A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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If a general can blog, so can a CEO
Tuesday, 21 Jul, 2009 – 0:21 | Comments Off
If a general can blog, so can a CEO

The question posted in March was as simple as it was audacious: What’s the stupidest rule you’ve seen in the Army?
It drew 93 responses.
One soldier wanted to know why sweaty clothes weren’t allowed in the …

Hey, granny! You’re going to die!
Wednesday, 8 Jul, 2009 – 22:55 | 2 Comments
Hey, granny! You’re going to die!

I’ve been bored a few times in my life – bored enough at one point to play quarter bounce with coffee at 6 a.m. with a bunch of other people too bored and brain dead …

Road tax idea would have Uncle Sam riding shotgun
Thursday, 2 Jul, 2009 – 0:13 | 2 Comments
Road tax idea would have Uncle Sam riding shotgun

Good news for conspiracy theorists: The government might not need its fleet of black helicopters for much longer. Isn’t it nice to see possibilities for economizing in this budget climate?
If a study under way at …

Notion of banning links misses a link in why readers go online
Sunday, 28 Jun, 2009 – 23:03 | Comments Off
Notion of banning links misses a link in why readers go online

In about an hour each morning, I can browse five newspapers – two national, two state and one local – without killing a single tree.
When I’m finished with that, I survey a dozen or so …

Password policy more prurient than practical
Sunday, 21 Jun, 2009 – 22:45 | One Comment
Password policy more prurient than practical

Credit reports, criminal history, references and past employment: All valid information for a potential employer, though credit reports aren’t relevant in all instances.
Anything the employer can turn up online about an applicant: Fair game. It’s …

A SWAT for hunting down people who want to remain anonymous
Thursday, 18 Jun, 2009 – 20:00 | Comments Off
A SWAT for hunting down people who want to remain anonymous

It’s a situation so outrageous that even those who don’t like the American Civil Liberties Union are singing its praises.
A federal prosecutor in Nevada wants a judge to force the Las Vegas Review-Journal to turn …

Waiting for the Net to fizzle? Don’t
Wednesday, 17 Jun, 2009 – 18:58 | Comments Off
Waiting for the Net to fizzle? Don’t

Been sitting back on your haunches and dismissing this whole online thing as a preoccupation of the kids, the techies and the well-heeled?
You might want to stand up so you can get a clearer look …

A SWAT for getting involved in a college prank
Thursday, 28 May, 2009 – 21:11 | 5 Comments
A SWAT for getting involved in a college prank

He’s a hacker considered “a master of the trade amongst his peers.” He even had two operating systems on his computer and used a prompt to issue commands!
Therefore, in January police in Boston had to …

A SWAT for wasting money – for the children
Friday, 22 May, 2009 – 0:55 | Comments Off
A SWAT for wasting money – for the children

You just gotta love California, though I suspect the state’s predicament is more amusing to residents of the other 49 than it is to those of us who live here.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature …

Falling with style: If bots can master it, why can’t I?
Thursday, 21 May, 2009 – 23:18 | Comments Off

On one level, it’s simple: When you’re about to fall, just let go and fall. Trying to stop the tumble or, even worse, flailing your arms and legs as you land will make it worse.
Somewhere …

Reason No. 3,542 the Brits are bonkers
Tuesday, 19 May, 2009 – 0:56 | Comments Off

From the country that wants to censor the Internet worldwide in the name of protecting its children comes another bizarre project, also in the name of “protecting children”
The British have launched a database, at a …

Don’t you just love being a cliche?
Friday, 15 May, 2009 – 23:52 | One Comment
Don’t you just love being a cliche?

The salesman where I bought my Blackberry cost himself a bit of extra commission last week when he included a hot pink cover in the pile of accessories he was pushing on me.
Even Big Guy …

E-mailoholics, raise your hands. But only if you can quit typing long enough
Monday, 11 May, 2009 – 23:07 | Comments Off

There are two types of people: Those who can leave work at work and those who are surrounded by it 24-7, minus a few hours for sleep.
A new study from Yahoo Research confirms that, no …

Wi-Fi not working? Blame the new parents
Monday, 11 May, 2009 – 22:33 | Comments Off
Wi-Fi not working? Blame the new parents

One paranoid parent could screw it up for an entire neighborhood.
That’s according to the latest out of Britain, where a report by wireless experts Mass Consulting says that interference from a single baby monitor or …

Understanding the meaning of Crackberry
Sunday, 10 May, 2009 – 1:19 | 6 Comments
Understanding the meaning of Crackberry

My frustration level passed “had it” Tuesday morning when I spent 45 minutes doing the signal dance while on the phone with a company’s customer service department.
I knew it wasn’t my carrier – plenty of …

A SWAT for ‘tough on crime’ so tough it ruins a career
Thursday, 7 May, 2009 – 23:37 | 6 Comments
A SWAT for ‘tough on crime’ so tough it ruins a career

How on earth does it become right in anyone’s mind to indict a 60-year-old with a spotless professional reputation on possession of child pornography simply for doing his job?
Who can justify an employer abandoning a …

Asthma alerts via social media just make sense
Monday, 4 May, 2009 – 23:27 | Comments Off
Asthma alerts via social media just make sense

Here’s a move that makes so much sense it’s stunning that more agencies aren’t considering it.
According to the Arizona Republic, health care professionals in that state are expanding their system of asthma alerts to include …

Really, how many computers does one house need?
Sunday, 3 May, 2009 – 21:45 | Comments Off
Really, how many computers does one house need?

One of the last things I asked Dad before we left him to wing our way home was, “Are you sure you don’t want me to leave my laptop with you? You might need it.
“Nah. …

A SWAT for taking the social out of social media
Thursday, 16 Apr, 2009 – 23:02 | Comments Off
A SWAT for taking the social out of social media

First off, thanks to Debra for the chance to guest post on her blog.
One of her favorite features (and mine) is giving a SWAT – Stop Wasting America’s Time – to groups or people who …

A SWAT for all Vista’s exes who live in Texas
Friday, 3 Apr, 2009 – 1:09 | Comments Off
A SWAT for all Vista’s exes who live in Texas

From the state that could not resist wading into the evolution debate again comes a plan headed straight for the Legislative Micromanagement Hall of Fame.
Texas State Sen. Juan Hinojosa, concerned about reports of problems with …

The era of the 14-year-old sex offender
Friday, 27 Mar, 2009 – 22:18 | One Comment
The era of the 14-year-old sex offender

Coming to a town near you: The arrest of a teen on child pornography charges for taking pictures of herself.
It happened again this week in New Jersey, when a 14-year-old was arrested after posting nude …

The days the music died on YouTube
Monday, 23 Mar, 2009 – 1:06 | Comments Off
The days the music died on YouTube

Sometimes it’s hard to decide who to root for in a hissing match between giants such as the one that’s been going on since December between Warner Music Group and YouTube/Google.
Unable to reach a new …

Are school Web ads like being a little bit pregnant?
Thursday, 19 Mar, 2009 – 1:01 | 3 Comments
Are school Web ads like being a little bit pregnant?

Scholastic Inc.’s effort to push toys and trinkets on kids in the name of reading: Bad
Chuck E. Cheese’s generous offer to give schools 15 percent of the take from fund-raisers held at its restaurants: Tempting, …

The importance of paying attention to the legalese
Sunday, 8 Mar, 2009 – 23:32 | 2 Comments
The importance of paying attention to the legalese

I am notorious for glossing over legal-looking documents that land in my mail box.
I’m not “oh, crap, I didn’t know the adjustable rate mortgage was going to adjust that high” negligent, but I’ve been known …

Evil Microsoft’s latest trick: Giving it away
Tuesday, 24 Feb, 2009 – 1:20 | Comments Off
Evil Microsoft’s latest trick: Giving it away

Funny how a company can’t even offer something for free without critics landing on it with both feet.
Such was the case Sunday when Microsoft rolled out “Elevate America,” a three-year program that will offer technical …

More Internet regulation in the name of protecting children
Saturday, 21 Feb, 2009 – 1:10 | Comments Off
More Internet regulation in the name of protecting children

Aren’t Republicans the ones who believe in less business regulation? Who are convinced America would be a much more prosperous place if those nanny-state liberals would get off Mom and Pop’s back?
Ay, but all bets …

Bill deserves a SWAT with a silent camera phone
Thursday, 29 Jan, 2009 – 22:45 | 4 Comments
Bill deserves a SWAT with a silent camera phone

Perhaps New York Rep. Peter T. King was on “Go, Diego, Go” overload and went to the Capitol one day with “say click, take a pic” running through his head.
“Oh my gosh! Camera phones don’t …

Have the decency to let indecency law die this time
Thursday, 22 Jan, 2009 – 0:42 | One Comment
Have the decency to let indecency law die this time

I am not in favor of children reading “Playboy” online.
I once threw a fit, in fact, when Dad left 4-year-old Big Guy alone with YouTube for only a few seconds. It was long enough for …