Best wishes for success in the New Year live long and prosper

Best wishes for a prosperous New Year from the Tao of QuestyBest wishes for a prosperous New Year. May you believe in your dreams and succeed in your efforts.

Science fiction geeks and baby boomers know the Vulcan salute from Star Trek followed by the phrase "live long and prosper" as a universal gesture of wishing one well. Leonard Nimoy, who played the character of Mr. Spock in the original television series Star Trek, said the salute was based on the Priestly Blessing known as raising of the hands he saw in an Orthodox synagogue when he was a child.

Society often associates being prosperous with being wealthy, and with wealth there is much distortion about what it means to be successful. As I read through various social media memes telling me the simple answers to the world's complex problems, I am told that being wealthy is often accompanied by greed, corruption, and hostility. The traditional media pundits and social media memes tell us people often sell their souls to achieve prosperity.

As I study the great inventors and industrialists as I work on my website Geek History I see animosity towards business people for being successful. Instead of seeing industrialists as people who take an invention and develop it into an industry, and create jobs, and grow an economy, the term industrialist is associated with arrogance and an inordinate amount of competitiveness.

Sadly the media spin here in the United States is "capitalism is evil." Then we should wonder why some people have a fear of success. I don't think when Mr. Spock said "live long and prosper" he was promoting stress and anxiety.

Every new year brings us a fresh start.

Life without an Internet connection is not the end of the world

What can we do using the computer without an Internet connection?For the most part I stay away from questions about politics and religion because the conversations get too emotional and irrational. I am starting to feel the same way about the recent rash of questions about net neutrality

I am not saying that regulations regarding net neutrality are not important, but they are not so important that anyone should consider leaving the country because of them. Any regulations surrounding net neutrality are not life and death issues.

If you are scratching your head right now, wondering what net neutrality is, I have a few links at the end of this that explain the topic. I am interested in net neutrality because I have worked in the fields of technology and telecommunications for many years. I feel pretty confident in saying that the world will not end if the internet shuts down tomorrow. I can live a normal healthy life without a broadband connection to my home.

Maybe I feel this way because I grew up in an era where the commercial internet did not exist. Yea, the internet technically existed in the 1960s and 1970s, but it did not became a commercial entity until the 1990s. Even in the 1990s the internet was so expensive to use, it was a small part of our lives.

What can we do using the computer without an Internet connection?

I can use a computer to do many of the things I did without a computer years ago. I really feel old when I answer questions about life before the internet went commercial.

Playing games

The obvious answer of using a computer not connected to the internet is playing games, but I have never been much of a gamer. I buy an old version of a game that is reduced in price because it has gone out of style or no longer the latest and greatest version.

I love music

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