Donovan McNabb, Superduperstar

16/30 157 5.23 1 2

11/26 126 4.85 1 0

09/23 064 2.78 0 1

So, I’m wondering when are all the sportswriters going to start apologizing to Rush Limbaugh? McNabb’s completion rating has now dropped to 45 percent! That’s called bench city, not the Pro Bowl. By way of comparison, another black quarterback, Daunte Culpepper, is throwing 64 percent strikes for the undefeated Purple.

Personally, I suspect that McNabb is injured. But anyone who still insists that Donovan McNabb is a top quarterback is clearly not paying attention.

Robbery

40-yard completion to my WR. First and goal from the six.

5-yard penalty.

7-yard completion to my WR.

4-yard run by my brother’s RB. TD.

That’s a six-point switch. There is no justice. Not that I’m bitter….

Firebird

I’m rather liking this stripped-down version of Mozilla. For one thing, it’s now my blogging tool of choice, since it supports the Link, Bold and Italic panel buttons in Blogger as Opera and the version of Mozilla that came with Redhat 8 do not. I still prefer Opera for general meandering about the web, but Firebird is a good second option. It’s got some nice pop-up controls too.

Also, a little experimentation with txt2pdbdoc has turned out well, and while it is a command line deal, it’s a faster and easier way to convert text files into Palm docs than the Microsoft Word macro I was using before. Supposedly it’s now up to version 1.4.2, but I haven’t been able to find a binary RPM for anything newer than 1.2.1. It works fine, though, which reduces my list of required Windows functions down to three:

1) Fantasy Football stattracks

2) Alphsmart Dana hotsync. I couldn’t get this working under WINE, so this looks unlikely.

3) Java-related sundries

Of course, I’ll still be popping into Windows to play Combat Mission, but that’s not a big deal. Windows will remain the standard interface for computer games for the foreseeable future. The same was true for DOS long after Windows was introduced.

Deactivating Adobe

I read this morning on Slashdot that not long after Intuit gave up on activation codes for its software and took out a full-page ad apologizing to its fleeing customers, Adobe is going to try flexing its muscles and see if it can cram Photoshop activation down the throats of its customers. I think one newsgroup poster summed up the situation accurately:

> The important point is though that up until recent times a software

> license was good for as long as the consumer needed the software as long

> as he didn’t break the terms of the license. Activated licenses are

> basically turning software into rentalware. It’s only good for as long

> as the publishers want it to be or when they go under. Whichever comes

> first.



Microsoft may be strong enough to get away with forcing activation – though not with me, says the proud new Penguin rider – but Intuit wasn’t and I doubt Adobe will be. Christopher Warnock, if you’re reading this, tell your Dad to give it up. And give my best to the beautiful Barbara.

I really hate the notion of activation, as it is not only an invasion of computer privacy, but it is also an illustration of the basic dishonesty of software “products”. When I buy a t-shirt, I can wear it, I can give it to my friend or I can loan it to my brother. It’s mine – I paid for it. But activated software is tied to a single machine, and while it’s not too much of a hassle when it’s the operating system software, it would be an incredible pain if every manufacturer started trying to require activation for every program. Then again, maybe that would be a good thing as it would certainly speed up the mass Linux migration.

It seems software manufacturers want to have it both ways; they want to be paid as if it’s a product, but then control how the customer uses it. No wonder pirates take such overt pleasure in hacking copy protection and distributing it to the masses. In any case, Photoshop is no longer a concern of mine. I’m down with the Gimp.