Mindconnection eNL, 2003-10-21
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In this issue:
- Reader Feedback
- Product Highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tips
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Reader Feedback
issue resulted in a torrent of feedback. What was great about this was
the feedback was all positive! Thanks, loyal readers, for giving back
this way. I very much appreciate your support. Don't be afraid to tell
me when I'm off the mark, though, either. I want to ensure you continue
to get a high-quality "must read" eNL. -- Mark L.|
2. Product Highlights
|Let's take a look at some really cool
products Mindconnection has. Readers have actually told me they didn't
know what Mindconnection was really about. Well, that's due to the
chronic "underpromotion" in these eNLs. You'll get tidbits
here and there, but not a lot of information about what we offer. I
still don't like the idea of crass promotion, but, darnit, we have some
outstanding products and it's a good thing for me to tell you about
So, each issue will now provide that kind of information.
Here, I'll try to provide a kind of overview. You'll find
much more on our Website.
|We have behavioral courses produced by
a licensed psychologist.
One of these is our Compulsive Overeating
Course, which helps you get at the roots of compulsive overeating. There
are reasons we "pig out." Unless we address those reasons, no
diet in the world is going to make much difference in the long run.
To see more about this course, click on the cute
little critter at right. To see all of the courses, go to:
|We offer Crystal Reports tools. CR is a software
program used for "Business Intelligence." It's been written up
in the Wall Street Journal, among other places. CR has some big
holes in its functionality, and we have products that fill those.
developer is actually a friend of mine in New Zealand. We first bandied
about the idea of these tools while he was visiting my home in Kansas in
1998. Now we have become the 600 lb gorilla of this category. And we are
aiming for 800 lbs.
For information and free tutorials on Crystal Reports, see our subsidiary
|We also offer
Electronic dictionaries, sports supplements, and electrical training
courses. I'll tell you more about those in a future edition.|
3. Brainpower tip
|Get your rest!
New studies come out all the time to prove what we
already know: adequate rest makes you smarter. One of the latest studies
showed that adequate sleep produced a 30% increase in memory retention
over a group that had "normal" levels of sleep.
Mindconnection does offer a Curing Sleeplessness
course, for only $17.97. Click the link below for more information:
4. Time tip
|Last week, I MC'd a
conference for the 7x24 Exchange. This is a group concerned with
maximizing the uptime at critical facilities. Such facilities include
data centers, power plants, banks, hospitals, and credit card processing
Most of the folks involved are facilities engineers,
facilities technicians, or their vendors. These are the people who keep
the physical plant running.
Their work is extremely complicated, and
they have to do detailed work within small "windows" of time.
In short, they can't stop in the middle of a project and run to the
hardware store. If you have ever done that, this tip will strike a
chord with you.
One of the "cool tricks" these folks use
to minimize the amount of time actually needed to do a job is called
"staging." For example, they will do a mockup of the item they
are working on and walk through the procedure. When they are done, they
know every tool and part they will possibly need. When they start the
job, they are then able to go right through it.
I use this same trick to pack a suitcase. I set
the case on the floor, and then decide what I need for each day. I lay
this stuff out next to the suitcase. When I think I have everything, I
just "walk through" the items sitting out right in front of
me. This is a vast improvement over my old way (just start filling the
suitcase). Since I began using this method, I have been able to bring
less and never forget one item.
You can apply this technique to any project. While
it may seem like an extra step, it's really not. How many times have you
wasted time questioning what you did? Or reworking what you did? In the
suitcase example, have you ever packed, only to unpack and repack?
Whenever you are doing a job that has many steps or is
new to you, you will most likely save time by staging.
5. Finance tip
|Many of our readers
have fallen prey to an organization that has lower ethical standards
then the Mafia. So, I thought it would be good to address that here.
The OMB released a report showing the Incompetent
Revenue "Service" has been "servicing" innocent
taxpayers by sending out notices that are incorrect 94% of the time.
Since that report, the IRS has had a hiring freeze and now has even less
people to issue notices when they aren't busy stealing IRS computers or
using those computers (they stole 4300 in 2001) to visit gambling and p*rn
sites (that usage accounts for 50% of their online time). So, the leaner
staffing means you can expect an even higher rate of errors from these
mathematically-challenged, ethically bankrupt inDUHviduals.
While we're all glad our airline pilots aren't
this incompetent, there isn't much we can do about the IRS because our
"elected" officials in the Senate and Congress are afraid of
getting personally audited if they do the jobs we hired them to do.
Never, ever, trust what the IRS sends you. Never,
ever, take their explanations at face value. Most of the time, the
person you are talking to is just trying to close the case and could
care less about the truth or following the Internal Revenue Code.
Most folks simply pay up. This reaction merely
propagates the incompetence and the resultant financial hit. When the
IRS contacts you about anything, insist they show you all the facts--not
just their calculations. Ask them for the Internal Revenue Code
reference. IRS employees use the IRS Manual (which is policy), not the
IRC (which is law). Force them to follow the law--they aren't used to
6. Security tip
run Quicken or some other financial program on your computer, you are at
risk for some major financial pain. But, not if you know how to protect
yourself. How can you make your computer more secure from data theft and
other nasty things that happen from hacker invasions?
|Install a LinkSys
router. I've had mine for years, and just installed one for a neighbor
the other day. It includes a physical firewall that renders your
computer invisible on the Internet.
You should also run a software firewall. But,
don't do just one of these items--together, they form a moat of
7. Health tip/Fitness tips
|Here's a kind of pop
quiz. You are now at your computer, most likely. Are you hunched over?
If you are in the infamous C posture, you are setting yourself up for
back pain and other problems that will seriously hamper your ability to
enjoy life (or, at the very least, enjoy making others miserable--ha,
Sit in a chair such that your back maintains it
natural curve. Your butt should be pointed out slightly, so the small of
your back is actually forward of it rather than directly above it. Most
people sit with the small of the back actually behind the butt.
Shoulders back, chin up. You know the drill.
Unfortunately, most "computer furniture"
is horrendous for your posture. It's too low, and it's simply not set up
for computer users. Remember those Aerelon chairs from Herman Miller? It
got ergonomic awards for its design, but it forces you to choose between
a C posture or cutting off the circulation to your biceps femoralis
(hamstrings). It is one of the least ergonomic chairs ever made.
Disregard awards and manufacturer's claims--those are pure B.S. Instead,
look at the mechanics of the chair and how it forces you--or allows
you--to sit. That is all that really counts.
If you need to replace your chair or buy a lumbar
support, consider that a cheap investment. Visits to the chiropractor or
the back surgeon are much more expensive. And, most of us don't consider
the pain all that desirable either, but there are those folks out there
who think that's just dandy....
8. Thought for the Day
aware of your own preconceptions. We all tend to see what we want to
see. To get around this, take the "devil's advocate" approach
to your own views. Then, you can form a more complete and accurate view
of reality. In this era that seems like one big transporter malfunction,
this approach is almost not optional.|
Wishing you the best,
The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.
Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.
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