Thursday, January 08, 2009

Rules for Kids

Lately, I haven't been feeling too good about Mr. Softee (Bill Gates) because of all my computer problems with Vista. Actually, I'm not feeling too good about the PC industry as a whole, and that include Dell computers and Hewlett Packard printers. However, a friend sent this to me this morning. I thought it was worth sharing. In this once instance I agree with the Chief Nerd.

This attributed to Bill Gates but that is incorrect. It is actually the work of Charles Sykes in his book Dumbing Down Our Kids)

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time..

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

Thank a teacher!

Most of all Thank A Veteran for keeping our country free so this can be passed on to someone else.


  1. What a great '11'!!!!! I'm going to share that - it's what we all need to remember and hear right now, I think.

    Didn't see any comments on Larry's blog (re your e-mail) from you; must be it hasn't posted yet, since I think Larry moderates.

    Larry's music is a very nice addition; glad he 'joined the musical crowd'.

    As to Vista, it was well written up when it was introduced as the WORST, and since I've had it for almost 2 years, I can tell you that everything they've said is true.

    It's slow; locks up, so I've downloaded an accelerator which at least helps with the speed.

    Also, being sure you close each tab that you don't need before you open another helps; it simply can't handle a multitude of 'windows' or 'tabs' even though they make claim to it.

    As to your HP printer, I have the same one. It periodically reminds me to update my drivers (or download the newest ones for that model).

    You should have an HP icon; it should give the option of downloading the newest drivers, and that would be one of the first things to do.

    I use two different printers; one has a scanner and fax, so when I get ready to select 'which one', I elect 'print' - then in the upper left-hand portion of the print formatting, it shows me all the printers I have to select from. I select the one I want before I do anything else; then I elect the number of pages, size, formatting, etc. If you don't make that selection first, it can search for the wrong printer.

    As to Dell, they've had serious financial problems all year; closed locations, and cut way back on their customer service (I've tracked it weekly because 2 friends of mine were laid off from Dell).

    When you have peripherals hooked up to two different printers with different operating systems, you can get 'cross-talk', and if you have a wireless system, you're even more apt to get 'cross-talk' which of course, confuses the operating system.

    You might think about putting your old computer onto a cable hook-up for the key-board and the mouse; keep the Dell with the wire-less, and this would mean each would respond independently and minimize the chances of 'cross-talk'.

    On top of that, AOL is notorious for causing problems; if you're on dial-up, even worse.

    We've never had anything but high-speed cable to reduce the problems; we're able to get it for $10 more than AOL, and can leave our computers on 24/7 with no extra charges because there's no limit to the number of e-mails; or time spent surfing with cable-service.

    I also know you can find web-sites that discuss Vista; its problems, and many tell how they've worked through them. Just type in 'vista problems answers solutions' into Google, and you'll get a slew of selections.

    My flu is going away; nice to start feeling better today.

    Enjoy your week-end; we're going to Las Vegas to see some friends and will be back on Tuesday of next week.


  2. Hate to break this to you, but this is NOT by Bill Gates.
    You might want to fact check before posting.
    Here's the skinny. Check it out:

  3. Ron,

    Diane makes reference to some comments from you to my Blog. I have published all the comments I have received. Do you know to which comment she is referring?

    I wondered why in your post you said these rules were attributed to Bill gates, but were actually by Charles Sykes, but then in the next paragraph you say Bill Gates gave them in a speech. Did Gates give them in a speech attributing Charles Sykes. In any case, you did know they weren't original to Gates and said so in your Blog.


  4. Diane,
    After much frustration and aggravation (and expense), I finally got AOL working on my new Dell computer. As I suspected, it was a VISTA problem. I will post the problems other users had on my next blog. Unbelievable, just unbelievable that Microsoft would put out a product that was incompatible with AOL and so many other programs.

    BTW, you see Wayne's scolding comments about me attributing the Rules for Kids comments to Bill Gates? Talk about someone not reading the blog. Wayne likes to scold (even though he says he's never heard of the word) so I take his zingers with a grain or two of salt. That's his thing. Makes him happy.

    I've responded to his blog as well as Lar's blog, but the comments don't appear until they approve of them. I think they're afraid someone is going to hurt their feelings in public so they have to appove of all comments first before they give their permission for posting. Different folks for different strokes (or something like that) I say. As for me, I believe in free speech short of yelling "FIRE!" in a crowded theater. If someone wants to diss or insult me (as Wayne did his comment accusing me of attributing the "Rules for Kids" to Bill Gates) for the whole world to see, that's fine with me. My blog comment section is open for all and anyone to say whatever they want to say. My feelings arent't that tender that if someone says something unkind, that it wrecks me. But hey, that's just me. What can I say? I'm just glad I got this darn AOL download thing to work. Wait until you see my next blog posting about the hoops I had to jump through on this one. UNBELIEVABLE!

  5. Diane,

    I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your friendship. I read your entire comment and you're right on the mark. Where I got the help was from a web site of other AOL 9.0 users having problems. That seems to be the way to resolve problems these days since the Internet service providers and others like Dell and HP are cutting back on customer service. I even called Smart Computing this morning to take advantage of their offer of tech support for subscribers to their magazine of which I am a long term subscriber. The guy I was talking to blew me off. So much for their "help." Ironically, my subscription is coming due and I was unsure if I wanted to continue it since I rarely have time to read their magazine. However, I thought that if they did help me with my technical problem, maybe I would continue as a subscriber. Well, this morning's brush off took care of that. The guy was agitated from the moment he answered the phone. I think the only help we users will ever get in the future is from people like us who have encountered problems and will help our fellow human beings. Business hasn't figured out a way to provide customer support after all these years. The only thing they seem to know how to do well is give stock options and obscene salaries to their executives.

    Diane, you have helped me from Day One and you continue to help me just through the goodness of your heart. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your kindness and generosity. You wouldn't believe the number of people I have told about you and what a wonderful person you are. Thank you for being you. You are truly an angel.

  6. Hi Ron - it's nearly 1:00 p.m. (our time), and we are waiting to check in at 3:00 p.m. (our time).

    The lobby has 4 computers; able to access my e-mail and got your nice note just now.

    My goodness, what a surprise to read your kind comments to me, and I'm glad I was able to give you some direction with the suggestions I offered re the computer/printer/AOL/Vista difficulties.

    You're absolutely right about the customer service situation; it's biting us all in the butt from all sides it seems.

    My first job was working in a music store; selling instruments, record players - the new 'high-fidelity' units as they came into popularity, and helping the customers find the right instruments as well as all the peripheral items (new reeds for their clarinets; mouth pieces for their trumpets, etc.). It was a fascinating job; I was 18, and the owner gave me a raise after just 3 weeks because his customer had complimented me; my 'customer-care' techniques, and the were surprised because I was just a 'teen-ager'....

    I remember how that set the stage for my 36-year working career, and I'm fortunate to have saved all the wonderful letters written to me; or on my behalf, and the bonus checks and increase in salary all came from truly 'caring' about the customer as well as my employer and my co-workers.

    I've seen cooperation in action; the joy and extraordinary results of positive team-work; it has never failed me.

    I was Community Leader for the 4-H in the Pavilion Township for 3 years; each year I won the most outstanding leadership award in the state of Michigan for increasing the membership; being the most creative in developing projects and programs for the members, and for raising the greatest amount of money through the charitable work I had both my project leaders and our members do so we could contribute funds not only to the club, but adopt at least 3 needy families each year for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

    There are plenty of newspaper articles and pictures about me; they've been saved and those wonderful incidents and kind words have kept me 'grounded' and always focused on just being kind; being helpful - lend a hand rather than watch another one flounder or struggle.

    My grandfather Reese said I was a 'giving child' - so much so that one year when we were taking groceries to a poor family, I (independently) decided at the age of 6 that my mom simply hadn't taken in enough food, so I grabbed up the four sacks of food she'd bought for us, and took them in; put them by the refrigerator where my mother couldn't see them, and took the 'whipping' when we got home and she learned what I'd done.

    My wonderful grandfather was so overjoyed by my decision he promptly told mom to get into the car, and he'd replace all of her groceries for her. They came home and he plopped a $10 bill in my hand; given this was 1948, that was a ton of money indeed.

    I put that $10 into my bank; never forgot that reward either, so the 'die was cast for Diane'....

    I've been witness to others with enormous hearts; extraordinary kindness and generosity and it makes me know that the human is really very basically good; usually it's their own internal fear or inflated ego that doesn't allow them to greet the world with a sincere and humble nature.

    Hungry people; oppressed people - well that's another subject now isn't it; it's very hard to be cheerful and accommodating when one is starving and without basic comforts.

    As to Larry's question, it was the post that included the great pictures of the beautiful wild animals, and that's the post I thought you mentioned you'd commented on. Since I wasn't feeling all that great because I've been sick since the 31st of December with the flu', I might have missed another one that you did comment on.

    Like you, I don't use word verification; don't do moderation, because I don't want anyone to have to grapple with all that 'stuff' when they're taking the time to leave a thought or too.

    I remember there's always the delete button if I can't handle it; just like the television has an 'off' button, I use those options if I'm just not up to hearing or seeing something that disturbs me.

    By the way, I've enjoyed typing this comment to the newest melodies you've picked; it continues to be a terrific musical station for me when I want something other than my own play-lists to listen to.

    Loving that 'jungle-sound'...the rhythm...

    Now it's time to let others who are waiting to use this public computer have their turn.

    Back home on Tuesday....


  7. jim rossignol4:26 PM


    Can you tell me where you found the Bill Gates pic sequence?
    I'd like to read any article associated with it. Thanks!


  8. jim rossignol4:27 PM

    p.s. another home run with your picture(s) !!!


  9. Jim,

    The web site for the "Bill Gates Pie In the Face" pictures is:

    BTW, you can see the video (which is a joy to watch) on You Tube and other web sites. Just enter in your browser "Bill Gates Pie in the Face." Many websites come up this classic payback to the Chief Nerd who is the source of many of our problems.

    Thanks for your compliments about my choice of pictures. I work at it. Glad you noticed.

  10. Diane,

    I enjoyed reading your comments. I'm not surprised that your grandfather discovered that you were a giving and caring person at a young age. Right now, as I type this response, I am listening to music on my blog that I have chosen. This would not have been possibile without your help. I tried contacting professionals who are paid to help people like me. They were of no help.

    Then, out of the blue (like an angel) you came and unselfishly helped me, a stranger. I am convinced that you are an angel. Unlike some people I know, who critize me for having music on my blog (you know who I'm talking about), you have helped me to make my life better. I like music. I wanted it on my blog for my enjoyment and the enjoyment of people who like my taste and style. Not for those who consistently criticize and find fault with me.

    You were right when you said that those who are unable to help have a problem with fear and their own ego.

    I have been burned more than once in my lifetime by being too helpful by those who took advantage of me. Yet, it is not in my nature to be otherwise. Perhaps that why I like my front desk job at the hotel so much. You mentioned that you were waiting until 3 PM when you could check-in. I check in my guests early if the room is available. In fact, I've checked in guest as early at 10 am in the morning if the room was available. However, I have known other front desk clerks (not where I work now thank goodness), who would never check in a guest before the offical hotel check in time, whether the room was available or not.

    I for one am glad there are people like you in the world. You have enriched my life through your selfless actions. Thank you again for being my friend.

  11. Oh Ron,
    I wasn't scolding you, just advising that you fact check before you post something attributed to someone since it can come back to bite you. Sorry you took it so negatively. That was not my intention. Have you had a few Apple-tinis? (grin)

    Having been a copy editor, it's just something to do with accuracy - not to mention potential lawsuits.

    I am sure that you've received those viral emails that "know" that Obama is a Muslim, that there are hypodermic needles in phone booth coin returns just waiting to prick you with HIV, or those deadly spiders under public toilet seats just waiting for you to sit down so they can bite you and kill you. They are viral because no one takes time to check them out before forwarding them and scaring the crap out of people on the receiving end.

    Also, I have comment moderation enabled because I tend to get bizarre bot posts - bots searching out words or phrases that they can latch onto and relate to their agenda.

    We can discuss this when we break bread on Sunday. Unless, you'd rather not...

  12. Oh Wayne, yes, you were scolding me. You didn't read the blog. I did not attribute the remarks to Gates. Read the blog.

  13. Wayne,

    Second paragraph of the blog. What does it say? Seems clear to me that it disavows Bill Gates as the author. Bill Gates only used this in a speech he was giving before a class. That is the context I was using Bill Gates name. HE GAVE THE SPEECH.

    This attributed to Bill Gates but that is incorrect. It is actually the work of Charles Sykes in his book Dumbing Down Our Kids)


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