So I went test driving cars this past weekend. One of the cars I sampled was a Honda Civic. The 2006 redesign is one slick puppy I must admit. Acceleration, handling, and responsiveness are top notch for a car in this class. Unbelievably, my tall frame can actually fit in the backseat. Plus it sips gas, an all important consideration, now more so given rising gas prices. It has an impressive list of standard features and it pretty much comes down to not which package but which trim you want—whether it be the one of the three standard trims, the eco-friendly hybrid (though the Prius is still the reigning king in this class), or the sporty Si. There are available options for customizing the trim even further, but other than fog lights, many are simply superfluous. Yet, since I’ve been considering the Mazda3, the MazdaSpeed3 and the Subaru WRX, I found it rather odd that a 5-door Civic was lacking in Honda’s line-up. I certainly recall a 5-door being available in past iterations. It’s not that Honda doesn’t make them, it’s that they don’t sell them to North America. WTF, Honda?!
Archive for May, 2007
I was a big fan of Trillian because during my 15 year history of using the internet—it’s even longer if you count my bulletin-board days—I’ve acquired multiple IM accounts from different providers. I’m in the process of transitioning my multiple computers away from proprietary OSes that aren’t necessarily worth the money spent. (That’s not to say there aren’t OSes worth paying for.) However, since Trillian is platform dependent, it was out. I needed a multi-network IM client that would work on multiple platforms. Enter Pidgin. It fit all my needs, except…
Tags: Censorship, Digg, DRM
“May Day” is exactly what Digg is exclaiming right now. Anyone who’s a regular reader of Digg, Slashdot and the like knows, users are doing nothing short of revolting against DRM and responding to—what people say is uncalled for—censorship (even if its in a site’s power to moderate the user-posted content). They’re flooding Digg with links to ever more creative expressions of the access key for unlocking HD-DVDs. The MPAA might as well just throw in the towel and either generate a new key, develop a new copy-protection scheme (that will get defeated sooner or later), or just follow the music industry’s lead and phase out DRM all together. By trying to squash this information, all they’ve done is publicize it even more. When they say that if it gets on the internet it stays on the internet, they mean it.