Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Personal Efficiency (1923)

Welcome to the Lasalle Extension University September 1923 guide on The Principles of Efficiency.
To help promote the book, here is the carrot.

O VALUABLE is "The Twelve Principles of Efficiency" - so full of inspiration and practical suggestions - so rich in its fund of successful human experience - that small wonder is it that many men, taking front rank among the world's producers, make it a habit to re-read it, from cover to cover, at periodic intervals, getting something new out of it every time they read it. Thousands of these men regard it as the one indispensable book in their library, and do not hesitate to ascribe to it a large part of their success. If you do not already possess it, get your copy now. You will ever prize it. It will open up vast new possibilities to you - in yourself, and in your coworkers.

The ladies were invited to help in 1923. Here is a questionnaire and reported suggestions on how a husband can be helped.

For those interested in the cost of the latest technology of the era, we have this advertisement on the back inside cover, only $3 down. The ladies that needed to type for their husbands from step 4 above needed the below instrument in which the advertisement was conveniently placed near their recommended instructions.

By The LaSalle Problem Method

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I Can See You Are The Expert

You came sauntering into my shop area inquiring about a thing to hook up to a laptop which you can then get on the internet with over the air.

I had just finished loading up another PC and the conversation turned from his question to various anti-virus applications and the ones that are of no value in his opinion as he looked at the desktop screen of that PC.

He admitted he didn't know about megabits and gigabytes and computers and all but I had a feeling he knew everything else.

I could immediately tell by the cowboy boots, large belt buckle, large gut and the dirty cowboy hat that read "Budweiser" on it that he was certainly an expert in all things and I was about to learn stuff.

I explained that he could go with either a USB or PCMCIA card with respect to wireless to connect to various places that offer free Wi Fi. There was b,g, and n wireless....

It stopped there and to my amazement the most profound thing happened in front of me! He was an immediate expert in Wi Fi! I was most humbled he came into my place of business and showed to me how these things are done. To think I slowly advanced my knowledge of computing over many years, and here was something that happened within minutes. Amazing. Right in front of me!

It was a humble experience - no glow in the Budweiser letters, no aura, just pure knowledge combined with a 6 or more decibel level in his voice as he testified about wireless.

Something I will never forget.

He would get back with me about a purchase - would I be that lucky? What might I learn then?

Friday, April 11, 2008

Vista ... Calling Microsoft!

Here is an interesting article on the Computerworld site talking about the point of view that Windows is collapsing.

I see that (Apple) OS X is mentioned in the context of iPhone and where Vista may be too large of a source base for mobile devices.

I don't see any mention of any of the Linux distributions, maybe because it is not a commercial product?

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Gordon Kahl - Patriot or Outlaw?

It seems to me that I first heard about Gordon Kahl in the mid 1980's on a local radio station. Further down the road the movie In The Line of Duty: Manhunt In The Dakotas (1991) was made and Rod Steiger played the role of Gordon Kahl.

For my taste I thought that Rod Steiger did an excellent acting job. Later in the early 21st century I had the pleasure of hearing some interviews with Joan Kahl, the wife of Gordon Kahl, on the American Freedom Network radio station out of Johnstown, CO. It was her impression that the movie did not do justice to Gordon.

Later in life I was able to visit Gordon's Grave near Heaton, North Dakota. I had never visited North Dakota before and found it to actually be a wonderful state with many things to see of importance and beauty.

After stopping in Medina and traveling north from Medina I believe this view may be the place and the view just before Gordon and his family were ambushed in February of 1983.

From an alleged typed note by Gordon Kahl written that very day.
As we came over one of the hills just north of Medina, I saw on the top of the next hill what looked like two cars parked on it. About this time they turned on their red lights, and I knew the attack was under way.
Later, in June of 1983 Gordon was killed in a shootout with federal authorities in Lawrence County, AR. A local sheriff by the name of Gene Matthews was also killed, some say by a bullet into his back.

The cemetery where Gordon rests has two markers. One of the markers represents both Gordon and his wife Joan, at the bottom of this stone reads "He Loved His Country".

The other stone is a military marker representing his service in WWII.

A few links to read further about Gordon are at the end of this blog as I cannot do better than what those pages have to say.

What I can say is that Gordon was a tax protester and had deep concerns about the direction of where the government was taking us. He had concerns about the individual farmers and small towns that were disappearing before his eyes.

What I can tell you about Heaton, North Dakota that I visited in the summer of 2004 was that it is a virtual ghost town with no apparent prosperity of any individual farmer or store evident.

There are also the infamous tax protesters of The Boston Tea Party and most of us know the phrase Taxation Without Representation.

So, was Gordon a patriot or outlaw? Certainly he was an example that was made to be either a Patriot or Outlaw.

His resting place represents history now much in the same fashion of George Washington, Patrick Henry, Doc Holiday, William Bent, maybe even the James Gang Brothers and Billy The Kid.

Gordon was not advocating for the rich or for the companies - just for people he had empathy for.

A Social Networking Site - WeShreddit.Fast

(A Parody)
Many months or so ago I discovered a social networking site that allows one to register for free and submit articles of interest for others to examine. Based upon the communities tastes the submitted article could be given a goody or a nogoody nod from other users and processes.

There was one additional attribute bestowed on a user over time that was calculated based upon a highly guarded algorithm...the revered number referred to as a vibe. Many sought after the valued vibe and wondered why they never seemed to obtain any. Others wondered why their vibe count would dramatically drop. Then, vibe whores appeared more frequently, maybe testing the system!

Some thought predestination of unknown forces may be at hand while others seemed sure. Others with high numbers of
vibe and consistent goody points recommend to the unhappy contributers to just keep submitting.

The submissions by many would continue to disappear as fast as they submitted them.

So it appeared that the nogoody plague was continuing and eventually what was discovered below was agreed on by many users.

A Hopeful User Submits A URL

A Monkeyish Process Intervenes

The Grease Has Been Applied

And Here Lies The Horrible Results Of Many

And so ends the dreams and aspirations of many submitters who simply wanted a vibe or two.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Civilization and Woodpeckers

From a .signature while reading a newsgroup in the 1980's:

If architects and engineers designed and built buildings like software engineers wrote and tested software the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.