One lucky punter bagged a $5.9 million payout in the Pick-9 last Saturday and both Super-6s, along with the Pick-9, start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow.The 10-race programme which commences at 12:15 p.m. is expected to be keen in most races. The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a restricted allowance race over 1100 metres for five-year-olds and up (non winners of two). Despite a small field of six, the race should be closely contested by the consistent DEMOLITION BOY, PLAY BACK, PARTY CITY and GENUINE ARTICLE.PARTY CITY has finished among the first three in her last two races and gets a glorious opportunity to leave non-winners of two company, especially with Jason Simpson sticking with the ride for trainer Phillip Elliott.Simpson had been riding in the United States for some time, winning 35 races at Finger Lakes last year before returning home in December. DEMOLITION BOY and PLAY BACK are twin dangers.The second race, again over 1100 metres for native bred maiden three-year-olds, will see nine facing the starters, including three first-time runners.Of these, the Wayne DaCosta-trained ALEXANDER REW (Jerome Innis up) and Richard Azan’s ZI BEAST (Odean Edwards) have looked forward in their preparation and should enter the reckoning. But they will have to be above average to topple the Gary Griffiths-trained SILENCE, who ran a blinder over the straight last Saturday when finishing a length second to DON CHASSIS in the Mercury Sprint.Prior to that, the son of Traditional – Quickster finished a length away third to STORM VALLEY and MILAGRO over this trip on January 7 and despite the presence of the speedy fillyDELPHINIUM (figure 8 on), SILENCE looks the one to beat with Richard ‘Bya’ Mitchell retaining the ride.TOP CONTENDERSRace number three, a maiden special for four-year-olds and up over 1820 metres, brings together top contenders CONCLUSION (Dane Nelson), who has finished second in his last four races, LEEKOUT (Andree Powell), and RUBY ROSE (Dane Dawkins), in a field of seven.The winner will definitely come from this consistent trio, but the Gary Griffiths-trained CONCLUSION has been begging for a distance such as this, after finishing second (closing rapidly) to JON MARSHALL over 1200 metres last Saturday. And prior to that, he failed by half a length to catch SHARP SKIRT over 1500 metres on January 25. It’s now or never for him.The fourth race over 1400 metres for four-year-olds and up, non winners of three, promises keen competition among the likes of DYSFUNCTIONAL, LORD EQUUS, MONTEGONIAN, BIRD CATCHER, LITTLE BIG HORN and recent winner MYCOMPANION in a field of nine.Definitely a race to consider multiple choices, but LORD EQUUS, whofinished a close third to LIKE A LADY over 1100 metres last Saturday, will relish the longer distance and with Nelson riding him from the convenient mark of 55.0kg, gets the nod over DYSFUNCTIONAL (working very well) and BIRD CATCHER.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BUBBLING KITTEN (working well) and down-in-class ARGUMENT DONE to be ridden by Paul ‘Country’ Francis and Nelson, respectively.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) PARTY CITY/DEMOLITION BOY(2) SILENCE/ZI BEAST(3) CONCLUSION(4) LORD EQUUS/DYSFUNCTIONAL(5) BUBBLING KITTEN/KING D(6) ARGUMENT DONE/ST BERNARD
The Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) calendar of events for 2018 winded down on Wednesday with its annual Christmas Awards Ceremony, during which some $18.6 million was expended to reward ranks and other stakeholders for their outstanding performance throughout the year.GPF 2018 Best Cop Detective Sergeant Rodwell Sarabo with Police Commissioner Leslie JamesTaking the top prize of Best Cop this year was Detective Sergeant Rodwell Sarabo, who led the team that tracked down and dismantled the infamous carjacking network earlier this year after the gang terrorised citizens across the country for more than a year.He also led investigations into and solved six murders this year, apart from taking part in several other high-profile cases in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara).Prior to his transfer to the Division’s CID Office in 2016, Sarabo was one of the leading detectives in the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters. He has spent some 13 years in that Department.In his remarks, Sergeant Sarabo noted that copping this award is a dream come through but not without sacrifices in the process.“I won’t stand here and tell you that becoming the Force’s Best Cop is not one of my dreams; it was. Not only did I work hard, I give up my time, my peace and my sleep for it… If you want something, you have to work very hard to get it and achieve it. Not because you’re doing something means you’re getting something done ‘cause you can run in one place all day but not go anywhere so don’t confuse movements with progress,” he asserted.Sarabo went on to urge his colleagues in the Force to continue to work hard so that one day, they too can receive such rewards.“I believe that all of us were born with a purpose, something we’re supposed to do… So continue to work hard,” he stated. Moreover, to the citizens, Sarabo posited that some ranks often make mistakes that causes the public to lose trust in the Force. To this end, he reassured that they are officers who remain dedicated to their jobs and committed to serving the country.In recognition of his outstanding performance, the Best Cop was rewarded with a trophy and $250,000 from the Police Force. Sarabo was also awarded a plaque and $100,000 for best rank in the Fore’s CID.In addition, he further received a free trip for two to Aruba and to Kaieteur Falls along with a trip to Arrow Point Nature Resort for him and his family, compliments of Roraima Airways.Meanwhile, Sergeant Keith Conway, also of A Division, was awarded runner-up Best Cop, receiving a trophy and $200,000 cash. Only last week, he was named Divisional Best Cop.Wednesday’s award ceremony also saw, in addition to Divisional Best Cops, ranks from the various Divisions being rewarded for excellent work done – whether in groups or individually. The Force also recognised ranks who performed exceptionally well over the past year in sporting activities locally, regionally and internationally.Furthermore, Rural Constables and members of the various Community Policing Group (CPG) branches were also recognised for their contributions in helping to maintain law and order within communities.
Steve Bunce and Dietmar Hamann joined Colin Murray in the studio for Wednesday’s show.Former West Brom manager Steve Clarke was the Murray Meets guest.
IRELAND’S leading postmaster has called for both An Post and the Government to bring in new security measures to stop post-office operators in Co Donegal becoming the victims of tiger kidnappings.Brian Cannon, President of the Post Masters Union, said more has to be done to protect people rather than post offices during the recession.Mr Cannon, who is based in Leitirmacaward, said raiders are will to take people hostage for just a few euro. “The bottom line is that people are desperate for money and they will go to any lengths to get it.“Post officer operators are sitting ducks and security measures really do need to be tightened or we are facing more and more tiger kidnappings,” he said.Mr Cannon, whose post-office has been in his own family for 100 years, said that he personally has had to stop taking early morning walks because he feared being kidnapped.“I had to stop taking my walks because there was that worry there that I might become a target. I just couldn’t do it anymore. “And I know that my fellow post-officer operators around the country feel the same. They feel that vunerability and it has to be stopped,” he said.He said there was a range of practical steps which could easily be introduced to ensure1,100 postmasters of their families do not become the next victim of violent gangs.“I am not going to tell the Gardai what to do because this is their business but we fell there are measures which can be introduced.“A simply phonecall each morning from the Gardai to local postmasters could be a very small but significant way of telling if there is something wrong.“We have security measures in place for the actual post offices themselves but we need to concentrate more on the people running them,” he said. Mr Cannon was speaking at the opening of a two day conference of Post-Masters Union of Ireland which started in Letterkenny yesterday.More than 100 delegates from across the country are expected at the conference whose theme is Open for Business.General Secretary Brian McGann told the conference that the union’s 1,100 members are more than willing to utilise the new technology installed in local post offices recently.He added that this technology can be used to extend a range of services including allowing people to pay motor tax and a range of other services. “The technology is there are we want to embrace these services because we fell the post office has so much more to offer the customer,” he said.*ALL PICTURES BY CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYEndsDONEGAL PRESIDENT OF POST MASTERS UNION DEMANDS PROTECTION FROM TIGER KIDNAPPINGS was last modified: May 1st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian CannonPostmaster’s Union
SACRAMENTO – A proposed federal budget bill would cost California at least $3.1 billion over the next five years as a result of funding cuts and shifting costs to the state for a variety of social service programs, according to testimony Tuesday before a legislative committee. The bill, which is expected to pass later this month, would require the state to get more welfare recipients to work or face steep penalties. The state would also have to pay a greater share of child care costs for families on welfare and pay more to support foster care. Federal support for college loans would also be cut. Overall, lawmakers said, the proposed federal bill would put significant new demands on California tax dollars when a growing economy has only recently pushed state coffers back into balance after years of deficit spending. “This is huge,” said Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, chairwoman of the Human Services Committee. “These are cuts we cannot absorb.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Led by the Republican majority, Congress is considering a five-year budget bill aimed at cutting federal costs by $40 billion. Supporters have said the cuts are necessary to help reduce the federal deficit and control costs. It passed both houses in December but because of changes made in the Senate, it must be approved a second time in the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass when members return from winter break at the end of January. California’s nonpartisan legislative analyst estimates the state would lose $1.7 billion over five years in direct federal support and $1.4 billion in new costs to the state. Much of the lost funding would come from federal cuts to student loan programs. The changes would increase borrower costs and reduce profits for lenders that participate in the federally sponsored college loan programs. California also faces penalties of $185 million in 2009 and $260 million in 2010 if the state cannot encourage more welfare recipients back to work. Although the state has made some strides in moving welfare recipients into jobs, the proposed federal law would reduce even further the number of people California needs to get off welfare, wiping out its caseload improvements since 1995. California’s welfare population has been steady in recent years and many officials do not believe the state could easily meet the new work mandate, possibly forcing it to pay penalties. H.D. Palmer, spokesman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Department of Finance, said Congress is unlikely to ever impose the penalties because only five states appear likely to meet the new welfare-to-work rules. He said the administration is working with the California Congressional delegation to amend the rules either before the measure is approved or as part of a revision that would be taken up in the coming months. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
MIAMI (AP) – Gov. Jeb Bush took the blame Wednesday for frustrating delays at centers distributing supplies to victims of Hurricane Wilma, saying criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was misdirected. “Don’t blame FEMA. This is our responsibility,” Bush said at a news conference in Tallahassee with federal Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who oversees the agency. Many Floridians were still struggling to find food, water, ice and gas on the third day of recovery from Wilma, waiting in line for hours – sometimes in vain. Miami-Dade’s mayor called the distribution system flawed and said at least one relief site of 11 in his county ran out of supplies. The 21st storm in the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, Wilma killed at least 27 people. Florida’s official death toll doubled from five to 10 Wednesday, and the storm also killed at least 12 people in Haiti, four in Mexico and one in Jamaica. Frustration with Florida’s relief effort flared Tuesday, when trucks carrying the first wave of relief – food, ice and water – either arrived much later than local officials expected or didn’t show up at all. Myriad problems affected supply deliveries, according to local and state officials. Cell phone service was down or spotty, complicating communications between government officials and truck drivers. Some drivers got lost on their way to distribution points and had to be brought there by police escort. Local governments prematurely released distribution sites and times, causing crowds to gather hours before any supplies got there. In many cases, there simply was not enough ice, water and meals ready-to-eat to go around, or it took far too long to get the supplies to the proper places, officials said. “We did not perform to where we want to be,” Bush said. The governor added, however, that people seeking relief should have done more to prepare for the storm. “People had ample time to prepare. It isn’t that hard to get 72 hours worth of food and water,” said Bush, repeating the advice that officials had given days before Wilma hit. The governor’s brother President Bush planned a Thursday visit to South Florida, which suffered damage from the storm estimated at up to $10 billion. Florida Power & Light had restored power by Wednesday to about 20 percent of the 6 million people had lost it. The state’s largest utility warned, however, that full restoration could take weeks. Aid distribution went more smoothly Wednesday than when more than two dozen distribution sites first opened Tuesday. But at least one location in Miami-Dade ran out of supplies, and others ran low. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez called the relief process “flawed.” Among the first in line Wednesday at Miami’s Orange Bowl distribution site was Josephina Diaz, who said she arrived at 6 a.m. “I don’t have a choice,” she said. “I have medicine and food I can’t allow to spoil.” Police watched over the few gas stations that were open as a precaution in case motorists’ tempers flared while they waited for up to five hours to buy fuel. “This is like the Third World,” said Claudia Shaw, who spent several hours in a gas line. “We live in a state where we suffer from these storms every year. Where is the planning?” Hundreds of people lined up outside one home-supply store, desperate for cleanup and other supplies. A few fast-food restaurants open in Miami had two-hour waits. There was even a shortage of cash: Many banks were not open and many ATMs were not working. There were signs of progress: More streets were cleared of debris and domestic flights resumed at airports in Miami and Palm Beach. Even trash removal returned to some areas. Storm-savvy Floridians resorted to their ingenuity. At one Wal-Mart, 30 people sat on the sidewalk while they used the store’s outside electrical outlets to recharge their cell phones. At one gas station, a man went car-to-car selling fuel from a 10-gallon plastic tank. The price was $20 for about a gallon, and people happily paid. In Mexico, meanwhile, thousands of haggard tourists battled for airline and bus seats out of the country’s hurricane-battered Caribbean resorts. Officials said about 22,000 foreign tourists remained in the area Wednesday, down from a peak of almost 40,000. Officials set up makeshift airline counters at a high school where representatives worked to evacuate those left. Associated Press writers David Royse in Key West, Mitch Stacy in Clewiston and Ron Word, Erik Schelzig, Melissa Trujillo and Adrian Sainz in Miami contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TUCSON, Ariz. – President George W. Bush kicked off a new effort Monday to unite Republicans behind an overhaul of immigration laws. He emphasized the need to choke off the flow of illegal immigrants while trying to address conservatives’ concerns about his plan to grant temporary legal status to millions of illegal workers already in the United States. On the first of two days of appearances in two border states, Arizona and Texas, Bush tried to stake out a middle ground on an issue that has divided Republicans, saying the nation did not have to choose between upholding its immigration laws and being compassionate to the millions of workers who travel here desperate to make a living. His emphasis was unmistakably on the elements that most concern conservatives in his party. They are demanding more forceful steps to hold back the waves of people who flow across the southern border and are deeply opposed to anything that smacks of amnesty for people who have entered illegally. “Illegal immigration’s a serious challenge,” Bush said, flanked by two black Border Patrol helicopters in a hangar at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. “And our responsibility is clear. We are going to protect the border.” In the audience were the two Arizona senators, both Republicans: John McCain, who has been a co-sponsor of a plan to give participants in the guest-worker program a path to citizenship, and Jon Kyl, who has been a co-sponsor of a bill to deny temporary workers a path to citizenship. Their bills are among proposals on Capitol Hill that include building a wall along the entire Southern border, using military forces to patrol the border, creating a volunteer marshal program to help patrols and increasing fines for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. “Listen, there’s a lot of opinions on this proposal,” Bush said. “I understand that. But people in this debate must recognize that we will not be able to effectively enforce our immigration laws until we create a temporary worker program.” In taking on the issue, Bush has found himself caught between two powerful forces. On one side is business, which pleads for a system that will ensure employers’ access to workers who are willing to take jobs that they say they cannot fill with Americans or legal immigrants. On the other side are conservatives who say the big problem is a porous border that is creating huge law enforcement problems and adding to the costs of social welfare, education and other programs. Democrats are highlighting the Republicans’ divisions, pressing Bush not to acquiesce to conservatives and asking him to address the full range of issues surrounding immigration. “As Congress finally begins to address this problem, I hope that you will stand up to the right wing of your party and stand up for what is right,” Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is minority leader, said in a letter sent Monday to Bush. “Democrats support immigration policies that will reunite families, provide for continued American economic growth, protect the rights of American workers, secure economic stability for our neighbors to the south and honor the values of the United States of America as a nation of immigrants.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Bush listed initiatives that he said were helping, including returning illegal immigrants from Mexico to their hometowns rather than simply sending them back across the border and moving to end the practice of releasing illegal immigrants in the United States in the expectation, usually dashed, that they will appear for court hearings. He approvingly cited programs to build walls and fences in some areas, spoke of how technology was helping catch people sneaking across the border and pushed budget increases he has supported. He cast his original proposal for a temporary guest worker program as a safety valve that would reduce illegal immigration and sought to ease concerns among some conservatives that it would amount to amnesty for lawbreakers. His plan would let millions of illegal immigrants obtain legal status for a fixed but as yet undetermined period, but would then require them to return to their home countries, a provision that many immigration experts say is unworkable and unrealistic. “We’re going to secure the border by catching those who enter illegally and hardening the border to prevent illegal crossings,” Bush said. “We’re going to strengthen enforcement of our immigration laws within our country. And together with Congress, we’re going to create a temporary worker program that’ll take pressure off the border, bring workers from out of the shadows and reject amnesty.” He signaled that he would oppose any effort to limit changes in immigration policy to an increase in border security. In doing so, he suggested that the White House prefers the approach being taken by Senate Republican leaders who have promised to develop a broad approach to immigration and border security to that being taken by House Republican leaders who plan to bring up a bill just on border security in coming weeks.
Atlas of County Donegal – Cork University PressMartin McGuinness will tomorrow launch a new atlas designed to put Donegal on the map of contemporary Ireland.An Historical, Environmental and Cultural Atlas of County Donegal explores all aspects of the county, from archaeology to music to beaches.The atlas is a collection of works from 55 writers. It explores events such as the Hiring Fair and Flight of the Earls, and profiles local personalities from Rory Gallagher to Daniel O’Donnell. The 600-page book has 90 topics with photos, charts and paintings. It covers local personalities, from Rory Gallagher to Daniel O’Donnell.Martin McGuinnessThe book was created over two years by historian Seán Beattie and Cork academic Jim MacLaughlin.Martin McGuiness will launch the Atlas of County Donegal in LYIT tomorrow, Saturday September 7.McGuiness has Donegal connections through his Buncrana-born mother Peggy. MARTIN McGUINNESS TO PUT DONEGAL ON THE MAP! was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLYITmapmartin mcguinness
Tags:#Apple#Complaints#crapware#customer service#customer support#foistware#incompatibility#junkware#Microsoft#Tech Support#warranties Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Companies keep trying to slip in an unwanted product with a product that I wanted until you tried to trick me. I gave up on Java just because I hated having to wait to tell Oracle that I did not want whatever toolbar they were peddling. ZDNet’s Ed Bott calls this “foistware”—software that’s foisted on unsuspecting users. I call it “sneakware.”Who should fix this: Oracle seems to be the main holdout, with past offenders like Skype mending their ways. (I started to give Adobe props for doing likewise, but just this morning found it trying to foist an unwanted toolbar on me while I was upgrading Flash. Bah.)Mobile JunkwareIn the age of app stores, there’s no reason why carriers and handset makers should be installing apps for us. Yet they do—and worse, it seems to work to help them sell phones. I don’t get it. All I see are apps that I do not want and will never use. Trust me—if the app has “NFL” in its name, I do not need it.But what are my alternatives? Apple does a great job stopping carriers from installing software on the iPhone, but I don’t want to go the iPhone route. In the Android world, there’s the Nexus, with just Google’s basic Android setup—but when I tried to buy it through Verizon, I couldn’t.Who should fix this: For consumers like me, carriers and handset makers should at least offer a no-apps option. I might even pay a little extra not to get them.Upgrades That Force UpdatesWhy do computer makers force me to move to a new version of my desktop applications—often, one that requires buying a paid upgrade or a new version—just because I got a new version of an operating system preinstalled on a new computer? I have lost count of the times this has happened to me. Of course this is the way our tech industry operates, but it feels like extortion. That is why I spend more and more time using Linux.Who should fix this: There’s no reason why desktop apps shouldn’t just update over the network automatically, like mobile apps do. Fortunately, Apple and Microsoft seem to be learning from the mobile world, moving to app-store models of automatic updates on the desktop, too. iLemonsRemember my “iLemon” experience with my iMac? Telling me you are going to solve my problem and explaining you cannot fix the exact problem which I told you I had in the first place is just unacceptable. And you shouldn’t need a fancy extended warranty to get problems rooted in manufacturing fixed.Who should fix this: Apple and other PC makers should expand the kinds of problems they’ll fix under a basic warranty, and extend the warranty periods—without extra charges.The Dreaded Reboot Related Posts Rebooting my computer without my permission just should not happen. Microsoft loves to do this.Almost as bad: Windows tells me that I cannot turn my computer off at the most inopportune time because it has to install updates.Who should fix this: This one’s entirely on Redmond.Unsupported HardwareYes, I get that computer companies want to make money by selling new hardware. But a lot of organizations get by with old, donated equipment—like schools, churches, and nonprofits. I tried to set up my son’s old Apple AirPort Express Wi-Fi router at our church. The AirPort utility on my Mac didn’t work to set it up. Apple’s support forums referenced “Apple’s non-existent solution” to the problem. I found a workaround: Apple’s version of the AirPort software for Windows 7 still worked. Apple isn’t the only one guilty of this type of stuff, but they are a very good poster child.Who should fix this: This seems like a basic fairness issue, since it’s the people and organizations with the least resources who are often stuck using older gear. Every tech company should support old hardware and software as long as it can.It’s Not All BadI thought I’d have more complaints, but this list isn’t nearly as long as I thought it would be. Most of this stuff has been happening to me for so long that it’s like water off a duck’s back.Still, it would be nice if tech companies focused on fixing these everyday grievances of ordinary users, rather than rushing out a bunch of new gadgets and services—all of which will likely have their own bugs, defects, and annoyances—before the summer break.Even so, I haven’t lost my appreciation for what new technology brings. One small example: I was able to watch and comment the other night in real time on Google Docs as my editor worked on one of my submissions. For me, the wonder still outweighs the irritants. But I sure feel better getting these complaints off my chest.Images via the film “Office Space” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We’re entering the tech doldrums—that time after Apple, Google, and Microsoft have held their big conferences and Samsung, Nokia, and the rest have done their big product reveals. In a few months, we’ll be speculating about what will be the hot holiday products.But right now is when I like to take stock of those things that still irritate me as a technology user. Rather than shove more products down our throats, why can’t they just make the current ones we have work right? In an era when so much is done in software rather than hardware, and updates flow over high-speed networks, there’s just no reason why giant tech companies can’t fix these problems. I’m not a complainer by disposition: I try to balance the list of things that drive me up the wall with the feeling of wonder that I get from the some of the new great things that I have found. It gives me a little perspective and puts a smile on my face when I push away from my desk and head out for a beach walk. But I thought it would be helpful to share what’s bothered me—maybe these oversights, errors, or bad decisions bother you, too.Here’s my summer 2013 list of tech misdeeds.Email AttachmentsPeople still send me full-sized pictures by email. It is by far the worst offense and has held that spot for years. With all the options out there for viewing and sharing pictures on the Web, no one needs multimegabyte copies of photos.Who should fix this: Apple, Microsoft, and Google all make email clients and have file-sharing services. They should mash them up and make file-sharing links, not raw file attachments, the default behavior. Now, Google does allow Google Drive as a sharing option; Microsoft does likewise with SkyDrive. But Apple is AWOL on this issue, and neither Google nor Microsoft does enough to educate users about this option.Should the services themselves not step up, I’d love to see file-sharing service Dropbox and its recent Mailbox acquisition to swoop in and fix the problem. Facebook MessagesFollowing closely with large images in my inbox is expecting me to respond to a Facebook message in a timely fashion. It just makes no sense. I have no shortage of real email addresses. There is absolutely no Facebook link on my real emails, and unless Facebook is the only way you do electronic messaging, you can be certain that you have never gotten a Facebook message from me. There are a lot of ways to get my attention. Facebook just isn’t one of them.Who should fix this: This one’s on Mark Zuckerberg & Co. He keeps promising to reinvent and simplify email. How about a simple way to opt out of Facebook messaging altogether and redirect any messages people try to send via Facebook to my inbox?Digital DownloadsIn November 2010, I decided to upgrade my Adobe Dreamweaver Web-authoring software. I had lost my most recent serial number, but I had an online chat with an Adobe representative who assured me that everything would work. As soon as I bought the product and downloaded it, I found it wouldn’t work. The rep dropped the chat and told me I would have to talk to support. That was the wrong answer. Adobe eventually fixed the problem with a new copy of Dreamweaver. In a box. Sent by FedEx to my house.Who should fix this: Hopefully this problem’s in the past, as Adobe’s now pushing its online Creative Cloud as a replacement for old-fashioned desktop software installs. But moving software to the cloud means you can’t mess around with activation codes, logins, and permissions. Clouds That Go PoofAnother cloud conundrum: Telling me that my data is safe with you and then pulling the rug out from under me. Apple, are you listening? I have lived through .Mac and MobileMe. I will not be taken in by iCloud. I am pretty sure that I still have links out there which go to now non-existent things that were once hosted by Apple.Who should fix this: Maybe consumers should vote with their wallets and take their business elsewhere when companies drop cloud services. Or maybe we need some kind of regulation. At the very least, we should more actively shame companies like Apple when they do this. The creator of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has declared that it’s not cool to change links or make them disappear. More people should listen to him.Sneakware david sobotta 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market