Sunday, December 30, 2007 The Dashboard Is Too Slow

Warning Sign: Is Melting Down The Dashboard Is Too Slow

I am beginning to think the engineers behind and the top staffers in Chicago are not avid users of, or maybe they are, but just of the front pages and not the Dashboard. Even if they do go log onto the Dashboard once in a while, perhaps they don't have that many points, few friends, few blog entries, and so the problem is not being experienced, and so is going unaddressed.

But for the top volunteers across the country, the Dashboard at MyBO is the only office you have, there is no offline office for the most part. There is your Dashboard at MyBO and there is offline action. And so the Dashboard is critical. It has to load up in two seconds.
It should feel like a Google search. Google market research has shown that they are already so fast, your search results here in 0.04 seconds, but they do 20% worse, they lose 20% of their customers. We are talking milliseconds here, not minutes. Right now the MyBO Dashboard takes minutes to load up. And you lost me. I have not logged on for most of the pat week or more. This is not a good sign.

I have over 2,000 friends and over 4,000 pending friend requests all over the country. I have many blog entries. I have more than 50 unread messages and I am going to not try to read them now because a message takes forever to show when you click on it.

In Google's case they realized the 20% extra time was because they were showing 20 results per page. And so they cut down, they went to 10 results per page.

I am beginning to think my Dashboard takes minutes to load because I have over 2,000 friends at MyBO and most of their profiles come with pictures. And that is what is slowing things down. But that is no excuse. This still has to be fixed like now, definitely before January 4.

My guess is the top 1,000 volunteers at MyBO are all experiencing the same problem: a really, really slow Dashboard. Right now my ranking is 24. I am fairly dedicated. But you lost even me for more than a week. This is not a good thing.

The only way out might be to reduce the clutter on the Dashboard. How about not displaying photos of friends either on the Dashboard or on one's public profile page and instead giving a link to another page that has all that stuff. Got to turn the Dashboard into something light like the front page is. The front page is looking real good. I just noticed has been redone. It has a more sophisticated look now. It is jazzy.

This is not a bandwidth issue. It is not in Obama 2oo8's control as how fast or slow someone's connection is. If my download speed were 1GB per second, I would not be complaining.

But do the Google thing, take a tip from them: Unclutter The Dashboard. Make it super light.

Facebook has the same problem. If you have too many applications on Facebook, your profile page can take longer to show up fully. Clutter is what is bogging the MyBO Dashboard.

List how many friends someone has, but get rid of that box of profile pictures of those friends. Instead provide a link to a page with that box and more. That should take care of the speed problem.

I will admit, I went on a major rampage. I was sending friend requests left and right. I sent one to everyone in the "near you" category, for example. I sent one to all who had "updated" in October, November and the first half of December. Nothing wrong with that. That is the cyber version of working the rope line, shaking hands. It is legit. I have said I am not going anywhere outside the city boundaries. But that does not apply online.

This cheetah video at the top, that is my personal theme video for Obama 2008. I want that also to become my theme video for the MyBO Dashboard. Chicago, make it happen.

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If Hillary Has So Much Foreign Policy Experience, Why Did She So Mess Up On Iraq?

I can't believe Hillary is casting foreign policy as her strength in these final days. She just so happens to be part of the biggest foreign policy disaster in a generation.

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Benazir: What If It Was Not The Al Qaeda

What Pakistan needs is a new constitution born out of a popularly elected constituent assembly. That is the only way to bring the army under the thumb of civilian leaders.

An independent international investigation has to be conducted. That should have been done after the first attempt on her life the day of her arrival.

She was killed a few miles from where her father was killed. Perhaps her enemies in the army and the intelligence services saw poetic justice in that statement.

The president of Pakistan has to be popularly, directly elected.

And the killers have to be taken to international court.

It all starts with an independent, international investigation.

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Increasing Spending

It might be worth it to spend a little more the final few days. Run again that ad that starts with Barack's mother that was run months back, the one on health care. That woman was ahead of her time. She was working on microfinance for women in the Global South decades before Yunus bagged a Nobel for the same.

Looks like a lot of 527s are coming out of the woodworks. We can't afford to be outspent these final few days. The people are king of making up their minds right about now.

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Bill Clinton's Bar Hopping

That guy has started campaigning like he were barhopping.

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Got to hit Hillary on Iraq. Got to hit back.

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Nobody is more Jewish than my Hasidic neighbors.

An Amazing White Media

For all of this year they kept saying how Hillary was invincible, inevitable, and all that. And now they are saying, if Barack wins Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, the race is going to turn competitive. Unbelievable.

In The News

Presidential Candidates Gear Up for Iowa Caucuses Voice of America the campaigning has become intense. ...... Senator Clinton downplayed the notion that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, would take a leading role in policy matters. Her comments produced laughter from John Edwards during an interview on the CBS program, Face the Nation. ...... "Well, I think it is a complete fantasy," said Edwards. ..... latest pre-caucus poll of Iowa voters. It shows Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead
Candidates Digging for a Deeper Pool of Iowa Voters New York Times Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama are trying to expand the tiny universe of caucusgoers, a fundamental shift in the way candidates have approached the Iowa caucuses. Mr. Edwards is focusing mainly on voters who have reliably voted in the past. ...... this contest could be determined by a swing of as few as 1,000 voters. ...... “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Gov. Chet Culver ...... Mrs. Clinton’s office here is filled with hundreds of new green snow shovels that were being strategically distributed on Saturday to precinct captains to clear the walks of older women who might be particularly wary of going out to the caucuses in bad weather. The campaign has printed doorknob hangers with caucus locations printed in extra-large type, also to accommodate these older first-time caucusers. ......... Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has contracted with a local supermarket chain to deliver platters of sandwiches for pre-caucus parties at caucus sites late Thursday afternoon. The idea is to entice people to arrive early and thus give Clinton aides time to see who has not shown up and get them to the caucus before the doors close at 7 p.m. ....... are betting that they can use computer-driven research to expand the relatively small pool of caucusgoers ........ The Clinton campaign has mailed refrigerator magnets marked with the caucus date to the women they have identified as first-time caucusgoers who might determine her fate. Mr. Obama has promised baby-sitting to any parent who needs it caucus night. ...... “It is definitely the most highly organized caucus of all time,” said Michael Whouley ........ sophisticated voter identification models, using detailed demographic and consumer data ........ make multiple personal visits to the homes of those people ...... After his speech, he holds a brief meeting and photograph session with his young supporters who belong to a program called Barack Stars. ........ a yellow slip of paper — a “Ticket to Change” — with directions to their caucus site and a telephone hot line (one for each of Iowa’s five area codes) to answer questions............ finding voters through microtargeting
Edwards, Obama Boost Efforts to Avoid 3rd Place NPR
Was Obama Comparing Edwards Unfavorably to John Kerry? ABC News Edwards, for all his strengths, does have a list of major issues he's changed his position on
Obama: Mo Money, Mo Problems Yahoo! News "unprecedented" spending by Democratic groups could "impact the outcome" in next week's Iowa Caucuses. ........ some of the advertising by unions and liberal organizations is "underhanded," "negative," and "misleading."
Obama Derides Outside Spending Washington Post two pro-John Edwards groups -- the beneficently named Working 4 Working Americans and the Alliance for a New America -- have spent nearly $2.1 million on direct mail, radio and television ads. Three groups promoting Hillary Rodham Clinton's candidacy -- the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the American Federation of Teachers and EMILY's List -- have dropped $2.6 million, including, according to the memo, $309,000 against Obama. ....... average voters simply do not follow elections that closely and much of the back and forth is lost on them ......... Poll after poll shows voters are following this election more closely than any one in modern history
Edwards Fights to the Finish Washington Post Edwards is on the move. Independent analysts see his support firming up ....... he cannot afford to lose here on Thursday night. ..... His "America Rising" theme is not a variation of "Morning in America." ...... It is a call to arms that is raw and angry, populist and pugnacious. It is a message that is as exhausting and is it confrontational. .... has turned street-fighter for the final stretch run. His message can be boiled down to a single word -- "Fight!" ...... He was, as he now explains, a brawler as a kid, taking on bullies the way he later took on corporations and insurance companies as a trail lawyer. ....... if you're not willing to stand up for yourself and if you're not willing to fight, no one will stand up for you ...... The rich have an "iron-fisted grip" on democracy and won't let go through negotiations...... the beneficiary of an independent expenditure campaign run by his former campaign manager. ........ He promises not to fix the system but to blow it up.
Clinton victory could hang on the weather forecast Times Online There is no state whose collective decision I would trust more. Iowa is largely a farming state, with few large cities and a first-class university, Iowa State. Iowans have the core values of the American Middle West, practical, serious, good-natured, religious and thrifty. .......... Six weeks ago none of the political commentators gave Huckabee any chance. ......... in Iowa, the race is much closer — Clinton 29 per cent, Obama 27 per cent and Edwards also 27. ...... Foreign policy has played only a small part in the Iowa debate, even after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. ....... The weather forecast for the coming week is bright and sunny. ....... Barring catastrophe, Hillary Clinton should be ahead or level in Iowa, ahead in New Hampshire and should virtually win the nomination on Super Tuesday. ...... a presidential race in November between Mike Huckabee and Hillary Clinton
Poll: Clinton leads in Iowa; Huckabee, Romney even Reuters 31 percent to 27 percent, with former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards a close third at 24 ....... 6 percent of likely caucus-goers in each party are uncertain ...... narrowly leading Obama among women voters and ahead among older voters, who are the most likely to participate. ........ a big lead among younger voters ..... Clinton's supporters were the most dedicated, with 76 percent saying their support was "very" strong, compared to 65 percent for Edwards and 56 percent for Obama. ...... Edwards was the most popular second choice with 30 percent, while Obama had 25 percent and Clinton only 12 percent.
Staying out front hasn't been easy for Clinton Newsday It took Obama the better part of a year to tear down Clinton's facade of certainty - even his supporters jokingly called him "Obambi" because he seemed awed by Clinton at times. But he pounced on Clinton's disastrous showing at a late October debate in Philadelphia, shedding his passivity and tapping into pent-up hostility toward the front-runner. ....... Shorn of her air of inevitability, she has spent weeks groping for a coherent message, and only recently hit on a hybrid theme her campaign believes is a winner. Some backers jokingly call it the "Mama Bear" approach, emphasizing Clinton's toughness and experience, while using friends and family to melt her Ice Queen image and demonstrate her commitment to change. ........ By the third quarter, she had reasserted her fundraising dominance, beating Obama $28 million to $20 million. ...... But at the Philadelphia debate it all seemed to fall apart for Team Clinton when a series of gaffes cascaded into a full-scale collapse of the inevitability argument. ........ But earlier this month, Team Clinton rolled out the kinder, gentler approach that many in the campaign credit for stemming Clinton's slide ....... "Within the last couple of weeks they've settled on a single message that's just a lot more comfortable for them and it shows. They're doing a lot better," said a top Clinton donor.
Clintons' dual jab at Obama on experience AFP Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton are raising new questions over her White House rival Barack Obama's experience, warning perilous national security decisions loom for the next US leader. ....... the latest bid to paint Obama as too green to serve as US commander-in-chief. ..... Clinton said she had unsuccessfully urged her husband to intervene militarily to halt Rwanda's genocide in 1994, and then traveled to Uganda to say sorry to the victims of the atrocity. ........ "I personally apologized to women whose arms had been hacked off, who had seen their husbands and their children murdered before their very eyes and were at the bottom of piles of bodies," she told ABC. .......... the next president had to be ready for sudden, national security challenges. ...... "You have to have a leader who is strong and commanding and convincing enough ... to deal with the unexpected," he was quoted as saying ....... "There is a better than 50 percent chance that sometime in the first year or 18 months of the next presidency, something will happen that is not being discussed in this campaign. ....... Clinton's comments were reminiscent of the Bush administration's successful gambit of framing the 2004 campaign against John Kerry as a question of who was most fit to lead a global war on terror. ........ The former first lady also said that the ex-president would not have a formal role in her White House ..... argued Sunday he had more experience in global affairs than Bill Clinton did when elected in 1992. ...... Clinton's comments on Rwanda appeared to be a new jab at Obama, who last week said his multi-ethnic background and childhood years abroad meant he was more in touch with the world than someone who had taken tea with US diplomats. ..... Madeleine Albright recalled how Clinton had traveled to scores of remote villages and refugee camps.
Clinton: My Foreign Policy Experience More Than Just Drinking Tea CBS News While discussing a visit to Bosnia during the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords as First Lady, Clinton took a swipe at Obama saying, "We landed in one of those corkscrew landings and ran out because they said there might be snipers. I don't remember anybody offering me tea on the tarmac when that was happening." ........ "Senator Clinton has been in refugee camps, clinics, orphanages, and villages all around the world, including places where tea is not the usual drink. In addition to these experiences she has met with world leaders and has known many of them for years. I have been with her on many of these occasions, and it is this combination of experience and understanding that sets her apart from the field, and why I am supporting her for President." ....... We used to say in the White House that if a place was too dangerous, too small or too poor send the First Lady. I had the time of my life
Warning of Threats, Clinton Sells Clinton Washington Post who could best manage unforeseen catastrophes. ...... the experience argument was bolstered by the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and the threat of wider unrest in that country ..... "I'm not asking you to take me on faith. I'm not asking you to take a leap of faith." ...... "Who better to explain what it takes to be president than the last two-term president the Democrats have had since FDR?" said Mark Penn, chief strategist for the Clinton campaign. ....... He did not elaborate on what he meant by the prospect of the audience members' grandchildren not being there in 50 years....... In past weeks, he has argued that there are three reasons to nominate his wife: her vision, her plans and her record. In Nashua, he said there was a fourth reason: her ability to deal with unseen threats. ......... "If we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again ...... those Hillary Clinton aides who had come to worry about his occasional freelancing ........ Clinton is able, some supporters believe, to help neutralize the concerns among women about the authenticity of the Clinton marriage. ......... Clinton spent much of the 45-minute speech talking about the achievements of his own administration ...... Clinton, who took no questions
Bill Clinton Stumps for Wife NH The Associated Press Bill Clinton praised the Democratic field of presidential contenders Saturday, noting that as president he had close ties to almost all of them. ....... her high-wattage husband ...... He noted he had campaigned for John Edwards' 1998 Senate campaign and Obama's in 2004 and that Bill Richardson served as his United Nations ambassador and energy secretary. He said he counts Joe Biden and Chris Dodd as "two close friends of mine and our friendship has remained since I left the White House and it's even endured this campaign." ........ He draws crowds as large as she does and has helped her campaign build its list of volunteers and supporters ...... Part of Clinton's plan is to derail any momentum Obama might build.
Bill Clinton Warns of "Unexpected" Washington Post

Making Nevada's Caucus Count the state's Young Democrats organization. ....... Clinton leads Obama by 8 points in a recent poll ...... nothing will be settled after Iowa and New Hampshire ..... 10 straight days of attention ....... One third of Nevada's 2.5 million people are Hispanics, Asian-Americans and blacks ....... Unions — particularly Culinary 226, which includes Strip hospitality workers ........ when Hillary Clinton campaigned in Pahrump, a small town outside of Vegas known for its anti-government leanings and several well-known brothels, more than 2,500 people showed up ........... the first time [in the campaign] a presidential candidate has to stand before a crowd that looks like America. ........ western, Hispanic and labor issues. ........ issues that are transcendent in the west — water, public resources, public land-83 percent of Nevada land is public ...... Steelman explains caucusing by having the group decide what their favorite movie is. ..... ("The Godfather" wins this mock caucus.)
Bhutto's Warm Smile The most striking characteristic of Benazir Bhutto, back when she was a student in the 1970s, was the contrast between the intensity of her eyes and the warmth of her very large smile. ...... She tended to wear blue jeans and baggy sweatshirts, fitting in with the dress code of the day, but she told me she dressed that way (never shorts, skirts, or t-shirts) also because it honored the Muslim custom of covering her body as a woman. Another contrast was between her nickname Pinky — she even typed some of her essays on pink paper — and her serious personality. ........ at Harvard ..... she stood out as a powerful figure in the dining hall of Elliot House, where she lived, and she displayed a passion for international politics that went beyond the antiwar rhetoric that passed for political discourse in those days ....... the Oxford Union, the venerable debating society, and she viewed it as her mission to become the first Asian woman in that post. She lost her first campaign for the post, but when her father was deposed and arrested the following year, we used that crisis as a reason to urge people to vote for her, and she won. ........ Benazir Bhutto navigated through personal as well as political turmoils that were far more intense than most of us can imagine. Over the years, on those rare occasions when we’d meet and reminisce, I’d notice how the features of her face had hardened a bit, as had the intensity of her stare when she talked to you. But she never lost the warmth in that very big smile.
Bhutto's Jihadist Enemies Benazir Bhutto had long been an outspoken critic of Pakistani militants and this made her the mortal enemy of a galaxy of extremist forces inside Pakistan. "Bhutto was the only Pakistani politician willing to stand up and say, 'I don't like violent terrorists,'" says Stephen Cohen, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Many of these groups have intertwining histories and common loyalties — as well as shadowy links with Pakistani intelligence. As the probe into her assassination begins, investigators will have to sort through a morass of violent groups that were gunning for Bhutto. And while all have some historic link to al-Qaeda, they have just as much ideological impetus to act on their own — or at the behest of rogue elements of the Pakistani government sympathetic to Islamic radicals. ...... In a briefing Friday, the Pakistani government emphasized that al-Qaeda had Bhutto in its sights. ....... "She was on the hit list of al-Qaeda." ....... the suicide bomber who killed Benazir Bhutto belonged to a domestic terrorist organization with links to al-Qaeda called Lashkar-i-Jhangvi. The group is responsible for dozens of attacks inside Pakistan over the past decade including sectarian killings of Shi'ites and Christians, a failed 1999 assassination attempt against then-Prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and involvement in the kidnapping and beheading of the Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl. .......... Lashkar-i-Jhangvi had claimed responsibility for Bhutto's assassination ........ another suspect: Baitullah Mehsud, a Taliban leader and an influential tribal chief in Waziristan ....... Pakistani intelligence services intercepted a supposed conversation in which Mehsud congratulated those who carried out the assassination. "Fantastic job," reads the transcript released by the Pakistan Ministry of Interior, "[They were] very brave boys who killed her." But a spokesman for Mehsud told the Associated Press on Saturday that the militant was not involved in the attack, calling the allegation "government propaganda." ......... Mehsud is a very convenient [person to blame]. ....... the Taliban and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi emerged from the two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, where eventually a Taliban regime would give refuge to al-Qaeda ........ Lashkar-i-Tayyba or the "Army of the Pure," which Pakistani intelligence agents, after the end of the Afghan war, would redirect toward Kashmir and the Indian troops stationed in that disputed region. ........ The group has close ties to al-Qaeda. The leadership of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi fought alongside many high-ranking al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives against the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan before Sept. 11, 2001. ......... many in its ranks trained in al-Qaeda-run camps in Afghanistan during the late 1990s. When al-Qaeda retreated from Afghanistan in 2002, many of its fighters are believed to have joined forces with Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Lashkar-i-Tayyba ....... In March 2002, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi retaliated against the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the resulting fall of the Taliban by launching a grenade attack on the International Protestant Church in Islamabad ...... "It is probable there are links between Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and al-Qaeda," says Grare, "but it is certain they do have links to the government." He adds, "If the government itself says Lashkar-i-Jhangvi is involved, it is suicidal because it opens the door to speculation about their own role." ...... Pakistani authorities have had a hand in encouraging groups like Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Lashkar-i-Tayyba, Islamabad has done little to systematically dismantle these jihadist "armies" now that their original purposes — fighting the Soviets and supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan or fighting the Indians in Kashmir — are over. .... "It's like a cancer you've started elsewhere that comes back to eat you up."

Was It Al Qaeda? Newsweek Mehsud is described by the officials as one of the Taliban's most senior leaders inside Pakistan. He supposedly operates from loosely governed tribal areas along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and is believed to be in contact with elements of the Al Qaeda central command, whose leaders, including Zawahiri and bin Laden, are believed to be hiding out in the same rugged region.
Bhutto Conspiracy Theories Fill the Air TIME On jihadi websites, al-Qaeda claimed the assassination was their work .... the sentiments provide a powerful insight into how angry Pakistanis are at their President and how mistrustful they are of the U.S.
Al-Qaeda's New Terror Tactic? one of Bhutto's assailants was a known member of the extremist organization Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a group it said was allied with al-Qaeda and the Taliban. If so, it could mean further evidence of a dramatic and disturbing diversification in Al-Qaeda's terrorism playbook. ....... Up until now, the violent methods employed by al-Qaeda and its operatives around the globe have largely eschewed single assassinations or the targeting of political leaders. .......... creating chaos and panic through large terror strikes that claim large numbers of random victims — carnage that creates pressure and fear in the societies and governments that the jihadists view as enemies ......... "There is so much scheming and double-dealing in Pakistan that the country is the analyst's worst nightmare. ...... it has helped create the uproar and turmoil al-Qaeda has always seen as its best method of destabilizing enemy regimes it wants to replace. ........ They're willing to do anything, and with anyone's help.

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Kenya Opposition Poised to Sweep New York Times
Clinton and Obama exploit Pakistan crisis
Obama: US needs to come down hard on Musharraf Chicago Sun-Times“As long as we are supporting somebody who the Pakistani people themselves believe has subverted democracy, that strengthens the hand of the Islamic militants,” Obama told the crowd. ...... Obama started four campaign stops Thursday apologizing for being late because of phone calls he said he had to make to ambassadors early Thursday to get a reading on Bhutto’s assassination. He continued using that opening up to and including his 8 p.m. appearance about eight hours after he made the calls.
Clinton, Obama Seize on Killing Washington Post
Clinton demands Bhutto probe, slams Musharraf AFP Clinton Friday called for an independent, international probe into Benazir Bhutto's murder, as the turmoil wracking US anti-terror ally Pakistan reshaped debate in the White House race. ..... Clinton paid a personal tribute to the former Pakistani prime minister, and also turned on Musharraf, saying he had failed both to usher Pakistan towards democracy, and to crush Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. ...... the US invasion of Iraq was a distraction from the "war on terror." ...... "We've got to reverse policies, but we've got to see this in a bigger context which is that our invasion of Iraq resulted in us taking our eye off the ball," Obama said. ....... "We should have been focused in Afghanistan, finishing off Al-Qaeda."
Obama catches Clinton in NH; Iowa remains a 3-way contest Los Angeles Times Obama drew backing from 32% of New Hampshire Democrats who intend to vote in the primary, compared with Clinton's 30%
Google gets even more ambitious CNET
Google gains in US search in November BusinessWeek
Google’s Market Share Grows and Grows and Grows New York Times Blogs

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