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The New Busy

If you get an email from someone who has Hotmail, often you will see a link at the bottom that says, “the new busy is not the old busy” or something like that. Their referring to email and advertising managing you email with the new Hotmail.

Really, when I see it of course, I think of life in general. I’m sure my parents at one time thought the same thing, when I was a kid perhaps. Today, you have to constantly be doing something, checking your email, deleting those junk emails, texting, researching on the internet, watching movies, reading magazines or new books, watching the news, just to keep up. There is always something to do or something someone else needs you to do. The more connected you are with people, the more stuff that creeps into your life !

There’s no time for video games anymore !

The stress of it all can be overwhelming sometimes. When I go on vacation and my cell phone is off or charging, there is sometimes…….. complete silence except for the wheels turning on the pavement. It is so quiet it is overwhelming ! It reminds you right away of the stress you are not feeling !

So, yea, the old busy is not the current busy ! Guess we just have to deal with it, and when we can’t, get in your car and drive far away !


The State of Education

Our Education System was bunk when I was in High School and I graduated in ’91.

I went to high school in Glen Burnie, Maryland first, so the High Schools in Ohio were ruined for me after that. Maryland’s High School system was set up so that if you showed you were more advanced then you could be placed in higher level classes. Ohio has that now to some extent. There were other ways to move up in your classes there.

In Glen Burnie I benefited from this system. I started at Glen Burnie in the 9th Grade, and immediately put me in the 10th grade English class. English is easy and fun ! Besides, I always wanted to skip a grade in something ! Well, the class was Composition. By that time I had already started writing poetry and short stories on my own, and tried to write some Compositions/Essays. There isn’t a far stretch between a Composition and an Essay, or an Essay and a Research Report.

So, I went to class. The first day, I’m thinking, here I am with all these 10th graders, this is cool !

2nd day, I get to class and I notice most of the kids in the class are sleeping or talking in class and when I talk to them about stuff they look at me funny and don’t have much of a response. We have a classwork assignment to write about summer vacation and paint a picture with complete sentences, verb noun adjective pronoun. We were supposed to make sure there were plenty of adjectives cleanly related to the noun they were modifying, and pronouns that were just as succinct in their relationship. I remember because the teacher took a minute to show us how to diagram a sentence. I had never diagrammed a sentence before, but it was such a simple concept the teacher actually agreed when we discussed there was no place for the infinitives and conjunctions. The rest of the class was kind of lost at that point.

The 3rd day, I got kicked out. I went to class and some of the kids were talking about summer school. Summer school? I never went, would have refused, but given the chance I would have volunteered to go to school extra. By this time I’m thinking we get to write stories and I will get an easy A in this class !

Bad luck for me though ! At the end of class, the teacher actually told me to Get Out of her class ! When I tried to ask her what she meant, she told me I was way ahead of the other kids in the class. She gave me a pass to go see the Guidance Counselor that day so that I could be placed in the 11th grade English class ! And told me I would still get Credit for the 10th grade English class that I was skipping !

When I got to the next English class I was excited, but the classmates just looked at me and groaned a little. They didn’t share my enthusiasm. I thought when I was moved up to the 10th Grade English I was going to be behind. When they moved me to the 11th Grade English I was afraid I would be behind, but when I got there it was just another Essay class. Sometimes we had to study words and etymology, but that was fun, too !

But the point that this makes is that we need to identify the needs of the students and move them along to the level where they have some challenge. When I was in High School I wasted a lot of time “learning” things I already knew. Doing 3 months of fractions homework does not make someone better at fractions, just helps to identify the students who aren’t getting better at fractions.

In Ohio, I hear again and again all the bad effects of moving people up through the education system. They say students may not understand what they are learning at the higher levels because they have not had time to adjust and understand the previous lessons. I say teach them as much as we can as fast as we can.

When I was young I was an excellent speller, now I spell-check or I Google it. When I talk to a 12 year old kid and he asks me how to spell something, usually I just tell him/her to Google the thing. But when they ask,” How do you Google something?”, I can see then what our education system has become. A computer is a tool for people to use.

When we were young we were all good at math. When a kid asks me whats 103 – 57? I just put the finger to the calculator and go ! And when the kid asks me how to use the calculator the way I did, then I can see what our education system has become. A Calculator is a tool for people to use.

When I see a kid who gets angry when asked a question he/she can’t answer, I understand parents or the education system are to blame. If you can’t answer a question then Books are a good tool.

Most people know that I am a computer nerd. When kids have a computer problem and they sit there for a while and then they turn their laptop off, I am confused. People are a resource, and asking people questions in their specialty is a tool.


Schools have changed, no doubt. When I was younger I read an article about what schools were meant to be in the early days.

Grade:                     Lesson:

K-6:                               Sit down and shut up, raise your hand if you have a question, and only do what you’re told.

7-12:                            Read what’s in the book, repeat the answer when asked the question.

Follow the rules of the person in charge,  respect the other students.

Associates Degree: Learn the basics for all subjects. You have to know these things to carry on a

conversation with anyone who had this level of  education in a related field.

Bachelor’s Degree: Here’s the basics for your specialty in your field. You can do research to back up

the prevailing opinion on any subject.

Master’s Degree: Learn how to think an original thought and do your own research to back it up.

At a business, when HR is looking for the right person for the job, this is what they look at to determine what education level they need in the candidate.

Someone who is 15-16 years old has been told all their lives, don’t do just follow directions, and mediocre is okay. The perfect fast-food employee.

If you’re looking for a shift supervisor, you may be looking for a high school graduate, someone who has mastered “do what you’re told” and will tell other people what to “do as they’re told.”

Associate’s Degree holder is the person who you want to know about everything you do, not how to do it, but what needs to be done to get there and how to back you up while you do the hard stuff.

Of course, if you want someone to be assigned a job and they do that job, then that’s where your Bachelor’s Degree person comes in.

Master’s Degree person is the person you hire who can go out and do research on a task, find out how it’s been done in the past, study your business to see what needs need to be met, then use their education and experience to make a plan and get the materials and staff gathered up to get the job done.

In our society, what people do you see in High School or starting college that you think will make it to this level ? Today, someone between 20-25 can have their own business if they are talented and can use the tools that I mentioned above.

In the old days, say the 1930’s, Adults were people who could go out and live on their own, build their own home, do the job that they have apprenticed to do, and start their own business doing the job they have trained their whole lives to do. The adults of our age, our students coming out of High School (or maybe College) need to be at this level.

Some people believe that in order to compete with other countries they need to be higher than this level.


Some people are analytical. some people are detail oriented. some people can drill down into it with incredible intensity. That’s the kind of skill and focus Advanced Database Management requires.


For a database to be interesting it has to have enough related data for it to contain some useful information. Database Management is taking the database and setting up the data so that it is good data. When you fill in a form and put in your last name as Microsoft or Gnulicense, some database manager somewhere has to scrub that. When you put in a date as 12//12/2012 someone has to clean that so it reads 12/12/2012.

Relational Data:

The difference between data and information is (usually) human intervention and interpretation. Often though, humans use database tools like Relational Database management to show relationships between data. A family has four kids, so the kids are in the table with the parents. They also go to school, so then they become part of the table that refers to the school. Later, as more and more adults with kids are added to the family tables, you eventually see how many students are in the schools. So, the kids and the students are related, the kids belong to the school and to the parents.

RFID tags:

Besides gathering data from people filling out forms or people using cards at the library or credit cards, there are the cards you use at the grocery store and tags in the things you buy. RFID tags are the tags that record enable RFID readers to transfer product data to the database. All types of information is recorded and placed in databases, but that is really only the first step in measuring data.

So, even though this is really only a simple outline of these basic database principles, you can probably see how tables and databases are set up to create relationships among data and use RFID tags and other technology to add other information to these tables and databases to show more depth of information.


Customer Relationship Management is taking all of your customer product data, customer address and household data, customer family data, business product data, business characteristics, even business employee data, and finding all the relationships between  those data. Most Advanced databases use database technology, math, science and interpretation of relationships and data all thrown together into one big globule. Then you have to take that globule and look at the related data after its boiled down.

Imagine a customer table, which includes all customer demographic information.

Then there would be a purchase table of all the purchases by each customer, how much each thing costed, any discounts that were used, any coupons presented, what time and date the product was purchased, and of course, more.

A products table would have all the products, their availability, the product RFID#, size of the package or weight.

There might be an Inventory table that shows what shelf contains which product and whether that location was a kiosk or sale stack or end-of-aisle display or other type of display.

And of course, this can be just the beginning of a bigger more incredible monster. If you go to the website and use there customer card then your favorite websites or shipping information could be recorded. If you use a credit card or store credit card then information could be recorded from there.

Once all this data has been warehoused and drilled and mined, you could check out a Kroger and receive a coupon for a truck you were looking at online just before the last time you bought carrots online. They could figure out how much time remains from the last time you bought carrots till the next time and send you coupons just before the next time you go out to the grocery store. They might try to give you a coupon for the bigger bag of carrots to see if you will buy more carrots this time around. You could receive an email with pictures of trucks of carrots, and saying you can get a discount through your favorite search engine if you use your grocery store credit card to buy them.

They just want to show you what a special customer you are !

User friendly ?

Confusing Windows error messages ? You’re likely human. Check out this link, though http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-10877_11-333302.html – These are so hilarious ! I was crying after reading some, some after reading the captions underneath !

I thought it was kind of depressing that I have seen most of these errors. I don’t remember the “red screen of death” but I rarely try to repair Windows Vista.

It used to be, years ago, that the big difference between a Mac and a PC was not the price or the viruses, or even the parts, but “User friendly” in the Operating System. My buddy always used to say that Mac was more user friendly, but when he installed a program he had 2 files on the desktop that he had to drag to some folder. I asked him how I would know to move those 2 folders and to where, and he said “experience,” and I was confused since I have no experience, and no friends that have Macs……………..so, …….

So, I have played with Windows for 20 years. I played with other operating systems when I came in contact with them. It always seems to be the same thing, though. When you run into an error message that says, “Operation Failed” and “Press OK for the System to Restart now,” you are practically out of breath as you try to figure out everything you are going to lose and have to close unsaved besides as your PC screws you yet again. Or you are doing two operations at once and one asks you if you’re ready to restart, and then you get an error message from a process you thought had already completed. Then you realize that you will have to restart the second process, because the PC is shutting downnnnnnnnn…………….

Dang ! These people designing these things, don’t they realize they are inadvertently destroying lives ? Just kidding.

But really, the error messages could always be a little more detailed, descriptive, and complete.

When you pull your USB drive, it could tell you, ” Windows doesn’t think your write instructions were completed, but saved your files in a Temp directory, would you like to replace and re-copy those files or those files could dissappear forever ?”

When you download a really large file, Windows could come up with a secondary message, allowing your download to continue, and let you know, “This download will likely continue for 21 Hour and 21 more minutes.”

Or, “You are getting ready to print and your printer has no paper, would you like to Pause the Print request before the Printer goes bonkers ?”

How about: “This computer is shutting down, but you have not removed the optical media from the drive. Would you like to remove the cd before you shut down the system and have to restart just to take the disc out?”

“Is it okay if Windows shuts down after your Print job is sent to the Print que instead of before this time?”

Yes, of course those would be friendlier error messages, I suppose. Especially if they had the one with the Smiley face OK Cancel only error messagebox.