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Ron Obvious

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Gender: Male
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:37 PM
Number of posts: 2,801

About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

Journal Archives

I was teacher's pet

I didn't want to be, but I was teacher's pet.

During a lesson on penmanship, I deliberately destroyed my lesson booklet because I had been trying so hard to fail and was getting passing grades no matter how badly I did.

When the teacher, stunned and outraged (she was 175 years old and had her hair in a bun) asked what the fuck I was thinking (I think those were the words she used), I told her I really want to earn a failing grade for once in my life.

She wrote "This is the failing grade Ronnie so desperately wanted to get" on my lesson booklet and made me stand in the corner for several years. She also contacted my parents, who - to their credit - thought it was really funny.

I later returned and machine-gunned the entire school. I mean, be fair, they had it coming.

I'm a trusted DU'er and I'm available for advice.

In a recent survey, I was named 27th most trusted person in my neighbourhood.

So if anybody needs a trusted DU'er for advice, I'm available. No pressure or anything. I mean, don't worry about my feelings.

Blade Runner Filming Locations (youtube video)

This is very nicely done, I thought:

Hardware Wars!

For some reason I was reminded of this little gem when I took my new ShopVac out the box. Can't imagine why.

See the spine-tingling special effects!
You'll laugh!
You'll cry!
You'll kiss three bucks goodbye!

Fuck you and your fucking Chrome!

I've just had to uninstall Google Chrome for about the 20th time.

I was nagged into upgrading my Flash and must've ignored a checkbox and had Chrome shoved down my throat again. AGAIN. I'm happy with my browser (Opera), thank you very much, and if I wanted another browser I wouldn't chose one that's so closely associated with a company that makes its living by spying on everything I do online.

Do no evil, my arse. If there's one company in a position to do incredible evil, it's fucking Google. Now I hear they want to manage my medical records as well. Do not want!

Sorry, we now return you to your regularly scheduled cat videos. As you were.

Can anyone recommend good password management software?

In the wake of this latest SSL security hole, I'll be changing all my passwords next week and I might as well bite the bullet and use a password manager because I can't really keep up any more (see cartoon below)


Preferably free and open source
Runs on Windows
Easy to use
Must allow logins from multiple computers, but I do NOT want anything cloud or server-based! I want all files local. This would presumably mean sharing a master password file.
Must be flexible wrt different password parameters, e.g. some servers don't allow punctuation or spaces, others require them.
Store PIN codes as well.

I've never used one, so I'm open to all suggestions.

Thanks in advance!

Ralph's Bakshi's Wizards (1977)

Despite its anti-science and technology bias, I've always had a secret fondness for Ralph Bakshi's 1977 animated (and rotoscoped) movie Wizards, and especially its soundtrack. I found out a few days ago that the soundtrack, with its eclectic mix of seventies' funk and small, wistful tunes, was finally released on CD last year.

It came in the post this morning and I've finally been able to enjoy listening to it after all this time.

Made my day!

Shame he made such a mess of LOTR a few years later. Ugh!


Woohoo! Twenty whole megs of RAM! and a hard drive that's about 1/60th the capacity of my postage stamp-sized SD!

And yet, that would still beat having to be around people even today!

Forgive me, I'm in a mood today.

Sometimes I feel like screaming and punching people in the face.

Oh, not for any good reason or anything. I just like screaming and punching people in the face a lot.

What's your browser of choice?

I've been a Firefox man from the beginning but I can't deny that it's become a bit of a memory pig lately. The extensions, I'm running 12 of them, share in the blame I have no doubt. I also don't like their changes and attitude to complains about those changes.

I just recently bought a new laptop and experimented a bit. I thought Chrome was a bit too minimalist for my liking (hey, I like having a refresh button!), but I utterly resent having it install bundled with other packages without my consent (flash, avast, I'm looking at you!), and it's too closely tied to a company that makes money spying on me (google).

Opera is my new browser of choice. I'm running it with just two extensions, Adblock Plus and Ghostery, and it's been a dream. Fast, responsive and it works everywhere. I'm sticking with it.

What's your browser of choice?
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