Tuesday, April 22, 2014
In the olden days (BDA -- before the digital era), before the prevalence of (a) home computers, (b) ubiquitous Internet access, and (c) digital entertainment media (i.e., CDs, DVDs, MP3s, phone cameras/videos, YouTube, Google, smart phones, and HDTV) data had to reside in your possession, otherwise it was inaccessible. People then, and to a large extent, now, did not realize how limiting that was.
Take land line-based phone systems (POTS -- plain-old telephone service, as we called it in the telephone biz) up through the 1980s as an example. At additional cost, you could get the following features in your home phone system:
* Cordless phones
* Embedded answering systems
* Remote message pick-up
* Speed dialing
* Custom outbound messages
The problem with these system, no matter how much money you paid, when the batteries ran out of juice, or failed, or the systems failed, you lost all your parameters, including: names, numbers, messages, configuration parameters. I found the reconfiguration process so time-consuming, bothersome, and annoying, that I moved all my information to a computer file, and never programmed a speed-dial number, again. Even, with this file on my notebook computer, when I was traveling 3 to 5 days a week, I found that I needed a paper copy of the most frequent numbers even though I had the notebook computer, a cell phone, answering service, and pager.
Now, with my contacts list "in the cloud" (via Google), I never need to re-enter data, even as I change cell-phones AND carriers. This capability is so ubiquitous and easy to use, that if you held a gun to my head, I would not be able to remember MDW's, MDD's cell phone numbers. (I do, however, rmemeber my brother's and my best friend's cell numbers because these numbers pre-date BDA.)
So what's this "cloud" thing and how does it work?
Here, "cloud" means the data resides on publicly and ubiquitously accessible servers via publicly and ubiquitously accessible Internet.
If we were to continue to consider just the cloud data that has to do with telephony, it is instructive to see how Google operates versus my wireless carrier Verizon Wireless. Verizon, too, offers, contact storage, and they too, have decided to try to enter the cloud data business. There are at least three major problems with Verizon, however. First, you must be a customer of their expensive, and limited cell-phone service, if you want their cloud service. Second, the interfaces to their services are not public, so third parties cannot build apps to make the services more valuable. Third, compared to Google, they have no idea what they're doing, so everything they offer is more cumbersome, harder to use, and more likely to change -- often not for the better.
'So, why do I continue to use Verizon, if I think so little of it?', I hear you ask? Because I live in the "third-world country" of New Hampshire where cell coverage is spotty and 3G and 4G coverage is even worse, and Verizon remains the dominant carrier. And, even with Verizon, I had to buy a "network extender" from them, at exorbitant cost, that uses my broadband connection (cable modem) to actually make and receive cell phone calls in my home. Other folks in my subdivision that do not have the extender cannot use their cell phones in their homes.
Does this help? What else don't you understand?
BTB, it's the PDE (post digital era), that makes SP possible.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Errands and pre-errand prep all day.
Because DVR settings do not reside in "the cloud", and the DVR does not have standard interfaces (UGH!), when you replace your DVR/receiver (Dish -- but they're all the same), there is a boatload of "manual" re-configuration to do. (Of course, the alternative is watching commercials, and missing the few programs you really want to watch.)
Used a Netgear WiFi widget, for the first time, yesterday, to connect the Dish DVR/receiver to the Internet. Quite nifty. I'm going to have to get an additional one, each, for my Samsung TV, and Sony DVP.
UPS, post office, doctor (tick bite from walking in the woods), supermarket, taxes "debris" filing.
Did get in over 12,000 steps, including a 48-minute metered walk, and my "floor exercises".
Time to track, and then off to ...
Sunday, April 20, 2014
* The businesspeop went to the seminar. Peop felt the program was well worth the money peop paid.
* The businesspeop was an Enlishpeop. Peop was also a she.
* Friends, Romans, and countrypeops, lend me your ears ...
* The policepeop had been on the force 15 years when peop became a firepeop working on the arson squad.
* All of peopkind was in mourning when Samuel died.
* Peop was a primate. We know this because peop was a hupeop.
Do you think this will work?
But, tracking nutrition and exercise does!
Keep after it.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
The English language is a wonder; in fact, it's several wonders, since it really isn't one, coherent language. It's the live, growing, amalgam of the many languages that led to the evolution of London/England and eventually the British Empire/colonies, the United States, the United Kingdom, all of the ethnicities and their languages, including those that have emigrated, and contributed to the latter. And, WRT the latter point about "ethnicities", one must consider nerds among the ethnicities, because English is the preferred language of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). :-|
English, BTW, has about ten times as many words in its working lexicon as does the next most prolific language (German). In brief, "English" is "InkLush"!
English, however, does have its downside. First, it has ten times as many words as the next most prolific language. Not a plus when you're trying to learn it, as a first, and especially as a second language. And, that fact drives the issues I'm about to describe. Second, it's extremely irregular. Take the first sentence of this paragraph, and the one immediately preceding this one. In the first, I, correctly, did not follow the rule of possessives sporting an apostrophe ess, in "its", because "it's" is reserved for the contraction of "it is" (which I did do in the second). Third, spelling is an adventure. That's why "spelling" is a competitive sport in the United States. Witness: spelling bees. In contrast, for example, modern languages such as German and Hebrew, are largely phonetic. Fourth, because of all the "foreign words" and foreign language influences, it has an enormous number of homonyms ( www.cooper.com/alan/homony m_list.html ), which, again, creates confusion in diction, spelling, and second language learning. (You may remember that I covered this in a prior post.) Fifth, the sheer size (and other complexities) also drives an exponentially larger collection of idioms, common figures of speech, and inclusivity of complex word forms (like "inclusivity").
Despite all of this richness and attendant complexity, English also retains a remarkable amount of sexism. Many of us typically say "he", when we mean, s/he, because there is no neutral auditory morpheme for 3rd person singular. Moreover, the individual words are, to my taste, inherently sexist. Namely, an individual people, is a perSON. And, we are all, collectively huMANs -- and in the historical collective -- huMANity. There is also MANkind. HuMANoids! Etcetera!
But, we have a unique opportunity, now. A morpheme -- a lexical opportunity -- has percolated to the surface of our pop-culture. The word is "peops",the singular of which is "peop" (spelled this way, no doubt, to distinguish it from the Easter candy brand, "Peeps").
Such distinguished peops, as Dr. Gregory House (played by the English-[hooray]-MAN [alas], Hugh Laurie, has used this exact word in several episodes of "House". Need I say more? Wink. Wink. Nod. Nod.
"Peop" for President (er, PRECEDENT)!
I leave it you, good peops, what say you? Make your vote in your comment to this blog by addressing me either as "Peop", or "Yo".
Also, if you would, please, include one or more latest new thing you've tried, or will try, in your nutrition or fitness program in the last month, or future month.
Follow-Up on the Prior Blog Post
Yes, the post was about Motherhood -- although some of you extended it to Parenthood.
My thoughts about Motherhood are really what prompted the bulk of today's "allegory"/proposal. I've often thought that Mothers Day is just wrong. YOUR MOTHER'S DAY is the day YOU were born. On a birthday, each peop should be giving peop's mother a present, not the reverse.
While I know that this latter proposal would be an extreme disappointment to Hallmark, the florists of the world, and Mark Zuckerberg, among others, I believe it also deserves careful consideration.
seriousLee -- more than you suspect
Because posts like this engender special attention from the "grammar police", I'd like to point out that I knowingly use quotations marks in a non-accepted way. Specifically, I only include the sentence or phrase ending punctuation in the quotation marks, when the "ender" is actually part of the quotation.
Also, I often use multiple phrase ending punctuation marks as in "Are you mental?: Yes!"
Finally, there are certain words that I always misspell -- intentionally. Most notable is "wholistic"! I want nothing to do with "holy"! :-|
Beyond this, I also make lots of mistakes. The ones, above, are intentional. The rest are unintentional.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Looking for a change of work environment? I'm not sure this is it!
I'll comment on this tomorrow.
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