Archive for June, 2005

US Supreme Court: Ten Commandments displays at courts illegal

June 27, 2005

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the displaying of the Ten Commandments on government grounds is unconstitutional, unless they are presented in a secular way.

I don’t know the case, but I think this is the wrong decision. US Law is based on the teachings of Judeo-Christian beliefs and the Ten Commandments are the basics of those religions. At least in the Texas case they ruled it was ok to display them so all hope is not lost. We cannot forget our past and rewrite history, America was founded by Christians based on the beliefs of there theology.

Split rulings on Ten Commandments displays

USA plans to produce Plutonium for first time since Cold War

June 26, 2005

The White House has announced that the USA will resume production of Plutonium for the first time since the Cold War. Plutonium 238, the grade that will be produced, has been used to generate power since the Cold War.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/06/26/news/nuke.php

AP/Ipsos Poll: Most Oppose Return To Draft, Wouldn’t Encourage Children To Enlist

June 25, 2005

Source: AP/Ipsos Poll: Most Oppose Return To Draft, Wouldn’t Encourage Children To Enlist

1. If you had a son who was the right age to serve in the military, would you encourage him to enlist in the
military now or would you discourage him from enlisting in the military now?

Encourage…………………………………. 32
Discourage ………………………………… 55
(NOT READ) Neither…………………… 12
Not sure…………………………………… 1

2. If you had a daughter who was the right age to serve in the military, would you encourage her to enlist in the
military now or would you discourage her from enlisting in the military now?

Encourage…………………………………. 22
Discourage ………………………………… 66
(NOT READ) Neither…………………… 11
Not sure…………………………………… 1

3. Do you favor or oppose the reinstatement of the military draft in the United States? (IF FAVOR/OPPOSE,
ASK:) Is that strongly or somewhat?

Strongly favor …………………………….. 11
Somewhat favor …………………………. 15
Somewhat oppose………………………. 23
Strongly oppose …………………………. 47
Not sure…………………………………… 4

Total Favor ……………………………….. 27
Total Oppose ……………………………. 70

4. If the military draft were reinstated, would you favor or oppose drafting women as well as men? (IF
FAVOR/OPPOSE, ASK:) Is that strongly or somewhat?

Strongly favor …………………………….. 21
Somewhat favor …………………………. 21
Somewhat oppose………………………. 15
Strongly oppose …………………………. 40
Not sure…………………………………… 3

Total Favor ……………………………….. 43
Total Oppose ……………………………. 54

Michael Jackson Verdict: Not Guilty

June 13, 2005

The jury for the Michael Jackson case has found him to be not guilty.
More to come…

MSN Toolbar adds Tabbed Browsing to IE6

June 10, 2005

A new feature has been added to MSN Toolbar Suite that allows Internet Explorer 6 to have tabs. These tabs are what people have been asking for, but did the team at MSN create a product that delivers these tabs as well as say Firefox and Opera? The simple answer is a NO. The tabs, while useful, are very buggy. It is apparent that all the tabbing system does is hide the window and link it to a tab. This is noticeable when you change tabs, looking at the taskbar you can clearly see that a second IE window is opened and then hidden during the change. So it leads me to believe all that is going on is the window is hidden and linked to a tab. Once the tab has been selected Internet Explorer must redraw the entire page before you can begin browsing. The switching process is slow and sometimes painful. Stability wise I have yet to have any problems with Internet Explorer crashing during one of these changes, but as I said switching is not a speedy process like it is in say Firefox. Another problem with the tabbing system is it can only be used when the MSN Toolbar is enabled so quite a bit of precious screen space is wasted on the two bars. On the plus side its a great feature and a great idea for MSN to give its users of the toolbar. The problems that the feature has are most likely not even something that MSN can fix, it is probably a problem with IE6 since it wasn’t designed to have tabs in the first place. I have to give it to the team at MSN they seem to have their act together, delivering two features of Longhorn before the team at Windows can even show off a stable version of it. MSN Toolbar is a must have for its tabs and Desktop Search.

**Note: I do not use MSN Desktop Search because it does not index chats through AOL Instant Messenger, so I use Google Desktop, but I do think overall the MSN product is better minus that one major missing feature.***

My Review: 6/10
+: Great attempt for the MSN team. Its amazing how much faster they deliver a product over the Windows team.
-: Switching between tabs is slow and takes away from the browsing experience.

I recommend the product for users of Internet Explorer 6, but would say Firefox is a better choice if you want tabbed browsing. Hopefully the Windows team will deliver tabbed browsing in Internet Explorer 7 as well or better than it is in Firefox.

Download MSN Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search and Tabbed Browsing

It’s official: Apple switches to Intel, leaves IBM behind

June 6, 2005

Apple Computer’s Steve Jobs announced that Apple will switch to Intel processors completely by 2007 and begin the transition in 2006. Jobs said that OSX has been designed for years to run on Intel hardware, but it was kept secret. “Mac OS X has been leading a secret double life the past five years”, Jobs said. A new development kit for the Intel line is available now for the price of $999. Some developers see this as a major headache and claim that the PowerPC is a better processor than anything Intel has. The new Apples will run on the same hardware as Microsoft’s Windows OS does; which makes me wonder will we now see OSX sold at Walmart like we do with Windows, and will the average PC running Intel hardware be able to run OSX? Sounds like I have some research to do.

**Update: It looks like Apple will use the same chips as Windows PCs but will not sell OSX for anything other than Apple hardware. It is thought that Apple will allow users to dualboot Windows and OSX on Apple hardware but not the other way around. I give it six months to a year before OSX will run on a Dell PC thanks to our friends the hackers.**

Apple Shifts to Intel Chips