Monday, April 14, 2008

Save Windows XP!

Since about 70% of PC users are happy with their XP - or at least much prefer it to buggy compatibility-challenged Vista - a "Rescue XP Movement" has arisen on the internet.

You did know that XP will be phased out as of this June 2008. Off the shelves. No longer buyable at any retail outlet. And all new computers sold will come equipped with buggy compatibility-challenged Vista. Whether you want it or not. Choice does not exist in Microsoft's universe. Why should it? They own the universe, right?

Many Windows/PC users are now looking into Linux and The Mac. Anything but Vista. Microsoft has gone corporately suicidal.

Even Microsoft's business/corporate users so prefer XP to Vista that 67% of them have actually downgraded new company PC's from Vista to XP.

And the Microsoft folly marches on, deaf to the wishes of a majority of its customers, both home and business users.

Nevertheless, XP users are banding together across the internet to express their views and sign one fat humungous petition to keep XP alive. Or, at least to delay its demise. You can participate, too. Learn more by visiting the Save XP website from Infoworld. Sign the petition. Add your voice to the other voices.

And start thinking about all your options... the alternatives to Microsoft operating systems. If Microsoft loses a large chunk of their customer base, they will only have themselves to blame. At the very least, figure out what your options are.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

What's On When

Going anywhere? Anywhere at all? In the entire world?

If you want to plan a great trip, find out where to go, what to do, what special events are happening at your chosen destination spot, you'll want to check out this website which bills itself as, "The local guide for the global traveller." And they're not just whistlin' Dixie!


The Stonehenge Dig

For the first time in a very long time, the British ministry in charge of antiquities and archealogy is allowing an archealogical dig at the ancient site of Stonehenge. It certainly is not the first time a dig has taken place there and I'm not sure what they think they can find but technology has advanced in leaps and bounds since the last dig so, who knows? Maybe the place will give up some of its secrets.

I've always been fascinated by that place.

Here's a link to their 360-degree panaoramic photograph from the inside of the Stonehenge circle. You can drag the picture with your mouse and it will be as if you are standing inside the very heart of Stonehenge, gazing outwards, as you turn around. From that page, you can click to go to the page about the dig and other information about Stonehenge.

From the 360-degree panaoramic photo, I took these screen capture shots:






Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Cops: 3rd-graders aimed to hurt teacher

You know, I'm not real big on corporal punishment because I really don't think you can beat sense into kids but there needs to be some serious punishing going on here. Punishment and consequences and maybe a healthy dose of real counseling, not the "feel-good-about-yourself-even-if-you know you're misbehaving" kind of counseling.

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press Writer

WAYCROSS, Ga. - A group of third-graders plotted to attack their teacher, bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and other items for the job and assigning children tasks including covering the windows and cleaning up afterward, police said Tuesday.

The children, ages 8 and 9, were apparently mad at the teacher because she had scolded one of them for standing on a chair...


Shindig - one of the best TV shows EVER!

My Absolute Favorite Song of My Whole Lifetime - This is it.

For my 21st birthday, I got about 24 hours at the TravelLodge Motel with my first love, Hal Barnett of Westwood Engineers. This movie ("Play Misty for Me") was on the TV and this is the love song montage from it as the characters played by Donna Mills and Clint Eastwood fall in love all over again.

Ha ha, I walked into Hal's office and said, "It's my birthday and I'm giving you to me as my present." Ha ha ha ha ha ha...

Best birthday present ever. Best song ever.

I just love this song...

...the passion...