Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Monday, May 31, 2004

Recover lost post? Not gonna' happen!

Well, I just wrote a very long entry about this being my 400th post. It has disappeared into cyberspace. Yack, Arghhh! $#@8%!!?!? I just wasted an hour in composition and was publishing when this happened. Must start saving everything as a draft.

Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day! Remember our brothers in arms that have fallen in battle.

Clarence: "Remember George, No man is a failure who has friends."
from the movie, It's a Wonderful Life

Sunday, May 30, 2004

And now a few words about Comcast simians

Okay, I realize some folks had plans, but to those that missed the LAN Party last night let me tell you, it was a fun evening. We ate, played, ate, talked, ate, and the rain stayed away until almost 11:00PM. Nice easy evening and everyone seemed to enjoy a leisurely, peaceful night at the Beach House. And there are ribs left to munch on!

G4techTV is a disaster. If I wanted to watch shows slanted for the 12 year old age group, Nickelodeon and Disney have been around for years. I think they dress and change the make up of the same two dull dudes for about 50 different programs and all 50 of them are about watching said dudes play games and say weird left coast expressions. Thank goodness they kept X-Play. At least Morgan and Adam are a different approach.

Friday night found Patrick Norton, Roger Chang and Cat Schwartz on The Screensavers. Where are Kevin, Sarah, Yoshi, Joshua and Foo? Patrick is really good, Roger is pretty good and Cat just outright sucks. She's so busy trying to act cutesie and I am sorry, you just ain't got it girl. The best move TechTV made about The Screensavers was ditching Leo Laporte (my age group) and letting Kevin Rose (mid 20s?) co-host with Patrick. We saw an upswing in information about Windows, Linux and FreeBSD. Leo, only 3% of computer users go to the orchard. Dude, I like your style for the most part. Please quit offending the vast majority of the American public with all the applecrapple.

Anyway, Comcast management mucksters are probably a bunch of low IQ monkeys sitting around a table flipping coins. They really hit the odds this time. I bet the board room smells like bad ape hygiene. C'mon you clowns, do you think anyone really watches the Thunderbirds? Or Robot Wars? Or ANY of those other lame G4 programs? Right, maybe those 12 and under.

"Golden, Ripe, Boneless Bananas, 1024 Cents A Pound."
-overheard in a Comcast board meeting

Saturday, May 29, 2004

LAN party approacheth

Sorry about not posting yesterday. Came in, moved some stuff, back went out and so did I after taking flexiril. Overslept so must get busy with things needing done before LAN party festivities. It'll be kicking off 5 or after this evening. The weather may hold out; we'll see. There's a call out for desserts. Later my fellow geeklings!

"The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want."
-Ben Stein

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Download music direct!!!

Almost didn't publish this link --> Motley Fool. It's a good article about the scum at the RIAA and their persecution of music fans in America. But the popups and demand for registration to read Motley Fool are very annoying. Believe me, you'll never see that tripe in here. I am just glad that people keep reading.

Yes, the Nazis at the RIAA are at it again. How long are you people going to stand by and let this bunch of woosies persecute you? They only want to keep prices up and musicians down so they can exist! Write your favorite artists and tell them you want to download directly from them! And quit buying CDs!!!!!!!!!!! Is the consuming public really this stupid? I AM NOT advocating piracy. I am advocating that the RIAA needs to cease function forever. If you download music from the artist direct you will pay less money and the artist will gain a greater share of the profit that was inspired by their creations. Every time you download from Apple, Wal-mart, etc. you are paying for the RIAA to persecute someone. Everytime you buy a CD money goes in the RIAA coffer and is therefore, used to run rampant on citizens. To hell with the RIAA. That's where their "worshipped one" is anyway. Evil I tell ya', evil!

Must go prepare for the LAN Party this weekend. More on that tomorrow or go to SouthernPhried.

"When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Memorial Day cometh

Can't wait until this weekend. Actually taking off and going to enjoy being at the Beach House a few days. We are going to LAN Party Saturday and cook some type o' beast on the grill. The weather is forecast as sunny/hot. Still working on some PCs that I hope to return before Friday.

Everyone have a casual Wednesday.

"I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed."
- George Carlin

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Ogres - good and bad

Shrek 2 has the highest all time opening box office for the first 5 days according to Ireland OnLine. I've talked to several people and all but one person said it's more fun than the first ogre/donkey fest. Even the one dissenter said both movies are equal. Good stuff.

G4techTV still hasn't updated their website. It looks horrible. Try not to hate others, but Brian Roberts, head buffoon of Comcast, is making this extremely hard for me. We had the greatest TV channel ever, well balanced, informative, entertaining and they have ruined it. The shows from G4 are really bad. Really bad. Really really bad. No wonder the ratings were poor. If torture put you to sleep I'd be comatose after watching this barnyard material. Let's hope ZDNet or someone develops a stiff dose of competition.

Becky, from VistaIIIMedia, called and said the cable 2way project is upon us in the Saltillo area. Hey, can I help in any way? Gosh, excited that this is happening. See? They called and let me know. Nice bunch of folks!! Brian Roberts of Comcast should take lessons.

Back to the bench. Do something nice today. Pay someone a compliment and mean it.

"Have a better than expected day."
-Ed Coffin (Grand Prarie ,TX, philosopher)

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Summertime, and the chicken is greasy

It's early, the sun is rising and the weather's hot in the Deep South. Time for air conditioning. At least the sun will be shining today as I work on two projects in the field. Making some head way with the PCs on my bench and mowed the yard yesterday. Didn't want anyone disappearing because the Beach House lawn was a reflection of the Serengeti Plain and decided it was time to drive off those animals that were lurking in the high grasses. There's still that evil smelly thing that is prowling in the back of the garage. Think it could be a disgruntled AOL person?

Don't you look forward to Memorial Day? Being a Parrothead, this holiday actually kicks off grilling season officially and I am ready this year. Have a kewl fridge on the patio and the grills are primed (Chris and Tina - the new grill rocks! TYTYTY). Scouring the net for recipes and looking for an easy weekend of catching up ongoing projects around here. Only one PC will sleep over during this holiday weekend. I need a break and am taking it. Great reflection time for this Vietnam Veteran. Peace out...

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."
-John Wayne

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Summer box office delights

There are some awesome movies playing the theaters this weekend.

Beagle and Mudslingr highly recommend Van Helsing. Not a avid fan of the horror genre (hate those slasher/elm street flicks), I do like an occasional vampire movie. I've known several. And the thought of an 'Indiana Jones type' doing battle with the Count, Wolfman and Frankenstein's monster is appealing. The special effects are supposed to be stunning.

Being an avid fan of things mythological, most especially the Trojan War, Troy has some appeal. The reviews say it's not very accurate, but hey, this is mythology (it's not real). Brad Pitt as Achilles? How does that work?

Then there's Shrek 2. I like this movie and haven't even seen it. Who can resist the charm and delight of 2 ogres and a donkey trading insults and quips. If you don't find this just plain fun please pray for a sense of humor. It's getting rave reviews except for the normal horses' butts that basically hate everything that is truly entertaining. Beagle, Mudslingr and Maddiecakes are going to call after they see the matinee today. Wish I could take off and go with them, but work calls.

It is beautiful today. Just a little hot, but this evening should be perfect! Love the fact that I have to spend time in the sunshine today. Everyone have a great Saturday. Go see a great movie!! And if you have, please leave a comment about it.

"Dreams are the touchstones of our character."
-Henry David Thoreau

Friday, May 21, 2004

Enjoy every sandwich...

It's Friday. That means only 2 more days to work this week. Been a while since I've had a day off. There's 3 PCs sitting around my bench that HAVE to be finished this weekend. Ashby Rhett Culpepper III, was good enough to come by weeks ago and help me fight a FreeBSD install and get a machine running. It needs to be on my network instead of sitting in the dining room floor. My yard sorely needs attention. Hasn't been mowed in weeks. I repaired 4 PCs last weekend and have worked every night this week. Also, there's two home theater jobs that need immediate attention this weekend as well. My carpet HAS to be cleaned, the floors need mopping, etc. And the garage? Well, that evil smelly thing that I thought ran away is back. Please, please don't bring me stuff to do, especially if it's a charity case. Just too busy to take on any new projects. Thomas Electronics and Red Magnet have super technicians. They also charge a fair price for their work. On top of all this I've started another new medication this week that should require mandatory vacation for a few days. Wish I had enough time and money to fix every PC for free. I don't. Also, the next person that calls and asks 'why are you not answering the phone', expect me to hang up.

Now I must go take medicine and head to the day job. Everyone enjoy your weekend off.

"Time is the fire in which we burn."
-Gene Roddenberry

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

VistaIIIMedia rocks and a great quote!

Recently received an email from Mark Hooper, VP of Marketing and Programming at VistaIIIMedia, explaining that TechTV will remain at its current slot in their channel line up. Whew! Glad we will still have some form of The Screensavers. VistaIIIMedia also plans to be finished with the Saltillo area rebuild in mid July. Just remember, there are many factors that surround such an enormous project so don't be too disappointed if they run late. Be patient. It'll be worth it. Just can't say enough good about these folks. Just because of their great manners I'll wait it out if delays happen. Carol, Becky, Mark and everyone else - hats off to you all! There's a new banner for them below the links list.

On a related subject; Robin emailed and asked if the cable company dropped me Sunday. I failed to mention that I was on a dial up modem and that was what dropped - NOT VistaIIIMedia. Sorry, my bad. But always good to hear from my fellow geek in New Hampshire! She actually lives in Nottingham! Get it? Robin? Nottingham? LOL. Anyway, keep those cards n letters comin'.

Grasshoppa over at SouthernPhried did a great post yesterday that everyone needs to read. Links are posted for VistaIIIMedia and SouthernPhried. Take a look. Both are great sites.

"A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

PeoplePC? Not at the Beach House

Up early working on a Dell PC that came in running Windows XP with 128 megs of DDR RAM. Does this give you a clue as to why I don't like Dell? Hey, we improved it adding 256 megs and it's a different machine. Of course every piece of spyware known to man, several nasty virii, and some weird apps running in the background made this machine splash over into virtual memory even at the initial screen. No updates had been done, critical or otherwise. To be fair, this computer resides in an extremely rural area and the connect speed is about as bad as it gets.

One thing I've found out in dealing with this unit is that PeoplePC has about as much respect as AOL in geekdom. Several boards I use had members spitting fire when I mentioned PeoplePC. It is a very crude interface. It immediately jumps on the browser like AOL and I haven't found a way to remove the annoying toolbar, yet. Don't try renaming the bartshel.exe file; it doesn't work anymore. I don't work on AOL machines and think that PeoplePC may get the same treatment. Folks, don't fall pray to the mumbojumbo of these grifters - use your local ISPs. Your connection speed is dominated by the condition of your phone lines and not some voodoo speed up thangy offered by these liars. Even better, get broadband cable or DSL. Save headache time.

Have to make a journey to the doctor in a few hours. And I need my ugly sleep. Update my fellow geeklings and have a most casual day.

"AOL is like the cockroach left after the nuclear bomb hits. They know how to survive."
-Jan Horsfall, VP of marketing for Lycos

Monday, May 17, 2004

A very important word

The most important word concerning PCs is UPDATE! When you check your Windows Critical Updates (and you do, don't you?) there's that word that denotes an extreme sense of urgency; the one spelled C-r-i-t-i-c-a-l! Don't at random select these, DO ALL OF THEM!!! I don't care if you ever use Windows Media Player 9 in the regular windows updates, but use your noggin' and get all the WINDOWS CRITICAL UPDATES installed on your machine. Have no idea what I am talking about? Then I hope you saved your boxes because you need to ship it back to the place of purchase and give up using this wonderful, useful tool. Sheesh! How thick does a person's head have to be to completely ignore such an important procedure that is basically painless. Can we say Neanderthal? Feelings hurt? Then get busy and correct a truly foolish mistake. Or keep paying me and my brothers in arms to correct errors of gross stupidity.

Please, please remember that an anti-virus scan is only as good as the last virus definition UPDATE. If you don't UPDATE your anti-virus definitions you are playing with fire. And do the same for your spyware/adware prevention. I am here to testify that AVG and Ad-Aware have updates on an almost daily basis. Just remember if you are sitting in front of a machine that has gaping holes due to your slackass attitude concerning Windows Critical Updates, you might not reap the full benefit of a great anti-virus program like AVG. Hey, There's no love lost between me and the script kiddies writing this trash and the bizzness moguls over at eUniverse and Gator/Claria/Gain/CME/or whatever they are named today. They should be rounded up, gut shot then left to die. Have trouble abiding jerks and believe me, I have experience.

Everyone have a wonderful updating evening. Rock on my fellow nerdlings.

"If you're going through hell, keep going."
-Winston Churchill

Sunday, May 16, 2004

The first post today was much longer and more detailed

This is the second post today. I had published the first one and the internet connection dropped and there wasn't time to save as a draft. It's been yard work all afternoon and made my weekly trip to Lowes to lust over the Makita stuff and neat patio furniture. Hope everyone has a great Sunday.

"Smart people underestimate the enemy."
-Kevin Mitnick

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Pizza and NASCAR

Wow! Saltillo has a new Pizza Palace called Armond's. They build subs and pizzas that are awesome. They opened yesterday and we ordered two 12" with everything on 'em and they were $8.99 a pie!! Delivery was very prompt, they were polite and some of the best pizza I've eaten. And you can look at me and tell I am a pizza fanatic! Kudos and props to Chuck and the gang for a badly needed service in our small town. Their phone is 662-869-3464. Try it, you'll like it.

Worked on Stan and Charlotte's awesome Sony Vaio Desktop earlier and am finishing up an uber laptop for a friend, Bruce Parker. It's a Toshiba with the 16X9 screen and hyperthreading. Rock and roll! Well, got to go and watch NASCAR; this stuff is addictive. Just learning about it and it's fun to watch. Everyone have a Super Saturday!

"What wins on Sunday - Sells on Monday."

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Douglas Adams and Dire Straits

May 11, 2004, was the third anniversary of Douglas Adams untimely death. He wrote The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series and several other interesting and entertaining books. Hitchhikers is finally being made into a movie. The website is H2G2. They just put it up today, but looks like it will be fun to watch as they finish the movie.

Adams had a really neat sense of humor and died of a heart attack at age 49. Here's a site that has a good biography --> DouglasAdams.com. The Hitchhikers Trilogy (there's actually 5 books, LOL) is required reading for the sho' nuff uber geeks. BBC did a series back some years ago that ran on PBS in the States. It was fun, but the movie should be awesome with all the improvements in special effects. Interesting note; Douglas was a fan of Dire Straits and was said to have written most of these books with their music playing in the background. This cat had good taste in music!

Hi Ho Hi Ho, off to an extremely long day of work. It will end very late. Everyone have a better than expected day.

"Hey look at that yoyo, that's the way you do it"
-Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits, Money for Nothing)

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Cable, internet and a thing that goes bump in a hard drive

The launch of the new combo television channel TechTV-G4 will happen on May 28, 2004. I've emailed my friends at VistaIIIMedia and asked if they will carry it. Hope they do. I did notice that Dish and DirecTV are on the list of SMATVs that will carry it.

There's a dark cloud around this COMCAST/TechTV merger. Just a general bad feeling when a company buys its competition because the competition has a far better product and then absorbs it into a lesser product. What little I've seen of G4 brings to mind a stilted, amateurish attempt to produce a cable access kiddie show. Not very professional and definitely not geek fodder. Most likely this will end up terrible. Sorry to be negative, but sometimes we just don't get our way.

Here's COMCAST; a company that I used to brag about because they provided super service to their customers. Yes, I have been prejudice because their first cable system was in Tupelo, Mississippi. Then they close down the Tupelo office and move the service to what appears to be a floating service center in Alabama. Man, they promoted Dish and DirecTV for several months by way of the hateful attitude customer service reps had towards the subscribers in Tupelo. It was so bad the city fathers in Tupelo told them at contract renewal time to straighten up, get somebody here to do the job, or get the hell out of town. Props for a great move by the city government. Now, my dilemna is the few employees of COMCAST left here during the purge are really nice people and are extremely efficient at their jobs. I consider many my friends. What Brian Roberts should do is get his head out of that place where the sun doesn't shine and realize that his subscribers pay his bills. PAY ATTENTION to the customer! Quit persecuting my friends that subscribe to your service and my friends that provide your service!

Then you have VistaIIIMedia. Nice folks. Always pleasant and informative. If they can't answer a question they find someone that can. They seem to smile while they are on the phone and are personable at the Booneville office. I've emailed Mark in Oxford several times inquiring about different things pertaining to broadband and he always replies in a prompt courteous way. They are headed my way with two way internet and I have stuck with them because they provide good service and are polite. It bothers me that a lot of their subscriber areas are surrounded by COMCAST. Please VistaIIIMedia, don't give in and let them buy you out.

Hamboni is sulking in the hard drive. He expected a warmer reception. Comment!! Tell us how you feel!

In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. Therefore:
In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties. Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.

-- The Peter Principle

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Hamboni Speaks

Salutations and greetings to all those on the terra plane of life. I am the genie Hamboni that lives in an old Seagate huge height SCSI (pronounced scuzzy) hard drive being used as a doorstop at the Saltillo Beach House. My master has asked that I share with all you earthbound dwellers some predictions gathered while delving into the future of this planet.

1. In the near future a lost tribe of cannibals residing in Arkansas will attack a promo tour bus of Apple high muckity mucks that has stopped on the side of the road to admire an orchard. Steve Jobs will be devoured just outside Black Oak, Arkansas, as onlookers play Spider Solitaire on their Windows XP laptops. They (the cannibals) will be rendered harmless due to indigestion. After capture they will be released and awarded medals for their good work in cleaning up roadside trash.

2. In the near future a mad terrorist from a little known Arab country named Iroot will crash a DC3 stolen from the Confederate Air Force into Brian Roberts swimming pool during a pool party for the high mucksters at COMCAST. Brian's last words before he jumps into the pool will be, "last one in the pool is a TechTV lover!" All will be lost.

3. In the near future hackers worldwide will unite and shut down all COMCAST web sites and power grids forcing all their subscribers to switch to satellite. Charlie Ergan will be elected President immediately thereafter running as a Frisbeeite. He will dissolve Congress and replace it with a weekly meeting teleconferenced from the White House called Charlie Chat.

4. In the near future mysterious forces will arise out of the south that will topple all members of the RIAA, ACLU and various entities residing in Hollywood. The forces will be named "Decency" and "Moral Dignity" and their main goal will be to stop Nazism forever. Mr. Susan Sarandon will cry like a sissy boy as they lead him to the guillotine.

5. In the near future Dock will stop celebrating birthdays and quietly pass May the 10th as just another day.

The magnificent Hamboni speaks. The magnificent Hamboni rests. Salaam ben dover and joys of parting with all terrestrials. I return to my Seagate huge height SCSI hard drive...

"Don't rub that doorstop!"
-Billy Wobblynife

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Google honors Mother's Day

Be sure and check out Google's title bar today. There's a pink rose in it in honor of Mother's Day. Had planned on road tripping to Mom's house this morning, but flexiril has me in a purple haze and a 3 hour journey one way probably won't help.

They've caught two "authors" of virus infections. Both were apprehended in Germany. ArsTechnica has more on the story about the criminals that created the sasser and phatbot worms that have plagued the computer industry. Two things stand out as being really sad about this story. They are both young; 18 and 21. The maximum penalty for such offense in Germany is 5 years; it should be much more and mandatory.

It seems that Michael Moore's controversial film Farenheit 911 has been ditched by Disney. The Washington Dispatch has the article. Moore is another village idiot that needs to move to Mars or Pluto. Seems he's been outed as a money grubbing liberal. Is that redundant?

Everyone have a great Mother's Day. Peace out.

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."
-Honore de Balzac

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Brian Roberts of COMCAST is a pimple on the butt of humanity!

You know, it's impossible to let this COMCAST-TechTV fiasco go. I feel like I've had to stand to the side and watch big business outright murder a good friend. Geeks everywhere should unite and do something about this un-American act of the media business bully. So sad to see the most informative TV channel in history killed because COMCAST felt it a threat to their wimpy G4 channel. Anyone that has COMCAST cable please consider satellite!! Better picture, better channel line up, nicer people and not in league will Satan. Call and cut them off!!! Better yet, don't cut them off, just don't pay the bill until they return TechTV to its rightful place among the air waves!

As is often found with nefarious sites, COMCAST's website has no true email addy. It bounces around and I am desparately trying to find some way to email Brain Roberts and call him the lowdown dirty snake's belly parasite that he is...what a creep! When I do find an addy it WILL be published here and I encourage everyone to stand up and protest! We don't have to take this load of barnyard material. My wrath towards the RIAA, ACLU, Satan. etc. is mild compared to my current mood concerning this affront to knowledge seeking people across the world.

Ok, I need to go do yardwork and vent some of this anger. Everyone have a wonderful weekend except Brian Roberts - a pox on you, you minion of Lucifer!

"Long is the way
and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light."

Book II, lines 432-433
-John Milton
Paradise Lost

Friday, May 07, 2004

Spyware and COMCAST Jerks

Wired has an excellent article about spyware. They agree that it is the worst problem we face today when using our 'personal confusers'. This is excellent reporting from a really great source. Check it out.

Well it's official. COMCAST is the biggest asshole in the media business. They have fired 100% of the staff at TechTV. I have enjoyed this channel more than anything that's ever been on TV. Even Star Trek. Such a great well of information and the jerks at COMCAST have ended possibly the most informative channel ever to air. Brian Roberts (head asshole at COMCAST), please show up at the beach house so I can personally kick your sorry yankee butt! The Laporte Report has more info.

Doom on COMCAST!
-Billy Wobblynife

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

New email addy and virus update

Please everyone using the old cybersouth@mail.com address note that the new email addy is cybersouth@gmail.com. Yes, I am beta testing for google mail and have decided that most any service is better than mail.com. They are idiots. Slowed down my account and started popups since I decided not to pay for the account. Let's see, 'take away conveniences, treat our clients like bull doodoo and they will want to pay.' Yeh right, mail.com. Gosh that makes us all want to rush out and send money to you. I hope your venture falls flat on its face. Jerks!

Sasser is still with us. Having a copy of Microsoft's 835732 critical update and their latest 'fix' on my jump drive makes this easier. Don't you wish you'd tuned in to Windows Update on April 13, 2004? You could have downloaded this and not had to deal with the sasser problem. Oh well, maybe from now on you will do Windows Critical Updates. Ya think? Probably not...

"In all large corporations, there is a pervasive fear that someone, somewhere is having fun with a computer on company time. Networks help alleviate that fear."
-John C. Dvorak (love this quote!)

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Sasser virus really sucks, as do the originators of this trash

Creators of virus infections should be gutted while alive and hung upside down to die slowly. Sasser virus has infected (at last count) over 1 million PCs (edited 5/5/4 -18 million is the projected possibility of infections). Then some jerk comes along and sends emails disguised as a "sasser virus fix" that are infected with the Netsky virus. Satan truly exists and these people are his lowest scumbag minions. It's just not fair for hard working people to have to endure this barnyard material. Time is so precious and mine has been spent cleaning up this malarky the past two days.

If you have been doing Microsoft Critical Updates properly then you will not be infected. Geez! How many times have I mentioned how important these updates are to the health of your machine? Not enough? Some folks are just natural born rocket scientists and know more than anyone about anything. They are probably infected with sasser.

To read about this on the web do a google search for sasser. It's everywhere. There are some removal tools available and the 835732 critical update HAS to be downloaded and installed. Also, turn off system restore until you are sure the virus is removed. Then turn on a firewall. Use the free version of ZoneAlarm or the wimpy Windows firewall. There's an email address at the top of links list (SEND AN EMAIL) if you need help.

"What's puzzling you is the nature of my game."
-Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Fun, fun, fun

In spite of rainy weather the LAN party was almost too much fun. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening and the Unreal Tournament gaming was awesome. I had been playing as Darth Booger and decided that the dark side of the force was holding me back. So I changed names. Well, Obiwan Catfish didn't do any better. I was fragged continuously.

This was a needed evening of relaxation and socializing. What a good group of people! The next one will be much easier and better prepared. Really neat to be amongst that many alpha geeks and great friends. Rock on.

"Therapeutic partying is more than just fun, food and drink."

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Brief note

It's finally LAN Party day. We are gathering at the beach house to play Unreal Tournament, enjoy some Cheeseburgers in Paradise and refreshing beverages. The weather looks like it will be bad so we have changed the arrangements and moved the actual LAN inside. Please drive carefully.

"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries."
-A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh (Wow! does this quote apply!)