Saturday, April 30, 2011

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Cool Article from Wired.com

This Playstation hacking event is really surprising. I am surprised that the did not take down their network as soon as they were aware of the breach. I guess they did not want to ruin their good name. How did that work out for the? Not so well if you ask me. It's like they say the cover up is always worse than the actual event. People value honesty and respect a company who is willing to admit a problem up front.



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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

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Friday, April 22, 2011

WordPress.com Hackers Stole Sensitive Bits of Source Code - Security - News & Reviews - eWeek.com

WordPress.com Hackers Stole Sensitive Bits of Source Code - Security - News & Reviews - eWeek.com

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Microsoft Watch - Corporate - Microsoft vs. i4i: Yes, This Is Important

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Google Watch - Google Vs. Apple - Apple's Cloud iTunes Beating Google Music to Market? Duh

Google Watch - Google Vs. Apple - Apple's Cloud iTunes Beating Google Music to Market? Duh

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Patches - Adobe to Patch Flash Zero Day Bug This Week - eWeek Security Watch

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Identity Theft - Cyber-Thief Hackett Pleads Guilty to Credit Card Theft - eWeek Security Watch

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More Than Half of Web Apps Fail Security Audit Prior to Deployment - Security - News & Reviews - eWeek.com

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Five tips for faster Web browsing | TechRepublic

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Eddie Pryor makes his debut

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Why Lower Standards are Failing our Schools


Why lower standards are failing our schools.
Richard Pryor
Bryant and Stratton College
Human Relations

It is a commonly held belief that standardized tests are hamstringing today's educators by determining funding source payments to this narrow definition of success. I will submit to you that they are having a generational cascading effect on our youth. The cycle of diminishing returns, we are witnessing are a result of parents who were subjected to these lower standards and are now, less able to help their children with homework. An article in Science Week ("U.S. Parents Score Low on Math Help" 1991, p.218), stated that United States elementary school children were well below their counterparts in Japan and Taiwan. They point out that parents here our much less critical of their kid's math ability and are less likely to do the drills at home, needed for advancement on to applied mathematics. The article stated that a low number of fathers helped with math homework and that "siblings were often the main source of help." I believe our standards are lower today because we need to keep passing the children on to make room for successive classes and this assembly line approach is catching up with us. Our failure to offer a more customized curriculum, pinpoint the strengths of each student, and teach more to those strengths should really be another option instead of the cookie cutter style we are still using.
The textbook I use for this course (Lamberton & Minor 2010 p.91), went into some detail of terms coined by Psychologist Douglas McGregor Theory X and TheoryY defining them as two styles of management. Theory X states that only outside motivators such as more money will make a person work harder. Theory Y states that a person is motivated out of a feeling of well being and heightened self-esteem derived from success, which will afford them more responsibility. I would like to cite them in the context of how we expect children to learn these days. I have had the pleasure and simultaneous horror of helping my neighbors kids with their homework. This is when I first became aware of this current style of teaching. Students are having a truncated set of facts forced down their throats. They are, rewarded for parroting back the same facts with no chance for self-discovery. The impression I got was that time was of the essence and any deviation from this sequential fact stream was, not needed. My guess is that professional educators were, hindered by having to stick to a script that closely mirrors the standardized tests given by public schools on behalf of the Department of Education, who controls the purse strings. It seems, like that format provides no opportunity for them to take a different tact on an issue. The Theory Y style would allow them a certain amount of latitude to explore topics, which would bring the children and their teachers, more success. My citation is not simply to be critical of public school methods but to make larger point. That is, we need minds that are more creative in our changing society. In the Information Technology field, in which I am pursuing a degree, creativity and out of the box, thinking will win the day. If a child has an aptitude for computers do not waste his/her precious little time on the classes, which they might dread. Instead, allow them as much success wherever they might find it. This approach would forestall some dropouts and encourage individuality for the student as well as the educator.
One of the saddest discoveries I made on this research quest were the reasons given in a report (Department of Education, NCES 94-669 p.38), for dropping out of high school. Table 19 of this report was, as you might expect a government report to be, black and white, rows and columns of categories and numbers. I was able to look through the sterility and picture some of the faces of the former students reflected there. The typical, "became pregnant" was right up near the top, but so was "could not go to work and go to school at the same time." This dovetailed with "Had to support the family." This really solidifies my central point that under used minds of former students breed children who have to support parents and therefore under utilize their own minds and so on. Others were "Did not like school" and "could not keep up with schoolwork." If a talented future woodworker is not in a shop class but is bogged down in esoteric William Shakespeare Literature we need to ask if we are doing all we can to cultivate human capital or are we just creating another frustrated dropout? I have been working since I was fourteen years old, but not to feed my parents. One of the smallest groups represented was "had a drug and/or alcohol problem." It is worth mentioning that non-English speaking homes account for a large portion of dropouts but this forum could not do this topic justice. We do not give kids enough credit for wanting to learn and discover vital information about the world they live in. A world they will be responsible for maintaining for the next successive generation. The Theory Y credit we extend our kids today, trusting them to want to succeed because it boosts their self-esteem and feels good could be a worthwhile investment we all will benefit from in the future.
A section in (Lamberton & Minor 2010, p.137), detailed Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs" theory where the very top of the Pyramid was called self-actualization, or a person reaching their full potential. I can imagine a world where even if a subset of people reached this point in my future career path technology would be, much more developed. The tax revenue would increase exponentially based simply on the productivity of all these high-functioning individuals. In this instance success, breeds more success the investments made in education would truly be an investment which would appreciate.
I do believe that those who are in control of the leavers of power do have the best of intentions for the students they are in charge of educating. This goes for the Department of Education all the way down to state and local government. The Department of Education has a daunting task trying to educate all of the young people in this wonderful nation of ours. One solution I would submit could involve scrapping the one-size fits all, cookie cutter approach. If possible a more customizable plan where they take the anxiety out of school and make it a mission for success stories. In a shocking series of articles in The Decatur Daily (Hughes, "Decatur is a Benchmark: Money, Parental Involvement Key in Dropout Battle", 2009), Mr. Hughes went through a long explanation, interviewing local superintendants, but the fact is Decatur, Alabama is spending three million dollars per year to battle dropouts. This is real money used in a law-enforcement type battle. This reminds me of a USA Insulation spot I heard on the radio. Their tag line was your going to pay for it whether you buy it or not. This money, can be spent on a diverse range of programs offered in a high school setting. If we test to see what the kids are good at and then teach them that, is that really such a novel concept. If they graduate less able to yell out the answers while watching Jeopardy, but able to make a livable wage and contribute back to society who paid to educate them in the first place I do not see the harm.

References
Department of Education. (1993). Dropout Rates in the United States: 1993(NCES 94-669) Washington, D.C: U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved February 16, 2010 from Ebscohost database.
Hughes, Bayne. (2009,December 17). Decatur is a Benchmark: Money, Parental Involvement key in Dropout Battle. The Decatur Daily no pages given. Retrieved February 16, 2010 from Ebscohost database.
Lamberton, L. H. & Minor, L. (2010). Human Relations Strategies for Success 4th Edition. NewYork: The McGraw-Hill Companies.
U. S. Parents Score low on Math Help. (1991, October 5). Science News, 140(14), p. 218
















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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Optimal Resume at BRYANT & STRATTON COLLEGE



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Monday, April 18, 2011

My Brother in Laws TV Show. He is Funny and has Good Safety Info

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

CDK Computer Services of Cleveland

CDK Computer Services of Cleveland
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10 Ways to Market to Women

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A New Contact Give her Web Site Design Service a Try

I had the good fortune of meeting Diane Bija yesterday. She was at her part time job when my wife Lisa and I met her. She is the owner of this company and we need to help our local businesses. She has a portfolio of her work within her site and contact info.  






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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Optimal Resume at BRYANT & STRATTON COLLEGE

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Power of Words

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The House Built by Schmidt


The House Built by Schmidt
            As a writer, there are certain times when the bug bites and you just need to get your thoughts down on paper. Living on Orchard Avenue in Parma, Ohio for the last seven and one half years has stirred my pen to action again. If you live in Parma Ohio, you can count yourselves among the lucky. There is a true sense of community here. The neighbors truly care for one another and this is especially true on Orchard. I wish I had the time to delineate all of the acts of kindness shown to my wife Lisa and me, but I will instead paint a picture of two of the most outstanding friends and neighbors a person could be lucky enough to have. I am speaking of Paul and Joann Schmidt. The hope I have for writing this is twofold, first I want them to know how I feel and second I want you to understand what it means to be a neighbor on Orchard.
             Let me first describe Paul Schmidt and explain why I think he needs to have his story told publicly. Paul who I am sure will say that I did not need to bother writing this, which is exactly why I must. The friend, mentor, coffee drinking partner, and father figure I know, as Paul is not a large man in stature. He would not stack up with anyone on Forbes 100 list or have his home grace the pages of any magazines. The measure of this man cannot be quantified by any of those typical standards. Paul would get the cover of Kindness, drop what I'm doing to help you, offer you moral support and make jokes about you and your wife love life magazine if there was such a publication. Every neighborhood needs some glue to help hold it together and measured by this standard Paul would hold up under any light.
            I met Paul in the spring of 2003. We had moved here in March 2003. I was sitting on the front porch just trying to see how the new surroundings would play out. I remember a slight figure walking down the street and wondered why does this guy keep looking over at me. He walked up on the grass sat down next to me on the steps and said, "So you’re a plumber huh?" He saw my Roto-Rooter Van sitting there in the driveway. I explained that I had just started the job and was in training. He told me that he was retired from the gas company and knew what a struggle I was facing. The his true nature shined through as he told me well "You are going to do just fine if you got that pretty woman in there to marry you this would be a breeze." He had no way of knowing if I would succeed or not but always chose the rosiest outcome. That is Paul.
            We shared our first cup of coffee together that evening and have consumed hundreds of gallons since. Coffee and smokes are vices we share. As Paul is quick to reassure me, "Well at least we are not out chasing women." As the patriarch of a large family not all of whom are his children but came as a bonus when he married Joann you would never know that he was not their father. The children are all grown and some are grandparents themselves by now. You would think that with all of his current obligations, he would not have room in his life for my Wife Lisa and Me but people are his passion and while caring for others he knows no bounds. Whether he is out in subzero weather changing a tire or calling me to make an emergency run for a hot water tank that just blew there are no limits to the aid he is willing to render for his fellow man or woman.
            Paul has shared little with me about his childhood except that he hates eating chicken because of it. I know that he did serve in the army and that is all I know. I have heard of his time spent working for East Ohio Gas first as a meter reader and then moving up to play a key role in their service department. Paul worked many 16-hour days to keep customers in heat in the winter months and as a result had to take early retirement after a back injury and 30 years of service sidelined him. Paul speaks of is working years with fondness and sometimes I suspect he would not mind picking up his pipe wrench and taking a few service calls again.
            In the years that I have known Paul, he has never once failed to come through on a commitment he made. Paul Schmidt who gave his youth to his country, his working years to his fellow citizens and his heart to his beloved Joann and her four children deserves to know what he means to me. If I had a key to the city, I would give it to him but I gave him the next best thing a key to my house. For several years, Paul has taken it upon himself to let our dogs out if we were not going to be home for a long period. This is something that I cannot thank him enough for doing. It was especially hard after last February 24 when we lost our oldest boxer George. Paul was very upset and could have turned in his key. That is not his style Paul took to the new boxer puppy Eddie (pictured above) and never missed a beat. Thank You. George (pictured below).
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            When I was working as a plumber, I would have the occasion to do some private work and I called Paul to come with me. He was always willing to help and even though it was a business relationship, I cannot think of anyone else I would have rather had there with me. At our pinnacle, we completely removed and replaced all of the plumbing in a century home on the city's eastside. Most people would shy away from this job but not Paul. He was in for the long haul. We could have both thrown in the towel when we returned one day to find the copper we had installed ripped out again. Then we missed a week due to my emergency gall bladder surgery. In the end, we installed CPVC plastic water lines and PVC drains. The basement, three kitchens and bathrooms were tough but he hung in there in the winter with the first two-thirds of the job being done with no heat. Paul and I still make some guest appearances for friends, with plumbing tools in hand.
            The last year has been by far the most rewarding for me. Paul who never had a son of his own has been with me every step of the way. I have been attending Bryant and Stratton College in Parma, working towards an Associate's Degree in IT Security. Paul has made sure that his visits are timely and never infringe on my study time. Coffee is still the bonding agent of choice. We all discuss the classes I'm taking and Paul enjoys hearing about all of the techie things out there. Or at least he is a good actor.
            Joann his wife is one of the kindest and warmest people I know. She is the kind of person you would entrust with your most private secrets knowing they would be safe. She has not always had the life she envisioned but is quite content with her choice of partner. She makes it a process to always keep her house neat and clean and her family well fed. In her case, the word family is an elastic group of people. Lisa and I know too well the hospitality she shares with those who are in her family. Joann makes you feel as though you are part of something really special.
            The winter of 2009 turned out to be a rough one for the Schmidt's. A routine visit to the doctor turned out to be a health scare that rocked this loving family to the bedrock. The various tests done revealed a mass in the abdominal region, which we all took for cancer. Paul was quite shook-up. The testing seemed to go on for months concluding with a visit to The Cleveland Clinic under the care of a specialist. The ultimate results of all of these test revealed that she had a liquid filled sack on her stomach but was no real concern. I do see so many news stories these days that just make you wonder if God really cares. Well nearly two years later I can report that God surely cares for Joann and she is alive and well. Thank you God for showing Joann your mercy and sparing this neighborhood treasure.
            Joann Schmidt is responsible for several children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I say responsible because there is hardly a coffee drinking event when she and Paul are at my house that her phone does not ring. It is usually someone updating her on the status of their day or a grandchild with a question about a cooking procedure, or a pet in trouble, or an article of clothing in need of repair, or a baby sitter or …you get the idea. Joann is the conductor of an orchestra, which plays by the rules and offers the world much more that it takes. Oh did I mention her taco salad? It is the stuff of legends!
            I am sure that if you think about it you all either know someone or are already someone like Paul and Joann. These people are whom our country is so richly blessed. They are the glue in the neighborhoods large and small that make life better for the rest of us. I would like to consider myself a GIT (glue in training). The funny thing is that the training is not very hard to get down. The keys I have learned from Paul and Joann involve daily care for one's family, one's self, and treating your neighbor as you would like to be treated. The goal here is usually to decorate the end of a piece of writing with some snappy rhetorical flourish to make it stick in the reads mind. I think that in this case I will let the basic principals shown by Paul and Joann stand on their own. The common good and genuine caring they have shown me will act as the cake and the icing. If ever there was a time in our lives when caring for others without looking for anything in return now is that time. The world is only as good as the small acts of kindness shown to our fellow men and women on a daily basis. At the risk of sounding cheesy, ask yourself when the last time is that you called your neighbor just to say hi and made sure they were O.K. and really cared about the answer. Take time to know them and good things will happen in your life.