To get it, all you need to do is go to this link, agree to the TOC, and download the program. When you are installing it, you will need a key to unlock the software and that is GEPFREE. A few minutes later and you will have your feature rich professional version of Google Earth running on your computer.
So what does this get you? It goes a slightly higher resolution, where available, as best as I can tell. That is the one perk that is almost worth while. The other perks that it includes is things like estimated measurements and distances around various objects that you can find on the map. Those are fun things to play around with, but short of actually needing that in a professional way, it is really not that beneficial.
Anyway, for what is play around and have fun with it.]]>
On to the comments, found within the article that a friend shared with me via Facebook… It was not clear to me to in general what ratio the comments come in, but it is clear to me that Vermont is a rival to our own commonwealth (Kentucky) in the uneducated department.
The general tone of the comments that were presented in the article were that people did not want any Mexican, Central or South American mottos for the state as that state, in general is American – and we only need an American motto there. As if that was not enough, read through the comments. The general lack of a firm grasp of English (not American mind you) by most of the commentors was just appalling and certainly put them in contention with the most backward speaking places in Kentucky.
** – Image of the Seal of the United States.]]>
First, let me state, that I am happy about the outcome. As most folks know, I lean toward being a New England and Tom/Bill fan. I did not think they were going to the win after the big pass play with Lynch put the ball into a scoring position.
A play or two later and they have the ball on the one yard line and plenty of time for a couple of tries. And what the heck was the Seattle staff thinking when they ran a pass play instead of running Lynch, who had picked at least 2 yards on every play he ran. There are so many comments and such about this out there that I don’t think I need to go further.
On to the commercials, which since Kansas City and Green Bay were both not in the game, was the only reason my wife watched the big game. I personally thought the commercials this time were a little down from years past. And when I say down I am talking about the impact and overall wow factor, though it would be easy to get confused into thinking I was meaning emotionally.
Come on, we don’t need every other spot to be pulling us down like they did this year. I think a few of those downer commercials even went over the line given the potential youngsters view the game with the family.
A final note about the commercials and the lack of impact. The couple of commercials that I thought were pretty good and maybe, just maybe, worth the while of seeing… Well, I had already seen those on the internet in the days leading up to the game. That was historically part of the draw to the big games commercials, but clearly the marketing departments have lost touch with that. The having viewed most of them before the big game is probably a major factor in the feeling of lackluster impact.
** – Image from Wiki, but I assume the got it from the NFL?]]>
Yes, I did just post a white box above as the photo to make a point. Things that match just seem to disappear. I am not sure why in today’s world anyone would still be doing web things using very light-colored fonts on very light-colored backgrounds or vice-versa with the background and font both of dark shades.
I am even more confused why on live television broadcasts that have hosts and such in white attire in front of a white back ground. The particular case that was so incredible from sometime over the last couple of days, the person looked like a disembodied head and pair of hands. I am not sure why this was allowed past wardrobe and such, as this particular case actually had a backdrop in place that the broadcast crew was in front of.]]>
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.
** – Image from helpmystyle.ie.]]>
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.
** – Image is from Yahoo.com.]]>
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!]]>