Monday, May 31, 2010

Always Tasty and Refreshing

Mexican Pluma Tres Oros

Coming soon…

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Apple Topples Microsoft's Throne

Apple's soaring stock price has enabled the tech giant to eclipse Microsoft's $219.2 billion market cap.

"Microsoft's dominance as the tech industry's most valuable player has ended."

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Secret Knock To Enter

Son John's course project (a team effort) is a device that twists open the deadbolt lock. Shirley and I received a demo tonight. Quite an impressive assembly.

A button on the logic board must be pushed to program a knock pattern. Then, whenever that same knock pattern is sensed by a special microphone a motor is energized and the deadbolt gets opened.

The guys on this team should earn an "A" for their project grade. This entire effort was a challenge for these guys.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

One In Four U.S. Homes Ditch Landlines

"Nearly 25 percent of all U.S. households have eliminated landlines in favor of mobile phones. As well, more than 48 percent of households with adults aged 25 to 29 were wireless-only (according to one study)."

What does the future bode as to wired telephone service? The telephone is no longer linked to residential locations. People carry their telephones with them. A friend has had no landline service for years. That appears to be working very well.

VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) services are an option to replace standard landline. MagicJack has done very well with its marketing model. It is the least expensive of this type of service. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

What Did You Think Might Happen

Demonstrators in Mexico City express their displeasure with new Arizona anti-immigration law. Let's take a look at this issue.

  • Several earlier amnesties have only served to foster more illegal immigration.

  • [The illegal alien] population in Arizona grew from 330,000 in 2000 to 560,000 by 2008. Now it is 2010.

  • Illegal immigrants commit modestly more crime than average in Arizona.

  • Arizona's immigration reform is gaining allies.

    So, naturally, there are people in Mexico who think Arizona's new law is discriminatory. Actually, discrimination can be a positive thing. When we choose the finer things in life we exercise discriminating tastes. To honor and respect those who honor and respect the law distinguishes those who are honorable and respectable.

Awake during surgery: 'I'm in hell'

"When Carol Weiher was having her right eye surgically removed in 1998, she woke up hearing disco music. The next thing she heard was 'Cut deeper, pull harder.'
"Although general anesthesia is commonly used, doctors do not know exactly how it works."
One or two people of every 1,000 wake up during surgery. I guess that might be a comforting thought… or not. 

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