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March, 2005

  1. Go ask your Grammer

    March 30, 2005 by Ryan

    Why I Use WordPerfect

    Honestly, this is not the reason I use WordPerfect. I don’t much care for WordPerfect’s Grammatik or any other Grammar Checker. I do love the underline feature on misspelled words. But this article is a good example of how monopolies do not encourage innovation and improvements.

    Here are excerpts from the article “A Word to the unwise — program’s grammar check isn’t so smart” (Click the link for the full article)

    “Microsoft the company should big improve Word grammar check.

    “No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That sentence is a confusing jumble. However, it is perfectly fine in the assessment of Microsoft Word’s built-in grammar checker, which detects no problem with the prose.”

    Microsoft debuted a grammar checker in Word back in 1997. (WordPerfect debuted Grammatik much earlier, around 1990 if I remember right, because we tried to get it for our WordPerfect 5.0 and found it only worked on the current WordPerfect 5.1 program, but anyway…) The checker apparently is not that good. Here are samples that the current Word 2003 passed without questioning…

    “Marketing are bad for brand big and small. You Know What I am Saying? It is no wondering that advertisings are bad for company in America, Chicago and Germany. … McDonald’s and Coca Cola are good brand. … Gates do good marketing job in Microsoft.”

    I decided to run my own tests. That paragraph, in my trusty copy of WordPerfect 9, was stopped 10 times for suggestions. In Word 2000, I pressed Tools, Spelling and Grammar, and it said it was complete. I tried it again, thinking I must have done something wrong (see the word “advertisings”) and it again told me it was complete, press OK to finish. (As the article points out, they even “dialed down the sensitivity” of the checker in the 2002 version, so mine should have been an even better test)

    It’s just that if a company can take in $7.1 billion last year on Microsoft Office products alone, they should be able to afford some of that complex research they complain is so difficult in the article, to find a way to do what their stamped out competition has done for years.

  2. An Open Letter to Our Potential Creditors

    March 23, 2005 by Ryan

    Dear Good People at Wilmington Delaware,

    I wish to thank you for your kind offers, day in and day out, to present to my wife and me with new credit cards. We deeply admire your spirit of endurance, to continue to present us with these unique and exclusive offers. The vast amount of money you have spent on postage alone in an effort to lend us credit has simply astounded us, and we are deeply touched by your sincere concern and generosity which you express in your mailings! Likewise, the very kind people whom you have call our home each night are certainly nice individuals, and it is a pleasure to make their acquaintances.

    You may or may not have noticed our lack of reply to your offers. You see, despite your best efforts to serve our borrowing needs, we have carefully considered our financial situation, and come to the determination that we simply do not need another credit card. We realize that you will find this hard to believe. We recognize that stating such a thing to you sounds somewhat akin to telling our dentist that we think brushing four times a day is excessive.

    We are quite certain that your credit products are, as you claim, hands down the very best and most wonderful things a person could possibly hope to possess inside of his or her wallet. We must tell you though, that your continuous mailings have become, to say politely, obnoxious to us. Please do not take as a personal attack, but we are asking you to kindly stop sending us these offers by mail and telephone.

    Please understand that our biggest problem in receiving your continuous credit invitations is that we, in an age of concerns about identity theft, are forced to tear up and shred a vast majority of our mail each day. Our daughter, who is 15 months old, sees this, and gets excited when the mail comes. If we are not careful to watch that the mail is out of her reach, she will get hold of our mail and follow our example, tearing it up with glee and delight. This has lead to mail which we do not wish to be destroyed being wrought upon by her helpful young hands. We hope that if you resist sending these offers to us, it will be mutually beneficial, as you will save printing and postage costs, and we will begin to teach our daughter to respect the United States Postal Service deliveries that arrive to our home.

    Also, if you could ask those kind persons to cease calling us with the offers, this will help us to teach our daughter that proper phone etiquette does not mean answering the telephone and saying the following: “Hello… no, we’re not interested… no, I’m afraid not… NO THANK YOU,” followed by slamming the phone to the hook (which, admittedly, since the advent of the cordless phone is not nearly as dramatic as it used to be, but I digress).

    Again, we wish you all the best in your work to bring to the world the very best financial lending products that exist in this great country. Inasmuch as you have been so kind in your efforts to look after us with the finest of offers and opportunities, we hope there are no hard feelings. Please understand our position and respect our requests to discontinue our relationship. Should we change our mind, we will be sure to contact you (we do have your return address, trust us!)

    Ryan and Glorajean Beardall

  3. Faith and Hope

    March 8, 2005 by Ryan

    Faith and hope are constantly interactive and are not always easily or precisely distinguished. Nevertheless, ultimate hope’s expectations are “with surety” true (Ether 12:4; see also Rom. 8:24; Heb. 11:1; Alma 32:21). Yet in the geometry of the restored theology, hope corresponds to faith but sometimes has a greater circumference. Faith, in turn, constitutes “the assurance of things hoped for” and the proof of “things not seen” (JST, Heb. 11:1; see also Ether 12:6). Thus hope sometimes reconnoiters beyond the present boundaries of faith, but it always radiates from Jesus.

    Neal A. Maxwell, “Hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 61

  4. March Forth

    March 4, 2005 by Ryan

    What is an Army Drill Sergeant’s most favorite day of the year? “March fourth!”

    The mighty month of March is here! It brings with it 31 new days of opportunity to follow what the Prophet tells us – to “do your very best.” 31 days of opportunity to work hard, to listen to birds sing, to laugh, to sing, to learn something new, to comfort someone who is sad, to play with family and friends, and to serve those who surround us.

    Today seek for goodness, virtue and truth,
    As crown of your life and grace of your youth.
    Today while the heart beats, live to be true,
    Constant and faithful all the way through.
    Hymn 229

    May you MARCH FORTH each day with a joyful heart, enjoying every step of the journey.