I do not want to think about how many USB webcams that I have paid for over the years. I have paid for a lot of them. I did win a webcam in a contest on Flag Day one year. Many of the webcams have been Logitech webcams. They make the best USB webcams.
I have three Logitech webcams here now. I have given many away. Well, Logitech has a new webcam. Some YouTube people got one to review. There new Logitech Brio is a 4K HD webcam and will be on sale soon. The price is going to be $199.99 and I will want one. That is a lot of money for a USB webcam.
There are some reviews on YouTube. Just do a search for “Logitech Brio 4K Webcam.”
I have been doing a blog since June of 1982. That is a long long time. The world wide web was not invented until 1995.
Many “experts” say that the first blog was written in 1995. Sorry they are wrong. I have been blogging since June of 1982. Each day I posted to Howard’s Notebook. People checked in and read the blog via the phone line using a 300 baud modem.
“Link-Up” magazine in 1984 wrote about me and Howard’s Notebook. The author picked Howard’s Notebook as one of the ten best bulletin board systems in the world! The word “blogging” had not been invented yet. But I was blogging and am still blogging today.
There is an interesting article on MSN. It is The 5 best-selling handguns in America all have 1 thing in common.
If you are a red blooded American male you will check out the report right?
But we are looking for a gun that is “compact, lightweight, and accurate.” Yes so we can conceal it. I wonder if safety should be one of the things we are looking for?
In the article the author says that the Rugar LCP is number one! I have never owned a Rugar and never heard of the LCP.
Number two is a tie and it is the Glock G19 and the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. I have owned a lot of S&W handguns. I am one of those people that said they would never carry a Glock when they first came out. It turned out that we were wrong. The Glock is a great weapon but I just can not admit that I was that wrong so have never owned one.
I carried S&W handguns daily for over 30 years. I did carry a Taurus for a few years.
I will let you read the article if you are interested.
One handgun I carried for years was the S&W 38-44 Outdoorsman. It was a 38 but on a 44 frame. A friend begged me for a long time to sell it to him and I did. I wish I had never sold it. I loved that handgun.
I do not own any guns at this time. I have not owned a gun since 2000.
I want to update you on my Social Security. I told you that this year we, those on SS, did not get an increase. My cost of living sure went up this year. The apartment rent went up about $70.00 this year. The apartment management upped the rent plus we had to start paying for trash, water and other stuff for the first time.
In a blog post a few days ago I mentioned that this coming year, 2017, the people on SS are going to get a 0.3 percent increase. I said that I would be getting about $1.00 more each month.
Well I was not correct. This year I been getting $1,255.90 each month. But then they take $104.90 out for Medicare insurance. That leaves me with $1,151.00 per month.
Well in 2017 I will be getting $1,260.00 per month. But they will be taking out $109.00 for Medicare insurance. Do that math and you get that I will be getting $1,151.00 per month for 2017 and that is just what I was getting in 2016.
I just got a notice from the apartment people that it is time for a new lease for me. My new monthly rent will be $750.00 per month and that is an increase of $35.00 a month.
And on top of that we now have Republicans in charge of the government. They have always wanted to do away with Social Security and Medicare. Over the years they had to start acting like they did not want to do away with SS and Medicare.
Now the Republicans say they want to improve it and protect it. They still want to do away with it. The Republicans say that SS is going to run out of money in 2033.
That is a lie. See: Will Social Security run out of money?
One thing that the Republicans want to do is cut the SS tax that rich people pay. What we should be doing is increase the top cap. So rich people do not stop paying SS tax above a certain amount. If I remember correct people that make over $120K per year do not pay SS on money above that amount or they pay a very small amount up to another level and then none about that.
The important thing is if the people that make a lot of money paid the tax that we all pay.. the SS fund would have a lot of extra money in the fund. There would be no problems at all.
President elect Trump wants to cut all taxes on the rich. That is going to put the entire budget of the United States into red ink.
Then, of course, the Republicans will say well we have to cut services and benefits to the American people. So they will say .. we have to cut SS, Medicare and other services.
What we should be doing is increasing Social Security payments to the people on the low end. One thing that could be done for all the people on SS would be to fix it so that you do not have to pay the $109.00 per month for Medicare.
Now because the Republicans lie I have to point out to you .. Social Security and Medicare are NOT welfare. Workers pay into both funds. The company that you work for pays into the fund the same amount for you. I worked many times two jobs. I paid and my employers paid into the funds. The Republicans love money so much ..they should understand insurance. They sure understand banks and Wall Street.
Now if SS paid a little more on the low end and if they did away with having to pay each month a fee for Medicare those people would have more money to live on .. And we spend that money.
Tax cuts to the rich are NOT going to create jobs and not going to help the American system. It is just going to line the pockets of rich people.
If you are a Republican you are thinking that Trickle-down economics works.
It does NOT. It has never worked. It is a lie! See: Trickle-down economics
The economist John Kenneth Galbraith noted that “trickle-down economics” had been tried before in the United States in the 1890s under the name “horse and sparrow theory.” He wrote, “Mr. David Stockman has said that supply-side economics was merely a cover for the trickle-down approach to economic policy—what an older and less elegant generation called the horse-and-sparrow theory: ‘If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.'” Galbraith claimed that the horse and sparrow theory was partly to blame for the Panic of 1896.
A 2012 study by the Tax Justice Network indicates that wealth of the super-rich does not trickle down to improve the economy, but tends to be amassed and sheltered in tax havens with a negative effect on the tax bases of the home economy.
In 2013, Pope Francis referred to trickle-down theories (plural) in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium with the statement (No.54) “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”
[I]f the income share of the top 20 percent (the rich) increases, then GDP growth actually declines over the medium term, suggesting that the benefits do not trickle down. In contrast, an increase in the income share of the bottom 20 percent (the poor) is associated with higher GDP growth.
A 2015 report on policy by economist Pavlina R. Tcherneva described the failings of increasing economic gains of the rich without commensurate participation by the working and middle classes, referring to the problematic policies as, “Reagan-style trickle-down economics,” and “a trickle-down, financial-sector-driven policy regime.”
In 2016 US presidential candidates debate, Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of supporting the “most extreme” version of trickle-down economics with his tax plan, saying he “trumped up trickle-down.”
Windows 10 has been working so slow for me … It has just been a pain in the ass. So I decided to just format and start all over again. No I did not have it save my files and re-install .. I just trashed it all.
So now I am back … Windows is so much faster. So far I have Firefox installed and all my bookmarks and start pages setup. I installed LastPass and I got the NVidia GTX 750 driver installed. I got the Audiobox driver installed.
But a lot of software is not installed; NCH, Logitech utility for G502 and G710+, Debute Video Capture Software, Movavi Video Suite 16 and lots more software not installed.
But there is a lot of trash off my hard drive. One thing that took a problem for me was when I was doing Amazon reviews. I would install something and a driver for it and review the item and a bunch of that trash was on my hard drive and in Windows someplace.
Firebox is working so fast right now.
I hope I can keep Windows from slowing down.. but I do not think you can… It is the way Windows works.
I am 75 years of age and I been blogging about 37 years. That is a long time. I have made a lot of changes over the years. Time for a change again.
Jim Howard 08/29/2016
Visits to my written blog have gone down in the last few years. Oh sure I had a few times when a blog post got 2000 views in one day. That was rare but did happen. But visits to Howard’s Notebook got down to 500 visitors a day and has been heading down. Now that does not count RSS reads and it does not count the blog posts that went to other sites. But people are going to Facebook and I guess some other places.
So I am going to change with the times.
Now my YouTube site is doing very good. I have been on YouTube since they began, in 2005, and I have over 600 videos on YouTube.
I am making changes, new URL, and trying to get control of things. I feel like things are out of control. Part of it is Facebook and the other sites… I never feel like I have the control that I have had … So I am looking at everything and going to try and tie them all into a smaller package.
Starting today I will be doing podcasts. I will be using SoundCloud and so you can expect podcasts from me soon.
For the next few days and maybe even a week there could be some problems. I have a lot of links and RSS feeds to change. Give me some time.
I am working on this site with the idea of making it my new blog site. Yes I am doing away with the old Howard’s Notebook and ShowMeBlog sites. Long story … I am also thinking about just having my YouTube site, my FaceBook Page and doing Pod Casting on SoundCloud.
So this site here is being worked on … hang in there..
About: I got my first computer in 1978. I set up a computer bulletin board system (BBS) in 1982. You had to dial in at 300 baud. A national magazine picked my BBS as one of the ten best sites. I was blogging before the word blog had been invented. People think the first blog was invented in 1995. They are wrong I was doing it in 1982.
When the rest of the world got around to inventing the world wide web I moved my BBS to the web. Yes, I been online for over 32 years.
You have found one of the very first online sites!
I was doing this before Google (1998), before YouTube (2005), Yahoo (1994) and all the rest of them.
You have found one of the fathers of all this that we all enjoy so much.
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