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How many technical acronyms do you encounter without knowing what the letters stand for?

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By now you know that URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. You’ve probably long known that HTTP means HyperText Transfer Protocol, and that USB stands for Universal Serial Bus.

How many other geeky acronyms do you encounter in the course of a week or a month without at least knowing what the letters stand for?

Tech Terms

Here, for your edification, are 36 such business, computer, and general purpose acronyms, so that the geeks realize you might know a little something about their world:

ASCII = American Standard Code for Info. Interchange
ATM = Asynchronous Transfer Mode
CPU = Central Processing Unit
DCIM = Digital Camera IMages
DNS = Domain Name System
DRAM = Dynamic Random Access Memory

DVD = Digital Video Disk and, later, Digital Versatile Disc
DVR = Digital Video Recorder
HTML = Hypertext Markup Language
IMAP = Internet Message Access Protocol
IRC = Internet Relay Chat
IP = Internet Protocol

ISBN = International Standard Book Number
ISDN = Integrated Services Digital Network
ISO = International Standard for Organization
ISP = Internet Service Provider
LASER = Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
LED = Light-Emitting Diode

MPEG = Moving Picture Experts Group
MODEM = Modulator-Demodulator
OCR = Optical Character Recognition
PDF = Portable Document Format
RADAR = Radio Detection And Ranging
RFID = Radio Frequency Identification

SCUBA = Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
SDRAM = Synchronous Dynamic Random Access
SEO = Search Engine Optimization
SIM = Security Information Management
SMS = Short Message Service
SMTP = Simple Mail Transfer Protocol

TCP/IP = Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
WIFI = Wireless Fidelity
UPC = Universal Product Code
USP = Unique Selling Proposition
VLAN = Virtual Local Area Network
VPN = Virtual Private Network

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



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Education

Despite the Lures, Reduce Complexity and Take Charge of Your Day

Dial down the level of enticement that otherwise surrounds you to maintain effectiveness and to have more of a life

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The news media has society in a stranglehold. Even if you actively choose to ignore political events, the media has a way of reeling you back in, through soundbites, captivating headlines, and lurid photos, most of it for a ‘progressive’ agenda. Then throw in the non-stop pitches for the array of all the newfangled products and services that you ‘ought’ to acquire.

Juggling all of our personal and professional responsibilities, along with the ever-represent ‘requirement’ to stay informed adds up to a world of complexity, which can confound and debilitate us.

Complexity is frustrating. It causes us to spend countless hours paying attention to what could be summarized in minutes or avoided altogether, and untold sums of money to diminish or undo what perhaps didn’t need to be done at all.

Complexity Won’t Subside

How does complexity show up in our lives? You’re frazzled by the staggering amount of technology already in your life. You need to find a manual to understand the manual that came with your computer.

You constantly find yourself immersed in a sea of technical terms, such as data relay, encryption, USB debugging, and CPU usage, that you would greatly prefer to not have encountered at all. You have no chance of understanding the two-dozen buttons on the remote control devices that come with your television set, DVR, DVD, Tivo, Dish, DirecTV and Roku.

Simply because you were born in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s and are a functioning member of society, the relentless drumbeat of complexity continues every day. Yes, the world is complex, society is complex, and your life is complex, but antidotes that offer relief are available and they are within your grasp.

Designed with Intelligence?

Any product or service that you acquire, any piece of technology, or anything you add to your professional or personal life comes with instructions, options, and features that someone else – an engineer – designed before it ever made its way to you.

As author Vance Packard told us more than 60 years ago in The Waste Makers, when it comes to operating a gadget, what we think represents our own shortcomings is often erroneous. The manufacturer made many decisions before the product was ever shipped from the plant, involving the quality of materials to be used and the design and layout of the various switches, buttons, and dials that adorn the appliance. The intelligence with which engineers design a product dramatically impacts how easy or difficult it will be for the typical consumer to use it effectively.

Consider clothes dryers, microwave units, blenders, radio/alarm clocks, and DVD players. Some of them, mysteriously, have instructions too complicated and confusing to fathom, while others are easier to operate. Did you luck out, or did the engineer/designer back at the plant have something to do with it? Hereafter, seek products designed with intelligence.

Recognize that having fewer switches, buttons, or dials does not necessarily mean that the product is less sophisticated or offers fewer benefits or features. Quite the opposite might be true! Simplicity, rather than complexity, is your product preference among items that otherwise are relatively equal in terms of cost, durability, expected life cycle, and warranty. If one item has dozens of features, while another has only a handful (namely the ones you need!), choose the latter and don’t fret about a possible upgrade later.

Who’s the Boss? You Are

Purchasing items with excessive instructions and complex operating procedures invites complexity into your life. You’ve personally acquired most of what surrounds you and are largely responsible for your immediate environment.

Less, quite often, can be more in terms of the favorable impact on your life, peace of mind, and quality of leisure time. In an age where a satellite dish can bring 60,000+ programs per month to your television set, ask yourself, would 4,000 or 5,000 programs be sufficient?

When I face a technical challenge, I give that task to a younger person – someone who has grown up with technology and to whom it is second nature.

Keep Complexity at Bay

By making basic but effective purchases and identifying needed helpers, we can keep complexity at bay. We can dial down the level of complexity that otherwise surrounds us in order to maintain effectiveness and have more of a life.

Exercise your power to acquire fewer television channels, subscribe to fewer publications, select products with a greater ease of use, and remember who is in control. You are! Not the government, not the media, and not some unseen force.

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EXCLUSIVE: Arizona Senator Gives Audit Update

Update from AZ Senator JD Mesnard

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Former Speaker of the Arizona House and current Arizona State Senator JD Mesnard gives his update and analysis of the ongoing Arizona audit saga. Check out the video below:

About JD Mesnard:

J.D. Mesnard is a state senator in the Arizona Senate, serving Legislative District 17 (Chandler, Gilbert, and Sun Lakes). He was elected to the Senate on November 6, 2018, after serving eight years in the Arizona House of Representatives, including as Speaker of the House during his final term.

J.D. is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Business and the other in Public Administration—exemplifying his interest in both the public and private sectors. Prior to running for office, J.D. spent eight years working at the Arizona Senate where he served as a policy advisor on issues ranging from education, transportation and retirement, to family services and government administration. He is a small business owner, investor and consultant, and has always sought to be an active participant at all levels of the community. He works with charities, churches and non-profits, and is adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University, where he teaches political science courses. He has been teaching for 14 years.

J.D.’s compassion for those less fortunate—who struggle in places outside of the greatest country on earth—led him to help establish Voices of the World, a non-profit Christian charity whose mission includes providing humanitarian aid to the poor and destitute of the world.

Born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL (his father is a retired fighter pilot), J.D. has lived in Arizona for nearly 30 years. He resides in Chandler with his wife, Holly, who is a registered nurse, and their daughter, Calielle.

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