Drowning Luddite clings on to his Remington

first_imgBut people basically divide into two categories on this earth: those who think W3 stands for World Wide Web and those who know it is an area of London centred on Acton.It’s not that I am frightened by the Internet. Far from it, if only because such technology is so far beyond the technical grasp of most people as to be about as intrusive as intergalactic broomstick travel.No, it is the jargon which the Internet has spawned which worries me most.We network and interface and have done for a decade or more, but now when we go to cocktail gatherings, we are greeted not by waiters but by drink providers. Tupperware has been replaced by software. People I meet are on either online or downloaded. Everyone is a user.And then once in a while, you find someone else who is also lost, bewildered, and confused. These are the people I get on with best. We just seem to double-click.When it all gets too much, when Rams and Roms get confused with PPPs and TCPs and my IP initialisation string ties me up in knots and I feel a virus coming on, I just go into a quiet corner and take a couple of Pentium. But although I may be a Luddite, I have learned an interesting lesson: unlike logs, typewriters sink.While others are happily surfing the Internet, the weight of my Remington is dragging me beneath the waves. But I shall not let it go. And, surfacing for the third and last time, I take comfort from the fact that there are many others out there in a sea of megabyte confusion, floundering just as badly.Not you, of course. You can tell a Baud from a bathplug and a Smilie from a smoked haddock, of that there is no doubt, because everyone claims to be an expert. Did you know there is such a thing as “netiquette”, which frowns upon such unspeakable practices as spamming? And if you do spam you can expect a flaming. There are hot words, and smilies and gophers and no, it’s no good asking me, I hadn’t heard of any of this until a few minutes ago when I consulted a handy guide to the Internet. All it proved was that I have windows, but I am still in the dark.There are plenty of acronyms too. The ISOC is the Internet Society. It has appointed the IAB, the Internet Architecture Board, which does not design computer hardware with mock-Tudor frontages and Corinthian columns, but meets to decide on data transfer protocols, whatever they are. The ISOC has also set up the IETF, the Internet Engineering Task Force, which solves hardware faults.But who needs all this stuff, and can the rest of us survive without it? In other words, are the nerds and non-nerds compatible? It depends on my baud rate, and whether I am two, four or six speed, and whether I have a killer bite.In other words, it takes two to tango and, as Alexander Graham Bell discovered with the telephone, new technology is only as good as the person on the other end.So no, you nerdy types, you can’t access my interface or log on to my data retrieval upload down-mode secret code facility because my rusty Remington does not possess an input on-site hot-link point.But I suspect it is only a matter of time before I give in and get a hard disk fitted. I suspect, sooner of later, we Luddites will be forced to conform, if only to keep our end up in an age in which the only form of communication will be electronic. Why, this very morning a man telephoned me to find out if I was in so that he could fax me his new phone number. (Even we Luddites have fax machines.) Don’t bother, I said, just tell me and I’ll write it down.Oh no, he said, you don’t want to go to all that trouble. And then he faxed it.So the world remains divided between the ares and the are-nots.And according to the first demographic study of users of the Internet, 95% are male, most are in their late 20s and early 30s, 45% are professionals or in positions of managerial responsibility and 36% are graduates or undergraduates.Inevitably the vast majority (70%) of all modem-toting, net surfing, Web footed nerdy types are in America, compared with 28% in Europe and 2% in Australia.If you add up those figures very carefully you’ll find that makes 100% – which leaves the rest of the world totally uninhabited by computer types. That is why I am standing on the side of the Information Super Highway right now, hitching a ride to some peaceful communications backwater.If you want me, you’ll have to find me first.Here’s a clue: my e-mail address will be Meade-dotty-brain-gone-at-last-must-dash-dash-dash.last_img read more

After the rains cease, and heat begins, gardens need attention

first_imgBy Jefferson County Master Gardener Micah Shanks I think it is safe to say that we are all weary of the rain. Seems like there is either too much or too little. We are due for some “drying out.” The pleasant thing about the rain is that it kept temperatures down. When it stopped, you can bet we are complaining about the heat in no time!If your garden has good drainage, most things should have survived. However, you may notice some yellowing as nitrogen and other nutrients have been washed out. Now is a good time to fertilize. One good source of pure nitrogen is blood meal. Follow directions on the bag and scratch it in around the base of the plants. They will green up seemingly overnight.Our Texas summer heat is brutal to our plants. There are several heat tolerant flowers that you can still add that will take you through the season. For color in a sunny area, look for zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers, gazania, cockscomb and vinca. In an area that gets partial sun, choices include nicotiana (flowering tobacco), coleus, pentas and wax begonia. If you have a shady spot, brighten it up with impatiens. Many of these will bloom to the point of becoming “leggy”. This is when you have to steel yourself, get the shears and give them a good haircut. It’s hard to cut off all those blooms, but the plant will benefit from it and reward you with several more weeks of blooms.When the weather heats up, the bugs come out. Watch closely for aphids, caterpillars and beetles. Sometimes, all you need to get rid of them is a strong blast of water. However, sometimes you need something stronger. Reach for natural controls like insecticidal soap and neem oil products.If you see tiny white flies on any of your plants, you most likely have poor air circulation. Lack of circulation can also be the reason for many types of  fungus, like powdery mildew. Make sure there is ample room between your plants so they can dry out in the humidity.As for ornamental trees, crape myrtles are in full bloom now.  Keep spent blooms pulled off as high as you can reach in order to keep the tree in bloom longer through the season. Just make sure you know the difference between a spent bloom and a new bloom! The new ones are very small; the spent ones are the size of a pea. The old ones will weigh down the branches.For more information, contact Jefferson County Master Gardener Micah Shanks  at [email protected] or call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 409-835-8461.last_img read more

Week In Review 8/31-9/4

first_imgThursday, September 3:Dunleavy Not Planning Now To Fill Vacant State House Seat, Kenai City Council Extends Disaster Emergency Declaration Through December Friday, September 4:Kenai Peninsula College’s Director Announces Retirement, Central Peninsula Schools Open Tuesday, Some Have Adjusted Operating Hours FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Wednesday, September 2:Homelessness Discussed During Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting, Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Manager Provides COVID-19 Updatecenter_img Tuesday, September 1:Alaska Marine Highway System Winter 2020-21 Schedule Open For Booking, Federal Grants Headed To Alaska Airports, Including Kenai Municipal Airport, 2020 Primary Election Results Officially Certified Monday, August 31:ConocoPhillips Alaska Makes Match Challenge To Alaska SeaLife Center, Kenai Peninsula’s Connections Homeschool Thriving During Pandemic, Alaska Villagers Use Vehicles To Light Runway For Medevaclast_img read more

Ventsi Hristov: They did not look for me from Levski

first_imgThe striker Ventsislav Hristov announced that he had not negotiated with Levski, but would gladly return to Gerena.“It sounds good, but Levski did not look for me and we did not negotiate. Last time for a few seconds I agreed to wear the blue team and now it would not be different despite the difficult situation in which the club finds itself, but not to comment on suggestions. “Time will tell,” Hristov told dsport. Hristov already has one stay in Levski. He came to Gerena in the winter of 2016, but left six months later after becoming a solid reserve for Babatunde Adenidji.Since then, the striker’s career has been declining. It passed through Neftohimik, Vereya, Arda and Tsarsko Selo. For the last time he was fighting in … the second division of Romania.Levski is negotiating with a football player with three matches since the beginning of the year?The “Blues” can get back Venci Hristovlast_img read more

Chelsea try to tempt youngster and his family with ‘millions’ –…

first_imgNnamdi Collins is one of the many talented youngsters at Borussia Dortmund’s academy and has impressed for the German club’s youth team. His performances caught the attention of Chelsea and Manchester City.On April 22nd, we relayed news from Germany the London club had overtaken the Premier League winners for the 17-year-old.It was also explained Chelsea were ready to offer a ‘million-dollar package’.Bild now claims the English capital club have been following the teenager for the past three years and they have been stepping up their efforts to sign him over the last few weeks.Chelsea wanted to lure the centre-back by offering him and his family ‘millions’.Embed from Getty ImagesUnfortunately for the English club, their efforts to tempt Collins have been unsuccessful as Bild states he has rejected a ‘million-dollar offer’ from Chelsea and decided to commit his future to the Bundesliga side.According to the report, Dortmund provided him with a clear path for his development. Collins will spend the next season with the youth team and will have opportunities with the first team from the summer of 2021.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undolast_img read more