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Ye old “GIMP vs. Photoshop” revisited March 29, 2011

Posted by oktyabr in consumer, GIMP, graphics, it's debatable!, open source, opinions, personal, software.

My original post GIMP vs. Photoshop is still one of the posts that I get the most comments on, even though I wrote it over a year ago! ¬†Not all of the comments get published though ūüėȬ†

This one did because after the name calling was done the writer actually had a point, sort of, so I thought maybe I’d revisit the topic… ¬†What follows is the comment and my reply:


Nigeria scam victim compensation! July 6, 2010

Posted by oktyabr in consumer, email, funny, scams, web.
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File this one under “Just when you think you’ve seen it all!”

I just got this email today… I swear! ¬†It said this:


It has reached the office of the Federal Govt of Nigeria that you were scammed before so the Govt has decided to compensate you with the sum of $70,000.00, Contact Barrister Etters and pay a fee of just $80 for funds release . Send email to *****@***********

Now everyone has HEARD about the Nigerian email scams, right? ¬†RIGHT?!?!? ¬†Yeah, I’m sure there is at least one or two innocently naive grandparents or otherwise NOT internet savvy folks that have actually sent money to such ridiculous scams but are the numbers that high that the scammers feel they can be even more profitable by pretending to compensate the victims in a new scam? ¬†These guys should really find another line of “work”.

Photo: BP oil leak July 5, 2010

Posted by oktyabr in consumer, energy, environment, green, opinions, personal, technology.

As a bit of a self-proclaimed “tree hugger” I know we can get kind of preachy about global warming, climate change, dependence on fossil fuels, pollution, etc.¬† I’ve tried hard to resist the temptation to post a news update every other day concerning such topics because I think there is already enough of it out there.¬† But recently a friend posted an AP photo that struck me so profoundly I just had to share it here too…


New York gets it’s first solar electric vehicle charging station January 7, 2010

Posted by oktyabr in architecture, consumer, energy, green, other cool stuff, technology, vehicles, visionary.
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One of my favorite “green” blogs, Inhabitat , posted an article about New York getting it’s first solar electric vehicle charging station.¬† I’ve seen electric cars before and even ones that charged off of solar but this particular package suggests what’s right on so many different levels that I just had to post about it here too.¬† Now just imagine what might be possible to build on this concept:¬† (more…)

My new dream car: Toyota Hilux Double Cab 3.0 D4-D January 6, 2010

Posted by oktyabr in consumer, movies, opinions, other cool stuff, personal, technology, television, vehicles, video.

I sat down to watch a little TV and spotted an episode of Top Gear, one of my favorite shows, had been recorded on my DVR.  It was an episode I had never seen before so I would have watched it anyway but this particular episode was absolutely EPIC!


Sony Playstation 3: My review January 6, 2010

Posted by oktyabr in consumer, games, hardware, other cool stuff, personal.

We’ve lived with a Sony Playstation 3 in our house for just over a year now and I think that’s enough time that I am pretty certain about what I think Sony did right with this version…¬† and what they got wrong!


GIMP vs. Photoshop! January 5, 2010

Posted by oktyabr in consumer, GIMP, graphics, open source, opinions, personal, software.
The GIMP vs. Photoshop


On any other forum those words would be considered trolling to start a flame war and the about.com post titled “GIMP: Like it or Lump it?” had some pretty strong opinions in the comments section and mine, which follows below, was one of them ūüėȬ† Some of the following might seem a bit out of context as I was referring to what others had said before me but I think you will get the gist of it:


The Uninformed Skeptic: Eat Right For Your Type January 28, 2009

Posted by oktyabr in consumer, health, it's debatable!, opinions, personal, skeptic.
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It was one of those occasions when a relatively large group of my extended family gathered together in a public establishment for an¬† extended period of time, in this case, a fairly popular restaurant.¬† The menu was extensive and offered many appetizing choices and I mulled my decision for quite awhile with a growing amount of impatience and suggestions from parent and sibling alike.¬† One suggestion suddenly stuck out from the rest:¬† “You shouldn’t eat that… you have the same blood type as me.” That’s how the argument started…