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This Is a test . . .

May 29, 2010

of an alternate blogging system. Blogger, my usual blogging host, is doing strange and weird things, so I thought I would experiment with WordPress for awhile.


Techno Tip

November 12, 2009

I don’t consider myself a real computer savvy, techno-geeky kinda guy. I know the basics: how to double-click, how to send e-mail, how to use an installer to install software, how to design simple web pages, that kind of thing. So when I got an alert message from ZoneAlarm, the makers of my anti-virus and anti-spyware software, informing me that an update was available, I clicked where I was supposed to click and installed the update. “What could it hurt?” I thought.

Well, the answer turned out to be, “Plenty.” This update from ZoneAlarm installs a “safe browsing toolbar” that’s designed to protect your computer from viruses, harmful scripts, and other junk as you surf from website to website. So far, so good, right?

Wrong, at least for me. Apparently, this safe browsing toolbar conflicts with my browser of choice, Firefox, and prevents it from launching or re-launching properly. With the toolbar installed, I could launch Firefox once, but if I closed it, went to another application and then tried to come back to Firefox, I couldn’t relaunch it without shutting down and re-booting the entire computer.

Needless to say, that wasn’t a very practical option for the long term, so until I could figure out a solution, I used another browser. I alternated between Google Chrome and Safari for Windows, finally deciding that Chrome was the better of the two. I barely bothered with Internet Explorer.

Finally, today, I figured out how to disable the ZoneAlarm toolbar: Go to the Tools Menu, select Add-Ons, click Extensions, and select the ZoneAlarm Toolbar, and click the Disable button. That appears to have solved the problem. It was so breathtakingly simple once I figured it out, that I really felt like a dope for taking so long to figure out a solution.

Moral of the story? If you’re using Firefox, and ZoneAlarm, DON’T install the ZoneAlarm toolbar. I offer this message as a public service to all the other clueless non-techies out there. I figured it out so you don’t have to.

Cash, checks, credit card numbers, and PayPal donations will gratefully accepted.

You’re welcome :).


September 2, 2009

Hey, everybody. I know it’s been awhile since I posted anything of significance. Still having some medical problems that interfere with my ability to do much of anything useful, but I’m still here. So . . . ‘Sup with you?

Cheezeburger of Teh Day

August 10, 2009

cute pictures of puppies with captions
see more dog and puppy pictures

Prayer Request

June 24, 2009

Dear Readers,

(All three of you)

Blogging has been sparse around here of late in part because I’ve been struggling with a medical problem. I’ll spare you the gruesome details. It’s not major, but it is uncomfortable, messy, embarrassing, and darned inconvenient. With the right medication and treatment I should be back to whatever passes for normal around here in a few days. Until then, I’ll just have to grin and bear it. Your prayers would be appreciated.

He Is Risen!

March 24, 2008

Rejoice, Heavenly Powers! Sing, Choirs of Angels!
Exult all creation around God’s Throne!
Jesus Christ your King is Risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!
Rejoice, O Earth, in shining splendor,
Radiant in the brightness of your King.
Christ has conquered, glory fills you,
Darkness vanishes forever.

Rejoice, O Mother church! Exult in glory!
The Risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
Echoing the mighty song of all God’s people.

–Easter Proclamation

Fan Fiction Follies

February 14, 2008

Having just completed my most elaborate piece of fan fiction to date (“fanfic” to those in the know) I found this set of items from the always interesting Eve Tushnet to be especially noteworthy. Eve links to:

I started writing fanfic myself while in graduate school as an antidote to the academic and theoretical bilge I was forced to read and regurgitate on exams and papers. I’ve loved it ever since. I think fans writing their own stories about characters from [insert name of your favorite TV shows, movies, books, etc. here] is a way for fans to take part ownership of characters they enjoy and become producers of culture and entertainment, rather than just passive consumers of whatever swill the corporate suits in New York and Hollywood want to feed us. While I think it would be unfair for fanfic writers to publish their work via conventional means and profit from it without acknowledging or paying royalties to the creators of the characters they borrowed, I can’t see any harm in uploading your own stories of Captain Kirk or Mulder and Scully to a website and making them available for free. Write on!