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www.ViewsfromSandhausen.com: New Site Going Live


Our main website, http://ViewsfromSandhausen.com will go live this Thursday, June 9, 2011.

The blog currently found at http://FlaAuthor.wordpress.com will be transferred as of that date.   There will be a link pointing to the new site, for some period of time.

Please add the http://ViewsfromSandhausen.com to your address book and watch for our first post on that site will appear this Friday.

Meanwhile, our book is available for purchase at Amazon USA and Amazon
Germany
, plus Barnes & Noble, and if I may say so, is doing well.  I’ll
see you in the book and on the new site.

Cliff

My Name is Tatyana; Can I be Your Girlfriend? 2


Today we are continuing our series on our talented scammers, Tatyana.   These
letters are intended to seduce; then comes a request for money. Where these
money requests are made, I will include some of my conversation to show how I
deflected this attempt at fraud.

Tatyana appears to be a young girl, despite the fact that  she claims to be 29 years old. I believe that this is a common practice by  these types of scammers, to more reliably entice intended victims; it is slimy and very regrettable.

This Part Two of our series on her (and the scammers that  are using her image and name). As has been my practice, I am not correcting  spelling syntax or layout of these notes from her, so that you might recognize  a similar letter in your incoming email!  You can find Part One of Tatyana here.

I’d appreciate it if you would carefully review our Copyright Notice at the end of this post. You may not: Use, Borrow, Extract, Copy, or in any way, perform any action that could limit the writer’s future rights to: Leverage, Sell, Publish, Distribute or Infringe any commercial consideration that damages the author or his rights in any way. Lastly, please remember that I have done no editorial ‘clean-up’, allowing our readers to see exactly what they might see in their inbox!

Hello again my friend Cliff! I am very pleased to again receive your letter. Thank you very much for what you told me a little about you! I am very glad to know you. I am interested to talk with you! You know, I’m very worried. After all,
this is my first communication on the Internet. Today, I have mad a great mood,
as you wrote me. I’m very happy that now, we begin to learn new things about
each other.

How are you? How is the weather in your city? I think that all is well. Now in Russia it gets cold. Temperature of the day, only +12, +14 degrees. In this letter, as I told you and promised to tell a little about yourself and about the relationship that I seek.

I was very pleased to receive your pictures, you’re very handsome man.

I hope that you in the future will be sending me a lot of his paintings, because they will cause me a lot of emotion.

As I told you, I live alone and I do not have parents. After University, I rented an apartment, because I could not afford to buy his apartment. After the death of parents, I had only a small house in a remote village, and then I could not get his inheritance, he lacks a lot of documents.

I sued and the trial lasted about 10 years, and only after my persistence I was
able to assert their rights. About a year ago, the trial ended. Then I sold the
house for a very small amount and decided to buy a flat. I was able to buy a communal apartment, but she is very comfortable and I’m happy that I have my own angle.  I have one room in 20 squares, and also I have a common shower and toilet with their neighbors. Of course, this is not very good conditions, but I’m glad that I have my own accommodation. Especially since I did so myself. Also, thanks to the state program, I obtained a loan for 5 years for buying a house, as money from the sale of the parent’s home was not enough. The only disadvantage that every month I pay money for my apartment in order to repay the loan. My friend, though I and a small room, but it is very comfortable and there is always pure.

Also I would like to tell you about my daily routine. On weekdays I get up at 5 am, because my work is not close to my house. Then I have breakfast. Usually for breakfast I eat sandwiches and tea. I clean teeth, wash my face and go to work. Usually at work I get to the bus.

It takes approximately 30-40 minutes. My working day begins at 8 pm and lasts until 18 o’clock in the evening, after which I go back home.

You know, all my friends tell me that I am cheerful girl. I really am an active lifestyle. I like meeting new people and learn. I love the cheerful company. Now, unfortunately, I do not have much time to communicate with friends, because I have a lot of work. Also, most of my friends now live in other cities. I am very calm, romantic and intelligent girl. At heart, I am a sensual and tender. In his free time, I like hanging out with friends in a city park. In his free time, I swim. Also I go to the gym. In the winter I like skiing, skating. In the summer, with friends, we go to hike, bicycle.

Sometimes we go away from the city, hundreds of kilometers.  I always wanted to try water ski, but I never did. This is my big dream. You love to travel? You like to play sports? In the summer, I just like to ride a bicycle, do aerobics, swim and bask in the sun. In winter, I love skiing and skating. I always dreamed of skiing. But, unfortunately,  I’m never succeeded. I have never traveled outside of my country.

I very much like to greet the dawn and sunset to accompany. I love nature. I also like to walk along the river bank, to feel his feet the water. Cliff, you love nature? Also I like listening to music. In general, I prefer classical. I also listen to chill out and pop music.

At  home, I have a lot of tapes, classical and popular music of Russia, my favorite
singer Dima Bilan. What music do you listen to? I like to read books. During  his life, I read many books on psychology, human behavior. Also I like novels and  Detectives. Also I like fantasy books. The last book I read – it is “Perfume”. She left me an excellent impression. What was the last book you read? I think that while reading an interesting book, immersed in it. Through all the events, along with the characters.

I have heard many good things about your country. I’m trying to follow all developments in the world. Now, unfortunately, I can not watch TV very often, because I have a lot of work. All my friends tell me that I am an active girl who is unstoppable. I like to communicate, to know new people. But in my life is not completely happy because I do not have enough love and affection. I always like to see next to me was a man who can truly love me.

I am looking for my love. You’re looking for love as well, Cliff? I think that we are largely similar. In relations I am looking for trust, understanding, and of course love. I want a man with whom I have always understood me, never hurt and love. I only want a serious relationship, I do not want any games. I think that you are looking for a serious relationship as Cliff? Please tell me more about you!

What do you mean by relationships? What hobbies do you have in life Cliff? On this I must finish my letter to you, because my time has come to an end, and I must go home.

I look forward to wait for your new letter for me Cliff. I am very interested to talk with you and recognize you Cliff! Your friend from Russia, Tatyana.

 And on Saturday…

Hello my dear friend Cliff!!!!

Today in Russia some day. The sun’s shining. I came to the Internet cafe and saw your new message. I was very pleased that you wrote to me again. Thank you very much for what he told me more about yourself!  How are you today is the day? How are things Cliff? I hope that you all well!

Today I would like to tell you about my past relationship with a man and why I
am looking for my love on the Internet! When I was 26 years old. I met a man by
the name of Yura. He was then 32 years old. We met with him in the movie, when we went there with friends. He sat next to us and the whole film, he looked at me. After the movie, he came up to me and met. At first glance, I liked him.
Yura asked my phone number. But I do not have your own phone, so I was not able to give him room. After that we had started dating. I liked him more. He always looked after me, he gave me flowers. I really loved it! I thought that this is
the person I’m looking for. I thought that was the man with whom I want to
spend my whole life! But once, we agreed to meet in the library. I wanted to
take the book. But Yura did not come to the meeting. I waited for him about 3
hours, but it was not. Then I went home. But the next day, my friend told me
that she saw Yura with another girl. She told me that they kissed. I very
strongly cried, I nearly killed myself. My friend stopped me. I was very hurt
and sad at heart. After all, he told me he loves me and wants me to be his
wife.

He deceived me. He just used me. He had another woman. All these years I have not been communicating with men. I told myself that I’ll never love. But my girlfriend was able to persuade me that I tried to find love on the Internet. I was very disappointed in the Russian men. All men in Russia are using their women. They do not want a serious relationship. All they need is sex and they offended over women.

Russian men, women need only to slavery. So I decided to try to find love abroad! Now I do not regret the advice of a friend. I am very pleased that we met. I like to communicate with you Cliff!

Please tell me your story. Why are you lonely ? You just broke up with his love
Cliff? We’re very similar, since we both are looking for true love! Now I must
finish my letter. I look forward to wait for your new letter. By this letter, I
fasten photo. Your best friend from Russia, Tatyana.

On Tuesday I learn that I am Very ‘Cool’…

Hello my dear Cliff!!!! I am very glad to receive your new letter. I am very interested to talk with you and each of your letter I read very carefully! When I see a letter from you, on my face always a smile. Thank you for this great Cliff!!!!
Thank you for your wonderful photos! You’re very beautiful! I’m very happy to
know you more and develop our relations.

Today I would like to tell you more about my work and about how I like to spend
my weekend.

As you already know, I work as a psychologist in a children’s home, where I lived my whole life. Our orphanage is not very big, so he can not put a lot of children. It is home to 60 children. They have no parents. Some of them with mental health issues. They are experiencing due to the fact that they have no parents, and I understand it, because I, too, an orphan. We have very friendly staff. It consists of 25 people. Basically in our orphanage run elderly. But I respect them all, because some of them brought me. My duties at work is to provide psychological assistance to kids, find out the cause of their illness, helping them find a way out of a bad situation, give them advice. Last week in our children’s home, a new girl named Natasha. Her parents are very much drank vodka. They were alcoholics. Therefore, parents Natasha deprived of parental rights. I was terribly sorry for her.

Now, Natasha no one talks and eats almost nothing. I think that everything will be fine when I’m with her I can talk. At the weekend from work while I’m trying to hold the most good. Sometimes I go to the park with my girlfriend Katya. She is very funny woman. I know her since childhood. We grew up together in an orphanage. Sometimes I go to Katya to visit, and we spend good time together. On weekends I like to go to the movies. But this is not always possible, because the work takes a very long time. Usually I just read a book or listening to music. So I am doing cleaning house and preparing to eat.

Please tell me how you love to hold your weekend? You have a lot of friends?

I am very pleased to learn more about you, you’re a very good man and I am
pleased that we were able to meet with you. Cliff. We are with you in many ways
similar. You are very cool Cliff!!! I very much would like to see some more of
your pictures! Please send them to me! I look forward to wait for your letter
to me Cliff Gently kiss on the cheek. Your best friend, Tatyana.

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MAY JOBS REPORT DISASTER: UNEMPLOYMENT HITS 9.1%


As a follow-up to several of my posts:

Here is the current US economic  situation as of today…  There is no joy in Mudville!

It’s Friday, June 3rd, the end of week 23 and the May jobs report is out.  As others have said, it is a disaster!  Briefly:

  •  The unemployment rate is now 9.1%, but the average work week has risen from 34.3 to 34.4 hours per week.  Average hourly earnings grew 0.3% vs. expectations of 0.2%.  This is more evidence that additional people are not being hired; existing workers are
    worked harder!
  • There were just 54,000 new jobs created in May, 2011.  The forecast was 154,000 – three times reality.  I need to get a set of those rose-colored glasses that they wear in Washington DC.  (Along with one of those white fedoras that Mat Lauer sported in Rome this week!)
  • Private sector jobs?   No joy; just 83,000 jobs were created and again, way below expectations.
  • Manufacturing employment went down 5,000 jobs.  This is the very sector we need to pull us out of this longest-running recession in modern times!

You can read the full Bureau of Labor Statistic report, ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2011’ here.

You can read Joe Weisenthal’s excellent report, May Jobs Report Disaster – Unemployment reaches 9.1% in Business Insider.

From my side of the peninsula, a double dip recession is inevitable!  Mind you that I am no economist but common sense tells me that with interest rates near zero (no chance of lowering them further) and the fact that almost half of the current mortgages in many areas of our country are ‘underwater’, and manufacturing jobs gone for good, how can you come up with any other conclusion?

If you have any money available for investment, buy gold or silver.  I’d love to tell you to get back into the stock or bond markets, (futures are sliding hard on the news today), I just can’t in good conscience tell you to do anything else!

What a mess!

Cliff

My Name is Tatyana; Can I be Your Girlfriend? 1


Today we are continuing our series on our talented scammers,
Tatyana.  These letters are intended to seduce; then comes a request for  money.  Where these money requests are made, I will include some of my conversation to show how I deflected this attempt at fraud.

Tatyana appears to be a young girl, despite the fact that she claims to be 29 years old.  I believe that this is a common practice by these types of scammers, to more reliably entice intended victims; it is slimy and very regrettable.

This Part One of our series on her (and the scammers that are using her image and name).  As has been my practice, I am not correcting spelling syntax or layout of these notes from her, so that you might recognize a similar letter in your incoming email!

I’d appreciate it if you would carefully review our Copyright Notice at the end of this post.  You may not: Use, Borrow, Extract, Copy, or in any way, perform any action that could limit the writer’s future rights to: Leverage, Sell, Publish, Distribute or Infringe any commercial consideration that damages the author or his rights in any way.  Lastly, please remember that I have done no editorial ‘clean-up’, allowing our readers to see exactly what they might see in their inbox!

 On a beautiful Monday in Paradise, I hear “You’ve Got Mail”…

Hi! I am Tanya. Im the beautiful women. I do not have man’s care.

I want to search men serious relationship. If you still alone, write me
please on my email: lubpolare@yahoo.com. I very much wait
for your letter. Im send you my photo. Kisssss Tanya.

The next day Tanya disappears and is replaced by Tatyana…

Hi my new friend!!! I am very pleased that you responded to my letter.

So you to get to know me as well. I am very glad to this event. I  would like to know you more. But before that I would like to tell you
a little about me. I am a girl who is looking for his true love. I  decided to apply to the Internet to find happiness, a man who will
love and respect me. This is my first intercourse with a man on the
Internet. I’ve never been approached by Internet dating in the past.

Therefore, I do not know where to begin a story about me, but I’ll
try.

Firstly, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Tatyana. My
height – 1.72 cm, and my weight – 51 kg. I was born on July 5, 1981.
Now I’m 29 years old. When were you born? I live in is not a big city
Noyabrsk, which is located in Russia. You’ve heard a lot about my
country? I would like to tell you a little about my city. City
Noyabrsk in the south of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district, and
thanks to its geographical location is the southern gateway to the
district. In Noyabrsk has about 110000 people, is 20 of residents of
the Yamal. The average annual increase in population in the town of
about 500 people. A characteristic feature is the increase in Noyabrsk  birth – over the past years 1250-1400 people or 12 births per 1000  inhabitants. Natural increase is on average 830 people a year. Today  Noyabrsk young beautiful city that is confident in the future. Their
efforts Noyabrsk became one of the most developed cities in Yamal. In
Noyabrsk well-developed infrastructure and livelihoods of the city.

Much attention is devoted by the authorities beautification of the
city, forming its architectural design. To replace the same type of
timber and panel houses came the modern, beautiful building. Among  them, teleport, Intelligence Center and fire department – unique in  the project structure, which is unique in the whole of Western  Siberia. Hallmark of the city – the Orthodox Church of Archangel  Michael, one of the most beautiful religious buildings in northern  West Siberia, as well as the Mosque, which is considered the largest  in all of the Tyumen region. My city has many cultural and  architectural values. A large number, monuments, sculptures, theaters,  and of course churches. I love my city because I was born here and  lived my whole life! You tell me about your town? Where do you live?

Do you like your town?

Now, I would like to tell you a little about my life. From early
childhood, I had to live alone. I never saw my parents. Since they
have an accident when I was 2 years. The accident happened on the
track. My parents went to my grandmother in the village. On the way
they ran into a big machine. The bus, which drove my parents flew out  from the road, it overturned and they were killed. I do not even
remember them. I have never seen their faces. My grandmother just
died, but when I was 3.5 years. Then I had to live in an orphanage,
because I no longer had relatives. Now, I’m all alone. I have no
brothers and sisters. I had a very difficult childhood. In our
children’s home was a lot of children.

When I was 7 years old I went to school, which was located next to our
children’s home. I’ve always liked history. I always wanted to study
it. When I was 18 years old, I had to leave the orphanage. I got into
a world where I had to do everything myself. I was so lonely. I had to
find a place to live, work. I got a job. I was a clerk at the library.

I very much wanted to go to university. But I had no money. When I
worked in the library, I read a lot of books. And then I decided to go
to university. I am very lucky. I passed all the exams as “excellent”!

I came to learn from a psychologist. In this case, I continued to work
serving in the library. I liked to study people’s behavior. I liked to
help people in situations where they feel bad when they need help. My  mother was a psychologist as well. I think it’s my destiny to be a
psychologist.

When I finished university, I tried to find a job. But it was not very
easy. Since many organizations in Russia does not want to take young  people to work, because they believe that young people do not have the  experience. But after much searching, I decided to call my children’s  home where I lived all my childhood and to offer them my help in  raising children. Orphanage director told me that they were happy to  take me to work. I was very happy about that. And now for 2 years I  worked as a psychologist at the orphanage, where I spent my whole  life. I like very much to help children. After all, they, as well as I  now live without their parents. I have for them as a mom. I love  children. I believe that children are the angels that live with us on  earth. In this life, I’m looking for the man who could I truly love
and respect.

At this point I have to finish my first letter to you. The next time
I’ll tell you more about myself, about my work, about my hobbies and,  of course, about the relationship that I seek. Please tell me a little  about you. Where do you work? How is your life? I am very interested  to know you. I am very interested in Internet communication, as it is  with me first.

I look forward to your next letter to me. Your new friend from Russia,

Tatyana.

P.S. to this letter, I attach some photos from my life. From my photo,
you will know what I like. My whole life is depicted in the photo. I
hope I will like you. Please send me your pictures as well.

P.S. My new email – lubpolare1@yahoo.com!

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Proof: The iPad Is Affecting Consumer PC Sales


In my recent post, The iPad is becoming The Only ‘PC’ That Matters, I postulated that the computers that we have used since 1978 are becoming less and less relevant, due to the introduction of smaller form-factor computers that we have today.  These new devices, Smartphone’s, tablets and the like, are really cutting into traditional computer sales and use.

In a recent article in Business Insider, Proof The iPad Is Affecting Consumer PC Sales , my prediction appears to be validated.

Please take a look to follow the conversation!

When will you add a tablet to your digital inventory?  I know that I can effectively write stories and chapters on my iPhone 3GS.  I have read entire books on my phone.  They are viable and a starting to become pervasive.

Yes, I still own a laptop and a home PC.   They still have their place but they don’t integrate well into my current lifestyle.  ‘Choices’ aren’t they wonderful!

The Internet is ‘Full’: No More Room at the ‘Inn’


I wondered when this would happen…

Of course, it was only a matter of time when these two events would occur!  The first is running out of Internet addresses.  The second is that streaming media (movies transmitted to your computer, from the cloud, in real time) now amount to the largest consumer of Internet traffic in North America.

A Shortage of Unique Internet Addresses

As of February of this year, all of the assignable Internet addresses available, have been assigned.  That means that very shortly, there will be ‘no room on the Internet’ for new assignments – unless something changes.  That change is a move from the IPV4 to IPV6 address schema.

“IPv4 and IPv6 are two different types of the Internet Protocol (as in IP address). IPv4 is the current standard and is used by the largest majority of systems that connect to a Local Area Network (LAN) and/or the World Wide Web.

IPv4 is only capable of holding four fields in an IP address. IPv6 is capable of holding six fields. One reason IPv6 has come into play is because, with the growing number of computers in the world, IPv4 will run out of possible combinations. There cannot be more than one device with an IP address otherwise it will cause conflicts.”  Please take a look at a single-page PDF that compared IVP4 and IVP6 here.

We have known that we were consuming internet addresses far faster than anyone could have envisioned when the IVP4 address (TCPIP Protocol address standard was last revised in September, 1981).

Conventional wisdom is that the creators were only thinking about computing devices that would deliver information to a sitting user.  They did not consider that a day would come when even a refrigerator in our home, or a traffic light on our streets, could take advantage of an Internet connection.  The standard provided for four address fields.  This results in a possible four billion addresses.  IVP6 provides for six address fields.  If you have six address fields you have a potential of 2 to the power of 128 and ends up being 340,282,366,920,938,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 unique IP addresses.   That is a whole lot of potential and assignable addresses.  Given what we know today, that should take us down the road for the foreseeable future.

There is a problem however.  To implement the new standard, that need to be a massive hardware change, or running a parallel network (Internet 2) with switching between the two networks. This is a huge undertaking and will cost us all money!

How Internet Bandwidth is Used Today

Roughly one third of the total Internet is being used to stream movies to your TV, from the Netflix Cloud.  This startling news has been brought to us, once again, by Business Insider.  In an article released today, they report that: “Netflix’s streaming service is so popular that it’s now consuming 30% of peak downstream internet bandwidth in North America, according to data from Sandvine, a broadband equipment company, via TechCrunch.

It is only after Netflix, that the main (and intended) HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) traffic shows up with 18%, a little more than half of the 30% Netflix traffic.  Are movie theaters going the way of the Music Industry, (soon) the Bookstore Industry, and may other information delivery institutions!

You can read more by going to the original article on Business Insider, and their data source TechCrunch.  The times, they area changin’.  If you can develop the skills to be a Technology Forecaster, you can provide a needed service, and become very rich in the process!

Read more: http://tiny.cc/fx6e1

Credit for some of the content in this post goes to an unknown poster on Yahoo Answers.

You are NOT safe in the New Internet World


So, you have used a computer for a couple of years now
and you make sure that you have a solid firewall and the latest
anti-virus/anti-malware tools installed and active. You clean/defragment/compress  your disks regularly, and you back up your system automatically, to be sure  that you are not at risk.  Enough said,  right!

Pocket Wi-Fi Detector

WRONG.  For your information, Hackers never sleep.  Let me tell you what those midnight-oil burning Hackers have been up to, and refer you to a rather dry but worthwhile discussion that is definitely worth your time.

This is particularly true insofar as the threat, and damage, has not  generally arrived yet.  If you are forewarned, you just might recognize aberrant behavior in your digital ‘devices (including your car), and be able to correct the situation before it causes you damage, injury or a TON of money!

Did you know that:

  1. Text-message malware – While Smartphone viruses are still fairly rare, text-messaging attacks are becoming more common.
  2. Hacking into smart grids – Smart grids might be vulnerable to attacks that would allow hackers to cut off electricity to homes and businesses and create other kinds of havoc.”  It would also allow
    them to actually change your electric meter – raising or lowering the amount of electricity used that is reported to the Electric Company – and YOUR BILL.
  3. Social network account spoofing.  IS that new friend of a friend on your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo or other
    Social Networking site ‘really’ safe?
  4. Cyberstalking – This has been widely reported on the TV Networks.  Anything that causes a young person to take their own life MUST be eliminated!
  5. Hackers controlling your car – The age of the connected car is dawning. Vehicles like the Ford Edge now provide 3G network access, a Wi-Fi router in the car, and the ability to tap into your home Wi-Fi network (only while parked).”
  6.  “GPS jamming and spoofing: Threat or nuisance?
    It is easy to jam GPS receivers with a low-cost jamming device like one sold by Brando.  GPS spoofing could be used for serious crimes — transmitting information to a delivery truck that routes it into a dark alley where criminals are waiting, changing the timestamps on financial transactions, delaying emergency vehicles from finding
    their routes. There have been no reported cases of GPS spoofing to commit a criminal act, but Johnston warns that government and business should work to deter the attacks.”

To read the entire article, published on Network World, please click HERE

The iPad Tsunami: Does it Matter? and how is it Used?


Behold the iPad in All Its Glory.

Image via Wikipedia

The iPad is becoming The Only “PC” That Matters

As I have stated on this blog and to my friends, Business Insider has become one of my favorite resources.  I am a struggling author who needs to spend my money very carefully.  To do so I lean on technology and business authorities such as CNET, BI, Consumer Reports, and sources of their ilk.

As a writer, I am dearly in love with tablet computers.  I bought my iPhone 3GS on sale when the iPhone 4 was introduces.  As a ‘tool’ it is probably the most important device that I use for all manner of things useful.  Using its 287 Apps, I have been exceptionally empowered – and I LOVE it!  So, (I) imagine how much better I could operate with an iPad.  How significant is the iPad and how are people using them?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Recently Business Insider published two very interesting charts, which I am referring to today.  The first that I’ll talk about is “The iPad Is Becoming The Only “PC” That Matters”.  I refer to the links provided for the discussion content and background of these charts.

The first element that I notice in this chart spanning the time from November, 2010 and May, 2011, is that the iPad is used a higher percentage of the time than all the other devices.  We can conclude that it is the device of choice, and is only NOT used because of a lack of functionality that the other devices additionally provide, e.g. phone calls, printer services and enhanced computing with applications.

From my personal experience, I have written chapters of my books on my iPhone.  It was not easy given the ration of my finger size to the keyboard, but it was certainly more convenient as I could work when I felt like, regardless of my surroundings.

Further, not being content to jot down a few keywords of an idea, that occurs sporadically, with the iPhone I can jot down a quick paragraph that ensures that I don’t lose elements of content that I might with ‘keywords only’.

OK, we have learned that the iPad is increasing its lead over the other devices, particularly laptops, and is the most popular platform.  How do people actually use the iPad today?

 How People Actually Use iPads

What can we learn from this chart?  First and foremost, we seen that the iPad is primarily a consumer of information, with over 59% of its ‘time’ used for Web Browsing and watching videos, plus game playing.  This is contrasted by the uses of Email and Other Applications (40.7%) – creators of information.  It is the former, consuming information, which clearly drives its use because it is so much more convenient, given its form-factor.

So, since November, 2010 when the iPad was introduced, it has become the dominant and preferred form factor, and I can now certainly understand my growing longing.  The iPhone 3GS became affordable because I bought it when the iPhone 4 came out.  Unfortunately, there was no large price decline when the iPad 2 was introduced. 

Until a miracle happens, I’ll just have to continue to save my pennies.  I also urge you to purchase my second book, Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from a Foreign Service Assignment, available from the following points of purchase:

It is a fun, informative, engaging, interesting and useful view of what lies on the other side of ‘The Pond’.

Love each other!

Cliff

 Author: Jay Yarow:  http://www.businessinsider.com/author/jay-yarow

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