Open source vDos. Run 16-bit DOS programs in any version of Windows

20 September 2014

Software developers like me sometimes need to be able to run ancient 16-bit DOS programs in 64-bit Windows. vDos allows these old programs to be run by booting into an open source version of DOS. It is an improvement upon Dosbox, which was meant for gaming. vDos adds a live file system, record locking, Windows […]

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California depleting groundwater reserves rapidly to grow almonds

19 September 2014

“The people of the state of California are more or less destroying themselves in order to give cheap almonds to the world.” – David Zetland. California grows 80% of the world’s almonds. Over one million acres on the Central Valley is now almond trees. The extreme drought and complete lack of laws regulating groundwater pumping […]

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Restaurants replacing pesky workers with tablet ordering

18 September 2014

WaPo has a breathless article extolling the virtues of ordering by tablet at a restaurant, freeing customers from all that tedious personal contact with a human being who might, God knows, start yammering about wanting a higher minimum wage or some such fool thing. Thus, it’s just so much better to shove those unfortunates out […]

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Vermont city acts unlawfully, unconstitutionally, judge finds

17 September 2014

City of Montpelier deprives city employee of due process rights One of the wonders of the American legal system is that you can win your case in court, only to have the court’s decision extend and magnify the underlying injustice. This is a story about how easy it is for a city government to run […]

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Burlington VT now gets 100% of power from renewable energy, sort of

17 September 2014

Burlington, a town of 42,000 in Vermont, recently bought the Winooski One 7.4 MW hydro plant and now claims to be 100% renewable. Well, maybe. While I applaud them for moving towards renewables, their logic is claiming to be 100% renewable is overblown and misleading. Over time Burlington will indeed produce more renewable energy than […]

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Scottish independence referendum update

16 September 2014

With the Scottish independence referendum almost upon us, the Westminster government and its Better Together campaign continue to conjure up fearful stories of a grim future for an independent Scotland. After PM David Cameron met with supermarket bosses to spin stories of potential rising prices (with Walmart-owned Asda doing an about-face days later), the UK […]

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Washington’s ISIS war drums: Do stupid stuff, do it now! 

15 September 2014

“Hopefully we get it more right than wrong” – organizing principle? As Hillary Clinton was widely quoted as saying recently, “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” Maybe others have pointed out that this is a pretty stupid statement, but that’s far from the conventional wisdom. Think about […]

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Why I’m saying Yes to Scottish independence

14 September 2014

“1% of the world has 90% of the wealth And the system says to step on folk why helping yourself I hope you’re hearing these thoughts with amazement And inequity is consigned to the history pages I don’t want to see another lost generation” -Stanley Odd, Son I Voted Yes I was always going to […]

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Los Angeles is in danger of becoming a failed city

14 September 2014

San Francisco and Silicon Valley may be booming. L.A. is not. Unemployment is high, 8.7%. The city has massive unfunded pension liabilities. Big business is increasingly leaving L.A. And then there’s the continual, insane amounts of traffic. Sue and I lived in L.A. for years and everytime we go back are astonished that yes, the […]

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Cedar City Half Marathon

13 September 2014

It’s 7 AM and the Cedar City UT Half Marathon just started. I’m running it for the third time. It starts at 8,200 feet elevation and goes 13.1 miles straight down a canyon road ending up at 6,000 feet in Cedar City. Wish me luck! (And I hope the altitude doesn’t kick my ass like […]

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