Via facsimile

Ok…so I’m now connected through Twitter and that means…

Hey I’m still trying to figure out how you can put a printed page, picture or document into a machine, punch in a phone number, send, and the same thing, seconds later, comes out of another machine thousands of miles away.

Now let’s talk about mobile phones for awhile.  When I use my mobile in Ireland, which is not too often, and someone under 30 years old happens to see it, they begin to laugh, point and then run away as if the thing is toxic.  Can you believe it only calls and receives calls?  My cell phone in the states does the same…and why do they call it a mobile in Ireland and cell phone in the States?

Steve Job’s little puppy…the iPhone is where they run to.  It is a line of internet and multimedia-enabled smartphones with a high-resolution display, FaceTime video calling, HD video calling, HD video recording, a 5-megapixel camera and more.  With it, there is absolutely no need to ever come in real contact and actually talk to a human being face to face.  Can it get any better than this?

Yes it can.  “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” is available on iTines for 1.59 euros and provides a step-by-step guide to the sacrament as well as advising on suitable acts of contrition.  Way to go iTunes and not so fast says the Catholic Church in Ireland.  The Church has stressed that a new smartphone “confession” application is not a replacement for a priest despite receiving the approval of an America bishop.

At this point you’re probably expecting me to write something about all the Irish priests that abused young children and the bishops that covered it up but I won’t.

If you’re reading this, you either have too much time on your hands or you just like to read or even better you enjoy my posts.  If you enjoy reading them or for that matter if you don’t like them, let me know. . .but you must get a Kindle.  Amazon Kindle is bringing a new way of reading through using a wireless reading device.  The digital portal can hold up to 200 titles of books, allowing you to scroll through and read different titles at once.  Along with this, are over 200,000 working titles that can now be downloaded on the portal.  Just wonderful.  Now we can close all those useless libraries that suck up tax payer’s money.

Raise your hands if you use Wikipedia.  The online encyclopedia is free and it is great!  Founded by Jimmy Wales, it relies on countless anonymous contributors and volunteers.  Wikipedia includes 15 million freely usable articles in over two hundred languages worldwide and content from a million registered user accounts.  It accepts no advertising, only donations.

The other day I came across a section on Facebook that helps you connect to people who you might know through other people you do know.  There must have been pictures and names of over 300 people and when I randomly selected a name and clicked on mutual friend, sure enough I knew that person.  Out of the 300, I must have known about 20 people; but I do believe that when I send an add a friend request, the person who gets it says “you have to be kidding me” and clicks ignore.

As an aside…I am watching CNN-Europe as I write this…not that I like CNN…but this is such a historic moment in history,  Mubarak has left the building and Egypt is free.   Due in no small part to the power of Facebook.  For freedom to ring in other depressed countries, the messages delivered by this kind technology must flow freely.  Right now I feel very fortunate to be an American and Americans  should never take freedom lightly.

I haven’t tweeted yet, but apparently I have a posse that is following me on Twitter.  What I do know about Twitter is that it offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets.  Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user’s profile page.  How did I know this?  Wikipedia… of course.

My first tweet is going to Shaquille O’Neil.  They would love this guy in Ireland.

Another site that I frequent but have not posted my resume on yet is Limekiln.  It is a business-oriented social networking site and is used for professional networking.  It is reported that Linkedln has 21.4 million monthly unique U.S visitors and 47.6 million globally.  The major stock holder is the “legendary” super angel Reid Hoffman.

Reid Hoffman, above, is 44 years old.

Jack Dorsey of Twitter is 35 years old

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is 27 years old.

Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia, is 44 years old.

Anyone that tells you that there are no opportunities in the United States is full of shit.  These companies are still privately owned and only Wall Street will determine how much they are worth.   It has been estimated that these four guys and their companies  are potentially worth more than 40 billion dollars.

…and you do know that at the end of the game of life…whoever has the most Facebook friends wins.  I think I’m in double figures now.

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One Response to Via facsimile

  1. Leo DuBois says:

    I got your Linked request and connected. Then I wrote you an email to tell you about a memory from the way-back-machine in my head regarding Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Snaker Ray and Spider John Koerner and Danny Carney.
    THEN, I tried to email an album to you but it was too big… bummer.
    So now I am looking into FTP the music to your website and you can download it to your computer….
    So there…
    Just cause you sent me the Linked thingy..
    Nice Blog by the way…
    -Aloha -Leo

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