Welcome to the FUTURE Alternatives Blog, so named because we believe there are alternatives available to us right now, in the present, that will help to bring about a bright future for us all, not the future of doom and gloom so often touted in the media.

We are Andrew Wheeler and Doe Kelly, and as you browse through our Blog and click on our Web Links (below), we hope you will see that our aim is to bring you products, services and information that will help you to have the bright future you deserve.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Remote or in-person emf (electromagnetic field) risk assessment by Andrew and Doe...

We are starting up a new and (for the time being) complementary service that we wanted to offer to various friends, clients and associates who would like to take advantage of it, and who also lives locally, ie, in Longmont, Niwot, or somewhere close by. Andrew and I already offer complementary phone consultations where we help people figure out what sort of electromagnetic protection they might need (and then recommend from our product line). We have only just begun doing in home emf assessments where we go to a person's residence to see what we find by way of potential emf (electromagnetic field) risk factors which can potentially lead to electro-hypsensitivity, as well as other potential health threats (heart failure, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia and more) that come as a result of being around both wired and wireless emfs, every day and every hour.

If someone who lives further away would like us to come in person, we will consider it, depending on the location.

Our websites, both

www.thecenterforthefuture.com    as well as

sell affordable products to help with mitigating the detrimental effects of human made emfs, which are more prevalent in our environment than ever in history. And as a matter of fact, there is new research from a highly credible American scientist / educator / researcher in Washington state that shows the exact biological mechanism whereby people become ill from constant exposure to electromagnetic fields, and especially wireless fields (microwave emissions). This is new information that demonstrates how low level emf (previously thought too low to matter) creates a cascade of damaging biological effects in the human body that have not previously been scientifically documented (altho thousands, if not millions of people in the world, know this from their own direct experience as electro-hypersensitives). This new information, if widely known, accepted, and acted upon would put the telecommunications industry on its head as regards what emr (electromagnetic radiation) exposure limits ought to be, versus what is currently allowed.

Many people nowadays have a vague awareness of the potential dangers of wireless communications in the form of cell phones, but how many truly understand that our WiFi may be causing all of us great harm, and that living in the current "electromagnetic soup" we are all exposed to, nearly constantly, may be at great expense to our and our loved ones' health. This includes smart meters, cell towers and relay antennas, baby monitors, WiFi, "smart" and other cell phones, mobile (indoor) phones, iPads, laptops, and so many of our current and ever-evolving "mod-cons!!" (ie, conveniences of modern living!)

If you are reading this and would like us to come to your place of residence to perform our complementary emf risk assessment, please email us at pandora108@juno.com and we will contact you to schedule a day and time.


Local On-Site Consultations

If you live in the Longmont / Boulder area of Colorado, U.S.A., we are happy to come to your home with our products to show you what you will need. We will not go around your home with a meter or with a pair of dowsing rods; we already know, in general, the items inside your home, and outside, that are the main culprits for producing harmful electromagnetic radiation. We will, therefore, walk around your home with you and recommend a primary and secondary list of the electromagnetic protection products you will need. The primary list will be what we consider to be essential, such as your Wi-Fi router and household wiring, and the secondary list will cover less harmful items, such as your TV and DVD player, but which you may still desire electromagnetic protection for.
If you live within the City of Longmont our regular cost for this service is a fee of $25.00 for up to an hour of our time. If you live within 20 miles of Longmont our charge is $35. If you end up purchasing a minimal $150 worth of electromagnetic protection products from us (before tax) we will waive these fees. The consultation should last less than an hour, and there is no obligation to make a purchase. (In this post, however, we are offering this consultation for the time being, for free!)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Diabetes Personal Calculator and Diabetes Manager Apps.

PLEASE NOTE: The Diabetes Personal Calculator and Diabetes Manager apps for iPod Touch and iPhone are currently the subject of a copyright dispute between myself and Maria Yu, and her software development business, iTenuto Soft.

It is of great regret and sadness that my partner in this project, software engineer and app developer, Maria Yu, has chosen to claim the full copyright and sales proceeds of both the Diabetes Personal Calculator and the Diabetes Manager.

I wish to make it publicly known that both apps were the result of a joint collaboration between myself and Maria Yu. As there was no prior written agreement between us, neither one of us can legally claim sole copyright, according to U.S. copyright law. This law states that, in the above circumstance, that both apps were works of joint authorship, and that the copyright and sale proceeds should be shared equally between the authors. I, Andrew Wheeler, therefore claim a fifty percent interest in the copyright to both the Diabetes Personal Calculator and the Diabetes Manager apps, and any revenue generated from their sales.

Please read on .........

Earlier this year I started working on an idea for an app that would benefit type 1 diabetics. I am a type 1 diabetic, myself, and had always wanted to find an easier way to look up the carbohydrate values for any given meal or food item, and then calculate the correct dose of insulin for that meal or food item. This calculation would also be based on the pre-meal blood glucose level.

Having had the initial idea for this app, I collaborated with Maria Yu, who at the time was planning on becoming an app developer for Apple, under the name of her fledgling business,  iTenuto Soft. Maria Yu was enthusiastic about my idea for an app, so over the next few months we worked together to create two apps: a basic version, the Diabetes Personal Calculator, and a full version, the Diabetes Manager. During that time, I gave Maria Yu ideas on how the apps should work, and what features they should have. I also gave her the formulas necessary for the apps to do their calculations, a generic database of food carbohydrate values that I had worked on, and written descriptions of both apps for the app store and other marketing uses. I also wrote the legal disclaimers, and as the apps were being developed, presented further ideas on various features that came to mind. Throughout the whole process I shared my lifelong knowledge and expertise on type 1 diabetes, without which neither app could have been created. In short, I gave Maria Yu the blueprint to write the software for both apps. I also set up this blog to answer any questions that users might ask, and a web page to help market the apps. Furthermore, I tested both apps, and suggested ways to improve their functionality as they were both being developed.

Both the Diabetes Personal Calculator and the Diabetes Manager (then known as the Diabetes Personal Manager) were submitted to Apple's App Store in April of this year. As Maria and I were friends, there had been no prior written or verbal agreement between us, regarding copyright and sharing of commissions. On the assumption that any commissions from the apps would be shared equally (as this had been a collaborative effort between us) and upon a successful submission of the apps to the App Store, I proposed to Maria Yu that we share any commissions 50-50. Maria Yu, however, came back with an initial “demand” that I should get just 20% of the sales, and that was, as she put it, "because I was a friend;" otherwise all she was prepared to “give” me was a meager 5% of sales. Maria Yu, of course, would take 65%, and Apple their usual 30%. Maria Yu insisted that this was “industry standard’ in such a case. Since that time, however, she did agree on a 50-50 split of the 70% commission paid to her as the app developer, by Apple. This assent did not come, unfortunately, without a battle of words. To date, however, she has not paid me a dime of that money. Most importantly, I also noticed that Maria Yu had copyrighted both apps in the sole name of her business, iTenuto Soft. Maria Yu stated that this was because the app developer was entitled to own the copyright, and, of course, be paid the lion’s share of the commission.

I disagree and dispute her assertions. This was a collaborative effort between two friends, and as I have mentioned, there was no prior written or verbal agreement between us. The copyright law on this issue states that, in lieu of a prior written or verbal agreement of any kind, the two apps should be treated as a work of joint authorship, that each party should be accountable to the other, that any sales revenue should be equally shared, and that each party should equally share the copyright to the work.

I have attempted over and over again to explain to Maria Yu that, at least in our case, this is not only fair, it is also the law, but each time I have been stonewalled. To date, and only upon my demand, she has only sent me sales reports for April and May. I have not received any figures since. Furthermore, at the beginning of July, I proposed that, apart from sharing the commission payments 50-50, she should also be communicating with me prior to carrying out any further updates to the apps, and that she should be directly and fairly compensated, out of the sales commission, for working on such updates. Most importantly, I also sent a further reminder to Maria Yu that she had no right to claim the sole copyright of the apps, that she should continue to send me a full accounting of sales, and that she should pay me my fair share of the commission. Unfortunately, my proposal was flatly declined and Maria Yu continues to refuse to share the copyright, continues to keep all of the sales commissions to herself, and continues, it appears, to be working on an update for the Diabetes Manager without my consent, or consultation, despite my further demand that she should cease and desist doing such work.

As Maria Yu is the app developer of record with Apple, I have had no control over the apps, sales records, or commission payments. This fact has been clearly taken advantage of by Maria Yu. She has, therefore, unilaterally claimed ownership of both apps and has sought to shut me out of any decision making involving the future development of the apps.

If you have an idea for an app and lack the knowledge to develop it yourself, be careful who you work with. If you collaborate with a friend who is an app developer, as I did with Maria Yu, make sure you get a signed and duly authorized agreement up front, detailing who should own what and who should get what, before any work on the app begins. Just remember, if the idea for the app is yours and you supplied your knowledge, expertise, and life experience to the developer, unless you agree to something else, you should own at least 50% of the copyright and receive the same in commission. Don't let any software engineer tell you that they have a right to the full copyright of a completed work, and don't let any software engineer get away with the lion's share of the commission, just because they wrote the software to make your app happen. If you hire an app developer, just remember that, upon paying the developer for their work, you get to own whatever they create. In U.S. copyright law this is known as a "work for hire." They do not get to keep any part of the copyright or any part of the sales commission, unless you agree to it up front.

It is also worth considering that there are an increasing number of ways for people who are not software engineers to create their own apps. Just like websites were once the purview of webmasters alone, now virtually anyone can create their own website. It will soon be the same regarding the development of apps.

Hopefully, the days of the overly greedy app developer may be numbered.

This Blog was written by Andrew Wheeler.