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Sep
22

More Record Heat Possible

Posted By · September 22, 2010 at 7:58 am

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 80s with a chance for scattered showers and t-storms.  Not everyone will get rain, but a quick shower is possible, everything will be very isolated.  Today’s temps are about ten degrees above average.

Thursday, it will be hot and sunny.  Highs are expected to hit the low 90s, the record high is 90, so I think we’ll once again be tracking a record breaking temp.

Friday, another chance of rain… then look towards the weekend… that’s what I call Fall!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Sep
21

Record Heat Today

Posted By · September 21, 2010 at 7:19 am

It’s the last full day of Fall, but temperatures are doing anything but cooling down around Central Indiana.

Highs today are expected to warm up to the low to mid 90s.  We’re forecasting a high of 94 degrees, that will set a new record high temperature for Indianapolis.  A high of 93 was last set on this date in 1955.

 Overnight, lows drop to to the mid to upper 60s with partly cloudy skies.  A late isolated shower or thunderstorm is possible.

Wednesday, highs hit the mid to upper 80s, but showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast.  Not everyone will see rain, maybe just some sprinkles, or a quick downpour.  (Fall officially begins at 11:09pm)

Thursday, we hit the low 90s again… before a major change comes for the weekend!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Sep
20

Pence gets into political dustup with Daniels

Posted By · September 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm

A political dust-up between two of Indiana’s top Republican leaders.

Remarks made over the weekend by Congressman Mike Pence may indicate a rift within the Indiana Republican party between Pence and Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Over the summer, Daniels remarked that the next president “would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues. We’re going to just have to agree to get along for a little while” so the nation can resolve economic issues.

This weekend, speaking to conservative group, Mike Pence said, “Those who would have us ignore the battle being fought over life, marriage and religious liberty have forgotten the lessons of history. [The nation's] darkest moments have come when economic argument trumped moral principles.”

Pence’s office, meantime, says he is campaigning for congressional candidates but I am not sure I know what a presidential straw poll has to do with that. He may still be eyeing the Indiana governor’s race. That would be interesting.

Both Sen. Evan Bayh and Congressman Pence have an interest in running for president and both believe you can best do that as governor, but Pence did finish first in the VP straw poll as well so that is another avenue.

 On the difference between the governor and the congressman: Gov. Daniels is about setting goals and achieving them administratively and Rep. Pence at this point seems to be positioning himself politically within the national Republican party.

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Sep
20

Hot Week Ahead

Posted By · September 20, 2010 at 7:27 am

Highs today will reach the mid 80s with a mix of sun and clouds.  There’s a slight chance for an isolated sprinkle, but don’t count on much if any.

Overnight, we stay warm, as temps only cool off to the mid 60s.

Tuesday, we could be close to record warmth.  Expect more sunshine with highs in the low 90s.  The record high temp is 93, we could hit 92 degrees.

Wednesday, we’ll be watching for more rain to move into Central Indiana, there’s another chance of rain on Friday.

Look at the temperatures coming for the weekend!  It looks beautiful!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Sep
19

Sunday Rain Chances

Posted By · September 19, 2010 at 6:26 am

Highs today will reach the low 80s with a mix of sun and clouds and isolated showers and t-storms.  The rain will taper off as we head into the afternoon.  Don’t expect tons of rain… and not everyone will get wet.   Western and the Central portions of the state look to have the best shot at a little rain.

If you’re tailgating for the Colts game, expect an isolated shower during the afternoon with temps in the low 80s, cooling off to the mid 70s for the game.

Overnight, any left over rain will come to an end as lows drop to the low 60s.

Monday, we turn up the heat with highs in the mid to upper 80s and a mix of sun and clouds.

Tuesday, we could be close to record heat.  I am forecasting a high of 91, the record is 93.

Another shot at rain moves in Wednesday.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Sep
18

Last Weekend of Summer

Posted By · September 18, 2010 at 6:45 am

Highs today will reach the low to mid 80s across Central Indiana.  We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds for the afternoon. 

Tonight, there’s a chance for an isolated shower North of I-70 as temps drop to around 60 degrees.

We’ll be tracking rain Sunday.  The day will not be a washout, but be prepared for scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.  Don’t expect much rain, but we’ll take any drop we can get!

The rain winds down the later we get into the night, so I think late tailgating for Manning v. Manning will be mainly dry.

More heat builds for the beginning of the week, with Fall officially beginning Wednesday at 11:09pm!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Sep
17

Great Start to the Weekend

Posted By · September 17, 2010 at 7:40 am

A spectacular day is ahead for Central Indiana.  Highs will hit the upper 70s to around 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies.  Operation Football will go off without a hitch tonight!  Game time temps will drop into the 60s.

Overnight, lows drop to the upper 40s and low 50s under mostly clear skies.

Saturday, highs hit the low to mid 80s with partly cloudy skies.

Late Saturday night into Sunday, there’s a chance for a scattered shower or thunderstorm.  We’ll keep you posted on rain chances!

Next week, the heat builds back close to 90 degrees!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Sep
17

Oh Brother, (Microsoft) Where Art Thou?

Posted By · September 17, 2010 at 12:47 am

Apple released the iPad.
Google released several versions of an Android based tablet.

Apple introduced a the iPhone 4.
Google unleashed an army of Android based phones.

Apple announced Apple TV.
Google, which owns YouTube, began streaming live video.

These two companies battle for technology supremacy, but
do you know who is missing from this discussion?

Microsoft.

Originally, I was going to write a blog about how
lazy Microsoft has become.

I was going to paint the picture of Microsoft as a
teen slacker living in his Mom’s basement.

Mom: “Microsoft, when are you going to stop playing
XBox, and get a real job?”

Microsoft: “I quit my job so I could play Halo
full time.”

While most Microsoft products don’t generate a buzz
from consumers, they do generate profit.

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, the net
revenue for Microsoft was $62.48 Billion.  It was
a record for the company.

Net income was $18.76 Billion, also a record.
(a growth of 29% over the previous fiscal year)

Not bad for a company no one talks about…

So where did the buzz go?

Vista was a buzz kill.  Consumers lost confidence
with Microsoft, and those Apple commercials didn’t help.

It must be noted that, Microsoft caters to business.  Products like
Sharepoint do not create consumer excitement, they DO create revenue.
(see sales figures above)

Microsoft is also missing a strong spokesman who can
highlight the success and smooth over the rough spots.

Someone like… Bill Gates.

In the early years, Microsoft fed off of Gates’ drive.
Bill was able to sell the heck out of software, even
though he knew it was buggy.

Under the leadership of Gates, Microsoft became a
powerhouse, a company to be admired and feared by
the competition. 

(Kinda like what Steve Jobs did for Apple)

Then on June 15, 2006, Bill announced he was stepping
down in 2008. And with him, the wind went out of the
company’s sails.

While he is not a charismatic showman, Steven Ballmer,
the current CEO, has made some tough decisions.

With the recent economic downtown, Microsoft has
streamlined operations.  They currently have
88,596 employees, down from previous high of 92,736.

In addition to fiscal responsibility, Microsoft
shored up its product line.

Windows 7, actually works!

As a result, the OS has been a hit, but it has not
been easy.  Microsoft has spent millions in ads,
which basically say: “We don’t stink anymore!”

While a stable operating system is nice, it doesn’t
generate buzz with consumers… or Wall Street.

Over 5 years ago, I bought Microsoft stock for 24.35 a share.
On September 16th, my stock closed at 25.33 a share.

On September 16th, Apple closed at $276.57
Google closed at $481.06.

This shows two things.

1) I bought the wrong stock.

2) Wall Street values innovation and consumer buzz.

As a shareholder, I applaud Microsoft for maintaining a solid
company with a strong foundation on business products.  I am
glad Ballmer streamlined Microsoft and stabilized the product
lines.

But…

As a greedy shareholder, I just want to say:
“Get off your Mom’s couch and innovate!”

But leave your XBox controller, I want to play Halo.

Todd Donaldson

P.S.  I know Microsoft created buzz this week with the
release of Halo Reach.  But don’t you think it’s time
to make a new version the game system?

XBox 360 was launched in 2005!

At the very least, it needs a blu-ray player!

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