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[a] Man... on the Moon

Yesterday a legend passed on. I learned of his passing via Twitter. And while reviewing the many links to those heady days of the late 1960's Space Race, I came across tweets of people asking the question of "Who is Neil Armstrong" and worse, the NBC News website published a headline that "Astronaut Neil Young" had died.

How can this be? How can people not know who Neil Armstrong is? How can a News organization such as NBC fail to get something like the name of the most famous U.S. astronaut wrong? Jules Bergman and Walter Cronkite must have turned over in their graves! What has happened to journalism?

It is hard for me to believe that somehow there are people in the U.S.A. who don't know the name of Neil Armstrong and immediately associate it to Apollo and the moon landing. Can you imagine anyone in Russia (current or old Soviet edition) not knowing who Yuri Gagarin is? These events are truly not that long ago and the impact to our world was and is still huge!

While Neil was the lucky one to leave the first boot print on the Moon - there were many who made it possible - from people designing & engineering the rockets, to sewing/gluing the suits, to the frogman wrapping the floatation collar around the capsule after splashdown. Notably, there were 2 others close by when he stepped off the landing pad of Eagle - Buzz Aldrin (suited up and joining him later) and Michael Collins (in orbit aboard Columbia). Each of which you should also know about.

Now go read and learn about Neil Armstrong AND make sure that others around you know and understand who he was!

Then, as his family has asked...

"Go outside tonight, look up at the moon, and give Neil a Wink!"

Operating Systems: to upgrade - or NOT

Have modern operating systems reached a maturity in which the industry participants (e.g. developers, net techs, etc) are no longer enthused when a new version becomes available?

I started a blog post 2 weeks ago about Windows 8 that had a direction that is very pointed about "not willing to learn something new". I delayed posting it because I always like to give long posts a couple of days of more review. The longer I delayed, the more I read commentary about Windows 8, the more I think my original premise was not going to add anything to the mix.

All operating systems are in the end - just a product. You can choose to not upgrade and certainly you can choose to 'tack' to another operating system at any time.

So this is why I ask... have operating systems reached a point where the 'new stuff' isn't enough for you to make the move?

Deserving People

Karma: when bad people get what they deserve!

Sometimes it takes a while - but eventually - it comes home to roost.

Here's hoping the slope of the downward slide is moving toward exponential...