Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Auld Lang Sinewave

2003 hasn't been one of my better years, but it was great to be alive and involved in all the things surrounding me. Technology had a weird year. Still can't believe that Linux Red Hat was so close to getting a fair market share and then turned their back on home PC users. Free BSD, here we come! Do like the fact that hardware prices are good. The lepers at RIAA finally got a slap for being horse-turd Nazis that are hell bent on making people miserable. I certainly hope all you wimps that gave in and paid these jerks are feeling really stupid now - you are! TechTV added new shows and the staff members are really entertaining as well as being informative. We got Saddam! Osama, your next. My sister site, Southern-phried is up and running and has many good people involved. I am addicted to emoticons, especially the ones that blow up n stuff. And this post is proof positive that I can ramble with the best! Happy New Year!

"The unexamined life is not worth living."

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Things are happening

It's obvious that a crash happened this weekend. Sitting here at the office I have no problems uploading. Air of change is blowing...

"In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest."
-Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

Friday, December 26, 2003

I hates shoppin', me precious!

K, changed comments some. Sorry, no smilies there now. Since negative comments were zero the green may stay for a while. Don't be suprised if it lightens up a few shades over the next few days. Change is a good thing.

Am dragging out to the place where evil dwells in a few minutes - the mall (just heard a horror story about the traffic there today). Have to meet some friends there and pick up a hard drive for David and Michelle's Media PC. We are rebuilding this one to serve the home theater system in their media room. It's Polk Audio, Onkyo, Carver, Sony Vega, etc. Nice combination of great names in the home theater world. They are really good friends and I'll suffer those rude urchins and their older brothers and sisters to help 'em out.

"I'm a man, I can change, if I have to, Amen!"
-Man's Prayer, Possum Lodge

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Binary dis Binary dat

K, let's get one thing straight. I certainly am NOT soliciting gifts. Anyone that knows me realizes that 'gift giving' has become a chore in my opinion and I wish we'd all stop it. Just thought the watch thangy wuz kewl.

Am ailing. So whiny boy is checking out early . In the words of that greatest of Texas philosophers Ed Coffin, 'Have a better than expected day!'

"I am not young enough to know everything."
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Sunday, December 21, 2003

I hear reindeer love calls

Nothing pleases me more concerning Cybersouth than to hear from folks. I have an email addy dedicated to this site and the comments have been a blast. I occasionally look back a few weeks to check and see if there are comments in older posts. For instance, it's neat to see my Fellow Tishomingo Countians, Brenda, Sonya and Kim are checking this out. If there is any way possible please enter a name. Make something up. Just easier to refer to comments if there is a name attached. If you have to be nameless that's okay. Been there, done that!

Just a few days n the old red-suited dude will be sliding down chimneys. Hope he's good to everyone. My family and friends are safe and happy. Like it when things are that way. Here's a really neat gift for the geek in your life --> Binary Watch. Might not get here for Christmas, but will be the hit of a New Year's geekfest! Safe shopping and all that to ya!

"There is no benefit in the gifts of a bad man."
-Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC), Medea, 431 B.C.

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Update-arama! and bathing

AVG Antivirus has an update. You need it. Go to the icon residing in the system tray (bottom right corner of your screen) click on it and then click the update tab. After installing the update run a virus scan.

ZoneLabs has an update for the free version ZoneAlarm. Here is the link -->ZoneAlarm Service and Support. There is a small rectangular box that says "Security Advisory - Click here for update" located at the top/middle of the page. Click on this and download the file.

Spy Sweeper has new definitions to download. Just click on the update definitions bar. This is a shareware program. A very good one.

Ad-aware has updates. Click on their update tab and download. This is for the freeware version and it's almost a sure bet that the shareware version probably has updates too.

SpyBot Search and Destroy has updates. Do a search for updates and then download them. Also, while here take time out to read the News section. Patrick has a lot of info on recent scams and the vile cretins that do the spyware/adware thing. He's in Germany so he can speak the truth without the pack of money grubbing internet lawyers harassing him. Extremely smart dude that has given us a wonderful tool that protects our 'personal confusers' from the pseudo-legal virus writers. I actually detest the spyware jerks more than the script infants writing the annoying virus infections.

Expecting company at the beach house today. Haven't wrapped all my gifts and it looks like a tornado hit here. Have to gather up all the 'puter parts, wash dishes, vacuum n all that. A shower will be awesome this wonderful morning! Hope the above tips help. Links are posted for most sites mentioned.

"It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
-Carl Sagan

Friday, December 19, 2003

One of my favorite sites

Added some links and banners so check 'em out. I've mentioned Chynamoon before and really like this site. She has a plethora of info, the site is downright good looking, and it sounds good too! And the nice looking link to the beach house is wayyyy kewl, LOL. Wish I had the talent to do such things. Chynamoon is also an award winning poet and has some really great work posted. Take a look . You'll like it!

"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."
- Carl Sandburg

Thursday, December 18, 2003

My money's on Frodo to win!

I told a lie yesterday. It was unintentional. We gathered at the theater, stood in line with the rest of the LOTR nerdlings and saw an absolutely fantastic movie. Standing in line was even fun for a change seeing all the people and listening to all the chatter about ring lore. Mr. Jackson left out several things in this last episode, but more than made up for it with his vision of how this tale should look and flow on film.

This is a beautiful story about friendship and doing good things. J.R.R. Tolkien was a precious soul blessed by God. His eloquence with words and extraordinary imagination gifted mankind with a wonderful guide book that teaches us how to interact with others. If you think this is a tale about elves, wizards, hobbits, etc., please get help.

I was 'conned' into reading this book about elves, wizards, hobbits, etc., by possibly the 'baddest' dude I ever met - Larry Easley. He could fight a rabid mountain lion, 2 ex-wives, their lawyers, a legion of liberal democrats, and a flock of seagulls while standing on his head n all at one time after drinking a gallon or two of gin n' tonics! He always had a can of Balrog whup-ass in his back pocket. Yet, he found great value in these gentle books. Larry told me, "Read these books and you'll know the meaning of friendship." He was and is right.

So, if you don't like the Lord of the Rings that's your business. I cherish the things I really love and value morally sound attitude. K, guess what I am saying is don't be rude about LOTR stuff. Balrogs may be just around the corner...

"Not all who wander are lost."
-J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Frodo oh Frodo, wherefore art thou?

Attendance at the local movie theater will be lacking tonight. For the past two years my youngest daughter , her husband and I have seen the Lord of the Rings movies on opening night. It has been great fun. Paid somebody the first year to stand in line for the tickets. Last year we saw a wedding proposal in the theater before the movie that got a standing ovation. But, I've too many computers on my dining room table and floor.

Due to my haphazard approach to life and irresponsible attitude during my "younger" years a self imposed guilt trip exists. Came in tonight and fell asleep early so now it's time to hiho hiho. I digress. Everyone have a happy Return of the King opening day!

"Strive to utilize time efficiently, but do not let time rule."
-Billy Wobblynife

Monday, December 15, 2003

A man's gotta' know his limitations

Ever been hacked, had a SCSI hard drive fail, network just FUBAR out of the blue, power supplies in two computers on the bench fail at the same time, cornbread not get done in the middle all at the same time? Come spend Sunday afternoon and evening with me. K, the hack is my fault. Rebuilding my system, adding stuff and had my guard down. NBD (no big deal). Only two machines were online and they are both due for a format and reinstall. The hard drive failing is more critical. It is a SCSI (pronounced scuzzy) drive, they are tough and I salvaged what little data was not backed up. "Networking is my life. I live for these moments," the poor depraved soul said. The power supplies are remedied by replacements. But that cornbread not getting done in the middle? What has happened to me? I have to spend more time with my stove.

"This ain't rocket science you know!"
-Emeril Lagasse

Sunday, December 14, 2003

The quote is carpe diem, oriental style...

After the crash earlier week I've decided to incorporate some minor changes. The page transition in the links section is different. You can actually pull up the linked page and still remain here at Cybersouth. The colors will probably change. Anyway, just trying to improve.

Really glad the comments were positive about yesterday's post. Anyone can read the comments and anyone can post comments. There's even smilies that can be injected into your comment. Just click on the comments line and go for it. In the words of that great 'Short Circuit' metal philosopher Johnny-5, "I need input."

Two links have been added. Lockergnome is Chris Pirillo's site. He appears to consume large quantities of caffeine. A geek's geek. Good site with lotsa info. Hardware Secrets is maintained by Gabriel Torres. He hails from Brazil and is a best selling author in Latin America. Glad he has a grasp of English since his site is full of pertinent information. Check em out!

Everyone have a safe and joyous Sunday.

"Opportunities multiply as they are seized."
- Sun Tzu

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Thin skinned about computing? An expert in computing? Then don't read this post.

Sometimes things have to be repeated. Like, install antivirus software, update it every few days and scan your computer. Find a good anti-spyware program and run it. Update it every few days too. If you are using Weatherbug, Precision Time, anything Gator, Gain, GMT or Claria then doom on you. ALL of your internet surfing is being watched and reported to nefarious entities that will use this information for no good. Yesterday a computer that was barely a month old showed up with every piece of that Gator barnyard material installed on it. It also had multiple virus infections including a few trojans. My money says that on the initial run of SpyBot all kind of nasties will be found residing on this computer including Doubleclick, Adclick, Gator, Gain, GMT, Claria, keyloggers (yes I said keyloggers- they can be remotely installed) and other adware/spyware. Adults should know better.

Folks, this is not rocket science. There is a wonderful website called GOOGLE. If you decide to download something please go and type in the name of that program into the search box on GOOGLE. Or use Yahoo or Excite or Lycos or even MSN! Read about your chosen download and make sure it is not some horrible tool of Satan like that damned Weatherbug or Precision Time! If you have these programs I absolutely guarantee that your every movement on the world wide web is being tracked and reported to various spammers, telemarketers and other village idiots. If you enjoy these clowns bugging the hell out of you then just keep running the stuff! I am sick and tired of trying to help folks that won't put forth the effort to protect their computing environment. Why don't you just walk in front of a cyberbus? Quicker and less cyberpainful. Or go buy an Apple. That's what you really deserve.

I have used AVG antivirus software for several years and it has done a wonderful job! Guess what? It's free! Just click on the link and go download the free version. If you insist in paying for software then Norton's/Symantec is very good. There's also Sophos, Panda and many others. If you are running McAfees, well, remember that cyberbus mentioned earlier? My system scans promptly at 6:00PM every day after checking for an UPDATE. When first online I usually manually check for an UPDATE. If you don't UPDATE your virus definitions then you are wasting hard drive space with the antivirus software. Not only do new infections show up but regenerated versions of old virus/trojan malware constantly resurface. UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE. If I ever become ruler of the known universe all virus writers will be hurled into raging volcanoes. K, this will not likely happen so get with it and protect your system.

SPYBOT (Search and Destroy) is a very good spyware/adware remover as is AD-AWARE. Please read the tutorial on any utility that you download and do not whine to me if you screw something up. You did it. And don't blame the programs or the computer. If you can't download AVG, Spybot, Adaware and install it properly please reconsider you personal confuser of choice and regress to an Apple or pen and paper. There are wonderful instructions on all these sites and if you are reading this then you can comprehend what they have to say.

I know this is harsh and feelings may be hurt. This rant is meant to help make computing easier. It also helps me vent. When you don't protect yourself, come in blaming the computer because YOU downloaded some awful junk then there is 'no quarter'. Remember, these are machines. If you have Gator or some such malarky on your machine YOU put it there. It didn't just show up in the air and land on your machine. All words in this post that are in bold type are links that will take you directly to the site. Just hover your pointer over the word and click on it. Nuff said. I'm outta here for a while.

"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."
-James Thurber

Friday, December 12, 2003

It's gettin' betta' all the time

Well, the crisis seems to be over. Reassembly is in progress and the template (background, colors, etc.) may change again. Thank God for back up! LOL.

Robyn wants to know about MarkMonitor. They police web sites, among other things, to see if someone is using a registered domain and so forth. Cybersouth is a generic term that many people use and I hope no one is trying to "Spike Lee" this name. Spike wouldn't let TNN (the cable TV channel) change their name to Spike TV. Well, Spike ole boy, you have proven yourself an idiot and a buffoon. Yeh, let's copyright the name uh, uh, "computer" and sue folks to keep them from using it! Yeh, right, LOL. How about cybernorth, cyberspace, cybernaut, cybereast, cybertirade, cyberjunkie, cyberworld - you see my position? BTW, TNN did go on and change their name to Spike TV.

The very bottom link posted is Mailwasher. Several folks have asked about this site. It is a free program that cleans your mail before you download it. Love this program. Can we say spam-no-mo? It actually bounces spammers and makes it appear your email addy doesn't exist. Is that kewl or what? As with all downloads, be careful - READ the tutorial. And kudos to the New Zealand folks for this wonderful program! My donation is on its way!

Gonna sign off, will be back to finish reconstruction. Stay kewl

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

Loading slowly....please give it some time

After several attempts to post I realize something is happening here over which I have no control. Am still reconstructing so please keep visiting. Oh yeah, MarkMonitor person, let me know if there is a problem: My lawyer and I had a nice visit yesterday (he is one of my best clients, LOL). Hopefully things will be back to normal this evening. BTW thanks to everyone for putting up with this TARFU!

Thursday, December 11, 2003


The cyber devils have been at it again. I've been up all night trying to put this site back online. Please understand that construction will be going on for the next few days. Wanted to make some changes anyway so I am still drinking from a half full glass. The links should be back up in a few hours. Gosh, the art of tearing it all apart just comes natural, huh?

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Bear your geek some gifts n hi all y'all in Tishomingo County

Christmas gifts? Is the nerdling in your life using a cordless mouse or cordless keyboard? Have you upgraded your video card lately? Check out the the newest version of the audigy 2 sound card. Have you purchased a copy of the best PC game around - Unreal 2003? Logitech makes several sets of medium priced 5.1 dolby speakers. If you want to spend the big bucks go Klipsch; they are awesome. The Creative Inspires rock too. Mo' mem'ry is always a good thing (memory is like closet space, you can never have too much). Be sure and get a +R and -R compatable DVD burner. I like the TDK. Leo Laporte's Almanacs are always good book gifts for geeks as are any of the tomes written by Mark Minasi or Scott Mueller. Digital cameras certainly come in handy this time of the year so open it early if it's under the tree. K, this is a pretty good start. More to follow.

Glad to have the Belmont group tuning in for a 'glimpse'. Hyya Kim, Brenda n Sonya! Y'all make em behave in Tishomingo County. N say howdy to the Padenites for me!

"You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."

-Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Think that Nazism is dead? You better think again...

A 79 year old man approaches the judge's bench. He hands a note to the bailiff. Because he cannot speak he has written down that he is computer illiterate and doesn't own a computer. His wife sits sobbing. In the back of the courtroom and over by the prosecutor members of the RIAA sit laughing and sniggering. He has been swept up in the furor of the Gestapo strikes and accused of downloading 774 files off the internet. The family is distraught and frightened. They may lose everything they own. This happened only a few days ago in a court in the United States! What if this was your father and mother in this courtroom? If we keep sitting by silently and doing nothing, they may be next.

Give me a break! Why is this happening? The man not only didn't own a computer he had no idea how to find the power button to activate it! And the slimeballs at the RIAA Temple of Doom will get away with this persecution; they don't care if your guilty or not! Tell your neighbors. Write your Congressmen. Talk to your Pastor, Minister, Rabbi, Priest and pray to God! Click on the RIAA boycott link and find out more about this madness. Our rights are being violated and we stand by, once again, doing nothing.

Do not buy any prerecorded music unless all the funds go directly to the artist. Check your favorite artist's web site and see if downloads are offered. The RIAA leeches thrive on the hard work and efforts of others. Not only do they bleed the artists now they are going after the American Public. I endorse paying for downloads as long as fair price is involved and the RIAA isn't receiving one red cent. For a decent alternative to iTunes (Apple) and the others take a look at this site -->Magnatunes. Microsoft will soon be in the foray and then prices will drop. Sorry, $1.00 a tune is too much. Your comments are needed. Click the comments bar below and tell me what you think!

Sunday I mentioned remembering the elderly in your prayers. Pray for these folks. Pray that justice will be served.

"The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough."
-Bede Jarrett, The House of Gold

Sunday, December 07, 2003

Geek speak with a southern drawl

Over at SOUTHERN-PHRIED things are progressing. We actually launched the site several weeks ahead of schedule and are awaiting our host to upgrade the site. They have had our money since mid November and are dragging their feet. It's also planned to do the same here. One thing at a time. I realize they are experiencing transition; Google recently purchased them.

We really need this upgrade to take place. Our page parameters and style won't be set until all this happens. ChynaMoon has created a really kewl title banner and it needs to be seen. We also need the ability to post images because we have several articles that will be pix intense such as Red Dragon's case mods. Anyway, the site is up and people are posting really infomative and sometimes hilarious articles. You can recognize each writer by their avatar that resides in the top left corner of each entry (mine is a blue parrothead, LOL). Everyone has links posted.

Eventually there will be bios of all the geeks/nerds that belong to this eclectic group. Each member shares a love for the South and technology. These common bonds should make for some interesting interactions. We encourage all to email and have a comments section that is working to some degree. Official grand opening will be January 2nd, 2004. We already have advertisers and will gladly talk to those people interested in placing banners on this site.

Also, readers are encouraged to submit articles, etc. for posting. There will be NO popup ads and no one will ever be spammed. We will help anyone wanting to stop these horrible nuisances. We are Netizens' Rights Advocates to the 'Nth' degree. We actually have archives posted from the first day foward. You can read how this all came about just by clicking on the archive links. So get over there and check it all out.

It's early, I need mo' sleep. Remember the elderly in your prayers. Everyone have a super Sunday!

"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."
-John Barrymore

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Life's casual and that's a good thing

This has been a nice easy day. Sometimes you just have to sit down and let the batteries recharge. Am looking forward to a good day at work tomorrow followed by the decorating of the Beach House Christmas tree. The red and blue decorations help me celebrate an Ole Miss Christmas, LOL. Next weekend I hope to finish all the shopping.

Tomorrow we shall cook out and do burgers. Be a nice switch from the turkeyfied food that has been enjoyed this week. The weather should be nice with temperatures in the high 50s or low 60s. Early in the afternoon work will call and this weather will help that go by quickly. Then another day of relaxation! The evening will be topped off by watching my newest Jimmy Buffett DVD.

My Odyssey coffee came in and it's time for another cup! Everyone stay safe and keep the welfare of your fellow humans in mind this season.

"When life serves you lemons, screw the lemonade! Get a bottle of tequila and a shaker of salt!"
-Billy Wobblynife

Friday, December 05, 2003

Marty!!! The popup killers are here!!

Marty from West Tennessee emailed and asked about popup stoppers, blockers, killers, etc. I recommend two. Check the links for AnalogX and surf to the Network section. There you will find POW which has garnered 100% approval from all people that have tried it after coming here. This is an old trusted website full of goodies and they are FREE! The other is the Google toolbar. Just install the toolbar and be sure n let them anonymously record some stuff (I think they can be trusted, LOL) and use the default settings. This has many neat features and the pop up blocker is awesome. That's right there is no link posted. If you aren't using Google then you must be in the giggle house or comtemplating stone. Only the insane and cave dwellers haven't used this wonderful site!

K, waiting on a network to shut down so I can put a voodoo mojo on the server. They are about to go dark so it's time to work. Ahhhhhh the joys of working late! Peace out n Live Long and Prosper!

"A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
-Douglas Adams

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Great utility site and a wimplatude

Steven, From Aberdeen, MS. was having problems with sound drivers. His Hewlett Packard was upgraded from Windows 98 to Windows 2000 and the sound card resides on the motherboard. After spending hours searching for a sound driver on the HP website he gave up. Then he found Driverguide.com. Nice site that posts drivers for many applications. So, if needing a hard to find driver visit this site. Be sure and read the reviews that accompany the downloads and see if it does work for others. Great site!

It's cold outside. It's raining. My chronic cold is accompanied by a slight fever. I am going to bed and rest.

"Any idiot can face a crisis, it's the day to day living that wears you out."
-Anton Chekhov

Monday, December 01, 2003

Dumber than a box of rocks

Okay I did something last night that I need not do again. I tried to watch the 'Big 2003 Awards' thangy on VH1. Wanted to see Matchbox 20 and Shania Twain perform. Both of these performances were stellar. Cheesy Bill Maher (a worm of a human being that should win the faux intellectual award for life) introduced Natalie Maines as the winner of most outrageous statement of the year award. She continued to make horrible statements and apparently doesn't know when to shut her ugly, smarmy, dumbass mouth! Why give this award anyway? It's like giving an award for the best mass murderer. Lord help us!

Please consider the next statement carefully. DON'T BUY DIXIE CHICKS CDs!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope these unAmerican jerks move to Iran or France where they belong. God knows the strongest, bravest country in the world doesn't need their likes drumming up hatred. It's my right to say what I feel just like this horrible, little, smelly, evil person. I mentioned my dislike of liberal buttheads in the first post ever made at this site. If you support the Dixie Chicks and other such liberals, please leave now and don't bother coming back. There's nothing here for you.

If you endorse the freedom we enjoy, support our President and our country you might be interested in these sites: Action America or Right Nation.

"And so, my fellow americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Inaugural address, January 20, 1961 (Shouldn't the liberals try to emulate one of their heroes? I guess not...)

Sunday, November 30, 2003

On getting in the way of a well planned road trip...

The Laundry Witch just messaged me and said get off my lazy butt and post. What's that stuff in turkey that makes you sleep? Tryptophan? Well it was rampant here yesterday. The couch monster is in league with it too. K, saw some great DVDs yesterday, acted like I cleaned the house and put up the Christmas tree. Then my oldest daughter and her husband came by for a visit.

They are up from Baton Rouge and are sequestered at the ex's house due to a huge family get together. So I was able to spend a few hours with them and it was absolutely great!! They won't be here for Christmas. It's Jay's parents' turn since they were here last year. Come the 1st week in February I dare anyone or anything to get in the way of my first visit to Baton Rouge since they moved there.

Enough is enough. Have vacation days I will lose and that WILL not happen. Seems like something always comes up to trash my planned time off. So, other family members, work associates, the hidden agenda planners of the days of my life, all meteorologists, you are on notice. Screw with me the first week in February, 2004, and I won't be the last one to die! That's it! Happy trails! Hope to be back tomorrow!

"Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry."
-Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

Friday, November 28, 2003

TGIF again!

Up early still working on the same two PCs. Somewhat frustrating to have both almost healed yet knowing there are still some problems. The laptop has a dialer that just keeps showing up so it's time for more Google. Desktop is probably destined for clean install later today. Did some cooking yesterday and have a Christmas tree. House is a wreck and I have to work today. All in all, things are just about normal.

If you have the day off be grateful for this wonderful holiday. If you have to work be thankful you are not looking for a job. Traveling? Watch the other drivers!

"If you are going through hell, keep going."
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Make mine turkey n dressing please, with a side of common sense

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. Just think, friends and family will assemble to eat and celebrate life. I will get to spend time with both my daughters and sons-in-law plus our real boss, Maddie. Tomorrow is not the target day though. I hope to finish several projects and will spend the day alone, God willing. I prefer it this way. Then Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to hanging out with everyone. Absolutely won't be control phreaky and try to dominate their time. Love 'em too much for that to happen.

Those that will travel this holiday please be careful. Traffic will be especially bad. This is not a time to be in a hurry. Reach your destination safely and watch the other drivers! Don't imbibe the refreshing alcoholic beverages and get behind the wheel. If you do, I pray to God the long arm of the law throws you under the jail! Nuff said!

"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."
- Yogi Berra

Monday, November 24, 2003

Phones, piggies, prattle n such

Trying to do battle with two machines. One's a desktop I built several years ago and the other is an older laptop running PII with 128 meg o' sdram. The OS is XP Home. It's not happy. Trying to increase the memory. It also has a dialer/trojan that is hiding. It will be found. The desktop may get the Format C: salute. May have taken a power surge hit because three PCI devices have failed. Such is life.

Anyone that has tried to call on the cell please take note that it is off. It was stated here several weeks ago that the abuse of people calling and rambling on probably will prompt work to kill the phone. How many times does someone have to say don't call unless it's an emergency? Oh well, the service is probably gone and I cannot afford to replace it out of my own pocket. Guess I shoulda' just been rude and hung up, huh?

Talking about phones - attempts to make me feel guilty because my phone is busy all the time just won't work. Whenever the VistaIIIMedia cable people decide to make this area asynchronous it will release the cable modem telco uplink. Even then I will not have call waiting - despise it. And the next person that mentions my phone stays busy all the time will be disconnected. I live alone and am somewhat aware of when my phone is in use. There are email addys posted here and at southernphried. Use them.

And how was your Monday!?

"In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest."
-Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

Sunday, November 23, 2003

I shoulda' known better with a PC like you

Always a feeling of accomplishment to return home safely from a road trip. Spent the day with my Mother and Brother Dan n his family. Great to see all of them. Everyone was in a good mood and I suffered very little on the outgoing trip. Traffic was minimal on the way up and I knew it would not be the same on the flipside. Well, the 'sport' drivers didn't let me down. It rained almost all the way home and near collision was rampant. Glad to be back at the beach house.

Now it's time to do battle with a machine I've had way too long. Several pieces of hardware were found defective (ahhh the power surge or lightning thangy) and some of the drivers didn't like the conversion from Win98SE to Windows 2000. It's always best to format and do a new install and this should have been my first move. Now, with large amounts of egg on my face, that's probably the order of the evening. Yes, this is my fault. I know better. Sometimes you just gotta' try creativity. Sometimes you have to use the old melon what resides on top of the body. But hey, we all make mistakes.

"All humans make mistakes: All leaders are human."
-Frank Herbert

Saturday, November 22, 2003

As Patrick Norton said, "You can't polish a turd."

Just got in from early Christmas shopping. Thought there'd be no one out the weekend before Thanksgiving; was I wrong! K, I don't like what has happened to the celebration of Jesus's birthday. Call me Scrooge or whatever, but the spirit is that of money instead of good will towards women and men. If people really had good will toward their fellow humans they'd make their crumbsnatching children behave in public. Wal-mart sucks because it's a playground where all the rude children in the world come to assault the elderly and defenseless. Don't say anything to these irresponsible mothers and fathers though, it'll get you in trouble. I can testify!! Been there and done that! Doesn't work so just do what I do and go very late at night when all the little ill-mannered urchins are asleep dreaming about their next conquest of the elderly. The parents seem to think it's perfectly fine for their yardapes to stomp all over complete strangers. Manners are quickly becoming a lost art. "Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Liberal Democrat." "Thank you ACLU." You are destroying part of the American way that has helped us survive. Gosh, the return of duelling as a way of life will help!! I know it will! LOL.

I did get a lot of shopping done and survived (didn't go in that evil Wal-Mart either!). It used to be fun, but I guess that part of life is gone. Well need to go get my half-full glass. I seemed to have misplaced it momentarily....

"Love children, well done."
-W.C. Fields

Friday, November 21, 2003

Removable Beasts n some yada yada

Friday is a wonderful day. It means there are only two more days to work this week. Thursday's post was nil due to being out of town, coming in late and falling asleep. Spent the day in Starkville, MS., fighting a DSL problem that was, and is, unusual. Soon this matter will be history. Now we wait for the replacement CISCO router to arrive. The unusual part is that the bellsouth.net techs were actually helpful and friendly!! This is real frightening. It's never happened before! If my old butt hadn't been so tired this day could have started with me banging my head on the bottom of the bed! They hardly ever help and phone company falsehoods always abound.

Taking a trip Sunday. Leaving early to visit Mother and attend church services with her. Tomorrow will be spent working as will Sunday evening. Too many ailing PCs are visiting in the Beach House. Please beware of virus infections. Three of these five machines in for repair have some flavor of cybervirii. The newest strain of pinf/parite is very difficult to remove. If I ever meet the little worm that wrote this junk there will be several cans of whup-ass opened because one beating just ain't enough! Yes, I will pray for him Sunday morning and also pray that he is caught and thoroughly manhandled when taken to jail. Everyone take care and have a super Friday!

"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
-Albert Einstein

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Shine on, shine on

Posted in the links are two new addys. One is Southern-Phried, a new place to visit that is hosted and posted by geeklings from the Deep South Region of the United States. The other is a site called Chyna Moon Designs. This site has many layers and lotsa info! It is also a very kewl looking site with sounds to astound. Be sure and check out the depth here. Great goodies abound!! The writing is extraordinary and the web design is some of the best!!

"I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need."
- Francois-Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

A major part of the computing experience circa 2003

Symantec is offering a rebate on their antivirus scan program, Norton's. Slashdot posted an article yesterday where some antivirus software company is offering their software to home users at no cost for one year. Grisoft's AVG antivirus scanner has been free for years and is still the program used at the Beach House. It has never failed me. I update every 3 days and scan once a day. If you just have to spend money most folks like Norton's Anti-Virus. But Great Googly Moogly!, don't get Norton's Internet Security!! It's a package that has different tools for online protection including the virus scan software and it is horrible. I've seen it wreak havoc on a network. It is extremely hard to uninstall and seems to cause more problems than all the web evils put together. Purchase JUST the antivirus program! If you are running McAfee, please don't ask me to work on your unprotected machine. Don't even bring it into my yard. How does this horrible company stay in business? Kevin Rose, TechTV guru, likes their firewall. I use ZoneAlarm; it's free and does a great job. No McAfee for me.

AVG? Click on the link listed on this site and download the free version. Be sure and give them a valid email address because they will send you a code to activate the product. When installing just use the defaults and let it finish. Be sure to restart. Let it update if needed. Let it scan. Have trusty floppies on hand and make disk/disks. Now do a few tweaks.

Find the update manager and change it from the default setting of every 14 days to no more than 3 days. While there on the Update Manager page uncheck the user confirms dial up box so it can check for updates when you are away from the computer. Then schedule AVG to run every day. Now here's the real trick. Always make sure your virus definitions are up to date. Let's say you use a laptop and it has been in the trunk all week (absolutely won't mistreat mine that way). When you finally get it out and online, go immediately to the Update Manager tab and make it manually update. Then run a full scan. If you haphazardly get on the web without doing this then your chances for infection go off the scale.

Remember having an anti-virus scan program on your computer is not worth a plug nickel if the definitions are not up to date. I don't care if you live BF, Egypt, and can only sign on at 9600k, DO THE VIRUS DEFINITIONS UPDATE! Symantec thru SARC has a wonderful site that really helps when recovering from a virus infection. These tools are powerful and are designed for power users. If you don't know what your doing seek help. Hat's off to them for making this available. They blow Grisoft (AVG) away concerning online support, but Grisoft is a European company and they do provide us with free protection. Just update those definitions in any and every case. It'll make your personal confuser happy.

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled."
-Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Monday, November 17, 2003

Vacate that cave, may be a sleeping dragon hiding there...

Emails have arrived about backing up data. 'If not the backup that's resident in the Windows OS's then what?', seems to be the question. K, how many times am I going to say - crawl out of that cave and use Google !?!? I just looked and there are over 1,700,000 hits when you type in "back up utilities free". Please put Google in your favorites and download the registry entry that makes Google your default search engine. One small, easy to use alternate backup program can be found at Mike Lin's Page. The name of the program is RapidBackup. Mike is a student at MIT and I have mentioned him several times in the past. If you use the program a few days and like it, then go back and leave something in the tip jar on his site. MIT is not free you know, so help the dude out. Backups can save you from the dragon and I guarantee he will appear when you least expect it!

Southern-Phried received over 200 visits this weekend. Thanks to everyone for the support. Please understand we are still under construction and things there will only get better. While I am at it, let me say thanks to all the readers of Cybersouth. Helps keep me away from therapy. Please do not be shy about using the comments tag at the bottom of each post to rave or rant or just say hi. BTW, anyone can read all the comments, just single click on the tag line.

"It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth."
-Joseph Conrad, Chance

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Backup dat data!!!

Well, I cancelled cooking out yesterday due to a "massive rain squall" rolling over the north Mississippi hills. The way the weather channel swami's talked we were gonna need Noah before mid-afternoon. Ubertech Jim reminded me that Lewis Black, a really funny comedian, states that the root word of meteorologist is liar, LOL. Okay it did start raining, but it was like 8:00pm. Anyway, we coulda' cooked burgers and everyone would have gone home in the rain. So rescheduling is in the works.

Southern-Phried is off to a good start. We are still tuning the site and had a minor problem yesterday, but it was quickly resolved. Due to Beagle's penchant to back up everything little data was lost.

Backing up is so important. When their personal confuser shows up with them and they are in tears saying they forgot to back up, it does not impress me much. Remember, one of the simplest ways to cure windows problems is doing a drive format and reinstall. With the advent of the NT5 kernel in windows a simple re-install is not as easy as it used to be and this is a good thing - for security reasons. So find a way to back up your critical data. Don't worry about applications or your operating system; you should have that software stored in some safe place. Buying the best hard drive you can find is the first step in backing up. Do not go for the cheapies. There is RAID, but that discussion is a post in the making. RAID is expensive and probably not necesary in the home computer situation. Some folks use tape drives (which I detest), others use CD-RW drives, and there are kits that let you back up to an external hard drive through the USB port. I use the CD-RW method and it works nicely for this network scenario. Considering the external hard drive kit though. It worked well in our bench tests and makes sense that this is a very secure way to save data. Oh yeh, if you go to purchase a tape drive DAT seems better than Travan. The tapes are less expensive, the tapes are smaller and, at least in this area, more readily available. Also, try to find a backup program other than the one resident in Windows. It sucks. Just incorporate some type of backup into your system. Check the media on occasion and verify that everything is working properly.

Have to do some stuff in the garage and then work on personal confusers the rest of the day. So I will do the breakfast/coffee dance then wade to the garage and start organizing 'stuff'. Just hope that evil smelling thing has left. You know, the other day I thought I heard it say, "Steviepoo Jobs is my daddy!"

"He who laughs last probably made a backup."
-Murphy's 7th law of computing

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Saturday mornings, burgers n Hendrix

The 6 may turn out to be 9 reference in the last post is from a song by Jimi Hendrix. Brother Dan and I spent many hours listening to Mr. Hendrix and others of that genre way way back when and it's just apropo to remember such long ago strange wild days that sometime seem like surreal images provoked by dreams of delusion and illusion. Dan is a musician and it just came to mind. Anyway, was able to talk to him and he was laughing about how he spent his day off working!

'Timing is of essence' it has been said. We no more than get Southern-Phried launched and my internet connection went whacky. I did post a few minutes ago and think this will be a really neat, fun place to visit. No doubt, you can find various opinions, rants, raves, etc. spewing forth from this group, LOL.

It's back to bed for me. Have a dirty house and garage to clean and the Southern-Phried group will be here this pm for burgers n refreshing beverages. First though, another hour or two of sorely needed rack time. Yep, that's right - need my ugly rest.

"I have an existential map; it has 'you are here' written all over it."
- Steven Wright

Friday, November 14, 2003

Happy Birthday Daddy Dan!!

Brother, 6 may turn out to be 9. Jimi had it right 20 years ago. Now u r my older brother? (insert evil grin) Best to ya and stay away from the alternative, we need more talks!

Okay, here's the new addy:


Check it out, lotta rabid possums died to make this site possible...

"rocket in my pocket, no way to stop it "
-Little Feat, in honor of Daddy Dan

Thursday, November 13, 2003

I am just not worthy!

Dedication is a strange wonderful thing. People have been up until the wee hours of the morning tuning this new site. Our main architect, Beagle, had a frustrating problem last night and dropped from exhaustion and Mudslingr picked up the ball and ran with it. This type of dedication makes for wonderful results. The problem solved was critical to the actual loading and continued functioning of this site and they are troopers to the Nth degree! Thanks guys! Also, I certainly will sell no one short - EVERYBODY involved has contributed! This is a very unique group and all the individuals involved are dedicated geeks not only in mind, but with the heart as well. We actually love what we do!!!

Tomorrow will be a very short post announcing the new site addy and one other message. Everyone use half full glasses, mugs, cups, etc. today!

"There are countless ways of achieving greatness, but any road to achieving one's maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity."
-Buck Rodgers

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Evil Smelly Things

Sorry about tirade mode. Cheesy people really irk me. The jerks at Gator are so chickensh-- they have changed their name. What a bunch of idiots. The RIAA approached some fellow nerdlings in Amory, MS, about a 30 minute drive southeast of Tupelo. They warned them to stop uploading their 4000+ library. Asswipes! This is an organization that is hell bent on resurrecting the Spanish Inquisition. If you go into the RIAA (or Gator!) board room there are probably swastikas on the walls! They should pray to Hitler and Satan every night and thank them that I probably won't be elected Ruler of the Known Universe. I'd have 'em all horsewhipped and flung into a volcano!

Somehow I have to get out of this state of mind. Guess I'll go home and try and evict that evil smelling thing that has taken up residence in the back of my garage. Stress relief for a geek...

"When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Ditto the last post

Get spybot search and destroy, remove all that gator horror and other evil thangys!

Wow, can we ever talk about nice things again? Rid your pc of this horse sh... And update your virus definitions and SCAN!!!!

Don't let the idiots get u down.

Gator sucks like the RIAA

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Gator will turn your PC into a public swamp

Posts this week will probably be short. I should return in a few days at full speed. The new site is due to launch on Friday. Reminds me of the doozers from Fraggle Rock. Have you ever noticed that southerners seemed to all be characters? There's about 10 of em building a really kewl site as we speak.

Folks, please don't download weatherbug, precision time, that stupid calender, etc. This is all Gator propaganda and it is SPYWARE in spite of what they say! Screw the evil bastards! This is horrible stuff that is a nightmare to uninstall. This type of cyber abuse is equal to virus infections! Sneaky stuff that constantly reports activity to others so they can bombard you with ads n other barnyard material. If you have it on your PC download Spybot search and destroy and remove it. There is a link posted.

"Gator, doubleclick, and the rest are virus infections written by Satan's agents."
-Billy Wobblynife

Monday, November 10, 2003

It's Alive! It's Alive!

Worked late on the new page last night. Actually, a few of us got together and watched our HTML goddess at work. There were major changes and the launch is ahead of schedule. Everything may be in place to make an official announcement this week. Sorry, but I am just geeky enough to tell you that this has been a blast. I have laughed out loud on several occasions.

While watching this thing come together I thought of how kewl it was that Mudslingr sat at another machine here doing stuff, Nookin4Nub-inthe662 sat at his crib participating and Beagle was at home orchestrating it all over a communal yahoo chat - constantly astounding us with an array of templates and colors. We have a logo now and it reflects the spirit of what this is all about - it's fun! Ubertech Jim (aka ARCIII) came later and did an awesome post, Red Dragon made some great comments and Corinth Chris (aka Grasshoppa) has been a constant supply of great info and ideas. We got Uncle Snake and Verdana signed in too.

When starting this project it seemed like a good idea to bring geeks/nerds in our area together for a general forum. Corinth Chris n I started talking about this months ago and it is great to see talented people come together and work like "robots" to make this happen. I think everyone will really like the cyberwit and cyber info. The core group is diverse in fields and some opinions. Avatars for each member are being developed and they will reflect this diversity.

We by no means are limited to our own devices. Comment bars are in place and we hope to have many people rant and rave through articles sent to us. Hey, I am so taken with all this I am actually looking for an Apple person to submit stuff. Of course, you better have thick skin to run with this Windows/FreeBSD/Linux bunch.

Gotta go, the shower beckons, n I am looking for one of those 'wonderful Mondays' the Laundry Witch has talked about in the past. Well an uneventful Monday will do...

"Data expands to fill the space available for storage"
- Parkinson's Law of Data.

Sunday, November 09, 2003

I say there-a boy, Ima' not a chicken!

Microsoft has leaked info about their new OS for several months now. It's presently titled Longhorn. Whether or not the leaks are intentional we will probably never know for sure. There's a lot of vague articles floating around the web and great speculation as to what the dudes n dude-ettes in Redmond are doing. There is constant chatter about the release date being pushed back to late 2005 or early 2006. Then there are several frightening mentions that they may issue an interim version. Great googlymoogly! Did they not learn their lesson with Windows ME (Millenium)? The least successful operating system in the history of the company that most people love to hate was only forgiven because Windows 2000 was and is way kewl. So people quickly forgot and forgave Microsoft for ME. I do realize there are some folks that like ME. Hey, after formatting and doing a complete install, go directly to Windows update and download ALL updates. Make the floppies and NEVER count on the Restore function to work. ME ain't that bad. It's just that Windows 2000 is soooooooooo much better. Ok, back to Foghorn Longhorn.

Looks like they'll have a clock on the opening screen. Also, a function exists called sidebar that is supposed to make our life easier. There are changes in the way the file system will work. Let's see, a few of the new file system names being thrown around are WINFS and NETFS. Ubertech Jim tells me that NETFS is not a new idea, but one that has been rehashed. The work of video and audio integration is supposed to make all the gamers happy, something about 120 pixel count versus the 95 pixel count now present in XP. Server tools, i.e. ClickOnce, will make the IT/IS people happy. Along that line, it looks like Yukon will ship late next year. This is supposed to be the 'mac-daddy' (sorta funny description about a Microsoft product, huh?) of databases that will replace SQL which is pronounced sequel. Anyway, if you are jonesing for info on this latest offering do a Google search and you'll be happy. Just don't get it confused with things related to the University of Texas mascot. If you want to have some fun, search for Foghorn LEGhorn and enjoy things relevant to my second favorite Looney Tunes character. Hey, who doesn't like the world's greatest curmudgeon - Yosemite Sam!?

Can't post this without saying something about Linux. Bill Gates is smart enough to know that if he doesn't do something wonderful in a timely manner more people will dabble in Linux. He's also smarting because the world's 'biggest asshole' Steve Jobs, is reaping great financial rewards with 'wayyy too pricey legal' music downloads. So Billyboy may up the schedule and pump out the latest offering sooner than one thinks. In the meantime, it might not hurt to look at Linux Red Hat . I find something new to like about it all the time. Free BSD is still an ongoing project. It's been a victim of the flu at this house and I hope to return to this install in the near future. Ubertech Jim loves Free BSD and Corinth Chris is a huge fan of Linux. Both of these guys are core members of the new site. There will be articles on these alternative operating systems.

The new page is still being developed. My recent whinefest with the flu slowed everything down around me except the Hitler strikers being pissed because I was sick. Anyway, we are on track and small changes keep happening that make things better. The present structure is basic and hopefully the real template will be in place in the next week or so. Then we have to decide placement. After that the posts will start. Yes, we are having fun. A place for geeks of the south to air and share is just darn near a necessity. The door is always open for comments and suggestions.

I am aware of the problem with comments. They work sometimes; like right now. Never has it been said that I am Emporer of HTML. This is a work in progress and I just installed the comments tag a few weeks ago. Need to send the developer money and have a chat. Then I may be educated enough to make it work. In the meantime, if someone knows how to fix it, please email me.

"First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII — and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we've realized it's a brochure."
- Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Yada yada wif a to be continued

Missed posting last night. Am languishing slovenly in bed trying to let the flu run it course. Dr. John said, "Rest my boy, and stay away from stress for a few days." So I am staying horizontal today. Work planned tomorrow, n it'll be taken in slow stride. I see a flu shot in my near future. Here in our corner of paradise the weather is awesome. I have the windows open and am enjoying watching the birds out of my bedroom window that faces south over the patio. Even though ailing it's great to enjoy life. Grab a loved one and give them a kiss. It'll make your day glow better. Will try and post about longhorn, etc. laytor.

"One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
- Bertrand Russell

Friday, November 07, 2003

Later this evening we'll longhorn

Friday! Only two more days to work this week! I am going to be busy today and may not be able to post again until tonight. Then I'll tell you about what's going on with the new page, who all is involved, some of the current projects they are doing, so on n so forth. Also, I have some info about the new "Longhorn" OS that will replace XP in late 2005 or early 2006. Stand by n stay casual. N remember your comments are always needed.

"A clever man commits no minor blunders."
- Goethe (1749-1832)

Thursday, November 06, 2003

The cheese is dwindling at a rapid rate

Being ill sucks. The bathroom tour is getting old. Can't sleep, can't eat; right out of a Robert Palmer tune.

My ability to sit in a vertical position hasn't been great, but we have started on the new site. It'll take a few weeks to get it tuned, but I am surrounded by kewl, diverse individuals. We are busy laying the groundwork to produce a slick site that all y'all will like and talk about. The name has been decided, but let us get things a little more structured and then I'll announce it with the gusto of a hound-dawg. After reading some of the comments posted here and there we may decide to make it a comedy site instead of tech-help (a joke).

Always glad to hear from everyone. Just click on the comments at the bottom of the post and let it rip!

"Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses."
- Dale Carnegie

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Ailing, wailing and whining at the speed o' light

Am home sick trying to recover once and for all from this horrible flu/earache/gastro-nasty. Really wanted to see Matrix Revolutions tonight, but don't want to stray that far from my bathroom and medicine cabinet. May post later this evening if feeling better. Will appreciate any prayers, words of wisdom, remedies, etc. Just post in the comments. My refrigerator is full of cheese...

"People that put sugar in their cornbread ain't right with the Lord!"
-Ludlow Porch

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Alas, where's our Uncle Snake when we need him? (it's almost Matrix time again)

Laundry Witch sent a Yahoo IM saying that Monday can be a wonderful day. I will try to hold this thought in my feeble mind until next week. The PC that resided at the house all weekend was not happy as it returned to its desk early yesterday. It's back on my bench again. Contrary to being contrary, it is presently warm and fuzzy. I re-taught it a favorite phrase * format C: * Enjoying this helps me deal with my control phreakiness. All drivers are installed. Now we will take it down a notch and install the Satan software Word Perfect on it. No one said the zeroes n ones would always line up right.

Matrix Revolutions will air Wednesday night. Be neat to see where this ends or goes. Mudslinger, Arial, others n myself will be there. Hate that Uncle Snake and Verdana won't be here to go, but they are planning on seeing it in Baton Rouge. Watching Animatrix and it fills a lotta' gaps. Nice work too. There are 9 tales and the animation styles vary. Watched the first Matrix last night and Reloaded several times last week. If you are a geek/nerd type these movies are almost mandatory.

You've seen the case work of one of the people (Red Dragon) involved in the new site so here is a link to an article that Arial/Beagle/Emily wrote last month about a Better Than Ezra concert. Good rock group and I personally think the article is written by one of the best!!

Better Than Ezra (by Emily)

Neat writing and some really good photos of a really good band. Check it out and get a preview of another talent participating in the new site!

BTW, when you click on comments don't be afraid to leave a rant or rave. There is NO tracking so you cannot be found unless you leave your email address. Red Dragon, Verdana said to tell you, "The case is way way kewl - keep up the good work n do a LOTR case, LOL." Stay safe my fellow nerdlings and keep on geeking...

"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."
- Jimi Hendrix

Monday, November 03, 2003

RIAA NOT!!!!!!!!!!

The RIAA mule-asses are back at it again. Stupid lawsuits flying and the 'woosie fraidy cats' giving them money. Something needs to be done about these jerks. Seems most of us endorse paying for downloads (a reasonable amount), and we can still record ANYTHING off radio or TV for free!. Here's why - radio and TV have paid the RIAA 'juice money". Without this graft and the thug charge on each music cd, thug charges on music systems (like in malls) the RIAA cannot exist!

Let's get rid of these rotten, smelly, slimy, perverted, devil worshiping, sons and daughters of those who haunt red light districts !!! Stop buying prerecorded CDs!!! Write to your favorite musician and tell them you'd love to download directly from their web site and send them the money not the RIAA! Write your Congressmen and tell them that Nazism is not tolerated! Be verbal about this and stop the persecution of innocent people!!!! Let everyone know we want to pay for music downloads, but we don't want to pay the RIAA under any circumstances!. They must cease and desist FOREVER!

Civilization does not need hitman/mafioso mentality, but okay, let's say fight fire with fire! Make dueling legal and I'll challenge everyone of the scumbags! Nothing will happen because not one of them has the balls to answer such a challenge. Forget pistols or swords, let's do boxing matches for charity! They still won't answer; they are nunu-less people without souls. Boycott, Boycott, boycott!!!!!! Click on this link and join! Buy a ball cap or a t-shirt! Fight for your rights as an American and a human being! BOYCOTT RIAA. Get rid of these cretins. Ahhhhh, the day is coming when I will loosen up and tell you how I really feel. In the meantime, these are my alternative solutions and my present state of mind concerning the dregs of society.

Got better ideas? Don't agree? Click on comments and leave your post. You cannot be tracked so fire away! Certainly, you can tell how you feel about jerks that sue 12 year girls!

"No quote, need comments, so post!"

60s music n Star Trek philosophy

The PC that has been on the bench is still not happy and my cold may be trying to make a 3rd or 4th comeback. The Mamas and Papas had it right when singing, "Monday Monday, just can't trust that day." Really tough starting a week in maximum failure overdrive. But, you know what? There's a very good chance things will get better! LOL

Anyone have a webmail service they recommend? The mail.com people have become ridiculous. Glad I waited to upgrade otherwise their little nasty tricks might not have become apparent. Being asked is much better than being coerced (God, I despise control freaks). Such a sad thing to see a good site deteriorate. As often said here, dueling should be brought back. Anyway, a good webmail sight is needed. May end up yahooing and getting 5000 pieces of spam a day. There is a way to stop all spam there. Use filters and give all your emailers a code word to put in the subject line.

Hope everyone has a happy, productive week. Please remember that contrary to the borgs in this world 'resistance is NOT futile".

"Money talks...but all mine ever says is good-bye."
-Billy Wobblynife

Sunday, November 02, 2003

see today's post below

As Dylan wrote, "These times, they are a changin'"

It's a great weekend weatherwise and we may not have too many of those left this year. If you haven't clicked on the links in the last article and viewed Red Dragon's latest case modification please do so at this time. This is masterful work and his attention to detail is super. After reading this post, possibly making a comment and finishing surfing in general, go outside! We all need our place in the sun especially those geeks that sit around absorbing "RF" in front of a personal confuser.

Still running Windows 2000? Resisting the big brother gates authentication code in XP? Yet, disappointed that there is not msconfig option in Windows 2000? Hang on to your barbeque grills and secret sauce because I've got a really kewl site for you. Mlin.net is a site created and maintained by a 19 year old student at MIT. Mike Lin started this site several years ago and has some really nifty utility programs for ALL Windows users. His Start Up Control Panel is a must for those using Windows 2000. He has a Rapid Backup program that is easy to install and use. Seesaw is great if managing a PC with two processors. Startup monitor helps keep trojans, etc away. Just go to this site and take a look. N if you like something, go back n hit that tip jar! MIT isn't free.

Have to go work on a PC that needs to return to its desk early tomorrow morning. Those whom I have given my pager number, throw it away. I wasn't given the option to switch it to my name and continue the service. Seems that when I had kidneystones a few months ago and didn't answer pages this rendered its function null. Hell, I wasn't just not answering the pager, I didn't even answer the damned doorbell. Anyone that has had this malady understands. Those that haven't, hit your knees and pray prayers of gratitude because it is so painful you actually want to die. I have asked people to please not use the cell phone unless you have an emergency and now it will be gone January 1, 2004. On the same note, everyone should know that my sense of duty WILL permit calls to my home if you feel it's necessary. God knows that many problems have been resolved over the cell phone in the past years, but now they will have to wait until the evening hours. Hopefully by then the cable modem will be asynchronous and the phone line won't stay busy. I need both jobs to make ends meet and cannot afford another expense. This post may be one of those that gets one fired or in deep doodoo. Screw it, the truth is the truth n I must get to the PC mentioned above. God help us all.

"Patience is the companion of wisdom."
-Saint Augustine (354-430)

Saturday, November 01, 2003

Kewl Pics n Solicitation

Red Dragon has put together a case mod that just blows me away. Take a look at some really fine craftsmanship:

Red Dragon Case 1

Red Dragon Case 2

Red Dragon Case 3

Looks like I just need to post everyday and let everyone else do the writing, LOL! The comments from yesterday are too much. I have solicited names for the new site for a month now with hardly any response and yesterday people came forward with really good suggestions. Please remember, when clicking on the comments tag, just use one click and while your there go ahead and post something! Hey, Red Dragon wants feedback on the case mod and suggestions for a site name, etc. are definitely welcome!

"He who laughs last probably made a back-up."
-Murphy's 7th Law of Computing

Friday, October 31, 2003

Hep me! Hep me!

K, question for all y'all. Which do you like best for a site name?







Please leave vote in comments (I think they are working now,LOL)

Ahhhh, do I need a refreshing beverage?

Well, just when I think it's all 'figgered' out things become FUBAR. The comments tag has become another mystery in my cyber-life. It just does what it wants to do in spite of my desires and wishes. Anybody that comes to the beach house remind me to show you one of my favorite video clips of the dude going postal on a puter. Bout how I feel. Tape a xanax on me and force feed me a rumcoke n I may make this stuff work! Even though work calls this weekend somehow the comments and the sitemeter will begin to work or go straight to the cyberetheric.

It's early, laundry needs attention, work will beckon me shortly, my cold and earache have me thinking in a well as well as talking in one so it's hi ho hi ho. Later my fellow cyber wanderers and beware those tricksters tonite!

"Yeh, I know Red, I'm a dumbass."
- Eric, from That 70s Show

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Addy's not required

It looks like comments may be fun as well as flaming. Glad to see everyone. Bondo, where ya been? Just a few days ago I mentioned that the page alignment is whacky if using 800X600 resolution. This is being addressed as is the problem with the sitemeter stopping the posts. Please just refresh the page a few times and the week's posts will show up. There are the archives for those interested.

Remember, comments can be read by everyone. Just click and read (they are at the bottom of the posts). Also, I cannot erase or edit. WYSIWYG. Please use this tool. Input guides me. Any suggestions about this site or the one that will launch in a few weeks are welcome. You can leave an email addy but it's not required. Have fun with it!

"Input, I need more input!"
- Johnny 5

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

AMX DUDE! We love ya!

Standing on a hillside looking out over the Kentucky grasslands, the scene was almost picturesque. The huge white barn with the red tin roof, the farmhouse across the way and the horses grazing in a windblown pasture seemed so serene. Then the line of traffic made it's way down a narrow country road. I remember thinking that I hope someone rides a motorcycle in my funeral march as dude road by on a Harley. We had gathered to pay homage and show overwhelming love for Michael Murphy, age 14, who was taken from us abruptly on October 24, 2003. As people gathered and the service started I cried openly. His bereaved Mother and Father were experiencing an anguish none should ever know. His sister sobbed and she touched my heart in its innermost spot as she wept beside the casket. I am crying now. Huge sobbing tears. The huge mass of people at this gathering had all been touched by this young man's life. There were no dry eyes on that hillside.

Michael was a computer advocate to the 'nth' degree. I never saw this young man that he wasn't smiling and full of curiosity. This was a child that openly gave to others that needed. Truly a young person that deserved every bit of praise sung by others. For example, he once found out a dude needed headphones to game at the local Counterstrike hang out. He knew this person couldn't afford such a thing, so he went home and dug out a set and gave them to him. I heard many stories about his aiding others while in Kentucky. He was a Yahoo IM friend of mine and it was always fun to hear what he was doing with computers.

AMX, a legend in Counterstrike at such a young age. AMX was Michael's nickname when playing the game and he had many many friends across the country due to his participation in Counterstrike Clan challenges. His fellow gamers/friends gathered enmass to pay tribute. Tracy, his sister, had an AMX decal made and it was put on the Black and Silver casket that reflected the color of his computer case mod. Many things showed up in tribute, like the flower arrangement with the keyboard and mouse intergrated with beautiful red blossoms. There was a beautiful cross display from his computer clan. Pictures everywhere reflected his charismatic smile. I was so touched by a small white bear with wings of an angel that had a scarf with AMX on it. Let me tell all of you something. The group of young people that did online game playing with Michael showed up with black armbands that had AMX on them. They passed by the casket and placed their armbands on top and the tears fell like rain. Michael will never leave any of us.

Carol, I have had to stop many times while composing this to wipe away tears. Michael, the thought of this tragedy occuring on your birthday slashes my soul. You both are loving parents. Tracy, cling to great memories and embrace life. I love you all. And, dudes and dude-ettes in the Counterstrike Clan, stay l33t. These young people played a tournament with his computer there in memoriam. So apropo, their symbolic riderless horse.

"It is not length of life, but depth of life."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just click on comments

Okay, some folks just don't like to email. So I have found a neat tool (thanks! CommentThis) that will give you the ability to react to individual posts. I hope everyone will include their email addys, but then realization overwhelms me with the fact that a pipe dream such as this has not been in my life since the 70s. So here's your chance to leave little 'nasties' and 'flames' on the spot. I know that I have just made some apple geeks happy. I find it refreshing that the apple flamers always remain anonymous.

This will be used in the new techno forum that's just around the corner so I thought I'd take it for a test drive here. Let me know what you think about it (just click on the comments and fire away).

"Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'."
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Did the RIAA buy 'mail.com'?

My email addy is cybersouth@mail.com. It's a simple, easy address. I started using this free service many years ago when it came into being as snap mail. Just a few months ago I wrote them asking about different types of accounts so I could pay and upgrade the account. Well, that won't happen. I am looking for another web mail service. Please recommend something. These people have put up their own popups, literally slowed down the page transitions and have developed a nasty attitude. Sorry, you won't get my money by making your service worse then trying to sell me that to which I've grown accustomed. So 'mail.com' is right out there with the spammers, popup jerks and dungware people. Let's see, Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton reported last night on The Screensavers that email usage is down 60%. I don't think I would punish someone that used free service thinking they'll roll over and bark like a dog. Sorta Nazi-ish, huh?

Speaking of email, several people have written concerning my trip and the post I have said will come. Please, I am working on it and need a little more time. When it's published you'll understand.

"In this business, by the time you realize you're in trouble, it's too late to save yourself. Unless you're running scared all the time, you're gone."
- Bill Gates

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Enough with the bells!

There is little doubt that I am falling apart. Lost a tooth Sunday and now have an earache from hell. Any suggestions? Growing old - it beats the alternative. Where's Peter Pan when I really need him? And noise, I need noise. This tinnitus is driving me crazier!! Wish I could just change the frequency of the ringing.

Since I am wussie and whining it's best I go crawl in bed. Cyber wimping is not attractive. Everyone get their flu shots!! Stay casual...

"Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance."
- Brian Tracy

Monday, October 27, 2003

We shall get right down to it!

Am home from work early, LOL. It's nice to have some 'quiet time' with my machines. I've gotten emails about the new page that we are putting together. This is a work in progress and it will be several weeks before all the "like minds" congeal and actually start entries. I am sure everyone has their HTML hats on and developing material. Everyone will be notified. Thanks for the interest. This page is simply my own personal ramblings and observations. The new one will be polished and have many features. It will be about technology and the individuals involved will get to do their share of ranting and raving. As will you!! We definitely will consider anything sent for posting. So if you have ideas, gripes or praises let me know!

"All's not quiet on the 'Western' front."
-Billy Wobblynife

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Trip well traveled

Am back in Mississippi. Drove over 500 miles in the last 32 hours and have been in 4 different states today (took a wrong turn and spent about 5 minutes in Illinois, LOL). Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois are pretty states, but it feels good to be back at the Beach House. Met some really nice people while gone and my faith in today's youth is way over on the positive side of the registry. More on that later.

BTW, I realize that the picture, links etc are not aligning properly if you are using 800x600. Please bear with me; work is in progress. If you use 1024x768 or higher everything aligns properly. Also, the page is still snafu on loading. Please just refresh a few times and it will appear. Like I said, working on it.

Have to let some ppl know that I have made landfall safely. I know these last posts were short, but reasons as to why are forthcoming. Meant what I said yesterday in the last paragraph. Tell someone you love how much you care. I am grateful to God for my life and my friends. Ima' gonna' get on outta' heah'! Laytor...

"Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness..."
-- Richard Bach

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Sojourn and Thomas Stearns

I will be traveling out of state today. Have to go to Paducah, KY. I should return tomorrow or Monday at the latest. If there is a dire emergency please feel free to call. I WILL be in areas that will charge roaming fees because of the old, old cell plan. Those of you that are supposed to call me, do so. Arial and Mudslinger will check on the house periodically while I am away so if you need something, they can be contacted.

Everyone needs to embrace someone they love and share this feeling. Stop what you are doing and find those special people in your life and let them know you care. Do it! You'll be glad you did.

"Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.
My words echo
Thus, in your mind."

-T. S. Eliot, "Four Quartets"

Friday, October 24, 2003

Wrong end of a stupid animal, several of them

Arial sent me a link to an article that does my heart good. Doom on Xupiter! It's about two teenage dudes that are going after the Xupiter jerks. If you have had experience with this horrible piece of spyware then I feel sorry for you. It is hard to vanquish, but it can be done. Everyone should read this article. It makes me proud of today's youth and drives me mad thinking that assholes like the Yomtobians exist.

Also on that subject - Hey Scott! Gator is spyware! Gator is spyware! Gator is spyware! Gator is dungware!! It's hard to believe that these mule-ass idiots are suing someone because they were called spyware. Well, it is spyware/adware/dungware and these people need to be punished in the deepest realms of hell. They reached an out of court settlement with someone that listed all their 'Xupiter-like' junk as spyware. What has happened to our legal system? A few months ago my insurance company settled with a lady that made a left turn in front of me and hit my truck while driving the wrong way on my side of the road!!!!!!!!!! What complete jerks. Instead of taking her to court (we had two eyewitnesses!) it cost the insurance sissies less to settle with her instead of paying lawyers. Justice in this country? You tell me.....

"If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us."
-Francis Bacon

Thursday, October 23, 2003

We r thinkin' n itsa spooky

The past evening was spent discussing an interesting idea. Several of the techs/geeks/nerds in this area are willing to participate in a mutual page. We will have someone that specializes in windows problems, someone that builds cases, a tech that knows Free BSD, so on and so forth. This will be a tech help site with southern style. I will keep everyone posted as it matures. Like minds in numbers, cyber southern style, wow what a concept. Downright frightening! If you have been to slashdot then you know the drill. They are open source oriented where most of our content will be windows stuff with some open source. Corinth Chris n I are loving Linux, but we need more experience before we can advise. This will come. Arial, Mudslinger, Red Dragon, Ubertech Jim, Corinth Chris and myself are onboard. We are looking for participation. Good ideas are needed and the group is open to any suggestions. And you don't have to be southern, LOL. Let me know what you think. This site, Cybersouth, will remain as long as people keep reading. I really appreciate everyone and the concern about the hackers makes me feel like this is worth doing. Please understand this page is under constant construction and you will see changes on occasion. Gotta run. Peace to you all, my brother and sister geeks.

"Those who will trade essential liberty for promise of security will have neither"
- Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Haxors and a little musica!

Several people emailed and asked about the post yesterday. Well, the same person was back at 9:24PM last night. Someone from Poland was here at 4:48AM and best I recollect, seems that I don't know anyone that lives in Poland. Cybersouth got hit one time before but the takeover was very brief. May be the same, who knows? Gulli.com is a hacking group out of east europe. The 1337 stands for leet which means elite in haxor, and is a term gleaned from a movie about hackers made several years ago. K, worse case scenario. These jerks grab the page. They may have a hard time finding the alternate page I have in place. So, I will simply email everyone with the new addy. Life shall continue. My paranoia springs from being a channel operator on IRC EFNET since 1995. We were forever "taken over" and the script kittys/kiddys finally tired and went away. There, we were able to use some defensive measures. Here we are at the mercy of the blogger/google people. And you can't expect them to stop everything just because some asshole messes with a blog. This may have happened due to listing the addy on Microsoft's Community Group when researching the service pack 4 problem. Anyway, it's a minor annoyance. I have all backed up and can move in just a few minutes. Thanks for the concern though. It's nice to know there are good folks out there. BTW, if I don't have your email address, please send it.

Corinth Chris sent me a way funny site. Go to ROCK103.com and click on 'twisted videos'. Click on the 2nd listing about MACs. BEWARE - there is profanity. This is an answer to Apple's drive to have PC users switch to MACs. ROFL! ROCK103 is a strange weird site of the classic rock radio station in Memphis, TN. This may be the best radio station on the planet. Love the Mornin' Crew and really like Drake & Zeke during the afternoons. These people are crazy and will say anything. There is another with Triumph (the dog puppet that shows up on Conan O'Brien) messing with Star Wars nerds that is really funny. If you don't mind a little off color humor tune em up on the old personal confuser and give a listen!

"Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God."
- Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Lurker alert

I just finished sending the following to Blogger Support:

"During the past few days I've noticed someone visiting this blog. Upon doing a WhoIs I found this list:


The visits occured on 10/21/2003 at 2:30AM and 10/19/2003 at 3:43PM and 3:42PM. Recently, I posted to Microsoft's Community Group and several other sites about some issues with windows updates. This may be how this person found my blog. Hopefully harmless, but the above WhoIs tends to make me suspicious. Just thought I'd let you know."

Please be advised that the IPs are being traced. You just don't visit someone's page with garbage like such listed above sticking out all over a WhoIs query. Why don't you find something constructive to do instead of lurking?

"It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways."

Yo the crib!

For months now I've been trying to upload images. My daughter takes 10 minutes and BAM! It's done. Thanks Mimi (aka Arial) for all the help. If the names are strange please check the archives for October 9, 2003. This is the one where I wondered about naming everyone font names, etc. That's the Beach House. See, there is a veranda and a wisteria vine in the front yard. This is where the babble starts and ends. Oh thank you most noble daughter of mine.

It's late, I am sick and need to bed. Laytor dudes n dude-ettes.

"If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind."

Monday, October 20, 2003

Picture Test by Arial :)

this is a picture test for estrangelo daddyo ..... (i hope this works)

Edited to say:


Look what I did ------->

Love you estrangelo daddyo, enjoy your new pic! :)


Free download sites n a GOTCHA!

Some folks have expressed concerned about the "flamers" that email me. Please, these people are not a problem. For instance, right now there is a strange aol user that has been spending long periods in here for the last week. This may be harmless and I encourage everyone to read the archives. But, I do note anomalies. Another takeover of this page is undesirable. If it happens, so be it. I will get it back.

The flamer mentioned yesterday has been fingered simply by identifying his ISP. It didn't take much research to find Mr. Anonymous. Since I know the person there are certainly no worries about him. L33t he ain't. His ability to babble isn't even substandard.

Austin and I were talking about good places to find free downloads. TUCOWS and CNET are excellent sites that have been around for many years. They offer freeware and shareware. Both have a ratings systems that are very helpful. I realize that there are many more great download sites and would love to hear from ya' with suggestions. Seems we are all interested in such pages. LOL. Austin is needing a way to transfer files that may be several gigs. He's doing intense video editing. Any ideas? Anybody a DC++ guru?

Time for work. My corner of paradise is getting mo' betta'. Gosh, the cold is now at an almost livable level. Anyway, symbiosis still sucks! As does the RIAA.

"I calculated the odds of me succeeding and of doing something
incredibly stupid, and I went ahead anyway."

- Crowe T Robot MST3K

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Great Google Moogle!

Windows Critical Updates, how is this done? - asks Terry from Ingmar. Go to Start (bottom left corner of screen) left click, scroll up to Windows Update, left click, let the page open (btw you have to be on the internet) any window that pops open say yes to it (don't tell Microsoft you trust them - don't check the box), click the SCAN button, and download the critical updates. Since there has been a problem downloading SP4 (service pack 4) in Windows 2000 I advise downloading 1, or 2, or 3 then 4 instead of downloading SP4 and bypassing the first ones even though they tell you you can do this. Also, if you click an update that is starred/asterisked, it has to download by itself. Let it, then come back and do the rest (there are several of these starred downloads). If you are using a dialup modem these updates will take time and your machine will slow to a crawl if you do not have a lotta' RAM. Sorry, but don' let this stop you from getting your PC up to date! Now this is really important - restart the machine every time it tells you to restart. Do I need to repeat? Okay. If you try to stick more downloads in there without restarting you WILL have problems. There are other downloads too. Read the "more" about these to see if you really need them. Also make sure you PC has the minimum specifications to utilize the download. For instance, my lowly 200mmx does not need the new media player stuff because it's not fast enough to use it. Google search about Windows Critical Updates and read about it. I endorse these updates because of security issues and security issues only. My healthy paranoia always makes me a bit skeptical of the Microsoft bunch. I still somewhat dislike XP because of that authorization junk . If you run a spybot or spy sweeper type program it will amaze you as to how many Microsoft based utilities are trying to report things behind the scenes. Right big brotherish. FYI, Linux Red Hat does not do such things.

The anonymous emailer strikes again. Yes, I do recommend products made by people I know. Let's see ... my page, my thoughts, my right to say what I want to say. The Seat Company is way kewl. When going there I usually stop at the West End Deli and eat some awesome food with the Parker gang. Don't come to this house bringing other than Earthgrains/Colonial Bread products. My good friend David manages this area for them. No case mods here unless Red Dragon does them. If I ever have another cat it will be a Norwegian Forest Cat because Ubertech Jim raises them. If you can't use Thomas Electronics I recommend Red Magnet - my daughter works for them. I consult Chyna Moon on web development. Corinth Chris is the tech that should work on your machine in Alcorn County and surrounding areas. Google Rocks! This can go on and on. Yes, I do recommend people I know that are good at their respective fields. I also will tell you what I think of things I don't like, like that overpriced/slowass apple computer you are probably using to try and harass me. Also, anonymous - I do reply to all emails, one way or another.

Wow, the weather is just awesome. With the help of Nyquil, Dayquil, Aleve Sinus, etc. I am feeling better. Got to go hit the bricks again today. At least I am not too dizzy to drive. Be grateful to God and someone today. It'll help. And laugh about something. It'll help.

"Some things Man was never meant to know. For everything else, there's Google."
- Billy Wobblynife

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Veni, Vidi, Seati

Not too long ago I needed a chair. After much looking and up/down motion, I have one. It is overstuffed, built like a Sherman tank, gorgeous and wayyyy comfortable. It is made locally by some mastercraftsmen. The Seat Company is located in Pontotoc, MS. That's about 15-20 minutes due west of Tupelo, MS. Rusty, Steve, Joe and the team make beautifiul furniture with the utmost precision and material. Imagine sitting on a cloud. At the end of a workday I am ready to drop into this wonderful piece of furniture, armed with my remote and watch The Screensavers on TechTV. This is a weekday ritual and it is joyous I tell ya'! I opted for cloth and it matches my decor perfectly. Another neat thing about The Seat Company is that you can order online and at wholesale prices. They specialize in leather and it's really awesome. These folks know their business and are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Does this sound like a commercial? Hey, they are friends of mine. They do great work! Go to the site and look around. Their web page is straghtforward, easy to navigate and is most informative. There's a permalink posted. Check 'em out!

I am still downloading the current critical updates (my XP and 2000 machines are done) and have had no problems so far. I think they are relatively safe. Protect your PC. Update your virus definitions too. And don't open emails that you know nothing about! Real good chance they have virus infections. Just delete them and stay safe.

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."
- Dale Carnegie

Friday, October 17, 2003

Guess what's new? Microsoft has more critical updates!!!

Like my friend Eddie said, they are averaging over one a week. Red Dragon let me know yesterday, but I had posted early and went home to the throes of cold misery. Anyway, thanks RD, n keep hacking away at that visual basic stuff. Tom says wait on the updates until the bugs are worked out. I used to agree, but with security being such an issue I will go home and download these little jewels to all my windows PCs. I recommend everyone do the same. Don't know about you folks but my email is lambasted daily with virus bombs. I'd rather reinstall knowing I was trying to protect my machines than to have these dirty bastards infect it and be the reason for reload. Please remember to update your AVG or Norton's, etc. every few days. I am checking daily. Once again, if you are using McAfees, don't worry with updating. It won't do any good. McAfee's blows, but not nearly as bad as the cretins at RIAA.

It has been brought to my attention that the sitemeter is doing weird things. I am working on it. If you hit the page and only get the first few posts, do a refresh or two and it should give you a 'week's worth'. Please bear with me, it'll either work right or be removed. Thanks CC for bringing this to my attention. Tell my brother Neal I hope he wins the car show in Booneville this weekend. Gonna go. Hope to have some really kewl sites to post this weekend. If you are looking for furniture, especially leather, boy howdy have I found a site for you! More this weekend.

"There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."
- Frank Zappa

Thursday, October 16, 2003

You put de lime in de coconut n drink a bowl up!

Since the cold/flu/biological virus seems to be slacking up I will probably die today or at least go comatose. This has been going on for a month. I just want to get well and go get a flu shot!! Always heard when you age it's harder to shake off illness and that may be one of my life's great understatements. God had blessed me with good health until 1997/1998 when I agonized for 9 months wondering if I would be shortly terminated due to cancer. It didn't happen and I am proud to say that I still get good reports every few months after finding the right medical people, but that's another story. I never had colds, back problems, gastro malady, etc., until the last few years. It's been a constant battle experiencing one problem after another. I've torn muscles that need repairing and do not exercise much. Diet is not what it should be and weight needs to be lost. So something has to give because a late lifetime of drifting from one illness to another does not fit into my planned agenda! BTW, The comatose/death remark is a joke (I hope).

Google search will find many sites that pertain to medical stuff. WEBMD is a good place to start. I've mentioned this site before and always start there when seeking cyber-medical babble. Of course the internet is a hypochondriac's dreamscape. Please beware of any information and GO SEE A DOCTOR. Find a doctor you trust and one that talks to you like a human being. If they take that superior attitude, beware. At the same time if they start out a conversation with 'Hydee bubba, you ain't gonna believe this sh--', beware. This is not rocket science. Common sense always helps. Most medical people are human beings, but this field also has it's share of horses' asses. Anyway take advice from one who knows, seek medical help. Get flu shots if needed. Be nice to them and pay your bills in a timely fashion. After all, they have influence over one of your most precious mortal items.

Also, laugh. Laugh and seek humor. Going through life and not having fun is about as dumb as it gets. Period. Nuff said. (Cough, cough) Peace out!

"Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness -- an open and noble temper."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abcess on his knee or in his soul."
-- Rona Barrett