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How City of Portland could have bought PGE

April 15, 2006 at 04:04 AM | categories: Politics | View Comments

The City Council of Portland was very interested in buying Portland General Electric from what was left of Enron. Rate cuts of 10% or more were talked about.

With amazing 20-20 hindsight, it’s now obvious what the City should have done:

Keep PGE’s rates the same!

Keeping them the same would have let them

  • Give rebates to other cities. Here, Gresham & Beaverton, here’s 10% of the electric bills of everyone in your city boundaries. Now be quiet.
  • Give money to Portland Public Schools.
  • Fund the tram
  • Stop people wondering what would happen when well-paid, unionized private sector workers became well-paid, unionized public sector workers. Did anybody expect there to be fewer people? Less pay?

Nice summary of online music options

April 09, 2006 at 04:04 AM | categories: Home Computers | View Comments

TechCrunch has a nice summary of online music services.

I’ve been pretty happy with the Yahoo Music service. I’ve got boxes of CDs that I need to rip some day so I often find myself using the Yahoo service to listen to songs that I have already … somewhere in a box in the attic. Using a streaming service is perfect for me, since I have no intention of buying those songs at $.99/each.

Windows XP How to move your My Documents

April 08, 2006 at 04:04 AM | categories: Home Computers | View Comments

I’ve been looking at re-arranging the partitions on my Sony VAIO desktop. They gave me a 15GB C: and a 100GB D: and even with installing everything I could to D:, it was still getting tighter and tighter. Looked at some fairly scary Linux-based partition shrinking software. Problem is that all of my partitions are NTFS, not the older FAT file system. Nothing “easy” and free that I could find would downsize D: and then increase C:

A much simpler solution would be to move the 2.5GB of My Documents. But how do you do that?

Turns out that it’s really easy. There’s a nice article on how to move My Documents that showed me the proper way to tell XP what to do.

I normally ignore the “close all programs” and that meant since iTunes was running I had to move that folder by hand. Everything else went very smoothly. Feel much more comfortable with optimized C and no concerns about the size of the stuff I toss into My Documents growing every day.

Library use of Linux workstations

April 08, 2006 at 04:04 AM | categories: Open Source | View Comments

Ran across a reference to libraries using Open Source programs like Linux and Open Office. Neat.

Useful, the program that the library uses, sounds neat but it has the lame “we won’t tell you the price” approach typical of many companies. At least Fonality sort of tells you a price.

I really like the idea of locked-down Linux running sessions with keyboard and monitor rather than individual machines. One machine to maintain per location, hopefully. Have another couple of machines at the central library for relatively immediate replacement if a machine melts down.

I bet that there’s some open source programs that get the same thing done but there are times that it would be nice to talk to someone instead of posting to a forum and hoping for a reasonably quick response.

Bill Gross rips US economy

April 07, 2006 at 04:04 AM | categories: Investing, Politics | View Comments

Bill Gross is the legendary bond analyst/trader at PIMCO. He has strong words about the Economic Report of the President and the state of the US economy.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be anyone out there who’s much interested in trying to solve the problem. We can’t keep spending the way that we have. All the big screen TVs and clothing that we’re buying from overseas is growing their economies as fast as it depletes our resources. It’d be different if we were graduating more scientists and engineers … if we were graduating more people period.

His article is a fine read on a day when the market dropped better than 1% across all indices. Highly recommended.