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A Million Plus Views Of This Blog!

by Anura Guruge


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Have a look at the “Blog Stats” in the sidebar (at bottom if you are using a mobile device).


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1/2 million 664 days ago.


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Yes, this was a landmark I was working towards.

No, I can’t ‘spike’ the numbers myself. WordPress maintains the STATS and they ignore any and all access of a blog from the same IP address (and range) as that of the administrator (i.e., me).

This is a lot of work, but rewarding. Knowing that you have at least 600 views a day, day-in, day-out, is quite nice.

April and May of this year was when I had my ‘meltdown‘. Hence the low numbers. In January & February of last year and this year WordPress had documented issues with their STAT servers. So I lost thousands of hits. C’est la vie.

But, I plugged on. In 2015, when I hit the 500,000 mark I thought it would take me till February 2017 to get to 1,000,000.

Around March of this year I recalibrated that to Thanksgiving 2016.

The last 2 weeks I had November 20th as the day. Beat that by 2 days.

No, I am not going to ease up. Now to the next million.

Thank YOU for your support. Could NOT have done this without all of you.

Thank YOU, a 1,000,000 TIMES.


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Making Fun Of Aging IBMers Is Not Funny.

by Anura Guruge


You can find this on Facebook.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. It says (in case you have trouble reading it): “What has processed 5 billion transactions in the time it took you to read this? CICS”.


CICSCustomer Information Control System
is an old, much beloved and widely used 
computer system for managing
large database-oriented systems.
Think: banks, airlines, financial institutes,
utility companies, car rental etc.


Yes, granted that this is VERY nerdy and obscure joke BUT it is cruel.

It basically pokes fun at aging IBMers (I being one of them), especially those that worked on mainframes, trying to mock their APPARENT lack of awareness of modern technology and their supposed unfamiliarity with large numbers.

OK. Let me explain. The 5 BILLION number is a huge, huge, huge exaggeration.

Most people can read about 8 – 10 words per second. So 16 words = 2 seconds.

So this is saying that IBM CICS systems (and there are a LOT of them still in use) are processing 5 Billion instructions in 2 seconds.

So that is 2.5 Billion instructions a second.

And that is the BUTT of this joke.

2.5 Billion/second is just PLAIN WRONG. And that is the POINT of the joke. Anybody who wears this is going to get thought of as ‘soft’.

Per IBM (see below and use this link), and this person, from Hursley (where I worked for IBM), would know and would have no reason to make a false claim, states 10 Billion CICS transactions a DAY.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link cited above to access “Computer Weekly” original.


The real number is 1.1 MILLION transactions/second or 2.2 MILLION transactions in the time it takes to read the T-shirt blurb.

The 1.1 (1.15) million number is pretty well known. Here is another credible reference to it:

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Click to access original which quotes IBM’s CICS newsletter.


Attempts like this to belittle aging IBMers, such as I, upset me. Yes, we are getting old and are no longer as swift as we once were. But it doesn’t mean that we have become complete mindless, drooling dinosaurs. We can still hold our own against the new generation of IT folks. Don’t try to trip us up by trying to get us confused as to whether it is an ‘M’ or a ‘G’.

This T-shirt was uncalled for and callous. The guy who came up with it should be ashamed of himself.


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by Anura Guruge


How The British Paper Red Poppy Is Made — BBC Video.

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They make 40 million paper red poppies a year now.

That is essentially 1 per each adult given that the population
is at 65 million.

Click here to access the BBC video.


Sri Lanka Got 0.02% Of The $35 Billion U.S. Spent On Foreign Aid! Yes, Just $6.9 M.

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I saw this map on ‘marketwatch.com’ on Friday. Of course I checked to see how Sri Lanka was doing. I was pretty amazed BUT not that surprised.

Sri Lanka has never figured much in U.S. politics or aid. Some of it goes back decades, even to the 1950s, when Ceylon (as it was then), was a leading light in the so called ‘Non-Aligned Nations’. Well, the U.S. never liked that. It was, in those days of the Cold War, “if you are NOT with us, then you must be AGAINST us”. They never appreciated “Non-Aligned”. To be fair Ceylon/Sri Lanka did get a lot of USSR and Chinese aid. The ‘Russians’ sent n to Ceylon in 1961 — which is how I got to shake his hand! I do not think the Americans sent Alan Shepard or John Glenn to Ceylon.

Yes, it cuts both ways. It is very much a ‘you scratch my back, I will scratch yours’ when it comes to the U.S. and foreign aid. I know some of this first hand in that my adoptive father was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the U.S., in D.C., from 1992 and 1994. U.S. Congressmen would approach him will all sorts of requests on the understanding that in return they will help Sri Lanka get more aid. That is all part of the diplomatic culture. Yes, he had his K-street accounts to entertain whoever warranted entertaining. One Congressman asked him, point blank, whether ‘he’ (meaning Sri Lanka) would pay the rent, for ‘x’ number of years, for the Congressman’s mistress in D.C. My adoptive father could not oblige. This was during the Civil War and Sri Lanka didn’t have that kind of money.

Anywho, here is the map. You can do the maths.


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“National Orgasm Day”, July 31, 2015 — My Favorite Posters.

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Related posts:
** 400 MILLION “O”s
on National Orgasm Day.
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** Free eBook
National Orgasm Day.
>> “National Orgasm Day”.
** “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book …

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Click to access the “Ann Summers” Website.

British “Ann Summers“, of sex shop fame, CAME UP with
National Orgasm Day” in 2001.

So they have to get pride of place.


It was like the ‘1960s‘ and the ‘Beatles‘ invented by US the British
— who else?

So this has to be next. British pride in another great and kind contribution to humankind.

This was from www.topnews.in — click to access

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From “Pinterest” — click for original.

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This one from Etsy — click to access original.

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This one, more generic, is from “Jokideo.com” — click here to access.

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Orgasms: 101 Facts & TriviaeBook will be available, readable on ANY PLATFORM, including Web browsers and Apple, from Amazon ALL DAY July 31, 2015 — National Orgasm Day.


400 Million Orgasms, Worldwide, On National Orgasm Day, July 31, 2015?

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Related posts:
>>
National Cheesecake Day ahead of NOD.
** Free eBook
National Orgasm Day.
>> “National Orgasm Day”.
** “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” book …

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400million


That is well within the bounds of possibility.

Why?

360 million orgasms, worldwide, a day is the norm for any ol’ day of the year.

Yes, you can find that as item #10 in “Orgasms: 101 Facts & Trivia” which will be available FREE from Amazon all day on July 31, 2015, ‘National Orgasm Day‘.

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So a 10% increase on ‘National Orgasm Day’ should not be an outlandish assumption.

Orgasms: 101 Facts & TriviaeBook will be available, readable on ANY PLATFORM, including Web browsers and Apple, from Amazon ALL DAY July 31, 2015 — National Orgasm Day.


$3.5 Million ‘Lesbian Obesity’ Study Carefully Avoids Discussing Any Casual Issues.

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Click to access U.K. “Daily Mail” coverage.

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So this study, paid for by The National Institutes of Health (NIH), after studying data from close to 6,000 survey respondents, concluded that lesbians have more than twice the odds of overweight and obesity as heterosexual women”. OK, we will buy that — but I am not sure I would pay $3.5 million to just learn that. I think ‘we’ have all observed that there are indeed quite a few lesbians that are on the BIG side.

But this study only goes as far as this when it comes to even coming close to looking if there are any causal relationships — For instance, it has been suggested that bisexual women’s physical appearance is influenced by having a male versus a female partner. Yea? Well, tell us more.

What comes first and I know that that is indeed a touchy ‘PC’ issue. But that is what would have been worth $7 million to study.

Think about it — but best not for long.


100,000 Views Of This Blog Just In 2013 At An Average Of 423 Views Per Day.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> This Blog inches towards 100,000 views — June 15, 2013.


No this is not old news. The last 100,000 post was in mid-June when this Blog was inching towards 100,000 all-time views.

Since then we are approaching, and will reach it today or tomorrow, 100,000 for THE YEAR.

We are still in August and we have had TRIPLE the hits  for all of 2012.

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It, as they will always tell you, has all to do with content and perseverance.

Here are the first 8 posts on this blog MINUS the ‘Windows 7’ posts that I moved to my Windows 7 blog (which has an all-time hit count of 184,400).

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I started this blog, in anger, when I found out that Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic (DHMC) had quite literally abused me in the posterior! I wanted others to know so they could avoid getting violated.

I was no stranger to blogging. I already had multiple, quite active, pope blogs.

After the DHMC post I didn’t do another until I had a run-in with U.S. Cellular. Again the goal was to give others a heads up.

Then Windows 7 came along and I really got hooked on it – especially since I had this PC, handbuilt, for Windows 7. I started blogging incessantly about Windows 7. I also found many tips on how to get the best from Windows 7 and even how to fix some bugs. Suffice to say that these posts became very popular and remain so — since some of the bugs, such as the appearance of the annoying padlock, still persists. So I created a new ‘Windows 7’ blog and moved all the Windows 7 posts from this blog to that and then did my Windows-related posts on that blog. That blog still gets 100+ hits a day though I stopped posting on it way back in 2011. Just don’t have the time.

In February 2012 we started homeschooling Devanee because she was getting bullied at Alton Central School (ACS). Homeschooling proved to be a popular topic. That explains the spike in popularity in early 2012. Then the Olympics. My few Olympics posts were a hit. That is when I started posting here on a daily basis.

My ‘popes-and-papacy‘ blog has had 625,000 hits since 2010. That is another blog that I have now put to pasture. My ‘papam’ blog, also inactive, has had 184,000 hits. So 809,000 hits on just these two pope blogs.

Add the 133,956 from here and the 184,472 from Windows 7
and we have 1,127,812 hits!

Well all these hits hasn’t really made me rich — though of LATE we are seeing some ‘bennies’.

Just wanted to chronicle this, because that is what blogging is meant to be. Thanks. Cheers.



Yes, we did hit 100,000 on Saturday, August 24, 2013 as I had assumed in my earlier post.

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Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH, Has Closed, Per The ‘Union Leader’.

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Related posts:
>> Gunstock Inn … To Close Soon …‘The Laconia Daily Sun’
>>Jan. 15, 2013.

>>
Maybe Gunstock Inn Is Still For Sale … Nov. 8, 2012.
>>
Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH — Sold Again … –  Nov. 1, 2012.


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Click to read ‘Union Leader’ article.


So it has finally happened. I must say that I feel a sense of relief. That poor Inn had to be put out of its misery. The last owners did it no favors. From what I know this was an UPS (yes, United Parcel Service) IPO folly in the 1990s; a guy, from MA, who had worked for UPS for a long time and made a killing on the IPO bought it. His wife ran it while he continued to work for UPS.

In my last post I mentioned the ‘Lazy E Motor Inn’ as a well run Inn with great owners — what Gunstock needs. In the Union Leader article I read that the Lazy E owners are trying to buy Gunstock! Is that a coincidence? Should I get a piece of the commission.

What cracks me and and distresses me at the same time is how these reporters never ask the right questions or find the relevant facts! So, they bought it for $1.1 million. Bully for them, BUT how much did they borrow? That is THE question. If they borrowed 80%, i.e., $880,000, which I suspect they probably did, and just put in $220,000 of their own money into it, the ONLY VICTIM is the poor (but greedy) bank. As I said before, it is the bank that I feel sorry for, and I am glad the bank is being more cautious the second time around. If and when the Inn is sold these folks, most likely, will get back some of what they put in. It is the bank, and its investors, that will suffer the loss.

But, all said, I am glad for the Inn. It needs a break. Somebody that will run it as it should. That said, I wouldn’t rave about its architecture. What they did to the dinning room, albeit 25 or 30 years ago, was beyond amazing. It would have, especially then had a great view of the lake. So you could have had ultra romantic lake view dining, especially at night with the lights twinkling across the lake. That would have been an asset. So what did they do; they built the swimming pool next to the dinning room and blocked the lake views. Yes, of course, if this was Arizona, Nevada or California, it might be fun to have a view of a pool while you ate. But, this is NH! There are times that what you see by the pool convinces you to stop eating, at once, and go on a diet. I have always said, that if I bought the Inn, I would knock the pool down and relocate it. My days of being able to afford the Inn are long gone — because unlike some, I would never borrow money to buy an investment. I would feel terrible if I could not pay it back. I am used to losing my own money and over the years I have lost a lot. But, judging from my credit score and reports I have hardly ever stiffed anyone.