 13, 2014


The Solution To The Windows-XP Conundrum

I have two computers. The old one is running Windows-XP. Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows-XP which accounts for about 30% of their installed base. Microsoft has two options for you. One is to just upgrade the operating system by buying either Windows 8 or Windows 7. You have to first check to see if those operating systems are compatible with your old hardware. After the upgrade, many of your old programs won’t run, but if you used the optional installation aid, at least your settings can be restored.

The other choice Microsoft offers you is to buy a new computer with the new software already on it, and just dispose of your old computer. You lose almost everything from your old computer unless you find some way to at least transfer the data from your old machine to the new one.

There is another alternative that Microsoft probably disparages. You can install a variant of Linux such as Ubuntu on your old machine.

You might ask if you will lose everything on your old machine if you install Ubuntu. Fortunately the answer is that you won’t lose anything. You won’t even lose what you would under Microsoft’s two options. The reason is that the default Ubuntu installation option is to turn your machine into a dual boot machine. This means you will be able to run Ubuntu or Windows-XP at any time on the old computer.

You won’t want to run Windows-XP if you can possibly avoid it because of the future vulnerability of that operating system after Microsoft stops fixing security problems in Windows-XP. However, if you find that there is something you absolutely need from the Windows-XP side, you can disconnect your machine from the internet for safety reasons, and then boot-up Windows-XP.

Prior to the discontinuance of Microsoft support for Windows-XP, you won’t have to disconnect your computer from the internet to retrieve something from the Windows-XP side of your machine.

Since Sharon is the one now using the old computer for browsing the internet, all I need to do is to get Firefox running under Ubuntu on the old machine.  Firefox even provides a facility to keep all of your Firefox installations in sync.  I am already using that to sync my Windows-7 machine, the Windows-XP machine, and my Samsung tablet.


Senate jobless benefits deal reached

Politico has the story Senate jobless benefits deal reached.

The bill would be paid for by an extension of U.S. Customs fees established by the recent budget deal through 2024 and by making changes to federal pension programs over the next 10 years.

Who needs their stinkin’ Social Security or Medicare anyway? Let’s pit the unemployed against the old folk and see who wins. Either way, the rich win.

What is this baloney about paid for? Do these Senators have the foggiest idea that their government is sovereign in its own currency? As long as there is slack in the economy, there is no worry about how to pay for Social Security and Medicare (if we get a handle on big Pharma and private health insurance companies).

Why do we have to pit the unemployed against the elders, when the top 1% is holding 40% of the wealth of the country. We elders earned our benefits. What have the great bank robbers done to earn their wealth? Are they supposed to be rewarded for tanking the world economy. Are we that afraid of them?

Oh, and how do the Republican Senators think the FED payed for the $13 trillion in bank bailout money? They were shocked when Ben Bernanke told them he just typed it into the computer.  What are these clowns doing making economic decisions for our country?

By clowns, I mean the Senators, Democrats and Republicans who are foolish enough to think that new spending has to be “paid for” by cuts in other programs.  As for Ben Bernanke, his only clownishness was his failure to put an end to the big bankers accounting control fraud when he had the chance in the Bush Administration.

See my previous post Bill Black at TED Explains How Insiders Rob Banks and Cause Crises.

Thanks to MardyS for posting this on his Facebook page so I could get a head start in trying to beat this idea into the ground.


Hypocrisy of Government Funding for Penis-Pumps—But Questioning Contraception Dollars 1

Alternet has the article WATCH: Daily Show’s Samantha Bee Nails Hypocrisy of Government Funding for Penis-Pumps—But Questioning Contraception Dollars.

ObamaCare is that insurance companies have to cover women’s health care needs including contraception.  This has caused serious congressional debate with Republicans adamant that women ought to pay for their own individual sexual health choices.

Yet, on last night’s The Daily Show, Samantha Bee revealed that unlike the serious congressional debate targeting female contraception and reproductive healthcare in general, Medicare has spent $172 million on penis pumps in the last five years, which the mostly white, older, male members (sic) of Congress don’t seem to have a problem.


Now the dirty little secret is out. This must be why I am such a strong proponent of women’s equality in health care funding by the government. I don’t want to be a hypocrite.

Maybe the rallying cry ought to be “No penis pumps and no viagra unless female contraceptives are funded.”


Bill Black at TED Explains How Insiders Rob Banks and Cause Crises

Naked Capitalism has the article Bill Black at TED Explains How Insiders Rob Banks and Cause Crises.

This is a great piece to share with friends and who still aren’t sure why we had a crisis or are predisposed to blame it on greedy borrowers, as opposed to greedy and reckless financial services industry players.

If you don’t know who Bill Black is and if you haven’t read his book and if you have been ignoring my blog for the past 7 or 8 years, here is the bio that was posted along with the YouTube video below.

William Black is an associate professor of economics and law at UMKC. He has held many prestigious positions, including executive director for Fraud Prevention. He recently helped the World Bank develop anti-corruption initiatives and served as an expert for OFHEO in its enforcement action against Fannie Mae’s former senior management. He is a criminologist and former financial regulator.


Warning: If you would prefer to cling to your own idea of what caused the crisis because you are so sure you know what you know, then do not watch the video below. If, on the other hand, you entertain the possibility that the Tea Party funded by the Koch Brothers might have an ulterior motive in getting you to believe the government’s promotion of home ownership is the cause, then this video is for you.

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Why aren’t we outraged enough to demand action from Obama and Holder?