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Designed in the USA. Made in the USA.

On my quest to find an awesome iPad 2 case, I have discovered that the spirit of entrepreneurship and craftsmanship are still alive here in the USA. The guys at grove, who are based in Portland, OR, do absolutely amazing work, and ultimately, I gave them my business.  However, I wouldn’t want to sell short companies like Blackbox, who are located in Golden, Colorado; or Rustic Case, which is in Templeton, MA.

I went through dozens and dozens of case options before picking grove’s, and I know it’ll be worth the wait to get it.  The best part of the search, though, was finding that the most beautiful, elegant, innovative products were designed and hand-built by happy workers, with genuine quality and safe materials, by companies right here at home.

Bill Gates Smokes The Good Stuff, Man

Picture of Gates actually smoking the good stuff
not found, due to the fact that he is a colossal nerd.

It never ceases to amaze me.

Bill Gates can say whatever he wants, and everyone just believes it. It doesn’t have to be true, nor accurate. Sources are not required for his data. I don’t even think he needs to use real words.

“Windows Vista dumple splort nooka plix, brumity chubba chubba chubba <tongue click> bortnoy esparghery.” — Bill Gates

And that, apparently, is everyone’s cue to run out and buy Microsoft’s latest pile of mediocre-ware. Also, he said he wants a Frosty from Wendy’s. Equally baffling is this marvelously delusional diatribe:

“Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.” — Bill Gates, NewsWeek

Wow… by comparison, the first statement actually makes more sense. It must be nice to be able to spew utter nonsense and have the world continue to see you as some kind of corporate hero and saintly philanthropist. I don’t think I’ve heard a such an ill-advised challenge posed since President Bush’s infamous “bring it on” schtick.

Now for some reality: No exploits have been found that allow a Mac OS X machine to be completely taken over, certainly not without some kind of user authorization or direct physical access to the computer. Out of the box, Mac OS X is still untouchable. Issues have been found in certain applications and web site, but nothing that allows a “total take over”.

Now, shall we take a quick look at the security record of your widely-installed OS, Bill? I don’t think we need to… it’s well established that there are hundreds of serious exploits in Windows XP, and new ones ARE discovered every day. It also doesn’t take a whole special campaign (such as the Month of Apple Bugs event) for people to find them in bunches. Glass houses, Bill.

And now for the real fun: despite all of the truly impressive (no sarcasm here) security features in Windows Vista, most exploits, viruses, worms, and Trojan horses made for Windows XP continue to work just fine in Vista. It really is all flash, and very little substance.

What’s got me so riled up is that no matter what Bill Gates says, no matter how full of utter crap he is, his word is gospel, and people continue to fund the Microsoft machine. Nobody will rebuke, nobody will retort, nobody will call him out on the utter lies he spreads.

Fine. I guess it’s up to me.

You go to hell, Bill Gates. You have no taste, no craftsmanship, and no passion, and it shows in virtually everything your company makes. You could change things… if you cared, you could make everything work seamlessly; but that’s not why you’re in business, now is it? You don’t fool me, and someday soon, you won’t be able to fool anyone else. Microsoft is a parasitic entity sucking the life out of the computer industry, and you, Mr. Gates, are a shining example of exactly what money can not buy.

Google Holding Back Automotive Tech

Google’s forming a new for-profit charity. That’s good.

One of their first projects is a 100MPG plug-in hybrid vehicle. That’s bad.

The word “hybrid” is rapidly becoming associated with half-measures that really don’t solve the fundamental problems which thet address. Hybrid hard drives… where’s my fully solid-state MRAM drive? And hybrid vehicles… I demand cars powered by hydrogen fuel-cells! We need to stop scaling back and doing the easy things, simply because we can bring them to market quickly.

Companies need to focus, take the hit to revenue and resources, and take the time to do the hard thing, because it is the right thing to do. GM has been doing it for nearly a decade now, and their efforts are closer than ever to paying off.

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