Beginning to hate computer recording

I had a P4 laptop with 750ish meg of ram, a 30gb hd, running Windows 2000, then XP.
I was using Cubase LE 1.1 and everything was fine. It never glitched while recording or during playback and it handled my largest project without issue, seven minutes of seventeen live audio tracks recorded to a click with programmed tempo changes.
I had fades, EQ and FX applied.
It never once complained until the laptop itself failed.

So now I’m using a one-year-old laptop, Pentium B940, 640GB HD, 4GB ram, Win 7 and Cubase Elements 6.
It will not record a single live track without the latency becoming painfully obvious before the end of the third bar, drifting ever further out of time the longer the recording.

I want to hurl all my hardware, laptop, soundcard, speakers, keyboard, mouse, into a skip and go back to using two stereo cassette decks.

Seriously, making music should not be this difficult.

US creates “shadow” networks for dissidents and revolutionaries

In one of the most ambitious developments, the State Department and Pentagon spent at least $50 million on the creation of an alternative cellphone network in Afghanistan to prevent the Taliban from shutting down mobile connections in the country.

To accomplish this, cellphone towers have reportedly been installed at protected military bases across the country.

The independent network allows cellphone users to communicate when local Afghani networks are shut by the Taliban. The disruptions typically occur between 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., so that the Taliban can conduct their operations unreported to security forces.

via rt.com

In times that include the Patriot Act and Echelon routinely monitoring domestic email and telephone communications, times that see Homeland Security agents interviewing school-children for allegedly making terrorist and/or seditious remarks in class after being reported for same by their teachers, times that see global airline passengers routinely strip-searched and subjected to pointless and invasive body scans, the United States is encouraging foreign citizens to communicate outside their own countries’ infrastructure and legislation.
I have to wonder if this is an opt-out of totalitarianism or a defacto opt-in to US Secret Service’s information gathering network, feeding the beautifully poetic fear of terrorism and justification for further military intervention.

Please juxtapose the linked article with the following two pieces, the first a news report, the second an editorial piece:

http://americathegrimtruth.wordpress.com/2010/04/05/america-the-grim-truth/

From the recent archives…

First read this:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11659122
A man is accused of flashing at a 15 year old in a clothes shop.  He was denied bail.

Now read this:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11658279
A man is charged with raping a woman twice.  He is granted bail.

So much is badly wrong with our justice system.

From the recent archives…

First read this:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11659122
A man is accused of flashing at a 15 year old in a clothes shop.  He was denied bail.

Now read this:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-11658279
A man is charged with raping a woman twice.  He is granted bail.

So much is badly wrong with our justice system.