In Case You Skipped The Light Fandango-Vol. I




“….and although my eyes were open, they might just as well have been closed” – Procol Harem

As Mrs. Lawrence will attest, I spend many of my “off duty” hours scouring the web for tech related information.  The sites I regularly peruse can be sources of inspiration, amusement, entertainment, amazement, disdain, and occasionally, something that may actually help me in my business. But, the REAL reason I do it is for you. Yes, you. Because I know, deep down, you’re all just as enamored with this stuff as I am, but you probably just don’t have the time to keep up. So I’m here to help.

I know what you’re thinking right about now. Those of you who don’t know me are envisioning a huge blob, spending all his time sitting in a beanbag chair behind a bank of computer monitors, while eating Cheetos by the pound. However, anyone who really knows me knows that Mrs. Lawrence threw my beanbag chair out years ago. But that’s another story for another day. So, without further ado…..

Here’s What You Missed This Past Week: (Categorized Too!)

Inspirational: Today is National Beer Day! (Hey…Some will find this very inspirational)

BeerAnd that’s all for that category. Now on to the….

Amusement:

MIT Technology Review recently reported on a study done by Allen Downey, a computer scientist at Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts, who has somehow correlated increased internet usage with a decrease in religious affiliation.

Yep. I’m sure that’s why younger people are turning away from organized religion.

Entertainment:

7 Priceless Items Sold on eBay

The Most Insane Truck Ever Built. (For a 4 Year Old).

Right Here. ‘Nuff said.

Amazement:

A 5 year old, (yes FIVE YEAR OLD), found a backdoor through his father’s Microsoft Xbox account allowing him to play unlimited games which should be parentally controlled for 5 year old kids. Yet another feather in the cap for Microsoft security. See more here.

Disdain:

No surprise here, Microsoft. Seems they’ve decided to extend Windows XP support to big business and governmental agencies….to the tune of $200.00 per computer annually. So far, the Dutch & British governments have signed on at a cost of approx. 2 million dollars each. My disdain comes about for a couple reasons here. First, the obvious. Everyone, including big business and governmental agencies have known about the End Of Life (EOL) date for XP for 7 years. Their lack of transition will result in big bucks for Microsoft at the expense of taxpayers and consumers. And, if Microsoft is still going to code security patches for those deep pockets, then why aren’t they available to average consumers? See more here.

Things I’ll Actually Use Going Forward:

Microsoft….again. This time in conjunction with Apple. Office for iPad.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go wash all the orange Cheetos residue from my face and hide the new beanbag chair in the closet before Mrs. Lawrence gets home.

“She said there is no reason and the truth is plain to see…”

 

 

 

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