Archive for April, 2007

Published by Derek Moore on 18 Apr 2007

“I am a Hokie”

I think we all are…

In the wake of all the Virginia Tech stuff, several things stick out in my mind. First, it wasn’t that long ago that I was in a classroom just like those kids. I spent the last two years of college pretty much in one building, the computer science building at UNCC. It looked almost exactly like Norris Hall, except for one big difference: small windows. The one thing those kids in Norris had going for them was large, open windows that allowed many to jump to safety.

Second, several groups have wanted to disavow Cho (for obvious reasons) to avoid a backlash. For instance, Korea said today that it expressed regret, and hoped it wouldn’t strain relations with the U.S. Obviously, just because this kid was Korean doesn’t mean all of Korea should be blamed. Eric Rudolph, the Olympic bomber, was from North Carolina. But, no one obviously blamed me and the entire state of NC for that wacko. So anyone who blames all Koreans, just because that Cho kid went off his nut, clearly lacks gray matter.

And finally, events like this will obviously stir up a political firestorm. And one storm that should be stirred up is the issue of gun control. I’ve never owned a gun, but I’ve never given it much thought, either. To each his own. But the ease by which this kid and many like him can get guns is astonishing.

Some argue that the solution is to put more guns out there, so people can defend themselves. This is flawed logic. Lets say we create 100,000 more gun owners. And say .01% of them are psychopaths like this who pass background checks. That’s 10 additional psychopathic gun-owners that we didn’t have before. I have no doubt that if some of those students or faculty in that building were packin’, perhaps only a few people would’ve died before someone had killed Cho. And we’d also have 100 more incidents of shootings just like it around the country.

I’ve never been pro or con either way, but now I’m convinced… It’s time to repeal the Second Amendment.

Published by Derek Moore on 03 Apr 2007

Deals of the Week - April 3, 2007

A day late and a dollar short…


  • Acer 19″ Widescreen LCD monitor - $150 (200 - 50 MIR).  Nice price for a 19″ widescreen with a low 5ms response time and a DVI input.  Only downside? Acer can be a bit of a cheap brand.  Take a look before you buy.
  • Logitech EX110 wireless keyboard/mouse - $20 (30 - 10 MIR).  A perfectly good keyboard for mom or dad.  But watch out.  I got one of these for my mom a couple weeks ago, and it didn’t have a wrist rest, despite the clearly cut-and-pasted one in the ad.

That’s it.  The ads are really paltry this time of year.  Try NewEgg if you want some actual deals.