Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Out Source USA Pride

Economics of outsourcing USA jobs
At some point in the last decade it become acceptable to send USA Jobs else where. I recall working for a management firm, where we would provide the hourly workers and management. We could do the job better and save our customers money which would improve profits.
At some point ohter countries caught up with the USA, especailly in regards to certain skills and education. Approximately at the same time, foreign manufacturers began to make products that were just as good or better at a lower cost. This situation made it more difficult for US companies to compete in the global economy.
The USA consumer was lead to believe that buying American made products was no longer important.
Many USA consumers began to buy foreign products espceially cars and electronics. As this became an acceptable norm, USA began to focus on profit and stock price above all else.

To increase profits, companies hired foreign workers and companies who could do work cheaper and some times better. At first, the public was lead to beleive that companies were only using foreigh workers to do jobs that USA could not do, especailly math, science, and programming.

At some point out sourcing become more than a USA skill or labor shortage, but a profit center. According to recent research, 40% of all US jobs could be "offshored". I was shocked to learn that many companies have sent I.T. support jobs over seas to countries such as India. I was stuned by the fact the human resources functions were be sent over seas.

According to research, an occupation's "offshorability" has no relation to skill level, education, or wages. Bottom line, any one's job can be sent over seas.

I have struggled with, why USA companies would send jobs over seas and put workers on the unemployment line. Unlike many other countries, especailly Japan, we show very little value for US workers. If offshoring can save the company money, you are probably gone.

What if you were a CEO "cheif executive officer" would you outsource / offshore to increase profits. I believe for most people, the answer would be yes. The question is, how can this change? We must once again, make good products, buy American, and punish companies who offshore for a meassly short term profit at the cost of longer term prosperity.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mozilla Firefox Web Browser security

Mozilla Firefox Web Browser security
Mozilla Firefox is set up like Internet Explorer but does not support ActiveX and security Zones. Firefox does support configurable security policies but with out the graphical user interface.
You should take the following step to disable certain features in Firefox. To edit your settings, select tools, then options:
select main or general category, you can set browser as your default or select option always ask me where to save files. This allow you control what files are saved on your system. This will help protect your system from web sites storing and saving unwanted files on your system.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Officating life -- my journey

Officiating life

I have began a new phase of my life, officiating. As I began this new journey, I have begun to see the game through a new perspective. The games has changed from win at all cost, playing time, to fair enforcement of the rules.

As I have spoken to officials, coaches, players, parents, and fans, I realize that games are a microcosm of society. The first thing your learn is how to deal with over crazed parents, coaches, and fans and what to do if people get out of hand. Many parents, and to some extent coaches, live their lives out through their kids or players. This results in people taking the game way to serious and getting out of control. As an official and manager of the game, my goal is to enforce the rules fairly, manage the game, and make it an enjoyable experience for all.

We can make the game better and translate that into a memorable experience for all.

Sharon vs Randolph High School Ma 9/12/09

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Managing security associated with cookies and password

Managing cookie and your password

On the privacy tab there is an advanced button used to manage cookies. Cookies are text files placed on your computer by web sites you visit directly (1st party) or indirectly(third party) ads banners. The cookie can contain any data the company wants to store. The cookie is often used to track movement on web sites (shopping ) and passwords. Therefore, you should select advance button, select override automatic cookie handling. You should select prompt for both 1st and third party cookies. After you get comfortable managing your cookies, you can allow session cookies to be enabled. Session cookies have less risk than persistent cookies.

You may wish to evaluate each site to determine whether you want to allow or block individual cookies. You probably would want to block sites that our advertisements. By selecting sites button, you can manage cookie setting for specific sites. The last option you may want to consider is, setting the privacy setting to high. If this causes any functionality problems, you would have to allow cookies for this site to work properly.

Lastly for Internet Explorer, I will review advanced setting you may want to set.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Cyber Control, Parental Control, blocking web sites

How to block web sites using Internet Explorer

There probably will become a time when you want to block certain web sites due to inappropriate content,viruses, and to protect children.

1. Open Internet Explorer and go to tools, Internet Options, content. In content adviser box, click enable.

2. Click the approved sites tab. Enter the address of the web site you want to block. To block the whole site use and * *.myspace.com Click never and OK.

3. Click the general tab and select users can see web sites that have no rating.

4. Enter password to control access.

5. You can review rating setting by selecting the ratings tab.

Happy web surfing.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Securing your browser -- trusted sites

After setting your security level to high for the Internet, you should start to add trusted web sites that should not have any malicious software. To add trusted sites:

Go to Internet Explorer, select tools, then Internet options....Click the security tab and then trusted sites. There is an option that only allows HTTPS which means the web traffic is encrypted. Typically you will have to unchecked verify site HTTPS for sites that are not encrypted or use only HTTP. The security level for trusted sites is usually set to medium to ensure proper functionality. Once the site is added, the ActiveX and scripting are enable to allow for greater functionality.

The next post will review the use of cookies.