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May 18, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Always Look Both Ways For Traffic


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Today's song is Love On A Two Way Street by The Moments, released on May 16, 1970.

Between April 16th and May 16th, this site accumulated over 96,000 page views. That's a record amount for any approximate four weeks of activity. Thanks everyone!

As of today, Time Out Of Mind is over 1/10th the way to the third million page-views after reaching 2 million on April 16, 2007. On Wednesday of this week, the previous home page registered 415 page-views and the entire site received 4,000 page-views for that day alone. I guess my Mom was right when she told me to always look both ways for traffic.

The first million page-views took two years and five months to accumulate. The second million took one year and eight months. If the current rate remains, it will less than one year to reach the third. No one knows for sure what the future holds.

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The music industry is in for an earned Richter Scale 10.0 Earthquake with Apple Inc., and now Amazon selling digital music without DRM.

The RIAA executives have been forced to see the light. They could have seen the light sooner, but greed often creates blindness. We in America live in a Free Enterprise System. There are no guarantees that the billion-dollar-a-year industries of the past will remain billion-dollars-a-year in perpetuity. The Internet changes all the rules. As my good friend, Fred Bockmann of Apple says, accept the inevitable.

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It looks like the illegal monopoly Microsoft is at it again. I wonder if Steve Ballmer is on the Board of Directors for the RIAA?

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If you give presentations, keep these excellent tips in mind.

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If you encode video to H.264 format (as I do), this may be of interest to you.

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I'm happy to see the terrible H1-B Visa program come under Congressional scrutiny at last. As Gomer Pyle would say, "Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

The only way a foreign worker program should work is this way. A foreign worker comes here to teach an American the skills some companies claim Americans lack. After the American learns the high-paying job in which they are being taught, the foreign worker returns to their own country because their service is no longer required here. No foreign worker takes an American's job here. Under those conditions it's okay to pay the foreign worker less, but the American's job pays highly as required.

Let's hope Congress sees it more my way than the opposite way it works now.

By the way, I'm all for legal immigration. But, I definitely have an American first perspective.

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I looked forward to ending this message with the following Digital Insight.

Butterfly Freedom (Created in February 2000)

We Americans love our freedom. We also have a culture that encourages people to not express themselves openly in public. I do my best to refute that portion of that culture, in the effort to get people to speak or write about controversial topics.

Further, I support people to actually take action on their concerns using lawful means. Too many Americans seem to be timid about their true feelings for one reason or another. Using my own words, I quote a portion from that page's narration:

"A creation of mine to express the reluctance so many people have to express themselves openly."

Don


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