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My reading list for the next week or two July 23, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Books, enforcement, Exchange Server 2007, Outlook 2007, Project Management, reading list, RIAA, telephone, The IT Crowd, Verizon.
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I’ve got three books in the list.

  • A History of Science and Engineering in the Bell System: Switching Technology 1925-1975 G.E. Schnidler, Jr. Ed.

  • I’m very interested in the history of telephony and this book spans the time between manual service to the first electronic telephone switch (ESS). It applies to part of my job which is managing an Avaya Prologix PBX, and it helps my understanding as to how they built the system.

  • Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister

  • I have an interest in project management. I’m also a team builder and knowing more about what makes a team tick intrigues me.

  • Outlook 2007 Inside Out by Jim Boyce, Beth Sheresh and Doug Sheresh

  • This one is pure reference since our office is migrating to Exchange Server 2007 (Over the objections of two of the systems guys, myself included!) and Outlook 2007 on all desktops.

    Even though I have formal education, I still love learning new things. I guess you could call me an autodidact.

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    More on Moore's Sicko July 1, 2007

    Posted by truthspew in health care, Michael Moore, Outlook 2007, Sicko.
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    Seems Michael Moore gave a special showing of Sicko to members of Congress. In the attached video he also laid out the basis for us to go to a national health insurance system. I support that idea. It would make my life easier. I could basically work anywhere I wanted without having to worry about cost of health care for myself and Keyron.

    When I think about it, I’d be more likely to take my small business up a notch if that came to pass.

    The bill is only twenty six pages in pdf format. It’s a little bit on the light side, but I can tell you now that I don’t see H676 ever seeing the light of day. I say that because there’s an entrenched system of insurers and billing companies out there that would simply have to be dissolved were such a bill to pass both houses and then be signed by the president.

    Lots of jobs would be lost though most of those losing their jobs would be low skilled people. All the folks with more advanced degrees and such would be covered, and probably absorbed into the new system. But the nice thing is, even those low skilled people would have health coverage under a national system.

    But the biggest dog is the insurance industry. When you think about insurance you see that it is a game. They won’t insure you if you’re any type of risk at all, which is why I find the linking of credit rating to insurance prices to be ridiculous. But health insurers are the worst since they can deny you for the most ludicrous reasons, like calling a newly found cancer a pre-existing condition. The health care insurance system should be dismantled since in its current form it does not serve the people, only the shareholders.

    And if you’re one of those people who believes the myths about nationalized health systems I suggest you watch the movie. You might be surprised about how our own government screws us over in the United States.

    The bill sponsored by Conyers, Kucinich, et al goes a way toward resolving that. So write or call your representatives and ask them to support h676. Granted, your voice or letter might not carry the same weight as the promise of campaign dollars, but if enough of us lift our voices in outrage maybe they’ll realize that they serve us, not corporations.