1 tbsp of inspiration

“Everything we do affects other people.”
-Luke Ford

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  1. Athena Smith says :

    <a href=’http://farm1.static.flickr.com/22/41061760_51730147c7.jpg?v=0′><img src=’http://farm1.static.flickr.com/22/41061760_51730147c7.jpg?v=0′ border=’0′ alt=” style=’float: left; margin: 0 10px 10px 0; cursor: pointer; cursor: hand; width: 320px;’/></a><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-6185199984440068296?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=bolwDyCN5YE%3AXh3vRqO3KDE%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=bolwDyCN5YE%3AXh3vRqO3KDE%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=bolwDyCN5YE%3AXh3vRqO3KDE%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=bolwDyCN5YE%3AXh3vRqO3KDE%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=bolwDyCN5YE%3AXh3vRqO3KDE%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/bolwDyCN5YE’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  2. Athena Smith says :

    <a href=’http://farm1.static.flickr.com/12/19046402_9bf887ba9c.jpg?v=0′><img src=’http://farm1.static.flickr.com/12/19046402_9bf887ba9c.jpg?v=0′ border=’0′ alt=” style=’float: left; margin: 0 10px 10px 0; cursor: pointer; cursor: hand; width: 320px;’/></a><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-4982641073122038428?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=6XDyFPjL7dg%3AcCfBKHQ2NKI%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=6XDyFPjL7dg%3AcCfBKHQ2NKI%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=6XDyFPjL7dg%3AcCfBKHQ2NKI%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=6XDyFPjL7dg%3AcCfBKHQ2NKI%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=6XDyFPjL7dg%3AcCfBKHQ2NKI%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/6XDyFPjL7dg’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  3. Athena Smith says :

    <a href=’http://bkmarcus.com/blog/images/comics/nq060611.gif’><img src=’http://bkmarcus.com/blog/images/comics/nq060611.gif’ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; float: left; cursor: pointer; width: 400px;’/></a><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-5505637825988482867?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=bsNFt8V7S9A%3AKvsvDV36FyY%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=bsNFt8V7S9A%3AKvsvDV36FyY%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=bsNFt8V7S9A%3AKvsvDV36FyY%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=bsNFt8V7S9A%3AKvsvDV36FyY%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=bsNFt8V7S9A%3AKvsvDV36FyY%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/bsNFt8V7S9A’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  4. Athena Smith says :

    <a href=’http://yubanet.com/artman/uploads/realisticguidelines.gif’><img src=’http://yubanet.com/artman/uploads/realisticguidelines.gif’ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; float: left; cursor: pointer; width: 320px;’/></a><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-5388513572997911850?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=-kbdkIDxfrM%3ARbKzX5zrr20%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=-kbdkIDxfrM%3ARbKzX5zrr20%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=-kbdkIDxfrM%3ARbKzX5zrr20%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=-kbdkIDxfrM%3ARbKzX5zrr20%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=-kbdkIDxfrM%3ARbKzX5zrr20%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/-kbdkIDxfrM’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  5. Athena Smith says :

    <a href=’http://bp3.blogger.com/_a7jkcMVp5Vg/RrUmIfOfJPI/AAAAAAAABYI/W7iqi1Rqq2U/s1600/w04.jpg’><img src=’http://bp3.blogger.com/_a7jkcMVp5Vg/RrUmIfOfJPI/AAAAAAAABYI/W7iqi1Rqq2U/s1600/w04.jpg’ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; float: left; cursor: pointer; width: 320px;’/></a><br/><a href=’http://bp3.blogger.com/_a7jkcMVp5Vg/RrUmIfOfJPI/AAAAAAAABYI/W7iqi1Rqq2U/s1600-h/w04.jpg’><img src=’http://bp3.blogger.com/_a7jkcMVp5Vg/RrUmIfOfJPI/AAAAAAAABYI/W7iqi1Rqq2U/s1600-h/w04.jpg’ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; float: left; cursor: pointer; width: 320px;’/></a><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-4791951449283999307?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=TnpNa86VAwE%3AA0e3xFMziL0%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=TnpNa86VAwE%3AA0e3xFMziL0%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=TnpNa86VAwE%3AA0e3xFMziL0%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=TnpNa86VAwE%3AA0e3xFMziL0%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=TnpNa86VAwE%3AA0e3xFMziL0%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/TnpNa86VAwE’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  6. Athena Smith says :

    Not that I have any loyal fans or devoted readers but… if anyone is reading this you’ll be happy to find that, as my friend Blake says, I made "poast"! I haven’t for a little while for a couple of reasons…<br/><ol><li>I’ve been real busy. No, really, I have. I’m teaching now if you didn’t know, and that has put a little additional stress on me, on top of the already somewhat stressful atmosphere of my workplace anyway… and the lack of communication in the county as a whole, though that’s a totally different story anyway.</li><li>I’ve been a bit lazy about it. Seriously. I mean, I figure all of about 3 people read the incredibly interesting posts, or lack there-of, I post here and only about, eh, 1 one of them comment. This, I’ll admit is a little discouraging, especially since I’ve shared it with friends who are a bit "out of touch" with me, generally speaking.</li><li>Also, I’ve picked up a new video game that I subscribe to (sigh). Yes, I know, I like to play video games. But this means that I now pay $30/month. I repeat, $30/month to play video games. This is ridiculous. Sometime soon I must choose. I’m just afraid of which one will loose. The new game I’ve picked out, per the aforementioned Blake’s suggestion, is EVE Online (<a href=’http://www.eve-online.com/’>www.eve-online.com</a>). I had seen it before, and now that I understand it, it’s great fun. DISCLAIMER: This game is incredibly addicting, as with most MMO’s, however this game has a learning <span style=’font-style: italic;’>wall</span>. Yes, <span style=’font-style: italic;’>wall</span>, not curve, but <span style=’font-style: italic;’>wall</span>. There are many, many websites with suggestions, tips, suggestions, techniques, and strategies. Seek them out. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.<br/></li></ol>So there ya’ have it… I have posted for a while. So in accordance with reason <span style=’font-style: italic;’>numero dos</span>, I’d like to see how many people would be interested in my continuance of this blog "poast"ing. Leave a comment.<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-7504306491974533275?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=0SdyAnDT5E8%3APeoExuQgeYI%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=0SdyAnDT5E8%3APeoExuQgeYI%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=0SdyAnDT5E8%3APeoExuQgeYI%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=0SdyAnDT5E8%3APeoExuQgeYI%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=0SdyAnDT5E8%3APeoExuQgeYI%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/0SdyAnDT5E8′ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  7. Athena Smith says :

    So, I know I’ve been incredibly slack about posting… in fact, I considered canning the blog altogether, but then decided that I actually enjoy posting on here, regardless of readership.<br/><br/>According to Blogger, and far be it for me to say its wrong, I haven’t posted since Aug. 29. I know, AUGUST 29!!! Well, in those couple of months…. life’s happened. I know, you’re surprised, but really… it has. I thought this first post back to blogging that I would mention a few things about what’s been going on in life… and update if you will.<br/><br/>Hmmm…. since August 29 I have continued my adventures in Azeroth and abroad in the multiplayer online phenomenon World of Warcraft, though recently I haven’t played nearly as much as in the past. I have been teaching 2 classes here at the institution in which I am employed, which has been incredibly exciting and stressful, generally speaking. My TV programs have begun to air again, and I’ve picked up a few new shows to watch. Currently I watch: Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Heroes, Private Practice, and Grey’s Anatomy (and on occasion Big Shots). I never really though I watched that much TV, and I suppose in the grand scheme of things I don’t but…<br/><br/>I have found a tool that is quite wonderful for helping in my intense aversion for commercials and attempts to avoid them at all costs. This is actually why I don’t just sit around watching television… I can’t stand commercials, I feel it is a waste of my time and that the television companies (while I understand that commercials pay their bills) take advantage of me by requiring me to sit by the television waiting intently on the next few minutes of Heroes and having to suffer meantime by watching more and more commercials per volume than I had to watch last year. [My English isn’t perfect and that was one hell of a run on sentence but plz don’t correct me]<br/><br/>So back to the tool that helps me avoid the commercials…<br/>If you know anything about downloading with Torrents then you’ll love this application. If you don’t know about torrents, let me know and I’ll be glad to write something that will undoubtedly make you love them. Anyway, this application is called the Torrent Episode Downloader (TED for short). You enter the shows that you watch and it will automatically search Torrent databases for the requested show (every so often, and will even stop looking after it has downloaded that episode for the week if you set it up properly) and download it for you using your default Torrent application (I recommend <a href=’http://www.utorrent.com/’>??torrent</a>). You can read about and download TED by going <a href=’http://www.ted.nu/’>here</a>.<br/><br/><a href=’http://www.gameinformer.com/NR/rdonlyres/E1FA2B62-FC1A-4B31-B28B-15459DD7BA7B/12002/02pres01_team_fortress_2.jpg’><img src=’http://www.gameinformer.com/NR/rdonlyres/E1FA2B62-FC1A-4B31-B28B-15459DD7BA7B/12002/02pres01_team_fortress_2.jpg’ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; float: right; cursor: pointer; width: 268px; height: 154px;’/></a>More of the update…I’ve started playing a new game, recommended by <a href=’http://www.jusgladii.com/’>Syrion</a>, or rather a compilation of games. I bought the <a href=’http://orange.half-life2.com/’>Orange Box</a>, which includes Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. Portal was fun, I enjoyed playing it and will likely go back and play it again pretty soon. Half-Life 2 is so far so good. I’ve almost finished it (but haven’t started on either episode yet). I’d play Half-Life 2 more but… I’m addicted to Team Fortress 2. It’s actually rather interesting that I find TF2 to be so dang awesome. I say this because ever since the days of Quake and Doom, I haven’t really been into first person shooters (fps) very much. This game though, it’s really the awesomest of awesomeness that could ever be awesome. Now that’s a lot of awesome! I enjoy it so much, and it has very quickly become the easiest way for me to let off Steam (no pun intended) ever since I bought it. Thanks Syrion (or Yam, whatever you prefer to be called)! If you have steam and are also a lover of teh awesome of awesomeness, add me. My username is rainbowCipher.<br/><br/>As for Azeroth, it’ll just have to wait until I quit pwning n00bs in TF2. Besides, I’m waiting on the next patch where lvling 10-60 will be WAY faster and therefore I can level some new characters and possibly get a new perspective on the game. I’m tired of being stressed out about a video game, for once… can’t we all just pwn?<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-1550190935706748697?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=6xo9sJ2CGCM%3Aj2LNlZMmj4g%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=6xo9sJ2CGCM%3Aj2LNlZMmj4g%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=6xo9sJ2CGCM%3Aj2LNlZMmj4g%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=6xo9sJ2CGCM%3Aj2LNlZMmj4g%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=6xo9sJ2CGCM%3Aj2LNlZMmj4g%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/6xo9sJ2CGCM’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  8. Athena Smith says :

    <span style=’font-family: arial;’>So I’ve decided on a few themes to concentrate on for the next few weeks of posting. The first theme is </span><span style=’color: rgb(0, 153, 0); font-family: arial;’>Going Green</span><span style=’font-family: arial;’> – tips, ideas, and strategies for being environmentally mindful. On with the show…</span><br/><br/><span style=’font-family: arial;’>I don’t know a single person that likes junk mail. And for once I’m not talking about the digital kind. I’m talking about the kind that clutters your analog mail-box everyday with coupons, fliers, and catalog’s. I’ve noticed lately the mass quantities of junk mail not only gets delivered to my house, but also to neighbors, friends, and families houses. Did you know that some 4 million tons of paper junk mail gets delivered each year, and almost half of it is never even opened? For this reason and many others I’m sure we’d all like a way to at least reduce the amount of junk mail we get, right? Well look no further.</span><br/><br/><span style=’font-family: arial;’>How to get rid of junk snail mail:</span><br/><span style=”>DISCLAIMER: This is not all of the possible steps you could take and I do not guarantee that you will be void of junk snail mail within any particular amount of time, but I can tell you that based on reviews and results, these methods work.</span><br/><ol style=’font-family: arial;’><li>Register your name and address with the Direct Marketers Association (<a href=’https://www.dmaconsumers.org/cgi/offmailing’>DMA</a>).<br/>It costs $1 but it’s worth every penny. Think of all the trouble you’re saving.</li><li>Opt-out of all those pre-approved credit card offers (<a href=’https://www.optoutprescreen.com/opt_form.cgi’>OptOut</a>).<br/>Doing it online asts for 5 year’s, and don’t worry – you can always choose to opt back in should you want to. Choosing their snail mail option will opt you out for life for only the cost of a stamp.<br/></li><li>The last resource (and reason I categorize it under the "going green" label) is called <a href=’http://www.greendimes.com/’>Green Dimes</a>. And because it’s so cool I must tell you their slogan… "Our planet-do you give a dime?" For $15 this website will reduce your junk mail by 90% AND plant 10 tree’s on your behalf. Here are a few facts from their website…</li><ol><li>100 million trees are cut down each year to create the approximately 4.5 million tons of junk mail in the United States</li><li>28 billion gallons of water go into the production of American junk mail annually<span style=’font-weight: bold;’/></li><li><span style=’font-weight: bold;’/>Your name is typically worth 3- 20 cents each time it is sold for a direct mailing</li></ol></ol><span style=’font-family: arial;’>On average we will spend 8 months of our lives dealing with junk mail, why not take 20 minutes and get rid of it?<br/><br/>More Info:<br/></span><ul><li><span style=’font-family: arial;’>Guide to ridding yourself of junk snail mail – <a href=’http://www.obviously.com/junkmail/’>www.obviously.com/junkmail/</a></span></li><li><span style=’font-family: arial;’>Wiki-How – <a href=’http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Junk-Mail’>www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Junk-Mail</a></span></li><li><span style=’font-family: arial;’>Queercents – <a href=’http://tinyurl.com/2b8vab’>http://tinyurl.com/2b8vab</a><br/></span></li></ul><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-6215334994198953319?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=-dpAggNyKFg%3AgC0vZbTKuMs%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=-dpAggNyKFg%3AgC0vZbTKuMs%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=-dpAggNyKFg%3AgC0vZbTKuMs%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=-dpAggNyKFg%3AgC0vZbTKuMs%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=-dpAggNyKFg%3AgC0vZbTKuMs%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/-dpAggNyKFg’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  9. Athena Smith says :

    I’ve been reading a blog lately called <a href=’http://zenhabits.net/’>Zen Habits|Simple Productivity</a>. I enjoy it immensely. It has all sorts of useful tips for simplifying your life and clearing your head. I would highly recommend it! Below is one of the guest posts that was posted on 10/17/2007. I thoroughly enjoy Leo’s posts, but this one struck me as being some rules I’d like to begin following in my life. Please read:<br/><h2 id=’post-521′><a href=’http://zenhabits.net/2007/10/9-tips-to-throw-off-the-chains-of-consumerism/’ title=’Permanent Link: 9 Tips to Throw Off the Chains of Consumerism’ rel=’bookmark’>9 Tips to Throw Off the Chains of Consumerism</a></h2> <p><em><strong><img src=’http://zenhabits.net/fotos/20071017chains.jpg’ align=’bottom’ height=’272′ width=’380’/></strong></em><br/><em><small>Photo by <a href=’http://flickr.com/photos/fazen/302768013/’>fazen</a></small></em></p> <p><em><strong>Editor???s note</strong>: This is a guest post written by <a href=’http://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/’>Scott Young</a>. </em></p> <p>You already have everything you need. Those of us lucky enough to have been born in this time period in the Western world are experiencing an abundance few of our ancestors could have claimed. Food, clean water, shelter, law and order are almost guaranteed.</p> <p>Why doesn???t it feel this way? Despite this amazing abundance, why are so many people dissatisfied? Are we doomed to always want more than we have, even if it won???t bring us more happiness?</p> <p><strong>You Can???t Live in a Vacuum</strong><br/>As soon as basic needs are met, your focus immediately shifts onto creating new problems. Even if poverty, exile from the population or violence are remote threats, new problems fill their place. Our cultural obsession with consumption is a by-product of this need to seek out new problems.</p> <p>The solution is to find something else to fill the vacuum. Instead of mindlessly adopting the quest for material perfection, look at it critically. You don???t need to sell all your worldly belongings and become a monk, but see what other things can fill the space consumption occupies in your mind.</p> <p>Here are a few suggestions for how to escape the chains of consumerism:</p> <p><strong>1. Process over Results</strong>. Why are you trying to get rich? Is it simply to be wealthy, or is it because the process of making money interests you. When you focus on the process leading to a goal over the results, you can be satisfied regardless of whether you succeed or fail.</p> <p><strong>2. Eliminate Noise</strong>. <a href=’http://zenhabits.net/2007/09/simple-living-simplified-10-things-you-can-do-today-to-simplify-your-life/’>Simplify your life</a>. Stop spending money on things that add noise and distract you from meaningful aspects of life. Don???t use your paycheck as the determinant of how much you spend. Lifestyle expansion erodes the base it was founded on as buying new things fails to make you more satisfied.</p> <p><strong>3. Let Go of Dust</strong>. Don???t spend your life avoiding risks to protect what you have. If you aren???t able to let go of your possessions then those objects own you. Doing a job you hate to maintain a lifestyle you don???t need is insanity.</p> <p><strong>4. Relationships and Status Also Enslave</strong>. I???m using the theme of material consumption here, but it applies equally to seeking relationships, status or physical perfection. Anytime results dominate over process, it becomes easy to get trapped.</p> <p><strong>5. Trash Regularly</strong>. Regularly go through your belongings and trash the things you aren???t using. Having a high turn-over rate of physical possessions can mean you are buying too many things to begin with, but it is still better than simply racheting up the amount you own.</p> <p><strong>6. You Aren???t Possessions, Status or Employment</strong>. If you view your identity as being your job, social status or material wealth, these things will dominate your life. Defining yourself isn???t an easy task, but these are bad ways to start.</p> <p><strong>7. Avoid ???I???ll Be Happy When??????</strong> Don???t view happiness as anything that exists beyond the present. When you start imagining that happiness exists in things outside yourself, you???ll always be at a loss when trying to find it. Focus on the now and processes over results.</p> <p><strong>8. Be Non-Competitive</strong>. Competition drives consumerism. The zero-sum game of who can have the most stuff before you die. Break the urge to compete with other people and you release the trap it puts you in. Competition can be useful as a driving force for improvement and change, but when winning becomes more important than playing you get caught in a trap.</p> <p><strong>9. Positions are Equal, Process is Not</strong>. Once basic needs are fulfilled, most positions are relatively equal given a brief time to adapt. This means you will be just as happy with a $30,000 per year as with $300,000. This seems counter-intuitive, but even new psychological research is beginning to find that positions have less influence on happiness than we believe. The difference is process. Some processes can be interesting, fun, challenging and stimulating and others dull, forced and painful. A focus on process is the best way I know to slide off the chains of consumerism.</p> <p><em>Scott Young is a blogger on learning, productivity and habits. You can check out his website <a href=’http://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/’>here</a>.</em></p><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-4732925527651894166?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=I5H_zkRvc2w%3A-bqeRdj1W3g%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=I5H_zkRvc2w%3A-bqeRdj1W3g%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=I5H_zkRvc2w%3A-bqeRdj1W3g%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=I5H_zkRvc2w%3A-bqeRdj1W3g%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=I5H_zkRvc2w%3A-bqeRdj1W3g%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/I5H_zkRvc2w’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

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    <p>Ten quick steps to facism:</p> <ol><li>Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy </li><li>Create a gulag </li><li>Develop a thug caste </li><li>Set up an internal surveillance system </li><li>Harass citizens??? groups </li><li>Engage in arbitrary detention and release </li><li>Target key individuals </li><li>Control the press </li><li>Dissent equals treason </li><li>Suspend the rule of law </li></ol> <p>Thank goodness we live in America, where <a href=’http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0%2C%2C2064157%2C00.html’>none of this could ever happen</a>.</p><br/>(<a href=’http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/10/21/how-to-close-an-open-society/’>http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/10/21/how-to-close-an-open-society/</a&gt;)<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-6990140324410862730?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=1I5vUgO7X7Q%3A0rVsSayd0kM%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=1I5vUgO7X7Q%3A0rVsSayd0kM%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=1I5vUgO7X7Q%3A0rVsSayd0kM%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=1I5vUgO7X7Q%3A0rVsSayd0kM%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=1I5vUgO7X7Q%3A0rVsSayd0kM%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/1I5vUgO7X7Q’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

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    <span style=’font-family: verdana,helvetica,arial; font-size: 85%;’><span class=’body-text’ align=’left’><p>First your phone went wireless, then your laptop, now finally, your camera!</p> <p>Never scrounge around for a USB cable again! Eye-fi is a magical orange SD memory card that will not only store 2GB worth of pictures, it’ll upload them to your computer, and to Flickr, Facebook, Picasa (<a href=’http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/eye-fi-wifi-memory/images/eyefi-online-sites.jpg’ title=’Eye-Fi works with all the popular photo sharing and printing sites. More on the way!’ rel=’lightbox[product]’>or 14 others</a>) wirelessly, invisibly, automatically!</p> <p>This little guy looks like a normal 2GB memory card and <b>works with nearly any camera that takes SD</b> memory. There are <b>no antennas</b>, no protrusions, <b>no subscription fees</b>, and no cables.</p> <a href=’http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/eye-fi-wifi-memory/images/eyefi-chart.jpg’ title=’A free USB card reader is included and setup takes just minutes. Done? Start shooting and never touch your memory card or USB cable again! (Unless you want to.)’ rel=’lightbox[product]’><img src=’http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/eye-fi-wifi-memory/images/eyefi-chart-small.jpg’ border=’0′ align=’right’/></a> <p><b>Here’s how it works</b>: You set up the card once with the included USB card reader (tell it which wireless network it should use, and type in the password if you have one), choose the photo sharing service of your choice (<a href=’http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/eye-fi-wifi-memory/images/eyefi-online-sites.jpg’ title=’Eye-Fi works with all the popular photo sharing and printing sites. More on the way!’ rel=’lightbox[product]’>you have plenty of options</a>), then slip the card in your camera.</p> <p>From then on, you never have to touch anything. Just take photos. Whenever your cameras near the wireless network you selected and idle, Eye-fi will upload all your photos (JPEGs only) to your online photo sharing service. Next time your computer’s online, they’ll download there, too!</p> <p>Yes, it is practically magic.</p> <p>It’s amazing for anyone who loves photography, but also great for computer <i>un</i>savvy parents and grandparents. Set up their photo sharing account, slip an Eye-fi in their camera, and your mom’s finally your Flickr friend!</p> <p>Wow. All this for only $99. What will you ever do with all those cables now?</p></span></span><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-6406638274561579877?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=xsYVOCvawP0%3ABc1vGYZMAgE%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=xsYVOCvawP0%3ABc1vGYZMAgE%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=xsYVOCvawP0%3ABc1vGYZMAgE%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=xsYVOCvawP0%3ABc1vGYZMAgE%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=xsYVOCvawP0%3ABc1vGYZMAgE%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/xsYVOCvawP0′ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

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    <strong>Description</strong>: I recently clean installed Windows XP on my laptop, and this meant that I had to re-install all the essential software that I use. It also presented an opportunity to write a posting about how you can outfit your computer with all the essential (and non-essential) software you need using strictly 100% freeware and/or open source titles.This posting could have been titled any of the following: <ul><li>How to never use a paid program again (aside from Windows).</li><li>53 essential freeware programs that can take care of the majority of your computing needs.</li></ul> I am writing this from the perspective of myself clean-installing Windows and re-installing all the software I find to be essential afterwards. <a href=’http://www.freewaregenius.com/2007/10/29/reinstall-windows-and-outfit-your-system-with-all-freeware-programs/’>Read More &gt;&gt;</a><br/><br/>Many of these apps I have never tried, but there is at least one that he left out… <a href=’http://www.getfirefox.com/’>Firefox</a>! I couldn’t live without it.<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-4037973432420129492?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=EqJ7nTerSBw%3Atw9BTpiuIY0%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=EqJ7nTerSBw%3Atw9BTpiuIY0%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=EqJ7nTerSBw%3Atw9BTpiuIY0%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=EqJ7nTerSBw%3Atw9BTpiuIY0%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=EqJ7nTerSBw%3Atw9BTpiuIY0%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/EqJ7nTerSBw’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  13. Athena Smith says :

    So this will be the first of a series of software reviews. I’m going to start with freeware because really, what’s better than free? Besides, I use almost nothing but freeware so I consider myself somewhat of an authority on the subject. Hope you’ll agree…<br/><hr/>I recently reformatted my computer and reinstalled a clean Windows XP. Once I installed all of the essentials I realized I hadn’t installed a defragmenting program, and that my friends is unacceptable. Why? Read on.<br/><a href=’http://cache.gizmodo.com/assets/resources/2007/10/3042-drive.jpg’><img src=’http://cache.gizmodo.com/assets/resources/2007/10/3042-drive.jpg’ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; float: right; cursor: pointer; width: 228px; height: 205px;’/></a><br/>First though… what is fragmentation?<br/>Well, sometimes when you install a program or create a data file, the file ends up chopped up into chunks and stored in multiple locations on the disk. This is called <i>fragmentation</i>. <p>What makes this happen?</p> <p>When you first install your operating system and programs on your hard disk, they are written to the disk, for the most part, in one contiguous block without any gaps. The exceptions are certain system files that must be stored in specific locations. Over time, as you create and then delete documents or uninstall programs, once-filled locations are left empty and you end up with files dotted all over the disk.</p> <p>Now, when Windows is writing a file to the disk, it looks for a suitable piece of free space in which to store it. What happens, then, when you copy a 40MB database or audio file to the disk and the biggest slice of free space is only 30MB? Or say you modify an existing file, appending a whole bunch of data so the file now takes up more space on the disk. To accommodate the files, Windows writes the first part of the file in one section of the disk and then scouts around for other places to store the rest of the file. The end result is that a single file may be stored in several chunks scattered about the disk.</p>And, according to Wikipedia, <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defragment’>defragmentation</a> is a process that reduces the amount of fragmentation in file systems<span style=’text-decoration: underline;’/>. It does this by physically reorganizing the contents of the disk to store the pieces of each file<span style=’text-decoration: underline;’/><a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_file’ title=’Computer file’/> close together and contiguously. It also attempts to create larger regions of free space using <i>compaction</i> to impede the return of fragmentation. Some defragmenters also try to keep smaller files within a single directory together, as they are often accessed in sequence. According to a survey, 42% of PC users fail to defrag their system regularly, adversely affecting system performance.<br/><br/>So hopefully after this post you’ll not be part of that 42% because you’ll have freeware ways to defrag your system.<br/><br/>I recently ran across an article called <a href=’http://donnedwards.openaccess.co.za/2007/05/great-defrag-shootout-vi-4th-generation.html’>The Great Defrag Shootout</a> which helped open my eyes to some free and payware defragmenting applications.<br/><br/>I’m going to jump right to the winner of that set of articles, or at least the freeware winner.<br/>The winner was <a href=’http://www.kessels.com/JkDefrag/’>JkDefrag</a>, or rather, it’s GUI version. But it wasn’t just JKDefrag that Mr. Edwards found did the trick. It was a suite of free defragmenting utilities that include JKDefrag 3.26, NTREGOPT, PageDefrag, JKDefrag GUI, and Contig.<br/><br/>I’ll have to say that after year’s of first using Windows built in defragmenter, and then converting to Diskeeper Professional edition, this suite of freeware applications is not only the best bang for your buck (especially since you spend nothing) but it’s the best combination of utilities to help keep your computer running at optimal condition.<br/><br/>If you’d like to read more about the contenders of The Great Defrag Shootout and see how your defragmenter of choice ended up have a gander at Donn Edwards <a href=’http://donnedwards.openaccess.co.za/’>Insights and Rants</a> blog.<br/><br/>As per my recommendation… I’ve been a faithful pay-for-defragmenter (;P) user for year’s but I have jumped ship to the one-way boat to freeware land, and this suite of applications together, I’ve found, have kept my computer at tip-top shape and defragged computers who hadn’t been defragged in over a year. I recommend downloading and trying this suite out. The best thing about JKDefrag is that you can set it to run while your screensaver is running, that way whenever your computer is idle it will defrag your computer.<br/><br/>You can download all of the applications in one easy to use setup program <a href=’http://www.openaccess.co.za/BlackAndWhiteInc/JkDefragExtraSetup.exe’>here</a>. Be aware though that there is a new version of JKDefrag. Version 3.28, which Mr. Edwards has addressed <a href=’http://donnedwards.openaccess.co.za/2007/11/benchmarks-jkdefrag-328.html’>here</a> (but I haven’t upgraded yet so you’re on your own there).<br/><br/>Remember, you should definitely defrag your computer, why you ask? Read <a href=’http://donnedwards.openaccess.co.za/2007/06/great-defrag-shootout-why-defrag-at-all.html’>here</a>.<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-479142672409099493?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=i-KWo9S59cQ%3AVu_hJkybTx8%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=i-KWo9S59cQ%3AVu_hJkybTx8%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=i-KWo9S59cQ%3AVu_hJkybTx8%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=i-KWo9S59cQ%3AVu_hJkybTx8%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=i-KWo9S59cQ%3AVu_hJkybTx8%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/i-KWo9S59cQ’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

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    Again, we’re going with software that gives us the best bang for our buck. And being this freeware app costs nothing, it certainly gives way more than it receives (relative to its cost that is).<br/><a href=’http://windows.fyicenter.com/mozilla_firefox_clear_private_data.jpg’><img src=’http://windows.fyicenter.com/mozilla_firefox_clear_private_data.jpg’ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; float: right; cursor: pointer; width: 242px; height: 198px;’/></a><br/>Now, I’ve never purchased software like this, I always just wrote <a href=’http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~ak621/DOS/BatBasic.html#Basics’>batch files</a> to delete temporary files and used browsers like <a href=’http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/?from=getfirefox’>Mozilla Firefox</a> that has settings that will allow the automatic deletion of Private Data<span style=’font-style: italic;’><span style=’font-style: italic;’> </span></span>(see picture at right)<span style=’font-style: italic;’><span style=’font-style: italic;’>.</span></span><br/><span style=’font-style: italic;’><span style=’font-style: italic;’><br/></span></span><span><span>Moving on… <a href=’http://www.ccleaner.com/’>CCleaner</a> according to their website<br/><blockquote>…is a <b>freeware</b> system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)</blockquote>Sounds pretty perfect, huh?! Following is a list (from the CCleaner website) of what CCleaner will clean for you:<br/></span></span><blockquote> <div class=’features’> <table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′><tbody><tr> <td valign=’top’><img src=’http://www.ccleaner.com/img/icon/ie_16.gif’ align=’left’ height=’16’ alt=” width=’16’/></td><td><span style=’color: rgb(85, 85, 85);’><b>Internet Explorer</b></span><br/>Temporary files, URL history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat. </td></tr></tbody></table> </div> <div class=’features’><table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′><tbody><tr> <td valign=’top’><img src=’http://www.ccleaner.com/img/icon/ff_16.gif’ align=’left’ height=’16’ alt=” width=’16’/></td><td><span style=’color: rgb(85, 85, 85);’><b>Firefox</b></span><br/>Temporary files, URL history, cookies, download history. </td></tr></tbody></table> </div> <div class=’features’><table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′><tbody><tr> <td valign=’top’><img src=’http://www.ccleaner.com/img/icon/op_16.gif’ align=’left’ height=’16’ alt=” width=’16’/></td><td><span style=’color: rgb(85, 85, 85);’><b>Opera</b></span><br/>Temporary files, URL history, cookies. </td></tr></tbody></table> </div> <div class=’features’> <table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′><tbody><tr> <td valign=’top’><img src=’http://www.ccleaner.com/img/icon/desk_16.gif’ align=’left’ height=’16’ alt=” width=’16’/></td><td><span style=’color: rgb(85, 85, 85);’><b>Windows</b></span><br/>Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files. </td></tr></tbody></table> </div> <div class=’features’> <table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′><tbody><tr> <td valign=’top’><img src=’http://www.ccleaner.com/img/icon/reg_16.gif’ align=’left’ height=’16’ alt=” width=’16’/></td><td><span style=’color: rgb(85, 85, 85);’><b>Registry cleaner</b></span><br/>Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more… also comes with a comprehensive backup feature. </td></tr></tbody></table> </div> <div class=’features’> <table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′><tbody><tr> <td valign=’top’><img src=’http://www.ccleaner.com/img/icon/app_16.gif’ align=’left’ height=’16’ alt=” width=’16’/></td><td><span style=’color: rgb(85, 85, 85);’><b>Third-party applications</b></span><br/>Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, MS Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more… </td></tr></tbody></table> </div> <table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′><tbody><tr><td valign=’top’><img src=’http://www.ccleaner.com/img/icon/tick_16.gif’ align=’left’ height=’16’ alt=” width=’16’/></td><td><span style=’color: rgb(85, 85, 85);’><b>100% Spyware FREE</b></span><br/>This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.</td></tr></tbody></table></blockquote><span><span><table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′> <tbody><tr/></tbody> </table> </span></span><span><span> <table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′> <tbody><tr/></tbody> </table> </span></span><table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′> <tbody><tr> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′> <tbody><tr> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span><span>I’ve used this application for over a year now, and I keep an updated version on my flash drive</span></span><table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′> <tbody><tr> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span><span> ready for installation on just about any computer I touch (I do service calls as well, so I <span style=’font-style: italic;’>touch</span> a lot of systems), and since it’s freeware it’s great for both me and the client. From experience this application can and will clean the registry, remove all of the files it says it will and can even run</span></span><table cellspacing=’0′ border=’0′ cellpadding=’0′> <tbody><tr> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span><span> automatically [To learn how to set CCleaner to run automatically view <a href=’http://pixel-8ed.blogspot.com/2007/12/how-to-have-ccleaner-run-automatically.html’>this</a> post.].<br/><br/>I’ve never had CCleaner delete anything that my computer yelled at me about at any point later, so with that being said… You may download CCleaner by visiting their website at <a href=’http://www.ccleaner.com/’>www.ccleaner.com</a>. I would highly advise downloading it and using it. It’s worth it! </span></span><img alt=”/><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-2644569584963620222?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=aIaYF4zuttM%3AEN_PwSBvVdA%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=aIaYF4zuttM%3AEN_PwSBvVdA%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=aIaY
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  15. Athena Smith says :

    If you don’t know what CCleaner is, or you missed the Freeware Review of CCleaner please first read <a href=’http://pixel-8ed.blogspot.com/2007/12/freeware-review-ccleaner.html’>this</a> post.<br/><br/>CCleaner supports command line operation. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it. What it means for you is that we can set it to run automatically at a specified time.<br/><br/>It should also be noted, particularly if you are one who regularly turns your computer on and off, that CCleaner can be run at system startup by clicking Options &gt; Settings &gt; and checking the box beside "Run CCleaner when the computer starts." If you, however, leave your computer on most of the time, then running at startup is not going to be enough to thoroughly clean your computer and keep it optimized as it should be.<br/><br/>Much like an antivirus application, CCleaner can be set to run at a specified interval set by you. To specify this interval follow these directions (I used Windows XP for these instructions, so if you also have Windows XP then you should be able to follow these directions directly):<br/><ol><li>Click <span style=’font-style: italic;’>Start</span> &gt; <span style=’font-style: italic;’>Control Panel</span> &gt; and double click on <span style=’font-style: italic;’>Scheduled Tasks</span>.</li><li>Double click <span style=’font-style: italic;’>Add Scheduled Task</span>.</li><li>The <span style=’font-style: italic;’>Scheduled Task Wizard</span> will start, click Next to begin the creation process.</li><li>In the next window, scroll down until you find the CCleaner application. Click on it once and the click next.<a href=’http://bp3.blogger.com/_gwgyB60cyfI/R1QUan2bQKI/AAAAAAAADC8/DuB9yGqNTyY/s1600-R/Scheduled+Task+Wizard.jpg’><img src=’http://bp3.blogger.com/_gwgyB60cyfI/R1QUan2bQKI/AAAAAAAADC8/bTMnAVNI5oA/s320/Scheduled+Task+Wizard.jpg’ id=’BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5139755522342994082′ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer;’/></a></li><li>Select how often you’d like CCleaner to automatically run. I have mine run daily, but once a week should be sufficient.</li><li>Select the time of day you would like it to run. Now, while CCleaner is very fast and you shouldn’t notice it running, I recommend running it at a time while you are not at the computer. Mine runs at 3:00 AM.</li><li>Enter the password for the account in which you would like it to run under. If you do not know the password, just click next, you will be able to allow it to run only when you’re logged in in a minute.</li><li>Check the box next to "Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish." Then click <span style=’font-style: italic;’>Finish</span>. [Note: If you did not enter a password in step 7, you may get an error message. Just ignore it, we’ll solve that problem momentarily]<br/></li><li>At the properties window of the task we just created do the following:</li><ol><li>In the top-most text box you will see the path to the CCleaner program. Do not change the path, but out beside of it type "/AUTO" (without quotes of course).</li><li>Check the checkmark beside "Only run if logged on."</li><li>Click Ok. Also click Ok to any other messages you may receive.<a href=’http://bp2.blogger.com/_gwgyB60cyfI/R1QX9X2bQLI/AAAAAAAADDE/BrMWW_3ddAw/s1600-R/properties.jpg’><img src=’http://bp2.blogger.com/_gwgyB60cyfI/R1QX9X2bQLI/AAAAAAAADDE/vvIJw89u6_E/s320/properties.jpg’ id=’BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5139759417878331570′ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer;’/></a></li></ol></ol>That’s it. You’ve set it up to run own-its-own, at the specified interval that you set. Congratulations! Hope this has been helpful.<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-4887050383725176302?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=P1t4AcCsBmc%3AZTVebMbxVPU%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=P1t4AcCsBmc%3AZTVebMbxVPU%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=P1t4AcCsBmc%3AZTVebMbxVPU%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=P1t4AcCsBmc%3AZTVebMbxVPU%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=P1t4AcCsBmc%3AZTVebMbxVPU%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/P1t4AcCsBmc’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  16. Athena Smith says :

    So I’ve been a big fan of <a href=’http://www.winamp.com/’>Winamp</a> for year’s, which is kind of surprising since its put out by AOL. Regardless, I’ve always been a fan and have used it for… erm, going on 8 year’s now. I’ve tried other media players, or music players rather, since that’s all I use it for, but I’ve always gone back to Winamp. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s indexing capabilities could be better, but it does index the media library quite well (considering I have over 10,000 tracks for it to index).<br/><br/>Winamps newest installment, version 5.5 (it’s 10th Anniversary Edition) comes with a great new skin which allows all the individual parts of the player to be clearly visible at once. There’s a free version (which is of course what we’re all about here) available <a href=’http://download.nullsoft.com/winamp/client/winamp55_full_emusic-7plus_en-us.exe’>here</a>.<br/><br/>It typically wants to install the Winamp agent, which runs in the task tray and makes sure all of your files are indexed and by default, opened in Winamp. I don’t particularly care for this feature (which is probably why it takes it a second to update the index of my files). I don’t because I don’t like programs running in the tray if I can help it. As a matter of fact, right now only 5 programs are running in my system tray (and I wish there weren’t that many, but that includes Antivirus and Firewall). With that being said, I usually do not allow it to install this <span style=’font-style: italic;’>agent</span> and I have it set to play, index, and be the default player for <span style=’font-style: italic;’>audio</span> files <span style=’font-weight: bold;’>only</span>.<br/><br/>This is a great app that I suggest you download if you play any audio files on your computer at all. It automatically looks up the data from the CDDB on CD’s you play with Winamp, and if you buy the paid version (which is only $20, and includes some amount of updates) then it will even rip CD’s with the proper data as ID2 &amp; ID3 tags. Again, download it. There are other media players that are nice, but I dare say you’ll be hard pressed to find one as efficient as <a href=’http://www.winamp.com/’>Winamp</a>.<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-8933197023711598416?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=qreVm7eZdfQ%3Ap_IHZqzhPiM%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=qreVm7eZdfQ%3Ap_IHZqzhPiM%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=qreVm7eZdfQ%3Ap_IHZqzhPiM%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=qreVm7eZdfQ%3Ap_IHZqzhPiM%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=qreVm7eZdfQ%3Ap_IHZqzhPiM%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/qreVm7eZdfQ’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  17. Athena Smith says :

    Now, to some of you, it may come as no surprise that I have something ending in A.D.D., as I have been clinically diagnosed with this even though I no longer medicate myself for it (mostly due to insurance, or rather, the lack thereof).<br/><br/>I ran across this article on a blog called <a href=’http://www.randsinrepose.com/’>Rands In Repose</a>, called N.A.D.D.<br/>Here’s an excerpt:<br/><blockquote><p>Folks, I???m a nerd. I need rapid fire content delivery in short, clever, punch phrases. Give me <a href=’http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0060987049/qid%3D1057878884/sr%3D1-1/ref%3Dsr_1_1/102-9487223-5554554?v=glance&s=books’>Coupland</a>, give me <a href=’http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0836204387′>Calvin???n???Hobbes</a>, give me <a href=’http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553293354′>Asimov</a>, give me <a href=’http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0930289234′>The Watchmen</a>. I need this type of content because I???m horribly afflicted with NADD.</p> <p>If you???re still with me, it might mean you know that you already suffer from some type of NADD-related disorder. Let???s find out:</p> <p>Stop reading right now and take a look at your desktop. How many things are you doing right now in addition to reading this column? Me, I???ve got a terminal session open to a chat room, I???m listening to music, I???ve got Safari open with three tabs open where I???m watching Blogshares, tinkering with a web site, and looking at weekend movie returns. Not done yet. I???ve got iChat open, ESPN.COM is downloading sports new trailers in the background, and I???ve got two notepads open where I???m capturing random thoughts for later integration into various to do lists. Oh yeah, I???m writing this column, as well.</p> <p>Folks, this isn???t multi-tasking. This is advanced case of Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder. I am unable to function at my desktop unless I???ve got, at least, five things going on at the same time. If your count came close, you???re probably afflicted, as well. Most excellent.</p> <p>My mother first diagnosed me with NADD. It was the late 80s and she was bringing me dinner in my bedroom (nerd). I was merrily typing away to friends in some primitive chat room on my IBM XT (super nerd), listening to some music (probably Flock of Seagulls ??? nerd++), and watching Back to the Future with the sound off (neeeeerrrrrrrd). She commented, ???How can you focus on anything with all this stuff going on???? I responded, ???Mom, I can???t focus without all this noise.???</p> <p>The presence of NADD in your life is directly related to how you???ve dealt with the media deluge of the new millennium. You???ve likely gone one of three ways:</p> <p>1) You???ve checked out??? you don???t own a TV and it???s unlikely you???re even reading this column.</p> <p>2) You enjoy your media/content in moderation. When I asked you to count how many windows were open on your desktop you either said, ???One, my browser for which to read this article??? or you made yourself a note to yourself to check this AFTER completing this column. In a previous age, you were the type of person who kept their pencils very sharpened.</p> <p>3) You enjoy the content fire hose. Give me tabbed browsing, tabbed instant messaging, music all the time, and TIVO TIVO TIVO. Welcome to NADD.</p> <p>The presence of NADD in your friends is equally detectable. Here???s a simple test. Ask to sit down at THEIR computer and start mucking with stuff on their desktop. Move an icon here??? adjust a window size there. If your friend calmly watches as you tinker away, they???re probably NADD-free, for now. However, if your friend is anxiously rubbing their forehead and/or climbing out of their skin when you move that icon 12 PIXELS TO THE RIGHT, there???s NADD in the house. BACK AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER.</p> I???m making NADDers sounds like obsessive power freaks and, well, we are. How else would you deal with a world where media is forced on you at every turn? You???d get very good at controlling it. <a href=’http://www.randsinrepose.com/archives/2003/07/10/nadd.html’>Read More &gt;&gt;</a></blockquote>And let me know in the comments whether you too are effected by this pixel-8ed popular frenzy now termed N.A.D.D. I can think of at least one of my (perhaps not so) regular readers that would most definitely be diagnosed. Speak up! Comment!<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-1069809741001240232?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=HPEkzhV0TVA%3AymD7UgRWtgY%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=HPEkzhV0TVA%3AymD7UgRWtgY%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=HPEkzhV0TVA%3AymD7UgRWtgY%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=HPEkzhV0TVA%3AymD7UgRWtgY%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=HPEkzhV0TVA%3AymD7UgRWtgY%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/HPEkzhV0TVA’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  18. Athena Smith says :

    In case you don’t know, &lt;3 <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leet’>leet speak</a> symbol for heart. The "i&lt;3" (<em>I heart</em>) phenomenon was spread mostly with the mass sale of the I&lt;3NY t-shirts and has since become much more commonly used.<br/><br/>I’m a huge fan of Google, which you may already know from some of my other posts (<a href=’http://pixel-8ed.blogspot.com/2007/04/my-life-with-google-part-i-gmail.html’>My Life With Google, Part I</a>; <a href=’http://pixel-8ed.blogspot.com/2007/04/my-life-with-google-part-ii-google.html’>My Life With Google, Part II</a>). I’m also a big fan of the blog <a href=’http://www.makeuseof.com/’>Makeuseof</a>, who made me aware of these nifty features of Google that I didn’t know about previously.<br/><br/>So, if you didn’t already love Google, for their wonderful advancements in internet search, web mail, calendars, or rss readers, then here’s something that’s sure to make you love them:<br/><ul><li>GOOG-411<br/>You dial up 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any (US) phone. After you get a friendly <a href=’http://www.google.com/’ class=’kLink’ id=’KonaLink0′ target=’_top’ style=’text-decoration: underline! important;’>Google</a> hello you follow the voice prompts which are extremely intuitive.<br/>Start by saying your city and state. You hear the Google engines spinning in the background and then you will be prompted to say what business listing you want (pizzeria, repair shop, Burger King, etc.). They understood me every time even when I put on various accents. I had previously tried out 800-free-411 and they never understood me – it was infuriating!<br/>Now Goog411 will also complete your call for you FOR FREE or send you a text message FOR FREE with your listing, a link to their website, a link to a map and directions or any other information they have. For a list of all the commands check out <a href=’http://mobile.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=76436&ctx=sibling’>this page here</a>. This is all easily save-able on your mobile. The service is still in its beta stages and currently has NO ads! Suck it up while you can this is the way most services will be going in the near future. If you are interested in seeing a video demo go to <a href=’http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/goog411/’>GOOG411 on MUO Directory</a>.<br/>Goog411 currently only works from the US</li><li>Google SMS<br/>Just save 466453 ???Google??? into your phone and text it with your query and Google will hit you back with all sorts of free information. How about dictionary definitions, calculations, curency exchange rates or movie listings (<a href=’http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/google-sms/’>Google SMS -All Features</a>). Give it a shot – its free minus the cost of the text messages of course.<br/>To try it out via the web go <a href=’http://www.google.com/mobile/sms/index.html’>here</a>. It’s super easy and could be fantastically wonderful when you’re out of town or out on the town and need some quick information.</li></ul><p>So, whatya think now? Love Google more, less? Let me know in the comments.</p><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-3680895563904824493?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=BQRPW5cRAMA%3AQX5rzxanffc%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=BQRPW5cRAMA%3AQX5rzxanffc%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=BQRPW5cRAMA%3AQX5rzxanffc%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=BQRPW5cRAMA%3AQX5rzxanffc%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=BQRPW5cRAMA%3AQX5rzxanffc%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/BQRPW5cRAMA’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  19. Athena Smith says :

    From their <a href=’http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/07words.htm’>site</a>:<br/><blockquote/><blockquote><p>Thousands of you took part in the search for Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2007, and the vast majority of you chose a small word that packs a pretty big punch. The word you’ve selected hasn’t found its way into a regular Merriam-Webster dictionary yet???but its inclusion in our online Open Dictionary, along with the top honors it’s now been awarded ??? might just improve its chances. This year’s winning word first became popular in competitive online gaming forums as part of what is known as l33t ("leet," or "elite") speak???an esoteric computer hacker language in which numbers and symbols are put together to look like letters. Although the double "o" in the word is usually represented by double zeroes, the exclamation is also known to be an acronym for "we owned the other team"???again stemming from the gaming community.<br/></p><p>Merriam-Webster’s #1 Word of the Year for 2007 based on votes from visitors to our Web site: </p><blockquote>1. w00t (interjection)<br/>expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word "yay"<br/>w00t! I won the contest!</blockquote><p>Other top words were: <a href=’http://www3.merriam-webster.com/opendictionary06/newword_search.php?word=facebook’>facebook</a>, <a href=’http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conundrum’>conundrum</a>, <a href=’http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quixotic’>quixotic</a>, <a href=’http://www3.merriam-webster.com/opendictionary06/newword_search.php?word=blamestorm’>blamestorm</a>, <a href=’http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sardoodledom’>sardoodledom</a>, <a href=’http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apathetic’>apathetic</a>, <a href=’http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pecksniffian’>Pecksniffian</a>, <a href=’http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocrite’>hypocrite</a>, <a href=’http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charlatan’>charlatan</a></p></blockquote><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-1256494899255924449?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=z3J4N18-FOY%3Ako46rR0Esog%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=z3J4N18-FOY%3Ako46rR0Esog%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=z3J4N18-FOY%3Ako46rR0Esog%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=z3J4N18-FOY%3Ako46rR0Esog%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=z3J4N18-FOY%3Ako46rR0Esog%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/z3J4N18-FOY’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  20. Athena Smith says :

    I found a site that does Leak-tests and posts the results of popular firewalls. You can find the chart<a href=’http://www.matousec.com/projects/windows-personal-firewall-analysis/leak-tests-results.php’> here</a>. A summary follows:<br/><br/>As we’ve discussed previously, my favorite kind of software is the kind that’s free. It was no surprise to me that my favorite firewall (though it may get replaced soon by the, also free, number one on the list) is near the top of this list at number 3. Below is the top 10. It should be noted that these are NOT ALL FREE, but the ones that are have notes to let you know that. To see the whole list, view their Leak-tests Results <a href=’http://www.matousec.com/projects/windows-personal-firewall-analysis/leak-tests-results.php’>here</a>.<br/><br/><a href=’http://bp0.blogger.com/_gwgyB60cyfI/R2FMyZOg6EI/AAAAAAAADD0/zSAW_b3T0vs/s1600-h/firewall.jpg’><img src=’http://bp0.blogger.com/_gwgyB60cyfI/R2FMyZOg6EI/AAAAAAAADD0/zSAW_b3T0vs/s400/firewall.jpg’ id=’BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5143476678082750530′ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer;’/></a>I’ll post on my thoughts on firewall’s in the near future, but first I just may end up trying my hand at another free one.<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-175221854531582682?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=Km3rfvvGqto%3AiNKuO0VDO18%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=Km3rfvvGqto%3AiNKuO0VDO18%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=Km3rfvvGqto%3AiNKuO0VDO18%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=Km3rfvvGqto%3AiNKuO0VDO18%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=Km3rfvvGqto%3AiNKuO0VDO18%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/Km3rfvvGqto’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  21. Athena Smith says :

    I know that I’ve already posted on the fact that the Merriam-Webster’s word of the year was "w00t," but I ran into this article while stumbling today and just had to share. Because of its length I was able to post the entire link here, but to view the original in all its glory, please visit <a href=’http://tinyurl.com/yt4ktq’>tinyurl.com/yt4ktq</a>.<br/><blockquote>Did you hear?! <a href=’http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5ileUw1tWfWTY4wpRO8Ak67PixHfQ’>w00t has been named the word of the year by Merriam-Webster</a>! I wish I had some sort of short exclamation I could use to express my joy! Oh wait, I know: HOORAY! <p>As a side note, this marks the first time a word comprised partly of numbers (the O???s are traditionally zeros) has been put into the Dictionary since 2003???s inclusion of ???Sk8r Boi.??? The Definition? ???(N.)-<em>One who wasn???t good enough for her / But now he???s a superstar / Slammin??? on his guitar / Does her pretty face see what he???s worth?</em>???</p> <p>In all seriousness, I???ve got to say this is something of a troubling sign. I???m all for gamer slang; anything that keeps a barrier of understanding between them and me is all right in my book. But the fact that it???s gaining mainstream acceptance gives the linguophile in me a shiver of fear, and a vision of a day when l33t is the U.S.???s official language.</p> <p>To be fair, Merriam-Webster???s word of the year is chosen by Internet ballot, so it makes sense we???d be seeing things like ???truthiness??? and ???blog??? start making the rounds. But is that really what we want? Do we really want the same folks who create <a href=’http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Main_Page’>entire online encyclopedias</a> just to chronicle their ???hilarious??? labyrinthine subculture deciding the direction the English language is going in?</p> <p>And by ???hilarious,??? I mean <strong>roflcopter lolcat zomg kekeke!!!1!!one!!I???m hilarious!!!</strong></p> <p>I don???t know about you, but I don???t want to live in a world where when I drop a bag of groceries while walking home from the store, there are good odds that someone walking by will mutter ???you just got RickRoll???d.??? Sure, it sounds cool now, but trust me; it???d get old REAL quick.</p> <p>To that end, I hereby nominate a word of my own creation for the 2008 word of the year:</p> <p>Roflrift-(N.) <em>The point in human history at which language becomes so fractured by subculture slang and the rapid invention of new words that no human being is capable of communicating intelligibly with another, and the world is thrown violently back into the Dark Ages.</em></p> <p>And believe me, The Roflrift is coming.</p></blockquote>Again, thank you Michael Swaim from Cracked.com for sharing. =)<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-4567209965880139577?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=O1g9va1tmvQ%3A_wvijXNzOJg%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=O1g9va1tmvQ%3A_wvijXNzOJg%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=O1g9va1tmvQ%3A_wvijXNzOJg%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=O1g9va1tmvQ%3A_wvijXNzOJg%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=O1g9va1tmvQ%3A_wvijXNzOJg%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/O1g9va1tmvQ’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  22. Athena Smith says :

    I’m sure you’ve noticed… I haven’t posted recently, mostly due to the many many things going on here at the holiday’s. I just thought I’d drop a note saying that it may be at most another week to week and a half before I post again. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderfully Happy New Year!<br/><br/>Take care! I’ll be back to the nerdiness soon, soon, soon. ;P<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-5617972528272133552?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=lV4rypLTScM%3AI0YfkKbrojs%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=lV4rypLTScM%3AI0YfkKbrojs%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=lV4rypLTScM%3AI0YfkKbrojs%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=lV4rypLTScM%3AI0YfkKbrojs%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=lV4rypLTScM%3AI0YfkKbrojs%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/lV4rypLTScM’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  23. Athena Smith says :

    So it’s been a while since my last post. And by while, I mean…. like 6 months (give or take a week or two). I could name many reasons for my delay in posting… and I think I shall name a few:<br/><ol><li>It gets a little discouraging when you feel like no one reads your blog, or is interested in anything you have to say. <span style=’font-style: italic;’>I suppose this isn’t the best reason in the world, because by stopping posting, I’ve inevitably caused those people that did read to now stop reading…</span></li><li>I was particularly busy in the spring months, what with Michele graduating and my best friend and another good friend moving to town and my service calls on the side, in addition to my nearly 35 hour (yes, I’m still part-time though) work week. <span style=’font-style: italic;’>Sure, I guess you could say this isn’t the greatest reason either, but it’s a reason nevertheless. I was busy, no joke.</span></li><li>There’s really not a 3, because the first two really covered many different reasons, so I’m just gonna leave it at that. Besides, you can’t really have a list without having at least 3, imho.<span style=’font-style: italic;’> <span style=’font-style: italic;’>Been busy, been technically/bloggingly (yes, I’m perfectly aware this isn’t a word… but you understood it didn’t you?) discouraged</span>. End of story.</span></li></ol>So there’s your reasons for my not posting until now, and I will understand if you don’t read this until a month for now, or even a few months from now, since I essentially did that to you, if you were in fact a reader before. Hopefully in the future though I will have plenty for you to enjoy. Hit me up in the comments should you want some words of wisdom on a particular subject, after-all the comments are what keeps me going. ;)<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-2711589069670902869?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=6IzZfrs0dts%3AC39fj1GgTiA%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=6IzZfrs0dts%3AC39fj1GgTiA%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=6IzZfrs0dts%3AC39fj1GgTiA%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=6IzZfrs0dts%3AC39fj1GgTiA%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=6IzZfrs0dts%3AC39fj1GgTiA%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/6IzZfrs0dts’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  24. Athena Smith says :

    <a href=’http://screencast.com/t/5qPsvBubDLz’><img src=’http://screencast.com/t/5qPsvBubDLz’ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px;’/></a><a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookmarklet’>Wikipedia</a>:<br/><div xmlns=’http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml’><blockquote><p>A <b>bookmarklet</b> is an <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applet’ title=’Applet’>applet</a>, a small computer application, stored as the <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Resource_Locator’ title=’Uniform Resource Locator’>URL</a> of a <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_bookmark’ title=’Internet bookmark’>bookmark</a> in a <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_browser’ title=’Web browser’>web browser</a> or as a <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperlink’ title=’Hyperlink’>hyperlink</a> on a <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_page’ title=’Web page’>web page</a>. The term is a <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmanteau’ title=’Portmanteau’ class=’mw-redirect’>portmanteau</a> of the terms <i>bookmark</i> and <i>applet</i>.</p><p>Whether bookmarklet <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utility_%28computer_science%29′ title=’Utility (computer science)’ class=’mw-redirect’>utilities</a> are stored as bookmarks or hyperlinks, they are designed to add <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bookmarklet#Usage’ title=’Bookmarklet’>one-click functionality</a> to a browser or web page. When clicked, a bookmarklet performs some function, one of a wide variety such as a search query or data extraction. Usually the applet is a <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaScript’ title=’JavaScript’>JavaScript</a> <a href=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_program’ title=’Computer program’>program</a>.</p></blockquote> <p>In today’s tech day in age, we are a people of instant gratification and last minute kinds of choices and decisions.</p><p>Now, I love me some Gmail, but the one things Gmail lacks (but isn’t enough for me to jump off the bandwagon) is signature functionality. I have all of my various e-mail accounts forwarded into my one main Gmail account, and I have it set up so that it appears as though I am replying from those various other e-mail addresses. The problem is that Gmail only supports one singular signature, and it appears below the quoted message that you are replying to. This is a problem because my junk e-mail address needs to now have any personal identifying information, whereas my work e-mail address needs a signature reflecting my title, phone number, and company webpage information. You see where this gets complicated, right?</p><p>Well, I’ve found something that helps this a little. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly better than my previous solution of just going without a signature and typing required information for every e-mail.</p><p>The solution is <a href=’http://projets.geekfg.net/?/1-how+to+insert+html+signature+in+gmail.htm’>GeekFG’s Online Bookmarklet Creator</a>!</p><p><a href=’http://content.screencast.com/media/98d205f5-cce5-4a46-9e51-d740c80b5603_3005ae3b-e043-4824-bc4b-234cdac08d89_static_0_0_2008-07-03_0839.png’><img src=’http://content.screencast.com/media/98d205f5-cce5-4a46-9e51-d740c80b5603_3005ae3b-e043-4824-bc4b-234cdac08d89_static_0_0_2008-07-03_0839.png’ border=’0′ alt=” style=’margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 471px; height: 148px;’/></a></p><p>You first use the editor to create a signature. This signature can be as fancy, or not, as you want. It allows web hosted images, links, tables, css, and the like. You then click <i>Go to step 2</i>, and it creates your bookmarklet which you can then drag to your browsers bar, or simply bookmark. Then any time you want to add your signature, simply click the bookmarklet when you are at the compose screen of Gmail, and voila! Magic. Now, as far as I know this is only available in Gmail (and of course any Google Apps for your domain sites).</p><p>So the moral of the story is, the next time you want multiple signature for your Gmail account… head on over to GeekGF’s bookmarklet creator; I’m pretty sure that, like me, you’ll be glad you did!<br/></p></div><div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-7467522276497387403?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=NiB0dX39VTk%3AqooxntdxAeI%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=NiB0dX39VTk%3AqooxntdxAeI%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=NiB0dX39VTk%3AqooxntdxAeI%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=NiB0dX39VTk%3AqooxntdxAeI%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=NiB0dX39VTk%3AqooxntdxAeI%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/NiB0dX39VTk’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

  25. Athena Smith says :

    So it’s been a while – I know. That’s what I get for being a bit of a workaholic. On with the tech…<br/><br/>So I’ve been in search for way to have multiple signatures in Gmail. Those of you that have kept up with my blogging, or know me at all, know that I absolutely love Gmail – and pretty much all things Google. Google is in the process of creating what you may call Gmail "addons" through Gmail Labs; but even labs does not provide the ability to have mutliple signatures. Now you may ask – why is this so important? Well, I currently have 5 email accounts automatically forwarded to my primary Gmail account, and I’ve set up the ability to email "from" those accounts within that primary Gmail account. With that being said, I have a lot of comings in and out from that account, and I don’t want a professional email signature on my personal emails and so forth. Hopefully this all makes sense.<br/><br/>In my search I found one such Firefox addon that does a pretty nice job of allowing me to have multiple signatures depending on the address I choose to mail from. The <a href=’https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7757′>Blank Canvas Gmail Signature</a><a href=’https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7757′>s</a> Firefox extension is still considered "experimental" by Mozilla, but its usability makes it far from experimental in my book. Create your signatures for each email address you mail from, and voila… now every time you select that email address to mail from, the signature will automagically be inserted into your email for you. And as a bonus – the Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures has full HTML support for your signatures.<br/><br/>It’s one of the few extensions that I couldn’t do without. More on that later… for now, go download the Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures Firefox extension… if you have as many email accounts forwarded to one as I do… and a need for signatures for all of them… you’ll love this extension!<br/><br/>Also – I should say that this extension is far better than the bookmarklets that I posted about last time. Bookmarklets are still pretty awesome… but as for signatures, this extension is the best solution around. See how long I’ve been in search for such greatness though?!<div class=’blogger-post-footer’><img src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8499350404434965813-6045708204728543166?l=pixel-8ed.blogspot.com’ height=’1′ alt=” width=’1’/></div><div class=’feedflare’><a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=WhYhs9DzrEw%3AsPed-hcOGQI%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=WhYhs9DzrEw%3AsPed-hcOGQI%3AV_sGLiPBpWU’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=WhYhs9DzrEw%3AsPed-hcOGQI%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?i=WhYhs9DzrEw%3AsPed-hcOGQI%3AgIN9vFwOqvQ’ border=’0’/></a> <a href=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?a=WhYhs9DzrEw%3AsPed-hcOGQI%3AyIl2AUoC8zA’><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/pixel-8ed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA’ border=’0’/></a></div><img src=’http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/pixel-8ed/~4/WhYhs9DzrEw’ height=’1′ width=’1’/>

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