Smile, be happy, it could get worse …

Dear Reader,

The headline continues:

So I smiled, and I was happy, and it got worse.

If you thought nobody could trump Trump in stupidity, here comes Chris Christie, the whale from New Jersey. According to the NY Times:

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Saturday that if he were elected president he would combat illegal immigration by creating a system to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages.

“At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane”, Mr. Christie told the crowd in Laconia, N.H. “Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them.”

He added: “We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in.”

First of all, he has no clue, what he is talking about. FedEx – and others – do not know where a package is at any time. They only know, when a package – with a bar code on it – has passed a reading device.

Secondly, FedEx and others have installed millions of bar code reading devices. How many billions of those does Mr. Christie want to install in the USA, to track people with visas?

Thirdly, packages are not people. People happen to move by themselves, packages are moved. Also, people can remove things, like a bar code label. Packages are not known to have developed that capability yet.

But most importantly, Mr. Christie is in desperate need of some history lessons. The last people to be labeled with a number, where the inmates in Nazi concentration camps. What a great lead to follow, Mr. Christie. If you could move your whale like body to NYC, you could meet a few people with tattooed numbers on their arms.

Our Idiot of the Day Medal goes to the disgrace from New Jersey:

Slightly angered,

Engine Room

What kind of traveler are you?

Dear Reader,

We all at diablog love to travel. And we have different ways to do so. For example, our beloved commentator Smiles



picks his destination, and then he travels 1st class. He arranges everything. Then others take care of him. He is flown somewhere, he is driven in a limo, everywhere he wants to go. He is in charge of his destination, and what he sees. But others transport him. This is the most expensive way to travel. It is quite save. You are somewhat in control. But not free.

On the other hand, people like Glynsky and I are self-organized and self-determined travelers. Not only do we decide where we go. We also like to be in the driver seat. And I mean that literally, driving places is part of the travel. For us, flying, train rides, or taking the subway is – sometimes necessary – transport, it is not traveling.

Besides these two ways there is mass travel. You book a holiday package. It is arranged and decided by someone else, a tour operator. You are flown/driven somewhere, bus transport to the hotel/resort, breakfast/lunch/dinner there, arranged sight seeing tours in a bus. Or worse, they go on a cruise. Where you cannot decide anything, or leave if you want to. This is like being a sheep. You are herded. You are told what to do and when. Not only is this the least exciting way of traveling, it is the opposite of freedom.

Where do you fit in?

I am asking, because it is pretty much the same with your digital traveling, aka what you do with your computer. Or more precisely, with computers and their operating system.

If you are into mass travel, you probably are using Microsoft Windows. You are paying for the computer, but Microsoft decides what you can and cannot do with it. And they spy on you. And they sell your data to anyone willing to pay. Like bad tour operators, they charge you, and they charge the hotel/airline/bus a commission on everything you do. They take money from both sides. You are sheep. You are being fleeced. They are taking you for a ride. Pardon the pun.

Smiles, and his way, is best described with Apple computers and Apples operating systems. You pay the maximum price. You are quite safe. Since Apple controls the hardware (computer, phone, pad) and the software/operating system, there are fewer security flaws or holes. Apple spies on you and knows everything you do. But since you pay them big bucks, they do not sell your data to 3rd parties. You are just constantly charged more money. You are locked in. But at least not sold out.

If you are like me, if you want to be in the driver seat, if you want to decide what you do and when and how, you are best served with any of the many Linux operating systems. There you are in charge. You decide. That freedom comes with some responsibility.

And like when traveling, if you have a question, you look it up on the map, or you ask a friendly person around you. In Linux the equivalent is reading the manual, or asking the friendly people in one of the many Linux fora.

I encourage you, to get into the driver seat of your digital traveling.

You deserve the freedom, that comes with it.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room


Dear Reader,

Just off a nightshift reading code, and with Pete still being on his leave of absence, it is my job at diablog to moan and complain about things. Well, not about things in general, more about Glynsky.

If there ever was a lazy person, it is Glynsky. Prime example, his last post, where he writes (quote):

Damned if I can figure out what the lyrics are saying I should do, but heck, …


That’s the best you can do? Then please click the link below:

Needless to say, I highly recommend you do not use Google. Instead you should use DuckDuckGo, or Ixquick, or Swisscows. Anything is better than Google, Bing, Yahoo and other spying search engines.

And in case you want the lyrics, here you’ll find them

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

doin’ it all the time…

Dear diablog,

There is a pop tune doing the rounds at the moment which a) I love and b) – as described by Chris Evans – is one of the most rounded, accomplished and well polished ever made.

Damned if I can figure out what the lyrics are saying I should do, but heck, it is brilliant.

Diablog has mentioned Megan Trainor before and if she keeps coming up with the goods like this she is going to be a seriously well heeled young lady. And she deserves it.

Yours, diablog, doin’ the Marvin Gaye


eye spy 2….

Dear diablog,

Back to Millenium Mills and Warner Bros


and some more images of the three week sojourn including


the truck fired by air catapult into the Thames. Actually, one of the trucks! There were several in case it went wrong (remember, as with the off roader this is filmland and there is always ‘backup!) –



-were they removed afterwards?

And what about…


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