Feb 262010
 

Since 2007 I have been throwing myself into work. I really have nothing else going on in my life. I have few friends, they know who they are, and I occasionally spend time with them. Well after a year of working from 6am to 4-6pm daily I was “fired” from the route I was doing. I of course was very angry about it but didn’t let it stop me from finding something else as quickly as possible. After less than a week I was hired on with another owner in the same job. When I started with him I still was working quite late and still starting quite early as well. In the last month I was put onto a route that requires far less time and have been wrapping everything up at the latest 3 or 3:30pm. This has allowed me to have an unpressidented amount of spare time that I have not had since I before I started working for DHL 5 yrs ago. I find myself at home, already bathed and having nothing to do for almost 10 hrs b4 I go to bed. This is nice in that I now have time to get things done that I have wanted to such as cleaning, arranging my USED parts store and some car audio projects I’ve put off for a couple years. Today for example, I was done, back to the station and ready to go home at 3pm. I didn’t leave till 3:30 cuz I was talking to Ryan and then I went home, did some computer stuff, took a shower and then went out for something to eat. So here I am typing this at 8:14pm and I have nothing to really do for the next two or 3 hrs. I simply don’t know what to do with myself and I also have the issue that I want to be around people but I can’t stand some of them so I still just stay home.
Basicly I’m saying, “SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!” I’m loosing my fucking mind!!!
I need some small mindless games I can play on my computer like solitare, I’ve been playing that so much I would like to beat my head against the wall. Oh & Nic, I’m sorry, but Fallout 3 just simply bores the hell out of me.
Anyways, bah!

Feb 182010
 

Well I got my Archos 5 IT (500GB model) on monday… and I guess I should post a word or two about it…

First and formost; While Archos does make a mean PMP (protable Media Player for those not in the know), I find their customer support to be seriously lacking. First off, I placed my order last week–Monday the 8th to be precise. I waited for that day because when I TRIED to place the order the first time (Thursday the 4th) their site refused to sell me the device! Now lets take a moment and try to wrab our brains arround that one… Archos… didn’t want to take my money… yeah… Well suffice it to say, I called their support and went the rounds. Ultimately it was decided the problem lay in my address. You see I live in the middle of nowhere… literally. my town has a post office and a stop light… and that’s about it. You think I’m exaggerating, and I’m not. There literally is ONE friggin’ stop light in my town. Due to the rather “remote” nature of my domicile, my address does not validate against my credit card! I kid you not!

Well, frustrated as I was, I really can’t fault Archos for my living arrangements, so I let it go and planned to have a friend (living in a validated address) place the order for me. but this had to wait. When I placed the order, fail or not, Archos requested the money from my bank, who kindly placed the funds into “hold”. This means the money is still TECHNICALLY in my account… but not. I have had this happen before, and as anyone who has placed an order online knows, after a few days the money will “clear”–meaning it will either leave my account, or go back in. I, of course, expected it to return to my balance… yeah…

And that’s where the fun started. A week after my attempt to purchase goods failed the money did not return to my account… my eyebrow raised a bit. I called Archos for answers and LO! as I am on hold for their support line, I get an e-mail, “Your order has been processed and shipped”. Doubaya-tee-FSCK?!? Turns out, due to a glitch in their software, regardless of the refusal, my order processed… this of course made me nervous… I live in the middle of nowhere… where exactly did the UPS guy plan to deliver my very expensive new toy?!?

Well, customer relations not withstanding, I got my Archos. and I have had it for several days now. So what do I think of this little toy? Well… It’s a brick… and by that, I mean that it is heavy, thick, with cube-like qualities, and if I had a thousand of them, I’m pretty sure I could build a wall that could keep out the Persians.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this thing… I just don’t like the fact I have to really secure my belt or it will pull my pants off just laying in my pocket.

Still there is something to be said for the ability to literally carry my entire music and video collection with me where ever I go. That 500 gigs really comes in handy.

I’ll have to post more after I’ve had it a while… we’ll see if I continue to enjoy it.

Feb 062010
 

The modern generation of scientists are RETARDED!!! in every sense of the word.

As implied by the title, I am not a scientist. but I AM a realist. I look at my surroundings, I make simple observations in what I consider to be the “small scale” (literal interactions within the world I can perceive).  I then listen to the observations of scientists who look at the “large scale” (literal interactions in the universe which I can not perceive).

Now I know that with some degree of accuracy, scientist know what they are doing. they really do. Unfortunately they forget that it is contrary to their function to make hypotheses before ALL the data is considered.

I am going to make 2 points here and I am NEVER going to speak of them again.

Dark Matter

At some point the scientific community forgot what this meant. Dark Matter, simply put, is matter we are unable to see. there is nothing mystical about dark matter, so far as we know dark matter is nothing more than regular matter that we simply can’t FIND! To get a better understanding of what exactly dark matter is, one need mere look at the periodic table of elements… chances are, dark matter is composed of most–if not ALL–those little letters you remember from junior high science class!

Looking at it another way. lets imagine for a moment, a little ways into our galaxy, may be only a few hundred lightyears away from our own little blue marble, there is a civilization much like our own. Now let’s imagine a scientist on that planet is looking through his telescope at our star (Sol). He may be asking himself, “why is that star moving like that… it looks like it’s wobbling… like something is orbiting it.” He would make his calculations of the mass that would be required to make Sol wobble like it does and he’d come to the conclusion that something with mass and weight–specifically the mass and weight of the collective planets, moons, asteroids, and other debris that we are aware of is orbiting that distant star. does he know what is orbiting our star? Nope! but he’d have a calculation of the cumulative mass of everything in our solar system and he’d make the assumption that there’s something there. Eventually he’d probably call it “unknown matter”, or “invisible matter”, or “dark matter”!

Guess what, that’s right! dark matter is regular matter. There is nothing special (that we know of) about it!

Now I realize that I have to qualify something here; it is possible that there are elements out there that we are not presently aware of, and true it is possible that there may be matter out there with a 100% light absorption value making it truly “dark matter”. This argument is not whether or not some element that can be called what the sci-fi community calls “dark matter” really exists or not. This argument is that what people are calling “dark matter” is simply normal matter that can’t be observed using normal observation methods.

Simplest words: the universe is chock full of rocks. lots and lots of rocks. in fact there are probably more rocks than there are giant balls of burning gas.

Space-Time

I face palmed pretty hard today… I read a “paper” by a schmuck calling himself a scientist… and unfortunately this particular schmuck has the backing of the vast majority of the scientific community. I don’t wish to besmirch his name because most of his work in particle physics (I say most) happens to be pretty impeccable. but this particular piece was pure and simple speculation. And it has been taken to heart by the scientific community at large.

ok… black holes are super massive objects which excert enough gravity as to be able to alter the path of travel of the smallest particles of matter. I am of course referring to their ability to “bend light”. I do not prefer this terminology because it oversimplifies what light is to the point it can easily cause confusion.

The point I wish to make is that when you observe light passing near to a black hole, that light (which is basically hyper-microscopic particles that travel really frikin’ fast) is acted upon by the super gravity well which alters both the speed and trajectory of the light. This phenomenon is both observable and measurable! I would like to referance Einstein’s cross.

The image (courtesy wikipedia) above is a direct observation of the phenomenon called “Einstein’s Cross”. It is what happens when the light from a star–which is located on the other side of a massive object–passes around another star or massive object  and is bent such that it generates multiple “false images” of the original star. what you see above is 2 stars, the one in the middle has pulled on the light traveling arround it and focused that light at us causing it to appear as several clustered stars.

Taking this observation to the extreme, what would light do if it encountered the super gravity field of a black hole? well, it would probably do the same thing as the Einstein Cross, only it would obviously do more. I’d bet the photons in that light stream would speed up as they entered the gravity field, assisted by it. Then as they approached the apex of the gravity field moments before they began their ascent out of the field, they’d probably resume their natural speed. And finally they’d probably slow back down as they pressed through the gravity field and back out. In addition to this speed change they’d obviously also change course, pulled by the gravity. Most of the heavier, slower photons (these would be the visible light spectrum) would fall into the supermassive object. while the lighter, faster photons (Like x-rays) would alter course, but still escape to be observed by our x-ray and radio telescopes.

Now you may ask, what does this have to do with “space-time?” Simply this: all too often scientist romanticize over the possibility of “time” being a function they can manipulate. They try to find connections with things they can already measure. I am speaking, or course, of the imposed correlation between space and time, and more pointedly, gravity.

At some point in scientific history, several–unrelated–scientific observations were mashed together to make sense of the speed of light. unfortunately this mash-up was never UN-mashed. Years of tooling around with this mess of theories and observations has given birth to the mutated theory called “space-time”. Don’t ask me how this mutated distinction came to be. I can tell you. I KNOW how it happened. I simply don’t have the time to write it out. Maybe in another post.

I am going to say this once. I know it’s true. real scientists know it’s true. and even you, dear reader, know it’s true. Unfortunately no one wants to admit it. The rudepeople conjecture:

TIME IS THE MEASURABLE OBSERVATION OF THE EXPENDITURE OF ENERGY!!!

There is no time travel. There never will be. There is no time dilation. There never will be. There is the distortion of the measurement of observation generated by gravity and distance. NOTHING MORE.

When a scientist attempts to make a connection between Black Holes, Dark matter, and “looking through time”… it makes me want to plant a 1.5 oz lead seed wrapped in .5 oz copper foil in my brain… at high velocity.

Final remarks

I know it is possible that scientists understand all this and that is it I who have misunderstood them. I know that it is possible that the scientific community is well aware of the true nature of time as I have come to understand it. And I also know that it is possible that it is the public at large who have mistaken and misconstrued theory to mean something it doesn’t.

But if I am mistaken, then why are they still calling it “space-time”? And why do I get the feeling that the scientific community at large truly believes that “dark matter” is some kind of super-dense, light absorbing matter?

Feb 022010
 

Once upon a time I actually LIKED my little NAS… I bought an MvixBOX some time ago, and almost immediately after unboxing the thing sucked… hard…

For starters, the status LED (used to tell when it’s safe to turn the device off or to tell you when it’s operating) was dead… no light, just dead. so I called Mvix for support… guess what? I had none… that’s right, I was informed by Mvix that my BRAND NEW NAS was out of warranty once I opened the box… what can I do? they aren’t a US based company so I’m screwed!

Next, the installation REQUIRED a windows machine… now most people out there wouldn’t see the problem… but those who know me know I USE LINUX!!! I bought the thing specifically because Mvix advertised UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY. they claimed it was compatible with Windows, Mac, and LINUX… yeah… they lied. the Problem is the initial setup, in order to literally set the device up for operation you have to install a program through a windows machine. This program is absolutely necessary because the NAS OS is located ON the hard drives provided by the end user and as stated, the app is windows-centric.

But the problems don’t end there! oh no, this crap-fest of defication just STARTS there… next off you have to deal with substandard manufacturing practices… I wish I had a camera right now… because after 6 months of usage, the NAS housing has literally fallen apart!

The problem is one of heat… the Drive housing provides a millimeter gap between the two drive bays, the problem with this is that a millimeter is not enough room for proper airflow to allow the drives to cool evenly… over short usage intervals this is not a problem, but that leads to another design flaw I’ll get to in a minute… you see after 6 months of constant operation the plastics have become brittle from heat stress… and this morning the MvixBOX literally fell apart… what was I doing you may ask? well I was sleeping when I heard a “pop” followed by a “thunk” as one side of the Mvix LITERALLY fell off!!!

Now I tried to fix my little NAS but things got worse and worse, the USB link on the front got bent to heck when I tried to reattach the side… I’m still not sure how it just FELL off when I can’t get it back on without breaking it. and on top of that when the side fell off, the power and “disable” buttons also just fell apart… and they aren’t regular momentary switches so replacing them is impossible…

and this brings me to the last–and greatest–failings of the MvixBOX. with so much weak design you would assume the NAS is designed to operate in intervals, with cool down periods… and therein lies the flaw. to power off the MvixBOX, you are supposed to press and hold the “Disable” button on the front until it beeps at you, then wait for the “status” LED to go out, THEN you can power the device off… yeah… my status LED was dead out of the box. so I had to GUESS when it was safe to turn the thing off… normally most “Integrated” OS devices, such as WRAPS, or SAN, or NAS devices the OS is stored in read only on some kind of flash rom… not the Mvix, for the Mvix it resides ON THE FRIKEN STORAGE MEDIA!!!

This has to be the worst design flaw I have EVER seen… by putting the OS on the storage medium you create an inherent point of failure… think about a PC, if you power off the computer improperly you can destroy the boot record or the partition record. loose these and the PC is useless… in a NAS this is data suicide! ALL other “Portable” NAS devices (I am specifically referring to stand alone NAS devices designed to be portable) have the OS on a separate storage medium additionally they utilize an external cache device. most have a battery powered ram disk that manages the partition table so that in the case of power failure there is NEVER data loss. In the case of Mvix thought, there is no safeguard for improper shutdown and in MY case there is a greater LIKELIHOOD of improper shutdown AND DATA LOSS!!!

I cant wait until I get my Tax return… I am SO getting a Netgear ReadyNAS Pro.