Friday, July 09, 2004

Funny Microsoft Support Articles

I was surfing around the other day and found a pretty funny compilation of Microsoft's so-called "Q" articles which answer user support questions about Microsoft products. Here are a few examples:
  • Q282850: Cookies Lost After Upgrading to Windows XP
  • Q178748: SATAN Causes High Memory Utilization in WUSER32
  • Q216641: Computer Hangs After 49.7 Days "SYMPTOMS: After 49.7 days of continuous operation, your Windows-based computer may stop responding (hang).
And my personal favorite:
Q110261: Airframe Damage from Stress Causes Aircraft to Explode "This functionality is oversensitive in Flight Simulator 5.0; any stress applied to the aircraft causes it to tear apart when this option is selected."
Much more here.


My folks are visiting from out of town, so blogging will be very light for the remainder of the week.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Kerry Picks "Mr. Inexperience" for Veep

Senator John Fitzgerald Kerry has picked Sen. John Edwards as his running mate. Just two months ago, Sen. Kerry proclaimed John Edwards unqualified to be President.

This is obviously a poll-driven choice by the DNC, now that Kerry's first choice, Sen. John McCain, has endorsed President Bush for re-election.

The GOP, by the way, was ready for the Kerry announcement:

Glenn Reynolds has an excellent rundown on the Edwards selection here.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Happy Fourth of July

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Have a blessed holiday.

Fahrenheit 9/11: The Critical Rundown

Michael Moore professes his latest film to be a "documentary," but my definition of a documentary is obviously different from his. Accordingly, I'm posting links to several articles/blogs with facts that refute not only Moore's latest creation, but his previous ones as well:A book about Moore recently held the #4 bestseller spot on Amazon's "Top 100" list, and James Lileks is impressed, so far:
I want to get back to reading the “Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man” book. (Note: 89 pages into the book, the title remains the sole ad hominem remark. And even so it’s a winking reference to Moore’s own work, as well as Al Franken’s deathless tome on Limbaugh. I’ll say this for the Moore book: it’s brisk and deft, and avoids screedy polemics for one-on-one factual refutations of what the authors identify as Moore’s more egregious fictitions. I was piqued by the theory that Moore manipulated his confrontation with Mr. Heston in “Columbine” – the scene where he showed Heston a photo of a murdered girl and asked for comments. If the authors are correct, what Moore did was the same thing William Hurt’s character did in “Broadcast News” – manipulating a one-camera shot to make it seem as if it was a two-camera shot, and editing post-interview footage to make it look as if it was all one contiguous event.) Full review on Monday.
For those who may be interested in the other side of Michael Moore, you can procure the Hardy and Clarke book here.