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Minuteman: Defending Self = Protecting Others? 
You might have noticed that - by definition - a terrorist is often outnumbered?

Indeed, when EVERY SECOND can save the life of someone you love, the problem surely is not that a bad guy has a weapon, but that ordinary citizens ... do not?

A well-armed citizenry firing back (1) draws an assailants fire away from unarmed citizens, giving defenceless people (2) more time to escape the line-of fire. Having more than one citizen firing-back can also (3) encourage a sick mind to retreat, (4) stop firing & find shelter (saving even more lives!), if not to (5) surrender. Ultimately, much like Imperial Japan deciding not to invade after Pearl Harbor, simply knowing that firing into a crowd is likely to get the crowd to fire back will eventually (6) deter terrorist attacks all-to-gether?

Such life-saving advantages are the stark realities of having a well-armed citizenry: The best way to stop a bad-guy with a gun is to have a good guy - and the more, the better - with the same advantage. --Why will the media not say so? Why do they want to continue to disarm U.S?

Oh sure - Lawyers & laymen might like to haggle over ricochet & random-rounds falling into a crowded population... yet which has the greater probability of causing a fatality: Someone firing directly at others, or someone firing randomly into-the-sky?

One should marvel over how - in recent memory - our constitutionally guaranteed right to defend ourselves - if respected - would have saved the lives of many others, as well?

I also wonder if - until we are able to erase the knowledge of guns and gun-making from all human minds, as well as human histories - should we be picking them up ... or passing them out?

What do you think?

The visionaries who founded our great nation thought that - when every second counts - when lives of friends and family are at risk - that America could use lots of good-guys on-the-scene. -Ordinary citizens willing to stop what they are doing so as to protect their community - or save a life - in LESS THAN a minute?

American's Forefathers knew that - while a few will ever cower for hours amongst those ever-increasing number of corpses waiting for someone else to save them - that there would be many more who would feel the need to defend. --Instant heroes amongst the offended number who would be willing to risk their own lives so as to prevent more of their fellow Americans from falling. --Ordinary people who, if their constitutionally-guaranteed rights to defend themselves might simply be respected, would be ready, willing, and able able to return any assailant's murderous attack on-the-spot ... as well as en masse.

Yet prevention is surely worth avoiding any unpleasant pound of 'cure.' -Sadly, even without any proactive measures however, it seems that even otherwise reasonable people can - and always have - gone life-taking crazy?

Sadly, if it be the case that there will ever be attackers amongst us - whenever a single sick, or politic-crazed person begins to destroy the lives of our fellow Americans - then having a few extra kilos of an all-saving 'cure' in-hand at ground-zero is certainly not such a bad idea? (Certainly Americans once understood how to cope with spontaneous acts of aggression, revolution, and war?)

No unarmed civilian ever plans to be in the line of fire after all. -The next life on-the-line to be-saved might just be the life of someone we love.

So the RIGHT TO DEFEND EACH OTHER - much like the right to defend ourselves - is about saving lives. Moreover, when every second counts, there is simply no legal precedent to be concerned with... not when we the people make the laws?

Personally, I think that there are few new problems. Rather, I am beginning to believe that there are far more long-forgotten solutions?

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LinkedIn Asks: Why Don't You Delegate? 
"Delegation is about trust. -It is also about care & competence.

Delegation also often pre-supposes that we want whomever we delegate TO, to be able to grow so as to to fill bigger shoes some day?

So if one is like the rest of us, then we genuinely * WANT TO * delegate ... allot! -Yet when we trust others to do the things that we could otherwise do ourselves, an extra overhead often accompanies most types of inter-office delegation. -New efforts that often include skills that require an ability to (1) follow up, (2) managing cyclic results, (3) communicate & update objectives, and (4) more! --Chores which are often only worth our extra effort if / when we want those whom we trust, to become better?

Little wonder most feel that it is simply easier to 'do things for oneself', then to 'delegate'?

Of course, over time one will notice that while some folks are able to properly manage the trust required for task delegation, others, cannot. --Indeed, the difference between being a ''leader'' and merely being ''in-charge'' precisely hinges upon the ability to grow others... -Our personal ability to manage many trust-relationships. --An ability to intuitively assign proper tasks... as well as proper rewards!

Ever work with young kids? -If so, then we all know the way ;-)"

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EzLog4J 3.01 

It's About Time

Anyone who develops software in their spare time knows that the choice over how to spend that time is often budgeted between re-testing, or adding cool features.

Testing Word

Indeed, as we consider how tighter security is causing many programs to fail on Microsoft Windows, the word on the street for anyone who has not tested their programs in the past 3 months should be to do so - and to test across as many OS flavors as possible.

Crazy Problems!

Once Java has been installed on your computer, EzLog4J was designed to run from a simple click. Since our latest install of 'Windows 7 with the Oracle 7 platform-invocation randomly decided to use WebStart (!), a clicking on ezlog.jar thereunder fails with a JNLP Error.

Oddly, the new default is to use WebStart. From there, to treat Java as hostile even on your own local machine.

In other words, without even the slightest hint of any web-start support requested in the .jar file, if your Java Application is not code-signed, then it will no longer run on Microsoft Windows! Even worse, Oracle insists that self-signed code will shortly be going the way of the Dodo.


Yes, we could educate all would-be users how to do an "open with" to run our .jar files with some other launcher, but fortunately there are several simple work-arounds. Techniques that we developers can take to effectively side-step this ever-growing .jar lock-down problem.

For lack of time, we employed the easiest of the lock-down avoidance lot -- batch files & "start" commands:

cd .\dist
start javaw -jar ezlog3.jar

~ or ~

cd .\dist
java -jar ezlog3.jar

How does the alternate file-name approach work? -Well, since most folks ignore those file types / descriptions on Microsoft Windows ANYway, my friends will still "start" my program by clicking on the "ezlog.bat", rather than that evil "ezlog.jar" file. --All anyone will be looking for is to click on the word "ezlog" anyways. (Muhhhahah-ha)

The .EXE End?

What comes next? Rather than brandishing console-laden command prompts everywhere, everyone who does not want to pay $100 / month for a certificate will surely be creating an .EXE, next (which the planetary-wide free Java Tooling - at the time of this writing - will not create!)

--Might all of the above .jar lock-down silliness be more evidence that Oracle is indeed trying to kill Java?


So because 'Windows accounts for about 80% of the EzLog4J Project downloads, last night we provided a new ezlog.bat start-up file. To run EzLog4J on 'Windows, merely merely download & unpack the zip file from SourceForge to click on the same from within The Microsoft Windows File Manager.

In a like manner, Linux & OS X Users can try the virtues of the included file.


Along the way, we discovered & fixed a voice-file playback buglet, as well. -Hence the .01 suffix on this Version 3-Release.

(Perhaps Nietzsche was right: That which does not kill us, makes us stronger?)

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