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Lease an Xbox 360 for only $1,917* – Engadget

Posted by cascadehush on October 23, 2006

Lease an Xbox 360 for only $1,917* – Engadget:

some people (read: parents and spouses) are a little hesitant to throw down upwards of $300 for a system that will probably be gathering dust in the attic

Parents can be idiots. They spend all that money on a console and then only buy 1 game. They wonder why junior is no longer interested in the machine 2 weeks after they got it.

Here’s some advice. If you are planning on buying a console, plan on spending at least as much again on games. It’s the games that you play, not the console.

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GTD: How to be an expert

Posted by cascadehush on October 23, 2006

Creating Passionate Users: How to be an expert:

Most of us want to practice the things we’re already good at, and avoid the things we suck at. We stay average or intermediate amateurs forever. Yet the research says that if we were willing to put in more hours, and to use those hours to practice the things that aren’t so fun, we could become good. Great. Potentially brilliant.

One of the key points of this article is that we tend to work on a new skill until we no longer suck, but very often that becomes a comfort zone and so we never progress to true proficiency. The expert is willing to overcome difficulties, progressing to higher levels of ability.

I must say that being an amateur can be fun. I am an amateur inline-skater. This means I don’t fall down, enjoy the exercise and can go or stop without much concentration. I don’t really want to risk the inevitable injuries which would come with any progress to a higher level of expertise.

I am an amateur OSX user and an expert Windows user. I fix PCs for a living and most of it involves lots of time in the deeper bowels of the XP operating system. Frankly I don’t want to know more about OSX than I absolutely have to. I’d rather be productive and learn how the applications work, than worry about the intricacies of the underlying OS.

But on the other hand, I’m learning the flute at the moment. For a number of months I have been content to twiddle around the lower octave using only about 10 notes. This is easy and a nice way to pass half an hour on a Saturday afternoon. But now it’s time to learn all those other notes, and move into the upper octave. It’s hard. It’s like starting all over again. But I have to do it.

I’ve promised myself that if I can learn all the notes properly, then I can buy a Saxophone.

(For those who don’t know instruments, a saxophone costs about 7 times as much as a flute. I’ve always wanted a saxophone, but I’ve forced myself to go through the discipline of learning a comparatively cheep wind instrument first. It’s not an entire waste of time. Much of the fingering is the same, and you get to practice your breathing.)

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[video] Security Bites: Microsoft’s most secure Web browser | CNET News.com

Posted by cascadehush on October 23, 2006

Security Bites: Microsoft’s most secure Web browser | CNET News.com:

For the first time in five years, Microsoft has released a new version of the Web browser. CNET News.com’s Joris Evers and CNET.com’s Robert Vamosi discuss IE 7’s heavily promoted security features in this week’s Security Bites.

Basic security isn’t a feature; the lack of security is a bug.

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