Thursday, October 28, 2004

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Wednesday Software Review - AM-Deadlink

Application title: AM-Deadlink
Software type: Freeware
Use: AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in your Browser Bookmarks. If a Bookmark has become unavailable you can delete it from your Browser. AM-DeadLink checks Bookmarks from Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Netscape.
Ron's thoughts: Over the years I have managed to acquire (too) many favorite/bookmarks. Many of them are support-related, while others are for personal use. One thing I hate is to use a bookmark, only to find the associated link generates a 404-file not found error. AM-Deadlink checks all of my bookmarks and identifies the ones which will generate a 404 error. From within the program I can also delete these problem links, without having to use the 'manage favorites' within my browser.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Application title: EditPad Lite
Software type: Shareware
Use: EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, designed to be small and compact, yet offer all the functionality you expect from a basic text editor. EditPad Lite works with Windows 95, NT4, 98, 2000, ME and XP. The Linux version is available separately.
Ron's thoughts: Favorite features:
- Able to have multiple documents (tabs) open at the same time
- Able to find/replace in all open documents at the same time
- Unlimited undo and redo
- Reopen menu option for up to 16 files
- Uppercase, lowercase, invert case and initial caps conversion
- Able to color code tabs (easily distinguish between active/non-active & modified/non-modified
- Free
This little application has saved me numerous hours over the years, use with the first two features mentioned above.
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Friday, October 15, 2004

I'm Confused

This was passed to me, but I can't understand it. Maybe you can.

I'm trying to get all this political stuff straightened out in my head so that I'll know how to vote come November.
Right now, we have one guy saying one thing. Then the other guy says something else. Who to believe? Lemme see; have I got this straight?

Clinton awards Halliburton no-bid contract in Yugoslavia--good.
Bush awards Halliburton no-bid contract in Iraq--bad...

Clinton spends 77 billion on war in Serbia--good.
Bush spends 87 billion in Iraq--bad.

Clinton imposes regime change in Serbia--good.
Bush imposes regime change in Iraq--bad.

Clinton bombs Christian Serbs on behalf of Muslim Albanian terrorists--good.
Bush liberates 25 million from a genocidal dictator--bad.

Clinton bombs Chinese embassy--good.
Bush bombs terrorist camps--bad.

Clinton commits felonies while in office--good.
Bush lands on aircraft carrier in jumpsuit--bad.

Clinton refuses to take custody of Bin Laden--good.
World Trade Centers fall under Bush--bad.

Clinton says Saddam has nukes--good.
Bush says Saddam has nukes--bad.

Clinton calls for regime change in Iraq--good.
Bush imposes regime change in Iraq--bad.

Terrorist training in Afghanistan under Clinton--good.
Bush destroys training camps in Afghanistan--bad.

Milosevic not yet convicted--good.
Saddam turned over for trial--bad.

Ahh, it's so confusing!

Every year an independent tax watchdog group analyzes the average tax burden on Americans, and then calculates the "Tax Freedom Day." This is the day after which the money you earn goes to you, not the government. This year,tax freedom day was April 11. That's the earliest it has been since 1991. It's latest day ever was May 2, which occurred in 2000. Notice anything special about those dates?

Recently, John Kerry gave a speech in which he claimed that Americans are actually paying more taxes under Bush, despite the tax cuts. He gave no explanation and provided no data for this claim.

Another interesting fact: Both George Bush and John Kerry are wealthy men. Bush owns only one home, his ranch in Texas. Kerry owns four mansions, all worth several million dollars. (His ski resort home in Idaho is an old barn brought over from Europe in pieces. Not your average A-frame).

Bush paid $250,000 in taxes this year; Kerry paid $90,000. Does that sound right? The man who wants to raise your taxes obviously has figured out a way to avoid paying his own.
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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Doctor, Doctor jokes

Doctor, Doctor, I can't stop stealing things.
Take these pills for a week; if that doesn't work I'll have a VCR.
Doctor, doctor, nobody understands me.
What do you mean by that?
Doctor, doctor, people tell me I'm a wheelbarrow.
Don't let people push you around.
Doctor, doctor, I keep thinking I'm a dog.
Lie down on the couch and I'll examine you.
I can't, I'm not allowed on the furniture.
Doctor, doctor, No one believes a word I say.
Tell me the truth now, what's your REAL problem?
Doctor, doctor, I keep trying to get into fights.
And how long have you had this complaint?
Who wants to know?
Doctor, doctor, I can't concentrate, one minute I'm ok, and the next minute, I'm blank!
And how long have you had this complaint?
What complaint?
Doctor, doctor, I think I'm a bridge.
What's come over you?
Oh, two cars, a large truck and a coach.
Doctor, doctor, I think I'm a cat.
How long has this been going on?
Oh, since I was a kitten!
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Monday, October 11, 2004

What a Saturday!!!!!

Won't get into all the activities on Saturday, but had to share one of the many 'blasts' we had:

After getting up early to drive a couple of hours to meet some friends in the Muskogee area, we decided to load up and visit The Nina, a full size replica of one of the three ships (Nina, Pinta & Santa Maria) used my Christopher Columbus to find the new world. Prior to going, I did a little research, but thought what I had found was in error. Documents I reviewed indicated the Nina was 93 feet in length ... that had to be wrong, because I have seen dozens of movies with ships from that time period, and they were huge. All I can say is: Not the Nina!

We drove up and saw it from a distance, but it felt like I was looking at it from an airplane. I thought there is no way that thing is as small as it appears to be, but as we got closer, it didn't get any larger. After paying the small 'boarding' fee, and figuring out what postcards were going to be purchased afterwards, we proceeded to the Nina. Where it was docked on the Arkansas River, they were able to secure a small barge between the shore and the Nina so it was easier for the visitors to access. While it looked small from the shore, it felt even smaller after boarding. The deck was sloped from the center out, to aid in the removal of water from choppy seas. On the 93' ship was another 18' boat, not a life boat per se, but the "ship's boat" used to go ashore with in the original days. One of the crew members was providing a running tour of the vessel (whenever I use that term, I hear Chekhov from Star Trek ... back to the story) and explained how the storage hold below deck was only for supplies and animals, and that the crew remained above deck the entire time. There was one additional area below deck for Christopher Columbus and his "cabin boy", but that area was only 6'w X 6'd X 4'h and the only ventilation for this area was from the hatch he had to crawl through to get into it .. there were no port holes. The idea of setting off across the ocean into the unknown is one thing, but to do it upon this tiny vessel (there I go again) is unbelievable

Three reasons to visit the Nina (from a crew member):
  1. To see a near perfect example of a type of sailing ship-the caravel- of such clean, sculptured, honest design that it was produced for upwards of 125 years. with its Scandinavian style bow and midsection and its combination square and lateen rigging it was probably the best open water sailing vessel of its time- that pivotal time referred to as the ' Great Age of Discovery'.
  2. In some small way to enter that age, to perhaps get a feeling for Columbus himself, that enigmatic and flawed human being, who, admire or despise him, is one of perhaps only three individuals in all of our long past who, by themselves, for good or ill, personally altered the course of Western history.
  3. To stand on the sloping deck of the Nina, as true a replica as will probably ever be built. It was Columbus' favorite ship, the one he very nearly died on in 1493, upon which he ultimately logged more than 25,000 miles.

Sad to say, the Muskogee visit is the last port to be visited. When it leaves, it will go to the Grand Caymans to start conducting 'day cruises'.

After visiting the Nina, we also went to view the USS Batfish, a decommissioned US Naval Submarine housed in Muskogee (over 300' in length, to compare/contrast the differences). That visit can wait for another blog report!

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Dilbert hits too close to home ... too many times!

Who hasn't experienced this from a manager?
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Friday, October 08, 2004

Motorcycle Airbag

Halo Labs is developing an airbag system for motorcyclists that fits inside a jacket and was kind enough to put three hypnotic, cringe-inducing, yet hilarious videos of their product tests online. I especially like the end of video one, where the cartoon man is launched over a car, tumbling and spinning, only to land in a mess of out-of-place legs, showing that even an airbag jacket isn't going to help you much when you're flipping thirty feet through the air (but at least your vital organs might make it out in one piece).
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Happy Birthday, Chevy Chase

Cornelius Crane Chase, later known as Chevy Chase, was born in New York City on this date in 1943. Chase began writing material for comedians in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. After meeting Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels while standing in line for a movie, Chase landed a job writing and acting for the program. After a year, he left the show to launch a movie career. His films include Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), and Fletch (1985).

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Thursday, October 07, 2004

OKC Zoo up for award!

The OKC Zoo has been selected as a semi-finalist in Microsoft's America's favorite zoo contest. We are in the top 15 out of 50.

Winner will receive a $25,000 grant and will be chosen by internet voting. All you have to do is go to the link below and vote for Oklahoma City as your favorite zoo!
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Which OS am I?

You are Palm OS. Punctual, straightforward and very useful.  Your mother wants you to do more with your life like your cousin Wince, but you're happy with who you are.
Which OS are You?

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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Wednesday software review: CursorClock

Application title: CursorClock
Software type: Freeware
Use: Here's a little program for all you office clock-watchers out there. This application will turn your mouse cursor into a working clock.
Ron's thoughts: The use pretty much says it all .... This little application places a clock at the bottom of you cursor. The only adjustment you might have to your computer is to turn off the "Enable pointer shadow" in the mouse properties (in the control panel). If that is activated, the clock area is just a black box. Place it in your "Start Up" group and enjoy!
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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

For all you animal lovers out there

The Animal RescueSite is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota to get free food donated by corporations for abused and neglected animals.

It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "feed an animal in need" for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know:

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Monday, October 04, 2004

Just wondering.....

Brent .... is that you on the right?
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