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This is so mind blowing that I don't even have a comment about it. Do you?


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No. It's overwhelming. But one has to try or get left behind, quickly - if advancing too slowly. Hard to do as we get older. The mind does not snap to attention quite as quickly as it used to. On the other hand, one is slower to make stupid mistakes ;)

I was introduced to computers in 1974 when I was in the airline industry working in reservation sales. We went from manual flight and passenger recording with belt lines of coloured papers and a huge manually posted flight availability board to computer reservations in one week. I've learned so may different programs 'or the past thirty some odd years, I've lost count.

But I was completely intimidated and overwhelmed by my high end printer recently, that can do just about everything except tell me what I had for lunch. So I'm slowing down. :( Fascinating Robbie. Thanks for sharing.
maybe specialization is the answer. I will take the things I already know a little bit about and leave the rest to you fine people.
I find it somehow fitting that you couldn't get it to do what you wanted it to do and had to post it below.
Me too. (:>)
I've seen this before and it's just as mind blowing today as it was then.
I've also seen this a couple of different times. But having worked in IT for more 22 years and seeing the constant progression of technological change, especially during testing in virtual reality labs, I didn't find this too overwhelming or unbelievable. What I found truly amazing was that ...

-Bermuda is #1 in broadband penetration;
-China will soon become the #1 English speaking country in the world; and
-India has more honor kids, than America has kids

Now that's unbelievable!
I posted this video on the blog here a couple of weeks ago.
It can be mind blowing for some, but when you work with
technology for many years, it isn't as mind blowing.

As I told my kids, once you develop certain basic skills
and cultivate a certain mindset (critical thinking,
problem solving, and group collaboration)
learning new applications shouldn't faze you.

I taught at a specialized InfoTech HS in CT for a few years,
In the time I was there, they were constantly upgrading.
I got to use technology that wasn't available to most
schools in the US and still isn't available yet to many.

You have to remember it is you, the user, that controls
the technology, not the other way around.

last I heard is they were using holographic boards instead
of smart boards.

photos of technology from my former HS
Maricel, Have to disagree, at least a little bit. I agree that if you stay engaged and pick and choose, you can keep up. But, as technology expands and we grow older it gets harder. Once you disengage, catching up becomes very difficult, if not impossible. I'm going to see if I can find your blog.
I try but don't keep up nearly as well as I used to.
I think I'll do a blog about this.
I hesitate to state this but a lot of that video was just throwing out numbers.

-Bermuda is #1 in broadband penetration;

How is this defined?
Secondly, Bermuda has such a small population, especially relative to most other countries in the world, and it has such a small, finite space, that this is a ridiculous statement. For instance, the entire island could probably be served by one cell phone tower. Where I live, that wouldn't even cover 10% of the state.

A case in point: You have two countries: One with a GDP of 10, the other with a GDP of 1,000. They each grow by 10 in a year. Country A showed 100% growth; Country B showed 1% growth. What does it actually mean? Or Country A's GDP grew by 10; Country B's grew by 500. Which grew more? Depends on how you define it. You could easily say that, since Country A's GDP grew 100%, it grew more, yet, in actual amount, it grew only 2% of what Country B did.

it all depends on your definition

China will soon become the #1 English speaking country in the world; and
-India has more honor kids, than America has kids

Again, it sounds better than it is. China has over four times the population of the US and India has just under that amount. This, alone, accounts for this number.

For example, how many people in the US speak Spanish? It doesn't matter because, if you multiply that number by four, you'll see what the population effect is (when compared to the US and India)

One might also wonder how one defines being an "honor kid" but, say it represents the top 10% of your class. Then sheer population size accounts for this. Of course, the top 10% could still be (relatively) unlearned compared to the top 10% of another country (I'm not saying it is, merely pointing out a possibility) so the "honor kid" title is meaningless.

There's a bromide that says that you can manipulate statistics to prove almost anything. Since there is no definition of any of these figures, they are meaningless. It's simply spouting numbers for the sake of spouting numbers. Case in point: calling a janitor a Sanitary engineer creates a new job but we all know it's the same old wine in a new bottle.

I didn't watch the video to the end but the question I have is: what was the product being sold?




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