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Prompt for the Day: “World’s Best Widget”

The uncoordinated people from the Daily Post division of Word Press seem to think gadgets are made with magic or something when they came up with today’s prompt for our creations of “World’s Best Widget“.  They made one statement followed by a question-“You’ve been granted magical engineering skills, but you can only use them to build one gadget or machine. What do you build?”

As a former Network Engineer

I would try to invent a widget that would help manage network traffic more effectively.  Today’s networks thankfully no longer rely on noisy mechanical switching to connect traffic from one location to another.  Today, most networks utilize lightning fast switching to connect one area of the network with the next.  Routers don’t seem to be the work horse of today.  Switching has taken over the ability to connect networks faster, but there are great problems with eliminating routers from discarding foreign traffic from the secure network installation!

How do you keep both competitors and other evil entities from damaging your traffic flow?  Other countries may be getting access to our information by hacking our systems today.  Our very military back in 1992 was able to have a freshman in college, hack into one of the schools that housed one of our nuclear reactors.  I only left a simple message for the site’s administrator on how I was able to gain access to the system.  Have not tried getting back in since.   Have no idea if they resolved the problem or not.

Please Help Fight this Evil Disease

The medicine my neurologist has prescribed for me for my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day-“Money for Nothing”

The money-centered people at the Daily Post group of Word Press came up with the prompt for the day of “Money for Nothing“.  They made several statements with a question or two thrown in for good measure: “If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.”

They might have been fans of 1985 music

Back in that time period, Dire Straits did a song with the same title it is included in this post- Dire Straits – Money For Nothing music video.

My ultimate dream job would have been to be an astronaut, but I am too short.  So I settled for the next best job I could hold, that of a network engineer.  Got to manage the networks of major fortune 500 companies located throughout the midwestern USA.

My mind controlled where the data went and how fast / secure it was on the way to the destination.  During the year 2000 panic, got to quiet the fears of major banking companies that as long as they made sure their networking equipment had all their updates applied, they would make it through without as much as a single blip in the systems.

Then in the late 2000’s my health started to rapidly decline due to a disease known as multiple sclerosis starting to act up aggressively.

Please Help Fight this Evil Disease

The medicine my neurologist has prescribed for me for my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

 

 

 

 

 

Mondays are Loaded with Possibilities

Used to love Mondays, when I was still able to work as a network engineer.  You never knew what challenges would present themselves to your network.  Could be a vicious hacker attack or a natural disaster, you never knew ahead of time!

I miss all the exciting challenges that would come up unexpected.  A random snow storm or hurricane was not that unheard of.  You just had to meet the problem head on and conquer it.  People all around the world dealt with problems differently. Had to learn how to deal with other cultures so you could respect their individual beliefs.  As long as they were not physically hurting others, you just had to roll with the punches.

One of the best discussions on religion I ever had was with a group of coworkers during lunch.  We had many of the different religions represented during the conversation. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and a few others I can’t remember what their beliefs were all participated in the discussion. We just agreed to listen to each other so we could learn more about our friend’s beliefs.  There was no judging, just helping each other understand where they were coming from.  If our managers would have found out what type of conversation we were having, we could have all been fired!  No one felt threatened or pressured in any way.  We were just educating each other about our personal beliefs.

In the world today, those type of lunch breaks can no longer happen.  The world has changed so much since 9/11/2001. There is no way we could have had that conversation today.  Our world has been damaged too much by the terrorists to ever allow those type of relaxed conversations to occur.  Our children will never know what exploring other faiths is like.  I remember attending a Bat Mitzvah for a young Jewish girl. Was under the mistaken impression that females had no place in the Jewish faith.

Mondays are always loaded with unending possibilities. Terrorists or not, it is still the start of a new week!