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Microsoft's Spring Updates & Product Changes
A certain technology writer has reported Microsoft's plans for updates and changes on certain products this spring.
 
The updates will address issues about Windows 8.0 and 8.1, among which is about touch commands (designed for touch-screen applications) that do not translate perfectly on traditional mouse, keyboard or touchpad PC's and tablets. Another update, already in the market, allows 2 or more application programs side by side, meaning for example, the user can store 2 or more browsers and switch from one browser to another, which was not possible before. Updates are free to download for users and nocturnal automated PCs.
 
Some of the planned changes will, on the one hand,  minimize hardware requirements for functions performable through software in forthcoming products, particularly Windows Phone; e.g., at least 4 buttons will be eliminated. On the other hand, hardware such as power and setting buttons will replace the less accessible touch commands. Also, PC's and tablets will require less storage and memory space than before. Most of the planned changes are geared towards reducing manufacturing costs.
 
All these changes evolve from Microsoft's seemingly endless research and development in keeping with its goal to produce pioneering and innovative Microsoft products. Competitions unequivocally are doing the same, and so Microsoft's goal ends in succession of goals!
 
 
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Should CA Split Into 6 States?
I could not wait to publicize this debatable issue.
 
A prominent capitalist has been authorized by the Secretary of the State of CA to muster signatures of voters for a petition to split CA into 6 independent states. The petition will qualify for a ballot (Congressional?). His main reason is: "CA has become nearly ungovernable because of recent social and economic changes".
 
Details in insert below.
 
I see many CONS against the split, mostly financial, such as the ff:
  • Taxes in each state created will dramatically increase to finance initial expenses, e.g., salary, housing, benefits, travels, misc. expns. for the governor and leaders of various state departments/bureaus, their staff and personnel; procurement, construction, rents of state buildings for the aforementioned; state vehicles; and so forth, etc., etc.
  • On the on-going state, maintenance of the state government created will be financed inevitably as never before
  • The CONS do not stop at the state level but continue down to the local governments that will be created and maintained for each state
  • On the on-going basis, property and income taxes will be disturbed for the worse
  • New projects will surely emerge, as never before, for financing
  • New taxes of all sorts will surely be levied or collected
  • There will be new fees for basic necessities such as water, gas, light, sewer, garbage collection etc.   
  • New state rules and regulations will be enforced as never before
  • Miscellaneous changes will be implemented, e.g., license plates, telephone area code, ZIP code, zones, etc. 
  • Citizens of each independent state created will be laden with financial burdens of all sorts as never before 
  • This will be a monumental endeavor
  • The land of CA will be divided into 6 kingdoms as it were
This blog is especially open to comments PROS or CONS, relevant or jokes
 
 
 
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Jesus Christ, The Dawn Of Science And Technology
I have two 18 year old VHS player/recorder which I alternately use occasionally. Each one is a superb equipment and when I periodically open it for maintenance, I marvel at how this equipment was conceived, designed and constructed. There are numerous parts, including electronic components the size of a grain of rice, not to mention tiny gears, springs and screws. I am particularly fascinated by the mechanical parts and greatly amazed by how the inventor conceived, designed and made each part and then assembled the parts together to perform synchronized motions.
 
Superb piece of equipment indeed and this is only one of the innumerable inventions by man. Seeing these man-made miracles, it is not naive or "boring" to think of Jesus Christ.
 
Jesus never saw a simple incandescent lamp all his life, yet humans had lived eons before his time. This is evidenced by the fact that he himself knew about Moses and Elias from the Scriptures. Both prophets lived incalculable number of years before him. Humankind may never know exactly or at least accurately all the miracles of Jesus. There were no man-made miracles during those times so Divine miracles had to happen and obviously Jesus was born for that purpose. The few men that Jesus gathered, known later as disciples, attested to his miracles. With these men, Jesus formed a group, the purpose of which was known only to him but was branded subversive and heretic by authorities in Jerusalem. He was arrested and forced during persecution to claim himself the Messiah. He was crucified and died on the cross. His disciples travelled far and wide to propagate Christianity. Yet to this day Jesus is not recognized as the Christ by unknown number of skeptics and cynics.
 
Be that as it may, but great mysteries happened after the birth and death of Jesus. Man began to be inquisitive, inventive, scientific. Great inventions were manufactured. By the 17th century A. D. man had developed electricity and subsequently the eclectric motor, electric locomotive, etc. The Periodic Table Of Chemical Elements had evolved towards the beginning of the 18th century A. D. and the steam engine also was perfected around this time. The first electric light bulb was developed in the late 18th century and then commercialized to light the world. Inventions continued from then on and led to the countless man-made miracles available in the world today (2014 A. D.).
 
It is superfluous to say none of the man-made miracles existed prior to the birth of Jesus.
 
Evidently Jesus is certainly the Christ. His birth heralded the change in the spirit of humankind.
 
The birth and death of Jesus Christ marked the dawn of science and technology.

 

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Wherefore The Human Life?
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The human life is like rice - rice more than wheat because unlike wheat, rice needs all the blessings it can get, to name a few: plenty of water and sunshine, peaceful weather, earth nutrients and more.
 
With all the blessings, a grain (seed) of rice planted on the earth will sprout, take root and grow into a full-grown plant. Its blade-like leaves will turn the field into lush green. It will bloom and bear seeds. When golden, the grain is ripe and ready for harvest. The rice plant has accomplished its purpose.
 
After harvest, the body of the rice plant, the stubble, is either left on the ground until the ground is plowed again or is burned and plowed with the ground, but its grain awaits its fate. Either it will be cooked then eaten and transformed (destroyed) into the nutrients, or planted again on earth to live another life.
 
The human, like a grain of rice, is born into this world, grows, matures, some beget offspring(s), continues to live, then eventually dies.
 
Human life and spirit are ripe when the person dies. Metaphorically it is harvest. The grain of rice is golden when harvested. Unfortunately, unlike the grain of rice, the human spirit is not always golden at harvest time. The human body turns into dust in its grave, or to ashes when cremated or ends in various other unexpected ways. Like the grain of rice that awaits its fate, the human spirit awaits Divine Judgment either to be taken into the Divine Realm, or born again into this world or destroyed.
 
Wherefore the human life, then?
 
A communications receiver is a very interesting equipment among the millions of man-made miracles of this generation. The housing and chassis are its body. Its knobs, switches and antenna are its body extremities. Its circuit board with all its electronics and electrical components is its brain. Its reception (process/function) in so many ways resembles the human spirit.
 
Reception is vulnerable to intruding transmission signals of the same frequency, unless protected by hi-tech systems without which the receiver can become unreliable and/or destructive especially if it is a vital part of a control system. Invulnerability of reception to intruding signals is therefore of utmost importance.
 
The electronics engineer designs the receiver circuit, constructs one model and tests its reception for invulnerability to signal intrusions. If the model fails but still usable, the designer does every conceivable improvements. The model is reconstructed and tested. If it fails but still usable, it is again improved, the model is reconstructed and tested and so forth and so on until invulnerability to intruding signals is attained.
 
I just got information that communications receivers are flexible. They can be converted and used for other applications such as televisions, radio controls, broadcast radios, surveillance monitors, computer interfaces (wireless models) and various receiver systems.
 
Whether the model will be kept as a reference (relic model), reconstructed or destroyed depends on the judgment of the design engineer who certainly follows specific criteria for reception.
 
The human life as a communications receiver is an unseen, extremely subtle, untold analogy.
 
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From Flame To Light
 

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How long has man been on earth? There is no exact figure, but proofs say a very long time indeed. One might ask, if man has been here on earth that long, what has he been doing? Shouldn’t he today live longer than 115 years? Shouldn’t he today no longer need life’s basic necessities so unemployment and slavery can be illiminated? Better yet, shouldn’t he be revived from the dead in 3 days today? Great day in the morning! Man did not even have a simple incandescent lamp to give him light some 2,000 years ago!
 
However, consider the time frame between the biblical Jesus of Nazareth and today, no question about it – a little over 2000 years … only, and yet it should stir one’s imagination that within this time frame, man not only has created the simple incandescent lamp to light him in the dark, but also all the man-made miracles such as computers, cell phones, automations, cars, jetplanes, infrastructures and thousand others. Compare with the very long time indeed, may be millions of years, that man had been on earth, with comparatively insignificant accomplishments, until about 2,000 years ago. Something … happened!
 
Anybody who bothers searching for a 2,000 year old incandescent lamp would search uselessly – there is not one to be found, not even in the bible. But the Book of Revelation 21:4, 23 – 26, in my own chosen words for brevity, says God shall wipe away the tears from their eyes; the city shall no longer need the sun nor the moon to give them light, for God’s glory gave the light and the Lamb is the light; and there shall be no night there (this was mentioned twice: Ch. 21:25, Ch. 22:5).
 
No offense of any kind is intended against anybody in the following paragraph.
 
The Holy Bible appears so complex one can be a vain paranoid or schizophrenic putting meaning to its words, sentences or paragraphs. Misleading interpretations can be anything but right direction. I believe the Holy Bible is straight-forward and should not be read figuratively or as a metaphor although I must admit that the Book of Revelation is a book that needs a world of interpretations very much like interpreting dreams! With the Book of Revelation as an exception, the Holy Bible is similar to a manual – a Divine Manual. Manuals are not written figuratively or metaphorically lest they lose functionality. The complexity which very likely can be misconstrued as figurative or metaphoric is mainly the product of the arduous task by translators to write the original Scripture in a different language and yet preserve its originality word by word, verse by verse and chapter by chapter.
 
Moreover, certain chapters in the Bible contain numerous details, so numerous indeed that it will tire the reader, if the reader is not searching for specific facts of interest. The author had a foresight that time will come when man shall trek through those numerous details. They were written under divine inspiration undoubtedly for this reason.
 
Now, the Book of Revelation must be understood. It reveals some prophecies which have already been fulfilled but remain unnoticed. Today, does anybody have to shed tears doing work? No need. Electricity will do almost everything. Hence man’s tears have been wiped away. The Book of Revelation said so. Today, does anybody need to wait for daylight to do any activity in a building, specifically large, tall buildings? No need either. The Holy Bible said so. Just flip a switch. And should anybody’s activity in the city be stymied by night? Not even in the city dungeons, it shouldn’t. There is no night in the city anymore. The Book of Revelation said so. These are but a few biblical realizations wherein man has to shed tears no more.
 
Light was the divine word and through man light was created ….. man’s light.
 
The development of man’s light? Consider the following:
 
flame/fire (torch) ==> oil lamp ==> candle ==> gas lamp ==> battery lamp ==> electric lamp (tungsten)
 
Obviously unnoticed, the Holy Bible’s promise on tears and light reached maturity sometime in the 17th century when electricity was developed and subsequently in the late 18th century when the first incandescent lamps were produced.
 
The last words of the Holy Bible are written in the Book Of Revelation, Chapter 22. One can try to search for so much as a clue or hint of whatever comes to pass after man's light. There is nothing to be found but pure, free water and the Almighty God.
 
The Holy Bible seems to say: From Flame To Light.
 
It follows that whatever process supersedes the initial man-made light is no longer covered by this Divine Manual.
 
 
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First writing 09Dec2009
 
 
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