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Remembering Steve Jobs….

There will be a lot of tributes to the genius who was Steve Jobs over the next few days.  And they will be most deserved.

He made Apple Computers- and the PC industry what it is today.  Then he remade it.

We can thank him for PC’s, iPods, iPads and so much more.

Here is a great video, that I first saw at, of him introducing the Mac for the first time back in 1984.

This is where it all began….

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With 56% of American Internet connections now capped, advocates ask FCC for probe | The Raw Story

To me, this seems like just another way to limit access to information…

This is so wrong…

Unlimited Internet is the norm in most other countries…

Just another way for the telecom’s to make more money….

They are as bad as the Oil Companies…

The practice of capping Internet bandwidth and selling it as a metered commodity has fully taken hold, to the point where 56 percent of U.S. internet connections are now on plans that restrict how much information users can access before triggering additional fees.

For an Internet landscape that’s been accustomed to unlimited access to information the world over, this represents a sea-change for many broadband subscribers. And to at least two prominent Washington, D.C. advocacy groups, it’s cause for immense concern.

That’s why the directors of Public Knowledge and New America’s Open Technology Initiative — two Washington tech policy groups — have written to the Federal Communications Commission to request they investigate the potential for these practices encouraging anti-competitive activities.

“These caps, which are now a fact of life for 56% of all broadband users, can perniciously undermine each of the goals set out by the Commission in the National Broadband Plan while at the same time stifling the competition and innovation that has established itself as the sine qua non of the internet economy,” they wrote.

More:  With 56% of American Internet connections now capped, advocates ask FCC for probe | The Raw Story.

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Sales Of DVD, Blu-ray Plummet, Causing Consternation In Hollywood : The Two-Way : NPR

It’s all going digital….

I’m starting to suspect there may have been previous civilizations we will never know about because all their records were digital and disappeared into the air…

In any event, this is why I’m selling off our DVD’s on eBay while someone still wants them…

Of course, I have to keep a couple of hundred I can’t bear to part with…

The Financial Times has some troubling news for Hollywood: “Sales of new DVDs have collapsed, falling 20 percent [below the year-ag quarter] and presenting a significant challenge for Hollywood film studios, according to figures released on Monday.”

The drop is attributed to consumers favoring streaming online, buying a digital copy on iTunes or watching them through subscription services like NetFlix.

via Sales Of DVD, Blu-ray Plummet, Causing Consternation In Hollywood : The Two-Way : NPR.

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How To Work From Home

Interesting article for some folks who, like me, will soon be transitioning to working from home after years in a Corporate office environment…

Working at home gets a bad rap. People don’t help when they use air quotes when talking about “working” at home, like they’re really watching TV all day. If you do this, please stop. It doesn’t help the millions of us who do work at home and do a damn fine job of it.

It’s true some managers don’t believe their people really work when they are at home, but the research shows the other extreme: people overwork. Ironically, in the digital age, many remote workers report they can’t shut off. They may feel a need to prove they’re actually working when they are home; they might even work more than they would at the office because they feel a need to overcompensate and thank their employer for “letting” them work from home.

Research from Northeastern University finds role transitions are especially challenging for people who work at home. Humans like to compartmentalize: We put work in one domain, and family in another. When you work at home, you will be in your home environment and you will face distraction during the day. A dirty kitchen, lonely cat, sick kid or leaky faucet can be your ruin if you let it. Working at home takes discipline and a keen sense of purpose.

via How To Work From Home | | AlterNet.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs currently receiving treatment at same cancer clinic as Patrick Swayze: report

Sad news…

Apple’s latest development may just be its most surprising yet – longtime CEO Steve Jobs was photographed outside the Stanford Cancer Center recently, the same treatment facility where the late Patrick Swayze sought chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer in his final days.

Jobs, who publicly came forward about his battle with and surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, is currently on his third leave of absence from work in seven years.

In the photos, an extremely “skeletal-looking” Jobs can be seen getting out of his car at the center, just one day after he was spotted at work on Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. campus.

The CEO, 55, has been regularly attending the Palo Alto, Calif. cancer treatment center, confirmed.

Jobs announced his medical leave in January in an email to employees, explaining that “the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health.

“I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company,” the tech mogul added.

Jobs’ previous six-month departure from the company in 2009 was surrounded by speculation that the CEO was much more ill than he let on.

Jerry York, the Apple director at the time, told Fortune that Jobs made a secret flight to Switzerland at the time, where he reportedly underwent a rare radiological treatment for neuroendocrine cancer.

The Wall Street Journal also unearthed details in June of that year that pointed to Jobs obtaining a secret liver transplant, reportedly conducted in Memphis, Tennessee, related to his cancer.

York died in March 2010, and the details of his Fortune interview, revealed after his death, seemed to paint a more drastic picture of Jobs’ health.

The blogosphere lit up with concerns and speculations over Jobs’ state of health Wednesday following RadarOnline’s post.

The National Enquirer, which claims to be running the latest photos of Jobs, spoke with critical-care physician Dr. Samuel Jacobson, who said Jobs’ prognosis does not look promising.

“Judging from the photos, he is close to terminal. I would say he has six weeks,” Jacobson said.

via Apple CEO Steve Jobs currently receiving treatment at same cancer clinic as Patrick Swayze: report.


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