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Access Plus Win XP SP2 Equals Annoying

May 9, 2005 at 2:37pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I hate Windows XP Service Pack 2’s new security features. Now in order for me to open a simple Access file I have to click through FOUR different security warnings:

  1. Do you want to open this file? Uhh, well, yeah, that’s why I clicked on it.
  2. Security Warning: Unsafe Expressions Are Not Blocked. I don’t even know what that means. The database I want to open contains a couple tables. No scripts, nothing fancy. Just a couple tables. Just open the friggin’ file!
  3. Unsafe Expressions Not Blocked. Are you sure you want to open this file? Yes! Open the damn file!
  4. This file may not be safe if it contains code that was intended to harm your computer. Do you want to open this file or cancel the operation? Open. The. Damn. File.

Repeat that process several times each day with various databases.

That’ll Cost Me HOW Much?

May 9, 2005 at 2:08am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Ever wonder how much federal legislation will cost you? Now you can find out.

Essays

May 6, 2005 at 4:28pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I recently stumbled across a series of essays by Paul Graham. I have only read a few—starting with one on life as a nerd—but I have found the ones I have read to be very enjoyable.

Medium Large

May 6, 2005 at 12:36am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I recently discovered a new web comic strip called Medium Large. It’s pretty funny most of the time, lampooning various aspects of pop culture. Many (but not all) of the Fox News and Bush jokes aren’t especially creative or funny. For example, many of the strips about Election 2004 are pretty bland rehashes of the same old jokes everybody else was telling at the time. But don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

May 4, 2005 at 12:24am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Nebraska may not be the most forward-thinking state in the Union, but at least our Board of Education isn’t sponsoring a six day trial to “debate” the merits of evolution. Money quote:

Detractors also argue that evolution is invalid science because it cannot be tested or verified…

I would write a snarky retort, but it’s just too blasted easy.

Social Security’s Progressive Paradox

May 3, 2005 at 2:37pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Julian Sanchez has an excellent article about Social Security over at Reason Magazine.

You Can’t Handle the Truth

May 2, 2005 at 2:18pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

What’s the deal with all of the articles about Oklahoma head baseball coach Larry Cochell not including the facts surrounding his resignation? Cochell resigned “two days after reports surfaced of alleged racial remarks he made during two off-camera interviews to a sports network. The longtime coach submitted a letter of resignation to president David Boren, who had met hours before with athletic director Joe Castiglione and members of the university’s black community on the matter.” What the heck is a “racial remark,” and why won’t any news organizations report what those remarks were?

Apparently Cochell used “racial epithets” as he praised a black ballplayer on his team. I’m guessing he said something like “that nigger is one helluva ballplayer.” But I don’t actually know what he said, because the friggin’ media won’t tell me. Whatever happened to “We report, you decide”? Is the American public really so hyper-sensitive that we can no longer be given news facts because somebody might be “offended” and sue the reporting news agency?

[Mr. Wilson tries one more time to find an article that tells the facts.]

Aha! I finally found an article that describes what happened. There were two incidents. In one, after Cochell had praised freshman Joe Dunigan for staying in school, Cochell said to play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne, “There’s no n[igger] in him.”

In the second, Cochell said to color commentator Kyle Peterson, “Dunigan is a good black kid.”

Maybe I’m not a sensitive enough guy, but neither of those statements strikes me as “unreportable” by the major media.

I’m also a little torn about the end result of this situation. Cochell was clearly a condescending son of a bitch in his remarks, but were his remarks worthy of getting him fired? (Yeah, he resigned, but let’s not pretend that resigning was his idea.) Whatever happened to “sensitivity training” and other P.C. solutions to the problem? I mean, the guy was very well respected, and he frequently interacted with black student athletes over the years. If he were truly a racist bastard wouldn’t he have been outed long ago?

Was he stupid? Yep. Careless in his word choice? Definitely. Racist? I’m not going to say no. I don’t know the guy and I sure as heck ain’t going to defend the character of a man I know so little about. But unless this guy has some major skeletons in his closet, I just find the “racist” label too harsh at this point.

Anybody out there know more about this guy or about the two situations that ultimately got him canned?

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