Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Change, a Necessity Which is Mother to Invention as Child is Father to Man...Just Read On, This Title is Wayyy Too Long

Wait! Wait!! Don't change anything before reading the rest of this post. Why, you ask? Well, nothing earthshaking. Cybersouth is about to undergo a major change. The address will change this week. The present way you have it saved will continue to work. Forwarding should be automatic and seamless. But there is a new address coming. It will be-----http://www.cybersouth.us------.

Behind the scenes changes have been in progress for several months to expand the site and make it more than a chatter soap box platform and this is a good beginning. Thank goodness the Georgia Cybersouth people didn't snatch this one up too. It is a free market though and I wish them well. Cybersouth is generic and most anyone can use it IMHO. So I'll let everyone know when the change is official and please do not worry. This should be easy.

God Bless you that use this site as a homepage. No higher tribute can be found out here on the cyber interstate. Comments are possibly the most interesting and most fun. Please keep it up. It's always good to tune in and see people care enough to message back a relevant opinion. After a rough day trying to resolve computer issues finding comments are very much like a child finding candy in the candy bowl. Y'all are the bomb! And always have been. Always will be. Thanks my friends. Let us rock on brothers and sisters with a new address and more depth in the site. Will keep you posted...

"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory."

Monday, July 30, 2007

Tune for Monday

Found this interesting video that combines two of my all time favorites, grandmaster songwriter and performer Warren Zevon and Joss Whedon's awesome TV series Firefly. The movie based on the series is Serenity. This was a short lived scifi series, 14-16 episodes, but it had a tremendous following. It's scifi, but there's wayyyy more going on here than Buck Rogers meets Darth Vader. Warren Zevon passed away last year. This man wrote tremendous music. Some of his tunes are playful and funny. Some will touch your very soul. Anyway, even if not a science fiction fan, you might like the music. Click on the play button in the center of the vid.

Once again meds are being changed. A dosage was too high and has to be gradually brought down over a short period. Nothing new really. Had to do it before on several occasions. Make this an inside Monday if possible. Hot in the Deep South today. Later.

"Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness."
~John Sterling

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mind Cooling and a Cool Site

After some discussion with a few close friends my position about Guild Wars has changed to wait and see. We all become frustrated from time to time and my reaction may have been hasty. Although every thing said last night was true when the next week is up and I can quit dealing with slow pays in the world of business my attitude may become more lax. Besides, there are projects at the beach house physical plant that need higher priority for a few days.

Tech Questions? Get Answers!

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Ask Leo!

Found this site while surfing. Nice idea and Leo seems knowledgeable. Spending some time there to see what is on everyone's mind and also learning a lot! Be sure and read his take on Vista, or not? This site has a variety of topics and you really can ask Leo questions. Nice approach. Bet his day is full.

Enjoy Sunday. Praying for rain at the beach house; maybe it'll cool things off. Later.

“Jumping to conclusions is not half as good an exercise as digging for facts.”
~Laundry Witch

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Bitchslap Saturday Night

I have played an online game periodically since December 2005. It's called Guild Wars. This was fun pastime in the beginning. It has evolved into a horrible, frustrating experience each time I try to play the final 3 missions in the newest chapter of the game (Nightfall) or do a stupid version of that God Awful Pac-Man that is necessary for accomplishing certain parts of the storyline. Why did they stick this stupid, completely unrelated solo mission smack dab in the middle of everything? The goons that wrote this part of the game are sadists.

My advice is find some other game or purchase the first two chapters and forget the last one. It continues to be filled with negative changes and the idiots at ArenaNet/NCSoft constantly negate abilities and skills needed to finish the game through weekly updates. The consistency of gameplay is filled with glitches and staggers that usually find you defeated almost immediately. You'd think they'd try to improve, but overall gameplay steadily gets worse.

And damn it all, since some folks do not have relevant comments anymore and will just write anything instead of making pertinent remarks about the post I will certainly not appreciate any comments now. If you disagree, do it quietly in your own privacy. Thank you to those that do post good comments. It further infuriates me to be so negative about something that brought joy to my life simply because the greedy owners are not taking care of business. This not a matter for discussion.

Fellow Guild members need to contact me by email or phone and possibly help set up an election for a new Guild Leader. With my present attitude, that position of leadership needs to go to someone else. This mild obsession is to be broken. No one needs this much frustration over a silly ass game.

Now for bed , some rest and a start tomorrow accomplishing things in the "real" world. Enough is enough.

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
~Bill Cosby

Friday, July 27, 2007

Does Paris Own Any of These Items?

Wonder if this works? - Sport Cap. For that person that mows the yard this might be a nice headpiece. It might also come in handy on the golf course, ball field, beach or as an emergency tool in case of air conditioning outage. People that write spyware or work for spyware companies should consider a statement in their wills making it a mandatory object to be placed in their coffins. Their potential for going to hell far exceeds that of a normal human being.

Hamster owners unite! Is this cruelty or practical? Take a look at StrangeNewProducts. Actually this would be nice in people size. I could use one. As a matter of fact there's several peeps that need such a treadmill. Can you imagine a practical weight loss solution? Any thoughts? Yes, yes a people one would be far too big for the office space. Can you imagine the conversation in the garage after owning one that's people size for 6 months? Or at the garage sale? What would the neighbors think?

Here's a nice product for the nerdlings in your life - Pocket Protectors. These are designer styles. The beach house usually shops Staples for the plain vanilla wrapper version. Cost is something like 3 for a buck. Most of these things are too short for the average pocket so putting the flap over the front is not practical. They still keep your geek tools in a nice organized package.

Sorry to disappoint those looking forward to bitchslap Friday. Just too much anger on my mind inspired by a slovenly, piggish person from yesterday and I don't need to start railing for fear a lawsuit might ensue. Nice diversion and far better than venting. Gosh, maybe this will be useful with your shopping decisions. Please remember this is written by a nerd that is saving to purchase a binary watch. It is amazing to view the mass variety of weird things for sale on the internet. Hope this helps (insert evil grin here).

“I love to go shopping. I love to freak out salespeople. They ask me if they can help me, and I say, "Have you got anything I'd like?" Then they ask me what size I need, and I say, "Extra medium."”

~Stephen Wright

Thursday, July 26, 2007

A Rockin' Company and They Speak English!!!

The replacement video card arrived yesterday. Just can't say enough about the good people at XFX. It is so nice to do business with people that understand the English language. What a great plus that they also have manners. These qualities are lacking in the retail world and especially in customer service so it is refreshing to find people that treat everyone like human beings.

If you do have to deal with someone that is reading from a script and has no concept of syntax or grammar, stop and DEMAND they find someone that is fluent in English. Hey, I don't care about race, creed or color, if you live in the USA learn the language. No damn quarter for those lazy asses that won't. I didn't spend two years in Vietnam and get my ass shot to come home and watch a bunch of jerks tear our country apart by dragging it down with a base attitude towards language.

The founding fathers decided on English for many good reasons. Listening to clients influences me to some degree and their complaints about unintelligible people answering service questions usually ends with red faces and profanity. Noticed the last two times that Dell was called, they were polite and used the language properly. Go Michael Dell. You'll soon overcome your slacking competitors that are farming important jobs out of the country.

Okay, okay, the soapbox is put away. Go visit the XFX site and buy their products. They are working much harder than other companies to provide a great product and awesome service. Hats off to them. Well done!

"Life be not so short but that there is always time for courtesy."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Potato, Potato, Potato - Coming to Town?

With the advent of Toyota coming to Tupelo you can hear all types of rumors. It is a fact that they are coming. Just take a look at the Blue Springs exit to the south and it becomes apparent. This will beef up our community's economy with Toyota employees proper and those that will find decent jobs at ancillary businesses surrounding this operation. Yes, the rumors are flying.

This is a Harley

One is of particular interest. Has anyone else heard that Harley-Davidson is coming to town? If you have any info please, please contact me. It's remarkable that this area does not have a dealership. More and more I see the HD bikes up and down the road. As the title suggests they make a lovely sound when at idle. Say it out loud. You'll understand. Anyway, someone in the know has to jump on this opportunity.

This is a Honda

The Honda house in Tupelo sells many bikes and has a healthy business. BTW, no prejudice here. Honda has given me many years of great service and pleasure. They build one fine machine and possibly the best looking scooter on the road. Can we say VTX? If you are graced and participate on the road as a biker please be safe no matter what you ride.

This is a big negative

Wednesday! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Enjoy it!

"Road sense is the offspring of courtesy and the parent of safety."
~Australian Traffic Rule

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Special Delivery

Pottermania continues. Two reports from local readers are very positive about the latest book in the JK Rowling series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. From what I understand the rains on the plains of England have flooded most of the British Isles. In a related story there's a local hero, of sorts, that's a Postman and the article is at Monsters and Critics

Time to windshield the truck and travel on down the road. Have a safe Tuesday.

"A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul."
~Franz Kafka

Monday, July 23, 2007

Wizard, a Window and Chuck Norris

The new Harry Potter book is breaking sales records in a mega way. Time has not permitted such a luxury as reading. I still want to read the Eragon books first. What amazes me about all this is the amount of friends I have that are reading the newest offering from JK Rowling. It was placed on sale just this weekend. If you've finished it, please comment with a short review! Nice to have such popular print media in my queue for enjoyment pleasure. Reading is kewl. Libraries are kewl.

It's pleasant out this morning. Looking out the window by this desk tends to lower blood pressure. There's a slight breeze with temps in the 60s, birds are everywhere, the front yard is mowed and the coffee is awesome. Just read a hilarious email from Ashby. This is a full week, but at some point I have to finish the yard and garage projects. There's a new cable on the riding mower, but we need another. All in good time. Thanks Tyroneus! Time to prepare for the road. Have a casual Monday.

27. Chuck Norris can set ants on fire with a magnifying glass. At night.
28. It takes Chuck Norris 20 minutes to watch 60 Minutes.
29. Chuck Norris is not lactose intolerant, he just refuses to put up with lactose's s**t.
30. Chuck Norris can divide by zero.
31. When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn't lifting himself up, he's pushing the Earth down.
~5 of the 31 facts about Chuck Norris (Thanks Ashby)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Thoughts on Sunday While Upright

Attention Harry Potter fans that have not yet grabbed a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, you may find the review over at Time interesting. This is a fans only type review. Why? It's 3 long pages of someone not named espousing their personal take on the book. If this is not enough just click the "Next" button at the top right of the page and read the other 33 reviews. Seems this 7th and last book is required reading for those that love Wizard Potter.

That Texas philosopher extraordinare, Ed Coffin, sent a VERY useful link. Here's a list of known speed traps in Mississippi. Other states are listed, just click the home button. Don't get me wrong, I believe in law officers doing their job. This is more about those Barney Fife types that abuse it. That bullet in the pocket routine is still one of my all time favorites. I miss the Mayberry bunch.

Personal Note: There's a missed calls function on the phone and I'll return calls when over the stomach flu. So much time has been spent in the bathroom, there's now a re-decoration plan. That's all that needs to be said about that project. Bear with me, this was certainly not planned. Oh yeh, everyone that likes to hammer the phone and awaken an ailing lardgut with an ailing lardgut, ever think about email? The address is cybersouth@gmail.com. Honestly folks, no hangover, no hiding and not a lameass excuse. This is one virus that does not need to propagate. Better today (not throwing up as much) and hope to return to the normal schedule tomorrow.

“Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge we make promise only; pain we obey.”
~Marcel Proust

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Two Worlds of Fantasy

Power of the English word is being exercised via the latest Harry Potter book. Read the article at an appropriate location, BBCNews-Entertainment. Yes, monetary embellishment aside, JK Rowling has to be satisfied with the worldwide popularity of this great series. You write on JK.

Out playing the game with my oldest daughter, Verdana Louisiana, resulted in a picture of two Ritualists is their phreaky, weird garb. Menses wearin' skirts, strange. Gotta love this game! Vaalt is on the left in black and Mehryl is (in the words of Stongbad) lookin' gooood in green on the right:

GuildWars gives us a chance to visit on the teamspeak server and have a great private conversation as fathers and daughters should on occasion. With new baby girl Mallory, Verdana sometimes has to stop gameplay and do the maternal nurturing thangy. And this is a VERY good thangy. BTW, she took a great picture, huh? Yes, I am truly a blessed man with two wonderful daughters.

Late and my stomach has been on the growl since early this morning. Work did not cease until after midnight last night. Time to rest...or visit the porcelain throne. Later.

"The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, "Daddy, I need to ask you something," he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan."
~Garrison Keillor

Friday, July 20, 2007

Ernestine, You Da Bomb!

Cellphone technology? It sucks. Someone should put a stop to the barnyard material put out by AT&T, least amount of dropped calls my ass. If this is true then all other cellphone services can't be working. Think about it, when was the last time you actually said goodbye to someone in a cellphone conversation?

Ashby Rhett Culpepper, III, Esq., Jr., recently tripped to Texas and assures me that not all areas of the country has the same sorry service that exists in Northeast Mississippi. Then some people that live in far off places claim to have the very same problem - cellphones work at the lower end of the technology pool. Frustrating.

The phones are too delicate and most don't last. Beagle, Mudslingr and I have the Sony z520s. They have lines in their screens and the camera on the beach house phone died at an early date. Well, the camera not working doesn't matter because I never use it. Don't know how to use it. When AT&T took over our upgrade plan was moved to December instead of this past March. That sucks too. AT&T sucks. Yet people spend over $600.00 for iPhones. Brings to mind the Lil Jon phrase, "What?!?!?"

Let's see, back many years ago the guv'ment people made AT&T break up into all the babybells. This was a joke and everyone knew it. Now they've let it reassemble. This bodes ill winds blowing at our cellphone towers. Recently they absorbed Cingular and that seems like natural progression for a company that is trying to devour the consuming public and has no manners whatsoever. As Ernestine says, "We're the phone company, we don't care."

The local Cingular store by the Barnes Crossing Mall has some of the rudest people in the area working and managing. They compete with the Evil Empire. Evil Empire? That's COMCAST customer service department in Huntsville, AL which controls the local area. If you call them and Evil Renee answers, hang up. No need talking to the devil. Her sister manages the Cingular store mentioned. Easiest way to get service from her is to draw a pentagram on the ground and say her name 3 times.

Enough of the whine. Do you agree? Disagree? Make comments. Inquiring minds wanna know...

"Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance."
~Ambrose Bierce

Thursday, July 19, 2007

$298 PC at Walmart? Let's Talk About It

It's true. This is a low end no nonsense entry level basic system. It runs Windows Vista Home Basic, which is barely an operating system. It uses onboard graphics and audio that are minimal. It has a 1.5gig CPU, which is not the speediest rabbit in the hutch. It does have 1 gig of RAM (memory) and it comes with Open Office installed, both positive features in my opinion. There is a DVD burner included and an 80gig hard drive. The monitor is NOT included.

Vista Home Basic won't run some software applications. Since the beginning of the year many sites have recommended staying away from this cheap, entry level operating system. This offering might be well worth the money if loaded with Windows XP. Those looking to save money might consider spending a few more dollars and purchasing a unit with Vista Home Premium. It will run QuickBooks, Peachtree, etc.

It's neat that OpenOffice is getting some press. This is a very good office suite that is open source and easy to use. It accompanies several different Linux operating systems. As far as the gig of RAM, that's a good idea with any operating system and is the minimum concerning Vista. Dadgumit, this means a trip to the Walmart and an extra dose of Xanax to survive it. I want to see it up close and personal. Doesn't look too bad in the picture, does it?

Anyway, sorry folks. I won't endorse this one. The operating system alone is enough to scare me away.

"Thrift comes too late when you find it at the bottom of your purse."

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Recommended: XFX

Hardware failures are inevitable. They will happen. The machine being used to make this post has two video cards for enhanced performance and one of them failed recently. It has a lifetime warranty. After going to the XFX site and acquiring a RMA number the card was sent to them last Thursday. They messaged me today and said the replacement is on the way.

Dealing with support people is usually a nightmare. Not so with these folks. They are polite, have a remarkable ability to use the English language correctly, and certainly have their minds on business. The turn around being less than a week is another added bonus. Yes, it's nice to be treated with courtesy and respect.

Eddie and Joe at Computer Universe on Main Street just east of THE crossroads in Tupelo are local retailers for this product line. They have reasonable prices and are courteous. Their store is always busy and people there smile a lot. They offer a variety of products and have a service department as well. Been around for a while too.

Nice to deal with people local and otherwise that don't seem preoccupied with parking their camels, worshiping cattle and trying to piss us off so we will hang up and quit trying to resolve our computer problems. Thank you.

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
~Dalai Lama

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Safer Browsing

Recently two machines have crossed the beach house workbench with desktops that have been taken over by spyware posing as antispyware. People that write this garbage should be rounded up and fed to rabid alligators. Sorry about beating around the bush there...anyway both of these machines had to be wiped, formatted and everything re-installed. Data was saved on one PC but lost on the other.

There is a program that will go a long way to prevent such occurances. It's called DropMyRights and there is a very good article at PCWorld that explains what it does and provides a link to download it. As always, exercise caution when using utilities. Download at your own risk and don't come here bitching if you screw something up.

Does it run at the beach house? Not yet. It will be installed on the laptop, which has Windows XP as an operating system, this weekend. What is used? Windows Vista User Account Control is active and is being monitored by a Firefox extension called IsAdmin.

This combination has been in use a few days and I'll let you know the results. Not running this nifty swifty browser? Click Firefox 2 to learn about and download this alternative way to surf the internet. The Internet Explorer 7 browser is a tremendous improvement over IE6, but Firefox just feels better to me. Then there's the Sea Monkey browser/project, but that's a discussion for another time.

I reiterate; download at your own risk and use caution. Read the instructions if you are installing the first time. Hope this helps!

"Describing the Internet as the Network of Networks is like calling the Space Shuttle a thing that flies."

Monday, July 16, 2007

Light Laptop

Toshiba Portege R500
Did you know that statistics show that mid-2006 more laptops were shipped than desktop PCs? Read more about it in Tim Bajarin's article at PCMag.com. He also reviews a Toshiba laptop that weighs only 2.5 lbs! Toshiba Rocks.

It's late once again. Today has been a good Monday. Everybody have a casual Tuesday.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
~Leonardo DaVinci

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Brevity Can Be a Necessity

I'm tired, it's late and this is my shortest post to date.

"No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it."
~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Friday, July 13, 2007

"What is the city but the people?" ~William Shakespeare

People occasionally ask where my sources come from concerning content. There's huge marsupial that shows up at the beach house and is sometimes funny, sometimes downright aggravating. Arnold has visited since my first days here. Many people will email or call with information. Things are picked up in the workplace too. People are the greatest source. The internet is secondary. I don't read the local paper and TV is limited to an occasional view of Fox News, some PBS (I like Tavis Smiley), and an occasional glance at MSNBC.

The other night I'd accidentally left the TV on NBC Memphis by mistake. Usually I watch the local Tupelo NBC repeater. While working on a PC I reached over, turned the TV on and was appalled at the content of Mempho newso. There had been 3 shootings, 2 bodies found and that butt ugly poor excuse for a mayor, Slicker than Teflon Willie Herrington, was bitching about how people don't like him. He needs help. Someone will probably shoot him. That seems to be a favorite sport of Memphians, killing their fellow man. After a few disgusting, depressing minutes the TV was turned off.

It's sad that this town has become such a sewer. When Wyeth Chandler was mayor back many years ago the city's finances were in great shape, it was always in the top ten as far as cleanest cities in the nation, people did not fear for their lives when walking the streets and it was booming. Now, when crossing this creepy weird town it's recommended to gas up, check your tires, roll up the windows and lock the doors at least 20 miles before the city limits. Then pray. Much of the downfall is connected to the term of office that has been held by Teflon Willie. Sad. Why don't Memphians change all this? Apathy? Tupelo, please take note. As you grow make sure control is not lost. King Crimson said it best, "The world is a dangerous place."

Sorry about the lapse in optimism. Just want my fellow Mississippians to exercise caution when headed towards this junction of violence. Oh yeh, a woman mugged at WolfChase mall was also reported during that news broadcast. An 80 year old man was mugged in a bathroom at the Veterans Hospital!!! He fought back, being an ex Golden Gloves boxer, and the big goofy dude wannabe mugger was jailed. Enough!! Now it's time to read Calvin and Hobbes, get my head right and enjoy another day in paradise! Peace out.

"Clearly, then, the city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo."
~Desmond Morris, The Human Zoo

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Oprah Maury Phillip Sally Jessie Springer, What's in a Name?

Oprah and Dr. Phil I'm not. And sometimes a site sticks in my mind getting more than a usual amount of visits. So, you might like to read How to Recognize a Manipulative or Controlling Relationship at WikiHow. There are several articles about such relationships, but this is an anchor. Now don't read it and decide to end a relationship. Read it and work on your relationship. Yep, that's what Dock said as he sat alone in front of the computer at the beach house. Later.

"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit."
~Peter Ustinov

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Green Theme, Geek Style

Did you know there is a nerd way to enjoy watermelon? Okay, okay, there's supposedly a correct way to slice one. Check out this enlightening article at WikiHow. While there you can read about How to Keep Guacamole Fresh for up to a week. Great tips and there is an 'add stuff' category for WikiHow if you use iGoogle for your home page.

Folks, y'all don't know what a joy and a privilege it is for me to bring you such sophisticated, high tech tips. While I don't know about the correct watermelon slicing and if that will ever be performed at the beach house you can bet your sweet bippy that guacamole thangy will be tested. Results pending; you will be notified. Now I must get back to zeros and ones. Later.

"Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie."
~Jim Davis

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Batteries From Fort Knox

After an extended round of meds the lower back is easing. Sorry about the past few days of grumpiness, but when you literally roll out of bed then crawl to the kitchen to pull yourself up, that's wimpy and whiney. Now the modus operandi ramma lamma ding dong is to get about life and recover from the lost time. Rising from a chair is a beautiful thing.

Good news for iPhone users. That battery exchange they will eventually do for you (not something a customer can do) will cost "only" 85 bucks. Hmmmmm, a word comes to mind. Ridiculous! All the reviews indicate that this is a good 8 gig $600.00 iPod, but one of the worst cell phones on the market. If I see you using one just know the internal laughter is there.

"Some village has lost its idiot and he's sitting here in front of me."
~Dr. Phil

Monday, July 09, 2007

Uber Whiner is Back and Wimpy There Too

EDIT:This is in warp whine mode. Don't read if you can't bear the lifestyle of the 'poor and pitiful'.

Awakening from the Flexiril stupor a few minutes ago it was discovered that I have missed several phone calls. Folks, I don't feel good. My garage needs cleaning, house needs cleaning, made the mistake yesterday of moving stuff around and waxed some on the truck. Please, unless it is required for business, don't call until tomorrow morning. Things should return to my normal subnormal state and I'll be up and at it around my regular 5:30AM.

Several people are hammering the phone that are NOT business people and you won't be answered. Hell, get a grip. Again, I don't feel good. Anyone that is a client of mine knows by now they can call 24/7 365 days a year. So here it is...please do not hesitate to call about business problems. If I miss your business calls that only makes things worse for everyone. More guilt I do not need at this time. If you are calling casually then not answered, decide to get your feelings hurt and pout like a child then go ahead. I'll gladly trade this backache for a few ruffled feathers. Besides , friends stick by friends even in times of warp-whining, don't they?

Really want to help? Come to the beach house and work on the garage cleaning project or run the weed eater in the patio area, maybe even help wax the truck. Okay enough of the whine, outta here to fight sleep so I can arise smiling in the AM and revert to my standard lunacy. Now the guilt will set in about being selfish and making this post. What's a guy to do?

"Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity, and consume your own smoke with an extra draft of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaints."
~William Osler (Wow, is this talking to me or what!?!?!?)

Saturday, July 07, 2007

RAM is Like Closet Space, You Can't Have Too Much

Yesterday 1 more gig of RAM was added to this machine bringing the total to 3 gigs. There is no doubt that it helps. Response time is quicker. Before it was hard to believe that the extra gig would help, but the difference is very obvious. So Microsoft recommends 1 gig and the beach house recommends 3 when it comes to Windows Vista. The sweet spot with XP is 512 megs which equal 1/2 of a gig. So all the Windows Nazis fussing about me calling Vista a resource hog...shut up! Besides, it may be a pig, but it's a nice pig. Anyway, this is for machines that are doing "extreme" things. The operating system seems fine with 1 gig if using it in a normal scenario. A business should find that to be true too. Thanks Forest for encouraging me to perform this upgrade.

It's raining. And cooler. I sit with the window open enjoying this brief respite from the scorching summer. We have needed rain badly. Since Mississippi is very much an agrarian state rainfall is important. Cotton needs along with other crops. God bless our farmers. Excuse me while I enjoy the cool breeze blowing through the screen and a choice cup of coffee.

"Walking through puddles is my favorite metaphor for life."

Friday, July 06, 2007


Once again it's Friday! Only two more days to work this week! Maybe work will be slow so a visit can be made to the Dragon Festival in GuildWars. Hope to be there decked out in my gladrags for all the fun and shenanigans. Am I a geek or what!?!?!? Check this out:

This is Maskull Tor, Necromancer. That's Galrath's Castle floating in the background. Yes, he is my main role playing character. Here's a close up:

Can we say 'butt ugly'?

Enough about my weird online obsession. Enjoy the weekend and stay safe. Please always remember when driving that the life you save may be my own. Later.

"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
~Nathaniel Hawthorne