The Little Guy: Getting the shaft since 1911!

In yet another wonderful display of American justice, the Supreme Court of the United States voted Thursday, June 28th, by a narrow margin of 5-4, that a 96-year-old antitrust precedent was null and void, ushering a new age of price fixing. As if the consumer doesn’t get the short end of the stick every time they are emptying their wallets, pockets, and credit cards at the cash register already, now corporations are actually being allowed to work with each other to bring about higher minimum prices for which ever products they see fit?

Unbelievable.

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Vulcanodon – Tar Pit EP

Vulcanodon - Tar Pit EP CD CoverThis evening I had the fortune – or rather misfortune – of being subjected to Vulcanodon’s most recent EP called Tar Pit. As they have described themselves on their MySpace page, they sound like “[a] massive herbivorous Memenchisaurus, stomping along in the cretaceous jungle, entering a clearing and finding a T-Rex scrapping with a Gigantosaurus.” For those of you who quit reading after the word “massive”, I’ll rephrase: “we sound like your typical indie punk band that has slept on the same street corner for the past 5 weeks and owns 19 pairs of ripped up khakis which are all stored in the single mountain-climbing rucksack perched upon our backs.”

After attempting to force myself to listen to just one full song (and failing), I feel compelled to mention that if you listen closely enough, you can make out some sort of melody in the background, however between the cheesy dinosaur growl samples and the sound quality rivaling that of most 8-track players, it’s all pretty much lost in the ether. They seem to have to gone to great lengths to ensure that future generations will respond to questions about Vulcanodon with a simple “who or what in the god damned fuck are you talking about?”

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mozy.com – 2GB of free online backup space

The other night, I was lying in bed thinking about how I don’t have a job, which got me thinking about resumes, which got me thinking about how many times I’ve had to write up my resume throughout the course of my life due to the reinstallation of Windows or buying a new computer or just plain deleting the file by accident, which got me thinking about how tired I am of losing data. Knowing that I wouldn’t fall asleep until I either got my brewing idea out on paper, or at the very least researched if there was a viable solution that already existed, I got out of bed and started Googling.

Within 2 minutes, I found my saviour: mozy.com. I read a few reviews of their service, all of which were nothing but endless praise – apparently everyone seems to love them. They have software that runs in the background and only when the computer is idle, and encrypt all of your files before they even leave your computer as well. That was enough for me; I opened up Mozy’s website and started the application process.

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