Why I back Jack or Dave

OK, originally, this was going to be a post of why I support Jack Markell for Governor. That may still turn out to be the case, but Dave Burris over at First State Politics has announced that he is considering running for Governor. So now I have no idea who I may ultimately support. But let me tell you why I may support either of these candidates for Governor

A little background about me: I have worked for the State of Delaware for over 20 years. My first eight years I was a Correctional Officer and the last twelve years I have worked as a computer network/ IT guy for several state agencies. I will put it to you as delicately as I’m in the mood to: THERE IS SEVERE NEED FOR CHANGE in Delaware State Government. Let me list the things that I’d like in a Governor/and or political system

  1. I’d like in a Governor who, I perceive, that can understand the issues.
  2. I’d like a Governor who would stand by their convictions. This particular administration seems to have been put in place to grant political favors for certain people. With the exception of the smoking ban, the Governor hasn’t done anything remotely original or risky.
  3. I’d like a political system that would be open and transparent, not behind closed doors or decided by the BIG HEADS
  4. I’d like actual debate on the issues, not closed away in some desk drawer.

Even if I disagree on some of the issues with each candidate, I think both would do a good job for this state.


Happy New Year

Happy New Year! One of my resolutions is to update this blog weekly. We’ll see how long that lasts, but I’ll give it my best shotJ

The Case Against Vista Part 2

The last time I was ranting about Vista, I was explaining that when Windows ’95 came out (and honestly, this wasn’t complete until Windows ’98 SE) there was a glaring need for businesses to migrate from Windows 3.11. Let’s take a look at the pluses

  1. Windows ’95 offered long file names. For those of you who don’ t remember, when you saved a file back in the day, you needed to name it to fit the DOS 8.3 naming convention. I had users that lost files because they couldn’t remember what they named the file J
  2. Although not perfect, Plug and Play (plug and pray back in 1995) was a big leap forward as far as business operating systems go. We are used to now just plugging in a camera, usb drive, etc into the computer and for the most part, it works. That wasn’t the case until Windows 95 came out
  3. Windows ’95 relieved a lot of the old DOS 640K memory limitations. It didn’t take care of it all, but it was still a lot better than Windows 3.11
  4. Built-in network support for TCP/IP, Banyan, and Novell. This was HUGE as far as network administration was concerned. No more loading clients on each workstation

There were some negatives, mostly in the fact that plug and play wasn’t always reliable, and the system did crash some J. Additionally, a lot of old software didn’t play well with Windows ’95. The end result that until Windows 98 SE, many businesses ended up using Windows NT 4 Workstation. Soon, though, Windows was about change everything with the advent of Windows XP