The Linear Canvas
This journal is about the wrongs and rights of the world, as I see them.

The Linear Canvas

Auto-Shutdown and Re-Starting My Computer Servers

May 29th, 2005 . by Alexander Fisher

I leave two computers, a file server and an MP-3 server, on all day and until recently, all night as well. It was just as much that there was no real need to have them on at night as about how much electricity they used, that I decided to do something about it. I sometimes use my file server before I go to work in the morning, so I wanted to be able to restart the computers individually. I don’t think I need my MP-3 server on quite as early.

I searched the Internet for Windows shutdown information and I found several options. I was surprised to see that no one was really talking about this issue at any length. I discovered that I could use scheduled tasks in Windows to auto-start a shortcut or a batch file I created containing the Windows shutdown command to shut down the computers at a designated time.

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George Bush: President?

May 17th, 2005 . by Alexander Fisher

When George Bush was told the second plane had hit the World Trade Center, he sat down and read a story with some children for seven minutes.

When a small plane landed in Washington causing panic and the evacuation of the capitol buildings and Mrs. Bush from the White House, George was not told for an hour after it happened.

George was sent out on a Social Security bashing speaking tour and flew all over the country for weeks.

George has taken more official vacation time than any president in American history other than Ronald Reagan and his own father George Bush Sr.

Why?

Because they don’t need him to make any decisions. The real President handles that.

Truth or Fascism? (Newsweek Quaran Article)

May 17th, 2005 . by Alexander Fisher

If you think that the recent Newsweek article that contained a section about the desecration of the Quaran was fiction, I would have to tell you I am not so sure. It is just the kind of thing that our favorite American fascists (also known as the neo-cons), would do. It seems they are quite good at denial, cover up, diversion, and finally shifting the blame to others. There is real evidence that American CIA interrogators routinely abused Muslims and had much contempt for anything connected with their religion too. Why is it so hard to believe that they would stop at destroying a book? The question is not whether CIA interrogators at Guantanamo Bay and other Islamic religious penitentiary’s destroyed the Quaran, it is how many they have destroyed, so far.

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USB KVM FYI

May 15th, 2005 . by Alexander Fisher

I always use a Keyboard Video Mouse (KVM) switch because I have two computers at my desk and want to switch conveniently from one to the other. I have been using an older PS/2 style KVM. With all of the USB peripherals that I have, I thought it was time to switch to a USB KVM and shut off the PS/2 ports on my computer. I was also having trouble with the new multimedia keys on my keyboard being recognized through the USB to PS/2 adaptor that came with it.

What I found were two types of USB KVM’s. In both cases the video is still on a standard VGA cable. One type is a PS/2 to USB converter KVM. It accepts older peripherals using PS/2 connectors and converts them usually to two USB cables, for two computers. Nothing wrong with that, but it does not fill a need for me. They are usually the cheapest USB KVM style, but I am not sure I get why in that case you would want to not use the built in PS/2 ports? A cheaper PS/2 KVM would fill that need I would think.

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Mixed Up Priorities

May 15th, 2005 . by Alexander Fisher

Why does the media not report important news first anymore? It seems that the news that should be on page one is now on page twenty. If the mistakes that the Bush regime has made, were made in the Clinton presidency, there would have been hell to pay. Now Republican moral, policy, fund raising, and governmental financial planning mistakes only merit a small article in the bottom right corner of page 19B, if they are reported at all. Just because Bush’s controllers have him lie and then more than two years have passed, that still doesn’t make his lies true. Where is our media? Is this a knee jerk to the far right that resulted from the mostly moderate media being embarrassed by being called liberal or is this the billionaire media moguls aiding and abetting the revolution that throws out all democratic principles? Arrggh!