Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Brevity due to stress

Just erased a "warpwhine" post about internet connectivity. It will suffice to say that NO changes can be made in anything HTML or any pictures posted until this problem is corrected. BTW, tried the AVG download "fix" that's being shared around the internet and it doesn't seem to help (will try later today on another connection). Just keep trying to download those definitions. Bondoelvis is looking at a free antivirus program called Avast. Check it out and let me know what your think! Everyone have a great day.

"Caveat Emptor."
-Billicus Wobblycusnificus

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Dark Side of the Force and COMCAST

Spybot Search & Destroy is slow or timing out. AVG update is still spotty. Ad-Aware is still downloading at a normal speed. Don't know the reasons behind these problems, but will post as soon as something is known. Please, keep trying to download updates. They are NECESSARY.

It is official. Leo Laporte has left The Screensavers as a host over at TechTV. Lisa, the Laundry Witch and I roadtripped to Birmingham, Alabama, not quite two years ago to meet Leo and Megan Morrone. They were signing books, etc. and very cordial. Nice people. Yet, Leo's current rage at Microsoft and his constant chatter about Apple have actually made me turn off TechTV on several occasions. He still hosts Call for Help and it's now an Apple show instead of Windows. He offends 90% of the market with this attitude. I'll opt for the more Windows friendly Kevin Rose and Patrick Norton. Sorry Leo, it saddens me that you have become Lord of AppleSith under the guidance of Darth Jobs.

Along the same line, COMCAST has purchased TechTV. This bothers me some, but I'll reserve opinion until they have had a chance to "drive the train" for a while. COMCAST of Tupelo (where COMCAST originated) service is now handled out of Huntsville and Tuscaloosa and they are rude and crude. Downright ill-mannered. If you have to call and a Renee person answers, hang up immediately! I think she is in league with the devil. Sad to see a once customer oriented company become so backwards. Brian Roberts, if you read this call me, we'll chat about your rude employees. I'm in the phone book.

"Use the force Leo, resist Darth Jobs!"
-Billy Wobblynife

Monday, March 29, 2004

Early morning ramblings and the Duke

Google has made slight changes to the opening page and it's easier to use. Always good to see my favorite web tool improve. Try clicking the "more >>" and look at the features available.

Who told the Republican party that there are not enough popups on the internet? The stupidity of mankind is boundless. I am a Bush supporter and, even more important, anti-Kerry. Yet, the post at Slashdot makes me wonder about some of the folks onboard the campaign wagon for the 'W'. It's titled "Political Pop-ups, and Follow the Money."

On Friday "Caesar" Fisher posted an article at Ars Technica about Apple's false claims in advertising. This is fuel for the fire in the orchard. Gee, like we didn't know that Darth Jobs was lying to us about the 'world's fastest computer'??!?!? Still, it's nice to see it in print.

It's early, forecast calls for rain, whine mode is about to overcome me and I need to go. Have a good one.

"I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to others and I require the same of them."
-John Wayne

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Telco cable modem snowball

As I sat this morning disconnecting my connection that signed on with a 16.8k upload then immediately reconnecting (probably somewhere around 40 or 50 times), thoughts lingered in my mind. Several hours have been wasted just trying to connect this weekend, you cannot download some updates at such a slow speed, what alternatives are available, etc. It seems to wax worse exponentially! So I will post something very small then go get in the sunshine and forget this ridiculous problem for a while. Everyone have a great Sunday!!

"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence."
- Xenocrates (396-314 B.C.)

Saturday, March 27, 2004

A device I really love/hate

Up since 4:30am fighting with my telco cable modem trying to acquire enough upload speed to perform some routine maintenance. AVG sorely needs updating. After 9 sign ons at 16.8 upload speed, I gave up and did something "really" constructive; watched the Weather Channel for a while. Then, after plugging in my external dial up modem and ready to regress, I decided to try one more time. Finally a 24 upload.

This is the bare minimum required to perform normal tasks such as windows critical updates, virus definition updates, etc. I've completely given up on any HTML changes here. Hmmmm, is it wrong to want do this at home instead of the office? I think not.

Please bear with me as changes come about slowly. All that work last year to gain the ability to post pictures is now negated by slow upload (that was money pissed into the wind). This problem started a few months ago and just won't go away. First the slower upload speeds and now if you turn your back while online the connection is terminated. This is a new nuisance that is most frustrating.

Okay, this is whining. Yes, turbo whining that is approaching warpwhine. It is still believed the polite, positive customer service representatives, field techs and management at Vista III Media are doing their best to bring this area into the 21st century of internet capability. They deserve some consideration because they are well mannered if nothing else. Manners are so important in this rude, crude world today.

Anyway, I've named my General Instruments SURFboard Model SB3100D telco cable modem. It's proper name is now Beelzebub and I chant 'get thee out Satan, you Lord of the Flies!' when entering this room. Hope that Vista III Media will let me purchase this device when they bring two way to the beach house. Pictures will be posted of the exorcism that will be performed with the help of Mr. Ruger. Now it's time to take my medication...

"Evil is easy, and has infinite forms."
-Blaise Pascal

Friday, March 26, 2004

I paused momentarily and liked it

Just finished reading the neatest post over at Southern-Phried titled "Sayin' good-bye to a good 'un." Being in the throes of virus removal (how about 1484 infected files!?!? LOL) and up all hours trying to take my turn downloading the AVG update it's nice to stop and realize what a neat community surrounds me geographically and cyberwise. In a world where rudeness seems to dominate and self-centered attitudes wreak havoc on society a gentle reminder of such value helps lift my spirit. Like the dude said, "We may speak slowly and use different dialects, but we say the word Y'ALL exactly the same." Wampus knows the pronunication. Read the post, you'll understand. And now for something completely different...

Is your 'personal confuser' in the doldrums? Trying to open a program and it closes after a few seconds? Can't get that anti-virus program to scan due to the Netsky.P virus or some such nonsense? Well, get online (NOT ON A NETWORK!) and go to Symantec or TrendMicro and do an online scan. Then download the appropriate removal tools from Symantec's site and heal yo'self (yes, these are freebies). Then immediately update your anti-virus program and run a scan. This is not rocket science. Just slow down and take the time to read the instructions and follow them. You can doooo et!!

"If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend."
-Stone Temple Pilots

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Children of Satan are at it again

It's spring time, the birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, the squirrels are nesting and the script kiddie virus writers are busy doo dooing all over the internet. Bagel, Netsky, Lovegate, Blaster are just a few of the flavors making the rounds. The bastard stepchildren of the virus writers, spyware jerks, are busy too.

AVG is slow, probably due to the increased traffic concerning virus infections. Keep trying. You must update and scan. I do it daily. Spybot Search & Destroy is slow at times too. Keep trying. You must update and scan. I do it daily. Ad-Aware is updating normally.

Wish the virus writers and spyware people would show up with the RIAA and ACLU in tow at the beach house. Wasn't it Duvall that said (in character-Apocalypse Now), 'I love the smell of napalm in the morning'? Nahhh, don't need to off a bunch of pansies. Probably saying boo would make 'em wet their pants.

Be careful out there in cyberspace. Lunatics lurk around every port it seems.

"People that write virii and spyware just ain't right with the Lord."
-Billy Wobblynife

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Wrath of Thor and thanks

Sometimes it's just hard to believe computers are inanimate objects. I gathered parts and assembled a PC that is being used as an interim device in a THX multimedia network until we build the uber machine. It has a Tyan motherboard, plenty of RAM, brand new hard drive, new USB ports, new 52X CDRW, etc. Now this combination should work and be a stable platform. Upon initial installation it performed flawlessly.

The location is a rural area and even the internal hardware modem purred at around 40k which was acceptable believe it or not. It returned last week for a few hours. And it's back again. Modem problems. Now we are going to a USRobotics 56K external (are there any better?!?!). If this doesn't work...there's the 4 pound shop hammer.

Have you seen Patrick Norton on TechTV and his sledge hammer actions? Child's play compared to what will happen here. Besides, I really need to vent . An exercise in non-patience. Not my first time either. No tickets will be sold, the event is free. Time to be announced at a later date. A good time will be had by all.

Thank you to all the fine folks at Richmond Baptist Church for the prayers. The Good Lord knows my Methodist soul needs the help. It was a stressful battle, but I finally stayed home a few days and it was wonderful. Blood pressure has dropped and the fog has lifted somewhat. Nice to know someone cares. Thanks to all of you.

It's Wednesday and the weather is awesome. Keep everything casual...and exercise some patience, will ya?.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
-Will Rogers

Monday, March 22, 2004

The court was a disaster area yesterday

Hate that Mississippi State lost. Sorry Lisa, Bob, Glenda, Chloe, Pam, Jimmy, Rhonda and the rest of the dawg fans. Glad they made it as far as they did. And hey Murf, if Ole Miss goes to looking for a basketball coach could you get Tubby aside and ask him not to apply? What are you Kentuckians gonna' do now? There's always next year.

Must go converse with the Laundry Witch. She's a friend that gives me marching orders whether I need them or not! LOL. I am just a scoopful of oxyclean in the great agitated tub of life.

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
-John Wooden

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Rats have more honor than the people at Incredifind

Okay, I've not given Symantec enough credit for stepping out into the world of malware and addressing such problems as spyware. They have an easy to read blurb on Incredifind removal. While this is a straightforward outline of how to remove the problem, it is not a tool that can be downloaded. Sorry, you still have to go to a little effort to get rid of this dungware. Again, Symantec says the damage capability is low. Am I possibly crossing into another dimension? I have horror stories about Keenvalue, Incredifind, etc. These snakes of society need to go into deep, deep cover if any of the flamers writing here go to active pursuit. These people are MAD! Don't listen to this babble about being harmless, this junk CAN and WILL screw up your PC. Get rid of it and protect yo'self. Hey Keenvalue idiots! Invasion of privacy is against the law. Remember what the Russians and Americans did to the Nazis. It can happen to you!

Downloading these two utilities will step towards the awesome in protecting your PC from future hijacking. Be sure and read the instructions and install both properly. There is a tutorial with Spybot Search & Destroy and it NEEDs to be read before installation. Just throwing it on your computer does not work. Set it up properly. Don't flame me if you if you can't follow instructions. I've used both these utilities with great success. Do the updates (I do them every day).

So...there it is in living color. Click on the two boxes above. If you have problems with the installation then email me.

"Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud."

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Spring in Paradise? Forecast is occasional ballistics

Today is the Vernal Equinox. If you click the Weather-Saltillo, MS, link you will find that the first day of spring at the beach house is weather positive. Just hope it's not premature to move ferns, palms, etc. outdoors. It will get cold tomorrow night, but don't think there's a chance of frost. Wow, so many things to do. Only one PC to finish this weekend and one drive that needs to be investigated for data recovery.

My yard is infested with moles or voles or whatever. Watched one dig directly into the concrete steps. They are not intelligent animals and definitely in the dark. Have some elephant ears that are so large they are called mammoth ears (no kidding, check your local Lowes). Well, if these are planted in the ground now it will be like inviting these critters to a banquet by the veranda. So the nasties must go. Anyone have any suggestions? Stan and Charlotte have the same problem and they can't find a solution either. May take 1,000 rounds of .223 ammo and spray the yard. Think this would upset my neighbor, the Chief of Police? Okay, that idea is on the back burner. BTW, I have NO qualms about killing the little suckers. Now that that's said, flame on you bunch of "animal rights" nazis! Hope to find a tiger chewing on your liver someday. 'Hell, it's just doing what comes natural!'

Anyone had a problem installing a Hewlett-Packard Photosmart 7660 printer? Creekmonkee has an AMD K6-2 550, 192 meg o ram, 80gig 7200 spin Maxtor HDD, etc. He's running Windows 2000 and things are not copasetic. It wants to blue screen after he installs the drivers from the disk. The latest update from HP may be the answer. If you have input, please comment or email.

Now it's time to begin the War of the Moles. Where is my bayonet?

"Moleshiva, bringer of wrath upon beach house flora. "
-Billy Wobblynife

Friday, March 19, 2004

Once again, Incredifind and other malware

Incredifind, aka Keenvalue or Euniverse, hangs in there irritating the hell out of everyone. How do these people stay in business? I keep seeing 'low harm potential' ratings from different spyware/adware removal sites, but email keeps pouring in about how this dungware has hijacked PCs and drastic measures are needed to restore cyberharmony. Sometimes formatting is the only answer. Been there and done that. The client was not backing up and very disappointed. Why, oh why, do people not back up their precious data?

Here is the Spychecker search engine:

Search Spyware-Guide.com

If you want to see the various nefarious jerks that are spying on you click on 'complete listings' after getting search results. This will list the cretins known to Spychecker in alphabetical order. They don't have the perfect solution, but this service is free (the search engine is free, their software is shareware) and has helped folks find a way to rid their systems of these horrible plagues.

Be sure and check out the links for Ad-aware and Spybot Search & Destroy. If you have problems with the installation of these programs you can email me and I will do my best to help. Laundry Witch did just that today. Spybot S & D is not only installed now, but immunizing her PC as well. Red Green says, "We're all in this together." True.

Speaking of plagues, if you are a John Kerry supporter please try prayer or at least return to your physician and see about a change in meds. Or how about this? Check out his history as a politician. See how he has voted down through the years. Remember that he hails from the same state where certain politicals can drive off bridges and kill people then receive, basically, a hand slap. Ann Coulter has an interesting article about his "international" support. Please research before waving your smarmy liberal flag. It might help you do the right thing.

"Error is to be pitied and pardoned: it is the weakness of human nature. But vice is a foul blemish, not pardonable in any character."
-Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Techno prayer with background music

Matchbox 20's 3am song is becoming a way of life. Two machines that are being worked on have been "blessed" with a spoiled child hissy fit that my telco cable modem started throwing yesterday. Please God, help me understand that I am not a patient man and guide me to that most evasive and mysterious place called serenity . Or have someone send valium. Amen. Finally, at 3:15am, I am up and have connectivity. I just know the powers at VistaIIIMedia will make the beach house one of their first stops when doing the two-way rebuild in this area. They are such nice people. And I am glad to have had some form of broadband before anyone else in this area. Wow, I've prayed AND counted blessings. Internet, it does a spirit good! Keep leading the choir brother Rob Thomas! Ima' feelin' better! (be sure and listen to the songbyte under Multimedia if you visit the MB20 site - it's awesome!)

In the words of the godfather of soul James Brown, "Good God, y'all!"

"Out of respect for things that I was never destined to do, I have learned that my strengths are a result of my weaknesses, my success is due to my failures and my style is directly related to my limitations."
-Billy Joel

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

'What's your favorite color?' Green dude, green.

Happy Saint Patty's to all! Back at work a day early. Be sure and check out Google. Their header is festive.

Irish Stuff is the site of a second generation Irish American. Lotta' links here and they are diversified. Grab your corned beef and Petersen pipe then browse.

For things concerning this holiday try St-Patricks-Day. Here we have history, Gaelic games, recipes, etc.

Everyone have a pleasant Irish celebration!

"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry."
-William Butler Yeats

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Other Operating Systems and Modem USB Ports

Interesting posts over at Southernphried. Mudslingr has a modem (think internal) with a USB port on it...what's up with that? Modem maker decide to be helpful and just throw in an extra USB connection? Anyone know?

Grasshoppa (another great Southernphriedite) has sucessfully installed Linux SuSe and likes it a lot. We talked about Fedora the other night and want to see it. You can find more info at LINUXISO. Knoppix is also available here. It is CD-bootable and does not need to be installed on the hard drive to run.

Speaking of operating systems that don't need to be installed on the hard drive to run, have you seen Menuet? This actually fits on a floppy and runs from a floppy! It is written in assembly language and has many neat features. Quick, easy download and it's free. Really nice looking interface.

Must mention FreeBSD. This is a very popular alternative OS that is utilized by many websites. This is a true UNIX flavor and uses many applications found in open source software.

Everyone have a terrific Tuesday.

"Cyberspace: A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation."
-William Gibson

Monday, March 15, 2004

I could eat a dozen chocolate covered doughnuts right now!

Probably short entries for the next few days. Trying to catch up on some badly needed rest, incorporate a more healthy way of eating and start exercising. No longer desires. . .but desires that have become necessities. I must become an efficient machine again.

"How long does getting thin take?"
Winnie the Pooh, from the book Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Sunday, March 14, 2004

A time to rest

Amazing what a weekend away will do for one's blood pressure. Had a tremendous time resting and catching up with old friends. Now it's back to the doctor and possibly some needed and deserved rest. I still have a week's vacation left over from last year. Time to use a few days. Stress level will go down by just accomplishing a few things that have been put off for months. This going to work, sleeping, going to work, sleeping makes Dock a dull boy.

Everyone stay active and happy!

"Gladness of heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days."

Saturday, March 13, 2004

Saturday mornin' stuff

GOOGLE ALERT: Did you know that you can go to Google and type in define followed by a word of your choice and it will give you the definition? Is that cool or what?!?! The Web Definition will be at the very top. Don't know about Google? Make sure they've stabilized your electrolytes before you get out of bed after that long coma. Google rocks!

Thank you Kim from Tupelo for the nice supportive email. Neat to know other people are watching and researching John Kerry. C'mon folks, doesn't this guy look like his last name is really Capone or Gotti?

I actually have friends that are democrats, but they lean conservative. As said before, if you are a liberal you have absolutely NO business being here reading anything. Hopefully, voters will look at the political records of both candidates and make the right decision. President Bush is not perfect, but his policy is solid.

Remember, this is NOT a forum. My opinions are exactly that. Mine. I don't care to know about your liberal whinings. Go hang out with Hilary, Bill, ACLU, RIAA, Satan, Rosie, Moe-donna and all others trying to destroy our freedom. We have enough barnyard material in here without lapsing into utterly ridiculous.

Got to check on build progress of latest media PC. BP is now 158 over 97, a really good thing. Chill and stay casual this weekend.

"A lot has been said about politics; some of it complimentary, but most of it accurate."
-Eric Idle

Friday, March 12, 2004

U no open attachments in OE? Lookee here!

Sarah emailed with a problem opening attachments in Outlook Express. Here's a possible answer:

Open Outlook Express. Go to Tools (at the very top, 2nd line 4th word over just under the page title bar) left click and open, then click on Options. In Options click on the Security tab and under virus protection unclick "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus."

Microsoft, in a big brotherly fashion of sorts, is trying to protect us. The problem is that Outlook Express seems to indentify ALL attachments as potential virii. Ahhh, what would would we do without Bill looking out for us? LOL. This question, the one about opening attachments, pops up quite a bit.

If you follow this procedure and become infected don't whine around here. Have you updated your virus definitions in your antivirus program today? No? Then do it!! Now!!!

My cable modem is possessed. It knows that I want it to leave and is fighting the exorcism. Not only has the telco upload slowed, now it disconnects at most inopportune times. I know the mighty Vista Express crew will use great diligence and relieve me of this problem when two-way becomes available (is that some techno sucking up or what?!) It'll be like Christmas in Spring at the beach house!

Have to arise early. Working on a media machine that's to be integrated into a THX home theater. It will be delivered tomorrow. Later gator, other reptiles n mammals!

"Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window."
-Steve Wozniak (interesting, coming from a co-founder of Apple)

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Wouldn't FDR be proud?

The election is heating up. John 'I spent 4 whole months in Vietnam' Kerry called the Bush administration, "a lying bunch of crooks, the worst I've ever seen." He thought his microphone was turned off. This is from a man that looks like he has just walked off the set of The Sopranos. If you want the truth, look at Kerry's voting record down through the years. It's everywhere on the internet. Since Mr. Kerry called my President a lying crook, then I'll call him what he is; a bumbling, self-centered, no show liberal asshole. Don't like it? Go find a Hilary "we are the President' Clinton fan page. No need coming back here. Kerry, you owe the world an apology. Don't tread on the President of the United States of America.

Now I must go take my new high blood pressure medicine. Have a happy and productive Thursday.

"If pride of character be of worth at any time, it is when it disarms the efforts of malice."
-Thomas Jefferson (one of my favorite quotes!)

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

A bit worried

Malignant hypertension, "a particularly severe form of high blood pressure, is a hypertensive emergency. Blood pressure is at least 210/120 mm Hg. It occurs in only about 1 of 200 people who have high blood pressure. However, it is several times more common among blacks than among whites, among men than among women, and among people in lower socioeconomic groups than among those in higher socioeconomic groups. Unlike a hypertensive urgency, malignant hypertension may produce a variety of severe symptoms. If untreated, malignant hypertension usually leads to death in 3 to 6 months."

If you had such a problem and read the above paragraph, would you be concerned? I am. Mine was exactly 210 over 120 two days ago. I am now taking medication to correct this problem. It's my own fault. I should have been to the doctor before now. Making appointments and then cancelling is a thing of the past. Damn somebody else's petty reasons for not going, my life is in jeopardy. I am regrouping, rethinking, realigning, reacting. Let me tell you brothers and sisters in the words of Little Feat - "ain't had enough fun."

"Try to find your deepest issue in every confusion, and abide by that."
-D. H. Lawrence, Selected Essays

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

My shortest post

High blood pressure is running amok. Bear with me for a few days.

853 is the number of The Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams: A play and an old black and white movie with a slim, young Marlon Brando screaming 'Stella, Stella'.

"Anyone can face a crisis, it's the day to day living that will kill you."

Monday, March 08, 2004

Doin' the defense shuffle (and some whining)

If you are using a telco modem that uploads at slower than 24k forget downloading the service pack 4 windows update for windows 2000. It won't work. I've tried this several times and usually end up unhooking the PC and taking it somewhere that has DSL or COMCAST. Then it will update like a charm. Sitting here at 4:30am on purpose because I think traffic will be minimal and watching this thing sign on at anywhere from 16.8 to 21.6 after numerous attempts is frustrating. No use complaining really. I've put my faith in my internet service provider so I'll make an effort to stop whining about it. C'mon two-way!

Chris, from Memphis, sent an email inquiring about Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D. He wants to know, "Why both?" While it's true that Ad-Aware does pick up most all spyware/adware/dungware Spybot S&D does something that strikes me as really important. It lets me know how many times resident applications present a call to upload to the internet. Watch the results of a scan and it may amaze you at all the different things wanting to 'report in'. Microsoft has a number of applications that constantly want to talk to something over the internet as do others. Hey, I don't care what Mr. Gates knows about me, but damn it all, ask my permission!! The XP machine goes really nuts reporting in. Can we say authentication code jitters? Wish Bill Gates had never met Darth Jobs!

I constantly monitor outgoing with ZoneAlarm, the free version. It takes a while to train this program and some people become frustrated with it. Believe me, bear with it and learn to use it. It's a good defense. The Addams Family would be proud of this paragraph.

Well Monday started early. Frustration has the stress level up so I can save money on coffee this morning, LOL. Patience is truly a virtue. Does anyone know the significance of the number 853? It has to do with a writer born in Columbus, Mississippi. Let me know...

"Evil begets evil. Shooting it only makes it stronger."
-Father Cornelius, The Fifth Element

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Rude n crude stuff that needs attention

Here's the map of those states fighting to tax you online. The coon asses and bamites are neighbors that are being confronted with this issue. Mississippi is not part of it and our neighbor to the north, Tennessee, is in the clear as well. Why do we have to contend with such drivel?

Just like the damnable people at the RIAA Temple of Doom. I really thought we stomped out goosestepping in World War II. Everyday seems to bring some new malady that seizes our rights online. As Netizens we must become aggressive and eliminate the bullies and mafiosos. The RIAA is nothing more than a pack of thugs raping the music industry and the public. They are fighting for existence to continue their extortion practices. They are taking away your freedom and you sit doing nothing! A pox and plague on all of them. Go to
These are important issues. Before long you will be watched by Big Brother ALL the time. Do away with these horrible people. Put a stop to it! Contact your congressmen. Express yourself!

Today's youth should learn manners. Being hateful is just stupid. Recently I had a young female confront me about something asinine. She was out of place and clueless. She's from way way north of Corinth has no manners and probably no scruples as well. I decided to be passive and not call her a dumbass gutter slut. Besides, I've never had much success arguing with a banshee or a shrew. She's in her own world and hasn't even offered an apology. If I am impolite to someone then I apologize and genuinely seek forgiveness. This person has no character and will suffer her rash, hateful ways eventually. Not my place to worry with her, God will take care of it. There, that's off my mind.

"I pity the illmannered fool that gets in my face!"
-Mr. T, The A-Team

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Important FREE links and weather ramblings

AVG Anti-virus, Spybot Search & Destroy, and Ad-Aware are important and FREE. They are permanently listed in the links column, but you can click on the words in this paragraph and be directed to the appropriate site. Setting up these programs for maximum protection may be tricky and I will gladly answer any email or comments. Nice thing is that after the initial setup they only have to be updated and run to do their job. If you like these utilities and can afford it, upgrade and donate!

VistaIIIMedia has changed their web site and it is much, much, much better! Anyone in the immediate area should consider their cable service and internet service. Saltillo residents are only a few weeks away from being two way concerning cablemodem. In the past I've been disgusted with upload speed, but these folks are making a good effort and very helpful with problems. They respond very quickly if you are having issues. Besides, they are polite and that's rare. A link is posted.

Stormed across Saltillo last night. We had all kind of warnings, tornado, flood, flash flood, thunderstorms. The neighborhood gravitates towards the stormhouse during such periods and I purposely leave the door unlocked. Am sure the insurance agent and lawyer would disapprove, but if it grants my neighbors solace then far be it from me to deny such. I go in it every few months to check the cleanliness, but don't bother during inclimate weather. Don't get me wrong if I see a tornado coming my butt will make a dive for it. Storms don't bother me that much. Just a 'rider'.

Should be a great day; clear, temps in high 60s (that's F no clue as to C) and humidity low and steady. After the massive rain during the night the ground will be soaked, but still a great day to bask in the sun. Only have to work outside of the shop for about 4 or 5 hours this weekend. It will be muddy, a new home construction site. Used to be fun when others didn't work 7 days a week, but now we all seem to bang into each other. At least I have the supplementary income.

Everyone have a good weekend. Get outside if possible. Catch some rays.

"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet."
-Roger Miller

Friday, March 05, 2004

Please pay attention to the second paragraph

Can't wait for the internet connection to become two way. This telco modem is the pits. VistaIIIMedia delivers a beautiful picture and is very responsive to any calls. I've discussed the problem with them and must exercise patience. I hope they tell me to throw this thing away when changing out. I will take it out and .223 it to its deserved death.

AVG, Ad-Aware, Spysweeper, Spybot Search & Destroy all have updates available. If you are not updating on a daily basis then you are placing your personal confuser in jeopardy. Symantec (Norton's), Sophos, Trend Mirco (P-cillin) and the rest have updates too. Using McAfee? May the Good Lord help you find knowledge. It still amazes me at the number of people that don't do Windows Updates, or use spyware protection. Tell you what, just leave that garbage on there. Your machine will slow to a crawl because of all the popups and resident evil. Spam will run amok. If you are not running antivirus protection and updating on a regular basis please leave and don't come back. Get yo' head outta there and use it! Update! Update!

"To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil."
-Pearl Bailey, Talking to Myself

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Sleepless in Saltillo and old Incredifind news

It's 1:30am and I just finished a post here only to be dropped by my damned telco cable modem. It's gone; into cyberspace never to return. Well, it's late and I am not going to post all those links again. Must pray for patience because I just know the VistaIIIMedia folks are good people and will get us asynchronous soon.

If you will check the archives, last week in February, 2004, several posts are about removing Incredifind. There's even a search engine that's related to spyware in one entry. I understand that the manual removal can be difficult, but I didn't put this garbage on your machine. To the well mannered folks that email and say thanks let me just say that I am glad to help. Seems someone would use the comments.

Back to bed. Have a tremendous Thursday.

"Now we know ... It's Bush vs. Kerry. Please remember the rules of this campaign. You can criticize Bush because he only served in the National Guard. You cannot criticize Kerry because he served four months in Vietnam. OK ... Let's get it on!"
-Neal Boortz

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

The patio table umbrella is unfurled!

Not a lot of news to post. Just changing some things. I put comments on the page so everyone can instantly respond. Want to know if these colors are better, etc. The header is more reflective of the beach house spirit; laid back, kick your shoes off, have a refreshing beverage, cook some animal on the grill, listen to music, sleep in the hammock and at night, look at the stars. Click on comments fill in the name block and tell me what you think.

"One particular harbor, sheltered from the storm..."
-Jimmy Buffett

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Glance up at the Title!

Trying to use a really kewl title header that Chyna Moon put together for me. The page will change over the next few days, so please bear with me. Trying to make things mo' casual. If you want to see really good work, visit her page. Link is posted.

"Laughter can be heard farther than weeping."
-Jason Kuller's Mother, Mildred

Monday, March 01, 2004

One ring to rule them all. . .

Eleven. A clean sweep. Tied the all time record with Titanic and Ben Hur. Lord of the Rings III aka The Return of the King rocked the house last night at the Academy Awards ceremony. About time. The scope of this project is absolutely awesome. Peter Jackson's attention to detail and love of this book have produced a true masterpiece. And the most phenomenal thing about all this? These movies are based on a book (or books, take your pick) about friendship. I find that uplifting.

Nice easy evening, napping and watching the TV broadcast. Wish Johnny Depp would have beat Sean Gooberhead Penn. As a matter of fact this was the only major acting award that was different from the SAG awards. Bed was calling and almost gave in, but glad that I saw LOTR, ROTK win best motion picture.

It's a new month, new week, new day. Everyone have a better than expected Monday.

"There never was much hope, only a fool's hope."