Saturday, May 31, 2014
There seems to be very little out there that one cannot be criticized about. It's not enough that people have their own live to live it seems that they never keep them busy enough, they have to somehow fit into yours and busy themselves about with your business. I discovered this today as I was contemplating my place in this universe, green technology, employment, unions, and various other things that came to my mind. It was really a copious hodgepodge of mind muck that I was sorting through in my own way. In short I discovered that sometimes the stream of thought can run so deep that you drown, so I leaped to safety.
Everybody wants to point their finger and wag their tongue at nothing. Being different draws attention and some just cannot having their head pulled. They want nothing to do with anything out of the ordinary. If you disturb their mind numbingly dull day then, "SHAME ON YOU, YOU BEAST!" Such tragedies happen in less civilized local. The more open one is to understanding that it's not about your outward appearance but about what's on the inside, the more one is ready to really understand just who you are. Expression on the outside is just a small part of the story. It's not the same as learning likes and dislikes, or skills and talents of an individual. If we never make it beyond the surface then we will never develop deep relationships with others and really know what makes the people we call friends, family, and co-workers tick. It's such a shame that there exist people of this shallowness in the world yet.
I would go one step beyond all of this to say that if we really began to understand what was deep down inside the people we barely know, we may find we like much more of them that we do and like far less of them than we ought... or something like that. What I really mean is that once we start to know them we will see that they all have hopes, dreams, desires, things that make them laugh, things that make them cry, moments that they want to remember all their lives that just make them do that squinty eyed smile thing (you know the one I'm talking about) and so much more. Everybody has that which they carry with them all over. It's what makes us human. I dare say that it's what keeps us striving to somehow better ourselves. Through our innermost thoughts we are deep down striving to better our lives through one way or the other. It's the magnitude of this strive that differentiates us. Some want to change the world in a better way, some just want to make the evening a little better with a movie and popcorn. Yet, it's all about making something better.
How do you want to better? Let me know in the comments below.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
There's no a god-damned person in this world besides a wireless industry person that would understand why the hell this mess works this way.With remarks that would normally make a board of directors cringe and go looking for a new CEO, Mr. Legere has pushed T-Mobile into the spotlight. The "uncarrier" is using unusual tactics to take away customers from other wireless providers like paying off the contract locking early termination fees from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and a host of others. His method of running things has caused the competition to set up and take notice. Many of them have also started offering contract fee payoffs if you are switching to their services.
In their latest move T-Mobile has decided it wants to be your bank. Well, sort of. They are now offering a pre-paid debit card that allows customers to use direct deposit, bill pay, ATM access, and paper check deposits with the app through their mobile devices all with no fees. With their low wireless rates this works for many of T-Mobiles customers looking to save money that don't have access to a standard checking account at a bank or for those that would like to avoid the fees that many banks charge just for the privilege of having a checking or savings account. While this really doesn't look like a service that would be smart on the surface for a wireless provider it actually could shore up the extra discounts and contract fee payouts they are giving away. This will offer investment opportunities which could lead to network growth and an overall better service provided by their wireless side. Right now it looks like T-Mobile is running on all eight cylinders. As they lead the industry in firsts it will be exciting to see what other innovations John Legere and the team at T-Mobile bring to the industry.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
The Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone for another year and we're left dreaming of all the new gadgets and tech we've just seen on display in Las Vegas that may or may not really get produced. You see once upon a time there was this little show that started out and showcased electronics that were actually being made. It all started back in 1967 as a spin-off of the Chicago Music Show. The first venue was in New York city. It wasn't until 1978 that it moved to Las Vegas with it's winter show. It's summer show was in Chicago. Since 1998 it's been an annual event showcasing the cutting edge of technology and the introduction of many of the items we use everyday.
There have been many important inventions on display at CES. Just to name a few we have the likes of the VCR being introduced in 1970, the camcorder in 1981, also in '81 we got our first glimpse of the compact disc, high definition television was there in 1998, the original Xbox debuted in 2001, HD Radio in 2004, and so on. If you want to know what people have been up to in the backrooms of tech companies this is the place to be. Not everything that's seen at CES will necessarily make it to market. Many of the prototypes just don't gain enough demand to take off. But they're still pretty darn cool!
This year at CES we saw everything from the internet connected toothbrush, to wearable tech of all sorts and even crazy dancing animals that act as speakers for your music device... (Maybe not everything that can be made, should be made.)
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
You know how people today say they wish that they'd bought Apple stock in the 80's? Well, it's looking like Google may soon be the one stock people wish they'd bought in the 10's.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
It's out of this that I've come to love Ubuntu. I know there are some of you out that that look at that word and wonder what the hell I'm talking about. How do you pronounce it, let alone use it? Well, Ubuntu is a totally free operating system. That's right. No, you don't have to pay anything at all and works with all hardware. No licensing. It's a Linux variant (or distribution) and is completely customizable. As a matter of fact it's so customizable I've changed my install to resemble OSx in a lot of ways.