The True Evils of Outsourcing

I’m sure you’ve been screwed over by outsourcing… bad technical support is probably the number one.  Dell has recognized this and moved their customer service back to America.  I’m not sure, but at first you had to pay extra to have America based tech support trough Dell, wow.

But this outsourcing is far far worse.  Wow.  Check out the video below.  They do a hell of a job bringing the news to the Web2.0 masses, one article a day.

Lighting Project

I’m supposed to be working on this lighting project for my photography class. Here are a few pics I took today using different techniques. Basically I used a really long shutter release and a handheld flash. Nothing spectacular but my first try at it.

I’ve the the crazy eyes in that pic… haha This next one I really like.

And this one just features a light box for soft light, my light “box” kinda sucks though, it is wrinkly. I’m gonna make my own that should work better.

Meanwhile, my computer is fritzing out on me. Check out my trash can.

Powered by Qumana Rocks My Space

It’s as though it were made for Myspace, flashy, a little trashy and a whole lot of fun. It’s open to the public now, so check out the beta of Skitch.

I used it for about five minutes from registration to upload. It’s simplicity is great and it’s speed is really quite impressive. Click the pic to go to their website.

The thing even uploaded to my flickr! Impressive.

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Apple Wireless Keyboard

I just need to make an entire post about this new keyboard, I love it so much.  I really just can’t handle it, the thing is so awesome!  Kinda feel like a dork over this but damn girl, this thing is fine!

So the wireless edition has no numeric pad on the far right… this is a bummer cause, well, you can’t do the whole ten key touch thing… but that’s ok seeing as I don’t really need it, not yet at least.  The keys are also a little hard to get used to, since there isn’t nearly any depth to each key, you can’t feel your way around the keyboard like you could with any other typical desktop keyboard.  The feel and layout is much like any Macbook or Macbook Pro keyboard you might have used except there is a greater distance between the keys themselves.  I have gotten used to the keyboard’s layout for the most part though I’m still having trouble with punctuation.

The top keys, aka the function keys, are much improved with little pictures telling you what each key does.  Those little icons are great cause no matter how many times I used those keys on my old Apple Wireless Keyboard, I could never memorize what each key did.  I’m just special I guess.

The thing is fucking tiny, that’s just something I can’t get over.  The brushed metal and the solid build are great.  Typical Apple quality here.  I love the thing and really only have a few little updates that they totally should have put on here.

How about a lighted keyboard like the Macbook Pro’s?  I just don’t get why they didn’t do that.  Also… how about a USB port to charge the batteries like a cellphone is charged on your USB port?  That would be super fantastic.  They totally could have put a numeric keypad on this…  How about a similarly designed mouse?  The new brushed iMacs look awesome with the new keyboards but still have those white mouses.

Typing on the new keyboard is so much faster and becomes easier once you get used to the layout.  It’s quiet and easier to keep clean.  It’s got brushed metal and it’s smaller than Mark McGwire’s testicals…

Barack Obama Does Religion Right!

In a speach before an Interfait forum in Des Moins Iowa, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois contended that the idea of seperation of church and state should not force American voters to “leave [their] religion at the door before entering the public square” arguing that “faith informs our values, and I think we’d all agree that our values inform our politics more than they have over the last six years”.

Obama pointed out the damages caused by religio-political machines such as Jerry Falwell “exploit what divides us” with agendas based soley on time socially divided issues such as abortion and gay marriage.

Jumping onto the recent Nobel Prize shared by Al Gore and UN Scientists, Obama pushed the bibically faithful to examine their doctrine’s regard to the earth, climate and our role in protecting what God gave us.

“The bible tells us that when God created the earth, he entrusted us with the responsibility to take care of that earth,” he said. “It is a responsibility to ensure that this planet remains clean and safe and livable for our children, and for all of God’s children.”

“Science has made it undeniably clear that our generation is not living up to this responsibility.”

An as an omage to the former vice president, Obama gave credit where it was due, “I think all of us give great thanks to him [Al Gore] for his extraordinary dedication, his extraordinary service, [and] his grace after a bitter defeat to rise up and actually transcend and do even more than one could have ever imagined to help highlight this issue.”

Well done. Absolutely the best mixing of religion in a political speach that didn’t austrosize anyone. Well, not me at anyways.