2011 In Review

Looking back over 2011, my blogs were certainly more active than previous years. Here is the top 9 on teamsiems.com:

  1. How To Install Custom Ringtones on Samsung Galaxy S (T-Mobile Vibrant)
  2. Before You Forward Chain Email “Interesting about McDonalds”
  3. Windows Movie Maker for Windows XP SP3
  4. Social Media Effects On Student Writing
  5. Mobile Applications for Higher Education
  6. UPS vs FedEx (again)
  7. Hi! I like that you’re the kind of person who scans codes on people’s shirts
  8. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – S.1867
  9. It’s Turkey Time

It’s worth noting that only 1 of these posts was written in 2011 and in December none the less.

My adventures in flying blog saw a lot of traffic looking for reference information about FSX airplanes. Here is the top 9 of aif.teamsiems.com

  1. Mooney M20M “Bravo”
  2. Beechcraft Baron 58
  3. de Havilland Beaver DHC2
  4. Grumman Goose G21A
  5. Piper J-3 Cub
  6. Maule M-7-260C Orion
  7. Cessna Skyhawk SP Model 172
  8. DG-808S Competition Sailplane
  9. Water Runways and Seaports

This year we also added the Noms For The Win blog at http://nomsftw.teamsiems.com/ It’s still new and doesn’t get a lot of traffic yet.

My other blog at http://tweets.teamsiems.com/ isn’t really a blog but more of a tweet catcher. It gets some traffic, mainly from Google.

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – S.1867

Like SOPA, people are going nuts over what they think this bill means to their freedoms – or loss of freedoms. I had to react. They think S.1867 (PDF) will give the government the power to lock you away forever, without trial. I beg to differ. Read it for yourself then you can complain to your congressman. I’ve re-printed the most controversial section below, Sec. 1031, for your perusal:

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (S.1867)

Title X, Subtitle D, SEC 1031

Subtitle D – Detainee Matters


(a) IN GENERAL. – Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40) includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons (as defined in subsection (b)) pending disposition under the law of war.

(b) COVERED PERSONS. – A covered person under this section is any person as follows:
(1) A person who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for those attacks.
(2) A person who was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.

(c) DISPOSITION UNDER LAW OF WAR. – The disposition of a person under the law of war as described in subsection (a) may include the following:
(1) Detention under the law of war without trial until the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force.     (2) Trial under chapter 47A of title 10, United States Code (as amended by the Military Commissions Act of 2009 (title XVIII of Public Law 111–84)).
(3) Transfer for trial by an alternative court or competent tribunal having lawful jurisdiction.
(4) Transfer to the custody or control of the person’s country of origin, any other foreign country, or any other foreign entity.

(d) CONSTRUCTION. – Nothing in this section is intended to limit or expand the authority of the President or the scope of the Authorization for Use of Military Force.

(e) AUTHORITIES. – Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities, relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.

(f) REQUIREMENT FOR BRIEFINGS OF CONGRESS. – The Secretary of Defense shall regularly brief Congress regarding the application of the authority described in this section, including the organizations, entities, and individuals considered to be ”covered persons” for purposes of subsection (b)(2).

One section in particular, 1031(e), has people running for the hills. To me that paragraph means this bill does not preclude other laws.

How to connect YouTube with other accounts

With the new YouTube interface, some of the screens/options have changed.

This page shows you where to change the services you share videos, favorites, likes, comments, etc.

First, log in to your YouTube account and then go to


or click on the Settings under your account menu (top right). Then click on Sharing on the left menu. This should be the Sharing and Connected Accounts page.

Click on “Connect” next to the the accounts you want to connect such as Facebook, Twitter, orkut, or MySpace. Ofcourse connecting accounts requires you to have, and log in to, the accounts.

Click the checkboxes next to items you want to share like Comment on a video.

Click Save Changes.

That’s it.