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Media support of Candidates September 28, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 8:44 pm

I recently read a IT trade magazine, CRN, in which it which the author expressed two points:

1) It really doesn’t matter who a magazine, or newspaper for the matter, endorses for the presidency. He specifically shows how both the New York Time and the Wall Street Journal are distinctly biased. And while there specific, overt endorsements mean little, which I agree with. My overarching concern is that if the editorial staff is overwhelming biased in their political alignments, it will creep into the articles and news reporting in a more subtle way. For example, in what information they choose to investigate, which stories they choose are important.

2) The second point, it did agree with, is what is very important for the next president, is who their advisers are. No one person can be an expert at everything – they have advisers which assist them in interpreting the information and guiding them towards the correct choices. It is those advisers which have a huge impact on the policies which affect our lives. Unfortunately many of these advisers are not solidified until after the nominee actually wins the office – by which time it’s too late.

One final note what the big catch-phrase this year, “change” — but then again, what first-term nominee hasn’t uttered those words. Rarely, if ever, have we been looking to replace a president with a carbon copy. Even good presidents, had their own week points, and we’d love to see those elements improved upon.

Wouldn’t it be nice for the candidates to stop speaking about change, as if they’re the first one with that idea – or the only one speaking about it. Second to that is the assumption that views/policies/etc of the party of the incumbent, is also that of the new candidate – thus, that part is not about change, but “more of the same”.


Default Mail Client September 26, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 9:06 pm

If you’re one of the many computer users who are not using Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, there is an option available to enable you to make e-mail links within websites and other applications open your e-mail client. Depending on how your client works, you can get everything from a basic – open the e-mail client to having the e-mail client even open a new message to the recipient. This method works for just about any application which can be launched from within Start > Run. So if you use Eudora or even a web based client, such as Yahoo or Hotmail. For details, see the following link at Microsoft:

Microsoft KB154359



Office and Technology Stuff for Sale September 25, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 1:52 pm

Our office is relocating into a full service, pre-furbished office suite and we no longer need many of the items listed below. Also, it was a great time to clean out everything we rarely use. See Craigs List for further details and use the contact e-mail within the list. Thanks for looking! (more…)


Grade Your Website

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 12:48 pm
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Website Grader is a free seo tool that measures the marketing effectiveness of a website. It provides a score that incorporates things like website traffic, SEO, social popularity and other technical factors. It also provides some basic advice on how the website can be improved from a marketing perspective.


Church Songwriter Intensive September 24, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 8:57 am
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For those in Northern California:

Bob Kilpatrick Ministries is holding a Songwriters Intensive on Saturday, October 11 from 9am-1pm. It is limited to ten people so that we can give loads of attention to the song critiques. The cost is $200 and should be paid in advance (so Number 11 isn’t disappointed!)

Song Critiques
Publishing Relationships

You can pay by check, credit card or PayPal at www.bobkilpatrick.com. Please let me know your interest as soon as possible as half the slots are already filled. Signups are first come, first served.



MDA Fundraising September 23, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 5:08 pm
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You may notice a new link on the side-bar which is a “DONATE NOW” button. This is part of my continued efforts to raise money for the MDA. This money is collected by First Giving and is deposited directly into the MDA’s account – money never passed through my hands!

While I’ve been working to contribute to the MDA for several years during specific campaigns in the Silicon Valley, and helping get kids to summer camp – through First Giving I’m able to extend this fundraising yearlong!

If this fundraising reaches it’s goal within the year, my employer, Proactive ITC in Santa Clara will match this dollar-for-dollar. How great is that! Come-on everybody, we can do this!!!

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of research, services, and professional and public health education.

Thanks again for your help with this!


ID Theft Part 3 September 22, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 5:12 pm
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The sage continues – here is an update: The SSA reported that they have had my date of birth wrong since it was originally applied for back in early 1980. I always wondered why my SSN number was higher than people younger than me. Now I know, my parents applied for my SSN number well after I was born. Prior to the 80’s SSN were not issued by default at birth, however nowadays they are. Back then, you’d need to manually apply for them. Apparently a typographical error when my initial application was submitted resulted in an inaccurate date of birth. (more…)