Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Friday, April 30, 2010

No Pane

This is ridiculous. Bad weather the the damned glass people could care less. Won't be back until next week. Since they are double windows, I can pull one out of another that's not broken and have security plus weather protection. Burns my butt, but there's been times I've let people down. They may be trying. Sometimes our best efforts just aren't good enough and we have to accept and go on with life. Besides, after all that has happen to me this year, this is minor. Can you tell I took my blood pressure meds about 45 minutes ago? LOL!

Have a casual weekend. I will be working...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Glass Company and Pane

The windows didn't make it today. Frustrating to have a gaping hole in the side of the house. Thank goodness all my scheduled work is here. We'll see tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Guild Wars 2 Videos

It's late and been a long day. The siding has been replaced on the side of the house, but three of the windows are missing. Should be back tomorrow. Slept early and wide awake now. Got an interesting Guild Wars 2 GMail. Five elementalist skills are shown in action. If you are a fan of the game this is a "must see" set of videos. Due to the heavy traffic you may find them slow to load. Be patient. You may even have to refresh this page. As a matter of fact, it may take several refresh cycles. It's worth it. The graphics are downright awesome. Turn up the volume and enjoy great eye candy. This was gleaned from their newsletter:

Meteor Shower


Static Field

Water Trident

Churning Earth

It amazes me that they had the embed codes available. They were there so I used them. Hope they don't fuss about permissions. Don't think they will. It's free publicity!

"When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
~Chinese Proverb

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Good-bye Floppy

Floppy disks? Sony is the company that still makes them. That stops in March 2011. With the advent of larger media (jump drives, small external drives, etc.) the demand for floppies is just not there. So if you haven't made the transition it's time to start phasing out these drives and data on floppy media. Besides, a 2 gig jump drive costs less than an average size box of floppy disks. The jump drives hold wayyyyy more data and are mega times faster.

For all you "Crackberry" fans: RIM is releasing several new versions of the Blackberry that will have a smaller form factor. Hey, they are usually good phones and a texting dream. I'll stick with my Motorola RAZR V9x. Texting is NOT my thing. Sorry to be a Luddite, but it's hard enough to even dial a number with fat fingertips. Read more about the new offerings from RIM at InformationWeek

McAfee will cover customers' repair costs associated with their faulty update. Just happened last week. The reimbursement is for individual consumers. A similar plan has not been formulated for business customers. IMHO, McAfee should repay everyone that has bought any of their products and close their doors permanently. A far better solution is free to individuals. Take a look at AVG Free.

"Technology can be a wonderful boon to humankind, but sometimes we abuse it in ways that prevent us from really participating in life. For example, I have a BlackBerry phone. My original thinking was that this would free me from my computer and allow me to stay connected. Yes, it does allow me to stay connected electronically, but it also makes me disconnected from what I should really be doing—being present."

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tribute to Oz - Music Monday

Great song from the studio cut. Notice that the piano work has not been overdubbed during this cut. Nice OBG:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Yesterday's Link SNAFU

Okay, yesterday's post was poorly written. Toshiba won't let you open the presentation without downloading it. I'll soon have pictures of the actual laptop posted. This machine is immaculate and will make someone that wants power a great machine. I'll leave software intact (it has legal Office XP including hologram disk) or wipe the drive and do a new install. Sorry about yesterday. It was meant to open within the post.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Anyone Interested In a Laptop?

Below is a powerpoint presentation of the laptop I have for sale. It is in excellent condition and come with extras including a $90.00 Samsonite carrying case. It has a 17" widescreen, hyperthreading 3.46g Intel CPU, 1.5 gigs of RAM, XP Home, the screen has no dropped pixels and the case is in super condition. I'll have actual pictures and a spec sheet next week. Asking price is $500.00. Please feel free to check the web and ebay for comparable prices.

Toshiba Laptop Powerpoint Presentation

Let me know if you are interested.

Friday, April 23, 2010


In honor of Shakespeare's demise here is a partial list of some words he originated. At least do a quick scan; You might be amazed at how many you use in everyday conversation. Yes, I do like Shakespeare. It was a gift from my Father and my ex-wife attributed to my understanding some of the more difficult passages. Her major was English. Lawrence Olivier won an Oscar for the 1948 version of Hamlet and deserved it. But Mel Gibson actually astounded me with a grand performance in his version circa 1990 (screw the negative critics!). He also created a trend of young people reading the Bard again. Then Kenneth Branagh blew everybody away with yet another remake in 1996. Has Kenneth ever made a bad movie?!?!?!?? This could go on and on...check over this list. There may be a few surprises:

# abstemious (The Tempest -- a Latin word that meant "to abstain from alcoholic drink" was generalized to sexual behavior as well)

# academe (Love's Labour's Lost; this is just an English form of "Academy", the Greek for Plato's grove)

# accommodation (Othello)

# accused (n.) (Richard II -- first known use as a noun, meaning person accused of a crime)

# addiction (Henry V / Othello)

# admirable (several; seems unlikely)

# advertising (adj.)(Measure for Measure; in context, means "being attentive"; the noun was already in use)

# aerial (Othello)

# alligator (Romeo and Juliet; Spanish "aligarto" was already in use in English)

# amazement (13 instances; first known use as a noun)

# anchovy (I Henry IV; first attestation in English of the Spanish word for dried edible fish)

# apostrophe ("apostrophas")(Love's Labour's Lost; seems to be a well-known word already)

# arch-villain (Measure for Measure / Timon of Athens)

# to arouse (2 Henry VI / Hamlet; "rouse" was the usual form)

# assassination (Macbeth; "assassin" was already in use and derives from "hashish eater")

# auspicious (several; "auspice" was a Roman practice of fortune-telling by bird flight)

# bachelorship (I Henry VI)

# backing (I Henry VI; this is just a pun on a known word)

# bandit (II Henry VI, actually "bandetto", the first attestation in English of a familiar Italian word for people "banned", i.e., outlaws)

# barefaced (in the sense of "barefaced power") (Macbeth)

# baseless (in the sense of fantasy without grounding in fact) (The Tempest)

# beached (several, merely means "possessing a beach")

# bedazzled (The Taming of the Shrew)

# bedroom (A Midsummer Night's Dream, merely means a place to sleep on the ground)

# belongings (Measure for Measure)

# to besmirch (Henry V)

# birthplace (Coriolanus; first attestation)

# to blanket (King Lear; first use as a verb)

# bloodstained (I Henry IV)

# blusterer (A Lover's Complaint)

# bold-faced (I Henry VI)

# bottled (Richard III)

# bump (Romeo and Juliet; first attestation of onomopoeic word)

# buzzer (Hamlet; means gossipper)

# to cake (Timon of Athens, first attestation as a verb)

# to castigate (Timon of Athens)

# to cater (As You Like It; from coetous, a buyer of provisions)

# clangor (3 Henry VI / 2 Henry IV)

# to champion (Macbeth; first attestation as a verb, and in an older sense of "to challenge"; though the noun was familiar as someone who would fight for another)

# circumstantial (As You Like It / Cymbeline; first attestation in the sense of "indirect")

# cold-blooded (King John; first use to mean "lack of emotion")

# coldhearted (Antony and Cleopatra)

# compact (several; seems to have been a common word)

# to comply (Othello)

# to compromise (The Merchant of Venice, several of the histories; seems to have been already in use)

# to cow (Macbeth; first use in English of a Scandinavian verb)

# consanguineous (Twelfth Night; "consanguinity" was already in use)

# control (n.) (Twelfth Night)

# countless (Titus Andronicus / Pericles)

# courtship (several, seems unikely)

# critic (Love's Labour's Lost; Latin term)

# critical (not in today's sense) (Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream)

# cruelhearted (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)

# Dalmatians (Cymbeline)

# dauntless (Macbeth)

# dawn (I Henry IV, King John; first use as a noun, the standard had been "dawning")

# day's work (several, must have been a common expression)

# deafening (II Henry IV; in the sense of a noise that is loud but does not produce real deafness)

# to denote (several; already a word in Latin)

# depository (???)

# discontent (Richard III / Titus Andronicus; the verb was in use but this is the first attestation as a noun)

# design (several, seems unlikely)

# dexterously (Twelfth Night)

# dialogue (several, seems already familiar)

# disgraceful (I Henry VI; means "not graceful")

# dishearten (Henry V)

# to dislocate (King Lear, refers to anatomy)

# distasteful (Timon of Athens)

# distracted (Hamlet / Measure for Measure; seems possible)

# divest (Henry V / King Lear; probably already in use as referring to a royal title)

# domineering (Love's Labour's Lost; from a Dutch word)

# downstairs (I Henry IV, supposedly first use as an adjective)

# droplet (Timon of Athens)

# to drug (Macbeth; first use as a verb)

# to dwindle (I Henry IV / Macbeth, seems already familiar as a term for body wasting)

# to educate (Love's Labour's Lost)

# to elbow (King Lear; first use as a verb)

# embrace (I Henry VI; first use as a noun)

# employer (Much Ado about Nothing)

# employment (several, obviously familiar)

# engagement (several, seems simply the first attestation)

# to enmesh (Othello)

# to ensnare (Othello)

# enrapt (Troilus and Cressida)

# enthroned (Antony and Cleopatra)

# epileptic (King Lear; first use as an adjective, though the noun was old)

# equivocal (Othello / All's Well that Ends Well; first use as adjective, though the verb "to equivocate" was familiar)

# eventful (As You Like It)

# excitement (Hamlet / Troilus and Cressida; both times as plural; first use as a noun)

# expedience (several, supposedly first use as noun)

# exposure (several, supposedly first use as noun)

# eyeball (The Tempest)

# eyedrops (II Henry IV; means "tears")

# eyesore (The Taming of the Shrew)

# fanged (Hamlet, first attestation)

# farmhouse (The Merry Wives of Windsor; first known use of the compound)

# far-off (several, seems already familiar)

# fashionable (Timon of Athens / Troilus and Cressida)

# fathomless (not today's sense) (Troilus and Cressida)

# fitful (Macbeth)

# fixture (not current sense) (Merry Wives of Windsor / Winter's Tale)

# flawed (King Lear; first use as an adjective)

# flowery (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

# foppish (King Lear)

# fortune-teller (The Comedy of Errors)

# to forward (I Henry IV; first use as a verb)

# foul-mouthed (several, seems already familiar)

# freezing (Cymbeline)

# frugal (several; "frugality" was already in common use)

# full-grown (Pericles)

# gallantry (Troilus and Cressida)

# generous (several, obviously already known)

# gloomy (several, "to gloom" was a verb)

# glow (several; the word had originally meant red-and-warm)

# gnarled (Measure for Measure; alteration of knurled which was a standard word for bumpy)

# go-between (several, seems familiar)

# to gossip (The Comedy of Errors; first use as a verb; "gossip" was one's familiar friends)

# gust (III Henry VI, seems already familiar and was an Old Norse word)

# half-blooded (King Lear)

# hint (Othello, first use in today's sense)

# hob-nails (I Henry IV, alleged; seems already familiar)

# hobnob (Twelfth Night; older term was "hab, nab", and not in today's sense)

# homely (several, seems already familiar)

# honey-tongued (Love's Labour's Lost)

# hoodwinked (already known from falconry)

# hostile (several, seems like a word that is already familiar)

# hot-blooded (The Merry Wives of Windsor / King Lear)

# housekeeping (The Taming of the Shrew; seems unlikely)

# howl (several, clearly familiar)

# to humor (Love's Labour's Lost, first attestation as a verb)

# hunchbacked (can't find)

# to hurry (Comedy of Errors, first attestation as verb)

# ill-tempered (can't find)

# immediacy (King Lear, first use as noun)

# impartial (2 Henry IV)

# to impede (Macbeth, first use as verb, though "impediment" was already widely used)

# import (several, and not used in the modern sense)

# immediacy (King Lear, first attestation as a noun)

# importantly (Cymbeline, first attestation as an adverb)

# inaudible (All's Well that Ends Well; "audible" was already in use)

# inauspicious (Romeo and Juliet)

# indistinguishable (not in today's sense)(Troilus and Cressida)

# inducement (several, seems unlikely)

# investment (II Henry IV, not in present sense)

# invitation (The Merry Wives of Windsor; signifies "flirting")

# invulnerable King John / Hamlet / The Tempest; first attestation for the negative; Coriolanus has unvulnerable)

# jaded (several, seems already a term of contempt)

# Judgement Day (I Henry VI; usual term had been "Day of Judgement")

# juiced (Merry Wives of Windsor; first attestation as an adjective)

# kissing (several, first attestation of the participle, though surely not its first use)

# lackluster (As You Like It)

# ladybird (Romeo and Juliet)

# to lament (several, seems already familiare)

# to lapse (several, first attestation as a verb, though already familiar as a noun)

# to launder (first use as a verb; "laundress" was in common use)

# laughable (The Merchant of Venice)

# leaky (Antony and Cleopatra / The Tempest)

# leapfrog (Henry V; first attestation but seems unlikely as a coinage)

# lonely (several, seems unlikely)

# long-legged (can't find)

# love letter (can't find)

# to lower (several, seems already known)

# luggage (first use as noun)

# lustrous (Twelfth Night / All's Well that Ends Well)

# madcap (several, attestation as adjective; the noun had become popular just before)

# majestic (several, first use as adjective)

# majestically (I Henry IV; first attestation as adverb)

# malignancy (Twelfth Night, seems possible)

# manager (Love's Labour's Lost / Midsummer Night's Dream; first attestation as noun)

# marketable (As You Like It; first use as adjective)

# militarist (All's Well that Ends Well)

# mimic (Midsummer Night's Dream)

# misgiving (Julius Caesar; first use as noun, though "to misgive" was in common use)

# misplaced (several, seems unlikely)

# to misquote (1 Henry IV; not in the present sense)

# money's worth (Love's Labours Lost)

# monumental (several, seems unlikely)

# moonbeam (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

# mortifying (Merchant of Venice / Much Ado About Nothing )

# motionless (Henry V)

# mountaineer (Cymbeline; the sense is "hillbilly")

# multitudinous (Macbeth)

# neglect (several, obviously already known)

# to negotiate (Much Ado about Nothing / Twelfth Night; verb from the Latin)

# new-fallen (Venus and Adonis / I Henry IV)

# new-fangled (Love's Labour's Lost / As You Like It)

# nimble-footed (several, seems already a familiar expression)

# noiseless (King Lear / All's Well that Ends Well)

# to numb (King Lear, first attestation as a transitive verb)

# obscene (several; straight from Latin)

# obsequiously (first use of the adverb; comes from "obsequies", or funeral rites)

# outbreak (Hamlet, first attestation as a noun)

# to outdare (I Henry IV)

# to outgrow (can't find)

# to outweigh (can't find)

# over-cool (II Henry IV)

# overgrowth (can't find)

# over-ripened (II Henry VI ;first-use of the familiar compound)

# over-weathered The Merchant of Venice)

# overview (can't find)

# pageantry (Pericles Prince of Tyre)

# pale-faced (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

# to pander (several; was already a proverb)

# pedant (several, seems already in common use for a stuffy teacher)

# perplex (King John / Cymbeline)

# perusal (Sonnets / Hamlet; first use as a noun)

# to petition (Antony and Cleopatra / Coriolanus; first use as a verb)

# pious (several, seems very unlikely)

# posture (several, seems known)

# premeditated (several; first attestation of the adjective, though the noun was in use)

# priceless (???)

# Promethean (Othello / Love's Labour's Lost)

# protester (not today's sense) (Julius Caesar)

# published (2 Henry VI)

# puking (As You Like It)

# puppy-dog (King John / Henry V)

# on purpose (several; seems very unlikely)

# quarrelsome (As You Like It / Taming of the Shrew)

# questing (As You Like It; first use of the gerund)

# in question (several, seems already in use)

# radiance (several; first use as noun)

# to rant (The Merry Wives of Windsor / Hamlet; loan-word from Dutch or previously-unattested English word?)

# rancorous (2 Henry VI, Comedy of Errors, Richard III, all early plays, seems unlikely)

# raw-boned (I Henry VI)

# reclusive (Much Ado about Nothing; first use as adjective)

# reinforcement (Troilus and Cressida / Coriolanus; seems already in use)

# reliance (???)

# remorseless (several, first attestation of this form)

# reprieve (several, obviously already in use)

# resolve (several, obviously already in use)

# restoration (King Lear)

# restraint (several, seems already familiar)

# retirement (II Henry IV; refers to military retreat; first use as noun)

# revolting (several, obviously already familiar)

# to rival (King Lear; first attestation as verb; noun was well-known)

# rival (Midsummer Night's Dream; first attestation as adjective, noun was well-known)

# roadway (II Henry IV; first attestation of the compound)

# rumination (As You Like It; first use as noun)

# sacrificial (Timon of Athens; not today's usage)

# sanctimonious (Measure for Measure / Tempest)

# satisfying (Othello / Cymbeline)

# savage (several; the word was obviously already in use)

# savagery (King John / Henry V; first use as this form)

# schoolboy (Julius Caesar / Much Ado about Nothing)

# scrubbed (The Merchant of Venice)

# scuffle (Antony and Cleopatra; first use as noun, though the verb was familiar)

# seamy-side (Othello)

# to secure (II Henry VI; first use as a verb; the adjective was well-known)

# shipwrecked (Pericles Prince of Tyre, seems unlikely)

# shooting star (Richard II; first known use of the phrase)

# shudder (Timon of Athens; first use as a noun; verb already well-known)

# silk (alleged; obviously not Shakespeare's)

# stocking (obviously not Shakespeare's)

# silliness (Othello)

# skim milk (I Henry IV; first use of the familiar term)

# to sneak (Measure for Measure; supposed first use of the verb)

# soft-hearted (2 Henry VI / 3 Henry VI; first use of the familiar phrase)

# spectacled (Coriolanus; not in today's sense)

# splitting (II Henry VI; first use as adjective)

# sportive (Richard III / Comedy of Errors / All's Well that Ends Well; supposed first use)

# to squabble (Othello; supposed first use, as with "to swagger")

# stealthy (Macbeth; first use as adjective)

# stillborn (can't find, obviously not Shakespeare's)

# to submerge (Antony and Cleopatra)

# successful (Titus Andronicus, seems dubious)

# suffocating (Othello; supposed first use as a descriptor)

# to sully (I Henry VI)

# superscript (Love's Labour's Lost)

# to supervise (Love's Labour's Lost; also Hamlet but not in today's sense)

# to swagger (II Henry IV, others; in context this seems to be already a well-known word)

# switch (first use to mean "twig")

# tardily (All's Well that Ends Well; first use of adverb)

# tardiness (King Lear; "tardy" as adjective was well-known)

# threateningly (All's Well that Ends Well; first use of the adverb)

# tightly (The Merry Wives of Windsor; first use as an adverb)

# time-honored (Richard II)

# title page (can't find; seems unlikely)

# to torture (several; first use as a verb)

# traditional (Richard III; first use as adjective)

# tranquil (Othello; "tranquility" was an old word)

# transcendence (All's Well that Ends Well; first attestation of the noun)

# tongue-tied (III Henry VI / Julius Caesar / Troilus and Cressida; seems first attestation of a phrase already in use)

# unaccommodated (King Lear)

# unaware (Venus and Adonis; first use as an adverb; the adjective was not yet in use)

# to unclog (Coriolanus, first use as a negative)

# unappeased (Titus Andronicus)

# unchanging (The Merchant of Venice)

# unclaimed (As You Like It; not in today's sense)

# uncomfortable (Romeo and Juliet)

# to uncurl (???)

# to undervalue (The Merchant of Venice)

# to undress (The Taming of the Shrew; seems unlikely)

# unearthly (Winter's Tale)

# uneducated (Love's Labour's Lost, seems possible)

# ungoverned (Richard III / King Lear)

# to unhand (Hamlet)

# unmitigated (Much Ado about Nothing)

# unpublished (King Lear; in the sense of "still unknown")

# unreal (Macbeth, first use of the negative)

# unsolicited (Titus Andronicus / Henry VIII; supposed first use of the form)

# unswayed (Richard III; not in today's sense, but "is the sword unswung?")

# unwillingness (Richard III / Richard II)

# upstairs (I Henry IV; supposedly first use as an adjective)

# urging (Richard III / Comedy of Errors; first attestation as a noun

# useful (several, seems already familiar)

# varied (Love's Labour's Lost, others)

# vastly (Rape of Lucrece, not present sense)

# viewless (Measure for Measure; means "invisible")

# vulnerable (Macbeth; used in today's sense)

# watchdog (The Tempest; first use of the phrase)

# well-behaved (The Merry Wives of Windsor; first known use of the compound)

# well-bred (II Henry IV; first use of the familiar compound)

# well-read (I Henry IV)

# whirligig (Twelfth Night)

# to widen (???)

# widowed (Sonnet 97 / Coriolanus; first use as an adjective)

# worn out (Romeo and Juliet / 2 Henry IV; seems unlikely)

# worthless (III Henry VI, several others; seems just a first attestation)

# yelping (I Henry VI; first attestation of this adjectival form)

# zany (Love's Labour Lost; simply a loan-word from Italian commedia dell'arte

"The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good - in spite of all the people who say he is very good."
~Robert Graves Quote (1895 - 1985)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bard, 1564-1616

Tomorrow is the anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. The are many sites about the Bard and my favorite is Open Source Shakespeare. Here you can find all his works and many interesting facts about the man. It is amazing how much he changed the English language in a positive manner. The search engine is phenomenal. This site is well constructed and easy to navigate. Language wise we all owe this great man and his great literature. What's your favorite? Personally I like the tragedies, but the historical plays run a close second. And as I've grown older the wit in his comedies has come to make more sense. He really knew a lot about human nature. Project Gutenberg, one of my all time favorite sites, has much ado about the Bard too. BTW, you can even use Open Source Shakespeare on your mobile! Take a look. There's a lot of information about him at many sites.

"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks."
~William Shakespeare

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


This is an excellent compilation of video and audio that is a great synopsis of Guild Wars. It will bring back memories to those of us who started in 2005 when there was just one chapter. Now there are four. All are featured. My hat is off to Calaval for the great work.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This is spectacular footage of a historical moment. Definite props and kudos go to Russian TV for this wonderful piece of history. The voice over is in perfect English. Only three more times will you see such a feat of inspirational awe and beauty. Sorry folks. This always makes me proud as an American and gives pause for a moment of prayer for those lost in such undertakings. Godspeed Shuttle Crews and Godspeed Russian TV. Thanks again for the wonderful highlights of another mission well done!

"It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone."
~Charles Kingsford Smith (first transpacific flight,1928, one year after Lindbergh's Atlantic crossing)

Monday, April 19, 2010

It's Only Rock n' Roll, and I Like It!

No doubt these guys are having a good time. Everyone takes a lead. Derek Trucks (blond head dude) is great, Doyle Bramhall (dark head left handed cat) breaks down the boogie, Steve Winwood is awesome (remember, his #1 instruments are keyboards not guitar) and stick around to the end when Clapton shows them all how it's done. Thank the Good Lord that Clapton overcame all the grief, drugging and drinking and survives today to play so many wonderful tunes. Turn it up!

Told you it was worth sticking to the end. They all rock, but Clapton is THE MAN!

"Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music."
~Ronald Reagan

Sidebar: Folks, I am having a rough time, no use denying it. I've tried to stop talking about the recent fire devastation. Please pray for me. This is one of the toughest uphill battles yet encountered. David G. sent an email that lifted my spirits and I know he prays for me during this struggle. Please remember me in your prayers and help me get through this crisis. I find myself on my knees a lot seeking guidance and hope. Guess you could say all's not quiet on the western front... Thanks.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

GMail at the Speed of Light!

Here is a handy tip for those needing fast email capability. It is a GMail script. Very easy to install and saves lotsa' time n' trouble. It's GMailThis. This comes from a handy-dandy site aptly named How-To Geek. It's loaded with all types of wonderful stuff and is well worth bookmarking (add as favorites, IE ppl). I actually have the widget on my iGoogle homepage and check in most every day. This site is well written, easy to navigate and site construction is outstanding. Definitely the way a tech help site should function. Great forums too!

Not using GMail? Crawl out of that cave and quit being a Luddite. Get a free acount at GMail. Also, you can download another great free application that is da' bombdiggity. It's called GMail BACKUP. Isn't it kewl that they created their own backup? GMail has huge storage and it organizes your mail in comprehensive patterns. It can also be downloaded into Windows Mail, Outlook Express, Outlook, Thunderbird and several more POP/SMTP clients if so desired. Saving the best for last. They have the most AWESOME SPAM FILTER in the Solar System. Takes about two weeks to train (which is easy) and spam will disappear. Receiving literally thousands of emails a month here through Gmail and usually less than 5 a month slip by and the disposal process is very simple. Then that spam is gone FOREVER! Heck, I even publish my GMail (email) addy at the top of this page. Don't want to comment?. Send me a note - cybersouth@gmail.com. This is my all time favorite email program. So put down that club, grunt to your better half and leave the cave!

Here's the usual disclaimer. You download it, it's YOUR responsibility. Follow instructions. All links provided in Cybersouth have been downloaded and tested.

Hope this helps.

"It is a good divine that follows his own instructions."
~William Shakespeare

Friday, April 16, 2010

Very Kewl Apps

Do you use text documents frequently? Be sure and check out Google's Documents Tour. This application (Google Docs not the tour) is most handy to someone that pushes text, .pdf, flow charts, and like material up and down via internet. Really nice work on Google's part. Definitely add the Drawings Extension. Also, you can take a look at many more extensions at their Official extensions site. Google Docs is a great way to collaborate, edit others, etc., while on the web. And it's FREE!

There is one more important application. You may have ignored the above because most of your documents are created in Word, Excel, Powerpoint or other Microsoft Office programs. Easy enough to keep using this great office suite and utilize the above applications. Just download Offisync. It will interface Office and Google Docs plus several more Google applications. Downloaded it and installed in a snap. Nice tool for the busy Office user. Guess what? It's FREE too!

As usual, YOU download to your computer. If something monks up don't fuss. These tools are used at the beach house and there have been no problems. Read the instructions on how to download and install. They are there for a reason.

"I try to leave out the parts that people skip."
~Elmore Leonard

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Keys to the Left, Keys to the Right

Back in the day you could not find a numeric keypad on every keyboard. They were usually a very expensive purchase that hooked up via serial port after a long voodoo ritual that usually involved severe bleeding created by the hair pulling. There's still a small, compact AT keyboard sans NKP on one of my file servers that is interfaced with a PS2 adapter. It works fine. Why mention all this ancient history? I still migrate to the numeric buttons above the QWERTYUIOP keys. Currently, I am trying to change this age old practice and utilize the functionality of the numeric keypad. My old habit is pretty deeply ingrained so it's taking some time. A great site is available that will help you make the transition. Go to wikiHow's How to Ten Key.

Southpaw here so you'd think that location of the numeric keypad might create problems. Not so. Most left handed people are somewhat ambidextrous in a right hander's world. Over the years I've learned to use a mouse with either hand. I can actually use a right handed mouse with my left hand. After years of field work and being in the sometimes strange locations that people put servers, firewalls, etc., it was a natural learning progression. Having problems left handers? Check out wikiHow's How to Be Ambidextrous. Hope all my fellow lefties celebrate on August 13th. Why? It's Left Handers Day!

Interesting fact: The most often used keys on a standard keyboard are under the left hand if you touch type.

"A habit is something you can do without thinking - which is why most of us have so many of them."
~Frank A. Clark

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I Gotta' Fever and the Only Cure is...Mo Motivation (or Coinage)!

Left this morning around 5:15AM and there was a backhoe sitting in front of my garage. Apparently, they dropped it off last night. Since I crashed early sleep muffled the noise. Maybe today I will be able to put all this behind me. Such a loss. Such horrible timing. Really didn't need sold finished products going up in flames, literally. Gosh, don't remember whining this much when the El Camino was stolen.

Trying to drum up business and also get caught up. Reason I am sitting at a wifi hot spot in Corinth, Ms, (Sub-Way) waiting on a client at 6:30 in the morning. Gonna' try and go by Dana's for a haircut and at least quit looking like gorilla mode is the tactical op of the day.

Enough, will try further to turn around this whine trend tomorrow. Later n stay casual.

"Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it."
~Mark Twain

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Present Becomes the Past

The remaining refuse of the recent fire disaster will be removed tomorrow. Be glad to see it gone. Sickens me to get out there and go through it again, but it must be done. No doubt I'll be filthy afterwards and smell like burnt wood, metal, electronics, etc. Never realized how inconvenient it is not to have clothes dryer, until now. Not a pleasant way to spend the morning. Tomorrow should be a better day though.

The rubbish pile calls and I am outta here. Later!

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, April 12, 2010

Music Monday

Always thought these guys were amazing. Burton Cummings, the lead singer, has one of the most distinct (and best) voices in rock and roll history. Did they ever do a bad song? This is an older cut that shows off the tightness of the band. Be sure and listen to the harmonies and transitions. They don't miss. Give a listen to one of the greatest bands to ever hail from Canada! This 'll make you wanna get up and dance!

As with all good bands they are having fun. Good tune to stir up the music soul!

"Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable."
~Martin Luther (1483 - 1546)

Friday, April 09, 2010

Few Days

Still working on some pixs of the laptop for sale. Will post them next week. There will be no posts for the next two days. I badly need some time to recuperate. My feet were burned in the fire and I didn't wait long enough before wearing shoes and working. Hopefully a few days will help the healing process. Stay casual this weekend. Se ya'll on Music Monday.

"Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born."
~George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Facing Facebook

Facebook was tried for a few weeks and is no longer at the beach house. People weren't very friendly, contacts showed up that I didn't know (finally learned to stop that), and people are not very willing to help. As a matter of fact if you like to insult people or be insulted this may be the ideal place for you on the internet. All in all, an unpleasant experience.

Before you start trying to raise a ruckus with me for my opinion please realize this is just one man's opinion. If it interests you by all means try it. You may like it. I won't try myspace either. They keep emailing me for some reason and it may be time to get in touch with one of their higher muckety-mucks and have this stopped. Better yet, next time I get one of their emails it'll be marked as spam and that will solve that problem.

It's apparent I am not a social networking person. Tried Twitter and didn't like it either. Some folks get into all this, but I have grown old and am too much of a curmudgeon to really enjoy these things. Even stopped Facebook for a few days, tried it again and was insulted several times almost immediately. Enough. I try to post here on a daily basis and my outlet for social networking is Guild Wars. We even voice talk in real time by using Teamspeak. Yes, if you interact in GW with other groups (PUGS) then people can be hateful. I stick with my guildmates or go it alone most of the time so this is avoided.

Really, you don't need to tell me how wonderful you find Facebook and insult me further. But, my money says you will anyway. Guess what? It's my life and you have no control. Hell, I barely do! Good luck to all the Facebookers.

"It's not a slam at you when people are rude - it's a slam at the people they've met before."
~F. Scott Fitzgerald

EDIT: PUGS = Pick Up Groups, where you randomly join a party of live people that are trying to accomplish the same task.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Great Fun

Creativity is sometimes great fun. The students at Shorewood High seem to be having a blast. There is something really different about this. See if you discover what is so different:

Yes, it was shot backwards and in one take. Rachel Ray featured this on her program yesterday. There is also a YouTube post on how they made the video. Very clever. Thanks Ashy for a great link.

"Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything."
~Kurt Vonnegut

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Chrome and Duplicate Cleaner

Here is an interesting video. It's worth the few minutes it takes to watch.

After a long scan and cleaning with Duplicate Cleaner (post on 3/30/2010) several things happened. First, a sigh of relief entered my mind as I realized the post did not link to this program. Second, it may or may not be the culprit concerning problems experienced afterwards. There is a very good chance the problem may be UIC (user in chair). I am checking the scan settings for hints to the problems. At this time, it has not been un-installed.

After scanning the computer and recovering 14 gigabytes of space some quirks arose. They all revolved around Google Chrome which is in the Links List. My homepage is an iGoogle page that has been customized. It wouldn't load properly. Only 25% of the items included on the homepage were left. At this time the cause has not been determined so the Duplicate Cleaner run and this glitch may be coincidence. Real life? Methinks strongly they may be connected (UIC). We will see.

"There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out."
~Lou Reed

Monday, April 05, 2010

Music Monday - OBG by Restless Heart

Not a huge country fan here. Like some of it though. This may be the prettiest love song I've ever heard. Bear with us guys, the ladies n' me need this from time to time. Gosh, what memories stir in my mind...

Real men can like this song, lol!

"The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of."
~Blaise Pascal

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter!!

"Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time."
~Martin Luther

Saturday, April 03, 2010

What Do You Really Know About Easter Eggs?

I get so tired of the holier than thou crowd condemning the use of the word Easter and the fun of an Easter egg hunt. Before you make rash decisions based on knowledge that amounts to barnyard material, please read the following information which found its way into my Easter basket via Wikipedia:

Origins and folklore

The egg is widely used as a symbol of the start of new life, just as new life emerges from an egg when the chick hatches out.

The ancient Zoroastrians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the Spring equinox. The Nawrooz tradition has existed for at least 2,500 years. The sculptures on the walls of Persepolis show people carrying eggs for Nowrooz to the king.

At the Jewish Passover Seder, a hard-boiled egg dipped in salt water symbolizes the festival sacrifice offered at the Temple in Jerusalem.

There are good grounds for the association between hares (later termed Easter bunnies) and eggs, through folklore confusion between hares' forms (where they raise their young) and plovers' nests.

Christian symbols and practice

The egg is seen by followers of Christianity as symbolic of the grave and life renewed or resurrected by breaking out of it. The red symbolizes the blood of Christ redeeming the world and human redemption through the blood shed in the sacrifice of the crucifixion. The egg itself is a symbol of resurrection: while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.

For Orthodox Christians, the Easter egg is much more than a celebration of the ending of the fast, it is a declaration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Traditionally, Orthodox Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ—the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead.

In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are blessed by the priest at the end of the Paschal Vigil, and distributed to the faithful. Each household also brings an Easter basket to church, filled not only with Easter eggs but also with other Paschal foods such as paskha, kulich or Easter breads, and these are blessed by the priest as well.

During Paschaltide, in some traditions the Paschal greeting with the Easter egg is even extended to the deceased. On either the second Monday or Tuesday of Pascha, after a memorial service people bring blessed eggs to the cemetery and bring the joyous paschal greeting, "Christ has risen", to their beloved departed.

Pious legends

While the origin of Easter eggs can be explained in the symbolic terms described above, a pious legend among followers of Eastern Christianity says that Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket miraculously turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ.[4]

A different, but not necessarily conflicting legend concerns Mary Magdalene's efforts to spread the Gospel. According to this tradition, after the Ascension of Jesus, Mary went to the Emperor of Rome and greeted him with “Christ has risen,” whereupon he pointed to an egg on his table and stated, “Christ has no more risen than that egg is red.” After making this statement it is said the egg immediately turned blood red.

Did you know anything about the Hebrew and ancient Christian connections? I especially like the one about St. Mary Magdalene and the Emperor. Just thought I'd shed clarification on a lot of hooey that is passed about this time of year. Go to church tomorrow. Feast with the family and let those children have some fun hunting Easter eggs. Still disagree with me? That's your privilege. This is my opinion and I am stickin' to it!

"The story of Easter is the story of God's wonderful window of Divine Surprise."
~Carl Knudsen

Friday, April 02, 2010

Good Friday Prayer

A day to be sad, a day to rejoice. I wish that all religions would embrace the ideals of helping our fellow man. It would be a wonderful world if all nations let freedom ring and gave people the pleasure of worshiping as they desire. This hate campaign against America is nothing more than petty jealousy and please forgive the poor, lost, ignorant souls. God help them come into the light. Amen

"Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness."
~Floyd W. Tomkins

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Watch Out for Merry Pranksters

April Fools Day. Just another heathen incorporation from the past. Especially this year it irritates me, because it comes just before the highest holy days of my faith, Christianity. We've so much monkey business going on in government it doesn't seem worth the effort to play jokes on someone. Congress is enough of a joke. Don't get me wrong. Good Friday is celebrated at the Beach House and IMHO, there is nothing nothing wrong with children hunting Easter eggs. Yes, I am aware the church incorporated pagan holiday festivities into a solemn remembrance of Christ dying on the cross. I do think that the Resurrection is just as important (if not more so) as the Birth. But, show me in the Bible where God says don't have fun. I check in with God several times a day. Those prayers can be about various things, but you can bet your sweet bippy one will be about personal salvation. Yes, I am selfish enough to want a one way ticket to Heaven. Peace Out!

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and
the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
and a little child shall lead them.”

Isiah 11:6