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I Guess We Are Pissing Facebook Off

Facebook LawsuitThe privacy “chain-mail” that is being posted on Facebook recently is useless as we all have agreed when we signed up for Facebook that we will abide by the legal terms of the company’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

As the power of Facebook increases and we (as the little people) fear our personal property will be forfeited to the Goliath, people have been taking a stand posting a “legal” statement to their profiles.

The letter going around on Facebook is:

Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to use software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I do declare the following: on this day, 30th November 2014, in response to the new Facebook guidelines and under articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data, drawings, paintings, photos, texts etc… published on my profile since the day I opened my account. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times.

By this release, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or to take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The actions mentioned above apply equally to employees, students, agents and/or other staff under the direction of Facebook.

The contents of my profile include private information. The violation of my privacy is punished by the law (UCC 1 1-308 – 308 1 -103 and the Rome Statute). Facebook is now an open capital entity.

Those reading this text can copy it and paste it on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. If you have not published this statement at least once, you will tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile update.

The agreement, when we signed up, states that the company has the right to use your content commercially and does not need to seek your “written consent” to use the content.

So to protect your privacy, make sure you don’t post anything, anywhere on the internet that you want to keep private.  And as for this “chain-mail” going around, it’s worthless to keep posting and reposting the privacy post.

Haha, share this with your friends and make it a “chain-post”

 

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9 Volt Batteries Can Burn Down A House

house fire from 9 volt batteriesThis is for everyone who keeps batteries in their home.  A 9 volt battery, if stored improperly can start a fire pretty quickly.  Watch this YouTube video and see what happened to a nice home in just minutes.  The unsuspecting home-owners had no clue that a fire could start so quickly from just throwing old 9 volt batteries into a paper bag.

Make sure you store your 9 volt batteries safely.  The end of the video shows the proper way to store your 9 volt batteries so that what happened to this nice home in CO doesn’t happen to you or your family.

video courtesy of UltraSharpVideo

Please share with your friends and family.  Be safe this holiday season.

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What All Businesses Should Be Saying

Dominicans

“No problem”.  Everything is no problem.  What a great philosophy.  My wife and I visited the Dominican Republic last June.  As we were on the tour bus to Saona Island the tour director spoke about the history of the Dominican Republic and how different countries fought to have the land that is now the Dominican Republic.

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It was like “no problem” was their slogan even in a time of war.  With no big army or navy, what could they do to defend themselves?  Eventually they got their freedom; however the US wanted to run their country.  They pleaded with trust.  The people of the Dominican Republic stated, “Trust us to run our country.  Come visit us anytime, no problem, we will take care of you”.  And they have.  Taking care of their visitor is embedded into the people of DR.

Coined phrases like, “Welcome to the party”, “How are we?” is asked often but  “Manifico” is the only acceptable answer.  “Are you having fun? Yes or yes?”  Which doesn’t even give you the chance to say, “No, not having fun”.

You want something?  No problem.  Whatever it is, it’s no problem to get if for you.  How many businesses in the US utilize that phrase?  No problem.  Many times if a customer wants something that not in the line with normal operating practices, it’s probably a big problem.  I can’t do that it’s not by my protocol.  But in DR, it’s not a protocol; it’s a way of life.  To keep their country going, they depend on everyone within to do their part to make sure we come back again and again.

Their work scheduled at the resort is 16 hour days for 11 days straight.  Insane work schedule, however these aren’t factory workers.  They do live in a paradise where their motto is, “Welcome to the party”.  It does make it easier to endure when your workplace is a “party”.  But you try to be nice to strangers for 16 hours a day.  I’m sure it’s not easy.  Their “niceness” is not limited to the tourists; they are friendly to each other as well.  I have seen them many times give each other kind greetings, high 5’s, etc.  If you were a customer in a large department store, how much better of an experience would it be if you saw the employees being nice to their fellow employees?  Multiple times I have been in my bank only to see the tellers being “catty” to the other tellers.  That’s not good for business, ever.

But in DR, it’s one big family.   As the bartenders stated, “you are mi familia”.  Our tour director would state in order to get our attention, “Attention Enrique Family”.  It gave us all a sense of intrinsic security knowing that he was there to take care of us.

To the newcomer, Dominicans can come across as pushy and at times may cross that line of personal boundaries but what I have noticed is that they cross sell other products and services that may not directly affect that one person.  They help their fellow Dominicans because in turn it helps all Dominicans.

Dominicans have a sense of humor, light-heartedness.  Funny that they know what’s going on in our country.  We arrived at Saona Island (one of sixteen national parks in DR).  Our tour director tells us what to expect there at the island by referencing Obama-care.

What is included and what is extra.  “Welcome to Obama-care.  Everything here is free, but if you want to get a lobster, that is extra”.

DR and its people are beautiful and desire everyone to come visit them, not just once, but often.  “Welcome to the party”.

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The Origin of Veterans Day

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The Origin of Veterans Day

Did you know that Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and was celebrated by other countries along with America?

World War I was known as, “The Great War”.  And though the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, the fighting ceased seven months earlier.  The Allied Nations and Germany had an armistice, a temporary halt to the fighting.

It was agreed upon that on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, their would be an armistice.  And because of that, November 11, 1918 was regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars”.

11.11.11 – The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month.

In 1921, an unknown American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, which became the focal point of reverence for American veterans.  Similar ceremonies took place earlier in England and France where one of their unknown soldiers were buried at their nation’s highest place of honor, which also took place on November 11th.  The day became known as “Armistice Day”.

The First Veterans Day

It wasn’t until 1947 that we started using the term Veterans Day.  Raymond Weeks, a WWII veteran organized a “National Veterans Day” in Birmingham, AL.  The event included a parade and other festivities to honor all veterans.

A bill was proposed to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day.  Congress passed the bill in 1954 that President Eisenhower signed proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.

In 1968, a law was passed to change Veterans Day to the 4th Monday in October.  However November 11th stuck out to too many people as a day of remembrance and in 1978, Congress moved the day back to November 11.

Every Veterans Day

At 11am today, a combined color guard will execute a “Present Arms” at the tomb of the unknowns, followed by a bugler playing, “taps”.

So in your busy moments of today, remember to honor our American veterans for their sacrifice, their patriotism and love of our country.

What It Means To Me

I served in the Navy back in 1987.  I was only a kid, but I was proud to serve, with my shipmates on the USS Coral Sea (CV-43).  Every time we left a port, the ship played, “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood over its loud speakers (1MC).  It gave you chills to hear it played and here it is 27 years later and the song still gives me chills.

Last year my father-in-law took us out to Applebees and he proudly wore his Vietnam Vet hat and jacket.  I was in-awe of the responses he got walking into Applebees.  If you didn’t know, Applebees gives a free meal to all veterans on this day.  It must have taken him 15 minutes just to walk into the restaurant.

As for me, my cruise jacket doesn’t me anymore.  My Coral Sea hat is somewhere up in the attic.  But I was still served a complimentary meal from Applebees.

I’m “Proud To Be An American”

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Learning Can Lead To Dying

People say, if you stop learning, you start dying.  I disagree.  The exact opposite could be true.  If you are constantly learning you may not have time to act.  Case in point.  I have spent the past few days “trying” to learn .xsl, .xml, .xslt and put it in an online catalog site.  I used a large, very large spreadsheet from a client that had over 4000 records in it.  I was able to accomplish getting the spreadsheet from Excel to .xml.  I was able to map the data to it.  I was able to create the .xsl file and see the data in an html page.  What I couldn’t do is sort, filter, group, param, etc the data to be anymore useful than a giant list of 4000 records.

I jumped on dozens and dozens of sites looking for answers or clues on how to correctly do it.  So two days later and countless hours of searching, learning, etc. on how to do all this, I have died a little more.  The rest of my websites suffered for it.  New product development suffered.  Marketing new clients suffered.  And my moral declined significantly for it.

Yes, learning is important, but so is acting.  Acting on what you have already learned and apply it to what you do.  Some business models suggest that you should focus on one thing and do that one thing the best you can.  That to me is the opposite end of the spectrum.  Learning new technologies helps keep you on the cutting edge.  Take Responsive Web Design.  In the past, developers would create two sites, one for desktops and one for smaller devices, if not more for smaller devices.  Now you can develop one responsive site to function on multiple platforms.

Do keep learning but don’t let it consume all your time preventing you from applying what you already know.

Thoughts?

-Jim

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What Would You Do?

What would you do?

You hired a contractor to redo your kitchen.  They come in, demo the kitchen and only start to rebuild the kitchen and walk off the job.  You ask when they are coming back and they give your 3 different times and don’t come back.

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After 3 months, you hire someone else to help you finish the job.  After it’s complete the first contractor demands money for the work that they did stating, “Hey I did demo the kitchen, so you owe me for that”. What would you do?  Would you pay him?

What would you do?

You bring your car in for an engine overhaul.  The mechanic tears down the engine, but after weeks of asking what’s up with the car, the mechanic states that they got a promotion at work and can’t finish your car.  So now you have to get your car to a new mechanic to finish the job.  Another mechanic finishes the job Continue reading