Cardhouse passed along this article

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:24 am

Cardhouse passed along this article regarding Oakland, CA’s property forfeiture laws. It looks like the state of California is on the verge of putting common sense back into the laws, making a conviction necessary for property seizure. Jerry Brown, someone I had always respected, is very angry because Oakland laws states that only a suspicion of guilt is necessary. In Oakland, an officer can say “I thought I saw you buy drugs from your car” and the city gets your car. No trial needed! You can either buy your car back, go through a long appeals process (the city’s never lost an appeal), or give up. According to the article, a city attorney is proud of the statistic that shows “60 percent of the people arrested are from out of town.” People from out of town are much less able to fight back, making them a better target for the city. I make a decent wage, but if this were to happen to me, I don’t have the means to fight back. Why is Jerry Brown and Oakland so against the notion that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty?

Well, that’s all of my rant. Thanks for listening. Now mail Jerry Brown and tell him what you think.

I got a bit busy

Filed under:General — eric @ 8:50 am

I got a bit busy yesterday, and so no updates. Sorry.

The company I work for is preparing to release a major new version of our software. It’s all very exciting, because though small, we’re a leader in our market. Perhaps the leader. And the process of releasing it is my responsibility, so it keeps me busy.

Since there were no links yesterday, let me throw out a few here, showing the software tools I’ve been using to make my job easier. The first set comes from Indigo Rose, a small developer in Canada. I regularly use their two flagship products, Setup Factory and AutoPlay Studio. Setup Factory is a wonderful cheap alternative to the expensive resource-hog installation wizard most large software products use. AutoPlay Studio is a very easy-to-use tool that creates programs that run automatically when a CD-ROM is inserted into the drive. I know many people (including most potential readers of this page) shut off the autoplay option in Windows, but for my customers it’s very important.

Another tool I’ve begun using is Bridge, by Kemma Software. Bridge is a help-desk call logger and issue tracker that has all the features of the large multi-thousand dollar packages but is a fraction of the price. I haven’t used it very long, but it’s already been wonderful for me.

The Southeast’s infatuation with all

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:27 am

The Southeast’s infatuation with all things NASCAR has gone too far. I just went to get a soda out of the soda machine downstairs (Peter, it took about two minutes.), I saw in the snack machine bags of racecar-shaped Fritos. Cheddar cheese flavored. And these were being sold in a white-collar professional environment. Vroom vroom! Go Jeff Gordon!