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First it was Helicopter… Now it is Lawnmower!

Was casually cruising news sources on the internet and ran into an article titled:

Lawn mower parents’ are the new ‘helicopter moms’

This immediately drew my attention since I teach/instruct in the snow-sports industry – specifically Alpine & Telemark skiing. Most of my students have been “kids” (aren’t we ALL kids ?) and having experienced the helicopter parent(s) in some of the “never/ever/beginner” classes, I knew what that was about … so what to heck is a “Lawn Mower Parent”?!?

Well.. it’s actually simple – what is a lawnmower used for – It’s for “mowing” down the tall grass to make everything nice and smooth… and neat… and clean. Get the picture?

Something tells me this is NOT a step in the right direction. If we move from a “hovering” approach to be there to fix every problem/issue in our kids’ lives to clearing every obstacle then just what are they learning? IMHO absolutely NOTHING – except there will be someone to smooth the path for them and iron out every wrinkle in their lives. Guess what happens the first time things get “bumpy” – I’ll tell you what happens – a total meltdown/crash.

Lawn Mower Parenting is the perfect path to create completely dis-functional kids (and later adults). Do we really want that?

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Is the “FREE” Windows 10 Really the Beginning of a Major “Rip-Off”?

OK.. OK.. sounds like I am being an alarmist..

It started several weeks ago when Stargazer (my Windows 7 laptop pc) had some (Windows) updates and it asked me if I wanted to get a FREE upgrade to Windows 10 when it is released. Of course I registered for it (can you really refuse??)? Now I have a “NAG” sitting on my system reminding me.. “.. it’s coming ..” (so is winter).

I was aware Microsquish was going to do this because of general info flying around the net for some time. It looked “good” to me.. a FREE upgrade – yea right… There had to be a catch somewhere and now (thanks to Gordon Kelley – contributor to Forbes) we ALL know just what it is.. and it’s really nasty “rat hole”.

Once you upgrade they will have their hooks in solid.. and the “free” will turn into a cash stream for them.. from your pocket to theirs.

Here’s a link to Gordon’s article. Please read and get educated FAST!

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It is NOT about Guns – it is about (financial) Greed (and Incompetence)!

My blogging tends to be technical but as a small business owner this was something I just could not let pass without saying something:

Colt Defense – a company that goes back to the “old west” – has filed for Chapter 11 protection.

Direct quote: “.. Colt’s current problems lie in its reliance upon government contracts for sustenance; ignoring the consumer market until it was too late; and being owned by private equity interests with a knack more for financial engineering than gunsmithing. ..”

How many businesses out there are “.. owned by private equity interests..” and doing well.. and actually growing? My gut tells me there are a lot mote “Colt’s” out there than we want to admit.

This is yet another example where the folks pulling the strings do “not have a clue”.

 

NOTE: Quote was from: a post on Fool.com

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The Sky is Falling ! … The Sky is Falling!- Really???

The sky is NOT falling – all that happened was Swiftpage sold Saleslogix to Infor – one of the LARGEST Private digital products companies in the world ($3billion/year).

 

Short story – (TRUE) – A customer of mine told me they had received a call from a former Saleslogix bp (who does Salesforce) and (in so many words) told him the sky was falling and suggest they should consider switching to SF from Saleslogix. Well.. my customer DID NOT SWALLOW THAT STUPID LINE!

A friendly message/warning to ALL Saleslogix customers – The “Vultures are circling”. This ALWAYS happens when a company is bought/sold. It’s a big “marketing ploy” – DON”T FALL FOR IT! If you have questions, then call your BP asap.. or call the team at Saleslogix in AZ.

A few points:

A – Yes.. Saleslogix’ CRM will become Infor CRMTM

A – Existing Saleslogix BP’s will become Infor (crm) BPs

B – Infor (ERP) BP’s are not going to be selling/servicing Infor CRMTM – NOTE: remember the big mess Sage caused by allowing the ERP/Accounting BP’s to get into the Saleslogix crm business.. total failure!

C – An immediate DOUBLING of the R&D budget to speed up the (Saleslogix) Road Map implementation

D – The Windows/LAN fat client is still part of the product

E – SData is and will remain the integration (access) point for Saleslogix

F – The R&D budget is being DOUBLED asap to speed up the road-map installation

G – The sale will be finalized in a couple of weeks (probably Sept 1st because it starts a new quarter).

H – The Nov Customer & Partner Conference will still happen in Scottsdale. IMHO the “Swifties” will probably not be there and the Infor team will be.

 

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“Work Smarter – Not Harder”.. Really??? – How Stupid!

The internet is full of garbage postings about how we should “… work smarter – not harder..”

Here’s the REAL Secret: Smart people are HARD Workers!

Mike Rowe (host of “Dirty Jobs”) has a great blog/post that debunks the “Work Smarter – Not Harder” myth.

The definition of work is:

Work equals Force times distance time the cosine of “theta”  – where theta is the angle between the force and displacement vector(s). SO when theta is zero degrees the Force and displacement are in the same direction and you get the biggest bang for your effort! The more Force (the “harder” you work) you put into it the more you get out of it. Force is the Agent Of Change.

For you “DIY” folks out there.. here’s a great example of why Work Smarter – Not Harder falls apart:
Scenario:
House full of squeaky (door) hinges. How do you fix them?
Plan A: Oil them – Not Hard – but NOT Smart! You end up with mess and a quiet hinge for a very short time.
Plan B: “WD-40” (Remember it stands for “Water Displacement formula number 40 😉 – It’s not “oil” – but it’s messy and does not last long either! Another  Not Hard – but NOT Smart!

Plan C: Use Vaseline – Definitely Smart and Hard! You have to:
1 – remove each hinge pin (one at a time) – can be hard but a small hammer, a pin punch and a flat blade screwdriver really help)
2 – clean the pin (maybe use “409” to really get it clean)
3 – wipe the pin with Vaseline ad put a “dob” on the hole on the top of the hinge where the pin goes
4 – put the pin back and tap it down (hard/flush)
5 – Repeat steps 1 thru 4 for the remaining 2 (or 3) hinges on that door
6 – clean up any mess (paper towels and 409 helps here
7 – repeat steps 1 thru 6 for each door in your home
This will take you some time to do (the “hard”/Force in the Work equation). However, when you are done you have nice quiet door hinges and it lasts for a quite a while. (Good) Work has a satisfaction factor to it that you do not see in the basic (physics) formula. There is something about doing something and doing it right which makes us feel really good (and ready for a nice cool beer – or two 😉

So if we are just trying to be “Smart” and not putting any FORCE into our Work.. we are just going nowhere 😉

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IE 10 installs automatically on Windows Updates

If you have Automatic Update turned on:
” Users of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will receive Internet Explorer 10 as an important update if they have Automatic Updates enabled, or if they perform a manual scan for updates on Windows Update.”

NOTE: installations which use “WSUS” – Windows Server Update Services” and control the updates to their installations can easily block this. For individual PC’s NOT being managed by WSUS (most of us 😉 there is a “blocker kit“.

Here is the direct download: IE10-BLOCKER

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Sage Selling ACT & SalesLogix to Swiftpage

Well.. many of us saw this coming when Sage first announced ACT & SalesLogix NOT being part of it’s “core business”.

Here are some links to the official announcement:
globalcomms.sage.com
www.investors.sage

Plus another from Sharecast – Thanks “Nato”!:
www.sharecast.com

.. and of course, Swiftpage.. GREAT People!

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