I might be a redneck

In honor of getting sunburnt today trying out road-biking with Paul and Amanda, I’m going to fill out this “are you a redneck” quiz I got forwarded. I, and probably everyone I know, are probably rednecks.

Have you?
(x) lived in the country?
( ) lived south of the mason-dixon line?
(x) shot a gun?
( ) owned a gun?
( ) hunted?
(x) driven a truck?
( ) chewed tabacco?
(x) driven a tractor?
(x) gone camping?
(x) listened to country?
(x) owned a country cd?
(x) fished?
(x) worn a cowboy hat?
(x) worn cowboy boots?
(x) riden a horse?
(x) seen a farm?
(x) worked on a farm?
( ) lived on a farm?
( ) owned a farm animal?
(x) worn a carhartt?
( ) lived in a trailer?
(x) worked on a car?
(x) seen a nascar race?
( ) been to a nascar race?
( ) been to an oval track?
(x) seen a demolition derby?
( ) seen a figure 8 race?
(x) talked on a cb radio?
( ) had a cb in your car?
( ) seen smokey and the bandit more than 10 times?
( ) rode a dirtbike?
( ) owned more than two cars that don’t run?
(x) been to a junkyard
(x) drank beer?
(x) party in the woods where only trucks can get?
( ) been in a Ford vs. Chevy argument?
() gone cow tipping?
( ) had to ponder whether your family said tire or tower?
( ) been sprayed with deer pee?
(x) wear camo?
(x) ridden a 4-wheeler?
( ) owned a cabin
(x) had to take a bath in the river?
( ) drank white lightning?
(x) had your whole family on the front porch?
( ) thought that wal-mart was the coolest place ever?
( ) own a rebel flag?
(x) eaten deer meat?
(x) cooked over a fire?
() been muddin’?

I Was setup.exe!

The user problem of knowing which program to run on a product disk was avoided in DOS by naming conventions. “Everyone just knows” you insert the floppy disk and run “a:setup.exe.” This is made well-known by instruction manuals and people who shout “MOVE over” and take your keyboard away.

With autorun, a well-known file on the product CD tells the system what to do when the CD’s inserted. Usually it just runs the well-known “d:setup.exe”.

Now we download software from the internet. I queued a few downloads from microsoft.com yesterday, went to a meeting, and forgot all about them.

This morning I found a few “setup.exe” files on my desktop:

… and this is my other brother setup.exe.

Earth to Microsoft… name files you intend people to download something other than “setup.exe.” NameOfTheProduct.exe is a good choice. Pick an icon other than the standard setup.exe one. This isn’t perfect documentation that the file is the product I downloaded yesterday, but it’s something… the only thing well-known about “setup.exe” is that I shouldn’t run it. I don’t even know what it is.

Five and a quarter photo album

80 years from now I’ll probably use the peer-du-jour to get nostalgic with Hootie and the Blowfish. It’s certainly amazing/annoying to think that someone will keep this accessible for me, whereas I’m sure it’s hard to find particular songs from 80 years ago.

But I have quite a few photos, and I only store them in a few places. These pictures cannot be taken again.

Some questions:

  • Where do you store them? (Computer, CDs, DVDs, Bank Vault, Flickr, P2P cloud, ?)
  • Is that storage permanent? (I read once CDs don’t last as long as they were designed to. Are we always going to have 120V to plug my computer into? Are ATA drives going extinct? Is my computer going to keep working?)
  • What file format do you use? (JPEG, PNG, ?) Will this format be viewable in 100 years?
  • If formats evolve, will you have to upgrade? Will future Dorrells, wanting to know what things were like in the dark ages, have to do that work? Will anyone want to do that work?

Someone should make a solid-state, WW3-proof, digital photo album that’s guaranteed to store and display JPEGs forever. I’ll probably just buy more CD-Rs.

And I don’t believe in time…