TECH: “ELEPHANTDRIVE” the auto backup service didn’t. Why?

It fails with a less than helpful message. "There was a problem with the transfer. Please try again or contact support for assistance".

Well it is, was, advanced as a beta. I guess I'm spoiled with Google's betas that are better than Microsoft's finished products.

And what is wrong with error messages that had a simple number.

I remember the IBM mainframe days when I had to code user errors like "IEZFJOHN001 – CVT not found! Big problem. Operator notify issue a type one alert!". A friend of mine reported that "my" error message was actually triggered during a system upgrade. Other system utilities either failed silently or caused OC4s and OC6s. My friend was able to tell the staff that he knew the anal retentive who wrote that code.

Hey, when I was a baby programmer, I didn't want a screw up on my watch. If the CVT wasn't where it was supposed to be then I didn't want to get blamed for losing it.

As I recollect, that program had 11 different error conditions. All equally improbable. But, I was conscientious and an uber nerd those days!

My friend actually won a bet on it. They didn't have the source code for it, and many other utilities. He bet that he could have the source code in hand in less than an hour after he called me. I had to hustle to find it in my garage. I was able to offer him either a listing or punch cards. Come to think of it I don't the he ever sent me my half of the six pack. 

Now, does anyone need some logical character manipulation Fortran subroutines? How about some assembler reentrant routines to do time sync?

Ahhh, those were the days when I had "real" skills. 

TECH: “MOZY” the auto backup service didn’t. Why?

I noticed, when MOZY called my attention to the fact, that it hadn't take a backup for nine days. No reason that I can see. When I "forced" it using program options, it worked. So why did it take a vacation? Interesting in that it's supposed to be mindless. Guess you can't depend upon anything!

LIBERTY: How organs should be distributed? Not by the government!

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Anyone can join LifeSharers. Membership is free. We welcome everyone, and we turn no one away. Can someone please tell me what is discriminatory about that?
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Organ donation club called discriminatory
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But this approach raises ethical questions about how organs should be distributed. The need for donors is overwhelming. In January and February, 4,508 transplants were performed in the U.S., but more than 92,000 people are on the approved federal waiting list.
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By whom? I read this article several times and I can't see who is call it "discriminatory". Is it the reporter?

Walter Williams, my favorite economic professor, wrote the definitive solution:

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Transplantable organ shortages would disappear overnight if people were permitted to sell organs. You say, "Williams, people shouldn't make money selling organs!" I say, "Why not? Everybody else is making money on the deal."

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The fact of life is that there must be some way to decide which sick person gets an organ. One way to decide is to have a government mandate whereby the most critically ill gets first priority. That could result in waste because a not-so-critically-ill person has a greater chance of survival and a smaller chance of needing another transplant. Another way to decide is to allow the medical elite to put the rich and famous at the top of the list, as they did with Mickey Mantle, who received a liver transplant and died two months later. Allowing the medical elite to decide who gets transplants has already created despicable arrogance. I was watching one show where a doctor refused to give a patient who smoked cigarettes a heart transplant. While it's popular right now to dump on cigarette smokers, tomorrow that same physician might refuse to give a transplant to an overweight person, a low-I.Q. person, a divorcee or whatever suits the whims of a particular hospital physician staff.

We shouldn't allow America's elite to decide who gets what in health and other areas of our lives. We wouldn't begin to tolerate somebody deciding that housing, food, cars and clothing be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis or on a who-needs-them-the-most basis? If we did, there'd be desperate shortages in housing, food, cars and clothing just as there are shortages in organs available for transplant.

There are other benefits from allowing people to sell their organs. For example, I smoke cigarettes and cigars. If I knew that my heart and lungs could become a part of my estate, I would take better care of them. But since my heirs can't monetarily gain, it makes sense for me to die with completely used up organs just like I'd try to die with a zero bank balance if Congress wouldn't allow me to bequeath money to my heirs. 
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I happen to like that solution. Take control away from the gummamint, the elite, and return it to the fairest arbiter of need ever discovered … the marketplace.

One should acknowledge that one becomes rich in the marketplace by satisfying the needs of others. Bill Gates made people happy and they applauded by giving him their greenbacks. If he needs a transplant, why shouldn't he be able to use his "applause" as evidence of being the most worthy.

The poor would not be excluded from the marketplace. I already see charities for that purpose.

AND, even when today the system breaks down, haven't you seen whole communities rallying about an unfortunate case with gigantic fund raising drives?

One advantage of a marketplace solution is that it operates without a large overhead.  

No one has to run the marketplace. There are no government bureaucrats drawing pay and benefits to "decide" who should get this kidney or that liver.

It may sound "ghoulish", but letting people die is REALLY ghoulish.

We have seen what the "current system", or non-system, delivers. Death, suffering, and uncertainty. How about a change?  

TURKEY: I AM a big fat turkey … … but I am teachable!

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The most important outcome of introducing yourself as an entrepreneur first is that you will start to believe it yourself. There is power in language. A Buddhist friend once told me that the words that you say form a force field of attraction around you. So don't be shy. Next time someone asks you what you do for a living, don't chicken out – position yourself as an entrepreneur! If you want to practice, introduce yourself here.

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I AM a big fat turkey. Moonlighting as a blogging technology executive.


OK, here's my real introduction.

I'm really a businessman's technologist, or a technologist's businessman, as the need arises, specializing in translating between the two communities. I unlock hidden values by using Business Process Reengineering and IT Architecture. In my spare time, I play sometimes with technology but sometimes with out. I write about my experiences, and learn from the responses of others on the road of life.

LIBERTY: Federal Long Distance tax ends … … but look at inflation as a tax!

Federal Long Distance tax ends….

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Federal Long Distance tax ends….

I think at one point I’ve said that once taxes are put in place they tend NEVER to go away. Well, I must admit I’m wrong. 108 years ago in an effort to help finance the Spanish American War, long distance telephone taxes went into place. The tax will no longer be in effect as of July 31, 2006. Supposedly, we will be able to file for a refund of our last three years worth of long-distance taxes for land/cell phones in the 2006 tax returns. I stand corrected… once taxes are put in place they ALMOST Never go away (and if it’s for a specific purpose, it may hang around long after that purpose is completed.)

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True. This tax final went away. Probably because people were tying the tax and the purpose together. It was making the gummamint look stupid.

Let's look at the biggest tax scam. It's not the Social Security "Insurance" ponzi scheme. Nor is it the Federal Income Tax. Nor is it the Alternative Minimum Tax. Nor is it the National Debt that they keep recapping higher and higer as needed. Now those are all big taxes. Between them, I'd estimate that more than half of your annual earnings are stolen by the gummamint.

No, the bigest scam is inflation.

Don't let the gummamint distract you by talking about price inflation. Get down to basics. What is a "dollar"? That's right, it is just a piece of paper with funny printing that people with give you stuff in exchange for them.

The biggest hidden tax is the inflation caused by the gummmint's printing press!

It is a tax on your savings. It's a tax on anything you accumulate. It's hidden.

It's corrosive. It has turned us from a nation of savers to a nation of debtors. Why save? You can pay back later with "dollars" that are worth less.

Let's assume you have a hundred dollars, inflation is 5%, and candy bars are a dollar each. You could buy a hundred candy bars. Next year, the gummamint inflates the currency 5%. Prices rise because there are now more dollars chasing fewer goods. The candy bar makes raise candy prices 5% just to stay even. That hundred dollars now will only buy only 95 candy bars. Where did those five extra candy bars go? You, right into the gummamint. It's the effect of owning the printing press.

Try it yourself. Play monopoly. And every time you pass go, inflate the money supply 5%. The bank has $15,140 in cash in standard editions of Monopoly. Give yourself an extra $757 everytime you pass go. That's an one orange $500 bill, two beige $100 bills, one green $50 bills, one pink $5 bills, and two white $1 bills. Watch what happens. I bet you'll win. Think the other players will catch on? You'll probably hear the exclamation "That's not fair!" followed by an appropriate punishment for ruining the game by counterfeiting.

So why is it different when the gummamint does it to you in real life?

WRITING: a de Bono challenge – Take five random words in a sequence and then construct a story using the words in the same sequence.

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Create a Story

Take five random words in a sequence and then construct a story using the words in the same sequence. You are not permitted to say, for example, that you looked at a mail ordedr [sic] catalogue and ordered five objects (the random words) from the catalogue. Each word must be fully used in its own right. The final story should not be more than 250 words long.
Edward de Bono
20th April 2006  

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But where does one get five random words?


"List of rivers of Albania", Shimmerzine, "Anal glands", "Klokotnica is a village in southern Bulgaria", "Corfe is a village and parish in Somerset, England"


As I peruse a list of the rivers in Albania preparing some day to be a Jeopardy champion, I see a fellow traveler carrying a copy of Shimmerzine. It is the anal gland of publishing that leaves a phantom scent as it plops down in your mailbox. As the bus pulls into town, I can read the sign "Клокотница"! That's Bulgarian for Klokotnica for you tourists. My pilgrimage from Corfe England to the Saint Forty Martyrs church is now over. As is this assignment.  


84 words.


What did I learn? Debono is one wierd dude. ;-)  Who has a problem with typos!

WRITING: The meaning of the words “grok”, “requiron”, and “procept”

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"Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed—to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science—and it means as little to us (because we are from Earth) as color means to a blind man."
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The only other fellow I know who creates his own vocabluary is Edward De Bono.

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In one of my books I introduce the new word 'requiron'.

This indicates: "something that is needed".

"The requiron here is a way of increasing self-esteem in youngsters".

An alternative is the word 'procept'. A procept is a concept that does not yet exist but needs ot exist.

As an exercise spell outr [sic] a specific requiron in the fields of education and another in the field of health.

Edward de Bono nmt
20th December 2004
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I'm fascinated that some onecan make an elemental change in the language and in people's thinking. That really makes on a member in the exclusive club of "giants upon whose sholders we stand".