March 4th, 2009

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More on the Eee

OK... I'm finding that the Eee 900A is I/O bound; the 4 GB SSD it comes with is not only tiny but slow.

I'm going to max it out on RAM--for about $20, why not?--and I will also be sending off for a larger and much faster SSD. RunCore is apparently the best way to go, but the price and availability reflect that, so I will go with a brand that is still pretty darned good and more readily available for not as much money, a Super Talent 32GB SSD.

Resources:

For SSDs and netbooks, mydigitaldiscount.com (though I'll go with newegg to get the Super Talent).
For reviews and how-to videos, by all means check out jkkmobile.

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Truly frightening...

Jacob Sullum at Reason points out a frightening passage from The One's speech to Congress:

"But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma. And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It's not just quitting on yourself, it's quitting on your country—and this country needs and values the talents of every American." (emphasis added in the blog entry)

Can you say "From each according to his ability..."?

Kelo vs. New London established, at least until the joyous day it's overturned, that for purposes of a "taking", a "public good" can be anything that will increase the amount of tax money pouring into the black hole of government. If tearing down the building you live in and putting up a strip mall generates more tax revenue, you live where you do only as long as nobody notices that and starts the wheels rolling to declare your abode a "blight". How long will it be before the same goes for, say, your choice of occupation?

"The only joy is the joy of duty. Work. Work. Work." --announcement at Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems, in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

UPDATE: Hmmm.... perhaps the Obamessiah could riff on JFK: "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can be coerced into doing for those who ask what their country can do for them."

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