Monthly Archives: December 2009

Coming January 5, 2010: My week of software, hardware and assorted technology

I did it.  Two weeks ago this longtime Windows(PC) user bought a MacBook.  One of the most difficult things so far is discovering that some of my favorite software is not available in a Mac application, or that it is not easy to make it work properly on a Mac.  Nevertheless, I am forging ahead and at this point I believe the pros are going to outweigh the cons.  The experience has me looking at new software and evaluating the software that I currently use.  Then yesterday someone asked me, “What technology do you use?”  My immediate reaction was to say, “What technology do I NOT use?” If I had the time and money, I’d be attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week.  I love innovation and technology.

Anyway, as a result of the above, I will be posting five days of blogs beginning Monday, January 4, on the subject of which technologies I use, more specifically which software and hardware that I use regularly.  You’ll learn such things as my favorite word processor, why I bought a MacBook, my communication devices, favorite Internet sites, my all-time favorite software program, email I use and much more.  I’ll go ahead and tell you now that I will not have any recommendations for you.  That’s because so much of technology, in general, and software, in particular, is about personal preference.

So check back first thing Monday, January 4, 2010.  And I wish you a 2010 filled with success, happiness and peace.

America’s Most Literate Cities

Using an index made up of a variety of factors related to a literate population, Dr. John W. Miller, President of Central Connecticut State University, presents a study entitled America’s Most Literate Cities, 2009.  Here are the top ten cities listed in his study:

Seattle, WA
Washington, DC
Minneapolis, MN|
Pittsburgh, PA
Atlanta, GA
Portland, OR
St. Paul, MN
Boston, MA
Cincinnati, OH
Denver, CO

Click here for the overall ranking.

More info at the university’s study Web site.

Why has Natchez changed mayors so often this decade?

That is the question the Natchez Democrat is asking its readers in an online poll.  The reason of course is that Natchez has had four mayors in this decade.  To see the latest poll results CLICK HERE.  Here are the results as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 28, 2009:

Loss of industry 9 5% 9 votes
Mayor’s job performance 54 35% 54 votes
Lack of trust in leaders 60 39% 60 votes
Popularity/race 28 18% 28 votes
Other 2 1% 2 votes
153 total votes

Pew Survey Reveals Most Religious State

According to an analysis of polling data from the Pew Research Center‘s Forum on Religion & Public Life, Mississippi is considered the “most religious state.”  Eighty-two persent of Mississippians say religion is very important in their lives.  The Magnolia State also has the highest percentage of people who say they attend religious services at least once a week (60 percent), who say they pray at least once a day (77 percent), and who say they believe in God with absolutely certainty (91 percent), the Pew Forum reported Monday, December 21, 2009.

Only 36 percent of those living in New Hampshire and Vermont say that religion is important in their lives.

More at Pew Forum’s State-By-State Religious Commitment Analysis at

Education Trumps Workforce Development in MEC Survey

The Mississippi Economic Council conducts a caravan-type tour of the state each year at which time it asks attendees to list issues of importance and concern.

According to a press release after the tour, those in attendance had quite a bit of agreement on the most important issue.

When asked what is the single most important issue in putting Mississippi in the position of greatest opportunity, 50 percent of the 1,031 leaders who completed the survey listed education. Another 22 percent said workforce development was vital for future success. The survey was part of MEC’s Transformation Tour — a series of meetings around the state that drew over 1,850 leaders. The 12-city tour began Nov. 9 in Greenwood and concluded Dec. 10 in Gulfport.


Early Christmas Presents for Jackson and New Orleans

I started to entitle this blog post as “Two Miracles in Two Cities.”  That’s because few people would dare dream that the King Edward Hotel in Jackson or the Saints of New Orleans would be brought back to life, especially in the same year.  Yesterday, a packed house christened the Kind Edward while Saints fans reveled in what one headline called a state of grace.  Let us enjoy it while we can as we hope the winning ways of both will continue.

Who said, “Sometimes the country is more important than either party?”

Howard Dean, M.D., the former Democratic National Committee chairman and former Governor of Vermont, made that statement this morning (12-17-2009) on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.  Dean is taking flak for his “kill the bill” comments about the current version of the Senate’s health care bill.  After listening to Dean for the past few days, I am beginning to believe that he is one of the few people who really care about health care reform instead of the politics of health care reform.  Here’s are a few links that provide further enlightenment and elucidation:

Huffington Post  – Howard Dean Debates Health Care With Mary Landrieu, Chris Matthews;

NY Daily News – Howard Dean Flashback;

AP – Dean Urges Defeat of Health Care Bill.