School Uniforms and Public School Discipline

We have a terrible situation in our public school system with discipline and many parents deny that Little Johnny would ever misbehave in class. Teacher after teacher tells me in coffee shops across America of this scenario they go through time and time again with parents in Parent Teacher Conferences to go over their child and their progress in school.

In fact in many school districts across the United States we find that new teachers who go to work will be there less than five years and quit. The attrition rate is 50% of new teachers quit in the first five years. The rest stay and the old ones have more longevity, but they are also quitting and retiring and in places of rapid expansion we see issues of not enough teachers substitutes and they cannot even build the schools fast enough. So what is happening?

Classrooms are obviously getting bigger to take up the slack, yet at some point kids who are unruly prevent teaching from happening and then it is a matter of baby sitting rather than teaching. Discipline is not allowed otherwise the teacher could get sued. What is the answer? Some psychology experts are recommending School Uniforms to help the behavior of the kids, but admit that such a tact will help, but it is not the only answer. Consider all this in 2006.


The Green Armor That 90% of Players Forget About in Diablo II – Leviathan

Leviathan is a unique Kraken Shell body armor with very high Defense, a huge Strength bonus and very nice Physical Resistance.

For Ladder Characters Only.

The Stats:

Defense: 1514-1722 

Required Level: 65

Required Strength: 174

+170-200% Enhanced Defense 

+100-150 Defense 

+40-50 To Strength 

Damage Reduced By 15-25% 

Indestructible

+170-200% Enhanced Defense 

+100-150 Defense 

Compared to other unique armors in the game, Leviathan has one of the highest Defense, and is a good choice for melee characters. A Paladin who uses the Defiance Aura to improve his (and that of this party’s) Defense benefits from an armor with a high Defense due to the % bonus from Defiance.

+40-50 To Strength 

Leviathan offers a huge boost to Strength, and its boost is perhaps on the largest in the game. With a +40-50 bonus to Strength, this means that your character could finally put on some items that she’s kept in her stash due to her not meeting the Strength requirements. And what this also means is that you can spend the 40-50 points that you would have spent to meet those requirements into Vitality instead, and thus get more hit points. Having more life in Diablo 2 is always, always a good thing.

Damage Reduced By 15-25% 

Leviathan is one of the few items in the game that provides a % Physical damage resistance. The others are Vampire’s Gaze, Shaftstop, String of Ears, Verdungo’s cord, Harlequin Crest and Stormshield.

Many players try to put on at least one item that has % Physical damage resistance, for the very good reason that it reduces the damage received from successful attacks, and thus is conducive to the one of the most important goals for all Diablo 2 players (especially those that play in Hardcore mode): not dying.

Indestructible

With the Indestructible on it, you’d never have to pay a single gold coin to have Leviathan repaired, since it will never suffer any decrease in Durability! However, since it is very easy to make a lot of money in Hell mode, this should never be main selling point of any item: it’s nice to have, but not essential.

Summary:

Leviathan really doesn’t have much going for it except the high Defense, the huge boost to Strength and the % Physical Damage Resistance. The % Physical Damage Resistance on Leviathan is decent, but it pales in comparison to the other items with % Physical Damage Resistance (Vampire’s Gaze, Shaftstop, etc.) because it has very few mods and more importantly, it lacks any Resistance boost.


Paladin Leveling Spec – A WotLK Paladin Leveling Build

In WotLK, Paladin have come into their own in a big way. Now one of the most consistently powerful classes, many players want one of their own. Find out the best Paladin leveling spec to make your journey from 1 to 80 as fast and easy as possible.

WoW has been around for a long time, and like all MMOs, it has changed a lot over the years. This creates a bit of a problem, though, when looking for up to date information. So I’ll say now that this article is about a up-to-date WotLK Paladin leveling build as of June, 2009.

You may have heard about Prot AoE leveling, but it is impractical for several reasons, and the negatives outweigh the positives if you’re looking to level as fast as possible. So this build will be a Ret leveling spec, focusing on hitting things with a twohander.

5/5 Benediction (Levels 10-14)

Your first talent points should go into Benediction. Max it out as soon as possible-it may not look as nice as some other early talents, but very soon the main limit on your DPS will be mana efficiency, and this will make your main skills cost less.

2/2 Improved Judgments (15-16)

Your main source of damage for your entire Paladin leveling career, you want to be able to spam judgements as often as possible.

2/2 Improved Blessing of Might (17-18)

An obvious talent, more strength=more damage=faster leveling.

1/3 Heart of the Crusader (19)

A nice talent, but for now we only put one point in, as getting to the next tier is more important.

1/1 Seal of Command (20)

This will be your new go-to Seal for leveling.

2/2 Vindication (21-22)

This debuff will reduce the enemies damage output and reduction, making for less downtime and faster kills.

2/2 Pursuit of Justice (23-24)

This is one of my favorite talents. Nothing will reduce leveling time faster than increased movement speed.

2/2 Eye for an Eye (25-26)

This will make it so that an unlucky crit from an enemy doesn’t always spell another GY run.

3/3 Sanctity of Battle (27-29)

Another important damage boosting talent for your paladin leveling spec.

3/3 Two Handed Weapon Specialization (30-32)

And ANOTHER important damage talent for your WotLK Paladin leveling build.

1/1 Sanctified Retribution (33)

Another damage increase, not only for yourself but for any party members.

3/3 Heart of the Crusader (34-35)

Time to finish up this talent.

4/5 Conviction (36-39)

Crits are important to Paladins, but even more important at this point is

3/3 Judgments of the Wise (40-42)

This talent will give you enough mana to be an unstoppable skillspamming juggernaut. You will get a massive boost in killing speed now.

1/1 Repentance (43)

Nice to have some CC while leveling, as Paladin is kind of lacking. Also, needed for Fanaticism.

2/2 The Art of War (44-45)

A great damage boost AND survivability boost.

3/3 Fanaticism (46-48)

More crit, more damage, faster leveling.

5/5 Conviction (49)

Finish this talent now.

1/1 Crusader Strike (50)

Woohoo, another instant damage attack to spend mana on. Another increase in killing speed.

3/3 Swift Retribution (51-53)

Nice all around buff.

3/3 Vengeance (54-56)

This is a nice buff now that you have a decent amount of crit boosting talents.

3/3 Righteous Vengeance (57-59)

Another large damage buff.

1/1 Divine Storm

Another awesome attack.

From here, I’d recommend venturing into the Prot tree and grabbing 5/5 Divine Strength.

Afterwards, feel free to put the rest of your points into whatever talents catch your eye. You already have the key talents for a good WotLK Paladin leveling build.


Penile Shrinkage: Causes of and Treatment for a Shortened Penis

No man likes to hear the words shortened and penis in the same paragraph much less the same sentence. However, many men experience either temporary or permanent penile shortening at some point in their lives. Most times the shrinkage doesn’t measure up to more than a half inch or less. Regardless, a slightly shorter member doesn’t need to affect a man’s ability to have a long, healthy, and very satisfying sex life. Let’s examine the causes of penile shortening and how to treat a shortened penis.

Shortened Penis: Common Causes

There are several culprits for shrinking penis length. Here are a few of the most common:

1) Aging – It’s the common cause of everything; it’s age. Over time there is a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries which reduce blood flow to the penis. This then leads to the withering of the muscle cells in the erectile tissue of the penis.

2) Obesity – Seen a lot of guys on the Weight Watchers app lately? It’s no surprise! It’s commonly quoted that for every 20 pounds of fat a man loses, he regains half an inch of length in his Johnson. How can this be? Men who carry weight, especially in the lower abdomen, have the appearance of a shorter spud. This is because a thick fat pad surrounds the shaft of the penis. The more weight, the more the penis is enveloped in the fat. However, once a man begins to lose weight, he’ll notice his penis peeking out a bit further as the numbers drop.

3) Scar Tissue – Men, especially active men, have a risk of minor penis injuries from anything from contact sports to cycling to sex. These minor “traumas” to the penis cause scar tissue. Over time, this scar tissue builds up around the spongy erectile tissue in the penis and can inhibit the size and stamina of erections.

4) Prostate Surgery – For men who’ve recently had prostate surgery, there is a known commonality in losing 0.78th of an inch, according to studies out of Japan. However, most researchers report that the shortening is temporary and within one year, the penis should regain its full size. The temporary change may have to do with the urethra’s movement immediately after surgery and then its movement back a few months to a year down the line. Research is still being done to identify the exact cause.

5) Peyronie’s Disease – Peyronie’s is a disease marked by a 20 to 30 percent curvature in the penis. It generally happens to men over the age of 40 and has been shown to affect up to 20 percent of the male population. Peyronie’s can be quite painful and cause a man extreme discomfort when urinating, having an erection, or participating in intercourse. It can significantly reduce the length and girth of the penis. Treatment for Peyronie’s (mentioned below) can also reduce penis size permanently.

Shortened Penis: Treatment

There are several ways to treat penile shortening. Here are a few that greatly help when it comes to maintaining erectile function:

– Stay active and eat a healthy diet.

– Maintain a healthy weight or lose weight to reach a healthy weight. This tip can help men reclaim length literally before their eyes.

– Stay away from smoking. Smoking decreases blood flow which is what makes penis magic happen.

– Have regular erections. Erections fill the penis with oxygen-rich blood, this keeps the muscles and tissues strong and has shown to prevent shortening.

– Enjoy sex but use caution when attempting positions that can put the penis at odd angles, and therefore, more open for injury.

– Wear protective gear during contact sports.

– Men who are cyclists should use a padded seat and adjust the angle of the seat to put the minimum amount of pressure on the genital area.

For men who’ve had prostate surgery, wait a year and in most cases, the length will return. Some doctors also recommend penile rehab which can include everything from exercises to medications to special devices to boost blood flow to the penis.

Men with Peyronie’s may want to attempt surgery, medication, or other modalities like ultrasound therapy to break up scar tissue. Penile shortening, in this case, cannot be reversed so the main goals would be to adjust the curvature, reduce pain, and of course, restoring the sex life with a slightly modified penis. But hey – it’s an adventure, right?

In addition to the treatments above, a man may benefit from using a penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) daily to strengthen and protect the penis. These specially created crèmes provide vitamins and nutrients like vitamins A, B5, C, D, and E topically to strengthen collagen productions and cellular function. Amino acids like L-Arginine and L-Carnitine help to protect the penis from nerve damage and promote healthy blood flow. In addition to feeling great, this extra step helps keep the penis strong and vigorous.


What Is Your Customer Service Worth?

Customer service is not always on our minds as leaders. It’s often seen as a cost, and little else.

What’s the purpose of customer service? You might think, to fix problems. With that mindset, it doesn’t make sense to invest much in it.

The thing is, it’s a little more complicated. Here are 7 purposes of customer service:

  1. To answer questions
  2. Yes, to solve problems
  3. To educate your customers
  4. Even better, to learn from your customers
  5. To improve their experience of your company
  6. To strengthen your relationship with your customer through empathy and care
  7. To give your company another opportunity to have the desired impact.

These 7 purposes start to shift your perspective.

You can reduce your costs by designing a better product or service. By doing a stellar job at education in your manual, online, or in a video.

You can enhance your customer service ROI by learning from your customers so that you can do all these things better: design, execution, education, relationships, and impact.

When someone makes the effort to call or email your company, your customer is giving you a second chance.

Your customer service staff have the opportunity to not only make it better, to build your relationship, and to decide to refer you or to buy again. These members of your team can make the difference between whether your company has its intended impact or not.

That’s worth the investment.

Confusion about what you want to achieve and what it costs helps no one.

If you engage with customers, be clear about what it’s worth to your company, what it is you want to achieve, and what it costs. Then decide and do that.


Architectural Engineering – A Single Integrated Field For Construction

Architectural Engineering is carefully concentrated on architectural design, constructability issues, life safety and economy of construction. In addition, it also deals with realistic design criteria, such as economic implications and environmental, social, ethical and sustainability issues. Using integrated design developments, modern technological tools, and the latest design codes instruct to these goals, the department emphasizes the advantages of a close, interdisciplinary team-based approach for designing and construction using architectural engineering services.

Architecture engineers should have enough knowledge about building codes, local laws and regulations and they must have high skills in their craft work. If a person wants to learn all this in depth then he must have college degree or similar course certificate.

A successful engineers must be flexible and innovative while maintaining respect for local building regulations and codes because an architectural engineer is responsible for designing and planning the interior workings and overseeing plans and blueprints for everything from towering city buildings and bridges to small country homes and luxurious mansions.

Anyone who is expertise in preparation, planning, construction and process of building may have the aptitude to find a victorious career in architectural engineering. Architectural engineers with specialization in structures may appreciate and accommodate not only structural necessities for a building, but also architectural, electrical, transportation, plumbing and acoustic requirements.

This field include wealth of expertise and skill in architecture and civil engineering to give you solutions that connect imagination, functionality and cost. Outsourcing significant architectural design services similar to building and structural design, elevations and sections, exterior and interior 3d rendering, plans, and cost estimation are good business intelligence.

Advantages of Architectural Engineering:

oArchitectural Engineering often offers the buyer or builder the opportunity to customize the appearance of their home and building.

oYou can pick the type of flooring, cabinets, landscape designs, carpet and even the general layout of the rooms.

oIt defines space by creating a transition between environments instead of a separation

If you are looking at building a residence then you require looking at all of the architectural Engineering services being offered. They can build a massive variation in architectural firm you have decided using this services.


Ruby on Rails Vs PHP: Which One Is Best?

Ruby on Rails vs PHP: Which is Best?

First, let us try to understand why you want to select a specific technology. All technologies thrive off the tools, developer community, libraries and applications. As a business owner, you might want a technology which can last for many years beyond the inception of the project.

As a developer, you want a technology which can be maintained long enough for you in order get a good return on your investment. Business owners or developers will often make their decisions considering their colleagues and the developer community, depending on the technologies which is highly recommended.

In this post we will a brief look at the pros and cons of PHP and Ruby on Rails. We will see how PHP and Ruby on Rails can be compared with common points like maintenance, performance, scalability, costs and support.

Comparison of PHP with Ruby on Rails is not fair at all. PHP is much more popular than Ruby on Rails, its because Ruby on Rails is a web development framework, not a programming language. Ruby is the language running Ruby on Rails framework in the backend, and PHP is the programming language used to code and create websites and web applications.

Ruby on Rails should be compared with Symfony2, Zend Framework, Codeigniter, Laravel, CakePHP and many other PHP-based web development frameworks. So, to understand why there is so much popularity among Ruby on Rails, it is better to visualize searches made by people.

This trend graph from Google above shows that all PHP web development frameworks still do not add up to the number of searches made for Ruby on Rails (in blue). In fact, the only web framework that is growing in the PHP world is Laravel. So, why is Ruby on Rails so popular?

Well, a big part of creating a web application is deciding what libraries you want to use, how to organize your web application and many other factors. Till date, many PHP projects are still not using a mature and proven web application development framework. Many PHP developers would prefer to create a new PHP framework, instead of using the most popular frameworks such as Zend Framework, Symfony2, etc.

Due to the complexities of an application, as with any framework you will have to spend a lot of time learning to use that particular framework. Therefore, Ruby on Rails tries to simplify the learning process of their framework by rejecting configuration over conventions; In other words, you (the developer or owner of the business) have little time to decide when it comes to organizing, executing, or even hosting the application.

This might seem like a good thing, and for the most part, it really is, which is the reason why Ruby on Rails is very popular. However, since then, many PHP web application development frameworks have recognized it and are following the steps of Ruby on Rails web development. This could be the reason why the growth of the Ruby on Rails community has stagnated in recent years. Now, while the other web development frameworks are shown in small percentage, you should still keep in mind that PHP is completely web focused. So almost everything you write in PHP will run on the web, while in Ruby, there are not many options for you on what code you can write to develop a web application.

1. Scalability and Ease of Maintenance

Whether PHP or Ruby on Rails, both provide the ability to scale. However, due to the amount of resources that Ruby uses compared to PHP, scalability issues will arise much earlier in the life cycle of your application. Scale an application in Ruby on Rails versus PHP will address very common problems. Therefore, the scale will be based on how the application was designed. There are also online services to help solve scaling problems such as using Rackspace Cloud Sites or Amazon Elastic Beanstalk.

The situation becomes very different when you go from wanting to climb to needing climbing. When a developer does not have the experience to scale an application, the most common route is to find online articles, tutorials and other resources to learn. So, when we are talking about scaling a website, there are many resources written and available for PHP developers, while Ruby on Rails has a much smaller group of developer community.

As for the easy maintenance, it totally depends on the organization of the web application. As long as the web developer is using a web development framework, then general maintenance is a lot easier. PHP offers a massive selection of web development frameworks, all designed for specific objectives, while Ruby has a limited selection (apart from Ruby on Rails).

2. Speed and Performance

Since PHP is a programming language, and Ruby on Rails is a web app development framework, you should take the performance with a grain of salt. The goal of using a complete web development framework is to gain productivity at the cost of speed. So let’s put some light on this.

Here is a table of a very simple web application of “hello world”. Below you can see how fast PHP is when it comes to requests: remember, it is a language designed specifically for the web. However, once you start introducing popular full-stack web app development frameworks, performance decreases, and requests per second approach the Ruby on Rails number.

In fact, a famous PHP web development framework Laravel starts performing worse than Ruby on Rails. As a result, many benchmarks are useless, because there is much more to the speed and performance of a web application than the language or web development framework. For instance, the network delays, database system, and caching mechanisms, can add to a slowdown from 10x to 100x. So, how is the design of the application is much more important than the programming language or the web development framework behind it.

3. Cost

Scarcity is a fundamental concept of the economy. So, if you have 10 PHP web developers for each Ruby web developer, and the function of the project depends on the language, there will be a clear winner in the costs. PHP, due to its strong competition, has lower prices. As a business owner, if your motive is based on costs, this should be a very useful incentive. There is the saying “You get what you pay for,” but that does not mean you have to pay the same amount for the experience available. PHP has a very easy learning curve. In addition to that, many PHP developers are new to programming in general and to the programming of web applications in particular.

On the other hand, Ruby is a language more difficult to learn, so people who choose that language already know how to program. It is very natural for a PHP developer to move to Ruby on Rails, and his experience in the worldwide transfer of PHP to Ruby. In fact, many Ruby developers were PHP developers. So, why do developers jump to Ruby on Rails? Well, this answer would be the same for almost any other programming language other than PHP.

In any other language (except PHP), the language will limit it in the code you can write, as well as in what is available to use. Therefore, it becomes a common method to create web applications in that language. For example, C # has ASP.NET, Python has Django, Node.js has Express, Lua has Orbit, and the list goes on. Therefore, to put this in perspective, let’s say you had the option to interact with a mass audience, or be among selected professionals who share the same objectives. It would make sense that the most recognized applications are built in the languages ​​that have the largest audience, therefore, PHP is the target language. Applications like WordPress, Drupal, Magento, Facebook, are just a small part of the many applications available, which are written in PHP.

When it comes to hosting your Ruby on Rails applications, costs can go up very quickly. You will find it more difficult to find a hosting that supports a Ruby on Rails application, and the big brands are not cheap. They start at $ 40 and quickly jump to $ 500 or more. There are even some companies that offer free accommodation, but they will charge a lot of fees when they need to expand their accommodation needs. Almost all hosting companies that offer Ruby on Rails hosting will also provide PHP hosting. Some of the cheapest hosting providers offer old and outdated versions of Ruby (the language), which limits you to previous versions of Ruby on Rails. They also run their Ruby on Rails application as CGI, which is the slowest way to run your web application.


Denny Flanagan – A Customer Service Champion and a Man of Character

I’m infinitely interested in certain things and completely disinterested in others, which includes anything mechanical; you’ll find little middle ground with me.

When I put my key into the ignition of my car, something happens to make it start that I don’t have to understand. I love watching good TV programs, but I don’t care how the picture gets into my TV. However, if you show me a customer service champion, I’m all over it. I’m completely curious about people who make a difference.

This brings me to Captain Dennis J. Flanagan of United Airlines. Here’s what happened that piqued my interest about this man of character.

My wife and I were flying to Arizona to spend a week in Sedona. Our Denver-bound flight was to leave from Baltimore on United Airlines. About 30 minutes before our scheduled departure, we sat at the gate waiting to board when the door to the Jetway opened. The United captain emerged, strode to the ticket counter, and grabbed the microphone. Based on my substantial flying experience, a variety of possible scenarios bombarded my brain – none of them good!

Then this captain began speaking. “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I’m your captain, Denny Flanagan.” He went on to describe the weather we anticipated and our route. Then he said, “We’re flying a Boeing 757 this morning. If you have any questions during our flight about the aircraft or flight, I’ll be happy to answer them. Our plane this morning is in great shape.” A long pause ensued, then, “And I’m in good shape.” The passengers chuckled. “By the way,” he continued, “this is my first flight.” Silence… “Today!” he added with a grin.

Great. He does schtick! He’s a pilot I can relate to.

Among the waiting passengers, I could see their moods quickly change like a wave. They hadn’t previously appeared anxious or worried, just indifferent or tired. After that announcement, they seemed jovial and eager to board.

We wondered what would happen next. Jimmy Buffet with a parrot? A conga line?

As we began boarding, Captain Flanagan stood at the door to the plane handing out cards with a 757 pictured on one side, and a description of the aircraft on the other. Greeting him, I mentioned I was an executive coach and consultant who published a monthly newsletter. I said I’d like to write something about his congeniality and gave him my business card. He replied that he’d love to talk at some point.

An hour into our flight, Anne, the purser, spoke over the intercom saying, “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. We here at United believe travel should be fun. So Captain Flanagan is raffling off discounted tickets on United.”

Wait a minute, now we’re having a raffle? What’s next? Karaoke?

She continued, “On your cocktail napkin, please write down the reason you chose United for your air travel. I’ll then draw four napkins and read the responses. Those people will each receive a coupon worth a discount on a future United flight.”

The raffle concluded, and I didn’t win. But a few minutes later, Anne came down the aisle with one of Captain Flanagan’s business cards. On the back was this note: “Mr. Golletz, You are a valued customer and your business is greatly appreciated. Please let me know how we can exceed your expectations. Also, could you wait for me after the flight?” Signed, “Capt. Denny.”

I couldn’t meet him because of a tight connection in Denver, so I asked Anne to tell him I’d call him after my Sedona vacation, saying I was eager to know more about him. Before taking my response to Denny in the cockpit, she told me what she knew about this unusual and extraordinary guy:

  • He institutes the raffle on every flight and posts the cocktail napkin responses where United staffers can read them.
  • He has a large number of copies of a coffee table-sized book on United’s history and presents them to United associates who respond to customers in exceptional ways.
  • He handwrites personal thank you notes on the back of his business cards to every first-class passenger on every one of his flights.
  • He provides his personal credit card to unaccompanied minors on his flights so they can use the in-flight phone to call home.
  • One of Denny’s co-pilots, Buck Wyndham (how’s that for a pilot’s name?), was so impressed that he asked Denny if he could record him for several days after the brass okayed the idea. The video recording was subsequently used for training at the company.

When I got home from that vacation, I spoke to Denny and a number of people close to him. My primary question was, “What created this dedication to customers?” Denny said, “I do it because it’s my job.” Not a guy prone to self-congratulatory behavior. His wife, Terri, told me he has a profound sense of duty and loyalty that endures despite adverse circumstances. His associate Bud Potts, another United pilot, couldn’t explain this quality in Denny. He expressed his admiration for both who Denny is and what he does.

Keep On Learning from Captain Denny

What have I learned (or reaffirmed) from my experience with Captain Denny? Here are three conclusions:

1. For years, United Airlines has gone through lots of well-documented challenges. Providing a bright spot amid the fray is a leader who demonstrates resilience, persistence, tenacity, a love of people, loyalty, and dedication. Where he got it isn’t as important as that he has it. Character counts!

2. People follow examples rather than orders. Frequently, Denny preaches the word of customer service to other United associates. They listen to him because his actions mirror his words. He’s consistent and authentic. He reaffirms what he says with what he does.

3. When faced with challenging times and circumstances, we have choices. We can focus on the good with a positive attitude or whine about the way things are and harbor resentment. You’ve probably heard it before and I’ll say it again: Resentment is tantamount to drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. I know people at United who want the company to fail because of deep-seated animosity and their need to prove themselves right. At the risk of appearing simplistic, I say, “Find something else to do with your life!”

When times get tough, people throw in the towel and leave out of frustration. To those at United and other firms who have confronted similar challenges and gotten out, I say, “Sometimes leaving is the right answer – for both the organization and the person. Better to leave than seethe.”

To people anywhere who decide to plant their feet and work for productive change – Bravo! Find other like-minded people to provide you with the courage to continue the fight. Incubate ideas; initiate independent action; take risks; build the company you want.

To everyone, but most particularly the executive managers of United, what can you learn from this story and how can you leverage that lesson? Will you have the courage and smarts to place your bets on people like Denny Flanagan?

P.S. I first wrote about Denny in my monthly newsletter in 2005. Since then, others have also noticed his amazing qualities. For example, he has appeared on TV network shows “This Morning” and “Good Morning America” and has been featured in a page-one story in the Wall Street Journal. In an industry that desperately needs heroes, Denny joins pilot Sully Sullenberger (of “put the plane down in the Hudson River” fame) as a guy worth emulating. I’m proud that Denny and I have become good friends. When he’s in D.C. or Baltimore, we still have dinner together. (Come to think of it, Denny, you owe me a meal.)

Copyright 2010 Rand Golletz. All rights reserved.


Computer Keeps Turning Off By Itself

One of the common reported issues by Windows users is that computer keeps turning off by itself. Why does a computer turn off? Your computer turns off on startup? Few users are complaining that their computer turns of on the boot process.

There are various reasons behind this problem and it is important to identify whether your computer keeps turning off due to hardware failure or software application. In both cases you need to deal with internal Windows settings.

Common Causes:

Virus.

Corrupted Windows Registry.

Hardware Issues.

When your computer keeps turning off by itself then you need to take some preventive measure in order to fix this problem.

Run an Antivirus Scan:

If your computer keeps turning off by itself without any warning then virus could be the reason. Sometimes hidden viruses are sitting on your system drive and they cause your computer to turn off automatically. Get some powerful antivirus to remove viruses from your computer. Applications conflict is another source of the problem. If you don’t have antivirus program on disk then download it from Internet. Follow these steps.

1. Open your web browser.

2. Search for powerful antivirus program.

3. Download it on your computer.

4. Before installation, properly remove existing antivirus (if any) from your computer.

5. Clean system.

6. You are done.

Repair Registry:

When we install and uninstall programs on our computer then sometimes old application’s traces are still inside registry database. When new application is installed then these traces are merged with valid path that creates a conflict situation for operating system and problems similar to computer keeps turning off by it-self appear. To fix this problem either you need to modify Windows registry manually which is lengthy process or you need to use registry cleaner and PC optimizer software. To download registry cleaner and PC optimizer software, here are steps:

1. Open your browser (IE, FF, Google Chrome)

2. Search for best registry cleaner and PC optimizer software.

3. Download it on your computer.

4. Scan and repair Windows registry.

5. Optimize PC for common errors.

6. Done.

Hardware Issues:

Check your CPU fan. This issue, computer keeps turning off by itself can be due to over heating process. This problem may occur after attaching printer to your computer.

Reinstall Windows:

If your computer keeps turning off by itself then may be your operating system is properly installed. You have two options. One is to repair Windows and another one to install fresh copy from CD/DVD ROM.


Retribution Paladin Leveling Build for Cataclysm

When leveling your Pally, you definitely want to use a Retribution Paladin Leveling Build to really make the most of your experience. Traditionally, one of the slowest levelers from World of Warcraft’s original incarnation, the Paladin has gotten some pretty substantial buffs throughout WoW’s expansions. Now the Paladin is an absolute powerhouse, but only if you really know how to play properly. Read on, and you will find out how to build your Paladin properly to maximize your experience.

Why Choose a Retribution Paladin Leveling Build?

Paladins are an iconic class in World of Warcraft, and are highly desired in the end game raids. However, without the proper build, you won’t be getting there anytime soon. Retribution is absolutely the best solo questing spec for your Paladin. When comparing specs, you need to take into account a few different factors and weigh each of the specs against them. Those qualities are DPS, Survivability, and Resource Management. Holy has survivability because you can heal yourself all day long. However you will eventually run out of mana, and you have very few offensive abilities as a holy Paladin. Prot offers excellent survivability and superb resource management. However, Prot is somewhat lacking DPS in groups smaller than 5 mobs. Unless you plan to level by mass pulling, or spend your entire time in dungeons, Ret has the best DPS for questing, and has several abilities to restore both health and mana to keep downtime to a minimum. These factors combined make your best choice the Retribution Paladin Leveling Build. Prot, however, makes an excellent second spec for those especially difficult pulls.

Glyphs for your Retribution Paladin Leveling Build

Your glyphs are just as important as your talent points. These have a direct impact on the abilities you will be using for solo questing and DPS. The three Prime Glyphs you will be using are Judgement, Templar’s Verdict, and Crusader Strike. These are the top three abilities you will be using in your rotation, and these glyphs directly increase their damage. The Major Glyphs you will be using are Lay on Hands, Ascetic Crusader, and Hammer of Wrath. Lay on Hands is a great survivability mechanic, and lowering the cooldown can drastically increase your survival. Ascetic Crusader and Hammer of Wrath with reduced mana costs assure that you will continue moving with no downtime. Your final Minor glyphs will be Seal of Righteousness, Blessing of Kings, and Blessing of Might. You don’t have much choice, but you will definitely want to choose glyphs that increase your mana efficiency, so you reduce your downtime significantly.

Gearing for your Retribution Paladin Leveling Build

The Ret Paladin is a powerhouse, but he is very dependent on his gear. You will be wearing mail until level 40, and you will want to upgrade to plate as soon as possible after then. You also want to use a big, slow, heavy hitting 2-handed weapon. Strength is your primary DPS stat, and Stamina will be your primary survival stat. These are pretty much tied to your item level of your gear, so you don’t need to worry too much about these. Hit and Expertise aren’t so important since while leveling, you’re going to be concerned more with burst damage than consistency. You will want to stack Critical Strike Rating, and Haste. These stack up pretty evenly against each other, but I like Haste because it lowers the cooldown of Crusader Strike and Divine Storm, and also increases the frequency of Art of War Procs.