Category: Life Skills
I love this post and I come back to it time and time again. However, it is now both out of date and also needs further commenting. First, though, go take a look and enjoy the original here:
Here are my updates, and I’d love any extras or edits you could provide to make it better:
- still sends out warnings about the latest email scams
- is likely from China and thinks this is a way to be more north american, much like changing their name from Wong Wing-Luen to Wayne Wong or Hsien Yang Lee to Stanford Lee – except they missed the memo that firstname.lastname@example.org might not land them the dream job…
- thinks that gmail is somehow more secure than hotmail
- is in denial that google is an american spy agency with sociopathic tendencies
- thinks that it’s totally ok for google to spy on their inbox and GPS location in exchange for such a great free email and creepy-accurate search engine
- says ‘I don’t have anything to hide’ when someone explains the violation of their privacy
- runs google stuff on their iphone just to be sure no one accuses them of being slave to just one task master
- is surprised, even horrified about what google has seen of their private life, yet continues to use it
- periodically watches CNN news
- Godaddy is ‘alright with them’
- got an ipad for christmas from their kids or grandkids and since it ain’t broke why try to fix it?
- forwards videos of pets doing funny things and historic ones of when things were better
- think they are really becoming ‘techies’ and use the word ‘techie’ regularly
- think that real business people use Microsoft
- teach business courses at the local college
- run small book keeping businesses
- pay lots of money for anti-virus software and buy a new computer (with Windows) when Windows slows it down
- My dear spouse, why do I find it hard to receive biblical perspectives and teachings from you?
- Why do my family and friends always discourage me from my heart’s desires?
- Why are my family and friends not as excited about my prospective mate?
Do some of these questions hit home? For Bible believers, they are tied together quite intimately.
Last night I was starting to sleep when my wife woke me up and asked me, specifically why it is that when I present my spiritual opinion or my biblical perspective on a theological topic to her that she immediately opposes or doubts it, instead of trusting and believing it.
My response that spewed from the depths of my near REM sleep was:
- the Spirit of God is living in you, so He is safe-guarding you against deception
- all men are liars and God only is true
- I am your husband and you’ve seen a track record of imperfection, hypocrisy and failure
As I reviewed my knee-jerk response in the morning, I was actually pretty surprised at the truth therein. But the cherry on top was that when I opened my Bible for my daily Bible-in-a-year cycle for the new testament, lo and behold I found myself one day ahead of schedule and landed upon Mark 6. As I read the section I couldn’t help but get excited about how God has been speaking so directly to me lately. Last week it was a friend from the other side of the country He spoke through and today it was His Word but in the most clear way I have seen yet. Here is the excerpt with my underlines added:
And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing [him] were astonished, saying, From whence hath this [man] these things? and what wisdom [is] this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed [them]. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. [Mar 6:1-6 KJV] 1
Friends! Family! Flesh!
The un-spiritual trinity (lol?)
But seriously. The only place in the new testament that I can find where Jesus could do no mighty work was in his home town where his flesh was raised. Now check this verse out:
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we [him] no more. [2Co 5:16 KJV]
I’m guessing I don’t have to expound too much on anything here. The answer to my wife is simple: she is my friend, my family and she knows my flesh, too. I cannot think of anyone in the entire world who could possibly have a harder time trusting my spiritual insight, direction, theology, etc, than my wife. She has to fight all three. And so, my new response and suggestion to her would be this:
- get even closer to God and subdue the flesh and submit the soul entirely to God
- although you have experienced my fleshly humanity, try to view me as an eternal spirit and a resident of God’s kingdom passing through this troubling life
- do not *know* me after the flesh. Know me after the spirit
- increase time in prayer together – somehow – anyhow
The last one is for some reason the toughest.
Friends and family, although they mean well and care, often times are unable to view their family and friends as spiritual beings but merely as earthly souls. Hey – they did it to Jesus so don’t expect better from your friends and family.
That’s why the church is so important. It’s the spiritual family – the one that travels into eternity with us.
Hope this little chunk of insight from God is useful to someone out there, not just Wayne Out There.
This article started out kind of exciting. It explained how Ubuntu was about to show, on a large commercial scale the unveiling of convergence of multiple devices. For those who don’t know what convergence is, it’s the ability for multiple devices to converge into one user experience – without the need for multiple processors and hard drives. For a company that sells desktops, laptops and tablets, it is a scary, scary business proposition. For a company that sells high quality screens or high powered mobile phones, it could be a dream come true. Essentially, the ‘computer that you carry in your pocket’ can be instantly connected to whatever screen you feel like. It’s truly the most disruptive reality to hit the computer hardware market, in my opinion, in recent history. One thing is for sure – the entire world is begging for it whether they even know it or not. Combining that with the increase of people sticking their digital lives on ‘clouds’ (other peoples’ computers) this disruption is also poised to be a seriously dangerous one for those who don’t make wise choices.
This article, although it was smart to feature Ubuntu as a forerunner, it foolishly tried to give credit to Microsoft for ‘truly being the first’ to do convergence. First, did they? I had no idea. Nor do I care. Nor does anyone else I roll with. If the name has ‘Microsoft’ in it, we flee for the hills. Why? Because it’s compromised out of the box. It is dangerous.
So, while reading this article, it became even more apparent to me that the ‘battle for the operating system’ will eventually be won by Ubuntu in numbers (it is already won in principle) and it will happen not by speed (even though development is moving fast like lightning) but by security and, although the word might sound cheesy and not a popular choice in a tech article – love. You see, Ubuntu cares about you, because it’s built by people who care about things other than shareholders’ dividends.
Let’s run this basic scenario. You buy the latest, most fashionable phone by Microsoft or Apple. They boast this cool new feature that allows you to plug it into a big 60″ screen and now it’s your computer (Ubuntu had this for years, btw, but I digress). It’s convergence! You show Grandma and Grandma thinks you are the bees knees. You take a selfie with Grandma and there is a picture of her Bible behind her favourite chair. As you get in your car your photo is magically whisked away to the cloud service you love so much provided, by force, by your over-priced phone manufacturer. Meanwhile, back at your local government, they decide (without vote, of course) that they don’t like what these Bible readers believe and decide to persecute them and kill them. They ask Apple and Microsoft for access to review stuff on their servers (your cloud) and they say no. They say yes. They say no. They pull out the guns. They say yes. They say yes, too. Oh! And look! There is Grandma with her Bible. Busted with Bible. Bye bye, Grandma.
And so my point is this: it doesn’t matter who gets to convergence first. It matters who gets there securely and with freedom as a top agenda.
And if you didn’t know, you could, right now, have Ubuntu in your pocket. You can either buy one out of the box, or have someone help you put it on supported hardware.
What are you waiting for? Your Grandma to get busted?
Go healthy. Go Ubuntu.
I’ve seen a lot of documentaries, a lot of conspiracies, a lot of interesting things.
Nothing comes close to the importance and relevance of this one.
I got a fax recently as a .tif image file and when I went to open it on the world’s best operating system ubuntu, and it wouldn’t view anything except page 1! I thought there was a bug with the operating system but it turned out that they actually had, built right into ubuntu a viewer designed specifically to handle this. As usual, ubuntu is always steps ahead.
So, if you get a digital fax (who uses paper faxes?) this is what you do:
Find the .tif file
“Open with” document viewer (which is Evince, if you are wondering)
Enjoy your multiple page fax
In the past, google would very slowly ‘creep’ you from behind. They’d take a little ‘peek’ over your shoulder at your personal information and then kind of ‘accidentally’ share that information with advertisers. No biggy. People get their ‘free’ services and feel like it’s ok to have a bit of ‘peeking’ since all this ‘great’ stuff is free.
How about if they peek down your shirt, though?
Or, wait! Would it be ok if they watched you while you were changing in your bedroom?
Good news! Now they can with their new hyper-overdrive-creep-cam!
Why ‘peek’ when they can go for the full meal deal and simply watch you live?
Well… they are trying to deny that but hey. They lied about the green LED light so maybe they’d lie about that too?
Enjoy your google nest cam, ladies! Enjoy the extra security of ‘home security’.
The following solutions are available to you if you are a victim:
- remove the camera and throw it away
- litigate Alphabet into the dark ages
Thanks to my usual homeboys for forwarding this one. It’s simply…. MAGIC!
HELLO BARBIE which costs a mere… oh…. HUNDRED BUCKS, will also, for that small fee, spy on your children (and you as a bonus) and report its findings to an unidentified source for not-fully-disclosed purposes.
Your kid speaks to Barbie and Barbie comes back with one of EIGHT THOUSAND possible lines. That size vocabulary seems like ‘magic’. To kids, even more so.
The Smoke. The Mirrors. (new section)
Your kid’s voice (and yours if you spend any time with your kid which you will likely no longer have to do once they get this bad-boy) is ‘magically’ whisked away through your wifi connection, to a server that is not yours, where it is torn apart, analysed and then matched to a good response. The good response is sent back to Barbie who ‘magically’ speaks it to your kid.
Your kids voice is leaving your house and going into the hands of a bunch of people you don’t know. Entire conversations could be recorded and analysed by unknown groups of people with unknown motives. You put your own child at risk, you put at risk the children who hang out with your child, and you put at risk anyone within earshot of Hello Barbie’s ‘magic’.
By your child a gift without a battery or internet connection this year, or, better yet, don’t buy them anything at all and take the money you were going to spend on them and go for a nice meal out, look in their eyes, and tell them how much you love them.
Hello Barbie won’t cry about it.
Yesterday a friend of mine sent a list of phone etiquette to make sure that we are being as respectful and professional as possible in the way we represent our company and ourselves as individuals. I am thankful for the list and I made a mental note of all the suggestions and implemented the changes that I could.
However, before presenting the list, I thought it was interesting timing that it was sent to me on the very same day that I published this article. Perhaps, since the telephone itself seems to be a dying form of communication, more efforts should be spent on putting the last nails in its coffin rather than focusing energies on doing it better. This was a point presented to me.
A conversation started about my article was about voice mail, for example. Here is a copy and paste from our email dialogue:
me: There is one person who calls me all the time. I mean all the time. Then, what’s more funny is they always leave a voice mail and the message is always the same “call me back when you have some time.”
“Call me back when you have some time??” I just spent 2 minutes checking my voice mail to find that??
friend: This is exactly the use case for having someone else answer your calls. That person obviously:
- Wants to talk to someone,
- Does not value your time,
- Doesn’t get the basic etiquette of leaving detailed messages,
- Frustrates you.
While we consider whether the phone is an interruptive technology that breaks focus and sucks our productive time, or whether it’s legitimate, relevant and useful we will continue to debate. In the meantime, here is the phone etiquette list that he sent me, with his comments [and my comments in these nice square brackets], that I think is good to adhere while we await the cultural and social shift to complete:
Which do you prefer? The sound of an incoming text message, or a telephone call? Which sound makes you lose your focus more? Which sound evokes more stress? Which sound compels you to take action?
It seems as though the people around my age and younger would say ‘anything is better than the phone call’. And you will notice that they don’t call people much, either. They practice what they preach in that way.
And for people my age or slightly older (I hover around 40 now) the phone call is an ‘interruptive technology’. You are just about to get started on that business plan., or you are right in the middle or writing that blog post, or you have just found a few quiet minutes to read your Bible and then ‘ring-a-ling-ding-my-dingy-ling-long-wang-chung-have-fun-tonight’ happens. Or perhaps some other ringtone. But it doesn’t stop. Then, if you want to know what this person wanted you have to go to your voice mail, only to find out that no one leaves a voice mail any more because who the heck doesn’t have some kind of caller ID?
It would appear the traditional ‘phone call’ for social purposes is dying indeed…
Even my mom who is 76 years old said ‘text message because it doesn’t keep ringing while I’m on the toilet!” Good point, mommers!
I believe that phone still has one place and that is for business calls during business hours, or as one friend put it “I don’t take calls that are not scheduled.” So here is how I see phone still having a place until everyone has some form of VOIP connection:
- a message (ie. text, Telegram, email) is sent scheduling the call.
example: eg. “J-dog. Able to chat at 9:30 for 10 minutes?” or
Dear Mr. Robertson, do you have an hour at any point tomorrow for a phone call?
- the call is made or rejected or rescheduled
For a business, however, it makes sense to have the phone lines open for sales and customer service. Anyone in sales or customer service would be justified to be with phone and on call. They are paid to be interrupted.
Did I miss anything?
Do you disagree?