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Wednesday 12th October 2011


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Basic Computer User

Vale Steve Jobs: World's greatest failure

Jobs' genius was what he learned from his mistakes.,vale-steve-jobs-worlds-greatest-failure.aspx

Microsoft Start menu use falls with Windows 7

Microsoft has pointed to the decline in the number of Windows 7 users accessing the Start menu as a reason to radically overhaul the feature in Windows 8.,microsoft-start-menu-use-falls-with-windows-7.aspx

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Advanced Computer User

How Long Should Your Email Subject Line Be?

Craig Stouffer of Pinpoint, an e-mail service, says subject lines that are 40 to 50 characters generate approximately twice the click-through rates of subject lines 70 to 80 characters in length.

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Gold Coast Vaccination Talk

If you will be on the Gold Coast Saturday the 15th Octoer, Stephanie Messenger will be talking on vaccinations and SIDS.
Venue: Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall - 62 Railway Street
Date: Saturday afternoon, 15th October, 2011
Time: 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Cost: $20 couple - $15 single - includes 78 page booklet about vaccination.
Book: Phone 07 3821-5454 or email

Short, Simple Video on the Dangers of GMO Crops

This guy nails it. And it's not even up to date. More recent research has confirmed that the second variety persists in the gut of people.

Finland: 79 Children Will Require Lifetime Medical Care After Receiving Swine Flu Vaccine

The Finnish government and major insurance companies announced Wednesday they will pay for lifetime medical care for children diagnosed with narcolepsy after receiving the swine flu vaccine. 79 children between the ages of four and 19 developed narcolepsy after receiving the Pandemrix vaccine in 2009 and 2010. Of these cases, an unusually high number, 76, also suffered from bouts of cataplexy, suffering hallucinations or paralysing physical collapses, according to Finnish research.

Antibiotics - Double Edged Sword?

Antibiotics can help save lives, and using them kills off the bad bugs that give us sore throats and other infections. But at the same time antibiotics kill off good bugs in our bodies too. Traditional thinking was that once we're off the antibiotics these good bacteria can re-grow; well maybe not according to Dr Martin Blaser from New York University. He reckons our friendly flora never recovers fully, and that this creates all sorts of other health problems. A very interesting listen.

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A man walks into a bar...

A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender, "If I show you a really good trick, will you give me a free drink?" The bartender considers it, then agrees. The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out a tiny rat. He reaches into his other pocket and pulls out a tiny piano. The rat stretches, cracks his knuckles, and proceeds to play the blues.

After the man finished his drink, he asked the bartender, "If I show you an even better trick, will you give me free drinks for the rest of the evening?" The bartender agrees, thinking that no trick could possibly be better than the first. The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out a tiny rat. He reaches into his other pocket and pulls out a tiny piano. The rat stretches, cracks his knuckles, and proceeds to play the blues. The man reaches into another pocket and pulls out a small bullfrog, who begins to sing along with the rat's music.

While the man is enjoying his beverages, a stranger confronts him and offers him $100,000.00 for the bullfrog. "Sorry," the man replies, "he's not for sale."

The stranger increases the offer to $250,000.00 cash up front.

"No," he insists, "he's not for sale."

The stranger again increases the offer, this time to $500,000.00 cash. The man finally agrees, and turns the frog over to the stranger in exchange for the money.

"Are you insane?" the bartender demanded. "That frog could have been worth millions to you, and you let him go for a mere $500,000!"

"Don't worry about it." the man answered. "The frog was really nothing special. You see, the rat's a ventriloquist."

Vegetable Cartoon

Vegetable Cartoon

Good Example of a Mind Study

Apparently if you can read the following sentence you have a strong mind:

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The American Dream Film-Full Length

30 minute cartoon that explains in one place many of the concepts and circumstances that led to where we are today.

Toyota NZ Hilux TV ad - Tougher Than You Can Imagine

And productive of a belly laugh or two!

Back Up the Wall Street Protestors

I've just joined a global movement catching fire across the globe -- taking back democracy from corrupt interests. We can bring the world together in one giant, deafening call for real democracy. Join the movement with me here:


Kleptocracy, alternatively cleptocracy or kleptarchy, (from Ancient Greek: "rule by thieves") is a form of political and government corruption where the government exists to increase the personal wealth and political power of its officials and the ruling class at the expense of the wider population, often without pretense of honest service. This type of government corruption is often achieved by the embezzlement of state funds.

This is a link to a video of Chris Hedges author of "The Way It Is" talking at the Wall Street civil disobedience protest.

The protesters in Wall Street recognise, "that the political system is broken, that the commercial press, the judiciary, the elected officials are essentially wholely owned subsidiaries of the corporate state."

"There is no way in the American political system to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs."

"We live in a society in which the citizenry has been utterly disempowered, rendered impotent. It doesn't matter what citizens want."

Hmmm... doesn't sound anything like what is going on in Australia with the carbon tax scam, does it?

Word to the wise?

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.” — Miguel Ruiz

The Meaning Of Appreciation

One, young, academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview.

The director who did the last interview, made the final decision.

The director discovered from the cv that the youth's academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research.

He never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?"

The youth answered, "None."

The director asked, “Was it your father who paid for your school fees?"

The youth answered, "My father passed away when I was one year old. It was my mother who paid for my school fees."

The director asked, "Where did your mother work?"

The youth answered, "My mother worked as clothes cleaner."

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, "Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?"

The youth answered, "Never. My mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me."

The director said, "I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother's hands and then see me tomorrow morning."

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high.

When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.

The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tears fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled and that there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes every day to enable him to pay the school fee.

The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.

The director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes and ssked, “Can you tell me what you did and learned yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered, "I cleaned my mother's hands, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes."

The director asked, "Please tell me your feelings."

The youth said,

Number 1 "I know now the meaning of appreciation. Without my mother, there would not be the successful me today."

Number 2 "By working together and helping my mother, only now I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done."

Number 3 "I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship."

The director said, "This is what I am looking for in my new manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. Son, you are hired."

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates.

Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company's performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been over protected and habitually given whatever he or she wanted, would develop the entitlement mentality and would always put himself first.

He would be ignorant of his parent's efforts.

When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others.

This kind of person, may be good academically and may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel a sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more.

If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat good meals, learn piano, watch a big screen tv. But when you are cutting grass, please let him experience it.

After a meal, let him wash his plates and bowls together with his brothers and sisters.

It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love him in the right way.

You want him to understand, no matter how rich his parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young man.

The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

8 Spelling Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Here's some helpful tips:

Your online photos could lead thieves to your front door. Stop them now

Social networking sites make it easy to upload digital pictures. It’s simple. Afterward, part of the fun is reading the reactions of your friends. Unfortunately, scammers and would-be thieves are also finding opportunities via your photos.

And to finish off, here is some classic Beatles...

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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Until next time,
dream big dreams,
read widely,
think well of your fellow man,
eat food that's good for you
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!


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