Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Age of Political Correctness

Back in 2009 I wrote "Damned if you do and damned if you don't." These days people talk big about inclusion but it seems to me that it is a one way sort of inclusion.

I was correct. 

Original computer

I still have my first computer, the Compaq Portable, and numerous of its 5 1/4" floppies. It looks like a portable sewing machine and weighs 25+ pounds. Don't tell the folks with Clean House for they would probably have it in a yard sale since I no longer use it. It is such a reminder of how far personal computing has come. One program I remember working in a great deal was Lotus 123. I have loved computers since that day.

I had a difficult time transitioning from DOS to Windows, believe it or not. I was so accustomed to having such great control with DOS that the ease of Windows was scary. It almost felt like I was working on an Apple or Mac.

Is Twitter Relevant?

Looking back and I found this post draft...  Twitter has become a political views platform (2016-2018). There are many "bots" or people who are paid to tweet ugly and they do. It will be most interesting to see how social media evolves over the next decade.

"I do not think of myself as being ahead of the curve when it comes to technology any longer. I probably should however, as I scour the internet I find many technology niche experts. It makes me realize how vast this industry has become and how little I know.

Years ago I had a young engineering college student work for me, Chad Waldrop. I thought he was outstanding, brilliant. His interest at the time was the micro end of computing and he went to work for Texas Instruments.

Applications abound. Twitter is texting. With it you decide who you will follow and they, in turn, get to decide if they want to follow you. You can pop in to check it anytime you wish and, unlike email, you don't have to delete all of the posts you don't want to read. You can just read the current ones or ones from someone you want to know about. It reminds me of abbreviated email or blogs. You can always link them to your site for further discussion.

But what if you want to promote a service to those out and about your area? Twitter will not be your resource for this.

Today, Google announced Google Wave, their vision of the future of email. I appreciate things being done in "real time" but mistakes are easily made doing things on the fly. Today's ability for things (video or text) to go viral has become a mainstay. You have to know where to check facts (not Wikipedia please) and do your due diligence. Like with following too many people on Twitter, the Google Wave looks like a cluster. Google has many creative people and by the time I ever use it or something like it I am sure the "on/off" switches will all be in place."

Friday, May 29, 2009

Everio HD camera looks great!

Every so often an opportunity to checkout something I would actually like to use/have. Today, from a recommendation at Potamus Prefers I learned about a contest JVC is having for the Everio. I chose the GZ-HD 300R camcorder. It is amazingly light and shoots and plays in high definition. That is outstanding. I have just found another site with a similar sweepstakes which is called Lizzy Dear's Life Reviews. This camera looks like a real "sweet thang."


* KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS (F1.9, Filter diameter: 30.5mm)
* 60GB Internal Hard Disk Drive
* 25 hours recording at the highest quality (Ultra-DVD Movie)
* Full HD1920 x 1080P Recording
* 1/4.1" 3.05Megapixel CMOS
* 24Mbps Ultra High Quality AVCHD Recording
* Up to 1920 x 1080 Digital Stills
* Up to 9999 digital stills at the highest quality

Easy Operation & Convenience

* New Laser Touch Operation
* Face Detection
* HDMI V.1.3 with x.v.Color
* 2.7" 123K-pixel Color LCDData Battery
* Power-Linked operation with Quick Restart
* Convenient 2-way Strap
* Auto Power ON/OFF & Auto Lens Cover
* Remote Control

Easy Archiving & Sharing

* One Touch Export (Windows)
* One-touch Upload to YouTube (Windows)
* One-Touch Backup to PC (Direct Backup)
* One-Touch DVD Creation (Direct DVD)
* Pixela Everio MediaBrowser (Windows)

Click to Visit

Thursday, May 28, 2009

From Internet to Mobile

Yesterday I was involved in a discussion about the future of what we now call "the internet."

Twenty years ago, the World Wide Web was new. People joined CompuServe and AOL with a unique name* that became their email address even though very few emailed in the early 1990's. Spam was non-existent and internet commerce had not yet begun. Those online at the time visited "meeting rooms" and spoke via chat-rooms. The rooms were organized by interests and ages. That seems a very long time ago. Over the years email became an accepted way to communicate. Now, we use spam filters to ward off pornography and unwanted solicitations. I seem to get a great deal of garbage (90%) and very little value.

We are now transitioning into a mobile society. No longer is it a luxury to own a cell phone, it is an accepted way of life. In fact, many Millennials do not have land (wired) phones where they live. They work off of their cell which brings up yesterday's discussion. What services are a flash in the pan and which will be around years from now? For the short term while everyone does not have mobile internet computing ability (or if they have it the browser speed may be questionable), texting appears to be the answer.

Today's websites and blogs are a bit heavy for our cell phones. One possible direction is the conversion to mobile sites. The only company I happened to have looked at was called Wirenode. I will be playing with my own blog to see if I like it or not. All of those years of inefficient programming are coming back to bite us in the side where the sun doesn't shine. I wonder if new markup will address this?

So, what are the options via texting? Yes, you can text your friends and family easily enough and now keep in touch with their every move via Twitter. There are SMS services available to the public, free or low cost, to answer questions. One that I found is ChaCha (text 242242). You can ask virtually any question and their 60,000+ guides will find the answer for you. Better than that are their "Thumbsavers". For Weather text W, for a phone number text 411, M for Movies, and so on. I'll do a comparison soon.

*Some of the names people ended up with are hilarious. We still have not conquered the name game. I believe on CompuServe I was Mabyn985. I cannot imagine there being that many Mabyn's worldwide!

Written by a Baby Boomer.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Letter Cursing

Letter Cursing - let-ter curs'ing : The act of almost uttering obscenities or profanities by mere use of a letter and imagination. (For example, "F that!" or "What the S?" or "She is a real "B") Origin - The home of Pat and Mabyn Shingleton.

When I grew up, my daddy used to say "Hotdammit" or "Son of a Gun!" on occasion when he was very upset. I had no idea he was substituting words back then. Boy oh boy have things changed. Words we used to not be able to say "in polite company" are now repeatedly spoken on Prime Time on television. We used to yell to our kids to cover their ears fifteen years ago when "bad words" were being spoken on the occasional movies we watched. I wonder what parents do these days!

Then, couple of years ago, my husband started letter cursing. At first he was wide open with the use but that got to be almost as bad as saying the real thing. Cursing is a terrible habit. It puts those around you in a foul mood. There is no real lesson from this is just a little chit chat.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bunkie Byes

You know why I'm going to bed?
Because the bed won't come to me.
Mary Emma Mathews, Yazoo City, MS

Mary Emma Vandavere Mathews was my mother's mother. She was a teacher and lived a couple of miles "as the crow flies" from Yazoo City in the hills. Memories of homemade breakfasts, lunches and dinners sitting in the hot kitchen or around the large round dining room table are seared in my brain. She was a strict disciplinarian and a devout Christian with a loud singing voice. When I think of her singing at Tranquil Methodist Church I think of "Faith of our Fathers." "Gran" was the best and I think about her whenever the above phrase pops into my head.