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Could fast food ordering machines be the replacement for wage hike?

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For the past few months there has been quite the talk about employees wanting an increase in their hourly pay. The employees who demand this pay raise are fast food employees because they feel their minimum wage hourly pay is not good enough to make their monthly bill payments. For years, fast food employment has always been a way to build work skills and learn how to speak with the public. Fast food positions are considered stepping stone jobs but it seems there are some employees who have considered different and want to continue making the minimum wage. That is their choice to work within that job and for that company. Because employees have chosen to force employers to raise their pay rate it has caused these business owners to take action and consider looking at how to save the business itself.

By employees doing this it has caused chaos in the fast food industry it has also caused difficulty to the fast food business operations itself. Because there has been a request of higher wages fast food companies are now researching the use of robots and technology within the company and how to implement that capability.

By implementing an ordering machine which a customer can use to place an order with it will lower the amount of servers needed and the amount of paychecks sent out every month. The goal is for customers to find ordering machines easy to place their order and fast food business owners to obtain more customers in the end. The fast food industry has been considering the use of an ordering machine as it will be a benefit to both customer and business, everyone is happy. Because ordering machines are technology of the future and fast food has been forced to increase minimum wage this combination could be the change on just how fast food gets managed and served to the public.

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Windows 10 is now on my ASUS laptop

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After reading the many postings on Windows 10 coming onto the market and how it will be so much like Windows 7 then reading the positive reviews from the many who have actually gone through with installing Windows 10 and actually like it, I decided to set up my business laptop so it could manage the upgrade.

My laptop is an Asus with Windows 8,1 and has been pushing me for a Windows 10 reservation so I took the time early this afternoon and went through with doing the upgrade to the new operating system. I will be keeping a close eye on this for sure as I am quite interested to see just how well it will do when it comes to managing what I do every day. I have multiple programs which I do run so I look forward to seeing the memory management which this operating system can handle.Thus far, all seems to be running just fine. I will be providing updates in the future on my usage with a registered copy of Windows 10.

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Windows 10 operating system is approaching release

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Just recently I get this small white flag showing at the bottom of my task bar and start to question what is going on. A few hours later I come across an article that mentions to every user who has registered a version of Windows 8 operating system or has purchased a computer with the version of Windows 8 operating system to be prepared for a the update to Windows 10 OS that will take place in the very near future.

I begin to shake my head on this issue because I currently use a laptop that has the installation of the Windows 8 operating system and over time there has been updates every Wednesday like clock work and now it is the Windows 8.1 operating system. It has been discovered after reading there will be a time when I will be forced update to the Windows 10 operating system. I find the idea of being forced to do anything unethical and I refuse to update.

Yes, I have purchased Windows 8 but I will not upgrade to Windows 10 because I refuse of how they are constantly forcing yearly charges on consumers just as the company is forcing yearly charges on users of the operating system. No thank you Microsoft, take your fees and bite me!

 

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Drones coming to your neighborhood

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In Huntington Beach, California someone was flying their $1200 plus drone a little bit too close to someone else and a remark was made to that person that it better not enter their private property. Next thing seen is said person smacks at said drone with their t-shirt to put it out of commission. Here is the video in question showing the drone getting smacked out of the air.

I find it quite interesting as to how many have the feelings these days they can toss out funds for these drones and fly them where ever they wish and it will bother no one as far as invading their privacy. In my own thoughts, drones should only be used by commercial business owners and not the private citizens as it opens up too many other problems. What is more frustrating on this matter the FAA has not said one word about the public use of drones which is wrong on their part. It is time for the FAA to speak up.

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A lot of talk about Windows 10

computer keyboard3Well the time has finally arrived as Windows 10 is just about due to arrive. I have recently gotten documentation from Microsoft on the Windows 10 release and when it will be taking place which is very soon, sooner than anticipated. I knew something was happening as there have been quite a bit of updates but never thought it would happen this quickly.

Sure enough, in the documentation I received it is listing as of July 29, 2015 for a release date of Windows 10. I was asked to set my reservation to be placed in queue for obtaining the pre-release version and begin using it. There is actually a decent FAQ that gave nice information as to who has the ability of using Windows 10. For example, if you have Windows 7 with the Service Pack 1 or if you are currently using Windows 8.1 you can place the new operating system on reserve.

There are specific things to keep in mind when running Windows 10 and there have been changes made to the new operating system pre-release version. On another note, pre-release versions of operating systems can perform new changes over time to make things perfect.  In essence, anyone who wants to reserve their copy of Windows 10 I highly suggest to pay a visit to the Microsoft website and viewing the Windows FAQ site.

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Ross Ulbricht of Silk Road convicted on all 7 counts

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All it took was a jury and three hours of consideration after hearing the activity that has been taking place to indict Ross Ulbricht of his million dollar illegal and global drug selling activity. What has been most interesting is this man was arrested in San Francisco and actually caught with his hands in the cookie jar (on his lap top, logged in) and moving funds. It is quite amazing especially that someone who supposedly felt Silk Road should be kept quiet when Bitcoins are used was so loud about it as proof has been found in journals on his personal laptop of his illegal activity.

Testimony from a former FBI agent has been given against Ulbricht and has shown the global activity taken place between the United States and Iceland plus given the length of time it has occurred including the transactions. After adding up transactions and Bitcoin rates the currency rate equals into the high million dollar rate.

There has already been commentary remarks stating of appeals taking place because certain defense remarks could not be made. Something the Federal prosecutor did mention is Ulbricht is in quite heavy for his illegal activity as it does not only involve drugs so it will be quite interesting to see how the 4th Circuit of Appeals wishes to handle this matter.

 

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Windows 8 mp3 freeware experience part duex

In the second experience of using mp3 freeware for Windows 8, I tried out something called XM Play; it was a bit different. This free application took me awhile to get accustom to but I must say it’s nice but a little more advanced and unique. Something I noticed is the freeware is still simple when it installs. Even though it doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as Spider there is one different aspect of placing a file onto it I did not notice nor did I try with the other application.

Just as Spider has the ability to access files and folders for adding mp3 music this one is rather interesting as you can relocate the application within your monitor so it is near your music directory let us say and if there is a selection you would like to add just select those items within the Windows Explorer then drag and drop onto XM Play. By drag and dropping the mp3 as you wish XM Play will automatically begin onto the next one as they are in the order placed.

I have been testing this mp3 application while writing this article as well and notice it does not take a lot of cache to use so it is not a memory hog. As I mentioned previously the size of the interface is fairly small so windows can be opened next to it on your monitor and viewed easily. I am writing this article on a laptop with the Internet browser open and it is quite easy to manage. The only thing I have not attempted is browsing with a playlist going in the background. My entire reason for seeking a Winamp replacement was 1) I was in need as Winamp could not manage the 32-bit but 2) I work during the day and I would like to have something other than the television playing. This will allow me to have my collection of play lists playing in the background or I can choose from one of my many audio compact discs.

This mp3 freeware is surely a benefit just as the first review so I believe I will use them both a bit longer to determine what works the best before making the final choice. Do make note that whether you chose Spider or XM Play you can find them both for free just by doing a search using Google. I hope I have helped persons that use Windows 8 or 8.1 operating service and are in need of an mp3 freeware player.

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Windows 8 mp3 player experience part 1

Well now I have some interesting news. First for the not so good, I discovered that Winamp 32-bit does not run well on Windows 8 as it constantly locks. I actually turned to the two player options that were on Windows 8 and was not impressed. The Windows Media player did not give me exactly the options I wanted and there was another music player that used something similar to a play list but I was not willing to set up an account. So with that being said, I decided it was time to set out on the quest and see what freeware is available for the Windows 8 operating system.

During the quest I uncovered a few rocks that showed Winamp being 64-bit but I was not impressed. The few times I made the attempt to download it directed me right to the 32-bit website. Again, I continued on my way and finally I came across two freeware items that seem to be exactly as required. The two applications are freeware. first application discussed in part one is called Spider Player.

I actually was impressed with this mp3 player because it is a user-friendly application, it installed easily. I like the interface and the ability that it allows me to set up my speakers including the balance and it also has various equalizer settings. There is even a drop down to select different options for the type of music that would go best if you don’t wish to manually change the equalizer; it can automatically do it for you. Plus, you can save those changes so it will remember the next time Spider is opened.

Once you have done all of the settings, there is an open window below the equalizer than below it a plus and minus sign along with a few other options. By using them, it will allow you to open files and or folders of choice music to listen to. It is very easy to find the directories within and I have noticed how smoothly it runs in comparison to the Winamp program. Spider actually runs a lot faster and I have been able to multi-task; I’m using it while writing this article actually. *smile*

Oh and something I really like is you will have this little green icon with a black spider on your task bar that is very simple to just click and it will automatically open for you. Something else that I have learned to do using this program is to open more than one mp3 at a time, hold down the Control key and left click on the mp3. When you have clicked on all you want then click on okay. Everything will then open and to begin the playing, double-click on the mp3 you wish to start with. It’s a wonderful application to use and easy to learn especially those who have upgraded to Windows 8. Enjoy!

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Some television commercials are still louder than others

Ever noticed television commercial volume still has to be lowered? Why is it the FCC has not done as promised and the cable companies have not followed through with the law that was made to lower the volume of these commercials. Most commercials stay at specific volume yet there are some commercials that will still be louder than others and that does raise the question why this is and why nothing has been done about it. The next question regarding this matter is what legal company will ensure cable companies will follow through to force all commercials are not permitted to be played at a louder volume?

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Will never use XP again!

Just made an attempt to use my old laptop to see what was on it and it was a major mistake. It took forever for loading! I thought it had something to do with the system itself but the more I thought about it the further it began to consider it was due to the operating system itself – Windows XP was still residing, a major headache to deal with as it was so much waiting to go from one task to another. I could no longer tolerate waiting for what I needed to do with the speed it took so I just quit while I was ahead and shut the system down. When I have more time to waste I can then search through but I’m fairly sure it will not be for long.

I learned one thing is certain, I will never use Windows XP operating system again. I prefer Windows Vista due to the fast response time. Even though Win 7 is a bit better, I actually like Windows Vista as it seems to be one of the most friendly in performance.

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