Archive | February, 2013

And so ends Saturday mail delivery

6 Feb

I saw it coming. Anybody that follows the news and sees trends saw it coming. W are coming to the end of the mail service as we know it. The United States Postal Service killing its Saturday service. After loosing millions and millions of dollars over the past couple of years, they are finally doing something that might actually work. Raising the price of stamps was not going to a sustainable solution and I’m not even sure if anyone thought it was a solution. Email is not going to go away.

The end of Saturday service is a start, I agree, but I don’t think it’s going to change anything. Some people have recommend going to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday rotation. I think that this may be the viable solution that should lead eventually to the dissolution of the USPS. Crazy? Probably. But I don’t see how this branch of the government can be profitable ever again.

One concept that I was playing around with was the centralization of post offices. Instead of driving out to people’s boxes, have them get a po box and come to the office. They don’t have to go ever single day, maybe once a week. I understand that maybe not everybody can travel out and pickup their mail, so maybe they can have someone designated to pickup their mail. This would eliminate the need for a fleet of delivery vehicles and postal carriers. All you would need is people to sort the mail and man the office.

Taking it one step further, why not just do away with USPS all together and go to the private sector. UPS, FEDEX and DHL already delivery various envelops and packages, how would this be any different?

EDIT: Nevermind, too big to fail.

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And the build ends in disappointment

1 Feb

Last time, on my blog, I stated that I was building a computer from the ground up and really looking forward to it. Hate to say it, but in the end, I chickened out. I really didn’t have a good place to work on the build that was either close to water or was all over unfriendly carpet. I caved and took it to Best Buy and had them assemble it. Yeah, I’m a little ashamed of myself, but I am happy with the results. I’m going to try and redeem myself with another, cheaper build in the near future. Maybe some raspberry pi xbmc or Arduino project.

In regards to gaming, I want to recant what I said while working at Best Buy. I said, “Looking at the computer games section versus console games section, it looks like computer gaming is dying.” Man, I was wrong. Steam is where it’s at. Granted, not all games are on Steam, but they can be integrated with it. And with all the sales through Steam, Amazon and Green Man Gaming, PC gaming is definitely alive and well.

While I have fallen back in love with computer gaming, I do notice a couple of flaws with my new preferred platform. First off, games crash; more than they do on a console or read “more than I would like”. Second, I paid ten times the cost of a current generation console. Conversely though, if you don’t like something with a game, there are most likely some really amazing mods out there. The indie scene is flourishing and it’s great fun to hope onto different betas. Oh, and I really don’t miss having to switch disks. I just need to justify my rig. Maybe some design work or programming?