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Hamilton, the Sawbuck not the musical

December 9, 2016

Its only been 7 years and some months since my last post, seems like yesterday since I last wrote a post.

During the intervening time I have learned to be a computer technician through a training course with BOCES and OJT with Unisys and Churchville Chili School District. One thing has become clear. I am not a computer geek. This is best illustrated by a recent discussion I had with one of our Network Administrators. Our network techs have  been upgrading our system  10 gigabit servers and switches that will handle many more computers at one time. In the past few years students have been equipped with netbooks and chromebooks and ipads. In other words, much more demand for bandwidth within the CCCSD network. Expansion is necessary and ongoing. This increase in capacity can be explained technically, employing all the latest jargon (geek talk) or as I explain it, a non-geek computer technician. In other words, if someone is taking a shower and another someone flushes the toliet, the shower taker will no longer be scalded by hot water. Increased capacity for more users!

Buddha figures heavily into my success as a computer technician.

the-real-buddha

The real Buddha is sitting in my office quietly working on his laptop. I go forth on service calls to the classrooms and troubles are solved easily, often only requiring my presence at the site of the so called tech problem. This has become so commonplace that I am known as the The Wizard. No connection, no problem, let me stand near your computer and the wireless mysteriously begins to work. It’s all Buddha.

During my training and throughout my short 7 year career as a computer technician, I have heard no one attribute their success to Buddha. I feel sure they  are not offering credit where credit is due.

By the way, you may notice a lot of paper in the above picture. The secret is out – the computer age has not ushered in the paperless age. As paper manufacturers know, production of paper is soaring ever higher in this “paperless society”.

So, my new career has provided many sawbucks and a chance to learn new things. I’ll try not to let 7 years be the interval between posts.

 

Iron Pigs

August 19, 2009

A few days ago I attended a baseball game. The Rochester Red Wings hosted the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. No, the Red Wings did not play a team of mechanized porkers, they looked like regular ball players to me.
As I sat there cheering the Wings on with my grandsons, son, and daughter in law I began to think about alchemy. Back in the day, some so called scientists claimed they could convert ordinary metal like iron pigs into gold ingots. There were serious efforts to do this with not so hot results.
In fact it did not work…..did the saying “Like putting lipstick on a pig” originate from this failed chemistry experiment?
Alchemy type baloney is not exclusive to the dark ages. We often hear this kind of stuff today. For example a trillion dollars additional national debt is really a way of cutting the cost of health care. Come on, paying for health insurance for 46 million more people is going to add to the cost of health care. Increasing the demand for a product without increasing the supply(more doctors, more hospitals) will cause a price rise independent of what our government spends. Let’s see, what would reduce or keep the price the same….hmm….rationing anyone? refusal of medical care for older folks? (full disclosure, I am an older folk)
The modern alchemy: the government can defy the laws of economics because ….well because it can. Since government is Force, it becomes “she who must be obeyed” and it will do as it wishes.

Read the consititution of the United States, your will find comfort there.