Jun. 25, 2017 Blumbers

Pride, Progress and Plumbing

This is a sign of the times. It is in the building of a Fortune 500 company in San Francisco. The company has been in the news for every sort of scandal but this issue they managed to figure out.

Down the street is a building from the 1920s. It has one restroom on every floor, because when it was built there were only men working in that building. For a long time, the awkward solution for that building was to have a restroom for women on alternate floors. The building management is thinking about converting all the restrooms to the new standard. The attitudes change but the plumbing will essentially remain the same. Oh, the remodeled rooms will be handicapped accessible.

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Jun. 23, 2017 One Last Phone Call?

On Jun. 23, 2017 NPR’s  Alina Selyukh reported “Man Accused Of Making Millions Of Robocalls Faces Biggest-Ever FCC Fine”. Adrian Abramovich allegedly made 97 million robocalls over three months last year, falsifying caller ID to look like local calls and offering phony vacation deals. The FCC wants to fine him $120 million. When they arrested him, do you think they allowed him one last phone call?

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Jun. 22, 2017 Better Care Reconciliation Act

On Jun. 22, 2017 NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben reported “Senate Republicans Reveal Long-Awaited Affordable Care Act Repeal Bill” about the Better Care Reconciliation Act that will leave millions of poor people without health insurance coverage. “Larry Levitt, a health policy expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation, summed up his thoughts on the bill on Twitter on Thursday: “In broad strokes, the Senate bill is just like the House: Big tax cuts, big cut in federal heath spending, big increase in the uninsured.” As with the House bill, the Senate proposal also allows insurance companies to charge older people five times more than younger people — under the ACA, that ratio is 3 to 1. ”

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Jun. 15, 2017 Google Housing

On Jun. 15, 2017 the San Jose Mercury News reporter Ethan Baron wrote “Google’s Moffett Field modular apartment plan hailed as possible housing crisis fix.” Google employees are not paid enough to find their own housing. They plan to buy 300 modular units (similar to house trailers) for about 30 million dollars to place on the former Navy base. That is roughly $100,000 per unit, compared to a million dollars for a standalone house or $3500 for a one bedroom apartment. No word on what happens to an employee who is laid off. 

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Jun. 11, 2017 Blumbers

Personal Watermelon

The sign said Personal Watermelons for three dollars a pound. They were about the size of a bowling ball. The sign raised all sorts of questions. Had watermelons become so large as to seem impersonal? Was it simply a Silicon Valley marketing strategy to differentiate from older larger mainframe watermelons or even smaller mobile watermelons? Did they really expect one person to sit down and eat this watermelon in one sitting?

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Jun. 9, 2017 Online Off Again

A friend had to mail a hardcopy application to a large company. Why put someone through the hoops like that? It sounded so absurd that I had to find out why. The answer I got was surprising. Twenty years ago you might have mailed a resume but it was more likely you would have applied online. There were fewer people online and your resume was more likely to be noticed. Now there are billions of people online. A company besieged with resumes and junkbots(tm) so companies just stop trying to deal with it. If you send a resume to a company no one is going to read it, not even a bot. We have created a giant complicated structure that is useless for job hunting. Instead, candidates are being considered the old fashioned way, through personal networks. People will still use social networks but only based on established relationships. As a by product of this investigation, one of my sources asked about and then hired my friend. Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Jun. 8, 2017 Envelope Please

My friend shows up with his off brand obsolete smartphone and wants a printed copy that has to be mailed by midnight. The sad solution was to fill out the online application on a new laptop. The application takes thirty minutes to print. He stuffs the final page in the thin envelope and rushes off to the overnight delivery service and meets the deadline. My friend found a solution, but now I had all sorts of questions. Why would a company put a candidate through all of this? The answers were not pretty. Tune in tomorrow…

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Jun. 7, 2017 Midnight Deadline

So my friend says he needs to mail a printed resume before midnight. He was trying to get a job at Fortune 500 company. He goes to the company website and spends two hours filling out the thirty page application. At the end of it is a notice that the application must be in a printed PDF and delivered the next day. He had been to several overnight delivery printing establishments but no one could print from his phone. It was already eight in the evening and the last overnight service had a deadline go midnight. How was this going to work? Tune in tomorrow…

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Jun. 6, 2017 Got A Printer?

A friend looking for work called and asked if I had a printer. He is a futurist who does not even have a laptop, just a phone. He said if he did not have access to printer he would have no future at all. Tune in tomorrow for the rest of the story.

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Jun. 5, 2017 Apple Homepod

On Jun. 5, 2017 NPR’s Alina Selyukh reported “Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused ‘HomePod'”. Apple’s Homepod enters the nosy home computer market with Amazon’s Echo/Alexa and Google’s Home and Microsoft’s Cortana. A real step forward will be when they get a computer than can pay for the house.

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Jun. 4, 2017 Blumbers

H1B DOA?

On Jun. 4, 2017 Muqbil Ahmar, Senior Editor and Technology Evangelist at Confidential reported “H1B visa reforms by Trump to blame? Jobs shift to USA as MNCs focus on local hires” about Infosys hiring 10,000 American citizens over the next two years. Other companies in India are laying off employees like Tech Mahindra, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant and even IBM.

Meanwhile The Economic Times reported “US issues clarification on higher education H-1B exemption criteria.” The US Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS) can issue up to 65,000 H-1B visas a year. Until now, another 20,000 foreign students having masters or higher degree from a US institute of higher education are exempted. Leena R Kamat petitioned to employ and H-1B applicant who had earned his degree from the International Technological University (ITU), in California before the university obtained its pre-accreditation or accreditation status.  “In April, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order for tightening the rules of the H-1B visa programme to stop “visa abuses”.

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Jun. 2, 2017 American Dream Hoarders

On Jun. 2, 2017 NPR’s Steve Inskeep reported “Top 20 Percent Of Americans ‘Hoard The American Dream.” Brookings Institution’s Richard Reeves new book called “Dream Hoarders.” says the top twenty percent richest Americans get the best homes, schools and jobs.

Reeves said “I’ve come to believe that the dangerous separation of the American upper-middle class from the rest of society is a huge problem for politics because there’s a sense of a bubble, there’s a sense of people who are kind of making out pretty well from current trends and who are increasingly separate – occupationally, residentially, educationally and economically — from the rest of society. They are also disproportionately powerful and the fact that they are not only separate but unaware of the degree to which the system works in their favor strikes me as one of the most dangerous political facts of our time.”

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June 2017 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Jun. 1, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Summit Recap

Speaking: Jane Wilson, Robert Landry, Joe Humbert, Lori Meyer, Claire Lundby, Liz Fraley

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: Jun. 3, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Field Trip to the Bay Model

Speaking: Pat Lufkin

Venue: Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Date: Jun. 3, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Canada West Coast

Topic: Preparing Content for Mobile Delivery

Speaking: Robert Desprez

Venue: Willms Salon, VSO School of Music, 843 Seymour Street, Second floor, Vancouver BC, V6B 5J3

Date: Jun 13, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Internet Archive: Universal Access, Open APIs

Speaking: VM Brasseur

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, 27th floor, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Jun. 14, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Old Dogs and New Tricks: Staying Current in Tech

Speaking: Mysti Berry

Venue: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618

Date: Jun. 14, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Pub Social Night at Longship Brewery

Speaking: Chapter members

Venue: Longship Brewery, conveniently located at 10320 Camino Santa Fe C, San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Jun. 16, 2017 9:00AM

Org: Writers UA

Topic: Certificate in Professional Technical Writing – Online Info meeting

Speaking: Joe Welinske

Venue: Online

Date: Jun. 20, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: 5 Secrets to Great Screencasting Voiceovers

Speaking: Matt Sullivan

Venue:  Doubletree Club Hotel—Orange County Airport, 7 Hutton Centre Dr. Santa Ana, California 92707

Date: Jun. 21, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Case Studies of Successful User-Focused Design

Speaking: Linda Angela Hoecker

Venue: Salesforce, 121 Spear St. in the Rincon Center, San Francisco, CA 94105

Jun.  25-26, 2017 9:00AM 

Org: CIDM

Topic: CIDM IDEAS Summer Online Conference—Seek and Find

Speaking: Various

Venue: Online

Jun.  26, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Open Source as a Source for a Professional Advantage and Education

Speaking: Mary Anthony

Venue: IHOP Restaurant 4200 Great America Pkwy. Santa Clara, CA 95054

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May 31, 2017 Big Screen No Sale

I was in a store over the weekend and saw many large screen televisions marked down to very low prices. The salesperson said that more people are strapping their phones to their heads to get a VR experience for less money. Big televisions use more electricity, take up more space and are hard to move. Apparently you can use your phone’s camera to see as you walk around. Why not just take the goggles off and walk around like a normal person? I am going to wait until this sorts itself out.

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May 30, 2017 The New Phonebook Is Here

The new phonebooks arrived in our neighborhood over the weekend. They must have been dropped from an airplane. They are scattered in bushes, on sidewalks, driveways, birdbaths, swimming pools and occasionally a porch. Why are still getting phone books? Why do they not just put them directly in the recycling bins?

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May 28, 2017 Blumbers

Grave Situation

The US Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Republican Healthcare bill will deny twenty four million people health insurance. Eventually all those people will die. I was standing in a military cemetery with the graves stretching in orderly rows and wondered how much space it would take to bury that many people. Twenty four million soldiers died in WWI. Imagine if you could save the lives of that many people. You can. Contact your Senators and congressional representatives. Tell them you want Medicare for all.

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May 27, 2017 Montana’s Gianforte Body Slams Reporter

On May 26, 2017 CNN reported that Republican billionaire Greg Gianforte was elected to Congress despite allegedly body slamming The Guardian’s political reporter Ben Jacobs. The reporter was asking him about the GOP healthcare bill. A Fox News team witnessed the attack. According to Eric Whitney of Montana Public Radio, Jacobs was injured and contacted the police. The Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin, who had previously donated $250 to Gianforte’s congressional campaign, has charged Gianforte with misdemeanor assault and could be sent to jail for six months.

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May 26, 2017 New Housing Bubble

On May 26, 2017 The Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Khouri reported “L.A. County median home price ties record high as housing market sizzles”.”Prices are rising faster than incomes,” said Selma Hepp, chief economist with Los Angeles brokerage John Aaroe Group. “A lot of people are going to be pushed out.” Kevin Drum of Mother Jones displayed two maps from CoreLogic. They compare areas where homes are overvalued from 2006 and 2007. Jones said “This is the kind of thing that makes me think we might be back into a recession by 2018.”

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May 25, 2017 Trump Voters Lose Food Stamps

On May 25, 2017 Mother Jones’ Jenny Luna reported “Trump Takes a Big Bite out of His Voters’ Food Stamps”. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps large numbers of people in Red states. “Trump’s proposed cuts to food stamps will by and large hit the states that voted for him the hardest. Louisiana voted overwhelmingly for Trump, as did its Southeast counterparts Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, and Georgia. Out of the 10 states with the highest food stamp use by population, seven voted Republican in last year’s presidential election.” According to Third Way, the budget for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will be cut from $6.35 billion this year to $5.15 billion next year. Meals On Wheels is also on the chopping block.

It is sad that any politician would want children, the elderly, disabled or anyone to go hungry.

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