Posted by: reformedmusings | February 23, 2015

Great videos on confessionalism and the WCF

Reformed Theological Seminary posted the videos from their ReForum on confessionalism and the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF). Dr. Howard Griffith, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean, hosted the event.

Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn, Associate Professor of Church History, delivered the opening address, titled “Confessing Christianity: Yesterday’s Reformation for Today’s Public Life.”

This was followed by a panel Q&A period. The panel consisted of Dr. Peter Lee, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Mr. Geoff Sackett, Dean of Students, and Dr. Chad B. Van Dixhoorn.

This is excellent material and well worth watching and considering. The panel addresses most of the current controversies about the WCF and confessionalism in general. This proves timely, as Federal Visionists want to rewrite key parts of the Confession, well-known people like Dr. John Frame question the usefulness of confessionalism in general, and young bucks want to write new additions to address their current social concerns.

Bottom line is that the WCF and its Catechisms are as accurate and correct as they were 350 years ago, and they speak clearly to God’s people today in the contemporary world.

 

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 22, 2015

The Unalienable Rights of Man

Mark Alexander of the Patriot Post wrote an historically correct and damning critique of liberal assumptions held by the likes of Chris Cuomo and Barach Obama. The opening quote from Thomas Jefferson lays out the reality of liberty:

God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever. (1774)

That quote was used a lot in past decades to counter the liberal socialist agenda that assumes that rights are granted by a benevolent, nanny government. That’s now what our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, said:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

The Founders understood that all rights come from our Holy, Just, and Gracious God, not men. What governments of men can give, governments of men can take away. That’s why the Second Amendment is included in the Bill of Rights – to ensure that no government of men would ever take away the God-given liberties of the American people. It wasn’t and isn’t about hunting. It’s about the preservation of liberty, protecting it from tyrants.

Of course, liberals want to eliminate the Second Amendment. Just see what the liberals in Newtown Panel want to do. They want to gut the Second Amendment by registering, limiting, and confiscating the firearms of law-abiding citizens – the foundational step toward tyranny.

Please read Mark Alexander’s essay. The truth is out there. Liberals want to hide the truth and define your limited liberties for you. Obama’s disregard for the laws of our nation demonstrate the liberal way. Don’t be fooled.

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 22, 2015

Clueless Obama can’t name the enemy

Obama’s dance to avoid identifying the civilized world’s most obvious enemy – radical Islamists – has come to the point of absurdity. Obama called the targeted attack on Jewish citizens in Paris as a “random attack”. His press release ignored the Christianity of the 21 beheaded in Libya by referring to them as “twenty-one Egyptian citizens”. Apparently there’s no religion in Obama’s happy little world. Well, except for playing into the Islamic terrorists hands by bringing up the crusades from hundreds of years ago. How can you defeat an enemy that you cannot even name?

Obama has an idea along those lines, though – community organizing, jobs in desolate deserts, and more understanding for psychopaths. Clueless. Studies have shown that most of these Islamic psychopaths are actually from middle class or better backgrounds, including Bin Laden himself. They don’t need to be coddled by the community-organizer-in-chief, they need to be killed. Dead. Period. That’s how you win wars against barbarians.

BTW, here’s a tidbit about the crusades. Islamists invaded Spain in April of 711 and weren’t kicked out until 1492. The first crusade wasn’t launched until 1096. I’m not defending the crusades by any stretch, but who started the whole mess? Don’t bother asking Obama.

LATE ADDITION: Here’s a 12-year-old American who is apparently way smarter than the president:

I bet if Obama had a son, he wouldn’t look like or think for himself like CJ Pearson. Good on you, CJ!

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 20, 2015

Dealing with the aftermath of a critical incident

This video is a must-see. It features Lt Col Dave Grossman, USA, Ret., who is incredible. I’ve met him and heard him speak. He’s dynamic and knows his stuff upside down and backwards. Dave has helped more people than anyone could count. His advice goes beyond combat or self-defense shootings, but to any critical incident in life. Dave Grossman is always worth the time.

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 8, 2015

Global warming fraudulent data manipulation exposed

We all knew that, in the words of Christopher Booker, “The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever.” Booker’s previous article recounted Paul Homewood’s checking of South American temperature data, finding it had been manipulated to increase the ground temperature readings, turning a cooling trend into a warming trend. Homewood checked other data around the world and found the same thing. Extreme cooling trends in the 1970’s were wiped out by carefully massaged data. Here’s another great summary of the situation.

In my career, if I had massaged data like that, people would literally have died. Accuracy and truth trump feelings and politics when the rubber hits the road. The truth in engineering always manifests itself because physics doesn’t lie. The Verrisano Bridge episode provided a graphic example. Although the global warming frauds continue to sell their wares to a gullible, science-ignorant public, their predictions have repeatedly failed to materialize. Few seem to notice. But the truth will become apparent, just as the global cooling lies did in the 1970’s.

The earth represents a complex open system that not only hosts intricate interactions on the planet and in the atmosphere, it also receives light, heat, radiation and charged particles of various types from the sun and inded the larger universe. Only arrogant men and women would claim to have a lock on a situation this complex. As I’ve posted before, the underlying equations require a host of assumptions to solve. A change in any initial or boundary condition requires reconsideration of the whole.

Science is about questioning more than answering. So-called “climate deniers” are the only ones practicing real science in the whole global warming debate. So why do so many pseudo-scientists sign on to anthropological global warming? As usual, follow the money. Science for sale. Sickening. Not how I was taught to do science in school. Ask questions, do experiments, collect data, ask more questions, repeat. That’s science. Massaging data, selling your message, collecting money, repeat, is not science. It’s fraud.

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 7, 2015

Background checks largely ineffective, all freedoms at risk

As gun controllers push for so-called universal background checks, which are really universal gun registrations that inevitably lead to confiscation, more evidence piles in showing that the existing checks are largely ineffective. The Oregon Firearms Federation reviewed the background check data from the Oregon State Police and found that only 0.025% of checks resulted in arrests. We don’t know how few or many of those resulted in eventual charges and convictions.

So, if background checks are so critical to keeping guns out of bad guys’ hands, then why aren’t more denied people arrested and convicted? Probably because criminals don’t opt to go through a background check that they know they won’t pass. They steal their weapons or buy them on the street. Duh.

Universal background checks are just a ruse to create a government database of all gun owners, to be used eventually to confiscate private arms in defiance of the Constitution:

Think that they respect the rest of the Constitution? Guess again. Your right to protected speech as codified in the 1st Amendment is not a right according to liberals, it is simply a special privilege. Therefore, the 1st Amendment only applies to credentialed professionals:

Sound familiar from the folks that think only the military and police should have guns, and then only when the government says so? Remember that the 2nd Amendment is the only earthly guarantee of all the rest of the Bill of Rights.

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 7, 2015

Terrorists disguised in uniforms

There’s an excellent article at Active Response Training that discusses the threat of terrorists in stolen police uniforms and how to spot them. Such attacks have occurred around the world and certainly will again. Remember that the armed citizen IS the first responder. Know thine enemy!

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 1, 2015

Saving for Christmas

If anyone wants to contribute, I’ll take any and all contributions. My dream toy linked here – the perfect blend between Linux and firearms, my two favorite things:

(Image courtesy of TrackingPoint)

(Image courtesy of TrackingPoint)

Awesome!

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 1, 2015

More gun control lies exposed

Excellent video from Bill Whittle with the real truth on murder rates vs. gun ownership:

Gun grabbers now say that they want “common sense” gun control to cut “gun violence”. Anti-liberty types want “compromise”. Well, their definition of compromise is take everything. This graphic tells the story from the factual history of gun control:

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And that’s the truth! We’re finally living in the last pane. If gun controllers treated the First Amendment like they treat the Second, they’d have to get government approval and pay for permits to open their lying mouths, and then be limited to the number of words per article and could only use quills and ink wells with which to write. And, of course, assault quills would be outlawed:

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Posted by: reformedmusings | January 14, 2015

Preparing for the barbarians – realistic assessment

As I commented earlier, the barbarians are entrenched inside the gates of the city. What’s the nature of the threat and how can we realistically prepare?

Gabe Suarez is one of the international gurus of physical security. He has written an excellent assessment of the radical Islamic attack in Paris: ISLAMIC TERROR STRIKES FRANCE – OUR PERSPECTIVES ON IT. He followed that up with EVERY MAN IS A COUNTER TERRORIST. You should read both articles to get a professional’s assessment, and it’s not pretty. Bottom line is that you as a concealed or open carrier may be the only thing between predatory, violent terrorists and a host of civilian casualties. You need to seriously prepare, as Mas Ayoob says, not because of the odds but because of the stakes involved.

Also understand that saving others may cost you your life. We in the military serve with that understanding, but you need to mentally prepare ahead of time for that eventuality. In all likelihood, you would be killed if you do nothing because that’s what the terrorists are there for, so you have little to lose. Personally, I’d rather die fighting back rather than begging for my life.

Is it really impossible to succeed with a concealed pistol against terrorists armed with AK-47s? Yes. Charl van Wyk did with a snub-nosed revolver against four terrorists with hand grenades, fully automatic rifles, and gasoline bombs. Trust in your training, take rapid and violent action against the enemy, be accurate, be ruthless, and be smart. Even before that point, stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Even a couple of seconds warning can make all the difference.

This is the land of the free and home of the brave. Let’s live up our American legacy.

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Posted by: reformedmusings | January 14, 2015

Java in Ubuntu Utopic 14.10

So, I’ve been having strange issues with Moneydance, an excellent personal financial program. Dialog boxes would work intermittently and were sometimes delayed in appearing. Starting and restarting Moneydance sometimes fixed the issue and sometimes not. Moneydance worked fine in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty, so this seemed odd.

I know that Moneydance is written in Java, so my first thought was to see what version of Java I was currently running. To my surprise, it turned out that I had NO Java version installed. Not sure how that happened, but loading OpenJDK 7 (Iced Tea 2.5.3) using Synaptic fixed all my issues.

Recall that my upgrade from 14.04 to 14.10 went very poorly and I ended up installing clean. Apparently, a Java runtime isn’t installed by Utopic 14.10 by default. Like the lack of ffmpeg support in the Utopic repository, this seems like an odd decision. Hopefully all this will be fixed in 15.04.

Posted by: reformedmusings | January 14, 2015

Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic and missing ffmpeg

I didn’t realize until I loaded Minitube and ClipGrab onto my Ubuntu Utopic system, but Ubuntu dropped ffmpeg from the Utopic repository. Apparently it wasn’t there in 14.04 Trusty, either. I found a quick fix for the issue at this site. Adding the repository at the link worked like a charm. Back in business!

Posted by: reformedmusings | January 10, 2015

Perspective on poverty and the war thereon

It seems redundant to say that modern liberalism thrives on lies. When LBJ launched the so-called war on poverty (great read at the link) liberals crowed how they were building the Great Society. How’d that work out? After 50 years and over 22 trillion dollars (more than the sum spent on all of our wars since the Revolution), the percentage of those in poverty has remained at about 15%. That’s a massive failure by any measure. But then, liberals don’t believe in accountability through data.

But then we come down to the definition of poverty. Frankly, we have little if any real poverty in the U.S. David L. Goetsch wrote an excellent piece on poverty in America vs. the rest of the world. Goetsch questions whether people with cell phones, two cars, and big screen TVs can really be described as impoverished. He points out that America’s “poor” rate in the top 12% of income earners globally.

Like Goetsch, I’ve seen real poverty in the world. I’m talking about people living under pieces of scrap metal with no water or toilets in sight. People living in grass huts with dirt floors cooking over burning dung. No medical or dental care other than missionary doctors who come through every few years. No education and no advancement out of their situation. These places do not have democracies or capitalism to provide hope.

All liberals have succeeded in doing with over 22 trillion dollars is creating a permanent dependent class living off of the public dole. They have incetivized several generations into slavery on the government plantation. But, liberals have ensured that the slaves on the government plantation are placated with the “basic” amenities like cell phones, cars, big-screen TVs, DVDs, iStuff, etc. 88% of the world would gladly trade places with the so-called American poor. That’s the liberal slight of hand.

Socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried. One core reason is that it is basic human nature that you get what you incentivize. If you incentivize people to stay on the government plantation with free money and goodies, that’s what you get. That’s OK with the liberals, because it provides them a permanent voting class at someone else’s expense. They don’t care about the millions of lives that they sacrifice to stay in power.

President Reagan had it right when he pushed welfare reform. In summary: “We fought a war on poverty, and poverty won.”

 

Posted by: reformedmusings | January 10, 2015

Watch Amazon Instant Videos in Firefox on Linux

So, I bought a couple of movie DVDs from Amazon last week (Serenity and Inception). Along with the order acknowledgement, I received emails saying that I could watch them using Amazon instant video for a few weeks. The catch? Amazon video streaming requires Windows. Right? No way!

I found a website that showed me how to watch Amazon instant video in Firefox on Linux. I used their excellent step-by-step directions to load an updated HAL to run the video under the Adobe Flash plugin. I then went a step further to load Pipelight under WINE, then use the User Agent Switcher extension for Firefox to watch the movie with Silverlight. It all worked like a charm.

The open source community never fails to amaze me with their ingenuity. And Serenity was a great movie! It really ties up the loose ends from the excellent but short-lived Firefly show. (I reviewed Inception here.)

Posted by: reformedmusings | January 10, 2015

The Lesson From Paris: Citizens vs. Barbarians, Again…

There can be no doubt that the barbarians are inside the gates of the city. We’ve seen it at Fort Hood in 2009 and again in 2014, in Moore, OK in 2014, Boston in 2013, and most recently Paris in 2015. Here’s a list of Islamist terror attacks in the USA over the last several decades. American officials, referring to the Paris attacks, describe this as the new normal. But it doesn’t have to be.

France has some of the strictest gun control in the world, yet Islamic terrorists had no trouble getting AK-47s to murder 10 journalists and 2 police officers, one execution style, then take hostages and kill many of them as well. Fort Hood is a gun free zone by Federal law, but that didn’t stop a wacko jihadist from executing 13 unarmed soldiers and civilians.

History shows that cowardly Islamic jihadists much prefer soft targets that feature unarmed civilians – all of the above incidents plus Mombai, the Westgate Mall in Nigeria, Dijon, and the list runs on and on.

What should we do? Leave town? Cower in our homes? Providentially, the Founding Fathers of the United States of America had a better plan for Americans. It is called the 2nd Amendment in our Bill of Rights. Justice Joseph Story, the youngest Justice ever to serve on the Supreme Court, wrote the definitive commentary on the 2nd Amendment in 1833. The founders weren’t protecting our hunting rights, but our human rights. They determined that the USA would never be a soft target for tyranny or anything else. Note carefully Justice Story’s words:

The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

But, he warns:

There is certainly no small danger, that indifference may lead to disgust, and disgust to contempt; and thus gradually undermine all the protection intended by this clause of our national bill of rights.

Justice Story was clearly a man of great vision and practicality. He foresaw the current liberal drive to gut our Constitution by a thousand small cuts. France has seen this warning come home to roost, as have we as noted above. It will only get worse until we wake up.

The 2nd Amendment provided our original and real homeland security, not a collection of federal bureaucrats. An armed citizenry presents a very hard target for terrorists and predatory criminals. Our founders and wise people today realize that, and support and exercise those rights. Inside a deli, mall or office building, a concealed or open carrying citizen can stop an AK-47 toting Islamist. Citizens with modern sporting rifles like the AR-10 and AR-15 can do even better. We the People have the power, given by our heavenly Father and recognized and codified by the Founding Fathers.

Now, anti-liberty liberals like Bloomberg, Feinstein, Obama, Biden, etc., want to strip us of our ability to defend against terrorism, tyranny, and violent criminal predators. The U.N. even wrote a treaty to disarm citizens worldwide. They all use cleverly crafted lies, half-truths, and emotional arguments. But the truth is far greater. A super 30-minute summary of the facts is available in a 32-minute film that documents the importance and effectiveness of the 2nd Amendment, DISARMED: A History of Gun Control:

Chuck Woolery makes a great defense for modern sporting arms and their purpose:

Do ya really think that violent criminals and Islamic jihadist terrorists will obey the law? Their entire existence is based on BREAKING laws.

Wake up and arm up, America! The barbarians are not at the gates, they are inside the gates and seeking soft targets. Don’t be one.

HT: Patriot Post

HT: Patriot Post

Posted by: reformedmusings | December 27, 2014

Douglas Bond hit it out of the park in Grace Works!

Bottom line up front: Take a little of your Christmas cash and buy this book, then read it cover to cover. The gospel is under attack on many fronts, even from those with advanced degrees who claim to be Reformed. Mr. Bond sets record straight in the modern battle over the gospel of grace.

I have to admit my skepticism when I first received a copy of Douglas Bond‘s Grace Works! (And Ways We Think It Doesn’t). In this day and age, we see the free use of euphemisms like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which is anything but democratic or accountable to the people. The history of the Church records power and sovereignty of God in preserving Christ’s bride, but it also contains the record of heretics and their heresies that claimed to be true to the Scriptures whilst gutting the gospel of grace.

Douglas Bond’s book, though, remains true to its title and will prove to be a great blessing to the modern Reformed church if widely read. Mr. Bond serves as a ruling elder (RE) in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and writes as one with first-hand experience with the errors that he corrects in his book. Given the presbytery in which he serves, I have no doubt of what he sees on a regular basis. Overall, RE Bond displays an excellent knowledge of both church history and current controversies over the gospel.

Grace Works! provides an easy read. RE Bond broke the book into seven parts, each with several short chapters that end with discussion questions. Thus, the book would make an excellent Sunday school or small group resource. RE Bond wrote Grace Works! for real people in real pews, easily digestible yet powerful in its defense of the gospel of grace. You won’t find any clever, human “cutting-edge” theology here, just the matchless gospel of Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

RE Bond starts the book by appealing to history to show that any church can lose the gospel, and very quickly. He cites Calvin and Screwtape, C.S. Lewis’ demon from The Screwtape Letters, to illustrate Satan’s scheme for undermining the gospel down through the ages and even today. The strategy never changes because people never change. RE Bond doesn’t speculate or pontificate, he cites specific examples from church history of the slide into apostasy, of which there are no shortages. The worst of it lies in the fact that when a denomination slides into apostasy, it puts the orthodox on trial, not the heretics.

RE Bond hits the nail on the head on page 30 early in the book:

In our hatred of strife and controversy and in our love of peace and unity, we Christians sometimes play the ostrich. We hope controversy and gospel attack will just go away; we bury our heads in the sand and pretend that it won’t happen to us.

Those of us in the PCA have seen this time and again. I saw a popular teaching elder who started a secret political party in the PCA turn around and publicly declare as “cowards” 29 ordained church officers who together took a public stand against serious gospel error. The sizeable audience apparently missed the blatant hypocrisy displayed, but then it wouldn’t be polite to question a popular teaching elder, would it? The orthodox make easy targets because they just won’t change or compromise the gospel of Christ. How intolerant are the orthodox!

RE Bond goes on to lay the groundwork by clearly explaining the gospel from Scripture and the Reformed confessions. The gospel presents the matchless grace of God freely given to all those who will trust in Christ alone for their salvation. Salvation by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone – how simple! Yet, sinful human beings prefer to obtain their salvation the way Smith Barney claimed they made their money, the old fashioned way – by earning it.

Then in creeps the mixing of works into justification, replacing  or “augmenting” grace with some form of legalism. RE Bond does a great job of tackling the errors and consequences of legalism. He adroitly covers the order of salvation (ordo salutis), the confusing of justification and sanctification, the Scriptural use of law and gospel, the proper place of faith and works, and the correct rules for Biblical interpretation – the analogy of faith.

In Part 6 of Grace Works!, RE Bond then deals with current errors creeping into the conservative Reformed denominations, including the mythical “objective covenant”, confusion on the sacraments, and final justification. He does so without naming names, although anyone who has been paying attention to the last 20 years or so can easily fill in the blanks. RE Bond clearly demonstrates the corrosiveness of those who take an oath that the Confessions contain the doctrines taught in Holy Scripture, yet write and teach against those same Confessions and doctrines. He also cautions against the “fine print,” where officers espouse orthodoxy but then caveat with fine print that guts the orthodox statement. I’ve seen this myself during Internet debates and even in church trials. As RE Bond quotes from various sources on page 222:

The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away.

RE Bond encourages us, citing the apostle Paul, to be Bereans. Don’t accept the clever words or “cutting-edge” theology of PhD holding teaching elders at face value. Dig into the Scriptures and the Confessions to see if they are right. Paul commands us to do no less. We’ve seen several prominent examples in the PCA of officers denying errors at trial that they later lead and teach openly in seminary-like settings after their acquittal. The Enemy stands proud of such tolerance.

Grace Works! closes by encouraging readers to catechize their children, to actively teach them what Scripture teaches about the gospel of grace. If we don’t, apostasy is just a generation away. RE Bond lastly encourages us to stand in unity on the gospel and the law of Christ, the means of grace rightly understood and administered, and in our Reformed Confessions without small-print caveats. Only then will our denominations remain orthodox for the next generation and those to come.

Your church officers need to read Grace Works! Your congregation needs to read it. And not just read it, but stand for the gospel of grace and teach it to your congregations, your children, and you children’s children.

Full disclosure: I received a courtesy copy of this book from P&R for review.

 

Posted by: reformedmusings | November 16, 2014

Android Lollipop theme on CyanogenMod 11.0 M12

So, Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP code has been released. The CyanogenMod development teams are building off of that code to make CM 12.0, but that process will take a few months. So, what’s a body to do in the meantime? After all, deferred gratification is the insidious crippler of youth.

Well, CM 11.0 M12 is current as of this post. I was looking for something else on the Google Play Store and found the free IdeaL Lollipop Theme. Very cool!

I installed the theme in M12, went into System settings -> Themes -> Theme packs, selected Lollipop and then the items that I wanted to use from it, then rebooted per the instructions. It worked like a charm.

So, I’m not running Lollipop but my GS3 looks like it. I’m not sure how thrilled I am with the whole Material Design look, but I’m getting used to it. The system font is nice, but a tad smaller than the KitKat default. The icons are OK. Some of the animations seem gratuitous, like the mini-swipe across a soft button when tapping it. The overall look seems “flatter” than KitKat, but that’s just my first impression.

So, if you want an early Lollipop look, try IdeaL’s theme. So far, no issues.

 

Posted by: reformedmusings | November 16, 2014

Recovering GPS function in CyanogenMod 11.0

Somewhere in the nightly production, GPS was broken at least on the d2lte builds, and likely on many others. I didn’t discover this until I was on the road and actually needed the GPS. Navigating off of Google Maps on a 5″ screen while driving isn’t much fun. When I returned, I found that the fix wasn’t obvious or easy, so I thought that I’d offer it here.

My fix process was to do a factory wipe in CWM Recovery, then flash M10 and the appropriate gapps, reboot, then flash the 10/4/2014 nightly. After that, GPS worked fine.

Later, I updated to M11 after another factory wipe. I had to wipe because the 10/4/2014 build was after the source date for M11 and that invites problems. I did flash M12 dirty over M11 last week and all still works fine.

Later nightlies may have addressed the GPS issue – I don’t know. Perhaps a clean install now of M11 or M12 would work. All I can say about that is that I didn’t lose GPS functions with either of those updates.

Overall, M12 seems to be very stable – better even than M11.

Posted by: reformedmusings | November 13, 2014

Another example of why Apple is evil

Own a Mac with a non-Apple boot SSD? Then you’d better read this article over on ZDNet. Yosemite disables the TRIM driver that enabled you to boot from your third-party SSD. If you “upgrade” to Yosemite, you brick your Mac. Nice, huh? See this link for a work-around.

Why is this? Apple is again using the security card to limit your hardware choices to their own products. Apple has been doing this since its inception, even using custom connectors and changing them with every new hardware device. Apple wants to own you in every sense of the term.

That’s why I steer clear of iJunk. With Open Source, I can use whatever hardware I desire, and Linux supports a host of hardware devices. I, in fact, boot from an SSD with no problems. I can have an SSD of any size or manufacture. I don’t have to worry about Linux suddenly writing my SSD out of use and bricking my PC. Let that be a lesson to the Gucci iWorld with more money than sense.

Posted by: reformedmusings | November 2, 2014

Media, officials downplay Oklahoma Islamic beheading

Here’s what the lame-stream media wouldn’t tell you:

Be ready for these lone-wolf barbarians. Stay armed and safe!

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