Thursday, July 30, 2009

Give a free $50 contribution to the Linux Foundation

If you haven't seen the Linux Foundation Visa Credit Card, click and check it out. The Foundation receives $50 for every card activated. If you use Linux, no matter what kind, and have a few minutes, sign up for the card. Not a tax deductible gift, but better 'cause you didn't have to actually give anything! It's the least you could do.

For every card activation, the Linux Foundation will receive $50 as well as a percentage of every purchase made with the credit card.

I believe you'll actually have to use the card for the Foundation to get the $50. DO IT!

update: I just applied for mine. I should know whether I've been approved in 15 days.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Snake Sweat

Damn, some more weird shit.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This is some crazy sh!t

An enjoyably bizarre music video: Empire of the Sun - Eclipse Broadcast

Sick BMX Video: HHX Velocity

HHX Velociraptor remix from Platypus films on Vimeo.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Chromium has site search built in?

I was just going to head over to my GitHub account, so I started typing in and check out what Chromium has? Site search built in! Press tab and you can search the site. That's pretty nice.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

HP Refund for Windows Tax: No refund policy

I talked with a case manager at HP this morning. Since I didn't have a copy of the license agreement in front of me, it was kinda hard to refute her claim, but what she said was that the computer is a bundle, and that HP's policy does not require them to refund or credit any cost associated with Vista.

Now, I feel I'm at a crossroads. I would like to call it at this point and enjoy the rest of my vacation. But, part of me wants to escalate to Small Claims Court. Actually, and this will sounds like I'm getting on my soapbox, but I'd love to see this go further. We all know I'm not a lawyer, but what gets me is that I did not agree to Microsoft's or HP's license agreement, yet I'm being bound by it. Is that confusing to anyone else?

What I'd like to see in the future is the ability to order any computer I want from Dell, Sony, HP, whoever, and get my money back for Vista. The sticking point is that at a retail level, Vista represents a significant portion of the cost of a new computer. The ones we purchased were $379. At $50/Vista license that's ~14%. If you look at Vista's retail price at $199, that's 52.5% of the cost of the computer. Now you can see how I'd like to get the refund.

We'll see how much further this goes.