Turning 30

Ever wonder what it’s like to be 80 years old?

Oliver Sacks, a neurology professor at NYU, shares the truth about life as an octogenarian in a piece for The New York Times called “The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding).” In the column, Sacks writes:

“I do not think of old age as an ever grimmer time that one must somehow endure and make the best of, but as a time of leisure and freedom, freed from the factitious urgencies of earlier days, free to explore whatever I wish, and to bind the thoughts and feelings of a lifetime together.”

Isn’t that beautiful?

An 80th birthday is cause for celebration, but along the way other milestones matter too. For instance, the big 3-0.

By the time we say goodbye to our twenties, what should we have experienced in our careers?

  1. At least one intern has addressed you as “Mr.” or “Ms.”
  2. Seven words: moved from your parents’ house for good.
  3. Handled every schedule imaginable – days, nights, weekends, weekend nights, holidays, holiday nights… you get the idea.
  4. Written so many cover letters that you could pen an autobiography of failed job applications.
  5. Had such a terrible boss that you questioned the very idea of working to earn a living.
  6. Realized that your college major – once a pivotal career decision – really didn’t matter all that much.
  7. Slaved away in your office on a picture-perfect Sunday because, well, the work’s just gotta get done.
  8. After several years in the professional ranks, your resume no longer has traces of college clubs and achievements.
  9. Battle tested, you don’t even flinch when the client says, “This isn’t what I wanted. You’ll need to do it again.”
  10. Maintained a 401k and contributed funds to the point that you can actually see it working.
  11. Defused a stressful office situation by saying, “In my experience, here’s what we should do.”
  12. Landed a nice raise and proceeded to buy something you would never get otherwise.
  13. Elected to take an advanced education course (or pick up a new skill) because of the value it added to your career.
  14. After bouncing from job to job, you finally see the value of a stable situation with long-term potential.
  15. Been there and done that long enough to understand who you are and the type of work that gets you out of bed in the morning. If your twenties were the decade to get knocked around, then may you spend the next ten years cashing in on the education.

What would YOU add to the list? Comment below!

(This content was originally posted at News to Live By.)

Cue up the Sarah McLaughlin music and imagine a lonely virtual kitten in need of your assistance. Lost And Found Games are seeking funding for CatLand, an interactive pet app, and have started a Kickstarter campaign. Your donation can save the lives of many virtual cats and will help them find homes on the smartphones they deserve.

Catland is similar to the Tamagotchi‘s that were so popular a few years back. If you are unable to have a pet for any reason, why not have a virtual pet? CatLand also features a check in feature that offers entertainment and a change of scenery for your fake feline friend.

Check out the video below and remember being a cat lady is only crazy if you are found out. Keep your secret safe by being a virtual cat lady with CatLand.

Skip the Ikea-imposed allen wrenches and other tools with this build-it-yourself side table that assembles using the skills you learned while uncorking countless bottles of wine. Instead of a more traditional threaded bolt, the table’s three legs feature the same screw you’d find on a bottle opener, making it easy to secure them to its cork tabletop.

It’s sadly just a concept at this point, but would presumably pair perfectly with a lamp that turns on and off with a switch that works like opening a beer can. [Goncalo Campos via Notcot]

If there is one cardinal sin that all driver should not do, it would be to talk on your handset with one hand holding the phone, while the other controls the steering wheel. Sure, if you happen to be seated at the back seat with a chauffeur in front, by all means go ahead and yak away, but if you are at the wheel, it is time to be far more responsible with your life and the lives of others. Get a hands-free kit or a Bluetooth headset, for Pete’s sake! And if you already have that, and tend to travel to remote areas where the signal is not too great, perhaps the $159.95 Driver’s Cell Phone Signal Booster would come in handy.

As its name suggests, the Driver’s Cell Phone Signal Booster is an amplifier that claims to boost a cell phone’s reception by up to 20X whenever you are driving. It will be different from other models that boosts only 2G or 3G signals, as this puppy is far more updated, being optimized to handle 4G LTE signals for Verizon or AT&T handsets, in addition to boosting 3G and 2G signals for nearly all other U.S. carriers, now how about that? It does so by improving bi-directional signal strength in weak-signal areas, minimizing dropped calls and maximizing data speeds.

You know that as we age, some of us do experience a “breakdown” in our body parts, that goes without saying. After all, mankind was not “built” to last, so to speak, so some of us start to require a pair of glasses, while others lose their sense of hearing (or even to the scourge of Alzheimer’s, the Long Goodbye). Good thing is, there has been medical advances which have helped stunt or arrest some of these degradations, although some like Alzheimer’s, have no clear cure in sight yet. Still, those who are suffering from poorer eyesight will be pleased to hear that there is help in the form of surgery in some cases, correction lenses, and just for today, the $24.95 Jumbo Caller ID.

Yes sir, the Jumbo Caller ID says it all, doesn’t it? It sports a bright, backlit LCD display that works as named, giving you all the nitty gritty required at a glance as to who is calling (as long as the name of the caller is entered into the database, of course) in addition to the number. It all remains whether you want to pick up the call or not. The Jumbo Caller ID will feature enough memory for up to 99 names and numbers, has a message waiting indicator, caller ID callback, and over a dozen more other functions to keep senior citizens happy. Since it comes in bi-lingual (English and Spanish) support, something tells me that this targets the Americas more than anywhere else. Powered by a quartet of AAA batteries, the Jumbo Caller ID even doubles up as an alarm clock with snooze, now how about that?

Sprint Nextel Corp. today reported fourth quarter consolidated net operating revenue of $9 billion and full year 2012 consolidated net operating revenue of $35.3 billion. Sprint reported record quarterly and annual Sprint platform wireless service revenues of nearly $7 billion and $27.1 billion, respectively. Driven by increasing postpaid ARPU and continued Sprint platform subscriber growth, wireless service revenues for the Sprint platform grew 12 percent year-over-year for the quarter and nearly 15 percent for the full year.

The company reported a net loss of $1.3 billion and a diluted net loss of $.44 per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to a net loss of $1.3 billion and a diluted net loss of $.43 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Sprint’s fourth quarter 2012 results include accelerated depreciation of approximately $400 million, or negative $.13 per share (pre-tax), primarily related to Network Vision, including the expected shutdown of the Nextel platform, and $45 million or negative $.01 per share (pre-tax) related to impacts from Hurricane Sandy.

The Sprint platform postpaid subscriber base grew for the eleventh consecutive quarter, with net additions of 401,000 driven by a postpaid Nextel recapture rate of 51 percent, or 333,000 subscribers, and strong 4G LTE smartphone sales. Sprint platform prepaid net additions equaled 525,000 due in part to the best ever quarterly prepaid Nextel recapture rate of 50 percent, or 188,000 subscribers. Sprint sold approximately 2.2 million iPhones in the fourth quarter with 38 percent purchased by new customers. As of the end of the fourth quarter, Sprint had sold more than 4 million 4G LTE smartphones.

“Sprint’s strong performance was fueled by record wireless service revenue on the Sprint platform due to year-over-year postpaid ARPU growth and Sprint platform net additions,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “As a result, quarterly Adjusted OIBDA performance improved year-over-year in spite of significant cost increases related to Network Vision and the iPhone, both of which are key investments for our business that we expect will improve the customer experience and lead to growth in the years ahead.”

Sprint continues to make significant progress on Network Vision deployment. The number of sites that are either ready for construction or already underway has grown to more than 19,500 – approximately half the total number of sites to be upgraded. To date more than 8,000 sites are on air and meeting speed and coverage enhancement targets. Recent weekly construction starts are up 56 percent from the third quarter. Sprint continues to expect to have 12,000 sites on air by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

As part of Network Vision, Sprint has launched 4G LTE in 58 cities and expects that 4G LTE will be available in nearly 170 additional cities in the coming months. During 2012 Sprint launched 15 4G LTE devices including Apple iPad mini and iPad with Retina Display in the fourth quarter.

During the fourth quarter, Sprint raised additional debt financing of nearly $2.3 billion and used the proceeds to retire nearly $1.2 billion of 2014 debt maturities and more than $1.1 billion of 2015 maturities. The remaining outstanding principal balances of Sprint’s 2013, 2014 and 2015 maturities are $366 million, $247 million and $566 million, respectively. Sprint also received $3.1 billion from SoftBank in exchange for a newly issued 1 percent, seven-year convertible bond related to the companies’ pending merger.

As of December 31, 2012, the company’s liquidity was approximately $9.5 billion consisting of $8.2 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and $1.3 billion of undrawn borrowing capacity available under its revolving bank credit facility. Additionally, the company has borrowed $296 million to-date of available funding under the secured equipment credit facility, reducing the remaining undrawn availability to $704 million. Sprint generated $216 million of cash flow from operating activities and negative Free Cash Flow of $1.3 billion in the quarter.

The company expects 2013 Adjusted OIBDA to be between $5.2 billion and $5.5 billion.

More details via Sprint here.