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Ryan Green, of Clinton, just joined the Hyper Tech "WildNut" and Gozarks team as an advertising sales associate intern. Recently relocated to Clinton from Little Rock, Ms. Green is the niece of Brett and Ashley Blakney, also of Clinton. In addition to her business internship, Ms. Green serves as a volunteer administrative assistant for Main Street Clinton in the downtown CARE office. Make sure to say hello next time you see her around town!

Nostalgia

From the desk of fellow editor and dear friend, Lula Holeman....

I received one of those pass-along notes recently. Titled "Memories," it came from a friend. Since I am a nostalgia buff, it did bring back some lovely memories -- and I could add more "remember whens" that were  part of the good in the good ole days.

But I also remember that there were no automatic washers and dryers. I remember rubbing clothes on a washboard, wringing them by hand, and how nice it was when we got a washer, but still had to hang the clothes on the line, even in freezing weather.  

I remember wearing my hair in rollers overnight - no blow dryers, or electricity for that matter. 

So I was wondering about the fact that as good as the good ole days were,  most of us prefer to be where we are today. Huh?  What do you think?

The Cluetrain Manifesto

Have you heard of it? It's a book -- soon to be a movie -- authored by a cadre of grown-up Internet wiz-kids,   Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger. And about its origins they say... 

"We all got talking one day not too long ago about what essential realities many businesses are missing as they attempt to play in the Internet headspace. We got tired of invoking clichéd refrains like clueless companies and they just don't get it. The Cluetrain Manifesto is our attempt at articulating a set of principles and dynamics we believe will determine the future experience of both individuals and institutions online. We're lobbing some bombs here. But we're also optimistic. We hope not too much so."

From this springboard they leap into a tirade of antiestablishment, armed to the teeth with empirical understanding, wit and common sense. 

"A powerful global conversation has begun," the opening page of their Website reads. "Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed... Most corporations, on the other hand, only know how to talk in the soothing, humorless monotone of the mission statement, marketing brochure, and your-call-is-important-to-us busy signal. Same old tone, same old lies..."

We like this book so much that we're adding it to our Book Store with the heartfelt encouragement to beware; reading it may cause a mind-blowing cascade of dearly held ideologies that could result in a whole new outlook on life. 

And, before or after your eager assimilation of these precious pearls, we hope you'll check back to visit our What's New page. We're continually updating something or other on this little e-zine, so you'll find the new and different here almost ever day of the week. 

And  remember, if you're looking to find something that was on January's  Front Page (or the front page of any  previous edition of our publication), just visit our Archives and follow the links.  

Now, as always, it's time for us to say thanks again to you -- our  readers -- and to our columnists, our advertisers and every member of the Hyper Tech team. Onward and upward ad infinitum to each and everyone of you.  We wish for you, sincerely, the finest of whatever defines to you as ''the best.''

Christine Louise Weiss, Editor
editor@gozarks.com  

Justin Bonds, Webmaster
justin@hypertech.net
 

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