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Uncategorized — d-ashes on September 24, 2004 at 8:17 am

first the good news…bravo and broad street, the restaurants i do web design and computer maintenance for, have thrown their weight, along with 100 or so other local businesses, behind the proposed convention center for downtown jackson…from now until november 2nd they are donating 2 cents of their sales to the project…if you support this measure then eat some of their tasty food and put in your 2 cents as well…

and the not so good news…this article (and this one) gives strong indications that many in jackson aren’t taking richard barrett’s upcoming state fair antics lying down…unfortunately, it also seems as if attendance @ the fair may take a punch this year because of a) boycotts and b) people’s concerns over safety on the fairgrounds…the boycott thing is a bit of a quandary to me…do you not support the entire fair, which is a plus for jackson’s economy, needs good attendance and which doesn’t seem too excited about barrett and killen coming themselves, but can’t do anything about it? that almost seems to play more so into these guys hands…if you go to the fair are you condoning barrett and killen? i don’t necessarily think that’s the case…i think i will go (i have to confess i have a huge affinity for roasted corn) and i probably will not even go by the booth, but am trying to think of some public sign (t-shirt, full body tattoo, etc) that not so much vilifies the racists, but gives the message that there are plenty of people in mississippi that do not feel the way these guys do…we’ll see…more conversation on this front is going on @ the jfp (scroll down)…i think the tone of the discussion there is leaning more towards direct confrontation…not my cup of tea, but get in where you fit in…

and in geek related items, i am 100% microsoft application free now…i’ve been using firefox in place of internet explorer for a while (love it love it love it) and just made full-time switch from outlook to thunderbird @ the beginning of this week…i think thunderbird is worth it if only for its incredibly accurate spam filter, though the calendar plugin is not nearly as robust as outlook is (this will be remedied by sunbird, which while fairly stable is in early stages of development…i’ve messed with it and it looks promising) but for simple event and task management i’ve found it works fine…i’ve been running thunderbird 0.7.3 with no problems, but be advised that people running ver 0.8 are finding new bugs, particularly with the universal inbox…also, i’ve been using openOffice for about 3 months now…i wouldn’t recommend this to hardcore ms office users quite yet, but if you just need word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software without a lot of (what i consider) crazy bells and whistles, it delivers quite well and works enough like ms office there is little new to learn…i actually like openOffice better than ms office because it’s got all the stuff i liked about ms office without all the extra stuff they kept adding and i never used…best of all, every last one of the above apps is FREE…now, that still leaves me running xp as my primary operating system, but that’s the way it’s going to have to be for a while…my web, grahpic design and sound apps have no linux equivalent, i’m too poor to buy macintosh and my success with emulators on linux has not been great…there are some interesting rumors of universal and performance loss-less emulators on the horizon, so the idea of being 100% microsoft free in 2 years or so may be a distinct reality…not that i have anything against microsoft really, i just think these apps actually work better (and that free thing is a big kicker)…

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