Monday, November 28, 2005

The Elder Geek on Windows XP

All Windows, all the time...

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Believers Flock to 'Crying' Virgin Mary - Yahoo! News

Red stains are seen running from the left eye of a statue of the Virgin Mary at the Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs Church in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005. According to Anthony Nguyen, a deacon at the Church, the stains first appeared more than a week ago, but they were wiped away. The stains reappeared a week later. Visitors have been flocking to the church to see what many call 'a miracle.'(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Friday, November 25, 2005

How to Be a Good Parent - WikiHow

Parenthood is the hardest, yet most important job in the world. Here are some tips to help you raise your children with love, wisdom, and patience.

1. Make rules. What rules should any person live by in order to lead a happy, healthy life? Tell your children what these rules are every day, and what the consequences are if they are broken.

2. Follow through. If a child breaks a rule, enforce whatever consequences were previously discussed. Be consistent - don't let your child manipulate you into making exceptions because you feel bad. When enforcing consequences, calmly ask your child, "This is what I told you would happen if you did (or didn't) do XYZ, right?"

3. Take interest. Be involved. Try to understand who your child is, and what makes him or her an individual. Ask questions. What do they want to do? What do they think about this or that? How do they feel?

4. Respect boundaries. Don't be too involved. That is, as your child grows, give him or her more responsibility, and at the same time give him or her more privacy and more decision-making power. Pay responsibility back with trust.

5. Be a role model. Live by the rules you set. Don't be one of those "Do as I say, not as I do" parents. Don't do anything you wouldn't want your child to do, even when they're not around (they're bound to catch you doing it, or find out about it, when you're not looking, and they'll get the message that it's okay to do things behind someone's back).

6. Show and tell them that you love them, even when they seem to hate you, or when they are being punished. If you have followed all the steps above, it will be easier for your children to understand that you are trying to do what's best for them, because you love them. They might still not believe you in the heat of the moment, but they will eventually look back and understand.

7. Never compare your children with others or even with siblings. For example, never say "Look at ABC's son, he is the same age as you and doing so well".

8. Never shame or embarrass your children in front of other people. Protect and rescue them at all cost from all kinds of shame.

Restoring an XP installation

An oldie but goodie. Really coming into use lately so I thought I would post it here.

Restoring an XP installation

By Matt Hartley -

One of the ideas behind the Windows XP installation CD was that it was supposed to make installing Windows a whole lot easier. Less errors, simpler choices, and removing installation confusion sound pretty good to most of us, right?

Microsoft had hoped for XP to be as pain-free and easy to install as possible. Unfortunately, reality had other plans for some XP users. While it is extremely rare to have major issues installing a fresh copy of XP on a computer, reinstallations can frequently be troublesome even when doing things by the book.

Lucky for us Microsoft has provided us with specific tools to help us deal with these situations. While this may seem like very little comfort when compared to XP's many shortcomings, these tips can often keep a bad day from getting a lot worse, if you know what I mean.

Let's start by looking at some tips and utilities for dealing with XP issues before jumping into a XP reinstall.

Last known good config: Always the easiest to try first before settling for a reinstallation of Windows XP. Reboot the PC and tap F8 while you wait for boot options to be displayed for you. Once there, choose "Last known good configuration."

System restore: In some cases, a reinstallation can be avoided by using system restore. If you are unable to get system restore to work from within safe mode, you can try to access it from within a command prompt. You do not need to leave safe mode to do this, just follow these instructions closely:

Reboot into safe mode with a command prompt.

Get to an administrator account so that you have the needed permissions to get things done.

At the command prompt, type: %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

Follow the instructions to restore your PC to an earlier state of operation.

Recovery console: The XP recovery console can be a very useful utility when employed with care. There are a variety of situations where having access to it can be really handy. In fact, you need to get access to it before we go any further.

Reboot from the Windows XP CD. Once you arrive at the welcome screen, choose "R" for recovery.

You will be asked which Windows installation you wish to access. Choose the appropriate number.

Now a prompt for your administrator password will appear. Enter it and continue (if no password, press enter).

Now we are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work. While at the console, you can type help for a list of available commands that are at your disposal. For example, you can repair a messed up boot sector by typing FIXBOOT and then typing enter afterward.

If you are having difficulty booting up because of a messed up ntldr file, however, then you might need to replace it by typing:

(Keep in mind this is assuming that E: is the correct drive letter for your CD ROM drive).
Once you have repaired what you have needed to from the recovery console, simply type EXIT at the prompt to leave and restart Windows.

When all else fails, sometimes reinstalling is the best medicine. Below, we will look at two very different methods to accomplish this.

Repair installation: Running a repair install of Windows XP can be a handy way of fixing the installation of XP without having to start totally over and deleting important data from your PC.

To do this type of install, simply follow these instructions.
Boot from your XP installation CD.
At the welcome screen, choose enter.
Once at the license agreement, press F8.
At the next screen, choose to repair the selected Windows XP installation by pressing R.
The files will begin to install and then your PC will reboot. During the reboot you will be presented with option of booting from the CD again by pressing any key. Don't press anything. Allow it to finish the install without booting from the CD again.

Full reinstallation of Windows XP: If all else fails and you are ready to completely delete everything on your hard drive, then you are ready to do a full reinstallation.

You will be erasing everything, so make sure you already have a backup of any important data before you continue. Follow the instructions above 'til you arrive at step 4. At that point, choose to continue installing a fresh copy of XP on your system and NOT the repair option.

Black Viper has a great walkthrough that will take you step by step through the nuances of setting up your partitions, formatting, etc.Well, that should about cover how to deal with repairing and if need be, reinstalling Windows XP. If you still have questions, feel free to ask me

This is your best bet for getting help with your Windows XP woes. As a matter of fact, if you have horror stories with Windows XP installations, I would love to hear them. Feel free to shoot them on over and I might even mention some of them here in a future article!

Bits of Zubaty – A compilation of writings from "What Men Know That Women Don't"

Do you ever listen to women talk? Do you get the idea that the foundation of their belief system is that the world is essentially a good place? Or do you get the feeling from them that life is a constant battle of things to be manipulated and arranged?

Women have more emotions, men have deeper feelings...

World's Ugliest Dog Dies at 14 - Yahoo! News

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sam, the tiny dog whose hairless body and crooked teeth earned him a reputation as the World's Ugliest Dog, has died.

The pooch died Friday, just short of his 15th birthday, his owner said. I don't think there'll ever be another Sam, Susie Lockheed said, adding: Some people would think that's a good thing.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Woman Spends 3 Hours In Woods For Dumping Kittens

Cold, Snow Forces Woman Back To Cell

UPDATED: 1:02 pm CST November 24, 2005

PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- Cold and snow forced an Ohio woman sentenced to spend a night in the woods for dumping 33 kittens back to jail.

Michelle Murray, 25, a former animal rescuer, was convicted of animal cruelty last month.

Judge Michael Cicconetti sentenced Murray to spend the night in the woods without food or light. He said he wanted her to feel the same pain as the kittens she neglected.

Murray spent about three hours in the woods before she was allowed to go back to a cell.

She will now finish her 15-day jail sentence.

Murray said family problems forced her to abandon the kittens. Park rangers originally found 33 kittens, but many have since died.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

I will have my way with you....

I will seek and find you I shall take you to bed and have my way with you.

I will make you ache, shake & sweat until you moan & groan.

I will make you beg for mercy, beg for me to stop.

I will exhaust you to the point that you will be relieved when I'm finished with you.

And, when I am finished, you will be weak for days.

All my love,

The Flu

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

SONY BMG - First4Internet XCP Removal Tools


November 15th, 2005 - We currently are working on a new tool to uninstall First4Internet XCP software. In the meantime, we have temporarily suspended distribution of the existing uninstall tool for this software. We encourage you to return to this site over the next few days. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

UFO News Blog - Current Sightings - Latest News

UFO News Blog - Current Sightings - Latest News: "Friday, November 04, 2005

Fireballs spark UFO speculation

Numerous sightings of massive fireballs in the skies over Germany this week have led to an upsurge in reports of UFOs, but scientists believe the cause could be a bizarre annual meteor blitz.

According to the Web site of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA ), such fireballs have been reported elsewhere in the world and may also be due to the fact that the Earth is now orbiting through a swarm of space debris.

Many people in Germany have noticed the fireballs, said Werner Walter, an amateur astronomer in Mannheim who runs a Web site on unexplained astronomical phenomena and a hotline for reports on unidentified flying objects (UFO). "

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Ship Blasted Pirates With Sonic Weapon - Yahoo! News

Pirate Ship Blasted With Sonic Weapon

By JOHN PAIN, AP Business Writer
Mon Nov 7, 7:20 PM ET

MIAMI - The crew of a luxury cruise ship used a sonic weapon that blasts earsplitting noise in a directed beam while being attacked by a gang of pirates off Africa this weekend, the cruise line said Monday.

Device maker American Technology Corp. said earsplitting "bangs" were directed by trained security personnel toward the pirates. That, combined with ship maneuvers, caused the attackers to leave the area, the company said.

The LRAD is a so-called "non-lethal weapon" developed for the U.S. military after the 2000 attack on the USS Cole off Yemen as a way to keep operators of small boats from approaching U.S. warships.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Escaped Pit Bulls Attack Six in Illinois

No charges had been filed Sunday, but McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said it was being investigated as a crime scene.

Neighbors said the attacks started late Saturday afternoon when children going door-to-door for a fund-raiser arrived at the home of Scott Sword, 41, who owned the dogs.

"We had music playing, and I heard this bizarre sound," said Debby Rivera, who lives three houses away. "I looked out the window, and I saw a young boy. The dogs were just jumping on him."

"The screams were horrible," she said. The dogs were "relentless, like they were possessed."

The pit bulls attacked the two children, and when the dogs' owner tried to stop them, the dogs turned on him and bit off his thumb, Nygren said. The boy's father also tried to protect his son and was attacked. The dogs went after another neighbor as well.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP!

PowerToys add fun and functionality to the Windows experience. What are they? PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released.

Note: We take great care to ensure that PowerToys work as they should, but they are not part of Windows and are not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys. PowerToys are for Windows XP only.

Interpol - National wanted web sites

Are you wanted?

Friday, November 04, 2005

Stillwater Lift Bridge should be open Monday

Stillwater Lift Bridge should be open Monday
Friday, November 04, 2005

For some western Wisconsin commuters, the daily trip to the Twin Cities and back will get a lot shorter next week.

That’s because the Stillwater Lift Bridge should be open to traffic.

“It looks good for Nov. 7,” said Steve Adamsky, project engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. “If we get lucky it might even be ready a few days early.”

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Turkey Trivia Quiz

I got 11 right!

(UTC/GMT) Time Converter Calculator

GMT Time Converter!!!
Very handy.

The Current TIme

This link is for the GMT, but you can choose your local time too.

Highly recommended... Chris

The definition of SPAM

Spyware has quickly evolved from an online nuisance to one of the most dire threats facing the Internet. As users struggle to maintain control over their computers, many find themselves trapped in a cyclical battle against programs that install themselves without warning, open dangerous security holes and reinstall themselves after they've been deleted. The worst of these programs allow online criminals to hijack users' sensitive personal information at will. Even the most benign variants can slow computers to a crawl by wasting their processing power to provide unwanted "services." Compounding the problem are the sophisticated ploys spyware developers use to install their programs on unsuspecting users' computers. Spyware distributors often rely on security holes, clever cons, opaque "bundling" arrangements and other unsavory practices to spread their unwanted payload. As the threat has grown, so has the need to mount a coordinated defense against these unwanted programs and their adverse effects.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

dealram. Computer/digital camera memory price comparison. (flash cards, USB pen drives)

Dealram is the easiest to use price comparison resource for computer memory. Find the cheapest prices from the best merchants, even on name-brand RAM.

Dealram adjusts for shipping and sales tax so you can compare prices accurately. We can also send you an email when they hit your price. dealram saves you time, money, and trouble.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005