An Amazing World Clock

Posted by Lee Sterling | Posted in Miscellaneous, Technology | Posted on 23-08-2010

World Clock Pix My friend, Hank Jordan, an author and writer of copy for businesses [ed. note: check out his website: JordanAssociates], sent me a link to an amazing world clock. It not only tells you the time in various cities and time zones, but it also has a running total of the national debt (currently $42,963 per person in the U.S., and $120,209 per taxpayer).

There are  8 main sections of the clock: World Time; Population; Death; Illness; Environment; US Crimes, Food; and a 9th called More.  Checking out the Population section makes one realize that of the 6.8 billion people in the world almost 36% live in China and India! You can discover that Cardiovascular diseases, so far in 2010, account for almost 11 Million deaths, approximately 29% of the total. A startling 34 million people are living with HIV. Take a look at the Environment section and see how much forest land were losing. It’s disheartening. According to the Energy section, we have 13,872 until our oil id depleted. I was startled to see that in 2010, so far, the identity of almost 61 million U.S. residents has been stolen.

Did you know that more ducks are slaughtered in the U.S. than beef? Can you guess what it the most slaughtered animal in the U.S. without checking the Food section?

Take a few moments and check out this interesting site, and pass this on to your friends: world clock.

If you live in a home subject to a Homeowners Association (HOA) you may be interested in checking out my recent article on what happened to some owners when they tried to defy their HOA architectural control provisions:

What You Can Learn At Costco

Posted by Lee Sterling | Posted in Carlsbad, Economics, Technology | Posted on 05-07-2010

Costco's Polish Sausage

Costco's Polish Sausage

I sitting alone at a table at Costco in Carlsbad, eating my Polish Sausage lunch (with soft drink, $1.63) the other day, and a nicely dressed gentleman asked if he could join me. There was plenty of room,  so I said “of course.” He sat down, and his cell phone rang. Obviously, I couldn’t help but overhear his conversation, although I tried to avoid eavesdropping. He mentioned a fired employee, who had wiped out her hard drive, and they were now in process of having to retrieve and rebuild the hard drive information.

I mentioned to him that I had overheard his comment, and we discussed the need to do backups of computer hard drives every day. Not just because hard drives are going to crash (we’ve had it happen twice in the past 8 years), but because there might be that disgruntled employee who wants to disrupt your business. It can cost thousands of dollars to rebuild seemingly lost information. In our case, we not only physically lost a hard drive, but our in-house back-up system also crashed at the same time!

Now we use an in-house back-up system, and we use an off site backup system called Mozy.. Just go to Google and type in “back-up systems,” and you’ll be taken to lots of information. As a commercial tenant, you want to be sure not to lose your valuable computer data because of a hard drive crash OR because of a disgruntled employee!