What has brought this up? A week or two ago, a couple of teams in California played a basketball game. The score at the end of the game was a very lopsided affair, like 160-2. A bit more background, the dominate team was 1st or 2nd in the state, the loser was among the bottom ranked state teams. The coaches had agreed that the first half was going to be a full on game, as the dominate team had stiff competition coming up and need to run the offence in a real situation. The second half was all second string and still scored over 60 points. The net result – the coach of the winning team was suspended for two upcoming games.
Look folks, life is a going to have wins and subsequently it is going to have losers. If you don’t like that idea, than I would suggest that you abandon America all together and pursue a life in some communist state – after all that is kind of the philosophy of communism.
I personally believe that we just coddle our kids way to much these days. We want to protect them from everything and make them have few obstacles. And we certainly want them to win everything they attempt, deserving or not.
It does them a disservice in life though to do this. They then expect life to be that way. And it goes so far that they expect to start the first job in the corner window office with totally unrealistic compensation packages instead of working they way up at least a few years and proving themselves.
Let you kids fall and fail on occasion. I can assure you that they will learn a lot more from an occasional failure then winning everything.
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If you keeping track of things, yes, the number system for the version is all wonky. Way back when we had Windows 1.x, and 2.x, and 3.x – which lived a long while before being replaced with Windows 95. After that we switched letters, included the Windows ME and XP (oh and I forgot Vista, which is what everyone wants to do anyway). We have gone back to numbers, with Windows 7. And while you didn’t miss much if you didn’t get it (in my opinion, unless you got a new touch screen computer) we had Windows 8.x. And now, you didn’t miss it – there is apparently not a Windows 9.x nor any letters. We are just simply skipping ahead to Windows 10.x.
The biggest things I have heard about with this OS is the return of a start menu and such, at least as easy option to fully turn that on – which for business users was at least one major downside to Windows 8.0. (That fact also turned off a lot of consumers as well).
The other major new feature that I have heard about is the inclusion of the Spartan based browser. From what I have heard, it is not as fat as IE (which means it should perform better) and has grouping of tabs. That actually sounds pretty good, but still not likely enough to convince me to jump over to it.
Lastly, and this likely not going to be mentioned much, if at all today, it has a lot of backend administrative type of tools that are new or enhanced. This should make live easier the enterprise user, once we decide to trust it at that level. And given track record of adoption of about every other version, Windows 10 has a shot.
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Looking a bit further though, the headline seems to have been at least a little sensational and maybe one would say even misleading. The actual ‘bridge’ collapse was an overpass that is a part of an exit or entrance ramp. And while truly bad, especially for the truck driver that hit and the construction worker that was killed, it was not nearly as bad as the headline suggested, at least to me.
The actual fact of the matter is the collapse of the overpass was planned, just not at the moment that it occurred. It was not clear if it was to come down overnight or sometime later this week, but it was coming down as part of ongoing construction in that general area. It just came down in an accident before it was planned. My guess is that the demolition process had started and caused instability at that point.
Regardless horrible for the construction worker and his family, but not nearly as bad as it seemed from the headline.]]>
Basically his primary crime was to voice an opinion about having more freedoms in Saudi Arabi. His opinion suggested that both the regime and the Islamic religion were to rigid and need to be more open-minded. He was first charged with a high crime against Islam and that would have carried a death penalty, but the courts dismissed that initial complaint.
The surprising thing, the lack of action from any European country or the US, or really even the UN in regards to this action. All of the above do not approve of such kind of brutal punishments but because of the lucrative trade of oil and the seemingly stable relationship, no one will say anything but a muted we disapprove.
Glad that I live in America where I am relatively at ease to say what I want when I want to say it without fear of such harsh tactics to silence any dissent.]]>
Let me first say that I completely understand that Mephistos.com is not going to be one of those kind of blogs unless I change it a lot. The most important thing is that it has to have a very precise focus. That is not my enjoyment of this blog and I don’t think it will be its intent anytime in the future. I do understand that knocks it out contention for the big potential earnings (though there was a time a few years back when I was hitting very near 3 figures a month – ).
That is why I have the other blogs that I am working (at least in theory) up behind the scenes. I see the things some folks are doing and I am nearly awestruck, but more importantly inspired. Now, I am not sure anything that I feel passionate enough to blog about will ever turn into 4 figures, but those particular passions would move further along if they could inspire mid-to-high 3 figures a month.
Buckle down and get busy is what I have to do. And to all those that share the income reports and especially the how’s and why’s of it be done, we salute and thank you!]]>
So to explain, the UK Wildcats basketball team are currently ranked number 1, expected to win the NCAA tournament and maybe even run the table on the season with no losses. They were romping top 25 teams in the preseason for the most part, but the first two games in the conference (where they were not supposed to have competition) went into overtime with tie at the end of regulation. This was mostly because they were not play with the intensity and energy they had in previous games. Last night, they got their mojo back and had a statement win.
After some thought, I feel like I really need to do that in a big way with my blogging plans. I am curious though, just what do you other bloggers do to get that going for you? I know what I can do for one or two blog posts, but that doesn’t translate to a volume of work for a few blogs over time and the support things that are involved with the project. What do you do?
** – Image from BleacherReport.com.
So when you get right down to it the same protections that are offered under French law that allow such a satirical magazine to not only exist, but to flourish are similar to our 1st amendment here in the USA. That is what allows me, despite not being to the same level, to have this blog and say what I want, about who I want, when I want to say.
When you get right down to it, that is the opposite of what the hardcore fundamentalists that push for jihad (on the Muslim side of things least-way) want. They want a society that is under their control from top to bottom. And apparently, like so many others, twist a religious belief, despite what it actually says in doctrine, to suit their own agenda.
Long live the revolution!
Let freedom ring!
Je suis Charlie!
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edX.org is a site I have used for a little bit and I can highly recommend it to everyone, especially those in the technology fields. How does it work? Basically, as I understand, big colleges and universities offer some classes on the site – along with a few other educational types of places. Most all classes are offered with a small fee, which will lead to a certificate of completion in most cases, or as an audit for free.
Like I said, unless you specifically need to show you have completed the course, audit them – as many as you wish from what I can tell.
Course range the gambit, but do tend to focus on the technology sciences more. I have seen course ranging from nutrition to psychology, with leadership and of course all manner of programming and such in between. And these are legit university level course in a cases – including such esteemed halls as Havard and MIT for example.
I personally recommend the Intro to Linux class, offered by the Linux Foundation – even if you have been using Linux for years. I assure you that you will pick a few things up out of the class with just the audit option.
** – Image is from edX for the Intro to Linux course.]]>
This was a joint venture computer between Timex and Sinclair (a British based firm). The base computer what a whopping 2K of memory – that was shared between both ROM and RAM mind you. It had a Zilog Z80A processor running at a whopping 3.25 MHz. The system, new in 1982 when I got it was under a $100, at $99.
It was limited, as the only storage was a cassette drive. It also had a limited graphics set that was not ASCII based. And the O/S was some hybrid BASIC, in which you could also program the system. I learned a LOT of my initial programming skills with that little system and the membrane keyboard that you could shift and such to get the BASIC commands, especially after I added the 16K memory expansion module.
Compare that just briefly to my phone which comes with a stock 16GB of internal RAM, ability to handle a 128GB SD card. Has a full color screen, with awesome graphics and is a touch screen interface (that is, I suppose somewhat similar to the membrane keyboard). In addition, it has wi-fi, bluetooth, data connection over the LTE based Sprint network, and a built-in front and rear facing camera. We have come a long way in a little over 30 years.
Wonder what a TS1000 goes for these days? On eBay a low of $5, but highs as much as $99, the average, around $49. Guess when you start really low it is easier to hold your value!
** – Image is from Wikipedia.com.]]>