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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Archangel Michael Re:Impacts (423 comments)

Good for nature, bad for man. Just like O2 Poisoning the planet when it was overrun by Plant life. Life adapts. Humans haven't always been around, and won't be around forever. Because we are aware of our own demise doesn't change these facts.

yesterday
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

Archangel Michael Re:So sad ... (233 comments)

Liberals voting for Liberals, hating what Liberals do but not ever changing how they vote, because they view the alternative is being worse. The reality is, both (R) and (D) are equally bad, especially when they get a Monopoly of power, like California. Hell, they voted in the loon Jerry Brown ... Again.

yesterday
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Archangel Michael Re:Doesn't need much to make it right (248 comments)

WIndows 8.1 is what Windows 8 should have been. I don't hate Metro, I just think it is cumbersome to keyboard / mouse based interface. Knowing keyboard shortcuts, it doesn't bother me that much and setting up the desktop as desired is just as easy as Win 7.

2 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Archangel Michael Re:Which means... (248 comments)

Actually, that might just be the improvement to pull Microsoft out of the dulldrums!

2 days ago
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Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

Archangel Michael Re:Automated Clickbait Answers (61 comments)

No, they aren't doing it wrong. They are doing it right for their business model, because it works. If nobody saw that crap, click through the click bait, and didn't click the "share to see what happened next" only to be tricked into sharing their account details and not ever seeing what they came to see, their business model would fail.

But enough people fall for the bullshit that I really believe that is how we get GWB and BHO as presidents!

2 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Archangel Michael Re:I forced myself to watch it (299 comments)

Logic is what is flowing from the Whitehouse at the moment. Dressed up legal process of trying to find out who killed the one guy kidnapped a couple years ago so we can arrest him and charge him for murder, giving fodder for the radical Muslims and a voice to them during trial. Logically, it all makes sense, until you realize that logic doesn't play a part in eliminating the real threat.

Meanwhile there are millions being killed all over the Muslim world and instead of uniting the world against Radical Islam, we're playing law and order. Political Correctness run amok and it is going to kill us all.

And when they hold a knife to your neck, you can recall that I warned you. It is coming, and we're too scared of being called names to stop it.

2 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Archangel Michael Re:I forced myself to watch it (299 comments)

Yes. And I know where it comes from (cows mostly, some chicken, lamb infrequently) grown in factory farms (except Lamb). I buy organic when I can.

Why?

2 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Archangel Michael Re:Global Warming? (272 comments)

IT is higher than they thought, and yet we are at a global standstill in climate change. And it is all man's fault. ... got it.

2 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Archangel Michael Re:I forced myself to watch it (299 comments)

It leads to people understating the horrors of crime. I realize that some people take a personal offense when exposed to the images of horrors. THEY get offended, not because of the crime, but more because they were exposed to the crime. They would rather not have to face it, but they also don't want others to face it on their behalf.

These are like people who don't want to know where Meat comes from.

2 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Archangel Michael Re:I forced myself to watch it (299 comments)

Did you have an emotional response to the video? That emotional response is what is needed. Logic is nice and fine and all that, but when facing the horrors of evil, we must summon the gut wrenching emotions needed to effectively combat the horrors we face. Not seeing the video is a form of willful apathy, IMHO.

2 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Archangel Michael Re:I forced myself to watch it (299 comments)

Personally, it wouldn't offend me. I would use it as a case to humiliate the person actually thinking that was funny. Go ahead, make the video dubbing Benny Hill theme to it, as that says more about them, and those that think that is funny than anything else.

And I would use their tastelessness against them as often as I could for as long as I could. Humiliation and Shunning do work, it is too bad that we are too afraid to use them because we might offend those that we find offensive!

2 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Archangel Michael Re:Because of _censorship_ (299 comments)

Personally, I think that making people face the horrors of this world are the only way to create the incentives to stop them. Hiding the horrors allows them to continue with minimal impact. Put the video, on National TV, Prime Time, not as a recruiting video, but as evidence of the barbarism we are are facing in the world and a call to action against the virulent evil permeating the Muslim World and what "Jihad" means to them.

And until Moderate Muslims take up arms against the "Jihadists", there is no such thing as "moderate muslims". Let me know when Saudi Arabia, and the Emerates and ..... help us with their religious kinfolk.

2 days ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Archangel Michael Too Many (259 comments)

2 X Cell Phones
4 X XBOX
1 X Wii
1 X Chormecast
3 X Computers

Plus Guests. This reminds me that I ought to upgrade to higher end unit ...

5 days ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Archangel Michael Re:Might makes right ? (391 comments)

Depends ... isn't that an adult Diaper brand?

5 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Archangel Michael Re:The real crime here (458 comments)

This is, in a nutshell, why EVERYONE should be a Libertarian. Society cannot have an increasing Authoritarian Governance, simply because we want people to behave in ways that aren't part of the natural order of a society.

That being said, in this case, the person wasn't just sharing video, he was knowingly, and willingly AND willfully breaking the law. I have no sympathy.

5 days ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Archangel Michael Re:2 GB of RAM (215 comments)

The complain, specifically, I was addressing was price. $800 is not $600 is not $349. The complaint I was addressing was the inadequate specifications of the low-end Microsoft device using 2 GB ram when newer cellphones are coming with more, standard.

Chromebooks are between 200-300 for units that have 2GB ram. While the screen size is bigger, they aren't as portable or connected as Cell Phones. Trade offs for price / quality / performance.

The over all point is that Microsoft is being squeezed at both ends, out of the Windows World in to the Cloud / whocareswhatdeviceyouhave world. They cannot compete in all areas all the time, without compromising something. And right now, Microsoft is eating itself trying to compete in places it wasn't built to compete with.

The long term prospects for MS at this point are grim. They have lost market dominance of computing devices to Android and iDevices .And while they still dominate Desktop / Enterprise world, they have lost the mobile arena.

about a week ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Archangel Michael Re:2 GB of RAM (215 comments)

The OnePlus One is 3 GB Ram 64 GB Storage for $349. Has two cameras, GPS, WiFi .... Not $600 nor $800. And newer phones will start coming with 4GB ram this fall.

Does that change your mind?

about a week ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Archangel Michael Re:What a bunch of Wuss (578 comments)

He obviously didn't ever hear or read about Normandy. Or about the German disaster at the outskirts of Moscow the previous winter. Germany made the classic blunder of believing they were invincible (or at least acting like it) based on Hitler's Ideology of German superiority.

Additionally, he doesn't realize that the US was pretty much the only people fighting on two fronts at the same time, Europe and Pacific. Now, I don't know if he's looked at the globe lately, but Pacific was a pretty big theater. And the Japanese were tough fighters, often fighting until the last man had fallen, something rarely seen in warfare.

about a week ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Archangel Michael Re:2 GB of RAM (215 comments)

Newer cellphones are running 3 GB ram, and I've seen specs for upcoming ones with 4 GB Ram. This is just Microsoft wanting to get people to Office365, where the apps are running in the cloud.

about a week ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Archangel Michael Re:What a bunch of Wuss (578 comments)

To be fair, the US had to cross an ocean, and Britain wasn't much help for much of the war. Russia wasn't much of a force either, except for the best Army unit they had called ... Winter.

The US took time to build up forces in Britain and once we decided to invade Normandy, and secured that landing, it was all but over for the Nazi's.

That, and you forgot that Germany also had Italy in its axis as well. Not quite the lopsided fight you portrayed.

about a week ago

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Smart Phones Outsell Computers

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Archangel Michael (180766) writes "Smart phones have, for the first time, out sold computers.

For me, this is a milestone really worth mentioning, as it clearly indicates that smart communication devices are replacing computers. I know my phone can do some 65-80% of what I used to do on my computer.

In related news, Apple is slated to become the most valuable company in the world, partially based on its iPhone sales.

Disclaimer: I own a Droid X."

Link to Original Source

Journals

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Friends and Freaks

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 9 years ago

For those that think that adding my as a foe is a good thing, I smile at their foolishness. I just add them to my friends list.

Two more this month have fallen into this little quirk of mine. I never much figured out why people "hate" others enough to be bothered to actually put them on a Foe List.

Love you guys. ;-)

To the few people that have added me as Friends recently, thank you. I know it isn't much, but it is all I have to offer. Please don't feel diminished by the fact that I also add my freaks as my friends, as that is in no way a reflection of who you are.

To everyone else...... HI

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Textbooks

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  about 10 years ago

I have long been trying to advocate community based text books, using the Creative Commons type license. Imagine the combined intellect of all the worlds teachers contributing to a systematic learning collection of textbooks.

I am positive that the books would be much cheaper to produce. And as a bonus each student would be able to write notes( in them ) and keep the text for as long as needed. Perhaps even giving each student the entire course on a CD, to help prevent DeadTree versions.

It would prevent both Right wing and Left wing people from undue influence in the material, and the long term ability to cross check facts and provide alternate viewpoints.

I am not sure how this would play out with the teacher's unions and the school districts though

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Democratic Con

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

WHY would the Democrats put Jimmy Carter up criticizing Bush's record? He sure didn't do a good job when HE had the chance.

In fact, If I recall the economy of Jimmy Carter was called Stagflation. High Unemployement, High interest, high taxes, no growth economy under his watch.

In fact, Militant Islam got a foothold in Iran under his watch. In fact, terrorism got a foot hold under his watch. Remember the Iranian hostage crisis? Remember the botched attempt at a rescue.

In fact, the moral of the US was much worse when HE was president. Why anyone would listen to him is beyond me.

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Boobies

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I just found the best site for pictures of Boobies. A must see for everyone who likes Boobies. They have pictures of all sorts of Boobies for you to look at.

http://www.rit.edu/~rhrsbi/GalapagosPages/Boobies.html

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Orkut

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Saw this news item posted on slashdot:

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/01/23/1738250&mode=thread&tid=126&tid=95&threshold=-1

Thought it was interesting conceptwise. That was, until I realized that the membership was secret to start with. To join, you must be invited, to be invited, you must know someone who has joined, to know who has joined you must be a member, a form of catch-22.

Then I realized all it takes is one bastard to ruin the whole "Trusted Network of friends. I then understood that the whole idea would be broken in a matter of days.

What a bunch of elitist morons. Hey wait, that is redundant.

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Goofy Ratings

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Lets start off by examining one of the scores from one of my posts.

(Score:0, Insightful)

Since I start off with a +1 on all my posts, this seems a bit .... Weird. I have been moderated DOWN for being insightful?

A close look at the score table below will explain how this happens.

Starting Score: 1 point
Moderation -1
    30% Insightful
    70% Overrated

30% think it is insightful, and 70% overrated. Since I am thinking that Slashdot rounds the numbers to the nearest 10% so that I have one "Insightful" and two Down mods, the last being "Overrated" for a total of three.

The "Overrated" mod is kind of funny to me. It means that the post has at least SOME interest, just not enough to rate it up, but not really worth modding down, except that is exactly what they are doing.

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Thanksgiving

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So this week has Turkey day on Thursday, where we eat enough turkey to sleep for a week afterwords. The magical chemical that makes one sleepy is Tryptophan (or does it?). It is, however, a neat little amino acid.

http://www.chemie.fu-berlin.de/chemistry/bio/aminoacid/trp_en.html

Eating Turkey which contians elevated levels of Trytophan is probably NOT the cause for all the sleepy heads on Friday.

http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/FoodSafety/foodtryptophan.php

So, what is the cause? Probably over eating and all the alchohol consumed. But what is Thanksgiving except an excuse to eat and drink too much?

A nice bottle of Merlot, and a Chardonnay (for those that don't like real wine) will be on my table, as well as sparkeling cider for those that don't like alchohol and the kids.

I will be carving the bird using the "Presentation" method described HERE

http://www.eatturkey.com/foodsrv/manual/serve7.html

I sharpen my own blades, so the knife will be sharp. Nothing is more dangerous than a dull knife. So take the time to sharpen those dull knives.

http://www.diabetic-lifestyle.com/articles/oct01_cooki_1.htm

http://www.taunton.com/finecooking/pages/c00150.asp

Having work in many kitchens, I can sharpen a blade from very dull to very sharp on a Steel in about 1 -3 minutes. Only on the worst blades, ones with nicks and such do I ever sharpen on a grinder.

Pumpkin, Pecan, and lemon meringue pie are for dessert. Nobody likes Mincemeat Pie, except me, so I don't get my favorite for another year.

I will be making my own yeast rolls using a family recipe from France. They are so simple, yet so good.

Anyway, hoping you and yours have a very nice Thanksgiving. Take time to reflect on all the things you really are thankful for.

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Famous Friends and Fans

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Hey Bethanie,

Your tag line is famous. I now predict that it will become the next Slashtroll line.

1. Imagine ....
2. Overlords ....
3. Natalie Portman ...
4. "Do you want fries with that"
5. ????
6. Profit

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/10/28/1710229&mode=thread&tid=137&tid=184&threshold=0

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Moderation .... AGAIN

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I must be facinated by the whole moderation process. But I have noticed something quite recently. That is not that many articles are getting moderated. And the ones that are moderated remain at 3 or 4 longer than ever.

It makes me wonder if the moderation system is starting to fail or if the SlashDudes have changed the parameters.

I have seen several posts that were RIGHT on target or just plain funny stuck at 1. That is another thing, I don't see many +2s anymore either.

Anyway, it is anecdotal evidence at best; my observations. Nothing scientific or anything.

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Tired

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have been so tired lately it isn't even funny. Physically, not sleepy. Yet right now, I am sleepy tired, and it is just after 1:00pm.

It isn't like the job of a geek is all that hard. it isn't. The hardest part is lifting equipment on occasion.

I have tried the working out, eating better stuff to no avail, except that it makes me MORE tired. I have had a checkup, and my health is okay.

I just don't get it. Can I get a nap with those fries?

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Total Recall or not?

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I will be most likely holding my nose tomarrow as I vote in the Recall of Greyout Davis. I don't want any chance of that idiot or his Racist Clone in office on Weds.

Ahhhnold is going to get my vote (Voting early, often). It looks like it is going to be tight.

If it wasn't tight I would have voted for the Porn Starlett, just to waste my vote, and show my contempt for the whole Election process. (I view the whole thing as rigged anyway).

As for the allegations against AHHHNOLD of womanizing, groping or otherwise crude behavior, if this monkey is the best they can come up with, they are really hurting.

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20031006/i/r1346780462.jpg

Seriously, when I saw the woman, I though "Planet of the Apes", and no makeup required. If Arnold did grope this woman, he really DOES need to be locked up, for INSANITY.

This should be interesting.

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Internet Taxes

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Okay, here is where things get interesting.

We should be taxing the crap out of things that are harmful to society, and untaxing things that are actually GOOD for society.

Is having an income good? If so, why are we taxing it?

Think what would happen if we taxed PORNO instead? or Drugs? Or Prostitution? or whatever. Taxing stuff that makes society better is just plain STUPID.

I wouldn't be opposed to a sales tax on Internet purchases, in the current wacky tax/spend system we have today. But here is how I would set it up.

Any Purchase made by or through a internet source or destination inside the USoA would be taxed at a FLAT rate, to be evenly divided among the origination and destination states.

For instance, Ma&Pa Internet Sales INC, sells me a $100 pair of gold plated plastic spoons. They are in Texas, and I am in South Dakota (not really). Texas and South Dakota get 1/2 of the collected sales tax. Let us say that sales tax is 4% that would mean SD and TX would both get $2 each.

Now, if I were in say London, M&P would still collect 4% tax. Tex would get $2, and the other $2 would go to some other fund.

If on the otherhand, M&P were in London instead, that is a tricky issue. I think Import duties and other such restrictions would then apply.

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Religious Wackos

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Okay, so I see a post today on some more smart card privacy invasion. This time data tracking who goes where using Public Tramsportation in London.

This time, I can't help myself, and hint that I am one of those WEIRDOS that actually believes in the Bible.

The question is though, would this and should this one aspect of my life affect what others think of topics not even related?

In other words, does the fact that I actually believe in something bigger than myself, affect my ability to comment insightfully or otherwise on topics outside that relm?

Does this totally change how people see me? Not that I really care. I think it is something people should know, because it is important to me.

I should point out that I am not a Luddite either. Since I can remember, I have been facinated with technology, and gadgets and such.

However, I also see the amalgamation of technology coming together in a way where a single entity could control most every aspect of our lives.

This is something I am watching very carefully.

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Elections, voting systems etc

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So, the Circuit Court for California are debating the merits of various voting methodologies. Specifically Punch card ballots.

The case involves mostly liberal politicos calling for a suspention in the Recall election of California based upon the notion that an inanimate object can cause "Disenfranchisement" of a certain clase (or classes) of people.

What nobody has brought up, is the disenfranchisement of those who support the recall, if the process is held up for MOSTLY political reasons.

The whole reason this is being suspended isn't because of punch cards, it is because of Grey Davis vs Arnold (and the gang of 135). If this was the other way around, I would be willing to bet a ton of money that they would be quiet, not saying a PEEP.

Further, to insult the core group(s) of voters by insiuating that they are incapable of punching ONE HOLE is incredible. Besides, if people are that stupid, then their votes shouldn't count. I mean, if you can't figure out a ballot, perhaps you shouldn't be voting.

I think it isn't any supprise to note, that it is the DEMOCRATS who are courting the STUPID vote. That should be an indication of what it takes to be a democrat.

Remember, I am Libertarian, not a Rebublican. They have their issues too.

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Strawberry Daquiris

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I am taking advice from my personal slashcounselor to post a recipe. The only thing is, this recipe is (was) top secret and only known by a few close associates before today.

It is my recipe, I made it up, and everyone who has tasted it claims it was the "best ever".

16 oz frozen sweetened strawberries.
1 12oz can Kerns Strawberry Nectar.
1/2 cup 1/2 & 1/2
1/4 - 1/2 cup Rum dark Rum (optional)
Whipping cream to top.

In a blender mix strawberries, nectar and 1/2 & 1/2. The Can of Nectar should be VERY cold, almost frozen. The 1/2 & 1/2 is used to help thicken and smooth the blend. Blend till smooth and creamy.

If you use rum, that too should be VERY COLD. Colder the better, as the cold helps keep the Mix THICK.

Pour in to small glasses, and top with Whipping Cream. If it is fresh strawberry season, you can add a fresh strawberry on the edge of the glass for an elegant touch.

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Of Karma and Fans

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Okay, so my occasional slashcomment is modded as "funny" or "insightful" often enough to give me good karma (for what ever that is worth). So how come there are hardly any "Fans" out there.

Thank goodness, one of my friends actually lets me know that at least there is someone as crazy as I am out there. You know who you are.

Anyway, short of being a girl, how does one become famous on slashdot? Any Ideas? Bueller? Bueller?

On a sad note, one of my favorite musical artists died last night. Tonight, I will walk the line one last time.

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Is it the tools or is it the user

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Okay, one of my bosses comes to me today (Thurs) to try and promote the latest greatest "Content Management System" for our web site. But the story doesn't start there, it starts tuesday at the bi-monthly tech meeting for all the techs in the department (spread across various sites).

At that meeting, this boss (not pointy head by any stretch), mentions that several schools have set up new web sites using this Content Management system, and mentions how crappy my web site looks, and how it could be helped by a "content management system" like this.

That is when I first mentioned that I am running a content management system, that didn't cost a dime. And the site's crappy features were do to NOBODY willing to learn how to use the system.

She was explaining all the various things that this new system could do, and I kept saying "Mine does that" to EVERYTHING. No FTP (yup), No HTML (Yup), Management features (yup), secure editing (yup)......

Well that went over like the lead brick I knew it was. Which leads us to today's meeting (un announced). She showed me the system (looks nice, easy etc). And I gave a tour of ours.

It was then that she realized that it wasn't the tool that was causing problems, it was the people.

Which gets me to my next point. Why do people use the phrase "I am not techological" to mean "Don't even try to teach me as I am not willing to learn"?

I mean how hard can it be to WYSIWYG a Web Page? Cut and Paste from WORD etc. I could understand if I were talking about Perl or the intracacies of Network protocols and the OSI model.

But I am not. I am talking about click here, click there, type this, and bam, you have a web page. Want a calendar, click "Calendar", want to add an image, click "Image".

Yes, it is NOT the tools, it is the PEOPLE. Spending money on a "professional" system is not the answer, unless it is "why are we broke?"

---steps down off of High Horse---

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Moderation points, I have them again.

Archangel Michael Archangel Michael writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Okay,

I have moderation points again. But this time, I am taking requests for moderation, both UP or down. First five suggestions taken will be awared the points.

The only restrictions I have are,

1)Trolls will be Modded as -1, at my descretion
2) Find the obscure post that deserves moderation
3) If you comment on a request, and I think you are trolling for Moderation points I will MOD you -1

I don't have the time or energy to read every post. I am looking for truly "INTERESTING" or "FUNNY" posts that have been ignored and neglected.

On your mark,
Get Set,
GOOOOO!

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