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On Measurement

I read this the other day, as part of a discussion about monies; in particular the fact that at one point in history not all currencies were divided into decimals, as the US Dollar is (ten pennies = one dime, ten dimes = one dollar). I believe it’s originally from Terry Pratchett’s book Good Omens: […]

Open letter to Capital One

To the officers and marketing director at Capital One: Go away. Stop bothering me. I don’t want your credit card. My wife doesn’t want your credit card. My children don’t want your credit card. Above all I don’t want the advertisements and “pre-approved offers” your company is dropping into my mailbox almost every day. If […]

Creating Custom Ringtones

Over a cup of coffee at Starbucks this morning Eric asked me about the custom ringtones on my mobile phone, specifically how I get exactly what I want and how I transfer it to the phone. I’ve looked through the software shelves at Fry’s, BestBuy, CompUSA and other places, and there are lot of packages […]

FTC: How Not to Get Hooked

Internet scammers casting about for people’s financial information have a new way to lure unsuspecting victims: They go “phishing.” Phishing is a high-tech scam that uses spam or pop-up messages to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information. … The FTC, the nation’s […]

Destiny Day

October 13, 1492: At daybreak great multitudes of men came to the shore, all young and of fine shapes, and very handsome. … I was very attentive to them, and strove to learn if they had any gold. Seeing some of them with little bits of metal hanging at their noses, I gathered from them […]

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