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[CENTER]This is a Great Picture and the guy with his back to
the camera seems to know what he is talking about.

So I said to him, "Barack, I know Abe Lincoln, and you ain't Abe Lincoln."[/CENTER]

[CENTER]You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves. [/CENTER]

[CENTER].....Abraham Lincoln [/CENTER]
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This is something we should all read at least once a week!

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written."

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13.. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38.. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

My favorite……
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back..

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Remember that I will always share my spoon with you!
Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.

And I choose you! Love you all!

The above message is from one of my best Internet Friends...

Rec'd: 7/16/2009
From: CLJ5775 (Cyndee Johnson)
To: MsBeeJay + 17 others

God Bless and May HE Watch Over You Always!
07-16-09, 05:45 PM Thanks!

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"Anything can fly if you throw it hard enough."

"I have to follow them, I am their leader."
King of the Vagha

“It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing Milk-Bone flavored underwear.”

"I'm a nobody, nobody is perfect, therefore I am perfect. Live with it."

"If thine enemy wrongs thee, buy each of his children a drum"
Ancient Chinese Proverb

“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in
the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.”
Calvin & Hobbes

"I think it would be a good idea."
Mahatma Gandhi

Mark Twain: "Wagner's music is better than it sounds."

"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
Mark Twain

"When angry, count four; when very angry, swear."

“A friend is someone who knows the song of your soul and
sings it back to you when you've forgotten the words.”

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
Walt Disney

"Talent does what it can; genius does what it must."
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."
Carl Sagan

"It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts."
G. B. Burgin

"We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?"
Niels Bohr

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
Albert Einstein

"Everything has been figured out, except how to live."
Jean-Paul Sartre

"I don't even butter my bread; I consider that cooking."
Katherine Cebrian

"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you."
Carl Gustav Jung

"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"
Abraham Lincoln

"I don't feel good."
Luther Burbank

"Nothing is wrong with California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn't cure."
Ross MacDonald

"Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research."
Wilson Mizner

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
Thomas Watson

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
Ken Olson

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
Bill Gates in 1981

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible."
A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."
Tom Clancy

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
Irvin S. Cobb

"I worship the quicksand he walks in."
Art Buchwald

"We are not retreating - we are advancing in another Direction."
General Douglas MacArthur

"I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need."
Francois-Auguste Rodin

“The world is divided into those who have read THE HOBBIT and
THE LORD OF THE RINGS and those who are going to read them.”
The Sunday Times, 1954

"We're the leaders, wait for us!"
The Microsoft Motto

“I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.”
Groucho Marx

“When I was in school, I cheated on my metaphysics exam:
I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.”
Woody Allen”

“We now present the conclusion of...The Never-ending Story.”
From a cable TV broadcast of the movie

“Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had
years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet,
make some of the worst movies in the history of the world. “
Dave Barry
07-17-09, 10:29 AM Thanks!

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“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
Anais Nin

“It is said that love is blind. Friendship, on the other hand, is clairvoyant.”
Philippe Soupault

“You said the world was magic, I was wide eyed and laughing, we were dancing up to the bright side...”
Joking, Indigo Girls

“Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.
And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”
Richard Bach

“Silences make the real conversations between friends.
Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.”
Margaret Runbeck

“Friends do no live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.”
Henry Thoreau

“It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.”

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
Walter Winchell

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the
ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”
Karl Menninger

“Both within the family and without, our sisters hold up our mirrors:
our images of who we are and of who we can dare to become.”
Elizabeth Fishel

“A sister is both your mirror -- and your opposite.” ~ Elizabeth Fishel

“The desire to be and have a sister is a primitive and profound one that may have
everything or nothing to do with the family a woman is born to. It is a desire to
know and be known by someone who shares blood and body, history and dreams,
the darkest secrets and the glassiest beads of truth.”
Elizabeth Fishel

“Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspired.”
Alexander Pope

“Friendship! mysterious cement of the soul! Sweetener of life! and solder of society!”
Robert Blair

“A friend is a person with whom you dare to be yourself .”
Pam Browm

“Friend derives from a word meaning "free". A friend is someone who allows us the space and freedom to be.”
Debbie Alicen

“Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel that you've done a permanent job.”

“We have been friends together In sunshine and in shade.”
Caroline E. S. Norton

“Hold a true friend with both your hands.”
Nigerian proverb

“You're an extraordinary woman; how do you expect to lead an ordinary life?”
Louisa May Alcott

“Be like the bird in flight- Pausing awhile on boughs too slight. Feels them
give way beneath her, yet sings Knowing yet, that she has wings.”
Victor Hugo

”When we walk to the end of all the light we have, and take a step into the
darkness of the unknown, we must believe one of two things will happen:
that we will land on something solid, or we will learn to fly.”

”The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in
each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”
Richard Bach

“I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers
are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin
to lock them up DOES rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab
and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”
The Shawshank Redemption
07-17-09, 10:35 AM Thanks!

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“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good
egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”
Bernard Meltzer

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical
substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
Carl Jung

“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling
a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in
a series of kindnesses, there is at last one which makes the heart run over.”
James Boswell

“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion,
who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate
not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face us with the reality of our
powerlessness. That is the friend who cares.”
Henri Nouwen

“You said good friends are hard to come by, I laughed
and bought you a beer cause it's too corny to cry...”
Indigo Girls

“You have been my friends," replied Charlotte,
"that in itself is a tremendous thing...”
E.B. White

“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time,
and to see takes time -- like to have a friend takes time.”
Georgia O'Keefe

“If ever you should need my life, come and take it.”
The Sea Gull

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be
well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship
is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the
shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”
George Washington

“Our job is not to straighten each other out,
But to help each other up.”
Neva Cole

“Once in a while you meet someone, and soon
You both discover the two of you are truly
Something special to each other. . .
You share your thoughts and feelings so
Relaxed, so openly, and right away you
Know your friendship's truly meant to be.”
Gary Harrington

“When I find myself fading, I close my eyes and realize my friends are my energy.”

“Of all the words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these... it might have been.”
John Greenleaf Whittier

“We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.”
Letty Cottin Pogrebi

“The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do,
something to love, and something to hope for.”
Allan K. Chalmers

“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have
truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.”
Henry Drummond

"Everything has been figured out, except how to live."
Jean-Paul Sartre

“Every exit is an entry somewhere.”
Tom Stoppard

“He who has a thousand friends, Has not a friend to spare,
While he who has one enemy, Shall meet him everywhere.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.”
Louisa May Alcott

“The rain may be falling hard outside, But your smile makes it all alright.
I'm so glad that you're my friend. I know our friendship will never end.”
Robert Alan

“It's the friends you can call up at 4am that really matter.”
Marlene Dietrich
07-19-09, 04:14 PM Thanks!

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How to protect your e-mail address book

A computer repairman says this is like having gold.

I learned a computer trick today that's really ingenious in its simplicity.

As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your computer it heads straight for your email address book, and sends itself to everyone in there, thus infecting all your friends and associates.

This trick won't keep the virus from getting into your computer, but it will stop it from using your address book to spread further, and it will alert you to the fact that the worm has gotten into your system.

Here's what you do:

First, open your address book and click on 'new contact,' just as you would do if you were adding a new friend to your list of email addresses. In the window where you would type your friend's first name, type in ' A'.

For the screen name or email address, type [SIZE=3][COLOR=#0000ff]AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA[/COLOR][/SIZE]

Now, here's what you've done and why it works:

The 'name 'A' will be placed at the top of your address book as entry #1..

This will be where the worm will start in an effort to send itself to all your friends.

When it tries to send itself to [SIZE=3][COLOR=#0000ff]AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA[/COLOR][/SIZE] <[SIZE=3][COLOR=#0000ff][/COLOR][/SIZE]> , it will be undeliverable because of the phony email address you entered. If the first attempt fails (which it will because of the phony address), the worm goes no further and none of your friends will be infected.

Here's the second great advantage of this method: If an email cannot be delivered, you will be notified of this in your 'In Box' almost immediately. Hence, if you ever get an email telling you that an email addressed to [SIZE=3][COLOR=#0000ff]AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA[/COLOR][/SIZE] could not be delivered, you know right away that you have the worm virus in your system. You can then take steps to get rid of it!

Pretty slick huh?

If everybody you know does this then you need not ever worry about opening mail from friends.

DO IT NOW and pass this on to all your friends
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Something to think About...

A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package

'This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package.'

He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.

'She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago...
She has never put it on , was saving it for a special occasion.

Well, I guess this is it.

He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.

He turned to me and said:

'Never save something for a special occasion.

Every day in your life is a special occasion'.

I still think those words changed my life.

Now I read more and clean less.

I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.

I spend more time with my family, and less at work.

I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.

I no longer keep anything.

I use crystal glasses every day...

I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.

I don't save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to.

The words 'Someday...' and ' One Day...' are fading away from my dictionary.

If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now.....

I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell.

I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.
She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels.

I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favourite food.

It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come

Each day, each hour, each minute, is special..

Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one.

If you got this, it's because someone cares for you and because, probably, there's someone you care about.

If you're too busy to send this out to other people and you say to yourself that you will send it -
'One of these days' - remember that 'One day' is far away... or might never come...

No matter if you're superstitious or not, spend some time reading it.
It holds useful messages for the soul.

Don't keep this message.

This Tantra must leave your hands within 96 hours

Send copies and watch what goes on in the next four days

You'll have apleasant surprise.

This is true, even if you're not superstitious..

Now, here's the fun of it:

Send this message to at least 5 people and your life will improve

0-4 people: your life improves slightly.
5-9 people: your life improves according to your expectations !
9-14 people: you'll have at least 5 surprises in the next 3 weeks.
15 or more people: your life improves drastically and your dreams start to take shape
07-21-09, 12:43 AM Thanks!

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America's status and online marketing news.
July 20, 2009
Registered: Library of Congress, Washington DC ISSN: 1545-7494

Bobbette Madonna, Publisher
Helena Montana USA

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine
patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he
that stands it NOW deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." - Thomas Paine

>>>>> The 60 Second Tip <<<<<

Drilling Down Your Niche!

Once you have decided on a niche market to target, you need to carry out a search to see how much competition there is.

If you only find a few, you have a viable idea where there will be limited competition. If you find that your chosen niche is to competitive, you will need to tweak your plans.

First, try varying keyword searches to 'drill down' your niche. Your plan is to come up with that one niche that makes your business stand out.

For example, say you want to start a knitting business so you go to Google and type in "knit clothing" and it brings up hundreds of thousands of listings for this search term.

Obviously, that's too many websites to try and compete with, so your next step is to narrow it down.

Instead of trying to squeeze into an already saturated market, you can narrow down your niche by selling "custom made knit clothing,".

Or take it even further and sell one specific thing like, "custom knit baby blankets" or "custom knit children's clothing."

The key to finding a profitable niche is to take your main interest and break it down as much as you can. Your goal is get it to the point where you can focus on one very specific thing.


WatchDog Report: (I report, you decide)

You know you're dealing with a scam IF:

#1. The company can't prove a successful track record
#2. You can't talk to a company representative in person
#3. Former customers have lousy things to say about the product
#4. 1000s of other people are selling the EXACT same thing
#5. They can't show you legitimate testimonials from recent customers
#6. The company is charging YOU money to sell THEIR products
#7. The company makes outrageous income claims

Go here for the rest of the story:


Business Article: How to Start an Internet Business with $100 Or Less
By Liz Barton

If you’ve got $100, you’ve got more than enough money to start an internet business. How’s that for a great opportunity in the middle of a challenging economy? Obviously, if you’ve got more money to invest in an online business, that’s even better – but you can definitely do it for $100. The reason is that as you build, you’re going to need to spend some combination of time and money; with less money, you just need to spend more time.

So here’s how you could get an internet business up and running for $100 or less

1. Pick a niche – the market you want to reach. You can do research for free by spending an afternoon in Barnes & Noble. Check out the magazine racks, the “Dummies” series of books, the “Chicken Soup” books. You’re looking for an idea that you can market around to people who have a common interest or problem. You want a market that spends money on this interest or problem.

If there are books or magazines for sale, you know you’ve got a good chance of succeeding because you’re following in the footsteps of some deep pocket companies that did some expensive market research.

2. Do your keyword research. Use Google’s free keyword tool to find out how people are searching for the information or products you’re marketing. Develop a list of at least 100 keywords you can use in your marketing.

3. Buy a domain name and hosting. This expense will vary depending on the company you use, but should be in the neighborhood of $50 per year. If you can get a domain name that uses one of your keywords, that’s ideal.

4. Build your site. There are lots of ways you can build a site inexpensively – or even using a free template. Make sure to optimize your site by using your keywords strategically. Go with a clean, uncluttered appearance, and be sure to include a subscription box where you can collect visitors’ contact information so you can build your list of subscribers.

5. Get an email service so you can stay in touch with the people who subscribe to your newsletter. There are several options, and many are very affordable with a smaller list (fewer than 500 subscribers). You’ll need a service because if you try to send hundreds of emails through your normal email provider, you’re going to run into problems.

6. If you don’t want the expense (timewise or moneywise) of creating your own product to sell, you can always promote affiliate products to your list. Each time a visitor clicks on your affiliate link and makes a purchase, you’ll share the proceeds with the merchant. It’s an easy way to get started with an internet business.

7. Drive traffic to your site. There are ways you can drive free traffic to your site – by using articles, press releases, blog posts, and videos. You can also venture into pay per click advertising to drive more traffic quickly, but it will be an added expense. If you want to use free traffic only, it may take a bit longer to make money with your online business, but it certainly can be done. In fact, there are some very successful online marketers who use only free traffic methods.

You can start an internet business with $100 or less – it just takes a little more determination and focus than it would if you had thousands of dollars. The important thing is to follow a proven step-by-step system so you can make consistent forward progress and reach your first paycheck.

Once your site is producing cash, you can always invest some back into your online business, try other tools and tactics, and build it bigger and better. But by using these seven steps, you can at least get started – and that’s the most important step of all.

In our Nitro Blueprint System, we show how anyone, regardless of experience, can start an online business doing what they love and be making a full-time income within a couple of months. You can learn more at: [FONT=Arial][SIZE=3][COLOR=#0000ff][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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passed this message along to me today and I thought the forum community could benefit from it:
[INDENT]Advice From Snopes

[/INDENT]By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with [B][FONT=Times New Roman][COLOR=#0066cc][COLOR=#0066cc][FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=5][B][/B][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR][/FONT][/B] and/or [B][FONT=Times New Roman][COLOR=#0066cc][COLOR=#0066cc][FONT=Times New Roman][B][URL=""][SIZE=5][/SIZE] for determining whether information received via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites. Below is their advice for us.

Advice from [B][FONT=Times New Roman][COLOR=#0068cf][COLOR=#0068cf][FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=5][B][/B][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR][/FONT][/B]

1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this on to '10' of your friends, sign this petition, or you'll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward to The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of 'active' E-Mails addresses to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.

2) Almost all E-Mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards.

All it was, and all any of this type of E-Mail is, a way to get names and ' cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - - to validate active E-Mail accounts for their own profitable purposes.

You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future!

If you have been sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail, now you know why you get so much SPAM!

Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings regardless how inviting they might sound!

You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT in the long run. Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's don't make it easy for them!

Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition.

NOTE: When I received messages of this sort that are meant to be shared with 'others,' I usually REMOVE;; from etc. from the email so it cannot be harvested...For example: the email message I send out to my contacts will look something like this...

[CENTER]Sent: 2/25/2009 9:04:21 AM PST
From: Cyndee Johnson <CLJ5775>
To: MsBeeJay and 16 others
[LEFT]And, I use blind copy so the only person who sees the email address is me...That way, your contacts privacy is protected![/LEFT]
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5 Steps To Secure A New PC
A common misconception is that a shiny new computer is more or less secure.


Because it hasn't yet been exposed to the Internet's sinister underbelly. But the truth is, these machines come out of the box needing scores of patches, some basic security software downloads and the disabling or replacing of items security pros don't typically trust.

[COLOR=#59ae0a]CSOonline[/COLOR] asked security experts about the first steps they undertake after unwrapping any new Internet-facing machine.

Step 1: Uninstall Stuff You Don't Need
A new PC is bound to come out of the box already fitted with items the security pro doesn't care for.

Certain media players may cause heartburn, for example. Or the machine could simply include programs that, from the security practitioner's point of view, makes other, more important applications perform more slowly than they otherwise would. PC manufacturers have become notorious for installing trial software versions and other unnecessary programs (commonly known as 'craplets' or 'bloatware').

Martin Fisher, manager of the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) at Delta Airlines in Atlanta, says software removal is his first task when unwrapping a new system. The simple reason is he prefers the machine to be as bare-bones as possible, only fitted with programs the user needs to do the job. Simple is also easier to secure.

He removes any vendor-provided remote help, AOL and other preloads he will never use (including whatever Adobe products came pre-loaded and all MS Office - which he will replace with OpenOffice and Mozilla Thunderbird). The goal is to strip the machine to the bare minimums.

Step 2: Install Firefox
Let's face it: Despite all the effort Microsoft has put into making Internet Explorer more secure, one is hard-pressed to find an IT security administrator who truly feels safe using it. And so one of the first things they do is install an alternative browser -- Mozilla Firefox, in most cases.

"Firefox with [COLOR=#59ae0a]NoScript[/COLOR] currently provides one of the best levels of protection against browser-based attacks," says Christophe Veltsos, president of Prudent Security and keeper of the [COLOR=#59ae0a]DrInfoSec blog[/COLOR].

Step 3: Install NoScript and other Firefox add-ons
Indeed, nearly everyone who said they install Firefox said they also grab the NoScript add-on, which only lets trusted websites (the user's online bank, for instance) run JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plug-ins, and defends users from cross-site scripting (XSS) and [COLOR=#59ae0a]clickjacking attacks[/COLOR]. It uses a whitelisting approach that blocks scripts that may attempt to exploit security vulnerabilities without loss of functionality.

Security pros have other favorite Firefox add-ons that are immediately downloaded once Firefox is on a new laptop. Not all of them are specifically for security, but they are typically tools security pros use to do their jobs.

Robert Fuller, a Washington DC-based pen tester and security blogger, also grabs such add-ons as [COLOR=#59ae0a]Adblock Plus[/COLOR], which blocks ads and banners on the Internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page [including needed security programs]; [COLOR=#59ae0a]Web Developer[/COLOR] and [COLOR=#59ae0a]Firebug[/COLOR], which integrates with Firefox to give the users extra development tools they can use while browsing. It allows the user to edit, debug and monitor CSS, HTML and JavaScript live in any Web page.

Kevin Riggins, senior information security analyst at Des Moines, Iowa-based Principal Financial Group, says he needs certain programs to allow him the "full Web experience," like Flash and QuickTime. And while Apple's iTunes is seen by some IT shops as a security risk, many of those interviewed say they are quick to add it to new machines.

The reasons go beyond simply the user's desire to hear music or watch videos while working. A growing number of security practitioners produce their own podcasts, videos and blogs to share information with peers and raise security awareness among the general user population. Programs like QuickTime and iTunes therefore become neccesary tools of the trade.

Step 4: Search for all needed Windows patches
IT security administrators who responded to our query said they just assume there are old security flaws lurking on new machines, so one of the first actions they take is to run Windows Update to search whatever patches the machine needs.

Atlanta-based security practitioner Ariel Silverstone, a regular columnist at CSOonline, notes that he goes looking to install "180 Microsoft patches."

David Curry, head of information risk management at Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, says he "runs Windows Update" until there are simply no more updates to be found.

Some use third-party flaw finders to see what needs patching (e.g. Secunia's Personal Software Inspector).

Step 5: Customize your AV/firewall package
This one will strike the reader as obvious, to say the least. After all, these are the security basics. But there are a lot of different antivirus and firewall products on the market, so it's useful to see what different security pros choose.

Silverstone prefers AVG Internet Security for Windows machines and ClamAV for boxes running the Ubuntu operating system. AVG Technologies pitches the software as "real-time protection" against viruses, spyware and other garden-variety malware. ClamAV is an open-source antivirus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways. It is owned by Sourcefire, provider of the popular Snort IDS tool.

CSO blogger John Tierney, CISSP, CISA and director of information systems and security for a New York State water utility, prefers Avast Antivirus and Spybot for extra protection against spyware. Riggins says he also goes for Avast, AVG or Comodo for antivirus.
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Guess I'm older than dirt also!
Ol Gar (my ex) --- Date: 7/23/2009 --- From: Gary Wilsey --- email <gwilsey>

when you get to the end you will know that I'M MUCH OLDER THAN Dirt

"Hey Dad," one of my kids asked the other day, "What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?" "We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him. "All the food was slow."

"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat ?"

"It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained. "Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it."

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.

I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie." When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning.. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in20movies. I don't know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren.. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend:

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle" clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor
Ignition switches on the dashboardHeaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall
Real ice boxesPant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals

Older Than Dirt Quiz:

Count all the ones that you remember, NOT the ones you were told about! Your ratings at the bottom.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with table side juke boxes
6 Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
16 Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19 Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are thebest part of my life.

Don't forget to pass this along! Especially to all your reallyOLD friends...

"Senility Prayer"...God grant me..The senility to forget the people I never liked;
The good fortune to run into the ones that I do, And the eyesight to tell the difference."

Have a great week!
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Cyndee Johnson, one of my Net Friends sent me this information because
one of her family members was diagnosed in 2002...She does not believe
that this is a recent release...Especially the info about plastic containers,
freezing, microwave, etc.

Please read this important posting...


1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied into a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7 . Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemother apy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surg ery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply


a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk cau ses the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened Soya milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine.
Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water- best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestine s become putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cell! s and al lows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFA s etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.


1. No plastic containers in micro
2. No water bottles in freezer
3. No plastic wrap in microwave

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies.

Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital was on a TV program to explain this health hazard He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.
He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.
Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.
Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper.
The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of th e plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.


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Cyndee Johnson, one of my Net Friends sent me this information because
one of her family members was diagnosed in 2002...She does not believe
that this is a recent release...Especially the info about plastic containers,
freezing, microwave, etc.

Please read this important posting...


This is all very right, except Johns Hopkins has two Ses (It's also spelled correctly in the post so I assume that's an oversight).

I disagree on one point: I believe that microwave ovens destroy some of the molecular structure in the food, so it should not be used for organic material at all; only for heating non-organic stuff like water etc., which has a very simple and robust molecular structure.

Naturally, we don't have one in our home, and refuse to ever get one.
Microwave heating is not like regular heating. It heats from within, by energizing the molecules. In my opinion it can be compared to the radiation that's used for cancer cures (which is mostly used locally because it kills all cells, not only the cancerous ones), only many many times stronger.

When I talk too long on the mobile phone my head heats on the right side (where I hold my phone), so there's no question that it's harmful. The power of the phone transmitter is at most 2W. A microwave has 1000-2000W power, and even if only a fraction leaks out from the Faraday grid (every microwave has one), there's a chance that it can be harmful to the user.

Most of what was said about nutrition, especially about the pH balance (Alkali/Acidity) is correct. That, and the fact that our "normal" nutrition is far from perfect, is why I drink Tahitian Noni Juice (tm), which has positive effects on pH and hormone balance, and is richer in antioxidant effects than any other stuff we know. A real boost for the immune system.
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When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in
North Platte , Nebraska , it was believed that he had nothing left
of any value ..

Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions,
they found this poem . Its quality and content so impressed the staff
that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital ..

One nurse took her copy to Missouri. The old man's sole bequest to
posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News
Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. A slide
presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent,

And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the
author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Crabby Old Man

What do you see nurses?.....What do you see?
What are you thinking............when you're looking at me?
A crabby old man,..................not very wise,
Uncertain of habit...................with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food....................and makes no reply .
When you say in a loud voice........'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice...............the things that you do .
And forever is losing.......................A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not.......................lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding...............The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?............Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes,'re not looking at me .

I'll tell you who I am.....................As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten...............with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters...................who love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen...............with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now.............a lover he'll meet..
A groom soon at heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows.............that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now....................I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide...............And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty.............................My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other....................With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons...............have grown and are gone,
But my woman's beside see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more,.......................babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children...............My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon wife is now dead.
I look at the future.............................shudder with dread..
For my young are all rearing...........young of their own.
And I think of the years....................and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old man............................and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age....................look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles........................grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone.........................where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass................a young guy still dwells,
And now and battered heart swells.
I remember the joys............................I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and over again.

I think of the years, all too few......................gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact..............................that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, and see.
Not a crabby old man....Look closer......see ME!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person
whom you might brush aside without looking at the young
soul within . . . . we will all, one day, be there, too!


The best and most beautiful things of this world cannot
be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart.

Sent: 7/23/2009 --- From: Patricia A Eversaul --- To: gcminnich + 12 others
Sent: 7/23/2009 --- From: Andy Harper --- To: Patricia A Eversaul + 1 other
Sent: 7/22/2009 --- From: Lea Crissman --- To: Andy Harper + 30 others
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NO, in this particular thread, you can post almost
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"Little Known Quotes by Famous People"

"The best job goes to the person who can get it done without
passing the buck or coming back with excuses."

Napoleon Hill
1883-1970, Speaker and Motivational Writer

>>>>>> FEATURE ARTICLE <<<<<<
Your Signature Makes or Breaks Your Online Small Business
Copyright © 2005 Beth Engel - [SIZE=1][B]eBusiness Tribune[/B][/SIZE]

What’s in a name you wonder? The real question is-what’s in your signature? Your email address and signature can make or break your business efforts. Your customers and clients want professionalism and credibility with those they choose to do business.

Small Businesses Need a Professional Email Address.

Your email address in some ways tells your customer or client about your neighborhood. To assure professionalism, your email address needs to be credible. Your email address screams “cheap” or unprofessional when it is listed as: yourname @, or some other popular but widely used domain (unless of course you actually work for those businesses).

Think about it. You’re online buying a wedding gift for a friend. You find a product you like at two sites, but have a question about shipping. One email address appears to go to the service department of the named site. The other to an AOL email address. Which site is more credible and more likely to get your business? Most people will choose the first example as it appears to be professional and credible.

Your Email Signature Should Always Include More Than Your Name.

Your email signature should include a tagline, a promotion or a two line message about your business, along with a link or listing of your business website. Small home businesses usually have limited resources for advertising. Never miss an opportunity to promote your business. Take advantage of this opportunity to announce a special, a new product, or a seminar your business is hosting. Every communication from you should promote your business in this discreet, inexpensive and professional manner.

Make the Move to a Better Neighborhood

If you have a website, you web host most likely has email available with your hosting package or has it available an option. Contact them to get your email set up. If you do not have a website, you can subscribe to a service such as Yahoo Business Email to get an email address which is professional and customized. For a few dollars a month, you have a way to market your business and build your credibility.

Attention to detail makes the difference in any business. Show your customers and clients that you are a professional, and assure them they can have confidence when they do business with you. Be sure to use a professional email address and email signature in your business.

Beth Engel combines her extensive business experience with her experience as a small
business owner of four websites to help you get your small business online. If you’re a
new small business owner, visit her website and learn how to get your small business

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An Alberta policeman had a perfect spot to watch for speeders,
but wasn't getting many. Then he discovered the problem: A 12-
year-Old boy was standing up the road with a hand painted sign,
which read "RADAR TRAP AHEAD."

The officer then found a young accomplice further down the road
with a sign reading "TIPS" and a bucket full of money. (And we
used to just sell lemonade!)

A motorist was mailed a picture of his car speeding through an
automated radar post in Edmonton AB. A $40 speeding ticket
was included. Being cute, he sent the police department a
picture of $40. The police responded with another mailing -
a photo of handcuffs.

A young woman was pulled over for speeding. As the Saskatchewan
RCMP Officer walked to her car window, flipping open his ticket book,
she said, "I bet your are going to sell me a ticket to the RCMP Ball."

'He replied, "Ma'am, Saskatchewan RCMP don't have Balls." There was a
moment of silence while she smiled, and he realized what he'd just said.

He closed his book, got back in his patrol car and drove off.
She was laughing too hard to start her car.

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Computer Tip Of the Week
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When I click a link in an email nothing happens.

I've been getting this same question from Outlook Express users lately.
Not sure why it's happening, but here are some things try.

Since Outlook Express and Internet Explorer are intertwined, open IE and
go to Tools/Internet Options then click the "Programs" tab. Hit the "Reset
Web Settings" button. Uncheck "Also Reset My Home Page" before hitting
Yes. While you're there, also make sure that you have a default email
program set—if you don't it might also cause this problem.

If that doesn't work, go to Start/Run and type in and then type in


You should get a box telling you that the procedure was completed.

Still not working? Then make sure that you aren't set to read in plain
text. This will affect hyperlinks. Go to Tools/Options and click the "Read"
tab. There you will see the option to "Read all messages as plain text"—
uncheck the box.

And finally, if your security settings are too high, you have a firewall,
or a pop-up stopper these can prevent a browser window from coming
up when you click the link.

Hopefully one of these solutions will fix your problem.

Steve, Publisher
Computer Tips and Techniques
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"Little Known Quotes by Famous People"

"You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue
a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning."

Barbara Sher
Author of "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was"

>>>>>> FEATURE ARTICLE <<<<<<
Don't Let The Holidays Bust Your Budget
by James H. Dimmitt, [SIZE=1][COLOR=#0000ff][B][/B][/COLOR][/SIZE]

Before you know it our days will be filled with all the hustle and bustle
of the holiday season. And if you're not careful, the spending and
entertaining that goes with celebrating these holidays could put a
real strain on your budget. Amid the music and decorations it
becomes very easy to just "charge" away.

If you feared opening your January and February bills to see how much
you really spent last year, now is a great time to plan for a financially
healthy and happy holiday season this year.

Here are 7 tips to help you get started:

1) "He's makin' a list and checkin' it twice." Hey, if it’s good enough for
Santa, it's good enough for me. Make a list of the entertaining and gifts
you plan to include this season. Don't forget to include holiday decorations,
gift wrap, and food.

2) Make a budget! Set realistic limits on the amount you can afford to
spend on your list and then stick to it! Nothing will sidetrack you more
quickly than going on a holiday spending spree – especially one you really
can't afford.

3) Celebrate within your means. Think before you spend - do you really
want to be paying for your holidays 6 months after you've celebrated
them? The holidays are meant to be a time of joy, not a time to go
deeper in debt.

4) Get creative with your gifts. Hand made items are more personal and
often more memorable than store bought items. Offer personal services
such as baby-sitting, gardening, cooking and such. Visit a craft store
such as Michael's and you'll find endless ideas for beautiful gifts you can
create on a budget.

5) Give a gift that gives the whole year long. Consider buying a gift
subscription to someone's favorite magazine for them. Your generosity
will be remembered every month when their new issue arrives. Search
the web for discounts on magazine subscriptions and save even more!

6) Shop early and be sure to watch for pre-holiday sales. Use coupons
found in your weekly newspaper for additional savings.

7) Start saving now. Put aside a little money each week to pay for your
holidays rather than putting everything on plastic and risk having to go
into debt.

Here's hoping these tips help put a little more joy in your holidays this year!

© 2005, [SIZE=1][COLOR=#0000ff][B][/B][/COLOR][/SIZE] --- Author: James H. Dimmitt

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If only life could be like a computer

To get your daily exercise, just click on "run"!

If you needed a break from life, click on suspend.

Hit "any key" to continue life when ready.

To get even with the neighbors, turn up the sound blaster.

To add/remove someone in your life, click settings and control panel.

To improve your appearance, just adjust the display settings.

If life gets too noisy, turn off the speakers.

When you loose your car keys, click on find.

"Help" with the chores is just a click away.

Auto insurance wouldn't be necessary. You would
use your diskette to recover from a crash.

And, we could click on "SEND NOW" and
a Pizza would be on its way to you.

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Computer Tip Of the Week
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Should I buy those inkjet refills or budget inks?

You want to save some money by buying ink refills?
Well, in general, I recommend not using refills.

They are probably OK for printers with ink nozzles that are NOT built into
the cartridge (like Canon printers), but I would still be careful. The ink may
not be the same quality as what you would get from the manufacturer.

If you are using an HP printer, the ink nozzle is built into the printer cartridge
and is not meant to be run refill after refill. When you replace your ink cartridge,
you also replace your old nozzle with a brand new one. This helps keep the print
quality good (especially important if you're trying to print out photographs).

Another point to consider is that when you bought your printer, you were
probably looking at print quality. Why take a chance on compromising that
print quality to save a few bucks?

Those budget ones you get UCE ("Uckie"—unsolicited commercial email) about
aren't that great either. usually they are made with recycled ink. Better to spring
for the factory stuff or a decent generic from your local office supply. I know
we all want to save money, but I prefer good quality prints and longer printer

I know I'll probably have tons of e-mail over this from people who refill their
cartridges or buy recycled ink with no trouble. But I get email all the time
asking for - my opinion :-)
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"It is no sin to attempt and fail.
The only sin is to not make the attempt."

Suellen Fried

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"Reaching Your Customers in the Most Unexpected Places"
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Does this describe you? Someone makes a purchase from your website and your system
automatically sends an email confirming the details and thanking him for his business. If
this is all you've been doing, you may be leaving money on the table.

Part of marketing an online business involves taking every opportunity you get to sell
your products and services to a customer or potential customer. It means getting your
products and affiliate links out there where they can generate that income you've always
dreamed of.

So, what are some of the more clever ways to get yourself seen and heard? I'm so glad
you asked. Grab a cup of coffee and pay attention. What I'm about to share with you are
probably things you've never thought of before, but if you implement them, they can have
a huge impact on your bottom line.

1) Order Confirmation Page:
After someone orders on your site, odds are they're taken to what's
known as a "thank you" page when the order process is completed.

Don't just review the order, this is a great place to upsell by mentioning some
of the other products and services you market. Many large companies do this
all the time, and there's a good reason: it works.

Try to choose something that's related to what they've already purchased.
If you don't have other products of your own, sign up for affiliate programs
and mention those links here.

2) Thank You Email Message:
Again, review your customer's order, thank her, and then mention
other things she may be interested in. Affiliate links are fine.

If you publish an ezine or maintain any type of mailing list, this is also a
good place to ask her to subscribe. Building an opt-in list is like putting
money in the bank. It gives you another opportunity down the road to
sell to these people.

3) Opt-In List Confirmation Page:
If you have a subscription form on your site, make sure your confirmation page
mentions links for other products. You may do a joint venture with other publishers,
promoting their ezines on this page (with them reciprocating on theirs).

This is also a good place to mention your RSS feed and how to "whitelist"
your ezine to help insure delivery.

4) Ebooks and Ecourses:
Have you ever subscribed to an ecourse or downloaded an ebook and seen
banners or text ads? Of course you have -- and so have I. This is another
great place to push affiliate programs you may be involved with or sell those
spots to interested advertisers to earn some extra cash.

You should also mention your ezine and how to subscribe to it in your ebook
and ecourses.If your material is good, they'll want to sign up.

5) Ezine Subscription Message:
When someone subscribes to your newsletter, you should be sending out a
welcome message. In it you should include a link to your archives, your RSS
feed, whitelisting instructions, and again, any affiliate links or products you
feel may be of interest to them. As long as it's related, it's a worthy pitch.

6) Membership Site Log In Pages:
Ever log onto Paypal and before they'll let you enter you're taken to a promo
page soliciting something? We've all seen this method. This is another great
place to promote something. If you run any kind of membership site that
requires people to log in, you can use this method of promotion.

So what's your goal? To start utilizing the tools you already have in place to market
more of your products and services, and increase your sales. Do these tips work? Yes,
even if you only implement one or two of them, you'll see more results and you won't
be spending any more money on advertising to do it. And that's good for your bottom

"Must Have Marketing Resources" by Merle is loaded with VALUABLE
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The Lost Purse

A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping. It was found by an
honest little boy and returned to her. Looking in her purse, she commented,
"Hmmm.... That's funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now
there are twenty $1 bills."

The boy quickly replied, "That's right, lady. The last time I found
a lady's purse, she didn't have any change for a reward."

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Illegal Operations

Don't you hate it when you see this error: "This program has preformed an illegal operation and will be shut down".

It can happen for a variety of reasons. In my experience, most of the time it's due to a software conflict of some sort, usually with a program that's running in the background.

If you find you have a bunch of stuff sitting in your system tray (it's the little box opposite the Start button on the taskbar), you may find that shutting down some of those programs will help tremendously (most have an option to shut down if you right-click their icon) .

It's usually one of them that's the culprit (RealPlayer causes *lots* of problems), especially if the program with the problem seems to be the only thing running.

You can also use the CTRL-ALT-DEL key combination to shut programs down manually, but you also run the risk of accidentally shutting your computer down (Don't close Explorer or Systray). Only do this after you've shut down all your system tray icons and are continuing to have problems.

If you shut all of those background programs down and still haven't resolved the conflict, you may have a Windows driver that's messing things up.

Try booting to Safe Mode and running the program. (To get to Safe Mode, hit the F8 key just as Windows starts to boot, before the first Windows loading screen comes up). If all works well in safe mode, you may have to re-install or update your drivers.

Another possibility is the program has a corrupted file. Try uninstalling then re-installing the program.

If you're still having problems, contact the program's vender and see if they know what's going on. Although they may not be able to help you, it's still worth a try. Keep in mind that every computer is as unique as you and I once we start using it, so sometimes even the guy who wrote the program won't know why it's causing a problem on your machine and no one else's.

I can usually resolve the illegal operation problem by taking the steps above. Don't panic if you see this error message crop up from time to time at random intervals. It happens, usually after Windows has been running awhile without a re-boot.

Only take the actions above if the problem appears every time, or almost every time, you use a particular program.

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