For the lawyers: there are all sorts of free iPhone apps. in the App Store which provide the Constitution, the Federal Rules [various or all of them], and other types of helpful information. And they'll work on your iPad as well.
Filibuster 2.0: How 41 Senators Control The Country Without Actually Filibustering | TPMDC
When Republican Scott Brown won the special election for Ted Kennedy's old senate seat last week, the GOP rejoiced and Democrats fretted about the legislative implications of losing their filibuster-proof, 60-seat supermajority. With their advantage whittled to 59-41 -- still a huge advantage, at least in the context of history -- Democrats wondered whether they could pass their signature health care reform package. Some media outlets even declared that Democrats had lost their majority (they hadn't).
I've now watched several interviews of Doris Kearns Goodwin on the television explaining that the Republicans should be forced to filibuster. And I tended to agree. But, this commentary explains why it's not a practical way to push legislation through Congress.
On the other hand, I'd like to see the Republicans have to own up to being obstructionist. It's easy to say NO!, it's harder to try to come up with an answer to a problem.
There was a meta-message in today’s Apple event, not about the iPad in particular, but rather about Apple as a whole. Jobs’s brief preamble included a bit of extra emphasis on the fact that the Apple now generates over $50 billion per year in revenue. (Apple also emphasized this $50 billion revenue thing in their PR two days ago announcing their Q1 2010 financial results.) He also said that when you consider MacBooks as “mobile” devices, Apple generates more revenue from mobile hardware than any other company in the world...this is Apple’s way of asserting that they’re taking over the penthouse suite as the strongest and best company in the whole ones-and-zeroes racket.”.
When I woke up today, it took me about half an hour to get up to speed with the iPad. After I’ve read a couple of articles, I already knew everything there was to know about it (and more): its advantages, its flaws, and its potential.
The 3G version runs on AT&T and comes with new data plans: 250MB for $14.99 and an unlimited plan for $29.99 a month contract-free. Activations are handled on the iPad, so you can activate and cancel whenever you want. Every iPad is unlocked and comes with a GSM "micro-SIM," so you can use it abroad, but there aren't any international deals in place right now -- Steve says they'll be back "this summer" with news on that front.
The City of Seattle passed a non-binding resolution asking the State of Washington to set up a do not mail registry and directing the Seattle Public Utilities agency to evaluate the existing mail preference services as…
A year or so ago I went to Catalog Choice and signed up, listed all sorts of catalogs I was receiving and really didn't want or need and since then I have had very few unwanted catalogs come to me. It's a great way to save trees, save landfill, and time as well.
And most other sources of mailings are probably willing to trim their lists as well. I was getting snail mail mailings from my phone carrier [QWest] frequently and would just toss them in the recycling bin. That seemed sort of silly, since they were spending money to mail me and I was just tossing the pieces. I wrote Qwest [emailed customer service] and they've taken me off their mailing list. I know where I can reach them if I need to change or improve service. It's nice not to be getting deluged by all the useless advertising fodder. So kudos to Qwest as well.
Times come that require help, perhaps answering hardware questions or software issues. I recently sent an email out to my list of "Mac Using Friends" [a list I send to from time to time some helpful information] which discussed this and I thought it might also be helpful to note what I have found helpful in dealing with various Apple products:
First, an excellent ebook series is put out as downloadable pdfs: http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/. If you are a member of a MUG [Macintosh Users Group] there are frequent sales, but the pricing isn't too high anyway.
Also, when I have an issue I frequently check directly with the Apple site, through AppleCare, an inquiry to an expert and with the Community Discussion Forums. My general advice was:
Support at Apple - in lower left corner is area to "Speak to an Apple Expert" [particularly for those either within the 90 days warranty or with Apple Care] - you can click thru and put in the notes area all the information that may be helpful and set up for you to call at a certain day/time OR for Apple to call you back [I use the latter].
And, if you go to the Communities area [Discussion forums] you can search them for issues and answers or if you want to post and have an Apple ID, you can post your own questions.
I find the Apple Support site, with video tutorials etc., excellent. Another video resource is ScreencastsOnline.com, where there are tons of tools and free tutorials, and there's a free podcast as well.
Finally, if you're using Leopard you can use iChat's "Share my Screen" ability to let a knowledgeable friend or service provider to come in via the internet to 'see' your screen [not to have access to it] and walk you through issues and answers. Jon Thompson here in Des Moines [Evolve] uses it all the time [excellent Mac service, fee is reasonable] and has assisted me with various issues.