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The New Circuit City, Quits Before They Begin

A month or two ago circuitcity.com rose from the ashes, and I have to admit I was kinda excited at the idea, I like Circuit city before they went out of business. i started following them on twitter CircuitCitycom, and just yesterday they announced:


Great news right?  Most things I order off the web are less than 15lbs, I love newegg.com but sometimes you have to hunt for free shipping, I have issues with paying a lot or anything for shipping.

I even retweeted the great news, so did several others.


Happy joy joy!  Right?  Nope…  I come into work today and I see this..

Note that this is backwards order…


So that makes your free shipping standards worse than any other place on the internet.  Amazon is at least $25 and up..


Think maybe I misunderstood what they said?  Try this, on a 3lb backpack they will charge $9 for shipping…


Skynet caused D.C. train crash

They are blaming the D.C. train crash on a computer failure.  Apparently the trail failed to stop even though the conductor pressed the emergency brake.  What’s funny about this?  The conductors main job is only to open the doors during an emergency.  So they sit and ride the train all day?  So why did this failure happen?  Skynet, that’s all I have to say..

via My Way News – Computer failure may have caused D.C. train crash.

Facebook Gives Major Boost to OpenID

Facebook has adopted the OpenID user-identity framework to simplify how people register for and log into the social networking site.

It means that people will be able to sign into Facebook using their log-in credentials from Gmail. “This is a quicker, more streamlined way for new users to register for the site, find their friends….

read more | digg story

Report: Hackers broke into FAA air traffic control systems | Security – CNET News

“In general, the nation’s critical infrastructure is increasingly at risk as previously isolated and closed systems are moved to the Internet and commercial software, like Windows, is used, security experts have said.”

I’m glad we could blame windows for something else, that made my day.  Planes could fall from the sky but it’s because we won’t move to linux, use a firewall and security policies correctly.  Lazy..

via Report: Hackers broke into FAA air traffic control systems | Security – CNET News.

Leaving Livejournal, Long Live WordPress..

On March 17th 2002 I made my first post on Live Journal, late to the game but I’ve been posting their ever since.

So when I say that I decided over a two years ago to leave Live Journal it wasn’t something I took lightly.  I have always found it interesting the story of how Live Journal was created.

“LiveJournal.com, a blogging platform and online community built around personal journals, was started by Brad Fitzpatrick in April of 1999. It was begun simply as a fun project to entertain himself and some of his friends. As friends told friends, more people joined and it became a huge success. The platform soon grew to be bigger than a single person could easily.”

A toy that snowballed into a phenomenon. For years this was the magic that was Live Journal, a group of people under the leadership of Brad Fitzpatrick that loved what they did and were part of a Live Journal family..  Until In 2005 when Six Apart bought Live Journal. I was worried about Live Journal’s future until I read Brad’s post.  This post made me feel okay with the acquisition, because I felt he was okay with it.  Us Live Journal users looked to him as the Neo of the Live journal Matrix.  I’ve been a paid user of Live journal for years, I’ve ran my own personal servers for years too, so to leave all of my personal thoughts and feelings on someone else’s server and platform was saying something.

“If you think my baby (LiveJournal) will be destroyed, you better think again… I’m there to make sure they keep doing the right thing, but I’m already pretty sure that’s all they will do” – Brad Fitzpatrick

So why did I decide almost two years ago that I could no longer trust Live journal’s servers or it’s platform to keep my thoughts/rants/memories? In 2007 Brad Fitzpatrick Leaves Livejournal Without Brad Fitzpatrick at the helm or at least the helm of the development side, who knows what could become of Live Journal.

Then it happened, just a few months after Brad left Live journal. SUP, an international Russian media company, has acquired LiveJournal

This post sums a lot of thoughts up pretty well.  Russia isn’t known for their respect for their citizens privacy, why would they be respectful of a companies privacy?  Six apart got into enough trouble with over zealous use of account and post deletions.

“Why am I leaving? I simply don’t trust this place anymore, and neither should you (citations: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]). Read those links.” – Aaron B. Russell

So I am leaving Live journal and have moved my blog to cpuangel.com I’ve installed Open Id on it and several other plugins that make it more than worth the switch. I haven’t stopped cross posting to Live journal from WordPress and will continue to do so, with a plugin called Live+Press, as I have a few friends still on Live journal.  And why the hell not keep a backup?  Now if Livejournal, Inc. decides I posted something they want to delete my account for, they can fly a kite, my data lives on servers I trust and I back up often.

Bill Gates is an ass, his wife pines for an…. iphone.

When I read this article, I didn’t know whether to laugh or scream asshole.  I think I yelled “What an asshole!  OMG!”  Looks like old Bill is intimidated by Mr. Jobs, and refuses to let his wife or two kids to use any Apple product.  Too bad Microsoft doesn’t have products that are quite as good as Apple’s.  Okay, maybe I’ll give you the Zune, but there aren’t any Windows Mobile phones that come close to the slickness of the iphone.  I love my Treo 800w, but it doesn’t sell quite as well as the iphone.  Someone sneak Melinda an iphone!

via Microsoft boss Bill Gates bans his children from using Apple products.

15 Companies That Might Not Survive 2009 – (Including Mine)

Realogy Corp. Privately owned; about 13,000 employees. It’s the biggest real-estate brokerage firm in the country, but that’s a bad thing when there are double-digit declines in both sales and prices, as there were in 2008. Realogy, which includes the Coldwell Banker, ERA, and Sotheby’s franchises, also carries a high debt load, dating to its purchase by Apollo Management in 2007 – the very moment when the housing market was starting to invert from a soaring ride into a sickening nosedive. Realogy has been trying to refinance much of its debt, prompting lawsuits. One deal was denied by a judge in December, reducing the firm’s already tight wiggle room. [Update: See this response from Realogy.]

via 15 Companies That Might Not Survive 2009 – FlowChart usnews.com.