Archive for January, 2011

Regina Brett and her 50 Life Lessons

Regina Brett was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. A columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, she wrote a column entitled “50 Life Lessons” in 2006. This has become the most widely distributed column she’s had to date and reading it, it is easy to see why. It’s a wonderful combination of pith, common sense and wisdom that can speak to us all. It came to me at a particularly weak moment and immediately captured my attention so I’d like to share it with you.

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Originally published in The Plain Dealer on Sunday, May 28, 2006

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.

It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here’s an update:

1.    Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2.    When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3.    Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4.    Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5.    Pay off your credit cards every month.

6.    You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7.    Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8.    It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9.    Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10.    When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11.    Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12.    It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13.    Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14.    If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15.    Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16.    Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17.    You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18.    A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19.    It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20.    When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21.    Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22.    Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23.    Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24.    The most important sex organ is the brain.

25.    No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26.    Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27.    Always choose life.

28.    Forgive everyone everything.

29.    What other people think of you is none of your business.

30.    Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31.    However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32.    Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33.    Believe in miracles.

34.    God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35.    Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36.    Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37.    Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38.    Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39.    Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40.    If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41.    Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42.    Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43.    All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44.    Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45.    The best is yet to come.

46.    No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47.    Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48.    If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49.    Yield.

50.    Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Categories: Personal

The First Disk Drive

2011/01/14 1 comment

Can’t believe I never heard of this before after all these IT years (decades). The first production dick drive was the IBM 350 disk storage unit which came out in 1956. It had 50 platters and weighed over a ton. And all that area gave it a whopping 5 megabytes (NOT gigabyte). It was not large enough to hold a single image from one of out modern high megapixel cameras.

I can’t find a price for it but the computer system with the disk drive leased for $3,200 per month. And that’s 1956 bucks.

It’s crazy making to compare that to what we have now where it’s not uncommon for folks to have a terabyte  at home for about a hundred bucks. But this stuff was incredibly advanced for it’s time. Before this processing was mostly done on tapes. If someone needed to know how many of a product was in stock an operator would have to run a job and mount a tape which would then be read sequentially until the item was found and printed out. The idea that a production computer could reach right into its permanent storage at any point was as radical as the interplanetary internet is today.


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