Windows, Doors, and More!

Simon’s own words express our enthusiasm:

This  is the year  of finishing the task !!!!!  God is good…all the time  and that  is his nature!  Give me high five! I want  to  let you  know that  God in working.  After a number of years, we have great progress on this historical  building.  I am sure it time to finish the task. We have  the  windows in this historical pediatric hospital–and the only one in the country of Rwanda.  The children of Rwanda will wonder where on earth they can have such facility,  but it is very Biblical.  I was hungry;  you gave something to eat.  I was naked;  you clothed me.  I was in prison; you came to see meI was sick; you looked after me. Thanks for all you have done to look for the funds to see that we get this facility to be what it is today.  May God bless you for all your initiatives. Check Out the Rest…

Atlantic Station for Modern Luxury’s SHOP ATLANTA!

Please join One Hundred Days and Anthony Cotton at Market Rwanda!

Market Rwanda will participate with Atlanta’s premier boutiques as they set up shop at Atlantic Station for this year’s annual exclusive SHOP ATLANTA pop-up shop event in partnership with Fashion’s Night Out  2011 September 8 – 11 at Atlantic Station.

We are thrilled to have this opportunity to introduce One Hundred Days to a larger audience.  Come and bring your friends to what will be a fun event.  As always, proceeds go to build the Good Shepherd’s Hospital for Children and to break the cycle of poverty in Kigali, Rwanda.

Event located in American Eagle Space at Atlantic Station

Friday……………..September 9………..12-8pm

Saturday………….September 10……….12-8pm

Sunday…………….September 11……….12-6pm

First day of classes!

Well, I can now say that the summer is finally over because at 11:20am I will be heading to my very first College Class. I’m feeling good about starting and that’s very important, because this first semester will set me up for the next 4 years! I’m still living off campus in temporary housing, but Residence Live did inform me that they are trying to have everyone on site by the end of today or tomorrow! I speak for the entire “temporary housing” students in saying that we will be excited when that happens! It’s not the ideal situation to be in because that Shuttle only runs two times a day (7am & 10pm.) Today, my earliest class starts at 11:20am, and if I lived on campus I could have slept-in or would’ve had a place to relax! Other than that things are great!

Moving into AU

Well it’s finally here folks….. It’s move in day at Anderson University!! Before my family and I hit the road to Anderson I felt like I starting a new journey, and that was really scary because there was no turning back. Well I mean I could but I knew if I did my mother wouldn’t be too happy, nor would any other adults that loved and cared about me. As we were pulling out of the drive way I remember saying to myself “do you have everything?, am I ready for this…?” other things were flying through my head but you get the gist of it!

I finally arrived, and was shocked that the check-in student remembered me by name, and was equally surprised that the staff did as well. Right away I realized that AU was a great place to be. However, that didn’t take that “funny sick feeling out of my stomach”!

After I got checked in my family and I went to our last family dinner together and had an amazing time! Not sure what’s on tap for tomorrow but look out for more AU updates!

New and Old in Rwanda

After our wild  ride to the airport on which we had observed the harsh reality of sudden death, we arrived at the airport only to find that the plane was behind schedule.  We resigned ourselves to a very late arrival in Kigali.  As is often the case, delay did not mean a hard trip.  We met Jonas.  In many ways, he symbolizes the new Rwanda.

Part Kenyan because, as a child of the diaspora, he grew up there more comfortable with Swahili (the trade language of Kenya) than Kiyarwandan, the much more difficult language of Rwanda.  Even Jonas admits is “hard to hear.”  But, amazingly, given recent history, that’s all he’s finding hard.  Like so many young Rwandans, he is a well-dressed, industrious university graduate.  He owns his own transport business and is very willing to share his knowledge with us.  Perhaps we’ll even do business with him at some point.  Jonas represents the new growth and progress in Rwanda.

This is a good time to celebrate the country of Rwanda.  The country has an economic plan called 2020.  The goal…. Finish Reading

Are you using all of your data?

Do you have a smartphone? Are you using all of your data from your service provider each month? Chances are you probably aren’t and still paying the full price like I have been doing for the past year. I never paid attention to it until I decided to add another device to my monthly plan, and began wondering what my data usage was. As I was viewing my monthly bills I noticed I wasn’t using half the data I was paying for, and to me that’s money going out the window. Or should I say money coming out of my pocket and going into AT&T’s. I Realized that I do a lot of browsing over wifi (which you don’t get charged for), and there was no longer a reason to continue paying for services I wasn’t utilizing. Thinking, I was going to have to re-sign an agreement with AT&T, I picked up the phone and prepared myself to be “nickeled & dimmed”, but to my surprise that wasn’t the case.

I simply explained what was going on and that I wanted to make some changes, and the costumer service person was happy to help. She informed me that I could make changes to my data limits at any point, and it wouldn’t change my contract in anyway. How cool is that? So my question to is…. How much data are you paying for, and exactly how much of that are you using? Look into it because it could save you some money in the end, and with gas prices on the move again…. Well I don’t think I need to spell it out.

Making The Best Out of It

Earlier this week I was informed that some close friends will be moving away. This was a bit of a shock, but I was expecting it sooner than later. You see their dad serves this country and is in the army, and has been given “marching orders” once again. That sucks! It seems like I have known them all my life, but in all actuality its only been two years. Granted, the time that was spent together will never be forgotten. But still two years, and you know what’s weird? In the two years they have been here, we have become closer than people I have known for a much longer period of time. How does that happen? I’m not sure but apparently it was Gods plan.

I was telling my mom about the news, and she could tell I wasn’t too happy. But who is? Anyway, being the wonderful mother she is, and always knowing what to say simply said; “the time the Kirbys have spent here will be unforgettable, they have truly touched the lives of hundreds, but it’s now time for them to do the same thing somewhere else. You may not like it, they may not like it, but God knows what he’s doing. Great verse that sums it up… ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11″. Please pray for their family as they begin their move, and pray for the friends they will be leaving behind. Love you Kirby family!

What do you think?

Over the past few days I have been “re-vamping” the AnthonyCotton.com website, and I’m sorry if you have had trouble accessing information. Would like to get your feedback on the site functionality, layout, and any other stuff you can think of. Please post your comments below!

Thanks, Anthony

Why Microsoft Is Buying Skype for $8.5 Billion

Skype CEO Tony Bates
Updated at 12 midnight.
 Microsoft has bought Skype for $8.5 billion, in an all-cash deal. The deal closed a few hours ago. is close to finalizing a deal to buy Skype for between $7 billion to $8

 billionThe Wall Street Journalconfirmed  the news after we had first reported it yesterday. The announcement is likely to come out later today or tomorrow morning, according to several reports. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, is said to be a big champion of the deal, the largest in the history of the company. Ballmer and Skype CEO Tony Bates will host a press conference in a few hours.

Skype has been up for sale for some time, thanks to some very antsy investors. My sources indicated both eBay and Silver Lake Partners have been getting nervous about the delayed initial public offering and have been pushing for a sale of Skype. Facebook and Google were said to be earlier dance partners for Skype, and Microsoft was a late entrant and is now close to walking away with the prize.

It won’t surprise me if Microsoft comes in for major heat on this decision to buy Skype — and the software company could always botch this purchase, as it often does when it buys a company. The Skype team is also full of hired guns who are likely to move on to the next opportunity rather than dealing with the famed Microsoft bureaucracy. Finish Reading (pg.2)….

How Netflix is Hurting Youtube

Time to delve back into the world of video. Oh, and don’t forget to watch SharkTank on ABC this friday at 8pm/7pm :) ..

It has taken some time but Netflix and Youtube have each taken their position in the video entertainment world and I get the feeling that Youtube is not too happy about it.

On Youtube you can maybe change the world. On Youtube you can be discovered and help discover the next Justin Bieber. On Youtube, if one of your videos goes viral, you can make tens of thousands of dollars, and if you can replicate the feat of popularity, you can make hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Those are real commission dollars .

But wait, there is more good from Youtube. Any one around the world can get Youtube to subsidize the cost of hosting their family/wedding/team/business/class/personal videos. Hopefully perpetually.  These are  unique, honorable,impactful and expensive roles that Youtube has chosen to under take.

But if you want to veg out and watch a TV show or movie, the vast majority of  people just turn on the TV. About 11mm people turn on Netflix..

The lines of division between Youtube, Netflix  and traditional TV have become crystal clear.

Traditional TV is where you get entertainment in real time.  Live major sports, the latest movies on VOD, original episodes of your favorite TV shows, all in the highest, no – buffering quality available to your TV. Plus they have smartly opened the door to TV EVerywhere and in home tablet streaming so that there is a pay once, watch anywhere opportunity for their content. Finish reading…