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Where Have All The Good Saturdays Gone?*

Due to a crazy schedule, a reposting today. I have several, disjointed (and unrelated) things on my mind today; not one of which is a “tech tutorial”. Sorry.

1) Earlier this week, I wrote about how I get asked about blogging/being a “blogger” (see, Blogging For Your Monday + Springtime). I would like amend, and add something I did not write then: due to this online writing of mine, I have had the privilege of “meeting” some remarkable people. The purpose of, and my intent for, this website is (basically) to help out by teaching. But, thanks to these people, and the good ‘ole Law Of Unintended Consequences – turns out, I have learned a thing or two.
Or twenty.

I want to acknowledge, and thank, those of you who have participated in Tech – for Everyone, and taken the time to write in.

2) (sorta related to #1) Some of you may remember an article I wrote back in January, where I talked about a letter I received from reader who expressed disgust with CNet’s Download.com (see, I Support A Good Cause aka “An Open Letter To CNet, et al”) due to misleading “download here” advertising (links).

“Tech Paul, I am getting really sick of these download websites that try everything possible to get you to download the wrong file, usually a registry cleaner, but downloads.cnet.com has pushed my button for the last time…”

Today I received a note from that reader which said that they had noticed an improvement in the page’s layout design. So I took a look for myself, and had to agree.. there was a modest improvement — which causes me to say to the folks at ZDNet/CNet, “Yay! Good move, guys!
And, also, “Now admit it: there’s room for improvement. Let’s get serious and redesign.. not just ‘tweak’.”
Download.com is one of my preferred sources for safely obtaining the latest versions of freeware utilities. And I have high regard for the staff and editors there.

3) Life is not easy. Sometimes I think this fast-paced and frenetic, “modern” world we live in is not healthy (or natural) for us humans, and I get “nostalgic” for simpler, more innocent times. Even if I am looking at those times with rose-colored glasses.

Sometimes, I think we need to stop. Count to 10. And remember that each of us are fighting our own battles. And I think we need to remember to congratulate ourselves on our victories (however small).
I need to remember to do that more often… and, so, a poem:

Success

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

Let me end today’s post by wishing you, Dear Reader, a joyous weekend.

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* Orig posting

December 3, 2011 - Posted by | advice | , , , ,

9 Comments »

  1. It’s almost 10pm here. Think I will save your blog to read tomorrow and relax tonight with a game and enjoy “My Saturday”/weekend. :)

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    Comment by delenn13 | December 3, 2011 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      I have been asked, by non-gamers, how it is that I can find games “relaxing”. But odd as it may seem to them, with some games I do.
      A quick game of 3D chess does wonders for me. (And even some of the more.. um, “adventurous” titles help me unwind too..)

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      Comment by techpaul | December 3, 2011 | Reply

      • It’s amazing how blowing up things or shooting things can relax you in a video game. :)

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        Comment by delenn13 | December 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. Howdy Paul

    I returned to CNET’s Download.com site today, and looked at Malwarebytes Anti-Malware again using Google’s Chrome browser. There is an even greater improvement in the layout of the page compared to my last visit there. Apparently they listened to you… It’s very clear now (to me) which ‘download’ button I should click on to get the correct file. The advertised applications included on the page are separated enough that it takes just a small amount of awareness on the part of the user… but once again it comes down to “Think Before You Click”. Kind of like look before you leap. A little common sense goes a long way. Thanks again for posting this article.

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    Comment by kstinman | December 4, 2011 | Reply

    • kstinman,
      While it would be very nice to think I had anything to do with any improvements, I seriously doubt anyone at CNET has ever heard of lil ‘ole me, or seen this series.

      I took another look at that page myself just now (with my ad blockers turned off) and have to say I still see a lot of room for improvement.
      After all — 30 something years of having computers has shown quite clearly: you can’t rely on the users becoming more aware, and more ‘savvy’ (better educated) .. you have to step up and take more responsibility. (Or, take it out of their hands.)

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      Comment by techpaul | December 4, 2011 | Reply

  3. I see NO ads, whatsoever. I use Flashblock and Ad Muncher. Besides, I know better than to click on any ads.

    Then..once it’s downloaded..how many extra add ons do you have to unclick?????? You think you are installing one program but you end up with 3 and your homepage hijacked to boot.

    They target the less tech savvy(just like spammers) and that is what gets my goat. !#%^&##^^**

    So many developers have gone the way of “the dark side”.

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    Comment by delenn13 | December 4, 2011 | Reply

  4. Paul, thanks for the prose… I copied it to my list of favorites, though I may have copied it before. It strikes a note a kinsmanship… I too hope that my daily efforts achieve the results this poem expresses.
    A kindred spirit…

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    Comment by Rob | December 4, 2011 | Reply

    • Rob,
      I have posted that poem here a few times, and I keep a framed copy on my desk.

      I guess you could say that I like it..

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      Comment by techpaul | December 4, 2011 | Reply


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