Monday, October 11, 2004

Undecided

I know there are lots of people just like me out there... people that have watched the presidential debates, the vice-presidential debate, and even listen to talk radio and watch the news, trying to get a grip on who to vote for.

Can I just say, at this point, that I am no closer to making a decision then I was a six months ago?

Actually, if anything else, I'm MORE confused. Why? Well, mainly, because I don't know who to believe! Bush is a warmonger, Kerry is a flip-flopper. Kerry is going to raise taxes, Bush has lost jobs over the course of his presidency. Bush says we're safer, Kerry says we're not. It's a list of contradictions, and the truth can sometimes be in the middle.

So far, the only real, tangible piece of information I have to hold on to is that in the second debate, Kerry said, very unequivocally, that he would NOT raise taxes on people that make less then $200,000 a year. I was not as impressed with Bush, because he side-stepped questions or just plain didn't answer them. Yes, yes, I know Kerry has done that in the past. That doesn't mean I like it. If I ask you a question, I want the question answered. I don't want you to spin it so that it puts you in the best possible light. That's not why I asked it.

I have a friend that is running for Congress, in Utah's Second District. He's running as a third-party, and tells me that voting for a third party candidate is the way to go. I'm not so sold on voting for a dude that, in all honesty, isn't going to get elected. Besides, I don't necessesarily agree with everything THEY say, either. I like that the candidates for those parties seem more accessible to us "normal" folks, but I'm still not sold on all THEIR ideals.

So, what's a guy to do? I want to participate in the election process, and have a voice in who gets elected. I've looked at their voting records, and neither one comes out as a clear-cut winner. Maybe I'll just go into the booth, close my eyes, and jab my finger at the ballot...

Friday, October 08, 2004

I'm Not A True Geek

Wow, this is funny. Here I am using my brand-new blogspot account.

It's funny because I used to be just stoked about the fact that my website ran off a server in my house. I was so happy when I got it set up... Maybe it was the fact that it was something new. Maybe it was the fact that I'd never done it before. Most likely, it was the fact that I was a geek.

Well, OK, I still am a geek. I love computers, I'm a network admin, I use them every day. But, partly because of my elecricity bill, and partly because of the "work" factor, I've decided that running servers at home is too much of a pain. For example... I was sitting in my office tonight, looking at the shelf holding four servers that comprise my office network, thinking about how slow my email server has become. I thought that adding new RAM would help, or maybe changing out the hard drive with a 7200RPM drive instead of the 5400RPM drive that's in there.

And then I thought... why bother, when I can use a free service? All my website is, really, is a blog. And I have a gmail account, which is REALLY fast, and can hold a whole gig of email.

So, I set my personal URL to redirect to blogspot, and I set up forwarding rules with my domain registration company to forward my email to my gmail account.

Maybe I'm not a true geek, I dunno. What I DO know is that it's a lot easier to maintain, and my electricity bill should be a lot lower.