JOBSEARCH: Leadership is STILL an elusive trait

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Inspiring (Washington, Lincoln, Truman, Kennedy) and some of them despising (Hitler, Stalin, Ebbers, Lay)

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Well, I’ll quibble about the exemplars, both positive and negative.

Let’s start with the areas of agreement:

Clearly Washington is great positive. Even though he wasn’t the greatest general, suffered from depression, lied to Congress (setting a precedent!), but was happy to be President but not King.

On the negative side, Stalin killed enough people to make Hitler look inept. Stalin had the new American Socialists to cheer lead for him hence he’s not viewed as the ogre he was. History has a way of eventually getting to the truth.

I’ll quibble with rest as “Leaders”.

To me, to earn the appellation “Leader”, one not only has to “lead”, but one has to be “authentic”. Note, I’m not saying they have to be “right”, but they can’t deliberately do “wrong”.

Lincoln suspended habeas corpus, like the current President. Truman dropped the bomb. Kennedy pretended to be a Catholic. Hitler was inefficient when compared to Stalin. Ebbers and Lay just were just common thieves.

Some “leaders” that I would revere are (in a rough order of magnitude) Gandhi, MLK, Pope John 23, Mother Theresa, Pope John Paul 2, Margaret Thatcher and Elinore Roosevelt.

I think that Leadership is inspirational. It gets you going. It’s motivational. It’s smart in being able to divine the correct path that takes the civilization to a better place. We have to be very careful who we designate as a Leader because it gives them tremendous power for good or for evil. I think that “leadership” is as rare as the proverbial hen’s teeth. Managers, pretending to be leaders, are a common as rodents.

No wonder everyone’s looking for it in so many venues.

LIBERTY: Vote absentee! It gums up the works and it’s harder to cheat.

Can This Machine Be Trusted?
The U.S.’s new voting systems are only as good as the people who program and use them. Which is why next week could be interesting
Posted Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006

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A woman walked into a polling place in Peoria, Ill. last week and proceeded to use one of the new electronic voting machines set up for early voting. She logged on, went through each contest and seemed to be making her choices. After reviewing each race, the machine checked to see if she was satisfied with her selections and wanted to move on. Each time, she pressed YES, and the machine progressed to the next race. When she was done, a waving American flag appeared on the screen, indicating that her votes had been cast and recorded.

But there was a problem. The woman had not made any choices at all. She had only browsed. Now when she told the election judges she was ready to do it again–but this time actually vote–they told her it was too late. Pressing the last button, they said, is like dropping your ballot in an old-fashioned ballot box. There’s no getting it back.

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As a techie nerd, I KNOW that these “machines” are a fraud. It’s not a question of where, when, or how.

It’s a strategic finding.

Anything with software is hackable. Anything hackable will be hacked.

Honest elections … … please!

Voting absentee is the patriot’s way of gumming up the works.


LIBERTY: If you don’t have right to _____, then you really have no rights at all!

Shortages, Bloody Shortages
By Mihai Sarbu
Posted on 10/31/2006

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There is a serious moral issue involved here, and it has to do with property rights. Because this piece of legislation infringes the most basic of all rights: self-ownership. The only reason you have any rights is because you have the freedom and responsibility to dispose of yourself, mind and body. Freedom of association (the basis of society), freedom of expression, and all the rest are meaningless unless they stem from self-ownership.

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Self-ownership is probably the First Right that needs to be recognized. No one “gives” it to us.

“All men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights”

If you don’t have right to traffic (buy and sell) in blood, then you really have no rights at all. That’s exactly what the statists would love for you to believe.

TECHNOLOGY: NEVER ever let an ISP control your email address

October 31, 2006
Cox Clobbers Competitor’s Customers

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Any company that will only give customers 30-days notice that long-time e-mail addresses are being eliminated sure seems like one that thinks it can do whatever it wants. “From here it looks like a pure convenience and/or profit motive for Cox, and the customer can just live with it,” the reader concluded. “Where else do we have to go?”

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One doesn’t have to be held hostage to the whims of the ISP.

My current favorite WSP (Web Site Provider) “1and1” offers. A “beginner” package with a domain name; 5 GB web space; 500 e-mail accounts; and 250 GB traffic for 3$/month.

{{Use my referral code and they even give me a kickback! out your 3 bucks. Wonder how much it is? Three cents?}}

That beginner package is better than what most ISPs give you for “free”. It’s certainly better than what I used when I first got started.

I tell jobseekers (aka baby turkeys) that they never want to have their “stuff” held hostage to:

  • their current employer (an absolute no no!);
  • any free service (like gmail);
  • any site with a poor “image” (like AOL or;
  • “their” Internet Service Provider that they are currently using; or
  • any Web Service Provider (even 1and1).

If you “own” your domain name, like I do, “”, (who really cares what country it nominally belongs to), then you are ALWAYS in control.

SO, in the case of the poor fellow ranting to Ed Foster about “losing his email address”, it would have been trivial to say go into 1and1 and re-aim your email from, in his case, from CableAmerica to Cox.

AND, that assumes you’d want to use their lousy email anyway. Most WSPs offer better.

If he followed the advice and bought say “”, then he could have used a personally branded email address like All the people, who had his personally branded branded email address (i.e., would still have it, And never had to know about the underlying change from to! Nothing would be necessary.

I used to mess around with redirectors like bigfoot and others until I just but the bullet and went “bigtime”. I think I paid 25$ for a three year take on the domain and 10$ for 1and1 to aim it where I want it to go. Now, it’s even cheaper and I see a rush to the bottom of the price curve between GoDaddy, Yahoo, and other WSPs.

I feel comfortable with 1AND1 because they are deadly cheap, they advertise in Network World and industry trade rag, and they’ve done well for my consolidation project. (I moved seven websites with various WSPs, each placed with the “best” at the time, to them and saved some pocket change. And, my sanity. No more remembering which WSP had “creative driving techniques” web site. That was a joke!)

I have put commercial enterprises on their facilities back when I was consulting and have never heard a gripe.

In summary, I don’t have sympathy for this fellow, (well I do; maybe he did realize it.), but it COULD happen to you. Do something NOW to avoid it.

Besides having your own domain is snazzy kool!

TECHNOLOGY: GOOGLE gobbles JOTSPOT (one of my techie target that I tested)

JotSpot is now part of Google

We’re writing to let you know that Google has acquired JotSpot. We believe this is great news for our users. More importantly, we want to reassure you that you’ll continue to have uninterrupted access to your account. Both Google and JotSpot are committed to supporting our customers, and we understand that users have invested a lot in our products. In the near-term, we’re focused on migrating JotSpot to Google’s systems and datacenters. We’ll work hard to make that move as seamless as possible so that customers won’t be inconvenienced.

Why is Google acquiring JotSpot?
Google shares JotSpot’s vision for helping people collaborate, share and work together online. JotSpot’s team and technology are a strong fit with existing Google products like Google Docs & Spreadsheets and Google Groups.

What does this mean for JotSpot customers?
We believe that joining Google will accelerate our team’s vision of offering users the best collaboration platform on the web. Google shares that vision and presents us with the world’s best environment for delivering on it. We’ll be taking advantage of Google’s world-class systems infrastructure and operations expertise to ensure that access to your JotSpot is fast and reliable. We can’t share any of our plans publicly just yet, but we can tell you that we’re incredibly excited about the possibilities. We can’t think of a better company to have been acquired by.

Will paying customers still be charged?
We will no longer be billing customers for the use of the service. Although you will still have use of the product at your current pricing plan, we won’t charge you anymore when your current billing cycle expires.

What about security and privacy?
Your data is yours — that doesn’t change at Google. We will continue to work to ensure the privacy and security of your data. Furthermore, Google is as committed to privacy and security as we are. Since the user information you provided to JotSpot will soon be transferred to Google as part of their acquisition of JotSpot, we want to provide you with the opportunity to retrieve your user information and cease usage of the JotSpot service before the transition. If you do not wish to continue using JotSpot, send an email to in the next sixty days and we will reply with instructions for retrieving your user information.

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In closing, we wanted to offer our sincere gratitude to you — our customers — for believing in us and helping us achieve success. We look forward to continuing that relationship at Google.

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