Year-End Maintenance

Out with the Old and make-way for the New. A new year is dawning and after fourteen years of haphazard writing it’s time for a bit of clean-up to the Sidebar, and since “Blogging is Dead,” as Nietzsche might say (the Gunblogger Rendezvous is anyhow), all the bloggy-type stuff needs to go.
Don’t feel slighted, it’s just based on interactions. For the few who occasionally read and comment/counter-comment some blogs remain on the blogroll. Some remain for perhaps no reason at all, but it’s not a growth industry. More could and may be added upon request, but I got rid of all the quaint categories.
Happy 2018!

About NotClauswitz

The semi-sprawling adventures of a culturally hegemonic former flat-lander and anti-idiotarian individualist, fleeing the toxic cultural smug emitted by self-satisfied lotus-eating low-land Tesla-driving floppy-hat wearing lizadroid-Leftbat Califorganic eco-tofuistas ~

11 thoughts on “Year-End Maintenance

  1. Nice to see I’m still there. Blogging may be dead, except for the various alt-news sources, but what the heck, it’s my soapbox. The last year has been so nutzo that I’m having a hard time making enough sense of it to even comment. Oh well, back to the “lifehacks for your gun” type of possibly helpful tips and pointers to interesting scientific advances.

    I suppose the folks in Reno will sell ammo to anyone with money though.


    • I’m glad to see you’re still there too, and nutso is hardly the word for things!
      Under new laws I’m not supposed to buy ammo in Reno, that’s smuggling now. I’ll burn up a bunch of my stockpile, but really need to get my .44-40 re-loading going, to keep the cowboy-action thing in my happy-zone.


    • I worked with a team of about six to eight people in a start-up funded by some big telecoms, in a group called “Product Definition” that wrote the spec (a big thick binder of tech-writing) and designed and built the front-end of the first functional interaction-system and user-interface of the on-screen TV Guide.
      I was the graphics supervisor, pushing pixels on a very tight platform/footprint, the look-and-feel stuff, besides developing how-to interaction paradigms, and some more technical work like the digital font used inside the TV display, and also user instruction guides. It was a multifaceted job, from paper to digital, including publishing. The system first went into TV’s of RCA to Mitsubishi to Sony among others, and set-top boxes like Scientific Altlanta’s and the head-ends at cable companies – besides having a stand-alone box anyone could buy. The company went through a series of ownership contortions, then licensing to TiVo and other cable outlets, and finally died in ‘03 — but lives on as a Intellectual Property licensing arrangement in some kind of corporate 3rd dimension…


    • When I worked at DirecTV in Long Beach, I built the “Test Bed” suite for the Set Top Box guys to use to test the next generation of STB’s.

      In my other role there, I’d set up the turn-around receivers for specific events. We had 14 racks of digital and analog receivers the we used to pull our “Turn Around” programming off other birds, reprocess the signal and transcode it it our bit rate and format, and then pump it up to a DirecTV bird, so I’ve tuned many, many, many Scientific Atlanta digital and analog receivers, and might have bumped into your tech along the way.

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    • It was StarSight with the tech, then bought by Henry Yuen of Gemstar (VCR plus), then Gemstar bought TVGuide – but they never had an operational or functional Guide, it was just a trade-show simulation for the $100 haircut faces.


    • For a while I thought it was cool to collect a huge list of blogger-pals, and for a while that was a popular thing, but lately my own posting has dropped-off and so has the interaction level. Also some were just there as a kind of Gunblogger virtue-signal, and never posted or commented back.
      I was an interface and interaction design-guy, so with no interaction the signal was dead.


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