Saturday, September 27, 2008

Possible virus alert ...

If you get an email with the subject line of "Nude photos of Sara Palin", don't open it as it may contain a virus.

If you get an email with the subject line of "Nude photos of Hillary Clinton", don't open it as it may contain nude pictures of Hillary Clinton.

This was found in my inbox from sender unknown and has not been confirmed with
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yes, I am a HERO!

donor-heroOk, ok ....  I only donated blood, but I got a shirt that says I am a hero.


It seems there is a blood donation drive on campus every month.  Both the Red Cross and the Oklahoma Blood Institute show up for the drives (but not at the same time).  Today's visit was by OBI.  Being that they were setup in the Student Union Starlight Terrace right across from my office, I decided to use my lunch break to donate blood.


Instead of just a normal visit for blood donation, when a donor simply "bleeds into a bag", I opted for an apheresis donation. 


From OBI's web site:

Apheresis (a-fe-REE-sis) is a special automated type of blood donation that involves collecting whole blood from a donor, but instead of separating components in the lab, the components are automatically separated online while you donate. Since the majority of patients are treated with only one particular blood component, an apheresis donation is more efficient and beneficial to the donor. Apheresis allows a single donor to provide more of the single component needed by a patient. By reducing the number of donors needed to meet a patient's need, the chances of a patient reaction or rejection are decreased.


This process took a little more time than normal - I was hooked up for about 35 minutes, as opposed to my normal donation time of 12-15 minutes.  However, considering the result (... allows a single donor to provide more of the single component needed by a patient), the extra time is worth it.


I don't know where/when tradition of giving t-shirts to blood donors started, but the image above is the shirt that was being handed out today.  I've got a few other donor shirts at home, and even had one on the day I broke my leg (which later lead to the amputation). 


The nurses at the ER went to extreme lengths not to cut that shirt off, since they said they like people to wear donor shirts to get the word out to donate blood.  And, after the fifteen (15) units of blood I received in 2001, I am grateful for blood donors as well.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Consider yourself Barack-Rolled


Someone with a lot of time on their hands, as well as some mad clip-editing skills has put together a Barack-Roll video, overtop the normal Rick-Roll music ... and they did a quality job.


Following the creation of the above video, it was later spliced into video from the RNC tape of McCain's speech, making it appear that McCain got Barack-Rolled (see below)


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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Enable multiple monitor support in Remote Desktop

Multiple monitor support is available in Remote Desktop as long as the monitors are the same resolution and aligned side-by-side.

  1. Open the command prompt by clicking the Start button, All Programs, Accessories, and then open Command Prompt.
  2. Type Mstsc /span and then press Enter on your keyboard.
  3. Now you can connect to a remote computer using Remote Desktop with multiple monitor support.

Another method involves already having an .rdp file saved to connect to another machine.  Create a shortcut with the following command properties:

               mstsc.exe ShortcutToMyComputer.rdp /span

(change the info to point to the proper rdp file)


Note: If you are using a computer with multiple monitors, you can drag the width of the RDP session across the width of both monitors, so that you actually make full use of the span command.  If not, you will just have to scroll left/right to see everything.


Appropriate disclaimers:

  • If you do not understand, or cannot read, all directions, cautions and warnings, do not use this product.
  • This product is meant for educational purposes only.
  • Subject to change without notice
  • Some assembly required.
  • Your mileage may vary

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