Tag Archives | System

…Pilots don’t like delays either?


Given the chance, what would a pilot say about our current airline/airport ‘situation’?

Probably something like:

    It’s rarely acknowledged that despite recurrent fiscal crises, major staffing and technology problems, and constant criticism from the public, our carriers have managed to maintain a mostly reliable, affordable, and safe transportation system.

Pilot Patrick Smith dropped that and other bits of knowledge upon Reader’s Digest readers, and it’s actually an interesting read for anyone that wonders what’s going on in the heads of the guys on the other side of the locked cockpit door.

(My other favorite gem: “Before we take off, I would like to apologize on behalf of this and every airline for the hassle you just endured at the security checkpoint. As is patently obvious to any reasonable person, the humiliating shoe removals, liquids ban, and pointy-object confiscations do little to make us safer.”)

[Reader’s Digest – Airplane Pilot Speaks Out On Flight Delays]

[Photo Via: Haseo]

…Mozy is safe, simple and secure online backup?


If you’re looking to backup the most important files on your Mac in a safe, simple and secure way, then check out Mozy, a new automatic online backup system.

In addition to being safe, simple and secure, if you can keep your use to less than 2 GB of total space, then Mozy is free, with no setup fees, credit cards, monthly payments or expirations.

Features include:

  • Open/locked file support: Mozy will back up your documents whether they’re open or closed.
  • 128-bit SSL encryption: The same technology used by banks secures your data during the backup process.
  • 448-bit Blowfish encryption: Secures your files while in storage, providing peace of mind that your private data is safe from hackers.
  • Automatic: Schedule the times to back up and MozyHome does the rest.
  • New and changed file detection: MozyHome finds and saves the smallest changes.
  • Backs up Outlook files: Disaster-proof email protection.
  • Block-level incremental backup: After the initial backup, MozyHome only backs up files that have been added or changed, making subsequent backups lightning fast.

As someone who has lost important files before, I can’t help but sing the praises of a backup solution. Plus, with an online backup solution like Mozy, your files are stored in a safe, external location, keeping them safe even if your computer ever happens to be in a fire or other natural disaster.


…It’s Website Wednesday: The Stray Shopping Cart Project?

Stray Shopping Cart ProjectThe Stray Shopping Cart Project is “dedicated to developing a system of classification that allows stray shopping carts to be identified based on the situations in which they are found”.

The system consists of two classes (false and true strays) and thirty-three subtypes that can be used singly or in combination to describe and thereby “identify” any found cart.

The goal is to use this system of formalized language to help people “think critically about stray shopping carts”.


[The Stray Shopping Cart Project]

[Via: The Presurfer]

…It’s Things Thursday: Steam storewide sale?


Valve is on top of the gaming world right now, and their Steam system is a great way to get new games.

If you’ve been holding off on getting yourself The Orange Box (and if you have a PC, you NEED this set of games), or any of the other titles in Valve’s repertoire (BioShock, Call of Duty, Quake, etc.) then be sure to check out their first-ever Steam storewide sale.

Every game in every genre from every developer and publisher on Steam is now on sale, and you can save 10-50% through January 1st. Plus, if you’re trying to make up for a poorly chosen gift, they also allow you to give the gift of game to friends and family through the Steam system.


[Via: Steam – News]

…eBay is home to feedback pirates?

eBay Feedback

Though it defeats the purpose of the feedback system, I absolutely love the eBay feedback artists.

Who says a positive review and a truthful review should be one and the same?

[eBay – tryork5ifp’s Feedback]

[Via: Militant Platypus]