Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Netiquette: Five texts you should never send -

Netiquette: Five texts you should never send - "Texting was supposed to save us time by letting us bypass the phone call and just instantly telegraph the important stuff. But we've grown so reliant upon it that we obliviously miss, Mr. Bean-like, the conversations that could happen expeditiously over the phone.
So often, we put our thumbs to work typing out long and convoluted messages that warrant a detailed, meticulous volley of responses, when wagging our tongues would have cleared things up in 30 seconds flat. More than half of texters have "long, personal text message exchanges," according to a 2010 survey. They are all wasting time.
Our rule of (red, raw, overused) thumb: If your text is longer than two sentences and it demands a response other than a simple yes or no, just hit Call. You'll save everyone a little time and a lot of confusion."

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My house? In rockford down 19% :(

Time to buy: The most affordable housing markets - Bottom Line: "3. Rockford, Illinois
 Home price as percent of family income: 132 percent
 Median home price: $80,000 (fifth lowest)
 Median family income: $60,000 (76th lowest)
 Unemployment: 11.6 percent (17th highest)
For decades, Rockford’s economy has relied primarily on a strong manufacturing base, but in recent years it has struggled with high unemployment due to the manufacturing industry’s decline. Rockford’s unemployment rate of 11.6 percent is the highest of all metro areas on this list and the 17th highest of all metro areas surveyed. This, along with a median family income below the U.S. median income, has led to cheaper home prices. The high unemployment rate could depress the housing market for some time. Median home prices are only expected to rise by 2.4 percent in 2013, less than the 5.0 percent price increase expected nationally. However, between 2012 and 2017, home prices are expected to grow at an annualized rate of 4.2 percent, besting the U.S. rate of 3.9 percent."

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Just a summers day

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Technology | Futility Closet

Technology | Futility Closet: "Douglas Adams’ “rules that describe our reactions to technologies”:

Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things."

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