Archive for June, 2010
I have seen people planning for the retirement on the first year of their jobs. And, this old gentleman was in no hurry to retire for the last 37 years of working as a mail handler.
Chester Arthur Reed, the mail handler in US Postal Service, never took a sick leave from his work and has accured 3,856 hours of sick leave. Born in 1914 as a son of auto mechanic, worked in his dad’s auto shop in his youth. He joined Air Force in 1947 and retired from active service as a sergeant in 1972. The next year he started the Postal Service job.
Reed has been a U.S. Postal Service mail handler and forklift operator since he was hired in 1973, making $4 an hour. He hit the $25-an-hour ceiling about 10 years ago.
In an effort to portray how rude are our sign board are, some pretty obvious sign, like the one posted below, are also collected.
The ‘No Parking’ signs are the most common and we are used to them the way they are. But, ‘Please Don’t Park’ might be a polite alternative.
Do they have such polite sign boards? I have seen one … taken the photo but the automatic camera focused on the windshield rather than the sign board. You can’t read it but the first word on the signboard is ‘Please’.
I will go there again and take the photo to show you the proof. Till then, please believe in my words.
I don’t feel like paying ‘here’. See how rude the sign board reads.
Pay here you … come on, pay here for parking…
I don’t see any reason why it requires two sign boards saying the exact same thing.
What does the arrow pointing downwards mean when the pay machine is located on the right? Is it asking you to stand at that location before you insert your card in the card reader?
Well, “Please Pay Here”, or “Pay Here, Please” would certainly feel good.
It sure sounds nice when ones says ‘please’. But, there are very few sign boards that are polite enough.
I am collecting ‘rude’ and ‘polite’ sign boards and till date I have sighted only one ‘polite’ one and all others are rude.
Let me start with the rudes …
The sign board reads :
CYCLIST DISMOUNT – WALK BICYCLE ACROSS ROADWAY
Cyclist dismount – Please walk bicycle across roadway.
or, Cyclist, please dismount – walk bicycle across roadway.
More of such sign boards will be coming…
Since the iPhone 4 went on sale yesterday, a number of reports have begun to appear online about the users having issues with the signal strength. When the phone is held with hand over the new steel band that encases the iPhone, the signal strengt reduced and loose the connection.
Apple’s response to the problem:
“Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.”
That means, Apple publicly admits to their antenna design flaws within the iPhone 4 that can reduce reception quality.
Gail Posner, a daughter of a billionaire businessman who made headlines when she claimed to spend thousands of dollar a month on her dogs, has left $3m dollar and a Miami Mansion worth $8.3 million for the dogs.
When Gail Posner died at the age of 67 on March, apart from the dogs, bodyguards and housekeepers were also awarded a sum of $26 million and the right to live rent-free in the property while they cared for the animals, according to the will.
Gail’s son however, sees conspiracy behind the will and has already filed a lawsuit against it.
Bret Carr, Gail Posner’s filmmaker son has already filed a lawsuit against all medicos attending upon his mother. Bret Carr told the media that he believes his mother was drugged and tricked into writing her will so that they could take over her mom’s enormous amount of wealth. Gail Posner’s will is reminiscent of “Queen of Mean” Helmsley who had left a whooping sum of $12 million for her Maltese called “Trouble”.
The three Gail Posner dogs are:
- Conchita, a Chihuahua,
- April Maria, a Maltese, and
- Lucia, a Yorkshite Terrier.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Apple’s iPad tablet and Windows-powered personal computers are fundamentally same. The only difference according to Ballmer is that the iPad can’t do much of computing when compared to PCs.
In an interview with Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walt Mossberg, Ballmer said that iPad is only “a different form factor PC.” Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, however has labeled the device "magical."
In the D: All Things Digital conference this week, Ballmer said, "The real question is, what’s a PC? Nothing that people do on a PC today is going to get less relevant tomorrow. There are usage cases. Whether those are done today on PCs–or alternate devices. (And the latter) are going to grow in popularity. There’s no question about that. Particularly entertainment-oriented scenarios. (But) there will exist a general-purpose device that does everything you want because I don’t think the whole world is going to be able to afford five devices per person."
I thought iPad was a general-purpose book reader to compete with Kindle. Now, what would a general-purpose device from Microsoft look like? We might get the answer by next year.
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