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alright my IT type friends, here's my take on this whole XP debacle.

A great many local and other government offices still use XP.  The cost to do a city, county, state, wide rollout of a new OS is extremely high.

Many local govt's are stretched tight or are even so bad off as to be in ir near bankruptcy.  To afford such a rollout is almost unthinkable for many of them.

We can talk about installing a lower cost alternative like Linux, but the reality is that it still costs thousands, tens of thousands or more to do that. 

Personally, I am in favor of allowing, even requiring, local governments to go with opensource software. 

Over the long run, it has been shown that it is lower cost to maintain and update/upgrade.

It emphasizes the practice of using office apps that use open standards instead of proprietary ones that increase the RTI over time and forces artificial costs in "keeping up" with version bloat.

This XP breakpoint is going to wreak havoc for local governments and small businesses until they find a way to install something else.  I consider this akin to a major malware release that will interrupt a lot more than people realize.
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Actually, the support issue is different once there is a contract involved. Yes, there is a risk that a company will go out of business. But a company that remains in business and has a government contract is not free to say "yeah, we aren't really interested in that anymore, so we're just going to stop supporting it." The open-source community at large can do that. Additionally, if a company has a government contract, and a vulnerability is discovered that they feel is a low priority, the government has considerable leverage to say "we think it is high priority and needs a patch. Get to it." The government does not have that leverage over the general open-source community. Of course the company can renegotiate at contract renewal, phase out old software on established schedules, and that sort of thing, but there are rules and regulations that both parties have to abide by.

The "many eyes" idea of open-source is good. I personally think it provides robust security. But I guarantee you that the federal government does not find it sufficient. For example, an encryption module is not acceptable to the federal government simply because the open-source community is comfortable with it. It needs to be FIPS 140-2 validated or approved by the NSA.
I do security for U.S. Government networks. Regardless of my personal feelings or thoughts, I turn down software requests on a regular basis because nobody in the federal government has dedicated the resources to approving the requested software and big parts of it were written in particular parts of the world. It is often cheaper for the federal government to purchase a commercial solution from a U.S. company with a warranty than it is for them to recreate the work of hundreds of coders inspecting the open-source code written in Adversaryland. And once software has been sidelined by the feds, if a state or local government puts that software on their network and wants to connect to a federal network, they are likely to be denied. So adoption of software with FOCI concerns remains expensive for governments because it limits their flexibility and interconnectivity.

I fully agree with your thoughts on planning for future needs. Unfortunately, government budgeting processes create all sorts of havoc with rationality. Money you don't spend in one year goes away, and isn't in the budget the next, so "saving up" for a future need is virtually impossible. September is the most bizarre month in the government, as far as I'm concerned. Some organizations are so broke they are running out of basic office supplies, while others are buying anything they can get their hands on just to spend all their money and show that they really, really need every cent in their budget.

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Why do you use the hive that you use?  Is it because someone told you use it?  Did you inherit it or get it for free or nearly so? A very great number of beekeepers I talk to typically use the hive and methodology they do bec...
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As the President and Director of the Omaha Bee Club, I've had many members express a growing interest in learning about liability insurance for their beekeeping.

I think it's a sad sign that this is such a litigious society that people fear being sued by a visitor or a neighbor over being stung.

We have a local insurance agent who has become somewhat a specialist in beekeeping insurance by nature of his association with a few beekeepers.  He will be doing a a presentation at our April bee club meeting.

I called around to several insurance agencies in the omaha/metro area and was surprised to find that this fellow is about the only one in our area that has much, if any information on the subject.

I'm sure more southern states than Nebraska find it more common but up here, it seems rare.
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What of the survivors of the Winter of 2013?
I can't speak for anywhere else, but in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, Winter had bad news for honey bees.  Losses in general were high, often, too high. This year, the bee club I belong to ( The Omaha Bee Club) has a bee trapping contest this Spring.  ...
I can't speak for anywhere else, but in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, Winter had bad news for honey bees.  Losses in general were high, often, too high. This year, the bee club I belong to ( The Omaha Bee Club) has a bee...
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OK, painted hive bottoms today, they are ready to go.  I use 3/8" openings on my five frame box hives year round.  Makes it easier for bees to defend yet still gives enough access for high traffic in warmer temps.

let's move on to a new design of the quilt box.  the quilt box's purpose is to allow humidity to rise up and out of the hive boxes with condensation collecting on the wood shavings so as not to condense over the bees and drip back down on them.

It takes the place of the inner cover in conventional hives.

simple to build.  make a rectangular frame that has screen stretched across the bottom supported by two or more braces across the bottom.  The quilt box only needs to be 3/4" high.  

 a simple board that extends over the quilt box/hive for protection from elements.
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yep. . . when it's not coated in propolis but bees don't care. I just wash and replace as needed. 
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when I die, I plan to be cremated then have my ashes mixed into the cement mix to make a garden gnome. that way, I can still be around my family all the time.
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"What have here people, is a failure to communicate."  We also have a failure to contemplate.  Any reading of the founding documents requires an appreciation of the context in which they were written. Too many people now have...
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How Do You Choose What You Use?
Why do you use the hive that you use?  Is it because someone told you use it?  Did you inherit it or get it for free or nearly so? A very great number of beekeepers I talk to typically use the hive and methodology they do because of someone else's influence...
Why do you use the hive that you use?  Is it because someone told you use it?  Did you inherit it or get it for free or nearly so? A very great number of beekeepers I talk to typically use the hive and methodology they do bec...
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I've been using an 8 frame Langstroth hive because the books I read when I was first getting started were mostly about Langstroth hives so I felt most comfortable with that idea. I chose 8 frame because it was a little smaller probably better for my little urban operation.
 
Cedar Oil Spray testing Continues
In past experiments using the cedar oil pest spray in bee hives to protect from pests like small hive beetle and perhaps even Varroa mites, wax moths, etc I am going to apply the spray differently than in the past. In the past, the spray was applied to the ...
In past experiments using the cedar oil pest spray in bee hives to protect from pests like small hive beetle and perhaps even Varroa mites, wax moths, etc I am going to apply the spray differently than in the past. In the pas...
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cut the pieces for 6 frame bottom boards today.  as I've said elsewhere, 3/8" gap instead of 3/4".  have to custom cut the pieces for that.  anyway, got all the wood cut and when I went to glue and nail them together, I found out that I am all out of wood glue.

seems a certain spouse used the last of it and we haven't gotten more yet.  now I'll have to wait until tomorrow to get more wood glue then let them set.

Painting them will have to wait until this Sunday when it's supposed to be 73 degrees.

In other news, I can still cut tops, those are easy, yet still need glue.  and I need to make some more quilt boxes also.
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well, got my glue.  tonight saw all the pieces assembled, glued and nailed.

Next thing to do is sand and paint then I will have finished hive bottom boards.

After those are done (I'm thinking paint on Sunday) then it's on to quilt boxes.
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First off, if you promote liberal progressive-ism, socialism, communism or expect America to emulate other countries in the world, don't circle me, don't bother me.  I have no time or patience to waste on people who devalue the individual.  Collectivists should avoid me.

What I do:

Founder, President and Director of the Omaha Bee Club in the Omaha/Metro area in Nebraska.  The Omaha Bee Club is here to help local beekeepers bee successful.

Professional Integrated Pest Managementservices and bee conservation/pollination services

I am a distributor of Evictor and Nature's Defender Cedar Oil nob-toxic and natural  pest sprays with the ONLY legal label in Nebraska. I am also a licensed pesticide applicator in Nebraska.  If you are looking for ecologically responsible pest management services, please contact me.

What I am:  Husband, Father, Beekeeper

How I have fun: Game Master for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons First Edition/OSRIC

Things to know about my posts:

Most of my posts will have to do with bees, beekeeping, being an educated and active participant citizen and playing AD&D 1E

I believe in the American Constitution and I refuse to be labeled as a "conservative" or "liberal".  I am registered as an Independent because I believe political parties violate the spirit of the Constitution and contribute to most of the problems our government has.

I am a die hard individualist and I am also an isolationist.

You get no sympathy or pity from me if you expect everyone else to carry your water. 

God helps those who helps themselves, same goes for me.

Don't live beyond your means.

If you mess with my family, you had better hope the police catch you before I do.

The government is not here to protect people, it is supposed to protect individual liberties.  Individuals can protect themselves and each other.
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This is a place that obviously puts people first. From offering free movies through the summer for low income families to hosting special and local elated events. The atmosphere and "personality" of Aksarben Cinema is always outstanding.
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