Archive for the 'Rants' Category

Trying to give up the “Social Network” habit.

Posted by grelmar on September 21st, 2011

So I popped into Facebook this morning to take a quick look at the news feed, and, well, it was fairly brutal.  I immediately posted a rash (and most likely untrue, at least in the short term) comment that I would be abandoning the platform in favour of G+.  The thing is, the latest re-design […]

Better “done” than perfect – Why software is broken.

Posted by grelmar on February 24th, 2011

I colour shifted this fractal a bit.  It reminds me of a slightly distorted Yin without the accompanying Yang.  (Or is it Yang without the Yin?) I was flipping through my feeds, and came across an interesting bit of a rant against Facebook and they’re poor security implementation on a security research blog.  I found […]

Coffee snobbery.

Posted by grelmar on February 18th, 2011

Another XaoS rendered fractal.  Reminds me of a Mardi Gras face mask. A colleague from the U.S. was up for some meetings this week, and brought me a mighty fine pound of coffee from a boutique roaster in San Francisco.  It’s kinda an inside joke about the fact that I work really weird hours, and […]

Stop living in fear! You’re safer now than ever.

Posted by grelmar on February 13th, 2011

I know a few people who are so scared of pretty much everything, that it takes an intense act of fortitude to even leave the house. They worry about muggings, terrorism, the weather, disease (which often, weirdly and irrationally, goes hand in hand with fear of vaccinations), children getting hung up in drop rail cribs, […]

Mama, don’t let your babies, grow up to be techies…

Posted by grelmar on February 12th, 2011

Kinda neat one…  Not often you end up rendering a fractal that ends up being all straight lines.  At least, not with the software/methods I use. So, it’s Saturday night, and here I sit locked down in front of the keyboard…  Again.  Like so many Saturday nightsw before me, and so many after.  I’m really […]

Why “Big Hollywood” Deserves it’s Fate.

Posted by grelmar on February 12th, 2011

Nothing screams “80’s !!!” quite like Pastel Pink.  To be honest, I was wondering if I’d ever come up with a way to sneak this fractal into a post, but inspiration struck a few minutes ago, and it’s the perfect fit for this post. It would be a bit of an understatement to say that […]

All OS’s suck… Even Linux

Posted by grelmar on December 23rd, 2010

Subtitle:  Why making simple things hard is a bad idea. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made my choices and I’m sticking with it.  Day to day, I work in Linux and that isn’t going to change.  But there’s a good reason why Linux is a “Fringe” OS on the desktop, and why it will remain […]

Dear Mr. Harper

Posted by grelmar on June 2nd, 2010

Dear Mr. Harper: If I buy something, I own it.  It is mine.  That is the nature of property law.  If I want to pry it apart with pliers, that’s my right.  If I want to hook it up to a Tesla coil to see it glow, that is my right.  If I want to […]

I hate phones.

Posted by grelmar on November 4th, 2009

It’s funny.  On the surface, most people would think I’m a phone nut.  I’m on it a lot, and I tend to have phones right near the edge of the envelope, technology-wise. Right now, I have both an iPhone (personal) and a BlackBerry (business – paid for by my company).  I have them set up […]

Halloween Post Mortem

Posted by grelmar on November 1st, 2009

Halloween has always been one of my favourite days of the year.  As a kid, I can distinctly remember trick or treating.  The costumes, the gleeful chaos of going door to door with my sister’s, and seeing all the children running up and down the street on a sugar buzz that would extend late into […]

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