Stop SOPA: Protect Your Online Rights!

Stop SOPA: Protect Your Online Rights!

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House, and is moving quickly through Congress. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the internet, in the name of protecting “creativity.” The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites; they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.” The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year. That’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

PROTECT-IP/SOPA Breaks The Internet

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A Celebration of Steve’s Life

A Celebration of Steve’s Life

Apple has posted this video of the tribute to Steven P. Jobs, which took place last week at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California. The event, A Celebration of Steve’s Life, was held to commemorate Mr. Jobs, who died this month after battling pancreatic cancer.

The video begins with Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, introducing Mr. Jobs’s wife, Laurene Powell Jobs. Mr. Cook shared thoughts of Mr. Jobs’s work at Apple over the years and noted that no one in attendance would be working at Apple if it wasn’t for Mr. Jobs. “There is one more thing he leaves us; he leaves us with each other,” Mr. Cook said. “Other than his family, Apple would be his finest creation.” Mr. Cook also said the last piece of advice Mr. Jobs gave him was “to never ask what he would do; just do what’s right.

Following Mr. Cook’s speech, Al Gore, the former Vice President and an Apple board member, spoke. Some of Mr. Jobs’s favorite musicians played at the event. Norah Jones sang the Bob Dylan song Forever Young. The British band Coldplay performed Fix You and Yellow, while thousands of Apple employees listened and helped celebrate the co-founder’s life.

A Celebration of Steve’s Life

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Steve Jobs: Rebel, Icon and Genius

Steve Jobs: Rebel, Icon and Genius

Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s Co-Founder and visionary, who helped usher in the era of personal computers and led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies and mobile communications were experienced in the digital age, died Wednesday at the age of 56. Mr. Jobs had waged a long and public struggle with cancer, remaining the face of the company even as he underwent treatment. He underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, received a liver transplant in 2009 and took three medical leaves of absence as Apple’s chief executive before stepping down in August and turning over the helm to Timothy D. Cook, the chief operating officer. After leaving, he was still engaged in the company’s affairs, negotiating with another Silicon Valley executive only weeks earlier.

I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s C.E.O., I would be the first to let you know,” Mr. Jobs said in a letter released by the company in August. “Unfortunately, that day has come.” By then, having mastered digital technology and capitalized on his intuitive marketing sense, Mr. Jobs had largely come to define the personal computer industry and a wide range of digital consumer and entertainment businesses centered on the Internet.

Steve Jobs: Rebel, Icon and Genius

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Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s Co-Founder, Former-CEO and Visionary, Dies at 56

Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s Co-Founder, Former-CEO and Visionary, Dies at 56

Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s Co-Founder, Former-CEO and visionary, who helped usher in the era of personal computers and led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies and mobile communications were experienced in the digital age, died Wednesday at the age of 56. The death was announced by Apple Computers, the company Mr. Jobs and his high school friend Stephen Wozniak started in 1976 in a suburban California garage. Mr. Jobs had waged a long and public struggle with cancer, remaining the face of the company even as he underwent treatment.

He underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2004, received a liver transplant in 2009 and took three medical leaves of absence as Apple’s chief executive before stepping down in August and turning over the helm to Timothy D. Cook, the chief operating officer. After leaving, he was still engaged in the company’s affairs, negotiating with another Silicon Valley executive only weeks earlier.

I have always said that if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s C.E.O., I would be the first to let you know,” Mr. Jobs said in a letter released by the company in August. “Unfortunately, that day has come.” By then, having mastered digital technology and capitalized on his intuitive marketing sense, Mr. Jobs had largely come to define the personal computer industry and a wide range of digital consumer and entertainment businesses centered on the Internet.

Read more about the amazing life of Steve Jobs in The New York Times here.

Apple Confirms Steve Jobs Has Died at 56

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Photo-Gallery: Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s Co-Founder and Visionary, Dies at 56

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Secrets Even Forbes Don’t Know: Turn Your Site into a Pot of Gold!!

We Can Turn Your Website into a Huge Glittering Pot of Gold!!

Many ordinary people today operate their own websites, and growing numbers of even very humble folks like you and us is trying to use the world-wide popularity of the internet as a trail to finally hitting the big cash bonanza, like hitting an oil gusher or a prospector striking gold in the olden days of yore. But this means knowing how to make a website that can sell your products or services.

Now, one thing is for sure, and yes indeedy we do mean absolutely, your success will depend on how many “hits” or much traffic your website manages to haul in. Yup, it’s something like goin’ fishing, but we’re not trawling in our little back-country pond no more. Nope, today it’s turned itself into a great big huge ocean! So nowadays, there’s just no point to having a website no-one ever visits. The big question is how can you grab lots of that traffic away from the millions of other bigger and “slicker” sites out there, just circling us around like a school of barracudas?

Well, one of the best “grabbers” is get some movies or videos on your little website. Videos have made a goodly increase in popularity, and using videos on your own website will for sure get more people to look at it, even to admire it. But for goodness sakes, don’t try to promote your website by using videos that have been produced by them city-slicker professionals that force the “hard sell” or try to shove your product into buyers’ faces. The real trick is to be a lot less obvious. And we mean a lot, lot less. Downright “homey,” is what we say. Take a gander here at what a goodly piece of work we’ve done put together. Now we sure enough can make a slam-bang, “homey” movie or video for your website too! For you, the “homiest” videos such as that nobody’s ever seen before! And then Boom!! The big payoff, that huge pot of glittering gold at the end of the yon rainbow, it just might well be right around the next bend in the old country road!!

Yer Friends, Sharon and Fred

Sharon and Fred Make Movies and Videos

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Brainport: Teaching the Tongue to See

Teaching the Tongue to See

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