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Thank you…. Veterans

The We Are Technology Team is made up of all kinds of people with various backgrounds and experiences.  The Team brings all of this to the table, and some of us are veterans and some of us are not.  Often our military veteran companions can not or do not wish to speak of experiences during their time of service, so we often politely do not ask too many questions.  And when they do honor us with sharing  their experiences, we are lucky.  Say thank you to the veteran in your life and if they want to share their experiences, listen with an open heart and mind.  Do not judge the actions they had to take to survive.  It is the lack of understanding that causes so much distress for those returning home from military service.  Our civilian world often seems foreign and unreal as if it were some kind hazy dream.  Those of us who are not veterans do not understand what it is like to be in combat.   Honor and respect those who have given away their innocence to protect us. Gretchen Winkler ©2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology, Inc. – the “We Are Technology” people www.wearetechnology.com

By |November 11th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Freedom|Comments Off on Thank you…. Veterans

Windows 10 and the stress of Windows 8

Those of you who know me or follow our company's social media may know that I had to recently purchase a new laptop and was forced into using Windows 8.    And if you look at the amount of social media and company blogs that have been written, you can tell this happened in early August since there are very few blogs and other posts.    My laptop is a vital tool for what I do.     It's like the handyman who carries a tool box - we need these tools to get the job done. Yes, we have thought of going backwards to Windows 7 since that actually worked, but the new operating system and having to reload has caused software problems.    Some stuff is missing and we can't find the disk or some crazy software company has said we could only have one install despite the fact that we purchased the program and own the darn disk.     It's nothing but nightmares.    I hate reloading the laptop, which also causes nothing but nightmares.    Yes, I can hear someone out there saying to store stuff on the cloud and use software on the cloud.     That's okay for people who don't write novels and want to protect their property and people who don't use software like Photoshop and ACAD software.    These programs need to be on the hard drive and not relying on some Internet connectivity to make it work correctly.    Work can be too easily lost.     And being an artist - we don't react well to losing hours of work and then losing the zen moment of creativity that is lost by malfunctioning tools.    Having to be connected to the Internet to do anything removes one's

Net Neutrality

This is a really important topic for everyone that loves technology, everyone who wants to work with technology, and everyone who wants to invent/develop things that work with technology.  I don't know how to emphasize this any greater.  It's really important.   And I hate politics, but this is something that everyone should be looking at closely. Allowing company's - ISPs - the ability to censor what is affordable and what is not - is a big step in losing another major freedom in our lives and it will only hurt the poor and startup/small business owners.  It could also open doors for businesses with political or religious agendas to censor what they think is fit for their customers to see.  This is no joke.  I have had personal experience with emails being censored by an ISP company because they did like an email with a swear word in it.  (I have a friend who swears a lot in his emails - and his messages were being held back because of an outsider's opinion of what is right and wrong.)  It should be up to me to decide if my friend should not swear in emails to me and not some company that is supposed to be providing Internet and cable service. I came across this article on the BBC that I wanted to share.  They write so well and explain the situation much better than I can.  Please read this and be aware of how your technological rights may be decided by strangers who may not like you or think the same way you do. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27141121 G. Winkler (c) 2014 Technology Artist We Are Technology by Cumulus Technology