Dying Boy Aims To Set World Record

Dying Boy Aims To Set World RecordUnder the Christmas tree was everything 9-year-old Dalton Dingus had hoped for — an iPad and an iPhone, a big red toolbox filled with real tools just like his grandpa’s, and a stack of Christmas cards nearly as tall he, each with the same wish: that he live to break a Guinness record, and for a long, long time after that.

‘Christmas miracle’

For a month now, cards by the hundreds of thousands have come from all over the world — well wishes and Christmas greetings from cities and countries the Kentucky boy had never before even heard of. The cards have come from Germany and Ukraine, from South Carolina and South Korea. As far as his mother, Jessica Dingus, is concerned, “It’s a Christmas miracle.”

“We left the hospital to come home. They gave him two to eight days to live,” Jessica Dingus told ABCNews.com Dalton takes 18 different medicines every day, including “lots of pills and antibiotics,” his mother said.

He goes through 12 liters of oxygen a day and wears a face mask to help him breathe, making him look like a miniature fighter pilot with an interest in coloring and playing with Lego blocks. For weeks since the cards started coming, Jessica Dingus said, Dalton’s health has improved.

‘Christmas card category’

The cards can longer fit in Dalton’s home. The letter carrier can’t fit them all in her truck anymore, and a local television reporter has taken to filling a trailer to bring all the cards to Dalton’s grandfather’s church. Despite some reports that Dalton had already broken the record for receiving the most Christmas cards, spokeswoman Jamie Panas said Guinness “currently does not monitor a category for this.” However, Guinness does have an old record on the books. As of 1992, the last official time Guinness allowed for a Christmas card category, Canadian Jarrod Booth had collected 205,120.

Jessica Dingus told ABCNews.com that she has since registered Dalton in the hopes the record keepers will open a category for him.

Do you know someone who also has cystic fibrosis? Would you help Dalton Dingus achieve the Guiness Record for Christmas cards?

Source: Russell Goldman, Good Morning America, Yahoo News

Image: Examiner

Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft Nightmares Are Starting To Take Hold

Steve Ballmer's Microsoft Nightmares Are Starting To Take HoldAlmost one year ago today, we laid out the nightmare scenario for Microsoft (MSFT) that could lead to its business collapsing. After laying it all out, we concluded, “Fortunately for Microsoft, none of this is going to happen.” We were wrong. Microsoft’s nightmare scenario is actually starting to take hold.

The iPad eats the consumer PC market.

In the third quarter of 2012, PC sales were down 8 percent on a year-over-year basis worldwide. A big chunk of the decline can be attributed to the rise of the iPad. Throw in Apple’s 4.9 million Macs, and it’s the top computer maker by a mile.

Windows 8 fails to stop the iPad.

Gulp. It’s still early, but every most data points say Windows 8 is not going to make a dent in the iPad. In Microsoft’s defense, it says it sold 40 million licenses, which it says is out pacing Windows 7. There’s a chance analysts are wrong.

Loyal developers start to leave the Microsoft platform.

So far, the early signs are actually positive for Microsoft. It has over 20,000 apps in its Windows app store. Windows 8 is only a month old. At the same time, Microsoft doesn’t have a Facebook app for the Surface, and one of the biggest complaints from reviewers was the lack of good apps for Windows 8.

Windows Phone gets no traction despite the Nokia deal and RIM’s collapse.

Despite everything Microsoft has tried in mobile for the last two years, consumers aren’t buying it. And the latest phone from Nokia is thick and heavy compared to phones from Apple and Samsung. We don’t expect it to be a blockbuster.

Microsoft suffers a huge quarterly loss. Ballmer retires to play golf.

Let’s not kid ourselves — it’s going to take a sudden, unexpected disaster at Microsoft to get Ballmer out of the company. In 2012, Microsoft had its first ever quarterly loss as a public company because it had to write down the $6.2 billion acquisition of aQuantive.

Given the latest happenings, do you think Microsoft can still pull through? Team Microsoft or Team Apple?

Source: Yahoo Finance

Image: Bald Celebrity