Here’s a great article on indecisiveness and inconsistency–what this writer believes are the hallmarks of immaturity. Several quotes:
Regardless of the context, to make a decision is to intentionally limit oneself from other, potentially good options. As a single guy, it was a challenge to think of marrying the woman God had clearly given me, since I would no longer have the option to pursue the women I might meet someday. An indecisive man is recognizable by a perpetual inability to make and keep commitments â€” a failure to “swear to his own hurt and not change” (Ps. 15:4). A decisive person, by contrast, can choose what he loves, and later (when the going gets tough) nurture the love he previously chose.
Assuming responsibility means embracing risk. Though we can distinguish between “good”, “better” and “best,” there is no perfect job. Or perfect church. Or perfect marriage. Each will require us to roll up our sleeves and give of our time and energy to make it better.
I think there’s a lot more that can be said about maturity versus immaturity, but I like the author’s thoughts.
Microsoft this week updated Windows Live Hotmail with some pretty hefty improvements. This is notable for a number of reasons, the most obvious being the company just issued the latest Hotmail version back in May (see my review), just three months ago. And that update came after many, many years of testing. That the Windows Live team at Microsoft is able to turnaround revisions very quickly should never again be questioned: It’s one thing to update a comparatively minor service, but Hotmail is used by 280 million active users. This is a big deal, folks.
Here is a list of new stuff, taken from our blog:
Performance: Weâ€™ve been hearing you loud and clear across the world: speed is one of the most important aspects of a web-based email service. Weâ€™ve spent more time in this release identifying what parts of the product are slowest and fixing those. We hope that you notice an improvement when this update is released to your account, and weâ€™ll continue our work on performance in future releases.
Quality of Service: Our last release went quite smoothly, and weâ€™ve been continuing to monitor the live site to make sure that weâ€™re providing e-mail that is reliable â€“ you always want to be able to get to your mail, and we hear you!
More storage! Just when you were wondering how youâ€™d ever fill up 2 or 4 GB of mail, weâ€™ve given you more storage. Free users will get 5 GB and paid users will get 10 GB of Hotmail storage.
Mail retention changes: Weâ€™ll be increasing the amount of time that we leave messages in your junk and deleted items folders over the next few months.
Contacts de-duplication: Do you have five different entries for the same person in your Contacts? Yeah, me too, but not anymore. Weâ€™re the first webmail service to roll out â€œcontacts de-duplicationâ€. If you get a message from â€œSteve Kafkaâ€ and click â€œadd contactâ€ but thereâ€™s already a Steve Kafka, weâ€™ll let you know and let you add Steveâ€™s other e-mail address to your existing â€œSteve Kafkaâ€ contact entry. Weâ€™re just trying to be smarter to make your life easier and faster. Thereâ€™s also a wizard you can run to clean up your existing duplicate contacts.
Show content more easily: Hotmail blocks images and links in messages from unknown senders for your protection from spammers and phishing scams. Now you can click directly on the gray square or link to decide if you want to show content in a message. (Itâ€™s still not a good idea to show content, especially images, in messages from spammers. Just loading the images in a spam lets them know that youâ€™re reading their e-mails.)
Spam-fighting: Weâ€™ve made it possible to report phishing attacks like those fake bank notices or fraudsters who want your checking account number so they can supposedly make a deposit. Just click â€œreport phishingâ€ if you think youâ€™ve found a dangerous scam. In the junk folder, click â€œnot junkâ€ to help train our filters. Every mail you report does help make our spam filter smarter, but fighting spam takes constant vigilance. Spammers always find a new trick whenever we thwart their old tricks.
Right-to-left languages: Support for Hebrew and Arabic is now out of beta! If you speak these languages or want to see Hotmail in a totally new way, go to Options and change your language. We fixed a lot of bugs for users of Hebrew and Arabic, so we hope the whole UI works better for you now.
More space for your email, a.k.a. smaller header: We heard you asking for more space for your mail, so we shrunk the header in this update.
Forwarding messages: You can now forward mail from your Hotmail account to other accounts. For now, if you have a free account, you can only forward your mail to other Hotmail accounts. (Paid accounts get more choices.) This is great idea if you have a few different addresses and want to consolidate your mail.
Cobranding: This is what we call showing the logo of an organization for whom we are hosting email. Hotmail is currently hosting e-mail for universities (and a few ISPs) around the world, so we show their logos in Hotmail.
Accepting meeting requests: If you receive a meeting request, such as one sent from Outlook, you can now click â€œacceptâ€ and have it added to your Calendar. This had existed for years in MSN Hotmail, and weâ€™re adding it to Windows Live Hotmail now.
Vacation replies: Now Hotmail can automatically tell your friends why you havenâ€™t written them back in a few weeks.
Classic version jump to page: In the classic version, weâ€™ve made it easier to jump to different pages of mail. This will be very handy as you grow into your new 5 GB or 10 GB account.
And finally… Drumroll pleaseâ€¦ we know this is going to be a big hit with a lot of you out there in blog land. I hope you remember this as the Hotmail team listening to what you want.
You can turn off the Today page (if you want to). If youâ€™d rather see your inbox immediately upon login, you have the option to turn off the page of MSN news (called the Today page). The choice is yours.
The sad thing is: some people will fall for it. And you know this, man.
Inspired by the quintessential builderâ€™s mug, Jon has developed an ingenious solution to this problem â€“ mugs that link together. An elegantly formed cross on the side of each mug fits neatly into the next, forming a self supporting row of up to 6 mugs. So thereâ€™s no tray, no mess and absolutely no fuss.
We found that before, to create the spray paint look, people were literally going in and creating several little dots manually. And so, one of the first things we did in one of our early design meetings was create a tool called the spray pain can. It sprays about ten or so dots with one click, and it looks just like spray paint. It really does.
I personally donâ€™t have any tattoos. I just havenâ€™t found that one piece of art that I can live with for the rest of my life. I do appreciate them however. So I decided to look for people who were passionate enough about anatomy to actually have a piece tattooed on themselves. Here are some of the interesting specimens I found. Enjoy!