PROLOGUE

Fame is transient; infamy is permanent. [A dreamtime message, 3/6/2016]

Which means, once we achieve fame, we must be careful not to add some infamy karma. Because the latter will OUTLAST the fame. 

[For example, think OJ Simpson, Mata Hari, Keating Five, Hitler, Clinton-Lewinsky, Nixon, Bill Cosby, Stalin, Henry VIII… All of them went from fame to infamy – for which they are eventually remembered].

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That’s the message I received from my Spirit guides in dreamtime last night.

But that was not all. My Spirit guides practically wrote this entire story for me over the next hour or so, as I tossed and turned trying to go back to sleep. Yes, they even gave me some of these names.

When I eventually woke up some five hours later, all I had to do is type the story on my computer. And do a little bit of research to back up some of the facts and figures in it.

AN AUSPICIOUS DAY

I also realized this morning something else – why my Spirit guides chose to do it on this particular night/morning. It was because today, March 6, 2016, is an auspicious day. Numerologically, it is a double triple 3’s date.

3/6/2016 = 9 / 9 = 3 x 3 / 3 x 3

The number “3” has always resonated with me, especially in terms of engendering Creativity. And even making me move from Arizona to Maui.

Here’s more on the spiritual meaning of the Angel number “3”:

Number 3 carries the vibrations of communication and self-expression, adventure, inspiration imgres-1.jpegand creativity, humor, optimism and joy, spontaneity and enthusiasm.  Number 3 also symbolizes the principle of increase and growth, expansion and abundance on the mental, emotional, financial and spiritual levels. Number 3 is the number of manifesting and manifestation and carries the vibration of the Ascended Masters. The Ascended Masters help you to focus on the Divine spark within yourself and others, and assist with manifesting your desires. They are helping you to find peace, clarity and love within. 

(Also see Significance of Masters numbers “11” and “3” in Altzar’s bio.

TRANSIENCE OF FAME, PERMANENCE OF INFAMY

What brought this on?

In a word, Google. Of all unlikely culprits, right? 🙂

Yes, that relative newcomer to corporate fame that recently surpassed Apple as the world’s most valuable company punctured a little hole in my memory bank. And then all sorts of interesting things leaked out.

So once again from the top…

Fame is transient; infamy is permanent.

Or putting it in plain English, “good news travels fast; bad news travels eight times faster.”

Why eight times?

Actually, it’s “at least” eight times.”

Back in the 1980s, someone did market research on that topic and found out that people tend to spread bad news to at least eight friends or acquaintances, while sharing their good news with only a few people.

Of course, that has now changed dramatically. An average Facebook user has 338 friends, for example. And it’s a lot easier to share any kind of news now than 30 years ago. So now bad news travels over 40 times faster than in the 1980s.

But what does that have to do with Google?

GOOGLE BOONDOGGLES: SCHIZOPHRENIC TREATMENT OF CUSTOMERS

“ARRESTED” AND LOCKED OUT BY GOOGLE SECURITY DETAIL

Well, one week ago, I walked into my office to discover that Google had locked my out of my business account which I had had with that company for six (6) years!

No explanation other than they had allegedly noticed some “suspicious activity” and decided to lock me out for my own protection. And I had not even been on the system for 12 hours prior to that.url

I was stunned.  The obsession with security in this country has gone from sublime to the ridiculous.

Suppose a policeman sees or imagines somebody sneaking around your house late at night. Let’s also say that policeman then knocks on your door.  You open the door.  And while you’re still rubbing the sleepy dust out of your eyes, he snaps the cuff links on you and places you in custody.

“For your own protection,” he adds.

Back at the station, you don’t get any Miranda right. No phone calls. Just a cold and dirty cell.

That’s basically how Google treated me – a loyal paying business customer of 6 years – on account of its suspicion of suspicious behavior. I had no one to call. Because the tech support number I was given requires a security code that you can only get after you log into your website. From which Google had locked me out.

So I was up a creek most of that day, tearing my hairs out trying to figure out how I can regain access to 20 years of emails and other personal data I had on the Google server. Eventually, I sent a message out to a handful of my family members and friends from my personal Gmail account which I had set up 8 years ago strictly as a backup – for unexpected unspecified emergencies. Like this one.

I do not remember exactly what I did to make contact with the Google Apps business support team. But I must have done it somehow from that personal email. So eventually I got a phone call from one of Google techs.

“Oh am I ever glad to hear from you!” I greeted him after he introduced himself.

Even with him on the line, it took about an hour to defeat the electronic obstacles Google had put in our way before I was finally able to regain access to my account and data.

“Never again,” I said to myself and to Elizabeth after this ordeal was over.

Not only was that an inappropriate way for any company to treat a loyal customer, but I HATE doing techie work. I’d much rather be writing stories, playing music, making movies, hiking in the mountains, riding my bike, praying to the stars and rainbows… than trying to decode and break the enigmas of modern computer jail houses.

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I had spent 45 years in the IT industry doing that professionally. During that time, I did gain certain fame and notoriety as an executive consultant for some of the world’s largest companies. But when I closed the doors on my business on June 30, 2014, I never wanted to reopen them again.

Of course, I can break out of IT prisons. Been there, done that. But why would I want to waste my time on something like that?

So I resented Google forcing me back into that “square-headed” mode almost as much as being mistreated as a customer.

BREAKING OUT OF GOOGLE JAIL

Reluctantly, I spent most of this past week planning my break out of the Google jail. It was another nightmare. First, because I was out of practice. Second, because even if some of Google export tools helped me move my data out of my business account, the Google tools at the personal account had trouble importing them. And the Google tech support staff washed their hands off trying to help me.

So for a few days, I wondered across the internet desert landscape like Moses in the desert. Eventually, using intuition and past experiences as an IT jail breaker, I managed to transfer all of my 65,000 emails and over 4,000 contacts to my iMac.

Just to give you an idea about what this meant, that’s more than twice as many emails as Hillary Clinton had deleted from her private server while working as Secretary of State.

Then using a third-party software (Mozilla Thunderbird), that I had never heard of before last week, I selected and transferred about 26,000 emails and 700 contacts to my personal Gmail account.

And so now I am finally ready to give Google a boot.

UPDATE MARCH 9, 2016

NOT SO FAST… GOOGLE TRIPS ME UP AGAIN

Here’s a letter I sent to my friends and family last night:

My goodness gracious… this Google company is unbelievable. I was in the middle of sending a message from my Gmail account (XXXX@gmail.com) last night to which I had just switched my communications from my Google business account, when I was rudely kicked off with the message:

YOUR ACCOUNT HAS BEEN DISABLED.url

No further explanation. No phone support for Gmail customers. No other options. 

So after more than 8 years of using this Gmail account, Google killed it just like that. And with it, all my data (most of which I had painstakingly transferred from my business account during the past week).

(If you remember, this whole thing started when Google locked me out of my business account 10 days ago – “for my protection” – without any immediate recourse).

Was disabling my Gmail account Google’s way of PUNISHING a customer for wanting to leave a business service where the exact same thing happened 10 days ago? Or did they not like the (political) content of some of my recent message? 

​Or was there another reason?​

​Your guess is as good as mine…  ​And ​I have no idea.

Bottom line? Please revert back to my original email at least for the time being. I sincerely apologize for all this hassle and back and forth. If it didn’t happen to me – ​a guy  with 47 years of experience in the computer industry – I would never have believed. 

​But there you are… computer companies are finding new ways to annoy customers.​

Thank you for your understanding.

TWO DAYS LATER… GMAIL ACCOUNT ENABLED AGAIN

March 10, 2016

I received an email from the Google Gmail team this morning which said the following:

“Hello Google user,

Your account was disabled due to a violation of our Terms of Service. After review, we have reenabled your account. “

First off, I did nothing wrong nor different from anything else I had been doing with my Gmail account in the last eight years. As you know, I was simply sending an email out when I was cut off and locked out of the account.

Second, if I did allegedly violate the Google terms of service, why reinstate me?

In other words, the preceding was an implied admission of guilt on the part of Google Gmail team. Either their software or human censors suck but Google is loathe to admit it. So they punish the user and then wait until the customer squeaks before making a correction.

In other words, the customer is PRESUMED GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE.

Well, this customer anyway, isn’t prepared to put up with that kind of treatment. So goodbye Google! As soon as I can practicably execute the necessary transfer, I will now be off both Google Apps and Gmail.

I suspect I won’t be missed. Google now has over 900 million active users in the world. It’s a wonder I even got a response from Google given how many customers they have. Well, both good riddance and good luck to Google!
 
Even if I am not missed right now, “a thousand mile journey begins with the first step” (Confucius). And this first step might be eventually followed by many others in years to come who feel likewise and do not want to be PRESUMED GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE.
 * * *

“NO POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES, ONLY LESSONS” (Spirit)

Last night, before going to a wonderful Phoenix Symphony concert (see below), I sent an email message out to my close friends and family advising them that I am about to change my email – for the first time in 20 years! 

Perhaps it was that act that triggered the dreamtime response by the Spirit? Maybe my guides and teachers wanted to put this Google situation into a larger context?  That, in fact, it was just another learning lesson. Maybe they wanted to remind me of what they had taught me before, during a channeling session in Ireland in 2011:

  • There are no positive or negative experiences, only lessons.
  • When we come into body, we do it with prior agreements we had made in the Spirit realm. These agreements are called Soul Intentions.
  • So nothing that happens to us is “accidental.”  Everything has its reason and purpose.
  • We agree to go through these experiences PRIOR to coming into body in order to work off some prior karma, or to help others do the same.

“There are no positive or negative experiences, only lessons.” [my Spirit guides]

ANOTHER LESSON: NOTHING IS FOREVER

Another lesson I had learned during my 45 years as a computer industry analyst is also a lesson about impermanence of fame, and durability of infamy.

Anybody still remember what BUNCH is?

No? No problem. Even my spellchecker doesn’t recognize some of these names.

historic-computers.jpgBUNCH is an acronym that was coined over 50 years ago when the computer industry was in its infancy. It stood for:

B – Burroughs; U – Univac; N – NCR; C – Control Data Corp; H – Honeywell

Of the five leading computer companies in the 1960s, only NCR Honeywell is still in business. But not as computer companies anymore.

Lesson? Transience of fame.

And who usurped the BUNCH companies atop the computer industry?

IBM. The Big Blue. Arrogant, brash and extremely successful would have been appropriate attributes to describe this company that ultimately came to connote “computer” in most people’s minds as much as Kleenex stood for a tissue paper.

IBM achieved that in part by trampling over the (antitrust) laws as if they were ants. It “won” the mammoth 1969-1982 antitrust case, for example, by hiring a bunch of lawyers and senior government officials to its board, who, in turn, helped manipulate the Justice Dept. into dropping the case. After 13 years of bitter litigation!

In many ways, IBM of the early 1980s resembled the United States today – omnipotent, invincible. Like Google today, it was the world’s most valuable company.

And yet, only a decade or so alter, Big Blue was on the ropes, nearly bankrupt. And today, like NCR and Honeywell, the bigger competitors IBM decimated in the early 1970s, Big Blue is still breathing but no longer a mover and a shaker even in the computer industry (see IBM SLIDE INTO OBLIVION CONTINUES – http://wp.me/p3QaLk-4a).

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So a lesson we can all take from the IBM debacle about the transience of fame in a political process…

The American Empire – here today, gone tomorrow.” (Truth in Media, Sep 1993, Washington Times column “When Cultures Collide…”, Aug 1996)

Okay, so that was the BUNCH and IBM. What about some more recent examples?

Anybody still remember DEC? declogo_large

DEC – Digital Equipment Corp – a Massachusetts-based computer upstart in the 1970s was the main successful challenger to IBM. It did so by inventing a “minicomputer” as a contrast to the “mainframe.”

DEC was the first company that put the network ahead of the computer. And it paid off. For a while…  By the mid- to late-1980s, DEC was the company to beat in the computer industry.

2000px-Compaq_logo_until_2008_with_protection_zone.svg.pngAnd what happened to DEC?

It was devoured by a “minicomputer” upstart Compaq in 1998. Google had not even been born yet.

Fame to infamy… nobody remembers DEC anymore.

And Compaq, in turn, was swallowed up by Carly Fiorina’s HP one week before 9/11 (see Two Losers Don’t Make a Winner,” Sep 2, 2001).

Fame to infamy… nobody remembers Compaq anymore, either.

In late 2005, HP surpassed IBM as the largest computer company in the world (see Meet New King of the Hill).

Now, both of these erstwhile computer giants are well down the list of the most valuable computer companies, and even further down in terms of their influence.

Fame to infamy… how many of you still buy IBM or HP PC’s?

I haven’t since 2009.

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Which brings us back to my dreamtime Spirit message from last night: TRANSIENCE OF FAME, PERMANENCE OF INFAMY.

Which means…

“EVERYTHING CHANGES, NOTHING IS PERMANENT”

No, that’s not an original thought. The first human to whom this quote is attributed was the Greek philosopher  Hiraclitus of Ephesus And he lived over 2,500 years ago (Ἡράκλειτος, Herakleitos; c. 535 BC475 BC).

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It was inserted in my brain last night by my Spirit guides and teachers for a reason.

* * *

FRENCH NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY – AMONG THE BEST EVER

Berlioz, Saint-Saens and Ravel (Bolero) Set the Phoenix Symphony Hall on Fire

Elizabeth and I are no strangers to opera and symphony performances. We have attended performances by many of the world’s most famous musicians and the most beautiful concert venues around the world. And I have so say that the concert the Phoenix Symphony gave last night under the directions of Andrew Grams as a guest conductor has to go rank close to the top of our lifetime best ever.

The conductor practically danced at the podium all evening. He was so energized that he projected his enthusiasm into the orchestra and the crowd. The French pianist Pascal Roge, one of the world’s best at the moment, contributed to it with a brilliant rendition of Camille Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 2 in G minor.

The first half of the program, which consisted entirely of French composers’ works, was incredibly intense. Even before the opening applause died down, the conductor whipped up the orchestra into a frenzy with the incredibly fast opening bars of Hector Berlioz’s “Le Corsaire.”

[Berlioz (1803-1869), by the way, was a contemporary and a protege of Franz Liszt, one of my past incarnations. Last night, I could see and feel once again why. Berlioz was amazingly talented].

Both the pianist and the orchestra got a standing ovation at the end of the first half with several curtain calls.

The second half of the program was entirely Ravel. By contrast to the first part, it was all about emotions and imagination. His “Mother Goose” was like an impressionist painting. Only more evocative.

And then came “Bolero,” the final piece on the program, which I also recorded in my humble version on a Clavinova in 2014 (see “BOLERO” WITH FULL ORCHESTRA, TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS – http://wp.me/p1jFeo-Px).

Another standing ovation followed the end of the concert. Elizabeth and I were still under the spell of it on a drive home.

 

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