My former classmate Judd Slivka, now a journalism professor at Mizzou, pointed me to Long-Term Quality Index, a long-term study of the reliability of used cars co-created by our fellow Mizzou alumnus Steve Lang. Judd called it an outstanding example of data-driven journalism, and I agree. The results are enlightening.
So last night I went to the Royals-Cardinals game in St. Louis with one of my best friends. Being a Cardinals fan, he doesn’t follow the Royals much, so I filled him in a bit. I told him I like when the Royals play National League teams and don’t have the DH rule, because their […]
Last week on Jan. 16, KSDK-TV caused Kirkwood High School to go on lockdown as part of a news story. As a security professional, a journalist, a St. Louisan, and a parent, I have more than one stake in this. And an opinion. KSDK has no leg to stand on.
I’ve been reading David Stephens’ self-published What on Earth is a Mainframe, (also available on Amazon) which is as close to z/OS For Dummies as we’ll ever see. I deal with mainframes at work from time to time. I interacted with an old IBM mainframe of some sort when I was in college, using it […]
I saw an IBM PS/2 Model 55SX at an estate sale this past weekend. It took me back to my first non-food service, non-retail job, doing desktop support at Mizzou. Well, as a precursor to doing desktop support, they tried me out just building and tearing down machines. I worked out of Room 11, which […]
I saw in this morning’s Post-Dispatch that 25% of student borrowers can’t repay their debts. I understand why, but it’s preventable. Jim Gallagher’s column has some good advice. I’ll add some more, having recently spent a little time on my old stomping grounds at Mizzou.
The print edition of PC World is no more, and its demise marks the end of the general-interest computer magazine. Former editor Harry McCracken wrote this tribute.
Since all the cool kids (or at least some of them) are writing about the end of the world, I thought I’d write about where I first heard about this. I’m such a notorious cheapskate, the Mayans had a folk song about me. I was at a library sale, scooping up cheap books, in the […]
There’s a disturbing story on Slashdot today: Kids are playing dumb to avoid being bullied. I have two things to say. I was bullied when I was a kid. In seventh grade, it was me against the world (or at least the entire school), and the problem followed me, though not as intensely, through two […]
The business section of the Post-Dispatch had a good article on avoiding college debt. It’s tricky, as even Mizzou costs $22,000 a year now. I’m pretty sure when I was a Tiger, it was more like $10,000 a year, though I had scholarships that knocked that down even more.