Technology and business smarts are useless when you’re dead
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The tributes to Steve Jobs the tech guru are pouring in daily.
Jobs was a petty, immature human being who died prematurely at his own hand, according to a new biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
“In his last years, Steven Jobs veered from exotic diets to cutting-edge treatments as he fought the cancer that ultimately took his life, according to a new biography to be published on Monday.” New York Times. Continue reading →
Campus education is too expensive and ignores how people learn today predicts one of world’s wealthiest men
“At the Techonomy conference in San Francisco, Bill Gates closed the event and answered questions from the audience. One woman asked him whether he thought that online education could potentially supersede in-person education.”
There is both truth and irony in Bill Gates prediction that sending people off to college or university will end soon. Gates says as the cost of a university masters degree approaches $250,000, people will find a way to get their education for $10,000 or even $2,000 on the Internet. Continue reading →
I want to acknowledge and thank long-time PEI social advocate Bill Campbell for sending me this story.
Bill Gates retired from Microsoft and is dedicating his billions of dollars and time to improving social issues around the world, including health, education, and poverty. After spending $2 billion, an enormous amount of money, on education, Mr. Gates has concluded that class size is irrelevant in determining the quality of education of children. The real predictor of how well children are educated is the quality and innovation of the teachers. Continue reading →
Daniel J. Vance’s weekly newspaper column Disabilities has been published in more than 250 newspapers. Disabilities is the nation’s best-read weekly column about people with disabilities.
In a recent column, you learned about Troy McClain, who was featured on the TV show “The Apprentice” and is a spokesperson for the week-long 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games that begin February 7 in Boise, Idaho. In addition, he’s a real estate developer, sought-after speaker, and Participant Centered Results facilitator. His life changed drastically 24 years ago, when his recently divorced mother adopted DoraLynn, a 4-year-old deaf Eskimo girl with an intellectual disability. Continue reading →
I like life in an ordered world. One can predict more or less what will happen next, excepting when things go sideways. Then it’s fun to let go of the wheel and enjoy the ride.
In the New Years Eve storm, I failed to clean the wet snow off the windshield so the wiper broke. One can predict that heavy snow will break the wiper. I just thought I could defy the laws of wipers in snow. The orderliness of life was all around yesterday. Streets were clean enough for the New Year’s levees. Friend and enemies shook hands and wished each other Happy New Year.
After another snow fall last night, the streets were clean this morning, as good order suggests. The car dealer was open, despite the weather, and fixed my wiper for next to nothing because I wore my Montreal Canadians jacket.
Sometimes you have to affect the good order of the universe with positive vibes.
What’s out of order is Microsoft Office and Windows XP. For reasons known only to Bill Gates, the programs are now giving me the reverse order on look ups.
When I ask for File Open, instead of the orderly sub directories then files in alphabetical order, since Christmas I am getting the files in reverse alphabetical order. It takes 3 more keystrokes to put things back in order. What gives eh?