Archive | February 8, 2013

Blizzard Of 2013: Update From Alton, New Hampshire, On Friday Afternoon.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> As The Northeast Braces For Blizzard … — Feb. 8, 2013.
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Boston Chinese New Year … Good Job It Is Feb. 17 … — Feb. 8, 2013.


Around 2:30 pm, on Friday. Teischan had cleared the steps around 10:30 am. So this was since then. Click to ENLARGE.

Around 2:30 pm, on Friday. Teischan had cleared the steps around 10:30 am. So this was since then. Click to ENLARGE.

It has been snowing in Alton, NH all day. It was snowing, albeit lightly, when I woke up around 8:20 am. It has not stopped.

Not sure what system it is. I was not expecting much snow till later in the day.

We went to the dump and got gas for the generators around 10:45 am this morning. There was at least 1.5″ of snow on the drive. We quickly shoveled it away. There is about 2″ now. So in total that is about 3″ to 3.5″ since morning. Some gusts of wind. Waiting for the power to go out. Have a feeling that this is going to be bad, though we do have generators. I just hope that I can get out of the doors. I have been working out how I could get out from a 2nd floor window if I had to.

Alton Central School (ACS), NH: Phone Notification System — Still In Flux.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> ACS Phone Notification System – The Critical Change
>>Jan. 31, 2013.
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ACS Phone Notification System Fails AGAIN — Jan
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You have to read the above posts, at least the January 31st one, to appreciate the issue.

I had heard yesterday from Deanna, who hears about this stuff, that they were still having issues with the notification system. I am glad that the ACS Director of Technology was just voted the best in the States. Just think, if she wasn’t the best, ACS would probably he trying to notify us of school closings using smoke signals or carrier pigeons (though neither are that good in snow). So, we should be glad.

So, I was told just 9 days ago that there is a difference: emergency vs. notification. Notification, i.e., school delays and closing, only result in one call per family, emergencies, i.e., afternoon activities cancelled, goes to all listed phone numbers.

Well, appears that they still can’t get the notification system working properly.

This morning, though it was but a school closing, i.e., notification, they called on ALL lines. So we got 3 calls plus e-mail. THAT IS FINE. Thank you. Better than not getting one. Just seems crazy that they can’t get the system sorted out.

Al Gore Told The Truth When He Said That He & Bill Clinton Found Only 50 Web Pages On The Web In January 1993!

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Al Gore ‘The Future’ … What I Learned — Feb. 7, 2013.
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Al Gore ‘The Future’ Book Signing Made Me Sad — Feb. 6, 2013.
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Do NOT Buy Al Gore’s ‘The Future’ In Hardback — Feb. 6, 2013.
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Is Al Gore Gay? — Feb. 6, 2013.
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Al Gore In Concord, NH, February 6 — Feb. 5, 2013.


Al Gore at the Concord, NH ‘BAM’ book signing on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Click to ENLARGE.


I am GLAD. Though there are things that I do not agree with him about, in particular ‘global warming‘, and I detest his hypocrisy and blatant pimping to the almighty dollar, I don’t dislike him!

So, I really did NOT want to take him to task for making another ‘I invented the Internet‘ remark.

In Concord, on Wednesday, at his book signing, he made this statement: ‘When Bill Clinton and I got to the White House we checked the Web and found that there were only 50 Web pages‘.

There was no reaction from the audience. I was not in a position to comment.

I was a very late adopter of the Web. I was Mr. SNA and the Web was SNA’s direct enemy. I was busy making money with SNA-related initiatives.

I think I only started using the Web, intermittently at that, in 1996. To make it worse, in those days I was a rabid Mac user. Didn’t have a PC and bad mouthed Windows like there was no tomorrow. Getting a Web browser for Macs was NOT EASY. You had to buy Navigator, in a white box — for what I think was $79.99. Then there were all sorts of tweaks you had to do to get it to run properly. That wasn’t a problem. I used to be a Mac expert. Navigator for Macs also was notoriously flaky! But, I had learned, by trial and error, all the tricks. If you kept the cursor in certain places … Navigator would not hang! I kid you not. I cannot remember the exact scenarios, but I do remember that you had to make sure that the cursor was underneath (but not in) the address bar trench when you started some operation. If not, Navigator would hang.

Last night I did some quick checking. I couldn’t get a good number for 1992 and 1993. Today I found that there were 623 Web pages at the END of 1993 — but remember 1993 of the pivotal year when Mosaic, the first graphical Web browser, came online. So that would have precipitated the growth of many Web sites. Then today I found this. Not sure how accurate it is, but it says 50. Never sure whether they got it from Al or Al got it from them. But …

Boston Chinese New Year 2013 With Dragon Parades — Good Job It Is February 17 Rather Than This Blizzard Weekend.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Chinese New Year 2013 In Boston: Sunday, February 17, 2013
>>Jan. 22, 2013.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — The Update — Sept. 3, 2012.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — Aug. 24, 2012.


I am so glad that is is NEXT Sunday, February 17, 2013
rather than this Sunday.

Get a feeling that Boston is going to get buried and Chinatown has narrow roads and lanes.

I think it will all be back to normal by next weekend, though I am sure there will be banks of snow around.

‘China Pearl’ the only place for good Dim Sum in Boston after a normal snow storm.

Downtown Boston, not that far from Chinatown, during the ‘Blizzard of 1978’.

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