VirtualBox - The Free Competitor to VMware and Parallels Desktop

I've always had a soft spot for running Linux.  How could anyone not be attracted to the idea of running a complete OS, with office suite, Internet browser, VOiP clients, and virtually everything a computer user needs... for FREE?

Well, part of the problem is that I haven't yet spent enough time delving deeply into Linux and other open source operating systems to really get a feel for how to be productive within them, and how to duplicate the functionality I get from my Mac.  That being said, I'm always feeling compelled to try out new flavors of Linux as they come along, if for no other reason, just to learn about them.

Matt's Tech Law #3 - E-mail Read Receipts

Another day, another annoyance to complain about. This particular issue isn't related to gadgets, but e-mail is now one of the (if not THE) primary form of communication among individuals, and without technology, it wouldn't be the case.

Those in a corporate enviornment have no doubt encountered the e-mail read receipt, and probably send some or all messages requesting one yourself. Home users may not have ever had to deal with them since not all e-mail clients, particularly in the free online services, support them.

So what is a read receipt? For those who have never seen one, read receipts are a form of e-mail tracking. Quoth the Wikipedia:

PIXMA MP830 & Canon Customer Support

A little over a year ago, I decided that it was time to get a multifinction printer—printer, copier, scanner, FAX. After reading a number of reviews, I decided on the Canon PIXMA MP830. Prints were nice, and the scanner worked well. The only problem I had with it was that it drank ink like beer at a frat party.

A few days ago, it "ate" a sheet of paper and gave me a "6A00" error message on the display. After a bit of research, I moved the print head, and sure enough, there was a tiny piece of paper still in the unit. After that, it worked again for about one sheet. I called the local Canon repair center, and the tech said that even though it is out of warranty, Canon would still probably pay for the repairs.

A Warranty Is Not Insurance

Joule of the Nile?

Read This Dam Blog Entry!

This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries regarding a pond on his property. It was sent by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania. This guy's response is hilarious, but read State's letter before you get to the response letter.

SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.



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