Issue 12.71 | Friday, Dec. 28, 2012
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NORCROSS, Ga., Dec. 28, 2012 -- In keeping with our new year's tradition, we have compiled our list of the top technology trends for 2013. We scanned the available data, reviewed our previous predictions and focused on the explosion of processing power for mobile devices. This year will be interesting for tablets and all touch devices as we find new ways for computers to be an extension of the human experience.
Everything goes mobile: It's not just smart phones and tablets leading the charge for mobility. Everything we do for business and personal will be mobile. From storing data to updating our social sites to every type of paperwork imaginable will be done with the help of our mobile devices. This need for mobility will fuel Cloud services and applications. Look for things you never expected to do on the go and add them to the list of mobile activities.
The Cloud is up close and personal: As we become more productive doing everything mobile, we will need immediate access to all our applications and data. Because of this demand, the Cloud will be our choice for centralized storage and access to applications both for business and personal use. Look for Cloud applications like Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud storage services like Dropbox and SkyDrive to become commonplace.
Corporate App Store: With the explosion of mobile devices and the demand for BYOD (bring your own devices) at work, companies will use their own app stores to deploy apps and manage security. A variety of apps will be offered to employees that focus on productivity for the mobile workforce. Companies will develop their own apps or buy licenses to modify and distribute available apps. Corporate App Stores will emerge as a new software service model and will be as easy to establish as an eCommerce storefront. Companies will offer a wide-range of apps for business and pleasure to their employees and customers.
Inexpensive Tablets: Not only will tablets be in the price range that will make them affordable to all, they will be capable of increased computing power that will put them in the business class of devices. Tablets will be so affordable that every toddler will have a tablet for games and educational programs. The touch capability will replace the mouse as the way to interface with a computer. The screen size will still be a limitation, but look to roll out screens and larger monitors to make tablets the new personal computer.
Internet of Things: This is not a new concept, but it will define the way human beings interact with data and objects. The Internet of Things (IoT) is tagging every object in a way that it can be sensed by computer systems. This includes radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near field communications (NFC) that will identify objects and allow real-time processing of the tagged data.
you will be able to check out of the grocery store by walking through
a scanner that will capture every item in your cart and you'll pay by
"bumping" your phone to the register. When you walk in a store,
it will capture the tags on your clothing and make recommendations on
your style and color choices. Just-in-time inventory control will be the
new standard as IoT processes zetabytes of data effortlessly.
DEC. 28, 2012 -- One of the joys of the holiday season is finding out about what your friends have been up to in the past year through their Christmas cards.
On Christmas Day, I spent about three hours just leaning back in a chair, and very deliberately going through the cards that friends had sent along. Many of them include messages, long and short, shedding more light on their activities.
Some come only in card form. But even that is a delight, since the years are adding up for all of us, and just hearing from old friends, and knowing that they are here, always cheers us. Of course, the flip side is that in a few days after Christmas we will get returned two or three cards from distant friends we sent cards to, who have either moved and we need to change their address, or they have "moved on," and we need to eliminate them from our list. The second part saddens you.
Yes, some write long, long letters. Today these might even arrive via e-mail, being quickly sent, and saving our friends postage. If you send out a lot of cards, that postage can add up while Internet communications works well!
Going through the comments and letters in the arriving cards, you learn all sorts of items. Some people now are also grandparents, and of course and as it should be, they like to tell about the accomplishments of both their children, or their grand (and some great) children.
That aspect makes us proud: the accomplishment of our friends' children. Many of them are really sharp kids (or so their grandparents say), doing so much, and seeming to really enjoy themselves. We are proud, even those we don't know them closely or at all.
So we hear of people graduating from college or becoming a doctor, or of new births or new careers and even of ailments. "Still in there after battling cancer," one said, and we were relieved to hear of this person's progress.
Since much of our mail comes from the senior set, we find that many of them find time to travel, to all sort of exotic places. One couple we know in England was taking an Asian cruise, only to find that all four of the ship's engines conked out. There they were in what they call 33 degree (C) weather (about 100 degrees F) without any air conditioning. And this lasted several days, with finally one engine and then another one getting partially restarted at sea, before they slowly steamed for an unexpected port. They were given a complimentary stay at a top hotel, and provided tickets for another cruise. What an adventure!
Another couple took a cruise with their extended family around New England and to Canada, aboard a ship named for their family. It made it sound like so much fun we wished we had been with them.
Opening Christmas cards is not like talking on the phone, up close and really personal. Yet going leisurely through the cards gives us a certain pleasure. It's a part of Christmas we always look forward to each year.
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One more holiday story: a Christmas Party invitation one person got gave the time and place, then added: "Adult admission: one festive beverage; child admission: $700." Guess how many children showed up?
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a comment, however, about "Peach tree vs. Pitch tree": There
is pretty good evidence, anecdotal and archaeological, that there were
likely peach trees at the Standing Peachtree site, no doubt following
the Desoto incursus in the mid-1500s. There is documentary evidence that
includes an eye-witness account with regard to Standing Peachtree, and
many references about passing through peach orchards in Creek and Cherokee
villages by the famous Indian Agent, Benjamin Hawkins (and others) in
the late 1700s. There is also extensive archaeological evidence for peach
pits at village sites for this time period. Military supply communications
from the Creek War of 1813-14 bemoan the scarcity of peaches (and other
crops) from the friendly Indians. I briefly address this in a post on
our web site at: http://www.thefortdanielfoundation.org/TheBook.htm#Peach.
Corrects previous article concerning "automatic weapons"
sure about all the steps involved in obtaining one of these type weapons,
but I do know they involve registering with BATF, becoming a federal firearms
dealer, paying a huge yearly fee, and other stringent steps. The steps
involved in possessing an automatic weapon are so strict (and rightfully
so I might add), that since the law was implemented back in the early
20th century, there has been no recorded use of a registered automatic
weapon in the act of a crime. Merely the possession of an unregistered
automatic weapon by anyone in the United States will earn you double-digit
years in a federal prison.
Editor, The Forum:
Under current U.S. law, automatic weapons are already illegal to own unless one is a licensed gun dealer or collector. An automatic weapon is one which can discharge multiple rounds with a single trigger pull. That sort of weapon is not what was used in Newtown. The weapons used by Mr. Lanza were semi-automatic, which means that the spent round is ejected and the new round is loaded automatically, but each firing sequence must be initiated with a unique trigger pull.
While I appreciate your emotional response to a very emotional situation, these discussions should begin and end with facts, and not hysteria.
Feels we cannot legislate our way to gun solution
Editor, the Forum:
About guns: we cannot legislate our way to this solution. A self-satisfied pat on the back for lawmakers to eliminate certain weapons will not touch the issue, nor will it stop or even delay the next horrible event. A person with no character and empathy who wants to be a butcher, will be a butcher.
We left the path a long time ago with the elimination of God, prayer, character, honor, decency and respect being the standard, cornerstone and core by which all are raised and educated. Now the things we glorify, and allow to be glorified, in our society lead some to things that are beyond belief, and the bar keeps moving.
Maintains letter writer wrong on two points recently
Editor, the Forum:
David Earl Tyre in his comments made two errors of fact that seem to be repeated by those who favor no gun regulations.
First, Hitler made no changes to gun regulations until 1938 when guns sales were banned to Jews. Second, both Stalin and Mao did allow guns for hunting purposes and did not ban guns. Let's not forget that the Siberian people need weapons for both hunting and defense.
more to fear from gerrymandering of voting districts and unlimited campaign
A group swearing-in ceremony will take place on Sunday for three members of the Board of Commissioners. Chief Magistrate George F. Hutchinson III will preside over the ceremony and administer the oath of office to Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks and District 3 Commissioner-elect Tommy Hunter. The event is at 4 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville
Nash served 18 months as chairman after winning a special election in March 2011. Unopposed in both the primary and the general election, she begins a four-year term in January. Brooks was the only candidate to qualify for a special election to fill a vacancy in district 1, taking office in September. He had no opposition in the general election for a full four-year term that starts next month. After winning a contested primary, Hunter faced no opposition in November and takes office in January.
planning New Year's Eve activities on Town Green
event will kick off with dancing. There will be the Chick-Fil-A Bowl football
game on the Town Green TV screen. Other activities will include a winter
carnival, including a snow slide, inflatables/rides/games, plus food and
"Losing It' weight loss program starts 6th season in January
In August, Barry Murray was given a choice by the Human Resource Department in his company, lose weight or lose your job. Barry's job required him to operate machinery which had a weight limit - and he was over the weight limit.
Frustrated by his past attempts to lose weight, Barry sought help and found the Gwinnett's "Losing It" program. In the next 12 weeks, he would lose 32 lbs, 13 inches, lower his body fat percentage by four percent and lower his BMI by 4.3 into a healthier range. He still wants to lose more weight, but he was able to improve his health dramatically and keep his job.
Gwinnett's "Losing It" is starting their sixth season in January 2013. This 12-week program is to educate and help people who feel their weight is out of their control. According to the CDC, over 69 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Those numbers are in line with Georgia and Gwinnett rates as well. Registration continues through December 31, 2012 for the next round of Gwinnett's "Losing It!"
Participants become part of a team and learn how to improve their health in 12 weeks. During that 12 weeks, the participants attend weekly teleconference calls, have a weekly weigh-in and meet once a month as a group for a group workout activity. Participants also get monthly progress reports tracking their progress through measurements, photos, body fat percentage, BMI and weight. Each week is focused on a lesson involving nutrition, workouts and how your emotional health affects your physical health and your ability to lose and maintain weight.
program expands in Gwinnett, they are also looking for corporate sponsors
who would like to partner with Start With The Inside or to sponsor someone,
maybe one of their employees, in the program. To register and get more
information, visit www.startwiththeinside.com
and click on "Gwinnett's Losing It!" For more information, contact
Sandi Porter at 404-925-2626.
Dacula filmmakers plan advanced screening of new feature
advanced screening for the feature length documentary "American Made
Movie" will be hosted by Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday,
January 29 at 7 p.m. This is a free private advanced screening of the
movie and seating will be limited. Call the Chamber for details.
is being made by Vincent Vittorio and Nathaniel Thomas McGill, both of
Dacula, who previously released the movie, "An Inconvenient Tax."
hospitality industry professionals were in attendance at the Gwinnett
Environmental and Heritage Center for the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors
Bureau's (GCVB) Annual Tourism Awards and Holiday Luncheon recently.
stewardship was exemplified by the GCVB's "Candy Bar Drive,"
a charity effort to support Hugs for Our Soldiers, with their mission
to support soldiers serving overseas. The hospitality community collected
4,035 candy bars.
Five hospitality professionals were named as 2012 Friends of Tourism Award Winners, including: Candice Kirkpatrick of Proof of the Pudding; Kevin Priger with Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place; Dr. Mark Newton of Gwinnett Technical College, Al Stilo of Aurora Theatre and Ed Peterson of the Wyndham Garden Duluth.
were chosen as Outstanding Ambassadors: Diane Turchin, Erica Rohlfs, Geneva
Bottley, Golden Thomas, Jacqueline Quitman, Jane Miller, Nicole Burks
and Stewart Woodard. These volunteers supported Gwinnett's hospitality
community in 2012 by volunteering for over 500 total hours at various
events and trade shows on behalf of the GCVB.
Although Georgia's whitewater rivers and creeks are far too numerous to describe in detail, two rivers in particular, both in the northeast Georgia mountains near Clayton, deserve special recognition.
The crown jewel of Appalachian whitewater, the Chattooga River is one of the few remaining free-flowing streams of substantial size in the Southeast. The river has its source in the mountains of North Carolina and flows south, forming the border between Georgia and South Carolina. Pristine for much of its length, the Chattooga received federal protective status in 1974 under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The Chattooga has been divided into four sections, three of which are available for whitewater paddling. The Chattooga has sections to accommodate all skill levels: Section II is suitable for novices, Section III is suitable for intermediate paddlers and Section IV is considered an advanced run.
The Tallulah River and the gorge through which it flows are among the geological marvels of the Southeast. The Tallulah River is also one of the premier whitewater runs in the world. Located in Rabun County, Tallulah Gorge and the nearby town of Tallulah Falls were once tourist destinations, until a hydroelectric dam completed in 1914 silenced the mighty falls. In 1988 the Georgia Power Company and the federal government reached an agreement allowing recreational releases of water from the dam at the head of the gorge five weekends per year. Overnight a world-class, expert-level whitewater run was reborn. The fall and spring releases in Tallulah gorge draw whitewater enthusiasts from around the globe as well as hundreds of spectators.
As increasing numbers of paddlers are beginning to discover, whitewater paddling offers a wonderful way to enjoy the natural beauty of Georgia.
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Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.
The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:
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Lawrenceville Rings: 6 p.m. until midnight, Dec. 31, historic courthouse, downtown Lawrenceville. The 9th annual New Year's Eve Celebration will feature be family fun, inflatables, dancing, shopping, and at midnight, fireworks to usher in the new year. Free lawn seating for a 9 p.m. concert. Details online.
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