Author Archives: Gil Jones

About Gil Jones

CPA/Attorney/Judge by training and trade. Hobby nut at heart with BMW m/c, computers, ham radio, kayak fishing, photography, hiking and, starting in 2010 some semi-serious running and bicycling (road and mountain bikes). Retired after 16 years on a Texas District Court bench and since 2013 have been mediating cases. I am a Credentialed Distinguished mediator (TMCA).

How did Hewlett-Packard (HP) die so quickly?

It may not be totally dead yet, but I hear the death rattle. Once a powerhouse of innovative engineering, one wonders how HP blundered so badly with the tablet idea — the TouchPad — (proprietary WebOS operating system did not … Continue reading

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Hot ride on Fall Creek loop

Whether you call these the dog days of summer, the hot days, awful hot days … or whatever ….  A nice cycling trip through the Texas Hill Country makes everything be just alright!  You just have to start early and … Continue reading

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6 Reasons The Guy Who’s Fixing Your Computer Hates You | Cracked.com

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-guy-whos-fixing-your-computer-hates-you/ This is hilarious and so me.

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Wal-mart as the new head of state

(Plucked out of an email.  I cleaned this up a bit, but the factual points are quite intriguing.) 1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart every hour  of every day.  2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute! 3. Wal-Mart will sell more from … Continue reading

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We took ye for granted, and are sorry for it

An era is over. Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-135) has launched. I have lived through the conception, inception, and now possibly the demolition of one of America’s finest “moments.” Expensive? Heck yeah. But we have taken for granted the basic fact … Continue reading

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High Court Upholds Arizona Law Penalizing Employers Over Illegal Immigrant Workers

This may change the landscape of immigration enforcement forever. This is from the U.S. Supreme Court which binds all of the lower courts, state and federal. The Supreme Court has sustained Arizona’s law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who … Continue reading

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Advice for fathers about their sons and their mothers

The measure of a man Every father should want his son to grow to be a man. They grow older, but do they grow into men? Some do and some don’t. What is a “man?” I suggest that a “man” … Continue reading

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The fog of disclosure: Why we must see the visuals, but never will

Killing of bin Laden deserves to be fully recorded and reported. Historic events in the life of a nation deserve to be chronicled, accurately and completely. The dispatching of Usama Bin Laden is one of those events. We must see … Continue reading

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Environmental nuts: Here’s How to “Be Green”

This was too good not to preserve and, besides, I lived in this era and can relate. In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags … Continue reading

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Just another ride … with 13,000 friends

Excellence is good — it makes you feel better about everything. The “Bike MS” movement is one of excellence. If you are having difficulty visualizing 13,000 cyclists, so was I. I am not certain that I have fully absorbed the … Continue reading

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