Your information is old... The USPS has been losing billions over the last three years, and the loss is only projected to grow:
The About.com article you link to refrences 2006 as though that was the future, and is giving a five year average profit. (Couldn't find an actual date for when the article was first published.)
Pratchett fan? Gotta love the Hogfather.
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Depending on where you live, ATT may in fact be the only choice you have for service.
I have tried several times not to be an ATT customer - only to find the company I chose to replace ATT bought by ATT, currently they are the only land-line phone provider where I live. If you need a land line for any reason (I know this is getting rare, but there are certain things that do require a wired phone line), ATT might be your only option.
I would just like to state for the record, that IMHO SQL is a beautiful thing. Its ease of interoperability (both between languages and backends) has saved my butt on numerous occasions (not to mention the ease with which you can go from very simple to very complex depending on the need of your application)
I don't know that the bugs are all "ironed out". My wife just bought a brand new laptop that came with Vista SP1 installed (only copy of Vista running in house). It regularly corrupts network files simply by opening them. If an OS can't get the file system to work right, it is not worth having on a computer.
That said, we are hoping Windows 7 will at least get the basics right, and are planning on moving the laptop to it when we feel it is adequately stable.
The statement "You're not allowed to give up performance for other users in the network" is dependent on your task-at-hand and your network infrastructure. There are several instances where it is perfectly reasonable to push other network traffic aside or where there is no other traffic (such as the sat-feed that another user mentions in another reply).
The main reason people began wrapping UDP into highly custom/specialized versions of TCP is that TCP (while great for the Internet at large) is largely based on assumptions that may not hold true in all use cases. The RTT of the protocol may unnecessarily add latency to the data throughput for long distance trips, and TCP's aggressive "congestion avoidance" algorithm is based on the smaller bandwidths of older technology - potentially significantly slowing the data, even for single dropped packets.
UDP is actually a great basis for accelerated file transfer. Several file transfer utilities / protocols have been built around it. I deal with really large files, but I have been using Aspera on several projects with great success. Worth a look.
I don't really care about how a database looks. I care about how a database functions. Tessitura is well thought-out as far as making the product useful to the non-profit. RE seems to go out of its way to make the non-profit do more work / buy more modules. (Have you ever tried to invite a couple to an event? There is no easy way to add a spouse after adding the main contact. Simple little thing, but it means a lot of time from someone who more than likely doesn't have any, as non-profit staff tends to wear many hats.) Again, personal opinion based on personal experience.
I agree with this... Techsoup is a great IT resource for non-profits.
ARG! NO! FileMaker is the Bain of my existence... I am constantly trying to get people off of FileMaker and it keeps popping back up like a bad weed. Run away!
(Sorry - it might be better in its latest version, but all my experience has been corrupt data that is hard to make useful to other systems.)
"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead