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2 Inches on Star Wars: The Jedi Mind Tricks Saga

I found this story amusing. I wouldn’t say laugh out loud hilarious, but noteworthy.

http://www.news.com. … 378901-13762,00.html
“Star Wars cop claims to use Jedi mind tricks on suspects”

The title says it all. Some people live life through a fantasy.
Quite like Scientology, really.

“For me, it is not a joke,” she said. “Being a Jedi is a way of life.

It might not be a joke for you but everyone else is laughing, you dosile woman.
Being punk is a way of life. The difference being that being punk means something.
Being Jedi is based on a fictional story which people take too far which means you end up in the funny section of the News. What is worse is this looney is not the only person in the world who thinks living their life through a fictional character is something worthwhile.

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Reference: 2 Inch Lite

Here is something pretty cool which I have known for quite some time but thought I guess I better share with the little world that is interested in what gets posted here:

http://www.nliteos.com/
1. Take an XP image. Hack at it and remove all the crap you don’t want from it. And let’s face it, XP comes with a tonne of crap that no one uses.
2. Add your legitimate XP key.
3. Set configuration.
4. Repack and burn image.
5. Now your version of XP is not only cut down but is pre-configured and has the key so you just pop the CD, which drive to install it to and the rest is magic.

http://www.vlite.net/
It also comes in Vista flavour. Since Vista is worse than XP for the amount of crap it is packed, even when it is gutted, it still is far too dense for an enjoyable experience. Unless of course you have an high-powered machine in which case you are wasting computing power on your OS.

http://laptopvideo2go.com/nvlite
Strange I know but there is an application which takes you NVidia drivers and repacks them for taking all the additional crap out like multi-languages, etc.

God, I hope it comes in Windows 7 flava flav. Especially if history is anything to go by.

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Reference: Adobe Acrobat 7/Office 2007

I have spent the last 2 days trying to figure out why a user kept getting, “PDF Maker Files Missing” when typically this has nothing to do with any files missing. It means that the Adobe Acrobat turns up as a disabled item in MS Word of Excel.

http://kb.adobe.com/ … 33670&sliceId=2
“Acrobat 7 and prior do not support Office 2007 nor Office 2007 files.”

Not funny. But good to note.

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2 Inches Gets a Tad Bit Greedy

Ya know how I just said I don’t promote illict activities? I lied.
I’m a compulsive lier. There I go again. I can’t help myself.

Anyway, while I wax lyrical you may want to check out this very suspect piece of software:
http://www.greedytorrent.com/

“GreedyTorrent can help you survive on trackers that enforce a minimum 1:1 trading ratio, and can keep you from getting banned for not uploading. So how does it work? In simple words, it modifies the conversation between your bittorrent client and the tracker, suppressing the actual upload amount. Instead, GreedyTorrent puts you in control of your own upload ratio — you can define how much upload you want to submit to the tracker. “

While this is max on the sus(pect), as I believe if you ARE going to share files I believe sharing is caring. Even if this means letting your significant other know you just let rip perhaps the most brown and dirty fart. She might not want to know but with any relationship, communication is #1. If you are downloading a Linux distro or something else which is perfectly legal like sharing a local bands music who would like the exposure and you have you consent, sharing what you have downloaded is just proper etiquette. C’mon people, if no one shares who can download?

…on the other hand, it is great if you have an internet connection where the uploads and downloads count towards a limited amount of bandwidth per month. I mean, they have free torrent sites that do that but if you want to rip a system which is free to use (minus the upload bandwidth you would use to share data), this application does that too.

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2 Inches of News and Irrelevance

I thought I would give my usual rants a break for while and tone it down a bit. I found this quite interesting:

http://www.tgdaily.c … ntent/view/31379/98/
“Mexico City (Mexico) The new mayor of Mexico City is offering criminals a free Xbox 360 for every handgun, and a free PC for higher caliber firearms such as assault rifles, that are handed into police in an amnesty, according to Reuters.”
Yeah sure it is 2 years old but it is interesting. You know, I would find a gun and trade it in for a free xbox. I am sure if I was a criminal in Mexico or even just lived in Mexico I would know someone who could spare me a gun. How much does a gun cost over there, anyway? 2 Pasos? I mean, yeah, I’d be in Mexico but I have a free x-box!

http://www.tgdaily.c … tent/view/42057/118/
“Stockholm (Sweden) – A Swedish court has found the key people behind the BitTorrent tracking site guilty of ‘assisting in making copyright content available’. The verdict comes with a hefty fine and jail time. However, the people behind the site already said that they will appeal the ruling.”
It’s a sad day in illegal downloading town. I am not the sort of person to promote such tawdry and illicit behaviour. I mean who am I to say what you get up to in your own time? According to RIAA (and every other capitalist company out there like them), they do. I like any story where the pawns in the games of the king. And even though this does not look like it has there is a few things you must know.
For everyone else out there who wants copious amounts of illegal content, there are many sites like TPB.
Here is the thing about previous p2p programs (Kazaa, Napster…etc): They would have servers you can connect to and they would connect you with other users.
Torrenting has made file sharing practically impossible to bring down which is great. No matter how hard you have companies like the RIAA, they will never be able to get rid of all the torrent sites. You take one down (like oink.cd did - which was, by the way, 2 years in the making according the administrator of the site) and you have 5 take its place. And through my eyes, that is the little man getting one up on the corporations.

http://www.tgdaily.c … -view-42077-181.html
“London (UK) – Theoretical Physicist and Mathematician Stephen Hawking, undoubtedly one of the brightest minds of our time, has been hospitalized and is, according to media reports, very ill. Cambridge University said has been dealing with a chest infection and for a few weeks.”

So sad. I mean that. Not often am I apathetic but, he was one switched on motherfucker.

I also thought of using this site as a reference point.
Eg. I found this site: http://directory.7cd.us/
It might not have any relevance to anything but it might come in handy later on down the track.

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Twitter Cops 2 Whole Inches. And then some.

http://twitter.com/

Fuckin useless AND retarded. Calling something retarded is generally not that offensive until you compare twitter to it. Because it then makes the person who you’re telling the comparison to make an assumption that twitter is more than it is. Retarded is being generous in describing the moronic, sheep-like behavior people seem to follow. I don’t mind like-minded people sharing ideas and concepts that are thought-provoking.
The amount of useless, brain-dead shit that gets posted is far beyond comprehensible. I watch people, literally thousands of people, say a whole of not much. On the front page when you sign in it says, “Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”
Ok, a few things: I like people. I am in a job where I talk to and help people out all day every day. The last thing I need even if I had a job where I sat in a cubicle by myself and spoke to no one like Milton or George from Seinfeld in that episode of Friends would be to talk to mindless idiots. I am not that starved for attention that I need to communicate with people who either have cardboard personalities, lack wit and humor or have very little to say. Strangely enough, that seems to be a lot of people:

“im a brane ded moron who writes like this”
“lolzasaurus”
“ya mom”
“rolfalammojammojinglyjanglytrollipop”

Except, ya know…not that intelligent and well thought out.

I heard the most retarded story where someone was at a gig (the band is not really important - no really, the band was shit) and they spent the whole time on that redundant website saying how they were at the gig and how it was awesome. I think to myself I must have missed the generation where doing stupid things or getting caught up in hype or popular websites was common place. I don’t even have a myspace. I don’t want to have people see my profile and see I am connected to 100s of people who added me but never say a word to me. I don’t want to be just another number in their list.

This twitter shit makes the news more times than I care. Not that I care for news in the world. They say that by watching the news you become more in tune with the world and have more to talk about. It is somewhat true but my belief is the news is 95% depressing bullshit and 5% of some worth. Every now and again you hear something either bizarre or a genuinely interesting story. Like the time an Italian man went away on holidays and called for a call girl for a good time and the girl who rocked up was his daughter. True story. Since you’ve paid for it, you might as well make use of the situation and go with it. I mean, I wouldn’t but if my daughter ended up being a call girl that says to me that I failed as a father. As Chris Rock says, “My job as a father is to keep my daughter off the poles.”
You want to pick and choose what gets fed to you over the waves. There are news pieces which are so massive in how it effects everyone or a certain group of people that it becomes general knowledge. Yes, it is depressing if you didn’t know it, you would come across as clown who should pull their pants down.

We get bogged down in useless shit like this which diverts the attention of the mainstream away from all the truly evil shit going on in the background while the rich get richer and the poorer stay that way. That with the money controls the world. There is a lyric by John Mayall who wrote a song called, “Crawling up a Hill” which I rings true to me: “Minute after minute/second after second/hour after hour goes by/working for a rich man/staying just a poor man/never stopped to wonder why.”

Facebook is just as useless. If you want to know what I like, ask me.
Go on, just ask me.

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