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Journal: Perhaps, a little understanding?

Journal by javelinco
I am writing this in hopes to share a bit of a revelation that has come to me - right or wrong. Having grown up with friends both male and female, and being part of many conversations on how spouses are messing up their lives, I have noticed certain trends, and I'd like to make some suggestions.

Women complain about their husbands "bad" habits, while men complain about their wives "nagging". While not universally true, there are only two complaints I have every heard a man utter about his wife - a complaint about some sort of nagging behavior ("You left the toilet seat up again.", "Why didn't you take the garbage out last night?", "Why do you hang out with those jerks you call friends.", etc. - you probably have heard many more). The other complaint is that their wife is "letting their body go", and all I'm going to say about that is these men should have never gotten married in the first place. If you don't know that a person's body becomes less desirable as they age, then you need to be dragged away from that TV set, and get a reality adjustment. As for women, the primary complaints about their husbands are that they are "doing that thing again". Most of these "bad habits" have been known about since either before or shortly after the wedding, and the woman, in most cases, decided that she would just have to "change the man" to "fix the problem", encouraged, of course, by her "sisters".

Here is what amazes me: (a) five years after being married, the woman is still complaining that her husband constantly leaves his dirty laundry on the bedroom floor; and (b) five years after being married, the man is still leaving his dirty laundry on the bedroom floor. I hear this statement a lot: "If he truly loved me, he'd understand that these things really bother me, and he'd change." To that, I respond with this: "If she truly loved him, she'd love him the way he is, bad habits included." And I'd remind the man: "If you truly love her, you'd try to change those habits that bother her." It is so simple that it hurts. If a man and woman get married, and plan to live their lives together, they must love each other as they are - without any plans or thoughts of "well, I hate this about them, but I can change that once we are married". And if a man and woman get married, then each need to recognize they have habits that are going to bother the other person, and not only work to find out what those habits are, but endeavor to correct them.
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Journal: Shades of Grey - Is Any Entity "Evil"? 2

Journal by javelinco
I've noticed a really disturbing tendency among /.'ers, some of whom are my friends - once we've painted an organization as evil, everything that organization does is represented as evil. This usually results in that person lying about said organization. And, of course, that is evil.

Companies that are the "boogie-men" of /., such as Microsoft, SCO and the RIAA can "do no right", to turn an old phrase. I'm very concerned by this perspective - mostly because it lessens our credibility as a whole. I'm not arguing that these organizations don't do evil things - or even that their actions, as a whole, aren't mostly evil. I am saying, however, that not all of their actions are going to ALWAYS be evil or wrong. And when they do something right, they should be encouraged, not slandered.

Look at it this way - you, personally, you, the one reading this speil, have done many things that are wrong and evil in your life. So does that mean that you are evil and wrong? Does that mean I (and everyone else) should ignore you, since you are obviously evil and wrong? That's a simple answer, isn't it? For those of you who think that you have never done anything evil or wrong, or who think that they should be ignored, please go commit suicide or something - you don't ever want to meet me. You aren't evil and wrong - but you are dangerous and insane. I'll gladly take the opportunity to put you down like the sick animal you are.

So, what is my point? Judge an organization's actions on a case by case basis - it's the old saw - "It is the actions that are evil, not the organization.", and "Hate the sin, not the sinner." Give it a try - you might gain some credibility

Thanks!
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Journal: Security in Linux - is this what people are talking about? 3

Journal by javelinco
I just read through an article on the Register that has me: (a) pissed off; (b) concerned; and (c) confused. It addresses why Linux security is better than "Microsoft" security, and does so in a pretty lengthy little treatise. It is written by a man named Scott Granneman, and can hopefully be read for a long time here. Here's the problem: do all of you Linux security proponents sit your platform on these principals? Are there more reasons? Because I have to tell you, this article served a completely different purpose for me: it told me why Linux is never going to be the everyman operating system. It told me where Linux zealots go blind when looking at the MS Windows architecture. It also told me that Linux is no better at protecting from virus vectors, etc. than any other operating system I've seen. What the hell?
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Journal: Fundamental Windows Problems that UNIX bypasses...

Journal by javelinco
Recently, in a submission entitled "Alternative To Windows Desktops", referring to an article called "The Mad Hatter meets the MSCE" over on Ace's Hardware, the TOC on Windows vs. Linux shops was explored.

The main TOC issue that was brought up is Windows technicians are going to try to solve problems "the Windows way", and end up messing up their rollout. The article seems to be trying to point out that Linux just doesn't have all these issues that come up in Windows, and so trying to solve these problems that don't exist is, well, bad.

So, what are these problems? What design features does Windows have that have to be fixed, that are not relevant in Linux? I mean, one issue mentioned (but not explained) was MS Office automation. Is there something about Linux that makes interop and automation not relevant? I'd like to see some sort of laundry list of items that address real business needs. Maybe we can use this to help in the good fight. Anyone?
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Journal: Attempting to remain impressed.... 1

Journal by javelinco
So, here's the scoop - I've been doing a little project recently (very recently), reading through comments of recently posted stuff here on /., and finding a disturbing trend: people tend to not read the original article before posting their comments, with the last check being 45 minutes before any posts had anything to do with the original article. Now, many people who are reading this (okay, I'm reading this, so at least me) are thinking, "So what, this is WAY too obvious to be need repeating." But I'm not seeing it being repeated. As a matter of fact, the few posts I've made on the issue have been modded to oblivion.

So I'm writing this. Not really expecting anyone to read this, but hell, at least it can't be modded virtually out of existence. It ATLEAST doesn't exist because no one has any reason to read it :).

Stay ignorant - that way you won't notice when you are put out of your misery.

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James

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