Ivor O’Connor

January 28, 2009

US Falsely Claiming It ‘Won’ IP Fight With China

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 3:49 pm

US Falsely Claiming It ‘Won’ IP Fight With China


Earlier this week, plenty of attention was paid to a WTO ruling concerning US disputes with China over a variety of intellectual property issues. The US Trade Representative quickly declared victory (pdf) and that’s the story most of the folks in the press went with, claiming that this was a US victory where the WTO largely supported the US. Some even called it a major victory, while others were surprised that China seemingly was fine with the ruling.

Perhaps that’s because if you actually read through the details, you realize, as Michael Geist points out, that the US actually lost very badly.

Hmmm. I thought this “day is night” version was the standard all countries used. What makes this a special case?


January 25, 2009

Democrats just as evil as Republicans

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 9:21 pm

What a surprise. Change we can believe in. The audacity of hope.


Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for his first military action yesterday, missile strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan which killed at least 18 people. Four days after assuming the presidency, he was consulted by US commanders before they launched the two attacks. Although Obama has abandoned many of the “war on terror” policies of George Bush while he was president, he is not retreating from the hunt for Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders.


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – President Hamid Karzai condemned a U.S. operation he said killed 16 Afghan civilians, while hundreds of villagers denounced the American military during an angry demonstration Sunday.

Karzai said the killing of innocent Afghans during U.S. military operations “is strengthening the terrorists.”

Military intelligence. Why can’t we just simply take aerial photographs and put together convincing proof before we do anything. Hopefully this is being done and being supplied to somebody so they can make informed decisions. I bet it is not though. I bet we are just killing to kill and make a mess so we can continue our wars. If it were legitimate they’d post the proofs. It’s not like our enemies can avoid our spy planes and gadgets. If we have legitimate proof there can be no denying it. Without legitimate proof it’s just another game our leaders are playing yet again.

This reminds me of another article mentioning torturing will not be condoned like it was under the Bush administration. That will now be illegal. Instead it must be approved by his attorney general. Glad things have changed.

January 24, 2009

Military Intelligence

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 3:51 pm

You’d think anybody who depends on a stable operating system would automatically bypass M$. However when you’ve got people who think might makes right making the decisions, well, anything is possible. Or is it just karma?


Published Date:
15 January 2009
By Matt Jackson
Defence correspondent
A computer virus has attacked the communications network of almost the entire Royal Navy fleet, knocking out e-mails and the internet.
It is understood the worm disabled the NavyStar network in up to 75 per cent of the navy’s ships last week, meaning sailors could not get messages home.
The navy’s flagship HMS Ark Royal, which left Portsmouth for Liverpool on Monday, is still without the system as IT technicians tackle the problem.

January 19, 2009

Obama Mania

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 2:55 pm

Sure. American’s are so deeply plugged into the matrix they never get it. One mania after another. I suspect Obama knows Lincoln’s history though. He probably gets the guy. Yet he still goes for the cheap, very ironic, publicity stunts. Is he comfortable riding the mania waves despite the ironies and injustices? It’s looking like he’ll be just another Bush. Another bad politician in a long line of bad politicians. Or will he actually take the momentum he has and use it to build something of integrity. Something long lasting. I suspect he could…

Winter Pics

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 5:12 am

Twins at 22

Twins at 22

Mr Cool, alias Mr Do Right.

Mr Cool, alias Mr Do Right.

She takes pride in evilness.

She takes pride in evilness.

Keeping an eye on Ms Evil

Keeping an eye on Ms Evil

Stephan, Sandra, gma, and Thomas on the boys 22nd bday a few days ago

Stephan, Sandra, gma, and Thomas on the boys 22nd bday a few days ago

This is the age one knows all.

This is the age one knows all.

January 18, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — ioconnor @ 9:16 pm

OpenOffice Writer does not contain any readability tools and there are no add-on macros for it either. However Google Docs does under “Tools->Word count… Ctrl+Shift+C”! And since the advent of Google Gears Google Docs is always available with or without a web connection. It’s a great tool for preliminary checks.

However when there is a web connection this wonderful tool should always be used: http://wordscount.ezpublishing.com/beta.html. The stats are thorough and wonderful.

Now when using the above tools on this content the results differ. Why different results for the Flesch score when given identical input?

It is all good though. More tools to analyze means more time thinking and improving.

Portable Thunderbird.

Filed under: Thunderbird — Tags: — ioconnor @ 6:32 am

Oh this is so good I can hardly wait!

Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition Revision 2 Released

Submitted by John T. Haller on December 31, 2008 – 5:06pm

Thunderbird logoMozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition Revision 2 has been released in English, Italian, German, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. It’s the popular Mozilla Thunderbird email client bundled with a PortableApps.com launcher as a portable app. This release updates Mozilla Thunderbird to and has an improved launcher and installer which now correctly handle mimtype associations and remove invalid settings. It’s packaged in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Suite. And it’s open source and completely free.

Read on for more details…

Note: The original installer contained a debug message that could confuse some users. This was removed and the release was reposted as Revision 2.


portable_thunderbird_small.pngMozilla Thunderbird is the safe, fast email client that’s easy to use. It has lots of great features including quick message search, customizable views, support for IMAP/POP, RSS support and more. Plus, the portable version leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on, so you can take your email and adress book with you wherever you go. Learn more about Mozilla Thunderbird…

New In This Release

The included Thunderbird has been updated to (release notes). The launcher has been updated to properly handle custom file associations in the mimetypes.rdf. The installer will remove large/corrupt mimetypes.rdf files.

GPG 1.4.9

GPG, in conjunction with the Enigmail extension, allows you to sign and encrypt your email. Learn more about GPG and Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition.

Portable Gimp

Filed under: Portable Apps — Tags: , — ioconnor @ 6:28 am

I’m not using portable apps yet but I plan on doing so in the future. I like the idea of having all my favorite apps configured and ready to use as I expect them regardless of the host I’m working on. I’ll start keeping track of portable apps.

GIMP Portable 2.6.4 Released

Submitted by John T. Haller on January 15, 2009 – 3:20pm

GIMP logoGIMP Portable 2.6.4 has been released. GIMP Portable is the full-featured GIMP image and photo editor bundled with a PortableApps.com launcher as a portable app, so you can edit your photos and images on the go. This new release updates the included GIMP to the latest release. GIMP Portable Help, GIMP Portable Background Window and GIMP Portable Photoshop Layout are also available. It’s packaged in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Suite. Best of all, it’s open source and completely free.

Read on for more details…


GIMP Portable ScreenshotThe GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. Learn more about the GIMP…

GIMP Portable Background Window 2.1.3 and Photoshop Layout

GIMP Portable Extras ScreenshotTwo extras that enhance GIMP Portable are also available: GIMP Portable Photoshop Layout and GIMP Portable Background Window. The Photoshop Layout add-on adjusts GIMP’s dock/toolbox to more closely approximate the layout of Adobe Photoshop. The Background Window plugin allows GIMP to occupy a single window. The background plugin does contain known bugs and is unsupported but should still be useful to many users.

PSU Testing

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 6:22 am

I’ve never thought about this before. It makes a lot of sense. Especially since I have a few questionable PSUs…


This product is a simple tester for switching power supply. It makes it easy to test the power supply output.
1. Turn-on your power supply.
2. Plug-in your 24 pin power supply connector to mini tester
3. Check LED light it ON or OFF
(+5V. +12V. +3.3V. -5V. -12V. +5VBS. PG)
– If the power output is working, the LED will light and you will hear a sound
– If the power output fails, you won’t see the LED light & no sound
4. Plug the HDD con, check +12V, +5V
5. Remove HDD, Plug p4(p6/p8)con, check +12V
6. Remove p4(p6/p8)con, plug FLOPPY con, check +12V, +5V
7. Remove Floppy con, plug SATA con, check +12V, +5V, +3.3V
8. Do not plug wrong position when you use P4 connector
This product is designed only for power supply output tests. Do not leave it connected to the power supply unattended. It generates heat and could possibly damage your power supply.
24-pin Power Connector
Power HDD Connector
Power P4 Connector
Power Floppy Connector

Or check out all the testers at amazon

January 17, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 8:26 am

I’m thinking once the music is identified with Pandora it could be downloaded free with Musicy.


This project was registered on SourceForge.net on Jan 11, 2009, and is described by the project team as follows:

Musicy is a free and open sourced software suite that can find streaming internet radio stations, rip the songs to MP3 files, and manage the music you download. It’s software for your ears. Music to the people! Blog at: http://musicyrocks.blogspot.com/

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