Statistics (12th Edition)

Review: Statistics (12th Edition)


By: James T. McClave and Terry T Sinich

ISBN-13:978-0321755933
ISBN-10:0321755936

Statistics (12th Edition)

Worst Textbook I’ve Ever Been Subjected To

Grade = F-

That colleges and universities are using this book as the course textbook is borderline criminal. I couldn’t write anywhere near as poorly as this book is written if I tried.

The run-on sentences and overall poor choice of wording ensure that the only people who can comprehend book are mathetiticians. Mathemeticians shouldn’t be writing books.

People who can actually write who also understand probability and statistics should be writing text books for core curriculum classes that every student must take.

This author appears to have written this book primarily to impress his peers with lots of completely unnecessary words, sentences, data sets, etc. This book wasn’t written for business, marketing or public relations students only enrolled because they have be.

Perhaps the worst part of the book and maybe the entire topic is that after the first few chapters, the remainder of the book is filled with run-on sentence word problems in which a majority of the information provided isn’t even relevant. The reader must make his or her way through a massive wall of text just to extract the data, half of which isn’t even relevant to the problem. So… for each practice question, the student loses two minutes of his/her life he/she will never get back again because some airhead wrote a book for his own ego instead of for the students the book was intended to teach.

To pile it on top of that, after the first few chapters there is nothing that could be put to any practical or useful purpose. These are just equations and formulae that are assembled because somebody found a new way to use w calculator. There is no use, purpose or practical application for 65%-70% of the material in this book.

Universities and professors should value writing quality when deciding upon which texts to associate with their courses. Ten minutes of trying to read this disaster of a text book would be more than enough to discern that its rambling, words and symbols are introduced from the start with no reference or definition provided; and when terms are defined the language is ambiguous so the student is constantly guessing or assuming due poor structure and an even more disgraceful butchering of the English language.

My advice to any student in need of a math class to find one that does not use this book. Better yet, find an algebra class instead. At least algebra is practical and improves your thinking process. It is the mathematical version of logic and deductive reasoning (critical thinking).

The book is only marginally more valuable than being totally worthless. I say marginally better because there is some, limited and poorly-explained information that could theoretically be of use outside of a classroom setting. Such information is the minority of the content, and even what useful information is present is poorly explained.

Overall, I have no choice but to give “Statistics” (12th Edition) by James T. McCabe and Terry T Sinich a grade of F-.

Overall Grade = F-

Samsung Galaxy Autocorrect

Autocorrect on Samsung Galaxy is BAD

By: Peter Egan

This is a follow-up to a product review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 I wrote a few months back. This article echos many of the same sentiments but delves into deeper detail. After a few more months of frustration, I felt the need to expound upon my grievances with the Galaxy S7 and why I’m rethinking the purchase despite many of the phone’s features being adequate-to-good.

I’ve had a Samsung Galaxy S7 for about the past six months. Before that, I had a Motorola Android Maxx that I’d had since late 2014, and the amount of abuse it took in the 2+ years I had it finally caught up with it, and I was forced to get a new phone.

The factor that separated the Galaxy from the other smartphones available at the Verizon store was the fact that it still had a traditional audio port.

I already have lots of audio equipment, including everything from speakers to headphones/earbuds to a little device that I plug into the audio port while I’m in the car (or near any FM radio) and it broadcasts Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edgewhatever audio is on my phone through my car speakers, boat speakers or any other speakers hooked up to an FM radio. It does this by broadcasting to one of five possible relatively obscure frequencies that generally aren’t used in commercial radio and are rare in the few instances where commercial broadcasting exists along these frequencies. If my memory serves me correctly, the gadget that plugs into my phone is capable of
broadcasting at 87.9, 88.1, 88.3, 88.5 and 88.7 megahertz (MHz). Megahertz are the unit of measurement for FM broadcast frequencies. The number on the radio dial stands for the number of megahertz at which that frequency is broadcasting. FM stands for frequency module, and the number on the radio dial or screen is the frequency.

Galaxy S7

Anyway, it is a cool little gadget that lets me listen to whatever I want from my phone using my car speakers, which are much louder and of higher quality. I use it nearly every day.

I didn’t want a phone that would have required me to buy all new bluetooth-equipped audio equipment because the phone wasn’t compatible with my existing audio gear. That, ultimately, is why I chose the Galaxy S7 by Samsung.

For the purposes of serving my audio needs, the phone has been wonderful. My only complaint is that the speakers built into the phone itself are so weak a almost always have to plug the phone into an external audio device to hear all the sports talk shows I love so much (looking at you Matt Moscona).


The phone also has a much better camera than my previous phone. Photo and video quality are the two areas I feel like I got a significant upgrade when I switched to the Galaxy from the 2013 or 2014 Android Maxx.

HOWEVER, the older model Motorola phone I had for more than two years prior had one feature that was significantly better than that of the Galaxy. I’m talking about Autocorrect.

The Motorla phone had an extensive vocabulary, knew how to spell, would automatically fix typographical errors and in the rare instances in which I wanted to say something it didn’t already know, it took note and learned. It learned my writing patterns so well that it would often finish my sentences – literally – sometimes after just a few words. It knew what I wanted to say, it was super-intuitive and had the capacity to learn even more than its already extensive out-of-the-box knowledge. It was a smart phone in every sense of the term.

The Galaxy S7, in contrast, gives me the impression it’s autocorrect and word suggest features were programmed by someone with a first-grade reading level, no grammar skills, a VERY limited vocabulary and zero command of the English language.

It regularly fails to recognize even the most common of words, like “even” for example. It suggests even be “eben” and even takes the liberty of changing my correctly spelled, extremely simple and common word and replacing it with something that isn’t even a word. Google says it’s a name of Hebrew origin, but I strongly doubt the programmers who weren’t familiar with the word “even” knew that.

That’s just one example. The Galaxy S7 is unfamiliar with literally hundreds of words I use regularly. More often than not, it changes them to words it does know, forcing me to go back, delete it’s autocorrected suggestion, retype my word and click the check mark to tell the phone that what I typed is in fact what I intended to say. This would be less bothersome if the phone remembered these occurrences and learned the words I teach it by overriding its autocorrect, but it doesn’t . I have to repeat the same process over and over with the same words. Every now and again it seems the phone will pick up on something and typing on it becomes a little less tedious, but those instances are the exception rather than the rule.

What’s more, the phone has no idea how to handle possessives involving apostrophes. Oddly enough, it does understand contractions for the most part, although it never knows whether the word “it” followed by an S should have an apostrophe or not. It defaults to the apostrophe’d contraction of “it” and “is”. It will automatically change any usage of “its” not involving an apostrophe to the contraction with the apostrophe. It’s like whoever programmed the autocorrect is completely oblivious to the fact that “it” in the possessive is spelled “its” with no apostrophe.

I have spent countless hours undoing the damage inflicted upon my writing by Galaxy’s imbecilic autocorrect, which is probably more accurately described as “auto-incorrect”.

The phone just underwent a full-scale operating system update, and I was disappointed but not surspriaed that this issue (autocorrect) was not addressed in the update.

Samsung Galaxy Virtual Reality Headset

My advice to anyone seeing all the cool commercials involving people having these mind-blowing experiences in virtual reality with a Samsung Galaxy hooked up to a little headset such that it resembled the virtual reality headsets worn in the 1990’s Aerosmith video “Amazing,” is to refrain from buying into the hype. Think practical.

How often do you really expect to be able to play with the headset before it becomes repetitive and boring?

If you’re an Android person, for the love of God go with something made by Motorola. There was a time when I would have included LG here, but the last LG phone I had was complete and utter garbage, and it destroyed my opinion of them as a company. They may be back to making good phones, I don’t know and can’t speak one way or the other. The last one I had was so bad it would take a lot to convince me to ever but another one.

I’ve had iPhones in the past and they’ve all served me well. The autocorrect wasn’t quite as good as my Motorola’s was, but it was decent enough and even back in 2013 my iPhone at the time would have been an improvement over the Galaxy in just about every way except the camera, and from what I’ve read Apple has made some pretty big strides of their own in this area.

Ultimately the amount of time lost fixing typing errors committed by the phone (the Galaxy) hasn’t been worth the positives associated with the phone. If I had to do it again, I’d buy an older Motorola phone online – one with an audio port – instead of driving to the Verizon store and choosing a phone from their limited selection consisting of only the most recent models.

I hate the idea or bluetooth-only external audio, and will continue using a phone with an external audio port until I can no longer find one in person or online.

Just be wary of the unfortunate autocorrect on the Samsung Galaxy, and if that’s a problem for you then you’ll have to weigh that against your desire to have a phone with the features that Galaxy has that are as good or better than those of competing models.

Totally.me combines social media activity in one place

Totally.me collects, aggregates social media activity

I came upon a pretty neat site lately that is offering an interesting service. Imagine is all your social media accounts were to be combined into one place — all your Facebook posts, all your tweets, all your pins, all your Google+ shares, all your LinkedIn updates, all your Instagram posts — all published in the same place.

Now imagine if you can combine multiple accounts from these social media outlets into this singular source for all things social… For example, suppose you have a couple of Facebook business or community pages in addition to your personal profile. Imagine if you have a personal Twitter account but also one for your business. Same goes for Pinterest and on down the line… That is in essence what Totally.me is.

Peter Egan's totally.me

To be totally fair, this isn’t entirely a new idea. I remember a nearly identical service being offered by an organization called RebelMouse, which at the time, offered this service free-of-charge, as is the case with Totally.met. RebelMouse has moved on to for-profit endeavors and has a notification that it’s free service was to be discontinued last year sometime, but the two accounts I had set up with it remain active, although the menu of administrative options has been drastically scaled-down to the point not even the account owner can make changes at this point.

If there’s any meaningful difference between the two it lies in how each respective site is coded. Whereas RebelMouse used javascript for pretty much the entire page except for an optional ‘About Me/Us’ box you could affix to the top-left corner of your page. That part was normal html, but all the social content was coded in such a way that search engines could not crawl it. That may well have been by design, I have no idea. What I can say is that the way Totally.me appears to be coded, there will be a log more content on each user’s page that is able to be indexed by search robots, leading at least in theory to more visitors to the site through search engines, if in fact they are indexing the social content on the Totally.met pages and returning them in search results.

One other possibility is that if the pages are crawled, social media could become a valid way of going about getting a web page indexed, if in fact these pages are being crawled and the links within the individual posts to the various social media sites are being acknowledged, then posting a link of your new blog post to Twitter or Facebook might actually lead to the page being indexed.

That’s all just a theory, however, as I can’t say for certain that I know how all that stuff works, nor can I really say with certainty anything else in this post except that Totally.me takes whatever social sources you plug into it and creates a page whereby all posts to all social media sites are shown in the order they were posted (regardless of the venue).

One other pretty significant difference between Totally.me and RebelMouse is that users can comment on Totally.me posts using the Facebook comments software. So your twitter post can spark a conversation on a completely different site where it was posted automatically, at least in theory.

Another difference between the two sites pertains to hashtags. As of now Totally.me links each hashtag in your social posts to a hashtag page for that term at the site socialsear.ch. RebelMouse linked all contents of a given social post back to the original post.

These differences might be enough to make Totally.me a viable long-term idea whereas its predecessor fizzled out after a while as there was nothing that could be done with the pages other than observe them and their contents, and click back to the original posting. Time will tell…

If you have a desire to keep better track of your activity on social media sites and think having everything you post to all of them collected, compiled and displayed in one place could be beneficial to you, then Totally.me might just have something worth signing up for.

If nothing else, it’s a cool little tool that’s fun to play around with and that really puts your activity into perspective.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

By: Peter Egan

Samsung Galaxy S7 Not Without Major Flaws

Overall Grade:  C

Update: The auto-correct feature on the Samsung Galaxy 7 is so bad I had to revise this review and downgrade it from a B- to a C, and I still feel I’m being generous.

Seriously though, if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, do yourself a favor and get a Motorola (if you prefer Android) or an iPhone. Don’t let the commercials with the people blown away by the headsets fool you. If a phone can’t spell 9 (and this one can’t), what are the odds that it has other deficiencies? Here’s a suggestion for anyone thinking of getting a new phone: Shop Amazon Warehouse Deals – Deep Discounts on Open-box and Used Electronics.

Sometime towards the end of November 2016, my two year-old Motorola Android Maxx smartphone started to malfunction in ways that indicated to me that it was time to get a new phone.

Most importantly, it stopped charging altogether no matter the charger (although mysteriously started charging again once I brought home its replacement).

However, there were other flaws. The screen was cracked, it only occasionally picked up the WiFi at my house (although it never had a problem picking it up elsewhere), and the actual reception is relatively poor where my house is located. Maybe the metal roof has something to do with it, but the bottom line is that when it decided to detach from WiFi, I was missing important calls, texts, emails, etc.Samsung Galaxy S7

So I decided it was time to get a new phone. After what seemed like an eternity at the Verizon store (this is a testament to their staff taking the time to explain to me in detail the ins and outs of every phone in-stock, not a complaint), I settled on the Samsung Galaxy S7. The deciding factor for me was that I can still plug headphones and speakers into the S7. I’m not ready to go wireless, I don’t like Bluetooth and I’m waiting to see what type of audio quality (and volume) these wireless speakers have to offer before I restrict myself to a very new technology about which I have plenty of reservations.

My take on the Galaxy S7 from Samsung

Don’t let the commercials with the kids (and old people) mesmerized by virtual reality headsets reminiscent of 1990’s Aerosmith music videos fool you into buying this phone. While the Galaxy S7 has some positive features going for it, there are also some major drawbacks. If I could go back in time two months, I’d really have to strongly consider paying an extra $150 and getting the Motorola phone, sucking it up and just deal with the Bluetooth audio being imposed on me.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Headset

Let’s recap some of the positives and negatives of the Galaxy S7.

The positives:

  • The camera is very high-quality: The photos I can take on this phone are indescribably better than those I had become accustomed to with my Motorola Android Maxx. The camera on this phone is incredible, and may be it’s best feature.
  • There’s plenty of space: I like apps, and photos — lots of them. This phone lets me have them both.
  • Call quality is about what I expected.

The negatives:

  • Typing: Texting, Facebook, Messenger or anything else that involves typing. One of the things I loved about my old Motorola phone was it really was a “smart” phone. It’s auto-correct feature actually corrected typos, and it had a capacity to learn new words, acronyms and abbreviations that may not be standard English but which are part of my regular vernacular.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the dumbest “smart” phone I’ve ever seen in this regard. It takes the liberty of changing words I spelled correctly to misspelled versions of the same words, different words altogether or my (least) favorite of all, nonexistent words. And God-forbid if you ever have to hit the backspace button to fix a type, the Galaxy S7 lacks the capacity to recognize that you’re still typing the same word, and will treat any new typing you do as though you’re typing an entire new word as opposed to correcting a word you’ve misspelled. Then it will combine the new word it thinks you were trying to spell with the portion of the actual word you were typing that you typed (this applies even if you type the entire word, spelled correctly, but had to hit the backspace button to fix a letter).

This is a remarkable pain to deal with. The worst part is, after a month with this phone, it has shown no capacity at all to learn my typing tendencies, and still takes far too much liberty with regard to inserting auto-correct into places it has no business being. I’ll likely end up just having to turn the feature off entirely because it’s wrong more than it is right. Sure, it’s good for fixing “its” to “it’s”, and other common mistakes made involving apostrophes (especially the ones I deliberately make because auto-correct fixes it). However, I’m not sure that the auto-addition of an apostrophe here or there justifies the amount of having to delete entire words and slowly type the word I want typed, then click the “check mark” symbol to confirm with Galaxy that I indeed intended to type the word exactly as I did. With such a limited vocabulary (Galaxy S7 really doesn’t know many words compared with my 2 year-old Motorola), this gets very annoying.

I haven’t found any other significant flaws so far, but the auto-incorrect is a pretty major one. If I encounter any more I’ll update the review accordingly.

Overall, I give the Samsung Galaxy S7 a C grade. While the camera is fantastic, there’s plenty of space and there are lots of cool features I don’t care about but some people undoubtedly will (like the headset), the Galaxy S7 is the “Special Ed” of smart phones. Its ability to make typing more difficult than ever before on any device (phone, tablet or computer) is remarkable in itself, and would earn this phone a C- were it not for the camera and the quality of photos.

My advice to someone shopping for a new phone is to consider whether or not sounding like a complete idiot in typed conversations (or taking the time to fix Galaxy’s inexplicable errors) is important to that individual or not. If it is, I’d strongly consider looking into other options, because there are plenty of other phones on the market now with great cameras, and that seems to be the main thing the Galaxy S7 has going for it. An older model Motorola phone has all the positives associated with the Galaxy and is very intuitive and intelligent. Motorola phones made this decade have vocabularies that exceed that of your average six year old (the Galaxy really is that dumb — it has a VERY limited vocabulary and is incapable of grasping the concept of an apostrophe, as well as incapable of learning via user behavior).

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy 7 gets a C because of the camera and the plug-in, traditional external audio device port. If you plan to buy one, expect to turn auto-correct off because this phone is so incredibly stupid you’ll have to in order to come across as an incoherent idiot who uses words out-of-context, non-existent words and is unable to spell properly, much less deploy proper use of grammar.