We’ve Been Here Before

It might feel like America is going down a path with a president for the first time. But we’ve been here before.

Nixon

Trump has given courage to those whose base views had been resigned to the back porch or weekend poker game. The racism and sexism were always there. And then Trump came along called women fat pigs. He called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. He brags about sexually assaulting women he finds attractive. He’s a walking cesspool of every deviant personality trait one man could possess.

Trump is the asshat who claimed Barack Obama’s birth certificate was a fraud. Trump doesn’t believe the rules apply to him, and he’s taken that philosophy with him into the White House and filled the swamp with friends and family who share his despicable views. Watch Jeff Sessions quote the bible as a defense for separating children from their parents at our border to see how far we’ve fallen.

I grew up believing America was the greatest country in the world. That notion was shattered about six months into my mission to Germany. It was there I realized America didn’t have a monopoly on greatness.

Now is a good time to revisit All the President’s Men. Nixon was a miserable man, but he faked it much better than Trump. We didn’t fully understand how racist Nixon was till the Watergate tapes were released. Trump’s tweets are in full view for those who care.

We’ve been here before.

Nixon left a black mark on the presidency and the country. Before Trump is done, he’s going to make Nixon look like Mother Theresa.

We survived Nixon.

We will survive Trump.

Muzzle That Phone

Next time you’re speaking with a friend or coworker or spouse or whomever for more than a few minutes try doing this with your phone:

DND

This is my favorite feature of iOS 6. In short, it puts a muzzle on my phone.

Smartphones do a wonderful job of saving emails, text messages, and voicemails. You don’t need to answer every message as it comes in. Unless you’re someone’s lifeline on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, the call can wait until the conversation is finished.

In an age where everyone is connected to the internet, it’s refreshing to sit down with someone who isn’t glancing at their phone every twenty seconds.

Whenever someone puts me on call waiting, I hang up immediately. My closest friends don’t even ask me anymore because they know this. It’s rude. So is taking a call or reading a email while we’re talking.

If you’re giving others your time and attention you have every right to demand the same from them.

Syncing Sucks

The first device I recall trying to sync with my Windows PC was the Casio Cassiopeia, one of the first Windows CE devices to hit the market. Palm had already released the popular Pilot and Microsoft felt they had to get a piece of the action. I worked at Microsoft at the time and happened to be attending an event in New Orleans where the Cassiopeia was sold at a discounted price of $250. I couldn’t resist.  image

I spent hours attempting to get that bugger to sync with my PC. This was before USB was around so I was stuck with a serial port and it was a painful experience. Eventually I gave up and entered my contacts, tasks and appointments manually. So much for my handheld time saving device.

I eventually sold the the Cassiopeia on eBay and purchased my first MP3 Player; the Diamond Rio 300. It would be an understatement to say this is the worst couple hundred dollars I’ve ever spent. In theory, it held 8 to 10 songs. In reality it rejected everything I threw at at. The included software must have been written by an RIAA mole working at Diamond.

I’ve owned more than a dozen phones, mp3 players, Pocket PCs, Handsprings, Palm Pilots and all gave me problems connecting to my computer, syncing data or both. Although the iPod is known for it’s friendly design it’s not perfect and I want to toss it into the street at least once a week. Some days it won’t connect to iTunes until I reset it.

Why does syncing handheld electronic devices suck so imagemuch?

I currently have two phones with Windows Mobile which is the equivalent of asking a complete stranger to kick me in the head twice a day. Both phones are molasses slow and occasionally connect to Vista. Unless they decide not to which lately is quite often. My phone is setup to sync my email with Microsoft Exchange and it does work most of the time, but it doesn’t like to connect to my PC without a number reboots.

I’m tired of all this connecting, syncing, and partnering which leads to lots of rebooting, resetting, unplugging and swearing. It’s been over 10 years since I purchased my Cassiopeia, yet syncing problems persist. One would think that USB and Bluetooth would make connecting and syncing devices much easier, but many problem still persist.