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By Daniel Kao

The Safe and The Risky Path

On 12, Mar 2012 | No Comments | In Life | By Daniel Kao

One of the major factors of making a decision is security. Oftentimes, one decision is viewed as safe, and the other viewed as a risk.

For example, going to school or work everyday is a choice. One can decide to cut class or ditch work, but often that comes with a risk of a penalty. Or perhaps on a larger scale, one can decide to become a doctor or become an artist. Becoming a doctor seems like a safe path with a lot of money, while becoming an artist means you might starve for the rest of your life.

But consider all of the people who have ever become famous. Consider the ones that have made it into history books, and celebrated all around the world. Practically all of those people would say that they made a difference because of a risk that they took. You can’t make a difference by doing what someone else has already done because they’ve probably already done it. No one can just come out with an iPod in 2012 and impact the music industry the way Apple did in the early 2000s.

But just taking a risk doesn’t automatically make you a famous hero. Just because you have dropped out of college to start a company doesn’t automatically mean that you will be on the next Forbes magazine. Taking a risk, for an extremely large portion, involves failure.

But does the safe, beaten come without risks either? Of course not. There is perhaps an even greater risk that comes with going with the beaten path, that is, regret. Forcing yourself to do something that you don’t really care for and don’t really have a passion for comes with the risk that you will regret life when you lay on your deathbed one day. According to a recent study, the number one regret for people on their deathbed is that they wished they had lived a life true to themselves, not the life others expected of them. In the end, people wished that they had honored their dreams and passions, not simply taken the path that was easiest.

It’s a conscious choice that you have to make, and if you are not aware of the difference, it’s easy to subconsciously follow the path that everyone else is taking.

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Getting to iPrism on Android Mobile Devices

On 06, Mar 2012 | No Comments | In Technology | By Daniel Kao

If you’re a Lynbrook student with an android phone, you’ve probably experienced an error trying to get on to the school network. Due to complications with iprism, you will see an error page instead of iprism’s annoying log in page if you try browsing on your device.

Here is a quick guide to solving that problem.

Note: This is not a guide on how to bypass the filter, but merely a guide to getting the iprism login page to show up.

the problem is, your Android device is unable to resolve the hostname of iprism when you are at school, so a quick manual edit of your host file will easily solve that problem. This process will require you to be rooted, so if you are not rooted, be sure to check out this link on how to root your android device.

After you have successfully rooted your android device, fire up a root file explorer such as Root Explorer ($3.99) or Root Browser Lite (free). Using your file explorer, navigate to /etc and look for a file titled “hosts”. Be sure to mount R/W and open the hosts file in a text editor and add the following line: iprism

It looks like this:

Then save the host file, and fire up your browser and you should be greeted with the iprism login page.

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