In my day job I do a lot of network tracing to understand packet flow. As it turns out, the tool I needed only works on Windows XP, and all of my systems are running Vista or Win7. But this is no problem for me â€“ the OSes are basically the same. So, I downloaded a copy of XP from my MSDN license, and within a few minutes I was installing it again. How nostalgic!
Two hours later, my shiny, new Windows XP was rearing to go. And bundled for free was a brand new copy of Internet Explorer 6 â€“ arguably the most despised web browser of web developers everywhere. Sure, itâ€™s 10 years old, but thousands of users (like me!) upgrade to it every day (it is the worldâ€™s most popular operating system, you know).
Itâ€™s no secret that Iâ€™m not a fan of unions. But Iâ€™m even less of a fan of public-sector unions for two reasons:
- As a taxpayer, Iâ€™m on the hook for the bill.
- Politicians simply canâ€™t resist giving unions money in exchange for votes.
I apologize to the firefighters, police officers, and teachers. Your jobs are extremely important. But we canâ€™t afford your unions, and we need your help to bust them apart. Unions are the same cancer which bankrupted Americaâ€™s once-largest-company, General Motors. Why do we let this cancer invade our state? (Oh yeah, Jerry Brown did it â€“ so donâ€™t vote for him now)
Shedlock puts it well:
In the case of public unions, if politicians strike a bad deal, taxpayers foot the bill. In the case of private corporations, if management strikes a bad deal, the company goes bankrupt, shareholders take a hit, or the jobs move elsewhere, as soon as the contract is up.
If you arenâ€™t convinced, here are some articles to read:
Hereâ€™s The Real Problem With Labor Unions
The Beholden State
Public-sector unions bankrupting America
Chrome turns 2 today. Consequent with the birthday, Chrome 6 shipped today as well.
Thatâ€™s 6 stable releases in 2 years. Not too bad.
I canâ€™t believe Iâ€™ve been working on this project for 4 years now. Itâ€™s entirely too fun.