Archive for October, 2011


We Still Have Money to Buy These Things?

A huge blanket statement right?   A sweeping generalization?  Well I don’t have time to go over specifics or this post would be longer than 500 words.  And we don’t have time for that!

The late, great George Carlin said it best; “Spending money you don’t have on things, you don’t need.”   This is the greatest clip on any subject I have ever seen.

Is there a need to always have the latest gadgets?  This is not a competition.  Contrary to what we have been told, life is not meant to be a battle or divide amongst each other.  The rat race is exactly that.  A race that was created by a group of people to control us and keep the status quo.  It’s who has the biggest this and biggest that.   If you choose to live within that matrix, then you have plenty of company.

With the economy the way it is,  people still tend to be buying the latest technology at a rapid pace.   What recession?  Ahem.

If you choose to follow your own path, it may be lonely.   That’s the point: it’s your own path!  But that is where you attract others like you.  It does happen.  I struggle with it to this day.   I know I am better than this and most people are.

The contests for who has the best Smartphone, iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry is more prevalent than you notice.  It’s become second-nature to ask, “What kind of phone is that?”  We were not asking these questions until very recently.   Now it’s very subconscious (or not) but there is a competition to have the biggest, baddest, most expensive. most exclusive hand-held technology there is.

What is the point?  When does it stop?  Does having all this “stuff” make you happy?  Do you feel incomplete without it?

Now I understand that many of these devices have made things more convenient.  As we expand and evolve, do we reach a zenith?   Have we already?  When does the conveniences and competition, become an inconvenience.   (If that hasn’t happened already).

Remember: This stuff is supposed to help us and make us feel good.   Along with everything else, if it becomes a nuisance or burden, it’s time to take a break.

The sad part is, a lot of the these companies are quick to make new devices, with heavier upgrades, that quickly make your previous phone become obsolete.  It’s superficial and from within.   You need to get the newest item so you can quickly get to 4G, 5G, whatever.  Those precious few seconds of Internet loading time are too much.  You can’t wait anymore.   You become impatient, it becomes addicting, it’s narcotic-like.

I am projecting because I was like this at one point.   But I understand that I only need the basics and want to simplest way to get there.  If I need a Smartphone or iPhone to do it than ok.   But I am not in a race.  I retired.  No more.   I just want peace and to be happy.   And I really think that is why these toys were made in the first place.   Hopefully.

I will have a multitude of things to say about this at a later time.  Thank you.

Your #1 Star – Twitter?

For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of professional wrestling.   When I was little, I equally watched the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) now known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), along with a slew of other wrestling companies.  There were the guys I worshiped and the guys I loathed.   For a short time, I did believe it was real.  Then I woke up.  For the past 20 years, I have become a fan of the inside of the business.  (real names, salaries, backstage politics, advanced storylines,, etc.)  And I have seen the ups and downs.   If you want me to talk about wrestling, I will do that another time.  But  this has to do with the recent company’s interest and now obsession with Twitter.

I am already perturbed with the term ‘Social Media’, but it’s hear to stay.   But the WWE felt it was necessary to join in the frenzy.  And if it’s good for business then more to them.   It has worked in small doses.  After pay-per-views or during Monday Night Raw and Smackdown; they promote topics, wrestler names, or other items that are trending topics on Twitter.   A decent amount of wrestlers in the company have accounts on there.

It was ok at first.  Now it’s taking away from the product.  The announcers are discussing trending topics and followers more so than the wrestling match going on in the ring.  There are the big blue graphics which promote which wrestler or related item is “trending”.   These terms are aggravating me as I type them.  Not everyone cares about who is tweeting or if such-and-such wrestler can get to a million followers by the end of the program.   There is a storyline between two commentators having a tweeting war!  Are you kidding me?  Apparently it’s not good enough to have it in the ring or physically on the air.  It has to be via an online platform.   Idiocy. Continue reading

Don’t Want to Grow Up? Fine!

It’s been about a week since I last posted.  I apologize for the delay.

I have projected a lot about myself in my posts and this should be similar.  However, I think many will relate here.  As pessimistic as I come off, what I say is meant with good intentions.

For the many negatives that Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and other various Social Media may convey, there is a lot to be thankful for.

When Facebook first debuted it was a platform for mainly college students.  That disappeared quickly.  Myspace was geared towards younger folks and in hindsight seemed convoluted and incomplete.  Now you have young kids to the young-at-heart enjoying the benefits of these services.  This is how it should have been from the get-go, but you live and learn.

I know some of us feel uncomfortable with our parents, grand-parents, or kids using it along with us, but that is one of the perks as well.  (The privacy and blocking features help too.)

But when I see folks of all ages, shapes, sizes, creeds, colors, (or any other unnecessary demographic you come up with) posting photos and status updates about their lives, it’s a good thing.  There is room for everybody.  And contrary to popular belief, there has always been room.  If it makes you fulfilled and feel good, then more power to you.  This is what life is all about.

Younger folks post images of VIP Bottle Service and others post photos of their kid’s first night out trick-or-treating  on Halloween or their first Christmas.   In-between you’ll get random photos of dishes from a fancy restaurant or traffic jams on the interstate.  It may comes off self-serving or narcissistic, but this is the world we live in.  And if it brings joy and positivity, there is nothing but good that can come out of it.

We should be so thankful we live in the age that we do.  If this were 10-20+ years ago, a lot of us would end up with the same lives as everyone else.  Because of the influences from mainstream media and the systems that “run” (ran?) our society, most of us would be lemmings or sheep.   And many of us still are.  But something is changing.  It’s a great sign that people are awakening to the fact that there an infinite amount of ways to live a life.  The Internet and a natural awareness in our consciousness has changed all that.  We are headed somewhere special and the rest of the ride is going to be magnificent.   If you want to be young forever, you can.  In any you want to.  Just don’t hurt anybody! 🙂   I understand I’m writing with a lot of vague commentary and ambiguities.   But once again, I will elaborate on this in the future.   I will have to.

Dennis Ritchie – Heard of Him?

Well until this past Sunday, neither did I.    He was found deceased, last Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the young age of 70.  It’s only because a friend of mine posted an article on Facebook, from Incept Design based out of Tampa, Florida.  Here is the link,  for your review and education.

I am guilty as well, but I stand to right my wrongs and give the man his credit. He deserves as much, if not more praise, than Steve Jobs.

The guy created Unix.  You know, which powers the Internet?  That’s pretty important right?  He created C, the language that many of us have used at some point in our lives.   How often do we ask where these programs come from.  Who made them?    This is serious.

Now look at the picture above.  Does this gentleman scream charisma and personality like Mr. Jobs does?   Well that’s open to interpretation.  But there is nary any mention in the mainstream media of this guy.  I’m disappointed in myself because I thrive on giving all the originators, creators, and brilliant minds their credit.  I am also a big fan of underdogs.

I am not going to try and act like I knew who this guy was, or champion all his accomplishments.  But the underlying concern is, we don’t show the proper respect to the folks that deserve it.   Steve Jobs did a lot of good things in the world.  He also charmed the heck out of a lot of people.  He knew how to talk, carry himself, and had the confidence to achieve anything.  That’s an understatement.

It’s the world we live in.  Maybe the quiet ones don’t want all the headlines, recognition, and notoriety.  All under-the-radar, they do the intense work and labor, the long hours, and rather enjoy their results in anonymity.  All-the-while, the good talkers get all the credit.   This is not meant to persuade you in any way.  However, the tributes for Mr. Jobs were anything but sporadic.    Lots of statements regarding his vision and groundbreaking products are justified.   But we should spread the love wherever we can.  There have been a lot of people who have done great things in this world, and should be recognized.  Even if they don’t want to be.  The fact that some choose to remain invisible, shows they are the ones who deserve the most praise.    Sadly, it took his death for me to get to know more about him.   It’s a life lesson; give respect to your colleagues, your friends, your family, your pets, professionals you admire, and all other loved ones while they are in your life today.   Don’t find out when it’s too late.  Whether it’s through an obscure headline, website, or second-hand information.  You will love yourself and the wonderful people in your life that much more.

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I am back and actually wrote this last Friday. Let me start off by saying that I’ve been working hard on getting our new blog setup and running. I am hoping that our reader base will love the new look and feel we will bring to you. I am taking my time to make sure it works 150% the way I want it to on the frontend(design) but primarily on the backend which can be frustrating. Now back to the topic of the title.

You might already know this if you bought the iPhone 4S already or read tech news, the iPhone 4S is selling like it’s gold or better than gold even. If you didn’t read my post “iPhone 4S Is Not So Bad And It Fits The Apple Strategy. Let Me Tell You Why.“, you should before this one. Anyway, my insight on that blog post was on point. Apple was never honestly never worried about the iPhone 4S selling potential. The proof is the pudding people. They know their product’s market appeal and know how to present it to its consumer base.

Numbers numbers numbers…  Apple reported on October 10th that their pre-order sales of their iPhone 4s shattered their previous record of single day record of 600,000 units. We’re talking about 1,000,000 pre-order sales in a 24 hour period! 1,000,000 people!! iPhone 5 who?! Apple’s stock market price dipped when they didn’t announce their much-anticipated iPhone 5. You think Apple cared? Obviously not. I know a few people who already have the iPhone 4S in their hands, even before the official launch of today or maybe they lied.

Sprint‘s launch of both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 is proving to be their best sales day overall ever. Don’t take my word for it. Fared Adib, Sprint Product Chief  released this statement.

“Sprint today reported its best ever day of sales in retail, web and telesales for a device family in Sprint history with the launch of iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. We reached this milestone at approximately noon CT/1pm ET. The response to this device by current and new customers has surpassed our expectations and validates our customers’ desire for a truly unlimited data pricing plan.”

AT&T is reporting that, as of 4:40pm EST time, are on pace to double their single day activation record. Seriously, I saw this coming but not like this. By last Friday, they had already reached more than 200,000 pre-orders in only 12 hours.

I haven’t seen any specific information from Verizon as they take their time to report on numbers. However, I have read somewhere that sales of their iPhone 4S are “moving  swiftly”.

Some also speculate that the passing of Steve Jobs, sadly, can be considered as a boost to these crazy numbers. All I got say, Apple knows what the hell they’re doing. The business model and mentality that Steve Jobs instilled in Apple will hopefully live on for a long time to come!

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Transhumanism – Sounds Cool! Oh Wait..

I didn’t know the official term for this either.     But I have researched this for the past 5 years.  I am now growing weary and concerned, for where we are headed.

Here is the definition of Transhumanism from Wikipedia :

often abbreviated as H+ or h+, is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.[1] Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as study the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies.[1] They predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label “posthuman“.[1] Transhumanism is therefore viewed as a subset of philosophical “posthumanism“.[2]

This post will be general and won’t be chock-full of information.  But this is disconcerting.

A lot of people go through life acting as if everything is hunky-dory, and may think this stuff is hilarious. If you are a spiritually healthy person, than you also understand the realities of things.    We are exposed to so many images during the day.   If you watch television, watch movies, read magazines, and go on YouTube, then that exposure increases exponentially.   Most of what is promoted is anything but positive.   There is not a lot of love for human beings.    However, the love for robots, androids, technology, and gadgets is ubiquitous.   I bet many people have never noticed that.   You might think it’s just clever marketing and advertising.   We assume conflict between people, male-bashing, and division of genders is normal.  It’s not.  And it’s a tragedy that this has been tolerated and accepted as normal.  Now we get movies where robots are involved in the same quandaries as you and I.   I will reinforce this point; these are machines and they are promoted in a more sympathetic fashion than people are.   Robots.  Not people.  Not animals.

One example is District 9.  I happen to think it’s an incredible movie, but I understand (more on this another time) why our corporate-run media is now churning out these movies at a rapid pace.   There are heavy themes of a police state, xenophobia, segregation, and uprising.   The movie really makes homo sapiens look like buffoons and robots look educated.  It’s such a masterpiece, but like many other examples, human beings are viewed as afterthoughts and marginalized.

Other examples are Terminator, Short Circuit, Robocop, A.I., Wall-E,  I Robot,  and currently Real Steel.    During Fox’s coverage of the NFL, you see animated dancing robots.  Anyone stop to think why this being presented to us?

This is not a movie review site, but Real Steal’s premise is that robots have replaced humans, in the year 2020, as the top boxers.   Nice story on the surface but I smell something demonic.

If you care to do some research, you will find a plethora of other examples.   Search your favorite artists in pop music. (Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Keisha, etc.)  Do a search for their respective music videos and see what you get.   If you choose to call me uptight, paranoid, conspiratorial, or delusional, then so be it.  See for yourself.  I am just asking pertinent questions.

We are evolving as a species, but my concern is that we have reached our zenith.    (Or the powers that be think we have.)   We should know better and should know otherwise.  In a short while this may be a positive.   Every revolution is just that.  A rotation/revolution always goes back to it’s starting point sometime.

It was a slow process 20+ years ago, but technology is exploding at a frenetic pace.  And humans are being brushed to the side.  The societal implications have started to show up in the last 10 years and even faster in the last 5.    I broached this topic with a lot of generalities.  More specifics are going to be used in future posts.    Most of my blog posts so far have come with a promise of follow-ups.  This will be no exception.

There’s Gonna Be Another Blackout?

I am having a great time writing on here.  I must say thanks to Benwizzi!  This is creative and brilliant.   As I have started to post on here, I realize I could make a myriad of posts, and they will all interconnect.

When I mean blackout.  I mean when your phone dies.   I am not breaking out the doomsayer discussions just yet.  They’ve been going on for years and we’re still here right?  😉

I will start by saying, I am not referencing anyone specifically.  But the earlier you go out to drink, eat, be social with your friends, the greater the chance your phone will die.  Did you forget to bring your charger?  Refer back to the bringing your charger to the bar post I made.  It’s on this blog.

We go out to have fun and feel good.  Well that is the intent isn’t it?  Isn’t that why we were put here on this planet.  To feel good and to be happy?  Well I hope so.    The social interactions with each other when we go out have changed drastically.  And this has rapidly exploded in the past decade or so.

Presumably when you are already out with a group of friends, you should be content and happy right?  But how come we see more folks texting, not even calling, other people to see what is going on?   I have, in the past, been personally accused of looking for the better option at night.  As if the current people I am hanging out with are not good enough.    I have heard this trait accusation on other people as well.  I like to think I have gotten better, and just go with the flow now.  All that texting (and sometimes calling) people drains the battery.  Now if you are bored, then why did you come out in the first place.  Well something is better than nothing or staying at home right?

When your Smartphone is on it’s last legs and finally dies.  Is that really the end of the world?  I have seen some emotional breakdowns.  Then there is a calming period, where everything seems ok.  You learn to adapt.  You recall times where you and others went out without electronic devices and technological gadgets.  There may be the occasional using another friend’s mobile to make a call or text.  But at the point, there is almost a sense of peace and closure.   Nothing is going to be as bad as it seems.   You tend to become more at ease, more blissful, and appreciate the company around you.      And isn’t that why you spend time with people in the first place?  🙂

Can you go back 15 to 20 years back and recall using your computer and for what exactly?

I can give you some reminders.  Back in the mid-to-late 90’s we had all kinds of great dial-up systems.  Some of these will resonate :

Prodigy, CompuServe, Delphi, Sierra Network, Playnet, Quantum Link, and a host of others.  How about Bulletin Board Systems! (BBS’S) Were any of you a Sysop or Co-Sysop of a BBS?  I get goose bumps as I write these terms.   The old modem dialing out and logging on gives me chills as well.  This was Social Media before the term was coined.  And I have issues with that term.  I will talk about that another time.

You had your 2400, 4800,  and 9600 baud modems.  We thought they were so fast and revolutionary,  At the time they were. And we learned to be patient and remain still, when waiting to download are favorite Freeware, Shareware, and Pirated 🙂 software.   When the 14.4 modem debuted we went crazy, then the 28.8, 33.6, 56k etc.    The speed got faster and we tried to keep up.  And in many ways we got faster.  I am projecting onto you how I feel.  I sometimes still feel the Internet is too slow.  That’s my own impatience.  I wonder if I was indoctrinated to believe everything should be faster.  In a conscious and unconscious state I was.   Even as I type this, I expect this to be as fast as I want it to be.   It’s as if I will never be satisfied.  Now how many others am I speaking for?

Will things ever slow down?  Do they need to slow down?  Should they?  For the benefit of humanity, maybe it’s for the best.  I’m not trying to sound doom-and-gloom here.  But what is the rush?   I know the big computer, cellular phone, and media companies need to promote the next big thing and make gigantic profits, with the next gizmo and gadget, we may or may not actually need.   In this case, do all good (good?) things come to an end.

I am noticing a plateauing of behavior by my peers.  There is a sentiment and understanding, that this may not be sustainable.   I have no evidence to support this.  I just have my intuition and a feeling, that this can only go so far.  Some of my friends are in agreement.  It doesn’t mean I am right.

My main concern is, what if the power grids and satellites blacked out one night.   It may take very little (or a lot) for something to happen in the universe, where technology could go in reverse or retroactive.  Are we mature enough and patient enough to remember how it used to be?     I’m not saying it’s going to happen.  And this is not meant to be a negative piece.  I am happy we have evolved but at what price to humanity?  There is a lot of good that comes with it.   I want to focus on that.   However, like many objects, does the world run on batteries too?    In future posts I will talk about how the reliance on technology has been good and not-so-good.  🙂  I will also talk about the online services of the past.  Some were brilliant and ahead of its time.

Thank you!

Steve Jobs – Philosopher and Pal

A lot has been said about Mr. Jobs.   I am concerned about the way he left our world.   I have questions.  This is not about theories or conspiracies.  I am just a bit taken aback.  I know he has been sick, but it seemed so sudden.

I don’t want to rant and steer off course.  But my intuition tells me there is more to the story.  On the positives, Steve Jobs and his vision brought a lot of joy to people’s lives.   I remember how great the Apple 2E was back in the late 1980s.  My fellow elementary school students and I would have fun playing, Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego and Oregon Trail.  I thought it was the greatest thing ever.   The thought of something called the iPad, IPhone, iPOD, iTunes, or iOS was never on anyone’s radar, except him and a select few.   Was Apps in anyone’s vocabulary a few years ago?  How far we have come! 🙂

On the day of his passing, I was fascinated by some of the quotes that came from him.  He sure had a way with words.

One quote that  resonated with me is :

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”

This encompasses so much.  Not just Apple.  How many times do we complain and pine over trivial things?  They won’t matter in a day, week, month, or ever minutes from now.   We are in the midst of a spiritual transformation in our world.   Steve Jobs’ passing at a young age is a constant reminder that we need to be positive.  And I don’t mean just thinking positive thoughts.  But we need to actually feel it in our souls.  Life is short but it’s also long enough to do the things we want to do.  And I don’t care how old or young we think we are.  I need to tell this to myself everyday.  I get sidetracked, like we all do, by forces that pull us from our goals.   Sometimes via self-imposed defeat and torture to ourselvess and in contrast, challenges arrive beyond our control.  That is where we need to believe in ourselves and achieve all that we want to achieve.  Do not let society, the media, the dark forces, or negative people bring you down.   Look out for yourself and surround yourself with the good in the world.  There is a lot more than we realize.   We all don’t have to be millionaires, have large mansions,  expensive boats, and drive over-priced cars.   But we all have the power to be happy and be succesful.   Steve Jobs is a testament to that.  There are stories everywhere that inspire us.  And you are rarely going to find that in network news and brainwashing sitcoms.   A huge start, would be for us to look out for each other and spread love.  I see it’s already happening.   Find your success.  Find it within.  Believe.   Best!

 

 

 

 

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Everybody knows I pro-Android and sorta anti-iPhone but when it come to tablets I am neither. If I can’t do everything on my tablet that I do on my PC, it’s a waste of time and money for me. Let’s say I used a certain program on my PC to create some type of document and need to modify that file on the go; but now my Android or iPad can’t because the program is not compatible on those platforms. What now?? For the price of these oversized iPhones and Android phones, I’d rather get a fully functional device. And with Windows 8 around the corner, I can’t wait!! Looking at the numbers from Boston Consulting Group, you can see that U.S. consumers agree. So do Chinese consumers for that matter. iOS and Android are both holding their own but still not quite there yet. What about you? You got a tablet already? If so, which one? If not, what are you waiting for?

Tablet Preference

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