Since you’re deleting Facebook, get rid of Uber too.

I saw this article on the NY Times, which I agree with wholeheartedly.

I have seen the traffic in Washington DC turn from manageable to atrocious since Uber came on the scene.  There is now an extra rush hour after rush hour.  From 9-10am you have all the Uber drivers that took people to work - now going home.  So even if you try to have a staggered starting schedule and drive against the commute, you are stuck in a quagmire of grumpy, underpaid Uber drivers trying to get home or to their other job as fast as possible after dragging strangers around in their cars.

I've never ridden Uber, and I plan to keep that streak going forever.  I had a feeling their pricing was too good to be true.  It turns out they taking a loss on every ride to increase market share.  They pay for this behavior with venture capital.  Oh, and they also keep rates down by paying drivers less than minimum wage.  The investors are culpable here.  There is no way they don't see this anti-competitive, predatory behavior.  It's probably exactly why they keep dumping money in the fire - hoping to create a monopoly that they have a decent chunk of ownership in.

From the article:

The problem was, and still is, Uber’s business model: Its modus operandi is to subsidize fares and flood streets with its cars to achieve a transportation monopoly. In city after city, this has led to huge increases in traffic congestion, increased carbon emissions and the undermining of public transportation.

So, I'm not imagining the detrimental effects Uber has in my community.

Also, I thought "don't get into a car with a stranger" was a thing kids were taught.  Why do I see teenagers hopping in beat-up old Toyotas with people they've never met just because their cell phone says it's ok?

Old Mac Pro SSD Raid

I think I want to try THIS.

Yet another great post from Low End Mac.

I don’t see myself going with 4 SSDs in a RAID 0, but 2 SSDs in that configuration is nearly as fast.  Now I have to figure out how to set it up… since El Capitan doesn’t have RAID support in its disk utility, I’ll have to go command-line or else maybe boot into Lion and setup the RAID there.  We shall see…

I love Craigslist

I love Craigslist

Almost one year ago (April 1 2017), I responded to a Craigslist ad for a free Mac Pro.  It turned out to be a first-generation Mac Pro from 2006.  It didn’t have a hard drive in it either, although it did have 8GB of RAM and a few random video cards loose in the case.

You might underestimate a 12-year old free computer though.  I plan to write a few posts about the computer and how I’ve updated its software and hardware, still with no cost.  I don’t think I ever got the name of the man who gave me this computer, but I am very grateful that you gave me this useful piece of technology!

By the way, I’m typing this post on that computer right now.