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Sunday Beauty #133

Folks, today’s “interesting image” is not the most artistic, nor spectacular, image to grace the Sunday Beauty feature here.. but there’s something intriguing about it.. and it just feels “right” today.

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Click on image to see more by this artist

“Rainbow-Crance Brook Road-10” by dfbphotos, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote:Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 15, 2013 Posted by | computers | 4 Comments

A Double-barrel Friday Fun

This journey we call Life shouldn’t be all toil and trouble, so here’s some fun, to help you through your day.

First up: something from our four-legged friends.

This next, well. I hope the title works.. but, be warned, it does have a few “adult” words/images..

Bonus fun: And my “bonus video” today is dedicated to the memory of my friend KsTinMan, who once told me a funny story about a G.T. concert … (Sing along, if you know the words!)

KsTinMan had that special ability (some people have) to not only be able to make me laugh, but to know when I needed one. (In case you haven’t heard. laughter is the best medicine.) I read somewhere that people won’t remember what you said, or what you did, but how you made them feel. I suspect that that’s correct and, I hope I’ve shared a smile or two today.

Have a great day everybody!

Today’s quote:The truth is simple. If it was complicated, everyone would understand it.” ~ Walt Whitman

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September 13, 2013 Posted by | digital music, digital Video | | Leave a comment

RIP KsTinMan

Folks, I hope you’ll forgive me this “non-tech” digression.

Yesterday, I learned that a friend of this blog (and this writer) had passed away the other day. Some of you may have noticed the helpful comments “KsTinMan” had posted here over the years (in fact, his most recent is still showing in my “Recent comments” widget), but – did or didn’t –  that is immaterial: his input was appreciated. I think it likely he helped a person or two (dozens?) with his contributions.

It kind of.. um, er, “blows my mind” (to use a little Kallyfornyah lingo) to think upon it that I will never see his name in my comments (or Inbox) ever again (even though this is far from my first meeting with Death or Loss) and I cannot help but to think of the man’s family, and friends, … Which brings me to my point.

Though it is an unpleasant topic, mourning – from Death and/or Loss, well, I wager, it just may be something you, Dear Reader, or someone you know, is going through. As best you/they can.
Or have gone through. (As best you/they could.)

Since it is (so often) such a huge thing in Life, it’s puzzling (to me) why so many (I include myself) are so ill prepared for it, and “don’t talk about it”, and (sometimes) pretend it doesn’t exist.. And it’s awkward: what do you say to someone who recently lost a loved one? Sorry? (Well, yes. That can be a good thing to say..)

Pain.

An injury.

white_roseI haven’t always handled these things well (perhaps the Understatement Of The Week Award winner right there..) and so I suspect some of you may be having trouble “handling” grief and grieving yourselves (or know someone who is). For those, or if you are simply interested in learning more, I have found I agree with the content of this page, and think it maybe could help. And some of you might be interested in this website as well. (i understand there’s a Facebook app for this as well..)

I hope I didn’t depress you, Dear Reader, or cause you to (painfully) remember old injury, and ruin your day. But the fact you read this far.. maybe remembering your loss, well.. I won’t get metaphysical. I’ll simply say I bet you’ve known some wonderful people (I include faithful and loving pets in that “people”). And I understand what it is to miss them. And I’ll leave off with this: please be kind to those wonderful people you know who are still here with us.

Rest in peace, KsTinMan, and thank you.

Today’s quote:Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” ~ Betty Smith

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September 10, 2013 Posted by | blogging | , | 10 Comments

4 Non Blondes

AKA Friday Fun (A Day Late)

Here’s video that I suggest needs (to have) the volume knob turned up a bit. It’s one of those songs that sticks with you, and lingers in the recesses of memory. Maybe you’ve heard it?

(And you know… that’s kind of a good question…)

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Today’s quote:I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
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September 7, 2013 Posted by | digital music, digital Video | Leave a comment

Take Back The Internet

Folks, today a quick reading recommendation, from a man people in my industry listen to.

The U.S. Government Has Betrayed The Internet And We Need To Take It Back

The NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. We engineers built the internet – and now we have to fix it.Read more..

This article is well worth your time, even if you aren’t a Techno-nerd, or think you are “up to speed on” the Snowden/NSA thing.

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September 6, 2013 Posted by | computers | , , , , | 2 Comments

How To Remove A Stuck CD (and a software giveaway)

Troubleshooting a slot drive

I still fiddle with my iMac, and the other day I came across a problem which has spawned today’s “how to” topic — namely, the DVD I was had been watching would not eject out of the ‘slot’. And, the iMac doesn’t have the paperclip hole to forcibly eject a disc from the “superdrive”.

image source: bindapple

The official Apple methods for getting a disc to eject go like this:

  1. Press and hold the Eject key on your keyboard.
  2. Right-click (control-click) on the disks icon on the Desktop and select “Eject” from the contextual menu
  3. Drag the disks icon to the Trash bin within the Dock
  4. Select the disc’s icon and hit “Command-E”

More advanced Mac stuck disk eject methods

  1. Launch Disk Utility and select the CD/DVD from the sidebar. Click the Eject icon at the top of the Disk Utility screen.
  2. Launch the Terminal and type following command: drutil eject, and hit the Return key.
  3. If those fail, try restarting your Mac and hold down the mouse button (or trackpad button if you have a laptop) as the system “boots”. Keep holding it down until the system fully restarts (or the disc pops out, whichever comes first).

None of those worked for me, so I had to resort to a manual method. The first thing to try is to tip the machine so the disc drive is vertical to the horizon (slot down), so that gravity can assist, while trying one of the eject methods above.. maybe giving a little shake as well. Hopefully, your disc will “fall out”.

Gravity (and shaking) didn’t help me, so it was time to reach in there with something. Tempting though it is, tweezers are not the tool of choice (as they can/will scratch the disc). I used a stiff business card (though a credit card can work too) with a length of double-sided tape pressed on. Insert the card at the “top” (long side closest to the screen/disc’s ‘label side’) of the slot, with the sticky tape toward the back of the machine (the bottom of the disc drive) and then “fish” the disc out by a slight to-the-back (away)-and-out motion.

If it simply will not come out (even with tweezers), you probably will require disassembly, and probably will need to visit a tech.

Software giveaway: I noticed a decent limited-time software giveaway on BitsDuJour.. which seems to be experiencing some technical difficulties, but you may want to sign up anywho.

Wise Care 365 PRO for PC – Coming Soon

100% Off
$54.00
= $0

Wise Care 365 PRO is a comprehensive PC tune-up utility that promises to keep your Windows PC secure and running at peak performance.more

Unrelated: where did this week go?

Also unrelated: 7 Things Your Body Language Is Telling Your Boss

 “From the way you sit in your chair to the color of your tie, nonverbal communication can have a big impact on your professional life. Here’s some advice.Read more..

Looking back..: Junk mail looks just like it did back in 1997.. doesn’t it?

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Because, why change a good thing, right?

Today’s quote:We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth’s creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives.” ~ Lewis Thomas

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September 5, 2013 Posted by | advice, computers, free software, hardware, how to, performance, tech, troubleshooting | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SB 132

Folks, here’s another interesting image for your Sunday..

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Click on image to see more by this artist

“Me and my shadow” by Greenwich Photography, courtesy of Flickr Commons

I hope you are enjoying a safe and pleasant holiday weekend.

Today’s quote:A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.” ~ Washington Irving

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 1, 2013 Posted by | computers | Leave a comment