Monday, March 28, 2011

WHAT STYLEZ THINKS ABOUT => Facebook Therapy! Do we need help, or are we just attention whores!?!?

So What Does STYLEZ Think? 

I was checking out a friend's blog and she was describing the ever present issue of people seeking attention and gratification via Facebook and other social networks. In the end, she summized that people are just fooling themselves or trying to fool others into thinking that they have either a great life, or the worse life ever! Well I TOTALLY AGREE … to a point!

I think many people find the “group therapy” aspect of FB (and other social sites, but especially FB since you get such instant gratification of comments/likes/replies from like everyone you know). I recently started group therapy for parents of troubled teens and I must say, it is like a REAL LIVE Facebook wall! We even start the meetings off with a “status update”. Then the therapist makes comments, others may chime in, and you end up with like a slew of advice, cosigns and other information…. see what I mean, Facebook Live! LOL!

But believe me, when you are apart of something like that, it makes you feel good. It gives you a great feeling of not being alone in the world, or not being alone in your situation, or in your feelings! FB does that for a lot of people. Believe me, even if you just want people to know what you are doing NEXT, it is filling a void for you that you may need attention, or you want someone else to say, hey, I’m doing that too, or I’m going to meet you there! That’s what makes social networking, well, social! One day, I bet any kind of money, there will be therapists prescribing people to join certain groups/fan pages in FB for them to get their group therapy session in, without leaving their home! Matter of fact, maybe I should suggest it to my group therapist!!! LOL!!!

But really, are people's constant updates a way of fooling themselves, or a plea for attention, or a cry for help, or maybe all the above!?! Whatever it may be, it is what FB is there for. We talk (or update), people will listen! We pour out our problems, people will intervene or give advice! We share our ups, people will LIKE it and give us praise! We share our downs, and people will be there to pick up the pieces! Should it be out on the internet, for the world to see? Some of it maybe not, but believe me, Facebook is the cheapest, and easiest, therapy in the world! And it just might help some people make it!

That is what Stylez thinks! What do you think? Let me know and let the world know! ;-) 

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Friday, March 25, 2011

WHAT STYLEZ THINKS ABOUT => 15 Smart Job Questions To Ask The Interviewer @ www.DouglesChan.Com

So What Does STYLEZ Think?

I have recently been on the hunt for a new job. So I come across this other blog, touting 15 questions to ask the interviewer! I do have a problem with coming up with "good questions to ask the interviewer" so this blog post piqued my interest! After being on BOTH sides of the interview table, I must say that a list like this is essential for new job hires. However, I (maybe it's personal or maybe its my industry) would avoid some of the questions listed below. And a few I am definitely going to use on my next interview! Here are my thoughts on the questions suggested by Mr. Chan:

GREAT TIP - Ask open-ended, precise questions and avoid the yes or no replies.

GREAT TIP - Ask questions that show your intelligence and knowledge about your industry by asking well-thought out questions that are relevant to the position or organization

GREAT TIP - Don’t ask about salary, vacation/sick pay or benefits

GREAT TIP - Don’t ask about things that were discussed in the interview unless you need clarification or expansion

REALLY GREAT TIP (a lot of people have a tendency to do this) - Don’t ask more than one question at a time

GREAT TIP (you don't want to make the interviewer feel stupid either, especially if they're going to be your direct boss) - Don’t ask too difficult questions that the interviewer may not be able to answer

GREAT QUESTION - What three things attracted you to this company?

GOOD QUESTION - What do you enjoy the most about working for this company?

OK QUESTION (but really, you should be TELLING them how you are going to make this position successful) - What aspects of this position would you like to see improve?

Friday, March 11, 2011

WHAT STYLEZ THINKS ABOUT => Laptop Batteries #BatteryLife

So What Does STYLEZ Think?

As an IT Administrator, I have been asked A LOT of questions! And if they are IT related, I usually have answers ... hence the ASK WILLIE STYLEZ! But a few questions that have always been difficult for me to answer, concern Laptop Batteries and battery life! I must say, there is a lot of mystery surrounding these small, but very significant, devices that power our STUFF! So I went on a search this morning and found a most INTERESTING website! It has a GREAT FAQ for Batteries that clears up a lot of the mysteries about the subject! So, with no further ado:

How to care for your new laptop battery
Condition your new laptop computer battery for optimum performance
A new laptop battery must be conditioned to operate at its full capacity.
New replacement laptop batteries from are shipped in a discharged state and must be fully charged when you receive your new battery. Charging your new battery overnight is sufficient to give your new battery a full charge. A new laptop battery must be partially discharged and fully charged at least five times in order to reach its full capacity.
This is done simply by unplugging the laptop from the power cord and letting the battery operate the laptop for 30 min. to 1 hour. It is important not to let a brand-new battery discharge completely to empty or the battery pack may not be able to be recharged by the laptop. This can effectively destroy your brand-new battery.
The conditioning process should be completed within the first month you receive your new battery. The conditioning process can be completed during the first week of receiving your new notebook battery.

How can I extend the Lifetime of my laptop battery?
Li-ion laptop batteries will wear out slowly over time, providing ever shorter battery run times. You can extend the life of your battery by providing some basic ongoing maintenance. Your new battery should be charged and discharged 3-4 times during the first month. This will properly engage the battery to hold it's maximum energy. After the first month you can maintain the battery energy capacity by discharging and recharging the battery every 3-4 weeks. Do not let the battery run down all the way as this will diminish your battery life over time.
A new battery may cause the battery power icon on your computer to indicate you have a low battery condition. We recommend that you let the battery charge overnight in your notebook computer. It may be necessary to remove and replace the battery and restart your computer with the battery installed in order for the computerís start up sequence to properly recognize your new battery.

Rechargeable batteries will self discharge when not in use over a period of time.

ï This might seem obvious but donít burn, disassemble, mutilate or short circuit batteries. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

WHAT STYLEZ THINKS ABOUT => The "Congressional Reform Act of 2011" Email - Is it a Good Idea or Not!? #Politics

I received the following in an email recently, take a look:
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!
Why? Simple! The people demanded it.  That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure. I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. Term Limits.
12 years only, one of the possible options below.
A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms 
2.  No Tenure / No Pension. 
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
3.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately.  All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.  Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message.  Maybe it is time.
So What Does STYLEZ Think?
Well, I believe this kind of reform is definitely needed. It's been needed for decades! When the third & fourth term election of FDR occurred in 1940 & 1944, it sparked the subsequent creation of the 22nd Amendment to limit presidential terms. At that time, a knowing and understanding legislation should have made a decision then to also limit other areas of government. Will this perpetual use of the American public's tax dollar to permanently take care of political figures ever cease, or will it continue to mirror the kind of system for which monarchies have enjoyed for centuries! Yes, as was the case of (one of) George Washington's reasonings for avoiding a third term, I feel that term limits would be "a bulwark against a monarchy". And where do you see THE PEOPLE taking care of their "rulers" for life, in a monarchy! So it is indeed time for a change. How we go about getting a group of individuals to limit themselves is probably open to argument, but it is an argument that is worth debating at a time when we are declining into an econonic depression that appears to be lasting years longer than it ever should have! 
That is what Stylez thinks, what do you think? Please comment and let us know what suggestions you have for making such a Congressional Reform possible!