Monday, October 27, 2014

FLORIDA’S LARGEST CREDIT UNION LAUNCHES PAY IT FORWARD DAY

This is a press release I'm running  without preamble or rewriting. They're doing a cool thing!

TAMPA, FLA. (Oct. 27, 2014) – Suncoast Credit Union launched its inaugural Pay It Forward Day on October 18, 2014. This initiative was designed to inspire employees to perform intentional acts of kindness and positively impact the communities where employees live, work and play.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Save 100% With This Simple Shopping Trick!

I was looking at an IT email “bargain-finder” newsletter last week and spotted a fun accessory I might like to have for my tablet. It was on sale for $35.99, which was $34 less than the regular price. There was no way I could afford to pass up that bargain! Or was there? Hmmm… 
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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Impact of the Internet on Society: A Global Perspective

The Internet is the decisive technology of the Information Age, and with the explosion of wireless communication in the early twenty-first century, we can say that humankind is now almost entirely connected, albeit with great levels of inequality in bandwidth, efficiency, and price.

People, companies, and institutions feel the depth of this technological change, but the speed and scope of the transformation has triggered all manner of utopian and dystopian perceptions that, when examined closely through methodologically rigorous empirical research, turn out not to be accurate. For instance, media often report that intense use of the Internet increases the risk of isolation, alienation, and withdrawal from society, but available evidence shows that the Internet neither isolates people nor reduces their sociability; it actually increases sociability, civic engagement, and the intensity of family and friendship relationships, in all cultures.
Read the rest @ MIT Technology Review


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Limiting Your Subscription Services

I have cable TV. I have Chromecast. I have Netflix. I am about to trade cable TV for over-the-air TV and a Tivo subscription. And Amazon Prime. That’s another $99 a year, which is enough that it shouldn’t be forgotten. What else? Phone service. Can’t forget that. My wife has a $25/month Virgin Mobile wireless plan. I have the same one, but it costs $35 because my wife got hers years ago and her low price is grandmothered in. You probably have this many subscriptions yourself — or maybe more. We need to be careful not to go crazy with all these services that look like they only cost a little. It’s easy to let them build up to the point where they cost real money. READ THE REST

Friday, June 20, 2014

Inside the Koch Brothers’ Secret Summit of Billionaires

Nice place, eh? The Koches had a secret meeting there to discuss strategies to screw working Americans and enrich the rich even further. Aren't you sad that you weren't invited? Bet they had lots of top-shelf booze for you to suck down. 


"This is what happens when Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, Tom Cotton, Cory Gardner and a gang of the world’s richest people meet behind closed doors," says this article at The Nation. Read it and weep, friends.... 

Friday, June 13, 2014

First Florida Medical Marijuana Necessity Trial To Go to a Jury Begins Monday June 16th at Broward County Courthouse



WHO:      Defendant Jesse Teplicki and his Attorney Michael C. Minardi

WHAT:    The launch of the first medical marijuana necessity trial to go before a jury in the State of Florida.

WHERE:  Broward County Courthouse, Courtroom 4870 (Judge Rothschild) 496 SW 3rd Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale FL, 33315

WHEN:    Monday June 16th, 2014 at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Standard Time

WHY:      The facts of this historic case are emblematic of the need for medical marijuana reform in Florida. This is an important and timely issue as citizens debate the upcoming vote on Amendment 2, which would allow for the medical use of marijuana in the State.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A permanent solution to homelessness and welfare

This is an artist's rendering of a small "park" full of tiny, very cheap dwelling units. The article it illustrates is headlined, Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On. I've long believed that we need to put up "camps" like these outside of cities, but with bus service several times a day into the city for residents who work or are seeking work -- or are going to school. My thought is that anyone gets to live here as long as they don't impinge on other residents.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Operating Systems Get Less Important Every Day

Last month I posted this article: Cross-Platform Applications Save Time, Therefore Money. This month, let’s ask a related question: “If we use the same programs in all the operating systems we own, does it still matter which operating system we use?” My answer: “Your operating system choice matters less every day.”

I’ve read article after article that said you needed Windows if you wanted to run Microsoft Office. This is no longer true. Microsoft now touts “Office when and where you need it” via Office.com, which I’ve tested successfully in Chrome and Firefox browsers, in Linux, Windows, Android, and Mac. So if I ever decide to stop using Google OfficeOpenOffice or LibreOffice, it won’t be a major task for me to switch to Microsoft Office. It won’t even be expensive: Microsoft Office online costs nothing. That’s right. It’s as free as Google Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice for individual users. 

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Sad Tale of San Francisco Then and Now

Many years ago friends and I liked to go to a place called Hamburger Mary's on Folsom St., which had bikers, drag queens, sissy boys, and all the other assorted life forms who wanted a burger after the bars closed. 

Many years later I was in San Francisco for a LinuxWorld (computer conference) and noticed that Hamburger Mary's was still there. So I went in, sat dow, ordered a burger. Same as I remembered. Good sourdough bread (you could request your bread), a thin slice of tasty cheese, natural-tasting lettuce, a half-handful of sprouts. As California as a burger could be, EXCEPT... I looked around me and saw none of the kinds of people who used to make the city (and Hamburger Mary's) interesting. The damn place was full of tech-type yuppies carrying laptops and cell phones & paying for their food with corporate credit cards. In despair, I called my friend/coworker Rod Amis, another refugee from Baghdad by the Bay, and told him what was going on. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Fighting the War on Christmas


Fighting the War on Christmas
(Alexandra Petri/The Washington Post)

(Alexandra Petri/The Washington Post)

If there’s a War on Christmas, Christmas is winning. I’ve touched on this before. Insofar as there is a war, it’s not on Christmas. It’s by Christmas on everything else. Poor Thanksgiving has been run over roughshod. Now even Wal-Mart employees are being fed dinner and obliged to stay at work for that day, otherwise known as Black Friday Eve.
That’s why I am a vigilante.
I am a rogue. I am a bandit. I am a Thanksgiving Warrior.