Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Monday, June 30, 2008

Big Ears Not In the Cornfield

Due to an ear infection that required a visit to the clinic, my posting was sparse the past few days. After a round of antibiotics things should return to normal. My apologies for contracting such an illness. It hurts like hell and the side of my face is slightly swollen. Seems my sinuses aren't happy either. The tinnitus is tenfold and balance is not 100% either. Appreciate you taking the time out to drive me this morning, Elvis. Being behind the wheel right now is probably not healthy for me or traffic. Thanks out to everyone for understanding. After a few phone calls appointments have been rescheduled. Melinda, Anita, Andy, Jim, Bo, Paula, Keith, Mud, Ty - y'all da bombdiggity. You know, between the back, ears, summer colds,blood pressure, lack of weight loss, a stomach virus from hell and other maladies this year could have been a real whine fest so far...think age has anything to do with it? Nah!!!!! Been healthy all my life and now my wimpy genes are having their turn.

Tomorrow? The plans are to make this a whine free zone. Wish me luck.

"Untold suffering seldom is."
~F.P. Jones (Amen, brother, amen!)

Friday, June 27, 2008

We'll Miss You, Bill

Bill Gates retired from Microsoft today. Here is a funny clip that includes several well known people. It's good that a man that wields this much power can make fun of himself.

I am sure Mr. Gates will continue to be active and involved with the Gates Foundation. Good run Bill. You helped the world in many ways. Thanks from a loyal fan.

"To go forward, you must backup."
~Cardinal rule of computing.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Busy, busy, busy. Compiling a Beach House Links page and doing things to make it easier to navigate and read. It would be so nice if people that have links about tech help, support, news, humor, etc., could email me with suggestions. The beach house does NOT link to malicious spyware embedded sites or those that are covered with popups. Good example: PCMagazine has been used down the years, but no longer in favor. They decided to cover all their articles with those annoying boxes that jump out at you when you try to click on a link in the text of an article. And I wouldn't publish ANYTHING from the Wall Street Urinal...Journal even if they paid me. Can we say rabid spastic turkeys? There's a world of folks out there with awesome links and I'd be most appreciative. Send your suggestions to cybersouth@gmail.com.

Thank you, thank you very much.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
~Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mr. McDonald

Several times it's been requested to post a video clip of Michael McDonald. Would you believe these requests have been 100% female? Check out this dude. Turn up the volume, kick back the chair and dance like the soulful person you are...

Trish, bet you did da boogie woogie in front of that Hewlett Packard, LOL. Later.

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.”

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Free .PDF Writer

Back in 1993 a file format, .pdf, was created by Adobe. PDF is short for Portable Document File. Since then several versions of the .pdf reader have been issued for free. These freebies encouraged folks to use this format. Where Adobe hooked you was not giving you the ability to write in .pdf format. Well raspberries I say! Here's a great download that will write in .pdf. It is not only free, it's opensource. The name is PDF Creator. You can find it at SourceForge.net. Probably by the time this is posted this program will have been downloaded over 3,000,000 times. Take that, Adobe! You missed ripping us off to the tune of several hundred dollars.

Adobe's Reader (for .pdf) is all over the net and can be downloaded from many sites. Beware the almost hidden boxes that make you download various internet browser toolbars. You don't need them. Adobe is not a user friendly company. They are rude, crude and I think they don't give a tinker's damn about their customers. But, they are big. Like Intuit (Quickbooks) and Peachtree they are money grubbing entities that send all their support people to Hateful School. Yet, we have to contend. Let's contend away and use this free opensource program. It delights and tickles me to give everyone an opportunity to have this free download. Can you tell?

"Little things console us because little things afflict us."

~Blaise Pascal

Monday, June 23, 2008

Jumbo Shrimp...Can Someone Explain?

“Why do they lock gas station bathrooms?” he once mused. “Are they afraid someone will clean them?” Typical George Carlin. So is today's title. He passed away at age 71. He was a funny and interesting dude. I don't care for sacrilegious stuff and George went there some. But, he was also the voice of characters in several cartoons that endorsed positive approaches to life. Really enjoyed seeing him on late night talk shows and Saturday Night Live. He was the first host! You can read more at MSNBC.

Ahhhh, a day without Flexeril is a day of joy...as long as your back is not causing severe pain. It will be tried today. We'll see. Not hurting as much this morning and that's a good thing! Never ceases to amaze me at how this medication knocks me for a loop. Always. If you can take this drug then remain awake and active please tell me. I will never mess with you. Wimpy and whiny don't do well anywhere including the beach house. Just smiled so I know things are better. People doing Flexeril don't smile.

There will be a post about Smit-Fraud infections as requested. Working on a solid approach as to how it can be removed safely. This one is nasty. If your desktop goes only to a site that is trying to sell you anti-spyware tools reach over and unplug the machine from the wall. Immediately. The people trying to sell you the software are the ones that infected your machine! The less you try to cure it, the better a chance of data recovery. Which reminds me to ask --> Have you backed up your data lately?

"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place."
~Mark Twain

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Short Whine

Don't pick up a 70 lb box without using your legs. Enough, can't fake long enough here to even become coherent. Between the meds and the inability to sit an immediate desire to be prone heads me back to bed. Later and wimp out.

"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."
~Erma Bombeck

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Seeking Opinions

Here's something to ponder: High school student faces 38 years in prison for hacking grades. Should this 18 year old serve that much time? Or should Google, Microsoft, IBM, etc., pick up the attorney fees as recruitment bait? Crime is crime no doubt, but I'd be very ashamed if I was the Principal of this school. There's the real dumbass of the bunch. The Network and Systems Administrators of this high school are also village idiots.

He shouldn't have done any of these things, but is someone in high school really accountable? Yes, yes, he's eighteen, but still in high school! Raging hormones, peer pressure, and many other factors come into play. He certainly shouldn't get off without punishment, but 38 years? Tell you what, when they lock up the bastards that created Smit-Fraud, Spy Sheriff, or whatever the evil creeps are calling it today then crime against society will receive its rightful due.

Instead of spending money to persecute an eighteen year old why not put together a hit team and "off" all the spyware jerks? Sounds like a better use of money to me. Besides, Omar, the eighteen year old, could turn out to be another Kevin Mitnick and help us combat the real evildoers. If the damned ACLU and that bunch can defend some of the real jerks of the world then it should be mandatory that someone barely not a child should be granted the same privileges. Seems that way to me anyway...

Got an opinion? I'd like to know it. Take a minute or so and post your thoughts in the comments.

"Managing programmers is like trying to herd cats."
~Greg Settle

Friday, June 20, 2008

Did They Take a Bottle of Scotch to Test It?

There's water on Mars (left click on the picture to enlarge). After careful study and testing the Phoenix probe results have arrived. Read about it at Computerworld. What great news! This cost the American citizens $1.09 a week to fund. People, that's a heckuva' return for the investment. Yessirree, bobtail! Big, big bang for the buck! You can read about NASA budgets at Wikipedia. Be sure and scroll down past the chart to read the text. Hats off to the real rocket scientists for a job well done. Marvelous, simply marvelous.

"There is no way back into the past; the choice, as Wells once said, is the universe--or nothing. Though men and civilizations may yearn for rest, for the dream of the lotus-eaters, that is a desire that merges imperceptibly into death. The challenge of the great spaces between the worlds is a stupendous one; but if we fail to meet it, the story of our race will be drawing to its close."
Arthur C. Clarke, Interplanetary Flight, 1950

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Quiz and Dave's Site

My computer geek score is greater than 100% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!
Often people inquire where I search for computer advice, fixes, tips, etc. That list is long and plans are in the works to re-establish the Cybersouth Links List. Reconstruction is a neverending story around the beach house and the List is one of many projects. Please bear with me. Certainly, sharing great web pages is NOT a problem. With the price of fuel at an all time ridiculous, outrageous high it is far more efficient to seek help online or over the phone. So, email or call me!

A really great great site is Dave's Computer Tips. Nice page design that is easy to navigate. DCTs covers many areas and is well written in English. Thinking about a Linux adventure? Joey's article about installing Ubuntu 8 is about as good as it gets. Carol, expert in Office software help, is well versed in things Microsoft and has a wealth of knowledge about Open Office (remember, Open Office is free!). The newsletter is a free subscription, but you can donate. Donations are encouraged! Dave does not overwhelm you everyday. Every month or so he sends an update about new features, articles and so forth.

Please be safe out there and think about car pooling. You'll be glad you did when the price of gas goes to 5 bucks a gallon. BTW, the main reason the score is high on this test is because I am old enough to remember when fire burned someone for the first time. Lucky guesses helped too. And I cheated. A little...okay, okay - I googled 3 answers. Sheesh! Never expected to have ONLY 3 wrong!

"A geek that cheats on a geek test...so very geeky. So very sad."
~Billy Wobblynife

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

There's More Than a Cheeseburger in Paradise

The Alabama Gulf Coast is blessed with many fine eateries and Lulu's is guaranteed to make you sit back and enjoy life for a while. It's located just off Alabama Highway 59 at the Intracoastal Waterway and Homeport Marina. Being Jimmy Buffett's sister doesn't hurt her ability to entertain. My youngest daughter and her family presented this awesome cookbook to me for Father's Day. It is full of witty stories and has some fantastic recipes. Anyone that likes good food should jump on this handsome volume. Crank up some shrimpboat rock and have a refreshing beverage while navigating a great treasure. Wow, a Guild Wars Droks T-shirt and now a great map to my staying a lardbutt, lol. My daughters and their families are the best. Thanks! Oh yeh, get the cookbook at Crazy Sista Cooking.

"But living in the briar patch ain't what it appears
Sooner or later you've got to face your fears
I heard it from the parrot verbalizing in the tree
I heard in the songline of the aborigine"

~Jimmy Buffett, Off to See the Lizard

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It's Firefox Download Day!

Don't forget to download the newest version of Firefox today. You'll be part of an effort to set a world record. We are trying to make it the most downloaded software in one day. This is version 3 and it's really kewl. This is a great place to start using this awesome web browser if you don't have it. Just click on the link below.

Firefox 3

It's fast! The user interface is much friendlier than IE. Please remember; do NOT uninstall Internet Explorer (IE). You will need it for Windows Updates. Questions? Give me a shout out!

"I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand."

Monday, June 16, 2008

Boost That Wireless Network

After becoming exasperated with the damn popup boxes that spring up when you hover over a link, it was decided not to use a PCMagazine article about improving wifi. After a quick google a very good article was found at WikiHow. Go here and you won't be annoyed with horrendous little boxes popping up everywhere. The name of the article is How to Improve Wifi Reception. There's a plethora of pertinent articles in the Related WikiHow section towards the bottom of the page. You can bet the WikiHow site will be referenced before sites that use those irritating little ads that jump out at you. A really great site and there's a Google Gadget for your iGoogle homepage.

"I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all."

~Ogden Nash

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Tunes Attuned

Lee Ritenour constantly surrounds himself with awesome talent. Please get a cup of coffee or refreshing beverage. Sit down with the volume up and listen to two live recordings that are good for the mind and soothe the weary soul. Everyone is smiling and happy, which is very good. The vocals are stupendous. Shucks, they are all talented!

What a nice way to have coffee and get the morning attuned.

"He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once."
~Robert Browning

Friday, June 13, 2008

Interesting Email

Received the following email:

Think of this man as Comander & Chief... I hope you can not!

Obama 'explains'
I sure hope this gets around before Nov.!!!

On Sat, 22 Mar 2008 18:48:04 -0400, 'LTG Bill Ginn' USAF ret. forwarded the following:

Hot on the heels of his explanation for why he no longer wears a flag pin, presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama was forced to explain why he doesn't follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.

According to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171,
During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.

'As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides,' Obama said. 'There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all. It should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.' If that were our anthem, then I might salute it.'

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this could possibly be our next president!!
I, for once, am speechless. He has absolutely NO pride in this country!!!!!
This is outrageous!!!! He doesn't deserve to be dogcatcher!!!
(Oh, sorry dogcatchers, I mean you no disrespect.)

Chances are you received this email too. It's worth repeating because Senator Obama seems to constantly change his stance and opinions. We don't need a wishy washy inexperienced wannabe in the White House. A good friend of mine has even received threats due to his active anti-Obama campaigning. Regarding such attempts at intimidation, dissenters please take note. This is my page. These are my opinions. I will not serve the liberal press fools nor will I abide the fanatical ravings of the village idiots that support this "candidate." My time in service of my country and the wounds carried evoke a special need to warn that this coming election is serious business. All of my friends that are Democrats have assured me they will do the right thing and crossover to support Senator McCain. Please don't clutter comments with negative lunatic rhetoric. Use email. My address is cyberouth@gmail.com. Threats? Are you sure you want to abuse a veteran that spent 2 years in Vietnam? Coercion be damned. Let's actively support Senator McCain and save our country.

Thanks out to TMW for the forward!

"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God d*mn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people. God d*mn America for treating our citizens as less than human."
~Jeremiah Wright (Obama's spiritual leader and advisor for 20 years)

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Download DayJoin in and be a part of a World Record! Just tune your machine in on next Tuesday and download Firefox 3. Best browser on the planet. Reading all about the changes and improvements and think that the Mozilla folks have been busy with this 3 year long project. Remember, absolutely DON'T uninstall Internet Explorer. Just keep it around for Windows Updates. For everything else, set the internet ablaze with Firefox!

What are RAM and ROM?
a) A male sheep and a city in Italy.
b) Hulking stars of the WWF.
c) I need more of the former and should upgrade the

~Computer Reality Quiz

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hate Those Ice Imps, Lovin' Some Shirt

Came home and was pleasantly surprised with a Father's Day package on the veranda. Came in and opened it up:

If you can't read the print just click on the shirt and it will expand. The 'running to droks' is part of Guild Wars lore and significant to gamers that have been involved with Guild Wars for a while. The 'run' is very hard with other folks playing along and extremely hard to solo. This is such a kewl gift. You can bet you won't see me mowing the yard in this one. Definitely a shirt for "dress" occasions. Thanks Verdana, Uncle Snake and Mal. It will be worn with great pride.

My children find the neatest gifts. Both of my daughters are aware of the rhythmic pace followed at the beach house. Last month on my birthday I was blessed with an awesome coffee from Verdana's family and Beagle, Mudslingr n the Purple Giraffe gave me a DVD of the WKRP episodes which was and is wayy cool. I might also mention that Hot Rod Neal left a fancy version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail yesterday. It even has a version in Japanese with English subtitles! Awesome. He laughed and said it was for Father's Day. Brother Dan sent a care package with all kinda goodies (for the ancient's birthday) and Mother found a new microwave for the beach house. The Good Lord has blessed me with great family and great friends.

Enough for today. I must go now and work on my solo run to...guess where?

"If you never have, you should. These things are fun and fun is good."
~Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

As the Worm Turns

iDarth Jobs is making noise about the latest incarnation of the iPhone. The news media loves it. Several of my friends have bought these units. Sorry, no desire to own this over-rated, over priced, no battery life, handheld "computer" slash portable music player that has mediocre cell phone capabilities. Just google iPhone battery replacement. But, it's not my job to spend other folks money so have at it. My old beat up Razr still needs a battery and I refuse to give AT&T (it's rumored Satan owns stock in them) 120-150 dollars for a replacement phone that is an exact duplicate of the one now in use! Can we say robbery? Their upgrade policy applies here and has been available for several months. Tired of buying all new chargers, car adapters, etc. Anyway, that iDarth sure can raise a ruckus. Downright flamboyant.

Who owns stock in Apple? I know that Bill Gates has $150 million worth of non-voting stock that he graciously invested back in 1998 when they almost went under. Look at how iDarth appreciates that sorely needed investment. He runs commercials on TV that are nothing but lies. Let's see...Windows is on 90% of computers around the world and Apple is on 3%. What does that make iDarth? A wimpy dumbass liar whose marketing strategy sucks. But go ahead and buy stuff from this jerk. Again, it's your money.

Yes, those commercials irritate me. Right along with that damn drum beating rabbit and that goofy lizard with the Manchester accent. Beach house will never do Eveready or GEICO. Count on it. I do like Flo though. Nice, funny commercials. And Progressive is used on beach house vehicles. America is a great country where we can turn off TV trash and do something else. Nice to have freedom of speech and know we are privileged to have opinions. And Obama wants change? Damn it all, change what? Wonder if he's been secretly going to the mosque and praying about it? Just wondering, that's all. He can...this is America.

"The best way to accelerate an Apple Mac is at 9.8m/sec/sec."
~Marcus Dolengo (It has to do with gravity)

EDIT: Mudslingr did some research and the Razrs offered by AT&T are now G3 capable and have media players. They also have a slot for SD cards. So, even though it looks like a duck, etc., it ain't a duck of the same order. More like a duck on steroids. Thanks Mud. Need all the help I can get! So does AT&T.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Warp Whine

Hope Monday finds all well and productive. The beach house started Monday this past Friday evening. Two projects are wearing me out. One is trying to remove SmitFraud from a badly infected computer. After a chat with the owner today it will probably be formatted, OS reinstalled, etc. Then there's all the updates and configuration that will make it possible to rejoin its network. About a 4 hour process, but do-able. Hiring a hit team of Soldiers of Fortune to eliminate the creeps that write this garbage has my vote. Here's a warning about SmitFraud; If you see your desktop is changed, usually red in color but not always, and you cannot open anything shut down immediately. Seriously, reach over and pull the plug from the wall if necessary. Your chances of data surviving is far better than if you start trying to open stuff.

Now the beach house quandary of the day; what is with QuickBooks? Using simple tools I can hack into a .qbw or .qbb file and see information about customers, billing, etc. But trying to find the password is a major undertaking. Brute Force is now working to retrieve any passwords, but this make take a while. Even days. That is, if it works. Yep, QuickBooks cares nothing about data security. They certainly do care about you contacting them with a large amount of moola to retrieve that password. Isn't this backwards? Or at the very least sideways? A software company should respect its customers and be helpful. These people are downright hateful. No money up front? No help. They suck. If I find a way to beat this without contacting them you can bet your sweet bippie it'll be posted here in detail. Wish me luck. Thanks MJR, Ash and Forest for the help!

10. "Do you have a sledgehammer or a brick handy?"
09. "...that's right, not even McGyver could fix it."
08. "So -- what are you wearing?"
07. "Duuuuuude! Bummer!"
06. "Press 1 for Support.
Press 2 if you're with 60 Minutes.
Press 3 if you're with the FTC."
05. "We can fix this, but you're gonna need a butter knife,
a roll of duct tape, and a car battery."
04. "In layman's terms, we call that the Hindenburg Effect."
03. "Hold on a second... Mom! Timmy's hitting me!"
02. "Okay, turn to page 523 in your copy of Dianetics.
01. "Please hold for Mr. Gates' attorney."

~10 Things You Don't Want to Hear from Tech Support

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Another Day, Same Hat

Folks, I need help. This hat I am wearing is making life very miserable. If anyone has a password hack for QuickBooks Pro please contact me. Don't need a crack, need something that will rip the present password. Meanwhile, the beach house is busy installing QuickBooks Pro on a different machine. Next, the old files will be imported. Bet the password info resides with each file though. It may be that we can resolve the issue by contacting Intuit with a large amount of money in hand, but I don't like the fiber of their cotton. Much rather land a piece of freeware and not pay these devils. The password shouldn't have been lost, but it's several years and several employees down the road for this client. Human beings doing human things. If you can help please email cybersouth@gmail.com, leave a comment, or call me.

"0x2B | ~0x2B."

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Lookout Ethel! Elvis is About to Run Over Us!

Elvis Fest is happening this weekend. No bad feelings towards the "king" or anything, but I will try not to leave the beach house this weekend. No, no there will not be attendance to the Elvis impersonator contest. Nor will there be a viewing of his 1976 Lincoln driven down here from Graceland. There may be a walk to the corner market since brown sugar for barbeque beans is needed. I can see it from the veranda. Anyway, traffic will be crazy. Nice that Elvis is being honored by hometown folk though. This will be a good day to wear the Elvis/Sun Records shirt my brother blessed me with on this last birthday.

When you get right down to it - I'm just a hunka' hunka' burning homebody. Later, y'all.

“When things go wrong don't go with them.”
~E. Presley

Friday, June 06, 2008

Quickbooks Has Me Wearing an Asshat

After a nice discussion with the customer service rep at MetroCast I feel better about the links page being removed. Apparently it's temporary while they make changes. I will be patient. Believe me, I know the work that goes into such a venture. I also know the amount of work that went into posting all those links. As with many things in life, time will tell.

Working on a project that requires password recovery in Quickbooks Pro. If you have any tips or advice please talk to me. Banged on this problem until I had to walk away from the computer. Thanks out to MJR for the help concerning this matter. Even though this is not one of her clients she has pitched right in and tried to help solve this problem. See, there are nice people on this planet.

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."
~Helen Keller

Thursday, June 05, 2008


How long is the beast allowed to have authority in Revelations?

The Answer
Revelations Chapter 13 tells us it is 42 months, almost equal to a four year term of Presidency.

According to The Book of Revelations: The Anti-Christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal....the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destroy everything.

This item was gleaned from an email. It's scary. Read your Bible. My prayers now include a plea to deliver our country from the ignorant that will cast votes based on race and ignore that person's history with bigots and those that are at the very least on the fringes of terrorism. I hope Hilary has enough sense to sit this election out by refusing the VP nomination. She will really "up" her chances for a run in 4 years.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Download Firefox 3 Now? Please

Release candidate of Firefox 3 is available. The beach house is in no hurry to starting using this new version just yet. This release is buggy and has a problem talking to Windows Media Player. You might want to wait until the final version is available. Here's an official blurb about it -> Mozilla.com. For more info go to Mozilla.org. A wait and see attitude is being used at the beach house. I'd rather have a good experience initially with the newest version of this awesome browser than to suffer through the "beta" versions. Don't take this the wrong way, Mozilla has a real winner with Firefox.

It's funny how SmitFraud tries to prevent you from loading this browser on your PC. The creeps there know that removing their garbage is easier if Firefox is installed. Will someone please kill these SpySheriff SOBs? Gut shoot 'em too, so they die slowly. Anyone in the spyware business doesn't deserve life on this planet, but this bunch is the worst. They pose as good guys trying to remove problems from your computer. The BIG problem is they are the ones that infected your machine in the first place. If your desktop is hijacked you'll understand. BTW, this is so nasty your hard drive may have to be formatted and 100% data loss may occur. Be careful out there.

"(Talking about his first computer) Like all kids we not only fooled around with our toys, we changed them. If you’ve ever watched a child with a cardboard carton and a box of crayons create a spaceship with cool control panels, or listened to their improvised rules, such as "Red cars can jump all others," then you know that this impulse to make a toy do more is at the heart of innovative childhood play. It is also the essence of creativity."
~Bill Gates

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Real Time Stock Quotes Online and Free!

Google rocks. They now offer free real time stock quotes. Read about it at the Official Google Blog. You can find the quotes at Google Finance. This is a great online utility and it's nice that they are sticking it to sites like the hateful jerks at the Wall Street Urinal...uh, Journal. Don't like the WSJ since they blocked a link of mine last year. To be in the finance business they sure haven't figured out the internet. Otherwise they wouldn't dis free publicity. The beach house likes people linking.

It's really super that down through the years people have gotten in the habit of visiting on a regular basis. Thank you very much for your continued support. I read EVERY email and note all comments. So nice to know that people are interested in the ramblings, possum lore, tech news and southern flavor of this site. Certainly I encourage people to recommend Cybersouth. It's apparent that new visitors show up because this site is usually in the top three over at Google Search.

During the past week or so several posts have been made about my intense dislike of Obama. While it's known that I am a conservative it does my heart good that the Republican, Democratic and other parties exist. My distaste of bleeding heart liberals runs deep and organizations like the ACLU, yellow press, etc., should fear if ever the title 'Emperor of the Known Universe' is bestowed upon me. This is a position that is not likely to be offered anytime soon. From time to time it is mentioned that folks that endorse such institutions should find some other site. They won't find any sympathy here. At my age it is a sure bet that opinions won't change.

Anyway, thanks to everyone for your support. If you need to rant, rave or rage against this small machine then please use email. There is a limit on length in comments. My email address is cybersouth@gmail.com. Compliments are welcome too! Have a casual Tuesday.

"People are living longer than ever before, a phenomenon undoubtedly made necessary by the 30-year mortgage."
~Doug Larson

Monday, June 02, 2008

I Feel the Earth Move

Guild Wars news hasn't hit this site in a while. The Canthan elementalist on the left is dressed appropriately in green. He's an earth ele that made level 20 in just under 12 hours of playing time. He did this with 0 deaths. Expand the screen shot to the right (just left click on it) in the next paragraph and note the areas blocked in white. Wish I had thought to list the time as well. This was done is small increments over 9 days. Nice to be able to play again. Life has not permitted enough breaks to spend time there in the past few months.

For those that are interested and want to participate in this extraordinary adventure contact me. The 4 game modules are under $30.00 each now and there is NO monthly fee. BTW, you don't have to buy all 4 at one time. Pick up the Prophecies edition to start playing. You can spend 10 minutes in a tutorial then the magical journey begins. It's that easy. You'll need a fast PC that has at least 256 megs of graphics processor. If you do play and want to contact our group, get in touch with one of the Kudzu Dragons. Our guild hall is complete and we own two TeamSpeak servers. If asked 3 years ago about playing games online you would have been met with laughter. Hey, fun at home works for me. It's also a good way to spend time with my daughters, son-in-law and several of my awesome friends. Great fun. Highly recommend it.

The Peter Pan syndrome is alive and well at the beach house my brothers and sisters.

"Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time."
~T. S. Elliot