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Wonderful introduction video

The Tides have turned

Saw this today on a FB page that I admire from afar.  It made me laugh.

The US economic situation, simplified

This arrived in e-mail yesterday, and I thought it was a wonderfully simple way of looking at the US economy.  My apologies if anyone has already posted it.

Lesson #1:

  • U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
  • Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
  • New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
  • National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
  • Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:

  • Annual family income: $21,700
  • Money the family spent: $38,200
  • New debt on the credit card: $16,500
  • Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
  • Total budget cuts: $385

Got It ????? 

Anyone on a household income of $21,700 knows how completely impossible it is to erase a credit card debt of $142,710, especially when you keep adding new debt to your credit card every year.  So how on Earth does this country pay off that kind of debt?

You don't erase credit card debt by buying new cars, flat screen TVs, or season tickets to a sports team.  You do it by cutting out everything except the essentials -- tighten the belt and put off the urge for instant gratification -- until it's under control.

Or didn't your parents teach you that?

Lesson #2:

Here's another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:

You come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood....and your home
has sewage all the way up to your ceilings.

What do you think you should do ...... Raise the ceilings, or pump out the crap?

Your choice is coming Nov. 2012.

Windows 8 released to developers today

Today is Windows 8 release day for developers.  (LIKE ME!)

It's called the "RTM" (Release to Manufacturing), and Windows 8 has finally reached that point.  The general public gets their release day in October.  That's when you can go to the store or online and buy a copy.

Microsoft's download channels have been really difficult to penetrate this afternoon, with perhaps hundreds of thousands of developers trying to download the release all at the same time, but I finally got a download started.  Almost half-way finished now.

Like when any new version of Windows comes out, lots of people will moan and complain about "how bad it is" and how they should leave it alone, so I don't expect anything different this time.  Actually, when Windows gets transformed so radically, like it did in Windows 8, those complaints will be even louder than normal.

Some will love it, some will hate it, but either way I am very glad that Microsoft is continuing to innovate.  Using Windows 8 on a touch-screen tablet is a great experience.  I think using it on a desktop touch screen and touch screen laptop will be just as good, and I can't wait to try it out on those.

For mouse and keyboard users, it is a big adjustment.  But as applications more and more are installed as modern UI apps (formerly known as Metro-style apps), the adjustment will become less and less.  In any case, the changes are important so that Windows continues to evolve as people use computers differently, and on different types of hardware.

Anyway, the download's now at 75% complete — installing soon!