Monday, February 12, 2018

Image result for thinker cartoon
Some thoughts on the current
state of politics in America

The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

Experience and perspective is something you don't get until just after you needed them.

For every election, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

Two wrongs are only the beginning.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

If you must borrow money, borrow money from Social Security.
No politician will ever expect that you are actually going to pay it back.

Half the people you know are below average. The other half are above average.
Which group you want to belong to is up to you.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


1. The dog is not allowed in the house.

2. Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms.

3. Okay, fine, the dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture.

4. The dog can get on the old furniture only.

5. Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but is not allowed to sleep with the humans on the bed.

6. Okay, the dog is allowed on the bed, but only by invitation.

7. The dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants, but not under the covers.

8. The dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only!

9. The dog can sleep under the covers every night.

10. Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the dog.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Google Hatchet is falling on the Chrome web browser

Over the years I have encouraged countless numbers of computer users to switch from the notoriously insecure Internet Explorer web browser to a much more secure Google Chrome web browser instead.

Unfortunately, one of the pitfalls of using ANY Google produced product is Google's notorious habit of randomly and arbitrarily discontinuing products with little or no apparent concern for the users that have come to depend on those products.

Recently millions of users of the Google Chrome browser have been getting notices that the notorious Google Hatchet is about to fall on their Chrome web browser. Users of the old Windows XP, Windows Vista, and users of 32bit Linux operating systems are due to lose all security updates for their Chrome web browser effective March 2016.

Conspiracy aficionados are claiming this is due to a behind the scenes 'deal' between Google and Microsoft to force owners of these older computers to purchase new computers running a new version of Windows. In reality, anyone with any real experience using Google developed products and services knows that this is just a recent example of Google being Google.

So.... The big questions is, if you are one of the millions of computer users that are seeing this message, what should you do?

1) If you are still using Windows XP then STOP. Upgrade if you can, to at least Windows 7/8, assuming that you just HAVE to keep using Windows. Upgrading to Vista is pointless at this stage of the game, since support for Vista is due to end in early 2017.

2) If you are still using Windows Vista, it's time to get your upgrade ducks in a row as well. Again, if you simply MUST keep using Windows, you should check into whether or not your computer can be upgraded to Windows 7/8.

3) If you are using a 32 bit LINUX system, thne it's time to look into a 64bit upgrade if your machine can handle one. If not, then for now, your best solution is to stop using Chrome, and switch to Firefox instead. Be aware that the chances of Firefox also following Google's lead on dropping support for these systems in the future is probably very high.

4) Win XP/Vista users also have the option of switching to Firefox as well, with the understanding that this may be a stopgap solution if Firefox follows Google's lead in support for these systems.

5) Needless to say, my suggestion for everyone is to upgrade to a 64bit LINUX operating system. If your computer can't handle this, then by all means, it's time to start shopping for a new computer.

You can see the details of the announcement of Google's intent to take their notorious hatchet to Chrome by visiting this webpage:

And if you do decide that switching to Firefox is the best solution for your situation, the simplest way that I know to accomplish that is to download it directly from Mozilla here:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Don't you HATE it when LINUX users are 'dissed by Corporate America?

As a new CPAP user, I quickly discovered that the SleepMapper software for my Philips Respironics® CPAP machine is only supported for Windows or Mac computers, with Linux users being once again, left out in the cold by corporate America. Like I have done in the past, with so many other companies that offer little or no support for those of us that use LINUX computers, I contacted Philips about the lack of support for LINUX users, and asked if it was Philips official policy that only people who owned Windows or Mac computers should be users of their products. You can see their answer to my inquiry below.

And as much as I hate to be to one to have to point this out to the fine folks at Philips, the way this answer translates back to me as someone that does not use a Windows or Mac computer is that, even though I am a Philips customer, I do not matter enough to them, being a big profitable corporation, to care about providing service to me, and others like me. And it is sad that Philips, like so many other companies, has decided to take this approach, when the effort it would take to support LINUX, considering how closely it resembles the BSD-based Mac OS, is truly minimal.

But I decided to take this rejection of my concerns as a Philips consumer as a challenge. In my original inquiry, I had suggested to their support personnel that it would not be all that difficult to modify the Windows version of the SleepMapper SD card import program so that it would work under LINUX when run in a virtual WIndows machine with the popular Virtualbox software. Since Philips would not attempt to make those types of modifications to their software, I set out to discover if there was indeed a way to get their software to work in Virtualbox.

I am happy to report that I did, indeed discover a solution, and have given a detailed explanation of that solution on this blog entry. Not only did I get the SleepMapper SD card import program to work, those same steps allow the much more comprehensive Windows version of the open source Sleepyhead CPAP software to work in a virtual Windows machine with Virtualbox and LINUX as well. To be honest, the open source Sleepyhead CPAP software gives a much more detailed analysis of the data from the Philips Respironics® CPAP machine than the Philips supplied SleepMapper software.

In closing, if you are a LINUX user who is also a user of a Philips Respironics® CPAP machine, and have been informed by Philips that they offer zero support unless you are using their software on a genuine Windows or Mac computer, hopefully a Google search has lead you to this blog entry, and you now are on your way to finding a solution, that you can indeed use not only the SleepMapper software on your LINUX machine, but also the more comprehensive Windows Sleepyhead software as well.

And Philips is more than welcome to refer any LINUX users to this blog entry, with my compliments. It's not that Philips couldn't have had one of their computer people work out this solution, it's that they simply didn't think it was important enough to bother with.
Fortunately for any Philips Respironics® users who only have access to a LINUX computer, I disagree, and offer this solution for one and all to use.

David Jarrett © 4/08/2015
All logos, trade names, trade marks, and photos of the same belong to their respective owners.
The use of such material in this article falls under the Fair Use provisions of intellectual property laws.