North Koreans, Perils of Automotive Journalism
Crazy North Korea
In a Bohemian sort of way I have to admire North Korean. Not for their government, aggressiveness, the starving of their people; no none of this. It has to be for not giving up. This is a laughable real-world, with real-world consequences, of the act in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail where the Black Knight refuses to give up despite be dismembered (“…come on, I’ll bit your leg off” is what I seem to remember).
The problem with this are:
- North Korea has the fourth largest army in the world;
- North and South Korea are still in a state of war from the 1950’s;
- North Korea’s actions (and apparent understanding of the world, for that matter) aren’t that logical (maybe they are “starting to believe their own press”); and
- They are trying to develop nukes.
- Oh, and you’re not sure who is in control of the country!
Not exactly gives one a sense of confidence.
Now it appears that the North Koreans torpedoed a South Korean Corvette (not the car, the warship) and now it appears that the South has proof. See The New York Times’ article Diplomatic Storm Brewing Over Korean Peninsula
Perils of Automotive Journalism
I just read this article in the Globe and Mail: Globe journalist’s son crashes $180,000 Porsche You think you’ve had a small fender bender?
- Body work on the Porsche: $11,000
- Repair the garage door: $2,700
- Cost of sending son to driving school to learn how to drive a standard: Unknown, but not cheap
- Having to write in a national newspaper about it: Priceless
About Mike Pelley
Let’s see… A little about me…
I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning.
I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.).
I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel.
Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See http://lnkd.in/nhTRZe
I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert!
VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server.
Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo.
I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours...
I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.
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