Archive for January, 2007

No Vista, no problem!

January 27, 2007 Leave a comment

The other day I ran into this article and thought, heck why not try out some of these gadgets. I spend 2-5 hours a day at times in-front of a computer doing web and layout for this work and some for fun and looking at XP can get really boring.

I am running one of the oldest computers in the world so I think it makes a good test case that if they work on my little computer that could (that people say should not be able to run XP in the first place) it can work anywhere.


I just went for the visual changes as the security and browsers are really nothing different if you are already a using third-party anti-virus, Mozilla, and Goggle Desktop etc. The presentations are nice though they can take a bit of space, I went for the Vista one and unchecked most of the options when installing as I do not have much free space.

I just went for the minimum presentation changes not outlook, media player .10 or anything real big (these changes only 118 MB, the size of a few digital photos). It only took about 20 minutes including restarting and walla! It took a few times opening the browsers to implement all the changes for some reason. I did find it does not always load my favorites on Mozilla for some reason, so be warned, also with the cool transparent bar on the top that eliminates having to have ugly yellow folder shortcuts all over your desktop, it would be nice to be able to load the folders there that I use the most and not just the genaric “My Music, Docs, Videos” etc as I do not use those as much as others, I’ll let you know if I find out how.

When you are saving things to the desktop it puts the images behind them that I can’t seem to get dis-lodged, I’m sure there is a trick to minimise that bar or not let images go up to high, Ijust need more time with it, some tweaking and patience is needed.

Overall a welcome change if you can deal with some minor inconveniences and changin your rut, as always there is just the option to just say ‘astela vista baby’ to your Vista look-a-like and un-install it or set back your comp with no problems.

Categories: Tech Talk

Toons of our Times: We’ll have a surge alright

January 17, 2007 Leave a comment


President Bush is insistent on sending more troops into Iraq, and now the Saudi Arabian’s saying if Iraq president Al-Maliki can not fix things soon that they will send in troops.

It  sounds like a generous offer being an Arab/Muslim nation and all but they are on the other side of the sectarian line and if Iran is backing the Shiites and the Saudi Sunni’s come in it will be two big (and oil wealthy nations) backing different factions and that could go on for a very long time. Even if they all have good intentions and want to “help”, so does Bush, but that is not making it any better is it?

Time for a Superman.

Categories: TOONS of our times

Face to Face with Celebrities

January 17, 2007 1 comment


I tried this thing on this site that tells you who you look like so I tried a picture and found that I look like a bunch of interesting people, Bobby Charlton came in the highest at 75%, that’s cool, no Brad Pitt or George Clooney but there is The Rock at 61%, Robert Louis Stevenson and two former Israeli PM’s (Netanyaho and Sharon, not pictured) and two beautiful ladies that I’m sure are very glad they look nothing like me, Charize Theron and Maria Sharapova. All in all it makes an interesting study of actors, writers, sports and statesmen. If only I can look as distinguished as that old guy, Bertrand Russell with a big puff of white cloud on my head when I’m that old I’ll be satisfied.


I did it again just to see if I could score at least one “sexiest man alive”, still no luck but I did get the former James Bond Timothy Dalton, as well as David Beckham, that’s not too shabby. An interesting trip-off but hardly accurate sad to say, other notables were Jeb Bush, Gregory Peck and Brook Shields.

If only girls saw in me what computers do :P.

Just out of interest and research I found a pic of Brad Pitt and uploaded it to see who he looked like and yes, he most looked like himself, Mel Gibson and a bunch of other ‘hot  guys’. I wasn’t on that list either :(.

This gadget site can be found here.

Categories: Laugh out Loud, Tech Talk

Two thoughts, one conclusion

January 17, 2007 1 comment

palestine_peace_not_apartheid.jpgI’ve recently been seeing news stories of complaints and even resignations of former President Jimmy Carter’s board members for his new outspoken book about Palestine and likening the Israeli/Palestine confict to the Apartheid of South Africa.

I went back though some old letters on this and found D.D.B. had said similar things in his letter called ” Strange Bedfellows” ML 634 written in 1977 comparing the Israeli conflict to South Africa’s Apartheid, just as Jimmy Carter is doing now in his new book 29 years later, published 2005, and now breaking out onto the Best Seller lists. The truth is getting out, and with someone so involved with this cause for much of his life I am glad he has the courage to come out with this at this time.

Excerpt from Strainge Bedfellows (Copyright 1977)

18. NOT UNTIL RECENTLY DID THE ISRAELIS EVEN EXTEND SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES to the Palestinians in their occupied territories, and that was only because Israel now wants to extend its authority and its administrative power over those territories, integrating them solidly and permanently into Israel like 80 new Jewish colonies in the occupied Palestinian lands!

19. SO THE JEWS HAVE TREATED THE ARABS JUST ABOUT LIKE THE WHITES HAVE TREATED THE BLACKS in South Africa, enforcing on them both complete apartheid. Apartheid is a definite Jewish policy against the Arabs, as we found out when we lived there.

20. THE SCHOOLS ARE TOTALLY SEGREGATED according to religion, which means according to race as well. No Arabs attend Jewish schools and no Jews attend Arab schools.

21. IN ISRAEL THERE’S ABSOLUTELY THE Nth-DEGREE OF SEGREGATION AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE ARABS, probably even worse than the discrimination and segregation of apartheid in South Africa against the Negroes!

22. SOUTH AFRICA AND ISRAEL ARE BOTH ALMOST TOTALLY BLIND TO THE NEEDS OF THESE PEOPLE WITHIN THEIR OWN BORDERS. Within the tiny state of Israel and the occupied territories the Arabs are in the minority. But if you count their surrounding Arab neighbours, Israel is definitely the tiny minority.

To read a book summery of Jimmy Carter’s book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid here.

Categories: Books, World on a wire

TOONS – Bush braving the winds… alone.

January 12, 2007 Leave a comment


President Bush’s latest speech about adding 21,500 more troops in Iraq, against popular opinion, against congress, against his own general’s suggestions gets me thinking if Laura and family pet Barnie are still behind him, certainly must be some of the few still reaching out to him, gotta be a bit embracing.

It kind of sounds like a school dare, in that he is doing these things just because people are telling him not to – or maybe a select few telling him to – but people’s lives are at stake here not just his “honor”, it’s terribly selfish of him and recklessly irresponsible.

Categories: TOONS of our times

The Center of the Bible

January 12, 2007 2 comments

This is an interesting little fact my Aunt sent me regarding the Bible, it is from one of those chain-mail thngs but this one has a nice point to it.

Q: What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?

A: Psalms 117

Q: What is the longest chapter in the Bible?

A: Psalms 119

Q: Which chapter is in the center of the Bible?

A: Psalms 118

Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118

Fact: There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118

Add these numbers up and you get 1188.

Q: What is the center verse in the Bible?

A: Psalms 118:8

Q: Does this verse say something significant about God’s perfect will for our lives?

The next time someone says they would like to find God’s perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the center of His will, just send them to the center of His Word!

Psalms 118:8

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Now isn’t that odd how this worked out (or was God in the center of it)?

When things get tough, always remember…

Faith doesn’t get you around trouble, it gets you through it !!

God Bless You!

Categories: That's Life

Blair: Should I go?

January 9, 2007 Leave a comment

This is a funny clip using real footage and the song “should I stay or should I go”. Maybe he’s got a career in music once he steps down.

Categories: Funny Focus