When the Tablet Market Grows
Of course, the world is getting more frightening by the minute. As Stevie Wonder tells us in his song "Used to Be," there are too many great wars in little places.
And day by day, we are bombarded with media reports of people getting killed, maimed, or orphaned, sometimes on a wholesale basis.
Volcanoes erupting, people rising up against their rulers, fighters blowing themselves up to take along a dozen or more of their perceived enemies, countries that cannot feed their population creating weapons of mass destruction and the rockets to deliver them, these are just some of what greet us when we turn on our TVs or check online news.
I guess most people think now is the time to be afraid, to be mistrustful, and to hate. And I cannot blame them. Sometimes, I think that way too.
But before we all crawl back to the cave where some say we came from, let us take a time to catch our breath. Might we realize that there is nothing to be afraid, if we tried? Or find out that what we fear today cannot compare to what our grandfathers and grandmothers faced in their time.
Whenever I fear that being afraid is about to overcome me, I always try to recall the stories my lolo and lola told me about their experiences during the World War II years. Stories of being always on the run, of scavenging for nourishment, and scurrying and scampering away in order to live for another day, when I think about these things, I always realize that today's worries are quite trivial to what my grandparents and their generation had to endure.
Then I am always too embarrassed to be afraid.
Tablet Flexes Muscle
My favorite market research firm recently unveiled its market report for tablet computers for the fourth quarter of 2012.
According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker report, global shipments of tablets performed better than forecast, reaching 52. …