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New Years Eve Thoughts

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve (Photo credit: volantwish)

 

Well, 2012 is winding down, the Champagne has been bought, the pizza supplies have been bought (we are  hosting a “make your own pizza” party New Years Eve), the Christmas tree has been packed away for another year, and the Titans are playing their last game of he year.

 

We have had a very eventful year, with a wedding, birthdays, rehab from my stroke, and more.

 

We have lots to be thankful for, including two children who have made A-B honor roll every grading period, a beautiful, healthy grandson, and ample employment for everyone in our circle of friends.  We have our health, and with our new gym membership, we are planning to improve that further.

 

Here’s to all our readers, and hoping you all have a wonderful 2013, too!

 

Sydney Harbour prior to the 2008 new years eve...

 

 

 

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Internet Blackholes

Internet Blackholes

…What does it mean, and more importantly how can and does it affect you?

This last year has seen the defeat of  PIPA and SOPA in the US, but what seem like huge victories are actually only minor wins.

Across the world censorship on the Internet is rapidly turning the information super highway into a desolate place. People tend to think of China when they think of Internet Censorship, but it’s not the only place. It’s happening here and now in almost every place on the globe, even the United States.

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2432720887_22efd835ff_mHere’s a best-of post from 2010…

With Philadelphia’s recent decision to charge bloggers a $300 business privilege tax, battle lines are being drawn on Blogging as a First Amendment Free Press activity.    There is no attempt to determine which blogs are “businesses” and which are simply the hobby of local writers.   Instead, Philadelphia’s government has declared that ALL bloggers in the city to be businesses, whether they are hobbyists who have never made a cent blogging, or are professional bloggers working for Public Relations firms. (more…)

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Facebook Poke App

Facebook Poke App

Facebook released a new app for the Apple iOS app store and we can only assume will eventually come to the Android Market (now known as Google Play).  This new app is called ‘Poke’ and is basically the rebirth of Facebook’s old poke system, which was minimalistic communication and essentially the digital equivalent of a head nod. Poke’s are almost never used as over the years Facebook’s new features have greatly depreciated its use.

The new Poke app, released Friday afternoon, is a rebirth of the old concept with some kinda cool new features. We tried it out and heres what we learned. The simple free app, called Facebook Poke, allows you to send fleeting messages, pokes, photos and 10-second videos to Facebook friends. The messages expire after a set period of time, from 1 to 10 seconds, and cannot be retrieved by either party again.

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