Flying sucks. There’s no reason for all the security. Build a wall, don’t let people immigrate from Terrorist Nations. Think about it. If we’re bombing the crap out of a country, why would we let the survivors into America to some day kill us? That would be pretty stupid of us. Let’s be smart, and stay alive.
But we already lost the War on Terrorism. When we travel, we either get fondled or we have 3D naked pictures made of us. Hey, freedom right? No, we’re really less free in America than in other countries. We’ve been conned, and we lost the War on Terrorism.
We don’t have to quit though, we can stand for ourselves; we can say “hey, we’re not going to take this anymore.” That’s what I think we should do, and that’s what this article is about.
What can the TSA do to make flying not suck so much?
Lists are great, so I’m going to provide a list; in no particular order.
- Better lines for drop-off, and pick-up. It’s chaos when you go there to be dropped off, or to be picked up. Make better lines, have people working on the ground to direct traffic; not just yell at us. Be NICE!
- Promote the trust of curbside check-ins or baggage drop-offs. I see the people there, but are they safe? Promote it, produce some safety numbers. Make it really easy, and more people will use it.
- Affordable system to certify trusted flyers. I’m sure there’s something there now, but it’s not promoted, and it doesn’t seem affordable. Make it affordable; you save money when you don’t have long lines that require lots of people to manage those lines, am I right or am I right?
- This system would verify people that are no threat whatsoever.
- Let these people walk through line.
- Don’t even bother scanning their stuff. You’re not the DEA, you’re just the TSA. Keep your job in “scope.”
- Ideally, this system would solve 90% of the problems.
- Go back to medal detectors. There is no reason in the world to give 100 people per year cancer (the scanners cause a % of people to get cancer), and then take naked 3D scans of people. That’s just wrong on so many levels. Please do what is right, scan the safer way.
- Mobile App or Bar code scanners. Let people scan their bar codes themselves, have more of the devices around, and let people go through. Heck, let them scan their state issued IDs or Passports. No need for a human here. Also, stop having people ask you stupid questions.
But isn’t some of this on the Airlines themselves?
Sure, so let’s solve the problem for Airlines as well.
- Automate as much as possible. Take advantage of curb pick-up. More kiosks, let mobile apps do the same thing. Check in your baggage with the mobile app. Allow for more trusted curbside pick-up. We should be able to walk right up to the metal detectors. Couple this with a trusted flyers program, that is cheap and everyone that isn’t a criminal can get on, will make flying a breeze.
- Take the safety test online, once every 2 years. Why do we have to go through the safety instructions (that everyone ignores) every flight? Seems like a waste of time. Let’s not do it anymore.
- Honesty about how long we taxi. No reason to keep us in the dark. Post it on the mobile app. But keep us informed of how long we are going to taxi, and what the reason for it is.
- Wider aisles, less seats. Have aisles big enough for people to squeeze on by. We shouldn’t have to wait for rude people to hog the aisle. Fewer seats could solve this. You can make money selling good food, devices, advertise for rental cars, cars in general, tourist destinations, and even real estate. Just take advantage of it!
We’ve learn that the TSA sucks and just wants to fondle us, and take naked photos. We’ve also learned the solutions to the traveling crisis, and how Airlines can treat humans like humans. We don’t have to take it anymore!
In hopes of motivating myself, I read. Most of the books in my library are about motivation. One book, in particular, Dave’s Way.
On page 10 in the book, something stood out that I thought I would share with all of you. It has to do with quality service, and giving people what their money deserves.
… a magazine reporter asked me why Wendy’s hamburgers were square. I answered, off the top of my head, “At Wendy’s we don’t cut corners.” It dawned on me then that not cutting corners was a lesson I learned from…
Folks, readers, viewers – name your slang – I, Michael Barton, offer you services that will be of amazing quality, and I promise, I DO NOT cut corners.
I can be reached view comments, my contact form.
There comes a time when you’re working with someone, or talking to a friend or family member on the phone, and something comes up and they want to send you a file. Now this isn’t just any old file, it’s a large file. A file that will be annoying to send via the inbox, and a file that may crash your instant messenger window.
Droopy to your rescue! Droopy is a mini Web server whose sole purpose is to let other people send files to your computer. People spend a lot of money on these types of things. Why? There’s a free one out there for you, and its name is Droopy :)
Of course, the downside is you’re going to need to know a little bit about computers to install it. Be happy, I’ll help you out for a small investment on your part. We can work out the details, use my contact form.
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I came across an article about the best jobs in America. Systems Engineer won it; keep in mind that Systems Engineers are not System Administrators.
The following image shows the list. Be sure to click on the image for the full image.
I just came across a good article on sitepoint.com about How To Handle Client Support Requests Virtually. It has a few good points and links to other articles from sitepoint.com that you should skim also. The article talked about using screen shot tools to show what you’re talking about, it listed some meeting tools to help facilitate collaboration, and it told you how to remote into your client’s computer.
Internet Explorer 8 was released March 19, 2009 and what an exciting browser it was supposed to be. It was going to be faster, allow you to browse privately, it was going to be be XHTML compliant, and it was going to be more secure. All those fun things, right? Sadly, IE8 was faster, had a private mode, it was XHMTL compliant, and more secure than the older IE browsers.
You must be wondering what the problem is right? Well, there wasn’t really a problem with the browser. There was a problem with your code, wasn’t there? You coded around IE6 & IE7 bugs. You made your site look lovely in those 2 browsers, and now that IE8 is out, your site looks broken again, doesn’t it?
What are you supposed to do about it?
7 solutions come to mind. In words similar to Fox News, “I report, you decide.”
- Ignore the problem and let your users click on the “compatibility view” button.
- Hope that your users have “compatibility view” enabled for all their websites.
- If you’re an IT Administrator, and this is an intranet site we’re talking about, then you can set “compatibility view” for all the computers in your network.
- Enable “compatibility view” for your website by using the following header with IIS or Apache:
- Use a meta tag on a page-by-page basis. Make sure the meta tag is directly after the HEAD tag.
Yes world, I see you!
- You can also add the header via your favorite programming language. I think it’s easier to add it through IIS or Apache, but if you want to do it on a page-by-page basis and you feel this is an easier way, by all means:
Putting the IE8 compatibility in your PHP script:
// PUT THIS WITH ALL YOUR OTHER HEADER CODE
// ... the rest of your code
Now you know what to do with IE8 and your legacy site. I’ve shown you 7 ways to make your site whole again. Of course these solutions are not limited to legacy sites. If you are in a jam and need to get your site working in IE8, these solutions with work for you too. Of course, the first 3 solutions should be ignored if you ever want to call yourself a professional.
If you’re into jQuery, then you need to bookmark this site. It’s amazing! Not only do you get links to some of the great jQuery plugins out there, you also get links to some amazing articles/tutorials on jQuery. Try it out and let me know if you need help with anything.
I came across this article about The Roadmap To Becoming A Professional Freelance Web Designer. It’s a great article. I’m just not a fan of the name because the tips in the article can be used for a Web Developer, Programmer, Small Business & any type of product. Just to name a few. I think it’s weird that so many good blogs out there are geared for Web Designers and not everyone else. How unfortunate.
Regardless, it’s a great article and I hope you take down notes. The key thing you should take a way from this is “branding” because it has a powerful affect on people. If you’re branded in a good way, like Honda for instance. Honda is known for quality, right? Among other things. Now, if you were branded as “quality” then people would pay more for your service even though there are cheaper services. Like non-America for instance. Non-American labor is known for being cheaper than American labor. However, I feel strongly about this – America is the best damn country in the world – and I am so proud to be an American. Take that one to heart. My point being. America is so branded in my heart and in my soul that I will never outsource as long as I can help it. Of course I can’t guarantee any of my clients will feel the same way I do, but I try my hardest to push (& force!) my belief about America being the greatest onto other people.