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Pirates of Pi-stance 
I've just cloned my data collections from MySQL for embedded / stand-alone use on a Raspberry Pi (as well as Android, Windows, OS/X, Linux, and ... uh ... well ... virtually everywhere else!)
--Even Microsoft is planing on supporting the 'Pi Platform!

Best Of All?

We will be using the data collections on everything from PHP & Python to Java and .NET: You've simply gotta love Sqlite3!

To celebrate, allow us to share a modern re-versing ;) of an ancient programming-platform celebratory song:

We've built a better platform
for your data-needs in general

For data bases vegetable, animal, and mineral

The OS handles CPUs
with multiplexed complexity;

Our C++ compiler has impressive functionality...!

The storage system's better than
something with an old 'nt,

You never have to bother checking out
a bit's odd-parity;

There isn't any reason
to install non-static floor matting;

The boot-point has capacity for external disk-formatting.

I feel compelled to mention
what I know to be a gloating point:

There's lots of speed in memory
for variables as floating-point,

Which shows for input vegetable, animal, and mineral

We've built a better platform
for our data-needs in general!

(Note: If one cannot pick-up the beat after the first two verses or so, the above was designed be sung to the tune of the "Modern Major General" from the "Pirates of Penzance" ;)

Enjoy the Journey!


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Staples Asks: "Do you have a surprising tip for improving productivity?" 
I wish I was the first one to note it, but it was Thomas Monson who brought the idea that "when performance is measured, performance improves" into my bailiwick.

Yet to force people to be more obsessed with recording what they do is one very sure way to demoralize & intimidate just about everyone!

But to answer the question of how to improve productivity, on a PERSONAL level I have discovered that privately micro-blogging about what I do every day is the best way to ensure that I am always productive. Over time, voluntarily choosing to record what I do not only encourages me to do many more things, but in the technical world using tools like the "About Time" software allows me to diagnose though technical problems, as well as to generate the related reporting.

You can read more about "About Time" on the download page.

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Criminal Incompetence, or Simply Evil? 
It was time to get another phone. Since I have plenty of Android devices, for the sake of comprehensive R&D testing I decided to get a resource constrained iPhone.

After I logged into the web site using my 10+ year account, I was told that my new IPHONE 5C would be a free upgrade, with no contract required. Happy days.

After ordering the phone, I tried to cancel the order a mere 5 minutes after ordering the unit. Unlike what one might expect from a self-sourcing equipment vendor, I was told that it was impossible to cancel my order!

Sadly, by the time I received my phone you might as well forget that ludicrously-lame 14 D-A-Y return policy. I simply needed a phone in-the-field, as well as ANY phone to support my own Apache Cordova R&D testing plans.

So not only did I have to pay full price for the phone + an activation fee, but imagine my dismay when I was not even able to activate the device after its arrival without agreeing to a 2 year contract!

Then there would be a restocking fee?

Further outrage might have taken place when - upon visiting the Apple Store - we saw that this exact same phone was being offered by at&t for free!

So please: If the people at at&t mobile phone support division are not evil or stupid, then surely their software research & software development teams are completely lacking any semblance of technical ability!

Better still: When we tried to register the phone at the at&t web site (via wifi,) even the Safari would not work until Javascript was disabled!

Certainly it seems that SOMEone who surely checked off the "okay" box on this entire use case might have not even been able to pronounce the word "t-e-s-t"?

Yet one cannot help but to wonder: Is this farce merely yet-another case of pathetic corporate software developer incompetence, or simple money-grubbing deception?

Either way, one must conclude that this is not your daddy's AT&T!

So what was the total cost + commitment for my "free" phone in consideration of our decade++ support of at&t, you might ask?

A mere $3,320.oo!

It seems that P.T Barnum was right - yet if you do not want to be the sucker who got sucked in, then you had better not order on-line with at&t!

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