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Comment Fairly well-traveled for an American (Score 1) 958

Not counting the U.S., my native country, I've visited 18 countries:

Canada
Japan
Fiji
New Zealand
Germany
Italy
Switzerland
Liechtenstein
Austria
Czech Republic
Poland
Lithuania
Estonia
Russia
Finland
Sweden
Norway
Israel

Japan and Israel were business trips, but I got to spend some time in the local culture, as well. I've also been to Latvia but just riding through on a bus so it doesn't count.

My wife really likes to travel, and I enjoy it, too, although I wouldn't have traveled nearly as much if it weren't for her.

Comment Re:Palm has retired the OS (Score 1) 290

Except you don't seem to be the type that's in any rush to upgrade to current technology.

It's not wise to extrapolate from a single data point. Just because I like one device the way it is doesn't mean I don't like to update other tech gadgets. It depends on the risks and benefits.

I was considering upgrading to Snow Leopard this weekend, but decided to wait until I return from a trip I'm taking next week. I don't want to spend my last night at home frantically trying to restore a Leopard backup to my MacBook Pro if something went wrong with the upgrade. Now I'll probably wait even longer, to see if this issue is resolved.

Comment Re:Palm has retired the OS (Score 1) 290

If only 3 people are still using Palm OS devices, then they must all be in my work group. Several of us still use Treo smartphones. Just because new devices use a different OS is no reason to ditch a perfectly good device if it fits your needs well. I like my Treo 755p very much.
My Treo was an easy way to keep my address book and calendar on my Mac synced with my Exchange data at work. This definitely would impact me if I upgraded to Snow Leopard.

Comment Already happened on my local cable (Score 1) 345

I put together a Mac-Mini based HTPC using an EyeTV in February. The EB channels were broadcast in Clear QAM (I had already been able to receive them live with the QAM tuner in my TV for a couple of years). Three months later, shortly after turning off the analog feed for all EB channels, Comcast encrypted the digital EB channels. Now only the most basic of channels come over Clear QAM. Fortunately, Hulu picks up a lot of the slack. I think this move will simply erode cable market share in favor of distribution by the internet.

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Churches Use Twitter To Reach a Wider Audience 169

In an attempt to reverse declining attendance figures, many American churches are starting to ask WWJD in 140 or fewer characters. Pastors at Westwinds Community Church in Michigan spent two weeks teaching their 900-member congregation how to use Twitter. 150 of them are now tweeting. Seattle's Mars Hill Church encourages its members to Twitter messages during services. The tweets appear on the church's official Twitter page. Kyle Firstenberg, the church's administrator, said,"It's a good way for them to tell their friends what church is about without their friends even coming in the building."

Comment Newborn twins (Score 1) 252

My wife and I have newborn twins and a two year old, so it's way over 12 hours per day.

Oh, wait, you meant at my job? That would be right about 8 hours on the dot (so I can get home to help take care of the kids). Of course, actual productive time during the work day is less than that, maybe 4 or 5 hours?

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