In this issue:
Product Highlight |
Brainpower | Finances | Security | Health/Fitness | Miscellany | Thought for the Day
1. Product Highlight
Just because the US CONgress has lost its way
doesn't mean you have to get lost, yourself.
With a GPS unit from Mindconnection, you
can take a trip and know exactly where you are. And, you can get
directions to where you are going.
CONgress charged you $850 billion and gave you nothing in
return, you can buy the unit at right for just under $360 and really
have something nice. We have
other units, also. Check them out.
Page updated during review on 23JUL2009.
2. Brainpower tip
Recently, I reviewed a book called
Overflowing Brain. The author is highly credentialed and the work is
But something I noticed is the entire book is geared
toward answering the wrong question. The author assumes that the input load
to the brain is an outside variable. It's not. We, as individuals, have the
ability to control the quality and quantity of that input.
the review here for this issue's brainpower tip.
3. Finance tip
Following the cascade of bad financial news over
the past few weeks, some readers have asked me for my advice on what to
Cathy from The Cathy Factor
advises, "What you want to do is spend
(You can find some of Cathy's research work on
www.supplecity.com, if you look
through the article libraries).
The panicked reaction of many people has been to
just stop spending. Such a reaction is akin to not eating because you're
too fat. It's just not sustainable, and the results are unpleasant.
The problems that have caused this current mess
have been with us for a very long time. Before the $850 billion bailout,
we were already carrying a load of $9.4 trillion of federal debt. You
see, we never paid off the Vietnam War. Or a host of other spendoggles
that CONgress has foisted upon us.
- If you want to solve the nation's economic
woes, let your misrepresentative in CONgress know you oppose any
spending increases for any reason, and you want spending slashed.
- If you want to solve your own economic woes,
just review your budget and your priorities and adjust things
as your good judgment dictates.
As the fallout from this mess continues to hit us, don't go into
financial hibernation. So, there's a major
panic on Wall Street. Big deal. They'll get over it. No need for the
rest of us to go into a tailspin.
If you get pink-slipped
Unfortunately, the ripple effect may cause some of our readers to
lose their jobs. If you are working now, be thinking about how to
prepare for getting your next job. Your single best preparation method
is to be active in your trade or professional organization. That is how
you meet and impress the power players who may get you hired. That
assumes, of course, that you volunteer to help, do what you say you will
do, and treat others respectfully.
Put your energy into getting that next job. Even if it's a consulting
gig or temporary work. Getting involved in your industry is how you
conduct effective networking. Any other kind of "networking" is a waste
Remember that after the initial dead wood cut, layoffs are almost
always done by spreadsheet. Most bosses disagree with the names on the
layoff list, as usually it's their best performers who are targeted.
These are the folks who earned raises by making it rain. But all the
accountant sees is the raise and not the rain. This "interchangeable
employee" mentality means there is little you can do to prevent being
And let that be a lesson to you in how you conduct your own finances:
value and cost are two different things.
4. Security tip
More about protecting your identity....|
- If you store personal information on your
computer, make sure you have adequate passwords and are behind a
firewall. Passwords need to be a mix of letters and numbers. Don't base
them on names of people or pets.
- If you store personal information on your
computer, create separate logins (accounts). When you normally log in,
do so as a user with limited access that does not include access to the
files that contain this information. If there's a breach while you're
logged in, the person making the breach won't see those files.
- You may have read that antivirus software is
essential for identity theft protection. It's not. Most of these
programs are crapware that bog down your machine without preventing an
infection anyhow. What does prevent infection is the practice of safe
computing. Don't click links on unsolicited e-mails, don't open
attachments from people you don't know (especially zip file, exe files,
or doc files), and so forth.
- Consider any removable drive to be a potential
security leak, especially the USB "thumb drives." If you keep
confidential information on one, don't let it out of your sight. If the
drive fails, smash it to bits before discarding and discard the pieces
into separate containers at separate times to foil even a determined
drive restoration expert.
- Don't file your federal income taxes
electronically. The agency that allegedly protects your tax information
is full of leaks, security holes, and crooks (source: GAO). Information
is a bit harder to steal from a paper return than from an electronic
- Don't give your password to anyone. If someone
else needs access to your computer, say for technical support, have a
guest account that person can use.
- Don't give your username or account name to
anyone. A person who has that information now has half the information
necessary to gain access as you.
5. Health tip/Fitness tips
Test your hearing:
Scroll down. Click green or
Do you use a lawnmower? If so, do you wear hearing protection? If
not, you are permanently damaging your hearing a little bit every time
you mow. Earplugs are inexpensive. Your hearing is priceless.
How did I do on this test? I was able to hear down to the 20k level.
I'm 48. Look at the age at 20k..
- It takes 850 peanuts to make an 18 oz. jar of peanut butter.
It takes 535 nuts to spend $850 billion to only
partially clean up a mess of their own making.
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7. Thought for the Day
Aspire to inspire before you expire.|
Wishing you the best,
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