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    this is going to be my new blogsite for regular rants of mine.

    This hopefully will supplement my webpages.

    please, if you comment stay on subject. I am interested in feedback, especially real thoughtful feedback. if you don't agree with what i believe that's fine too, but argue about why you believe differently, if that's appropriate.

    and of course, this is for fun interest and for something to think about, not to offend anyone's ideas or beliefs.

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ADBM and CRM

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.

Databases:

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.

CRM:

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 !


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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.

Wordsmith

I have always been an avid reader. Words have always been a big deal to me. I find it endlessly fascinating how words shape our lives. In a given day, you could pick any four words someone was going to say at a given time, and those four words could change the future of that time and place.

I have been puzzling over the simple idea that 2 people can hear the same thing and think they heard something totally different from what was said. Odd to me, I have found that some people interpret what they hear phrase by phrase and others add in assumptions with what is being said.  For example, one person says, “It’s almost time for lunch.”, and someone hearing it thinks that it’s almost noon. They assume that lunchtime and noon are the same. Somebody says, “I’m going on break,” and we all have to assume they’re going outside to smoke their cigarettes. But, where the word went and the idea went are two different places.

I thought of a sentence, ” Stop at the Stop sign.” This sentence cannot be more solid, the words have no multiple meanings, or anything like that. The sentence though, has many different interpretations. Really, just look at where people stop when they come to a stop sign. Some stop at the sign, some before, some after, some way before, some don’t stop at all. What’s up with that ?

There are many other things that affect the meanings of words and sentences. Which word you accent in the sentence changes the meaning of the sentence and insinuates something about the word that was accented as well. Obviously, if you use a closely related synonym, that changes the meaning of the sentence slightly or largely, depending on the word choice. “Pause at the Stop sign,” doesn’t mean Stop.

People think I am funny when I interpret a sentence they said and tell them my interpretation, which just shows everyone can see the different meanings of words they have said, sometimes they just don’t pay attention. I don’t understand how people expect to be understood if they aren’t paying attention to what they say.

English, I found out recently, has more words than any other language on the planet. Of course, we have also adopted words from every country on earth as well. And there are words we have adopted from other languages because they mean something special in English, to us. Like, “ciao”, or “je ne se qua”[?], and many more. Also, people are speaking more than one language these days as well, or sometimes just phrases from other languages.

George Orwell predicted that one day we would all speak one language, a mix of  all the major languages we have today. He predicted that minor languages would eventualy dissappear when people adopted larger countries’ langurages. It seems odd that as communciation continues to accellerate, people are communicating thousands of times more than what they used to, that language is becoming more broad and the meanings of even specific words are becoming more broad. What’s unique is that even though certain words are very specific, if the sentence structure is loosely configured then the sentence could mean varied things.

Our langurage just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.

What’s next for our glorious language ?


I don’t understand people

Obviously, I understand some people, you know – the ones who think like me.

What is it with people and their illogical ideas ? Some of us have the right idea. Then other people, well they just want to do things another way. The wrong way.

Some people just say things and you don’t argue with them. You can’t. They wouldn’t believe you anyway.

Guy says, “My f^%$#n case manager told me to come down here.”
“Sir, you can’t cuss in our lobby.”
“You’re the only one who has a problem with my language.”
“Sir, I’m the only one here right now. But I don’t have to put up with your language.”
“Well I don’t have to put up with you.”
“That’s absolutely correct Sir, see you later. ”
“What? You’re making me leave?”
“If you don’t want to stop cursing that’s fine, but you can’t stay in our lobby. Those are the rules.”
“I’m here to do an application to live here. You have to let me stay. This is business !”
“If you stop cursing then you can stay and do an application.”
“Oh, F@#& this man ! You don’t want to help me that’s fine. “

Some people just don’t understand.

A guy tries to get a deal on a cell phone, and can’t. He is signing a new 2 year contract, so he tries to get 25% off the accessories. The agent tells him they can’t do that, they have already broken the rules letting him upgrade a day before they were supposed to let him upgrade. So, he walks out of the store.

I told my little sister, figure out what you want to do, figure out how to do it, and do it ! Don’t play around, make excuses, procrastinate, or let other people give you an excuse. But, on the other hand, you have to follow certain rules.

It has always amazed me when people walk into a store and start a conversation with the person behind the counter. They start some kind of questioning and when they get a “NO” answer, they want to argue or raise their voices. Sometimes they even threaten and wave their fists around.

To what end ? What positive outcome could that possibly have ? Any normal situation and you can expect the little nice person behind the counter, who wants no trouble anyway, is going to call the cops, maybe, or his manager.

These are the idiots you here riding the bus complaining, “I lost my car, now i gotta ride this bus that sucks. I got kicked out of Wally Mart for cussing at the girl at the Return stand. She was dumb !”

And people listen to me and they say that it seems I do understand; it’s those idiots that don’t understand.

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In customer service we talk to people who will ask you a question and you tell them it has to be either black or white. They say, “I want red.” You can’t enter the program if you have red, only black or white. “I want red, only red.” And we just look at them like they are from another planet because they have no idea. They are trying to get into our program, but they are literally talking their way out of our program.

Unbelievable !


The Search War

Everyone knows Google Search is better than Bing.

Here’s an example:

Google Search for “Untraceable Killing Techniques” [Pictures]:

optical illusion

optical illusion with brain and body killing effect

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Bing Search for “Untraceable Killing Techniques” [Pictures]:

bunny

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Disclaimer: these are not actual search results, this is just meant as a literary/picture metaphor joke. You can watch this Untraceable movie trailer though.

Paul didn’t know Jesus

my conclusion: we don’t know. we didn’t have a clue before, now we have an educated clue.

CNN has a blog somewhere similar to my blog, “Time Travel”, and they say if certain things happen Hubble should be picking up images from billions of years ago, and if we look in the right spot we may be able to revisit the “Big Bang”. which really makes me wonder about our concept of “time” since that time for us has already happened, but here it is still happening there.

but anyway, our concept of time has changed numerous times. they used to measure time with the sundial and it was only accurate to within an area of time. sometimes the minute hand was considered accurate, but when the seasons change then the minutes’ positions change. more recently we’ve had clocks/watches that if you do not wind them at exactly the same time everyday they aren’t accurate. then later with the atomic clock and the internet, scientists have found that seconds were too large a measurement of time to be accurate. then with internet synchronization they found that they had to synchronize once a day. the time on the computer would be off because computers measure time in eighths or tenths, and time is in sixths. (60 seconds in a minute vs. 100) but a computer chip runs in tenths but then it has to communicate with the other chips in bits, so 8, 16, 32….

One of the guys who commented on my other blog was curious about how long we’ve been around.

before scientists were invulnerable, and what they said was golden. but then some other scientists cam along who said we don’t know that carbon dating or uranium isotope deterioration is correct. obviously, we have not been around for 12,000 years, so we could never even tell you that is what carbon would be like after that long. then they said we don’t know that carbon ages in that way each time. under different conditions it may decay at a different rate. also, the atmospheric conditions of the time in question may have been different than what we know today. A little more detail on both sides of this argument.

so, keeping that in mind, i read another story in an archeological periodical or magazine, that told about them digging into a mesa out west around Colorado. mesas are easier to measure because whatever the height of the mesa is how far you don’t have to dig down, but still get material from that rock period in history. 

archeological dig example so these archeologists went down into different layers of the rock and found animals and bones at different levels and tested all of them to see how old they were. on the outside layer of the Mesa, however, there could be remains from any period from where it was over washed with flood waters.

but, when the archeologists dug into the Mesa they found lifeforms in the upper layers that were older than animals in the lower layers. they would find a fossil and compare it to a list of fossils that had been previously dated to see how old it was.

here, the archeologists had a problem. the layers had to be laid on in the correct order because they layer like the layers of a tree trunk, one on top of the older one. so, how could the dating be wrong on the animals that they had found ?

They could not find an acceptable answer. Me ? i just don’t think we really know what we’re doing yet.

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but don’t you let me let this argument be one sided !

religion has it’s own inaccuracies to deal with. First, the Gospels’ stories do not match factually. i, and many other people believe these books were written as parables by the disciples. Nowhere in the Bible does it mention Jesus’ actual appearance, which just shows some things were intentionally left our of his description, and the details of the stories. Luke and Matthew write different accounts of the stories as do Mark and John. if these accounts were handed down directly from God, then these guys didn’t double-check what they wrote.

That aside, people have recently stated a new argument. I’m still reading Jesus Papers by Michael Baigent, in which some archeologists and theologians have been working together for 50 years and have read ancient writings from the Bible and historical texts. even though Paul had never met Jesus, he talks of him as if he has. in those same words that Paul talks of Jesus, Matthew, Luke, and others talk of him. when most of the writers in the Bible talk of Jesus they speak of him in a 3rd person kind of way, more like the person who fulfilled the prophecies would be the Messiah. the Gospels write of Jesus as the one who fulfilled those prophecies, therefore, he was the Messiah.

if you look at Jesus this way, and if i have made any sense the way i have written it, you may be able to see how the Bible of parables, was written about the story of the Messiah, and that Messiah would be Jesus and the son of David and Abraham. but the Jesus that lived and the Jesus written about may not have been the same. the Jesus in the Bible was a prophesy, Jesus the man came later.

While i believe in God, and i believe the Bible is sacred, what else we know about time, our history and where we’re from, leaves a lot of questions.

Management Ethics

in the beginning…. Management was the people who supervised the workers. at least thats the way i imagine it because the indurstrial revoloution was somewhat before my time.

today…. wow what a bunch of employee-screwers ! everyday i hear of something new and interpret it through management’s perception. it’s incredible that i can say i think my boss cares about us and how we are doing outside of our work-a-day duties. on the other hand he is a manager and he has duties in that capacity that affect how he can go about his daily objectives.

let me digress… my dad taught me by telling me stories of management decisions, and anecdotes of management meetings where they discussed legal ways of taking away everything from the employees and giving the decision making back to management.

today, i go to meetings where everyone shares their information from their job title’s perspective. there is a reason for the meetings, studies found that employee’s opinions are not just opinions, they are actually whole stories about what is going on in the company. another study found that when you have many people working on the same project, simply improving communication through email and cell phones does not entirely work; think of riding in a car and no one speaks for the first half of the ride, but then of a sudden you remember something that happened yesterday. meetings help the group communicate more.

but management was the group who started the discussion of a meeting of these “leaders with titles”. why? at least 2 reasons, and you could find more:

1. it makes those leaders feel like they have input into the organization, their opinion counts, they are an invaluable part of the company. each leader feels like they are expected to say something because they are somebody, so they feel confident and self-important.

2. over time, things do not happen the way that policy dictates they are supposed to happen. also, people bend or break the rules. in a relaxed environment where these leaders feel they are an instrument of management, instead of an adjunct employee, they are willing to tell the full story, in the spirit that they are improving the quality of their company.

both are similar to the way Hitler did things. Hitler brought people into his Army or the Jr. Army (for younger folks), and made them feel like they belonged, and important to him,  so they would rat out their parents or cousins. he would make them feel like their ideas were important to him, even giving them salutorious advancements, so they could improve his organization, and so they would feel proud and obligated when it came time that they had to kill their father or sister or a friend who was a Jew.

we see more and more of these types of behaviors of management everyday. think of the grievance forms they give to customers, which are not there for their complaining antics, they are there so they can feel like they made an impression and were able to speak their piece.

they used to have a place where employees could make comments, and they would take the comments and bring some employee representatives with them to a management meeting just to top off the experience. those employees would report back to the other employees what had happened and how great they thought they had done in the meeting. of course, if things didn’t turn out right, the employees would blame the representative who went to the meeting ! how beautiful is that !

most businesses have the policy that you are not allowed to discuss salary. among some big businesses this is just considered silly ! big for-profit companies want you to know how much you could be making if you worked harder and did more for the company. many salaries you can find online of certain education-centered positions. when management or businesses in general, realized that they could combat wages by de-organizing the unions and telling the employees to keep it a secret, they did.

my former boss used to tell new guys, “you’re getting paid more than we’re really allowed to start you at, so don’t go telling everybody how much you make.” – and gave that guy .50 cents less than everyone else starting out.

this doesn’t just apply to pay, but also to health, dental, legal, life, and vision insurance, and other benefits.

so, be on your watchful eye and you might spy one of these tactics used by management to make you feel better about your job !