Wednesday, November 23, 2005

John W Scherer VIDEO PROFESSOR Blog-November 23, 2005

Let’s talk tech and computing!

Don’t mess with Texas.
For the folks at Sony, the hits just keep coming. And we mean HITS!
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Seek and ye shall find.
I often talk about the Internet here on the blog and for good reason; it’s as much a part of our daily lives and brushing our teeth. (You do brush and floss, right?) And it appears many of you use the ‘Net as your first place to look, for anything, anytime.
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The Internet is one fascinating place. One Video Professor’s more popular tutorials is “Learn the Internet.” Check it out.

Television viewing: Bigger is better. Smaller is better. Better start saving up.
Folks shopping for TV’s have some interesting choices this year. On one hand, stores are trying to sell you giant HD sets to make your home viewing experience rival that of the most modern movie theater. On the other hand, the goal is to pack the tiniest of screens with as much high quality content as possible.
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Talk about your thundering herd!
That thunder you heard wasn’t the weather, it was kids (and grown-up kids) pounding their way into stores for the release of the new Xbox.
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And here’s some early top picks for games:
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By the way, a check of eBay has the new Xbox going for as much as 2-thousand dollars! Waiting in line can be very profitable!

eBay. Oh boy!
We launched our eBay tutorial last week in New York at the Country Music Awards, and you’ll soon be seeing reviews in local and national publications. We’re excited about it. Our proven “What-You-See-Is-What-You-Do” method of learning will have you shopping for bargains on eBay, and maybe becoming a seller yourself, even starting your own home business. Check out more at and click on the eBay banner.


Make sure Don Ho hears about this one!Do you ever think much about bubbles? Tiny ones, big ones or even colored ones? Well, kids do and the brighter the bubble, the bigger the business. Apparently there won’t be a bubble in the bubble market anytime soon!
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Big Bird
You may have already heard about the Airbus 380, this monster of an airplane is designed to carry 555 passengers and several versions include having bedrooms, gyms and even in-flight shopping. Take a tour!
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone, especially our troops.
While gorging on turkey, football and all the other fun stuff that comes with Thanksgiving, let’s all take more than a few minutes to give thanks for so many things. Not the least of which is being able to live in the United States of America. Our freedom comes at a very high price, and right now thousands of men and women of our armed forces are taking the fight to the enemy so we can live at peace here at home.

America is a special place, a country where a guy like me can grow up in a small town, come up with an idea, start a business and with the help of a terrific team of Video Professor employees, manufacture and sell a product that helps millions.

Best Thanksgiving wishes to you, your family and friends!

Quote o’ the week
"It is therefore recommended ... to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor..."—Samuel Adams, November 1, 1777 (adopted by the 13 states as the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation)

Site o’ the week
Design your own road sign!
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Friday, November 18, 2005

John W. Scherer VIDEO PROFESSOR Blog November 18, 2005

Video Professor at the Country Music Awards!
When you want to learn how to use computer programs like Word, HTML, Photoshop…and now eBay, you call the Video Professor. When you want to put a smile on the faces of celebrities such as Martina McBride, John Rich, Lee Ann Womack, Willie Nelson, George Strait and many more, simply put them in front of the Video Professor banner backstage at the 2005 Country Music Awards and watch their reactions!

We launched our new eBay tutorial lesson at the CMA Celebrity Showcase to show country stars and their fans, just how easy it is to buy and sell their favorite country memorabilia on eBay.

When presented with Video Professor’s newest learning lesson, How to Buy and Sell on eBay, Martina McBride smiled and exclaimed, “Oh, I need to give this to my brother Marty! He puts all my memorabilia on there and sells it!”

“This will really come in handy,” said a smiling Steve King [master of the keyboards for the Keith Urban Band], “I’ve been wanting to learn this!” Other Country Music legends such as Lee Ann Womack, Big & Rich, Montgomery & Gentry, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley all stopped by the Product Showcase Room this weekend as well, where they too smiled and enjoyed the uniqueness of the Video Professor product display.

“Oh, I love that guy,” exclaimed Faith Hill’s band leader Jimmy Nichols, referring to Video Professor CEO and Founder John W. Scherer, “I see him all the time on TV!” Then, in his best product-pitch style, he mimicked, “Try my product! Try my product!” the popular slogan of the Video Professor.

“I actually have (the Video Professor) Photoshop tutorial already,” explained Bobby Boyd (lead singer of the Bobby Boyd Band). In fact, in addition to the new eBay lesson, many of the stars backstage picked up the Photoshop lesson as well. Stars from Vinny Kuliah to Rachael Warwick chose from more than 40 other titles Video Professor had on display at this star-studded showcase.

Let’s talk tech and computing!
Sony says OOPS!
It seemed a good idea at the time. Sony, like any music label, was worried about copyright protection. So they added a little extra code on each CD. Problem is, it made your computer just a little bit easier to get hacked! And that has users hacked, and Sony saying, Oops.
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Later that day….
Sometimes when you fix things, you break things even more.
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The Internet will remain under United States control, at least for now. Free-speech loving countries like China and Cuba among others, were angling for United Nations control instead. We dodged a bullet, this time. So did the world.
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Classifieds? Less classified.
Will the want ads become just a Google away?
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Flu Season. An ounce of prevention is worth several ounces of cure
Ok, it’s flu season. And it’s the simple things that make the biggest difference.
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My nominee for NBA Player of the Year-A Slam Dunk
In the pro sports world of bling, hot cars, scandal and “It’s all about me,” every once in a while, a player comes a long that truly has it together. Meet Michael Redd of the Milwaukee Bucks, one cool guy. And very definitely a role model!
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Baseball gets real. 50, 100 and you’re out of here.
Major League Baseball and the Players Union have agreed on some incredibly tough rules against the use of Steroids. Beginning with the 2006 season a player caught using steroids is out for 50 games. 50 games is 1/3 of a season by the time a player would get back in shape. A 2nd offense gets you a 100 game suspension, which really means a full season and a 3rd puts you out of baseball for life. It’s about time.

Quote o’ the week
“The Internet has been the most fundamental change during my lifetime and for hundreds of years.” -Rupert S. Murdoch

Site o’ the week
This is indeed, a strange one! If you need tips, and I think you will, let me know.
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John W. Scherer
CEO and Founder

Friday, November 11, 2005

John W. Scherer Video Professor Blog November 11, 2005

Veteran’s Day November 11, 2005
Make sure you take a moment to remember those who have served, and those who continue to serve the cause of freedom. And this poem captures what it’s truly all about.Let us never forget.

In Flanders Fields By:
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Why what we’re doing is important
France. Forgetting (again) the past, doomed (again) to repeat it.
In the years leading up to World War II, France (as they did prior to World War I) hid its head under a blanket, hoping that Germany would go away. Germany didn’t, and invaded France. The United States and its Allies came to the rescue. In the fight against terrorism, France, again, hid its head under a blanket. They refused to join in the fight against terrorism, and in fact, did everything they could to jeopardize our own efforts in the fight against terror. And now it appears, that France is being invaded again. You’d think they’d learn, n’est ce pas? Read More >

John Stossel has it right
Several members of the Video Professor team had the chance to hear ABC 20/20 anchor John Stossel speak about what’s really ailing America. The event was the annual Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau Golden Torch Awards dinner. Stossel held up a pocket copy of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Now Stossel says, the government adds fifty thousand pages of new regulations every year. One reason Stossel says is that it takes more time to get permits than it actually takes to construct a new building. We couldn’t agree more.

Now let’s talk tech and computing!
Stock Hacker Alert!

Online trading is a terrific tool. Fast and economical and if you know what you’re doing, (or are just plain lucky) very profitable. And guess what? Hackers have noticed.

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Microsoft carries big stick but talks loudly (But did they have to use Cheap Trick?)
When everyone is hitting you from all directions, what’s a company to do? If you’re Microsoft, you fight back, big time. (Thanks Dick)

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Google launches new book site
Google’s legal department is now open 24/7.

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Google to go? YAHOO!
Content is indeed, King. It’s also darn mobile, I mean tech is for those on the move!

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On a clear day, you can see forever
NASA’s Mars Rovers have the Energizer Bunny beat. They just keep going and going, and sending back SPECTACULAR pictures.
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Etc, etc. Quote o’ the week"
I can't believe she's 89 and looks like that."-Robin Williams, (Kidding we think) after seeing Madonna at MTV show.

Hey T.O. Don’t let the door hit you in the rear end on your way out. You’re a talented young man, no question. But you don’t get it. Welcome to the list of superb athletes who’ve blown terrific careers. Remember what Harry Truman said about success, especially when no one cares who gets the credit. Too bad for T.O. that the only person with less smarts than him, is his agent. I love football and the sport is better off without T.O.

Site o’ the week
Whether your eggs end up scrambled or sunny side up is up to you!

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Friday, November 04, 2005

John W. Scherer Video Professor Blog November 4, 2005

Let’s talk tech and computing!

The always interesting and innovative Internet
It really wasn’t all that long ago that a bunch of computer geeks at the Pentagon created something called the Internet. (Sorry Al) It’s as close to a living, breathing and evolving creature anywhere. And it just keeps on getting better.

Innovation brings competition (and that’s good for all of us)
The folks at Google are making inroads everywhere on the net. Microsoft, (like anyone else in the biz) is taking notice. Check out this new beta test site! Let me know what you think about it. My e-mail address is at the bottom of the blog.
The networks are figuring out that if they want you to watch, it has to be convenient to you instead of them. NBC just announced an option for folks who can’t make it home for the 6 o ’clock news.

You should also check out digital video recorders. Devices like TiVo are changing the way you watch TV. Satellite and cable companies offer the technology and once you’ve tried one, you never go back.

Just one more reason why Wal-Mart is so efficient
Ok, I know some folks have it in for Wal-Mart. The company is taking a lot of pot shots lately. But you have to admit that a huge part of their success comes from simply being efficient. Including the way they keep track of stock, how much to stock, and when. Ole’ Sam Walton was a pretty simple fellow, but success has been built on high technology.

Dorothy was right, there is no place like home!
I’m just one of millions of working Americans who take their work home with them. And spare bedrooms are quickly turning into home offices. The benefits are equal for companies and their employees. And computers make it all possible.

Serious games-not an oxymoron
Ok, you think about video games and it’s wham, zap and ka-pow with some vroom tossed in for good measure. If your kids are really into video games, the career potential is awesome. And not just to create games, but really make a difference.

Business Week Tech Buying Guide
Make sure the November 7 issue of BusinessWeek is on your must-read list. It’s the magazine’s annual tech buying guide, and it’s full of very helpful and useful information to sort through what’s hot, and not so hot. I guarantee you’ll find something for the “hard to buy for” person on your list.

Off topic

Nomination part Deux
President Bush announced his nomination for Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on Monday. As you know, Harriet Miers withdrew last week, which is sad because despite what you heard or thought about her qualifications, she never got a chance to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Our court system is all about due process, yet she never was afforded the opportunity.

Let’s hope the folks inside the beltway give the process a chance this time around with Judge Samuel Alito. Write your Senators, tell them to ease up on the grandstanding and stick with the process. It’s served us well for hundreds of years.

Time to raise the bar folks
Words like “Nuclear Option” and “Armageddon” are being tossed around Washington so often these days, it seems like we’re back to the cold war days of the 1960s. Except it’s Democrats and Republicans instead of the United States and the old Soviet Union.

This sort of rhetoric is insulting to the vast majority of Americans who expect more from our elected representatives and the media that eggs them on. Is it too much to expect even a little dignity in the process?

Quote o’ the week
"I used to speak in the church all the time. The sisters in the front row fanning themselves would say to my grandmother, this child sure can talk!'" -Oprah Winfrey on how she first started honing her public speaking skills.

Site o’ the week
Just your basic chain reaction puzzle page! (See if you can beat my 1,037)
Visit: Grid Game

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CEO and Founder
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