Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Portable Storage Capacity and the iPhone 5

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     So today September 12th, 2012,... Apple announced the iPhone 5 and to say the least, was less than exciting as most people that were patiently awaiting its arrival had high hopes for what Apple calls "The Best iPhone Ever".

     But, instead of talking about how Not exciting the announcement was,...I've decided to do a general  price comparison for the amount of storage capacity that comes with the iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod touch. Eventually the iPhone 5 and 5th Generation iPod will become outdated, but you will still be able to use them to store your files, pictures, and music to extend their useful lifespan.

     64 GB (gigabytes) is the top option currently available for the iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod touch so we will use that as our baseline.   So check it out....

   64 GB iPhone 5          $399

   64 GB iPod touch       $399

     These are Flash drives that can be inserted into your desktop or laptop that can be used to store your most personal files away from your computer. You've probably seen these in retail stores, but had no idea what they could be potentially used for...., now you know.

     Hopefully this will help you decide what the best option for storage will be for you when you decide that you need some portable storage options. If you like what you see here, please feel free to share this on Google+, Tweet this, or Like this on Facebook!... Thanks for visiting and please subscribe for the latest updates and general tech news and information! Also check out 1 Gigabyte!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Using Technology to Understand Politics in 2012

          2012 Presidential Election

--> -->     The purpose of this page is to get a better understanding of politics as it applies to America. This page could also be considered a "beginners" guide or launch pad.  There are many words that I continue to hear and see from different supporters of the political parties within America.

     It is my hope that with a better understanding of these words,...we can attempt to have a clear and concise understanding of the problems that face so many Americans and to find a solution that results in a win for all parties involved. I will attempt to provide definitions of the most common words I keep hearing and reading during this political cycle, using something that everyone here has access to if you are reading this....... The Internet.

Thanks in advance to Dictionary.comWikipedia, and Merriam-Webster for helping to define these words and providing sources of information!

      Naturally this list will not cover every word used, just the most common words used when discussing the current candidates and their policies as they run for the highest office in the land. At the time of this posting the current candidates are:  President Barack Obama (age 51) and Vice President Joe Biden (age 69) and the opponents are Governor Mitt Romney (age 65) and US Congressman Paul Ryan (age 42).

 President Barack Obama : age 51 -  Democratic Convention

 Vice President Joe Biden : age 69 -  Democratic Convention

 Governor Mitt Romney : age 65 -  Republican Convention

 US Congressman Paul Ryan : age 42 -  Republican Convention

These are the most common words used in no particular order:

 ***Please feel free to copy and paste any of these terms to do more research through the internet.***

1. DemocratAn advocate or supporter of democracy;  What is democracy? - 1. A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives, 2. A state governed in such a way, 3. Control of an organization or group by the majority of its members 4. The practice or principles of social equality

2. RepublicanBelonging to, or characteristic of a republic; Advocating or supporting republican government. What is a republic? 1. A state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch, 2. A community or group with a certain equality between its members

3. Tea Party-(Patriots)- "Wikipedia definition"- an American political organization that promotes "fiscally responsible" activism as part of the Tea Party movement. Its mission is "to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize our fellow citizens to secure public policy consistent with our three core values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets." The group is a strong opponent of excess government spending and debt.

4. Left Wing- 1.The liberal, socialist, or radical section of a political party or system, 2. those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare, 3. In politicsthe Leftleft-wing, and leftists are people or views which generally support social change to create a more egalitarian society.

5. Right Wing-1.The conservative or reactionary section of a political party or system, 2. right: those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged, 3. In politicsthe Rightright-wing, and rightist have been defined as acceptance or support of social hierarchy.

***Please feel free to copy and paste any of these terms to do more research through the 

6. Socialist(ism)- 1.A person who advocates or practices socialism, 2. Adhering to or based on the principles of socialism, What is Socialismis an economic system characterized by social ownership and cooperative management of the means of production, and a political philosophy advocating such a system.

7. Marxist(ism)- 1. The political and economic theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, later developed as the basis for communism. 

8. Darwinism- 1.  is a set of movements and concepts related to ideas of transmutation of species or of evolution, including some ideas with no connection to the work of Charles Darwin.

9. Taxes-1. A compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government on workers' income and business profits or added to the cost of some goods, services, and transactions, 2 A strain or heavy demand

10. Liberal- 1. Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values, 2. Favorable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms, 3. Regarding many traditional beliefs as dispensable, invalidated by modern thought, or liable to change

***Please feel free to copy and paste any of these terms to do more research through the internet.***

11. Conservative-1. Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion, 2. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore 
traditional ones, and to limit change.

12. Capital Gains- 1. profit from the sale of assets, as bonds or real estate., 2. profit that results from a disposition of a capital asset, such as stockbond or real estate, where the amount realized on the disposition exceeds the purchase price. The gain is the difference between a higher selling price and a lower purchase price.

13. Corporation- 1. is created under the laws of a state as a separate legal entity that has privileges and liabilities that are distinct from those of its members. 2. an association of individuals, created by law or under authority of law, having a 
continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and 
liabilities distinct from those of its members. 3. any group of persons united or regarded as united in one body.

14. Muslim- 1. of or pertaining to the religionlaw, or civilization of Islam., 2. A follower of the religion of Islam., 3. Muslims believe that God is eternal, transcendent, absolutely one (the doctrine of tawhid, or strict or simple monotheism), and incomparable; that he is self-sustaining, who begets not nor was begotten.

15. Mormon-1. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a religion founded in the US in 1830 by Joseph Smith, Jr. , 2. Of or relating to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: "the leader of a Mormon congregation", 3. Mormons believe in "a friendly universe," governed by a God whose work and glory it is to bring his children to immortality and eternal life.

16. Christian- 1. A person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings., 2. Most Christians believe in the doctrine of the Trinity ("tri-unity"), a description of God as FatherSon and Holy Spirit, 3. Christians also believe Jesus is the Messiah prophesied in the Hebrew Bible.

17. 1%-The upper class is most commonly defined as the top 1% with household incomes commonly exceeding $250,000 annually. (see Affluence in the United States on wikipedia or click here)

18. 99%- also known by the phrase "We are the 99%" 1. The phrase indirectly refers to the concentration of income and wealth among the top earning 1%, and reflects a belief that the "99%" are paying the price for the mistakes of a tiny minority. see wikipedia or click here.

19. Communism- 1. A political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs., 2. a form of socialism that abolishes private ownership, *(see socialism above)*

20. Capitalism-1. An economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit., 2. an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations,especially as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth.

***Please feel free to copy and paste any of these terms to do more research through the internet.***

21. Middle Class- 1. The social group between the upper and working classes.,  2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of this group. More information about the American middle class can be found here.

22. Wealthy- 1. Having a great deal of money, resources, or assets: {side note: wealthy can have many different meanings and is relative to your own personal finances or others finances.}

23. Class Warfare- 1. conflict between social or economic classes. 

      Key events that are coming up are the Republican National Convention on August 27th-30th, 2012 and also the Democratic National Convention on September 3rd-6th, 2012. Links are posted above beside the candidates for more information. 


If you have not been keeping up with politics up to this point,... it is not too late to start now. Do your own research and come to your own conclusions about which ideas you support. Join in the conversation and check out YouTube for extensive videos of the candidates in action as well as previous speeches and campaigns!!! 

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