The Internet can be a wickedly mean place. For once, however, we have a story where real life was mean and the Internet came through to resolve the issue. Here's the situation: you might have seen the YouTube video entitled "
Making The Bus Monitor Cry." In this video, a group of 12- and 13-year-old boys harass a 68-year-old bus monitor to the point where she cries. Obviously this was a terrible thing to do to anyone, let alone a senior citizen.
Luckily, since some people on
the Internet have a heart, some of that goodwill was directed toward this woman, named Karen. In fact, one man, Max Sidorov, felt so bad about what happened that he used Indiegogo, a crowd-source funding site, to raise money to send Karen on "a vacation of a lifetime." His goal was to raise $5,000 to try and offset her $15,506 annual income and allow her to take some time away from the kids and relax, hopefully getting her into a positive mindset.
His project, however, has gone a little differently from the original plan. He has, as of the writing of this article, raised $620,863 for Karen. This is more than 100 times beyond what he wanted to raise and what he thought he could raise. This is enough money for Karen to never have to work again, and certainly not have to get onto a school bus ever again, which after this event, might be the right decision for her. Hopefully she can take the time she deserves and enjoy life.
Karen, being a caring person, does not want criminal charges pressed against the children, but she does hope they are not allowed to ride the bus for at least a year. While no decision has been made by the school that we have heard of, several of the boys have sent Karen personal messages apologizing for what they did. One child said,
I wish I had never done those things. If that had happened to someone in my family, like my mother or grandmother, I would be really mad at the people who did that to them.
Hopefully this exposure will teach these kids, and others, that respect is required when dealing with other people. If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so
Microsoft had a very big week. Between
redefining Microsoft Surface and a major Windows Phone event, they are showing the new way they do business, and it is a positive change indeed. Windows Phone 8, officially announced Wednesday morning, is a massive improvement on the Windows Phone concept. In addition to some significant interface enhancements, they also changed the technology powering the OS. Unlike WinPho7, WinPho8 is powered by the same core technologies that power Windows 8. This means a wider range of hardware support, more development choices and, of course, performance enhancements.
The core technology changes allow for better development choices, but it also allows for some nifty interaction updates. Hit the break to find out what they have added.
If you have been following our coverage of Windows 8, whether it be
early looks, the new logo, the consumer preview or the most recent release preview, there has been one consistent question: would Microsoft make a branded device to be the flagship of the OS? That question was answered Monday when Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Surface.
Now, you might recognize that name from
CES 2011 or CES 2012 as the Samsung SUR40, a 40-inch, Microsoft-powered, massively multi-touch device powered by PixelSense. Well, that technology will now reside under the PixelSense moniker, as that is really the underlying technology, and the new Windows 8 tablet family will take on the Surface branding in its place.
So, what is so special about this Microsoft flagship Windows 8 tablet? Hit the break to find out more and see Microsoft's announcement video.