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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TWO BOOKS I LIKED


Duty and Stress Test

I recently read two books that interested me because the writers bridged the gap between the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations—that is, they worked for both. When someone works for two politically opposed administrations, I take notice, because I think he or she must be pretty capable and evenhanded.

Duty, by Robert M. Gates, tells of his replacing Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense under President G. W. Bush and continuing on as President Obama’s Secretary of Defense through his first term. Gates had to deal with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, of course. He tells of his dealings with both presidents, both vice presidents, the secretaries of state, the congress, and the military leaders in particular. The sacrifices of America’s youth weighed very heavily on him, you will find throughout Duty.

Stress Test, by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, is the story of his life, how he became gradually interested in economics, and his climb up the financial ladder holding various positions of influence until he became appointed Secretary of the Treasury under Obama. The fact he had a Republican background, worked closely with President G. W. Bush, and was (I would say) a Keynesian, especially interested me. I have never understood economics very well, but this book helped me understand more—especially in dealing with the onset of panic during a recession, which is what the US faced in 2008-2009.  He credits Bush with agreeing with the first bailout measure and Obama for his support of the “cocktail” of measures Geithner and others recommended during some extremely harrowing days.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Reserve Requirement"

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This question is for Mr. O'Brien- or anyone else who cares to answer:

In the Treasurer's Column, published in this months UCO Reporter, mention is made several times of a "reserve requirement".

Who, or what entity, "requires" the reserve amounts quoted in the article? Is this a law? Are these amounts based on guidelines provided by some government agency or professional association?

It may be that these reserve numbers are simply the professional opinion of one highly qualified individual (Howard), who was elected by the Delegate Assembly to analyse UCO finances and offer a plan for our future. And that's fine- prudent reserves based on accurate and objective analysis of the Village's physical plant just makes good sense.

But is it a "requirement"?

Suggestion for Century Village Pools :-)




Saturday, July 19, 2014

PRESIDENT FOR LIFE

I Think the MALS might  have something there! I will be circulating a petition to name David I ( President For Life ). After this becomes a reality, the Village Elders will perform an exorcism to rid CV of the MALS . The petition will be circulated at all pools , bus stops and the local Publix. America ! Ain't it great!

Friday, July 18, 2014

JESSICA TICKTIN ESQ. - CANDIDATE FOR JUDGE - MEET AND GREET

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Dave Israel
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DELEGATE ASSEMBLY - JULY 11, 2014 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

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                         delegate assembly 7-11-2014 PART 1 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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                             delegate assembly 7-11-2014 Part 2 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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                                  delegate assembly 7-11-2014 Part 3 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
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Thanks to Ed Black and Anitra Kraus for rendering, and upload to Vimeo.
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Dave Israel
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thank You Palm Beach Sheriff's Office!

Congratulations to UCO for having PBSO officers on duty during Delegate Meetings to arrest or eject unruly people from the meeting.  This was the calmest meeting in many months, as the "bad apples" were kept in check.  

Perhaps more people will now show up if the PBSO officers keep guard over these five or six people.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

ON THE UCO BUDGET SHORTFALL


Whether Florida Statute 718 requires an entity such as UCO to have reserves or not, it still makes every bit of sense for UCO to have reserves, and it makes sense to fund them adequately.

In considering our situation, it might be well to first keep in the back of our minds that well-meaning treasurers may differ in their calculations. That is almost a given in the financial field, I think.

Our new treasurer, Howard O’Brien, feels our UCO reserves have been underfunded, and that this needs correction starting in 2015. He suggests a 5-year plan wherein the shortfall will be made up over five years.

The shortfall, as Howard calculates it, projects to be about $1,152, 561 at the end of 2014. For this amount to be made up over five years would mean collecting an additional $230,512 for each of the five years. Dividing this by the number of months in a year (12) means that $19,209 would need to be made up each month. Dividing this by 7800, the approximate number of units in the Village means that each unit would have to pay $2.46 more a month to make up the deficit.

Is that so much?

UCO dues would go up more than this, but that is because of other increased UCO expenses--NOT failure to have budgeted enough for the UCO reserves. Our total condo dues will undoubtedly go up still more because of the effect of inflation on other expenses; and WPRF dues will probably increase a little, too.

The overall increase may be considerable, a tough bullet to bite, and this might well be the time to put off some purchases we would like to have made. Our officers and the Finance Committee will be considering this.

Let’s not blame the underfunding of UCO’s reserves for more than its share, though. At the most, if my figures are right, this would be responsible for less than $2.50 per month per unit to be made up over five years.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Norwich K ex-President arrested for embezzlment

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Updated: 6:28 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 | Posted: 6:15 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014

Ex-condo association president, 82, arrested on embezzlement charges in West Palm Beach




By Aleese Kopf


Palm Beach Post Staff Writer


A former condominium association president was arrested Thursday and charged with allegedly embezzling about $22,500 in association funds to pay for a long-distance affair.

Representatives of the Norwich K Condominium Association reported former President and Treasurer Alan Kaplan, 82, of West Palm Beach, to police after an audit of the association’s bank accounts, according to the police report.

After searching the association’s accounts and Kaplan’s personal accounts, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officer discovered that Kaplan is alleged to have stolen $22,580 from 2011 to 2013.

Kaplan told police he was in debt and needed the money to supplement his income and finance an affair with his New York lover, the report said.

He was charged with grand theft and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Thursday night. He was released Friday afternoon after posting $5,000 bond.

MALCONTENT ATTEMPT TO PANIC THE DELEGATES OVER NON-EXISTENT MONEY FEARS. - UCO VP MAGIC SOLUTION - "KILL WI-FI"

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Today's Delegate Assembly was treated to Mr. Ed attempting to panic-monger the Delegates about money. He has been at the same old "pop-stand" for 4 years. He was wrong then, he continues to be wrong now. ALL bills are paid and being paid timely; Reserves are being slowly built up!
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"Come to my meeting" he bellowed, I who have no responsibility for anything UCO, and who is elected to nothing UCO; has the answers to everything, so, come to his meeting and the magic formula will be revealed.
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Earlier in the meeting he attempted to lecture a PBSO Captain about how to investigate Cyber-Terrorism. An absolute joke!
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VP Ziccardy of course had the answer to our non-existent money problem - wait for it folks - "Kill Wi-Fi"! Of course, the fact that robust Campus wide Wi-Fi would save many of our unit owners $30.00 - $50.00 dollars per month; completely escapes our "dump Dave" VP, you tell them Marcia, but please try getting the facts first about the huge value-added vector that Wi-Fi would bring to CV.
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Ed, you, your acolytes and sycophants lost the election, get over it!
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Dave Israel
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UCO is NOT a condo association

Again, UCO is NOT a condo association governed by Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes.

Any reserves UCO wants to have are ultimately decided by the UCO delegates.

Do not be deceived or misled by false statements on other nitwit blogs.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

There is only a UCO budget reserve shortfall--we Delegates said YES to it!

Please see below from UCO Treasurer O'Brien's report in June 2014.

David Israel and Ed Black did NOT cause ANY shortfall. We UCO delegates voted the reserves we have. DO NOT be fooled by other crazy and deceptive blogs or pool side rumors
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From the UCO Treasurer’s Report

At June 30, 2014, the reserves aggregate $554,375 and are supported by cash in the bank. The UCO reserves as recorded were always supported by cash in the bank accounts.

The December 31, 2013 draft report of the UCO audit was released on May 1, 2013. In this report, it is stated that the aggregate amount of reserves at Dec. 21, 2013 amounted to $423,872.

The estimated underfunded reserve at December 31, 2014 is expected to be $1, 152,561

This is due to inadequate funding in the current and prior years. Examples of this are as follows:

• During the 2013 Budget process, the Delegate Assembly approved reserves for 2013 of $385,915, although $456,061 was required per the audit report. This amounts to a shortfall of $70, 146.

• Similarly, during the 2014 process, the Delegate Assembly approved reserves for 2014 in the amount of $291,000 although the auditor's suggested a required amount of $493,440 . This amounts to an added shortfall of $202,400 .

• A recent review of the aggregated UCO reserve requirements has been completed in preparation for the upcoming 2015 UCO Budget. The result of the review disclosed a net shortfall in the aggregate reserves at December 31, 2013 in the amount of $715,711

FS 718 requires that adequacy of reserves be reviewed and maintained.

Monday, July 7, 2014

New FRIDAYS only, EL PRESIDENTE bus trip

Shopping Center - Gun Club Road
Depart from the Clubhouse 11:00 am Pickup 2:30 pm
"Your Dollar Buys You More In Our Store -
If you’re looking for fancy-schmancy label products at outrageous prices, we are not it.  If you want real quality with a touch of color, warm service and down-to-earth savings, Presidente Supermarket is for you."

Check Bus Schedules in the UCO Reporter for other rides.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

BOIL WATER ALERT RESCINDED

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The boil water notice dated 7/3/14 for
 ALL OF NORTHAMPTON, SUSSEX, CAMBRIDGE, CANTERBURY, OXFORD, & DORCHESTER - CENTURY VILLAGE – WPB
Has now been cleared.
As of 1200pm on Sunday 7/6/14
 
The Precautionary Boil Water Notice for century village is hereby rescinded following the repair of the water line and the satisfactory completion of the bacteriological Survey showing that the water is safe to drink.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
 
Palm beach county water utility
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Dave Israel
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

BOIL WATER ALERT - NORTH WEST CORNER - CENTURY VILLAGE

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As a result of the water break that was reported today in the Canterbury section of Century Village, a boil water notice has been issued for the entire North West corner of Century Village. This will affect the following sections: Oxford, Dorchester, Cambridge, Canterbury, Sussex and Northampton.
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A notification will be made as soon as the boil water notice is rescinded.
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Karen Vedovelli
Wud Communications
8100 Forest HIll Blvd
West Palm Beach, Fl
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Dave Israel
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

UCO REPORTER JULY 2014 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

  TO EXPAND THE REPORTER TO FULL SCREEN, CLICK ON RECTANGLE AT LOWER RIGHT OF FRAME, THE ONE WITH THE TINY BLACK RECTANGLE INSIDE!
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

New homes allowed on closed Mizner Trail golf course

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I think we need to be prepared for Reflection Bay to be built on the old golf course here. See the story in today's Sun Sentinel:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-mizner-golf-vote-20140626,0,1103823.story

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

UCO OPEN MEETINGS - JULY 2014

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Schedule is subject to change.
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

COMCAST NEW MULTI-FUNCTION DIGITAL GATEWAY - POTENTIAL IMPACT ON CV WI-FI UNDER STUDY

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While clearly this is an interesting development, it will be carefully studied by our Wi-Fi and Cable Committees. Please do not jump to any conclusions
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Dave Israel
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OPERATIONS COMMITTEE AGENDA

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Dave Israel
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MALCONTENT CLUB SPAM CONTINUES - JUST CLICK UNSUBSCRIBE

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Yes! Look at the bottom of the "Messenger Club" SPAM and click on "safeUnsubscribe"!
It's simple as that!
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I wonder if the monies they are begging for from us all are being spent on buying our Email addresses from these marketing services? If not, who is paying for this SPAMing??
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Dave Israel
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This email was sent to ucopresident@gmail.com by thecvmessinger@gmail.com |  
The Century Village Messenger Club | Century Village | West Palm Beach | FL | 33417
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR! SEE GIANT BANNERS ON MY CONDO WALL! AND PUT ME AND MY FRIENDS ON YOUR COMMITTEES

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After the June 6, 2014 Delegate Assembly, I pulled up a copy of Robert's Rules of Order:

 ( http://www.northlakesacademy.org/index.php/download_file/view_inline/492/ )

 It is 400 pages long, and guess what; there is not one mention of "Good and Welfare". The last 3 minutes of the video is extracted below, and is anything but good or in our unit owners welfare. The performance speaks for itself, as the "star" attempts to explain a law suit brought by two other Residents. Olga of course is not an Attorney, nor is she a plaintiff in the litigation.
Hence, she was clearly out of order, good or otherwise. 
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Robert's Rules speaks of something called "for the good of the order" as follows:


"Some organizations take time right before adjournment for the “good of the order.” This segment allows members to give suggestions for improvement or to give compliments concerning the work of the organization. Usually business is not brought up during this portion of the meeting. Any ideas for new business that come from this segment are brought up at another meeting. However, if something urgent is brought to the attention of the members, a member can present it as a main motion during this segment. Until someone moves to adjourn the meeting, members can bring forward business."

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Note that there is nothing about playing Attorney and ranting about other peoples lawsuits, nor, a single word about blatantly slandering the Chair. In case you missed the show, following is the last 3 minutes of the performance:
 


 


Olgas rant 6-6-2014 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.

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Since Olga likes to pontificate on other peoples lawsuits, what would she have to say about the lawsuit that is clearly justified by her public slander upon me in this video??? Don you are right, "you can't make this stuff up"
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Dave Israel
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

MALCONTENT CLUB BUYS OUR EMAIL ADDRESSES AGAIN

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In an attempt to drum up attendance at their meeting, "The Messenger club" has gone to a marketing service, in a blatant effort to flood our Email boxes with advertising.
The company is Express Email Marketing.com.
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If you want to be harangued with endless one trick pony drivel about paving, law suits and ignorant nonsense about Wi-Fi, about which they know nothing; enjoy the Emailing.
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If you wish to stop this unsolicited commercial Email, just click on the "report SPAM" button, and the Company will probably dump the messengers. 
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Another option is to contact the company directly and request removal from the list:
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http://support.godaddy.com/help/category/185/express-email-marketing
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Or at the bottom of the message, see the following:
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Century Village Messenger Club, 102 Wellington A, WPB, FL 33417

When you click unsubscribe, you should see the following options:
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Express Email Marketing has a zero-tolerance spam policy. Please help us prevent spam in the future by letting us know why you are reporting this message as spam.
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Click on unsubscribe. also note the address of the club; guess who owns that unit??Hint, likes to disrupt meetings!!

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Dave Israel
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"DOO WOP TILL YOU DROP"


Come join "Ellie, Wolf & Jack" tomorrow night ( Thursday, June 12th )
from 6 to 9PM, in classroom C" for the Summer Season of "Doo Wop till you Drop"
Music and  History of a by gone era......remembered by many....
Posted on behalf, of Ellie,Wolf & Jack..

Coming to CV Saturday..A clip from YOUTUBE

Hi all,
Follow the link.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmEJMgLYw6I

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

DELEGATE ASSEMBLY - JUNE 6, 2014 - LIVE IN CYBERSPACE

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DELEGATE ASSEMBLY PART 1



DELEGATE ASSEMBLY PART 2
 

 DELEGATE ASSEMBLY PART 3
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Please note the last 5 minutes of part 3. The group around this resident wonder why I will not put them on Committees, the performance speaks for itself.
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Dave Israel
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Friday, June 6, 2014

JUNE 6, 1944 - INVASION OF NORMANDY - GRAND STRATEGY THAT DETERMINED THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY TODAY - NEVER FORGET

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MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS COLLATERAL TO THE NORMANDY INVASION.
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TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO READ THESE CITATIONS. SOME OF THESE BATTLES ARE GRAND STRATEGY INSTRUCTION AT THE WAR COLLEGES TO THIS VERY DAY.
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NEVER FORGET
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Dave Israel
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP

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Dave Israel
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Medicare Advantage Cuts

Because people cannot afford health care they are reducing benefits #$%^&*
"The latest cuts are the consequence of a slowdown in the overall growth of Medicare spending — some of it owing to reduced utilization of medical services as a result of the slack economy. The Medicare program recently told the private plans that, since per capita costs are trending lower than prior estimates, the feds are now assuming that Medicare Advantage will take another cut in 2015, on top of existing reductions."
Please email and call your US Senator and Congress for help.

For the whole article read/click:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottgottlieb/2014/01/06/more-cuts-in-store-for-medicare-plans-heres-the-options-that-will-shrink-most-for-seniors/  

THE REPORTER WOULD LIKE YOUR FEEDBACK . . .


on the following subjects:

The VA Hospital in West Palm Beach: By any of you who have had personal experience with the hospital and doctors there—has the service been good or lacking in your opinion? Please specify. Your suggestions for how it could be improved, if any?

Smoking: Residents often gather under the portico when going in and out of the Clubhouse. At present smoking is allowed here on the north side. Some residents feel smoking should not be allowed under the portico at all. Do you agree or disagree? Can you suggest another place within a reasonable distance for smokers to congregate?

Please let us know at the UCO Reporter, preferably by e-mail; otherwise, by dropping off or mailing a note, or by talking to a staff member. We need your name and address, etc., so  we know you are in fact a CV resident, but you can request that your response be "Anonymous" if it is published.

UCO Reporter
24 Camden A
West Palm Beach, FL 33417
(561) 683-9336 (M-Th 9-12)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

ONE MONTH - PAGEVIEWS BY BROWSERS AND OPERATING SYSTEMS - OF COURSE WE WANT WI-FI

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Pageviews by Browsers
EntryPageviews
Chrome

3139 (30%)
Safari

2778 (27%)
Internet Explorer

2292 (22%)
Firefox

1399 (13%)
Mobile Safari

206 (2%)
Mobile

110 (1%)
Opera

95 (<1>
GSA

58 (<1>
BingPreview

31 (<1>
CriOS

26 (<1>
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Pageviews by Operating Systems

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Windows

6294 (62%)
iPad

1284 (12%)
Macintosh

938 (9%)
iPhone

853 (8%)
Android

590 (5%)
Linux

117 (1%)
Other Unix

45 (<1>
iPod touch

11 (<1>
iPod

10 (<1>
BlackBerry

9 (<1>
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