Thursday, December 25, 2008

Google Doodle for Yoodle

Google in 1998
Flash: This may only be available on
Christmas day. Go to the standard google
search page and click on the logo.

Below are three of the hidden images
which will show. One wonders if there
are other days or symbols present
on other days.

Merry Christmas to you too google.

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Learning how to screen capture and post with ScribeFire.

Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States.

I am now including a screen capture - just by selecting - from This will allow me to post with
image content and then add my own photos of choice.
I have linkified the truemors post .
The image was offered to me by Zemanta.
I am now experimenting to see if I can add
another photo to this paragraph.

CAMP DAVID, MD - AUGUST 18:  (L to R) U.S. Vic...Here is my frustrated result after
much effort and images jumping
in and out of the blog.

It seems as if the photos prefer to be
on the right.

Flying Spaghetti Monster Tree Ornament

If the same old decorative glass balls hanging from the Christmas tree
(or Festivus pole) seem drab and lackluster, consider switching out
your glass balls for meatballs. The Flying Spaghetti Monster
tree ornament features a booglie eyed pasta monster that represents the
faux Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, created in 2005 by an
Oregon graduate student protesting the decision by the Kansas State
Board of Education to require the teaching of intelligent design
alongside biological evolution. Yay for politics on the tree! Look out
for the Dick Cheney on a ribbon ornament!

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My search for a suitable/great blog editor.

Relief from a scribe's tomb found in Flavia SolvaImage via Wikipedia
Now I have just added the ScribeFire extension for Firefox.
I thought that I would have been able to select copy from
a page and add text to it. Apparently, that is not the case.
I've also added the Zemanta extension which I used for
the posts of the middle of the year.

Note that you are reading an edited version of my
original post: it turns out that ScribeFire does
allow for selecting content from web pages. I have
added this second paragraph, the photo to the
right and the links above with Zemanta.

As I remember from my previous use of Zemanta,
I will not be able to add a second photo to this post.
But, ScribeFire will allow for additional photos to appear.
I will try that with my next post.
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Eyes Have It!

As public speakers, salespeople...just everyday communicators,
we've always been taught to look our public right in their eyes.Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) (L) and Republican vice presidential nominee Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appear onstage during the vice presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, October 2, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Pool   (UNITED STATES)   US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)  ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 02: Democratic vice presidential candidate U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) speaks as Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin looks on during the vice presidential debate at the Field House of Washington University's Athletic Complex on October 2, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. The highly anticipated showdown between the two vice-presidential candidates will be their only debate before the election.Image by Getty Images via Daylife
Tonight Sarah Palin did just that: she looked us straight in the
eyes and told us from her heart what she feels about and for us!

She has personally turned the race for the presidency around once again.
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sandbox In - Sandbox Out

SandpitSandpit Well, it's been some time since I have deleted my sandbox and have regained 2.5 GB of harddrive space.

I currently use an older version of to
protect my computer against assaults from so-called
driveby websites, meandering trojans and spyware.

So you've never heard of the concept of a sandbox?
It's like having a virtual computer within your real computer.

Imagine you were playing in the box shown to
the right. And, when you were finished you got
up, brushed yourself off and walked away clean.
That's the concept of using a sandbox on your computer.

Now suppose something undesirable landed in your sandbox, you
could just dump the contents of your sandbox out and get rid of it without
any residue or complications.

You also can recover from your virtual computer to your real
computer, thus saving files which you have downloaded into your sandbox.

To paraphrase the Las Vegas phrase, "What happens in your
sandbox, stays in your sandbox." And, you can delete your sandbox too!

Lavasoft, the firewall company, has recently
delivered its own version of a sandbox and
google hired engineers from Greenborder,
a competitor of sandboxie to design
the sandbox concept into its new Chrome browser.

Sandboxie is free...need I say more?
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Have you been flocked yet ?

FlockImage via WikipediaThat's Flock 1.2, the new web browser based upon
Firefox 2. It's called a social browser; designed
for people who like to be linked - or linkable - to
their friends and blogs. There are many interesting
and other useful features including the safety aspects of

It's use of RAM is moderate - perhaps, after
an hour a little more than Firefox.

One of the features I really like is that if there
is a searchable field on a webpage, Flock will
offer to load it into your search bar for later use.
This way you can search a page without actually
having to go to it.

Many, but not all, of the updated extensions
can be downloaded from the Flock site and lots
of Firefox extensions will work too.

I'm using it more than Firefox 3 these days.

There is a beta to Flock 2.0 available, but
I'm going to wait.

Let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

How can I post without an input box?

Comet WestImage via WikipediaGood question; never thought I'd have to ask.

All of a sudden today, my input box has disappeared. First it shows when I select to make a new post, then it disappears.

I am posting to my preview window now. Yes, as the forum says, I have cleared my cache and cookies, but to no avail. By the way, I am using FF 3.

Does anyone have any other suggestions or are you experiencing
the same?

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Friday, July 4, 2008

July 4th.....Freedom and Firefox

Sweet roofWhat's a poor boy to do, but join with the other 30 million
or so other users and muddle through the addons, extensions
and themes wars. Many of us have been using the previous
incarnations of FF... and for good reasons: extensions, or as
Mozilla calls them, addons.

But many of my previous favorites just won't install,
even if updated by their designers, after June 17th.

Here's the mozilla link for help:

It's a comprehensive page listing the various messages I, and
presumably you, have received accompanying failed addons
installation attempts. Frankly, some of their suggestions are
understandable (to me), some aren't and some might
have some consequences to our overall systems.

What do you think?
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Firefox 3 and extension(s) problems

Well, we all were waiting for it...Firefox 3 to come out of beta.
And so it did. Yes, it loads faster and doesn't use quite as much RAM.
Those aspects are of importance to me.

But, and you knew, that it was coming, what is up with the extensions?
I used to have 40 + in my FF 2 installation. Now I can't get more than
15 extensions to load and function. I even have an RSS feed with the
latest extensions info and they don't load either; they are either rejected or installation fails.

I must admit that I run FF 3 in a sandboxed browser (
But, that has never made a difference before.

I read some of the daily FF oriented blogs and can't find anything
written about extensions and related problems. Also, I receive a daily google alert
related to extensions and associated problems - nothing there either.

What's been your experience?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Your bankteller: friendly, but uninformed......

A funny thing happened to me today while doing some in-person banking.
Had made a couple of debit transactions over the weekend and wanted
to know how much cash was available in my account.

There was a gas pump purchase and a visit to a local
retail store. One would think that the teller could look
at my account and see the exact amount of cash I had used.
Not true.

She hadn't checked all of the available screens and the fuel
company had only withdrawn $1.00 to test my account.
That actual amount might be available in several days.
The teller actually incorrectly mixed two purchases together
and did not inform me of this.

I left the bank and returned to explain my displeasure
with the customer service manager. She had printed
my account info and was going to go over it with all of the

One would think that this is common enough to
have as part of standard training.

It's important to ask if there are any other screens to check
or are there any that haven't been checked yet. Also,
are you looking at a total as opposed to individual entries?

Of course, as the customer service manager suggested,
I could have kept a register with me at the pump.