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The personal journal of technology journalist and conference speaker Randall S. Newton.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Kateen Condition Grave

It seems Kateen (see previous post) is not doing well. I am told that at this writing she is again in surgery for further amputation in a desperate effort to stop the spread of infection. She has not regain consciousness since she went under for the first surgery. Her parents are now at the hospital in Suffolk, UK with her.

Kateen is 19. This is her second visit to the UK doing Christian missions work. I know if she could speak right now, her testimony would echo the apostle Paul, who wrote, "To live is Christ, to die is gain." There are a lot of people in her circle of caring who don't understand such a sentiment.

"The fervent prayer of the righteous is powerful," we are taught in scripture. Please continue to rend the heavens on Kateen's behalf.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Please Pray for Kateen

My daughter Mackenzie has a very good friend, Kateen, who is on her second tour of duty as a missionary in Suffolk, UK. She is 20 years old.

Today after feeling ill for two or three days she went to a doctor, thinking she might have pneumonia. Upon examination, she was rushed into emergency surgery for a fast-moving infection that was based in one leg. The leg was amputated above the knee, and the doctors are hoping they have stopped the infection from spreading further.

Kateen's mother lives here in Tonasket, and she is now enroute to the UK to be with her daughter.

Please pray for Kateen, that the infection will be stopped. Kateen, I am told, wants everyone to pray that God gets glory from whatever happens.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Global Warming or Global Poverty: We Can Only Fight One

Laying in bed with the flu (second time this winter -- makes up for years of going flu-free, I guess) I heard a great bit of discussion on NPR's Talk of the Nation today about global warming vs. global poverty. Barry Rabe, professor at The Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, argued that the cost of effectively fighting global warming is too high a price for the world to pay.

To do the job right, Rabe said, would require an effort 28 times larger than prescribed by the Kyoto Protocol. To channel that much of the world's resources into global cooling would be devastating to every economy.

During the last 100 years, the average global temperature has risen 1 degree. In that same period, global wealth has risen 1800 percent. Rabe argues that it would be more humane (as well as more logical) to continue to focus on global wealth creation and then deal with the effects of global warming when a higher percentage of the world's citizens are sharing in the world's wealth.

Makes sense to me. I'd like to see somebody try to tell Bono and the rest of the "Make Poverty History" crowd that they need to close up shop, since turning down the global thermostat will require all available resources.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Maybe a Few Words Are In Order

I received some email that makes me think I didn't send the right message with my entry last Thursday (the photo of my cut-up Cyon Research business card). All I'm trying to say is that I am no longer a Cyon Research analyst. No subliminal messages, no bad vibes.

Along with a business partner, I bought CADCAMNet recently from Cyon. So, Cyon goes its way and I go mine. The new direction is a completely amicable separation. Cyon analysis will be welcome contributors to CADCAMNet going forward; Brad Holtz and Joel Orr are listed as Contributing Editors on the masthead.

As I said before, I still love COFES, Cyon's annual conference. I'll be there for the eighth straight year (see COFES 2007 attendee list). I just won't be wearing a Cyon shirt this year.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Why IE7 Is So Good

Thursday, February 15, 2007

If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words ...

... then I'll give you the picture and you can come up with your own thousand words. PS: I still love COFES.

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