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QotD: The Generation Gap

Interestingly enough, I heard this soundbite in a song. I thought it was thought-provoking, so why not share it? Rather than slap down a bunch of text, it might be more interesting if you heard it yourself. Just press play. But, I did quote the text below, if you wish to follow along.




"Sometimes it appears that we're reaching a period when our senses and our minds will no longer respond to moderate stimulation. We seem to be aproaching an age of the gross, persuasion through speeches and books is too often discarded for disruptive demonstrations aimed at bludgeoning the unconvinced into action. The young--and by this I don't mean by any stretch of the imagination all the young, but I'm talking about those who claim to speak for the young--at the zenith of physical power and sensitivity, overwhelm themselves with drugs and artificial stimulants. Subtlety is lost, and fine distinctions based on acute reasoning are carelessly ignored in a headlong jump to a predetermined conclusion. Life is visceral rather than intellectual. And the most visceral practitioners of life are those who characterize themselves as intellectuals. Truth is to them revealed rather than logically proved. And the principal infatuations of today revolve around the social sciences, those subjects which can accommodate any opinion, and about which the most reckless conjecture cannot be discredited. Education is being redefined at the demand of the uneducated to suit the ideas of the uneducated. The student now goes to college to proclaim, rather than to learn. The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated, and a contemporary antagonism known as 'The Generation Gap.' A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete core of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals." -Spiro Agnew

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Farewell To An Icon

TV advertisements will never be the same again. I'll miss ya, Billy.


Sealing Away Versatility

Advancing battery technology makes me a happy guy. I'm always glad when the gadgets I depend on are able to operate for longer periods of time. However, I don't like it when I'm forced to sacrifice accessibility to achieve this. A good example? The Apple iPhone. There is no user-replaceable battery. If your battery craps the bed, you have to take the phone to Apple and get a replacement. Now, I'm sure that with a little research and technical diagrams, I could probably replace the battery myself, but the average consumer will not get to enjoy this luxury. That's bogus.

Now it seems that this trend is becoming more mainstream. Apple has converted it's entire MacBook line of computers to use sealed batteries. This is also true of some Dell laptops. Their argument is that by doing this, they are able to fit larger batteries into the computer, thus extending battery performance. This is absolutely true, because sealed batteries don't require casings, exposed electrical contacts, clips, etc. But is sacrificing user-replacability really worth the extra hour or two of charge time? To me, it isn't.

I have never used a laptop battery to the point where it needs to be replaced, nor have I ever had a defective battery. In Apple's mind, I fit their user profile. I am someone who has never needed to replace their battery or purchase additional batteries. But, you know what? I like having the piece of mind and control that a user-replaceable battery offers. I bet that doesn't show up in their study.

I like knowing that if my battery dies, I can easily replace the part myself. I don't need to hand my MacBook over to a "Genius" (a term that is, in reality, quite variable) at the Apple Store and pray that they handle it with care. I hate it when someone I don't know handles my $1800 notebook computer. Call me a control freak, but knowing what I know about computers, I also have come to realize that there are a lot of inept people out there. Wearing an Apple logo doesn't make someone more trustworthy.