of the Month:
this day forward, the millions of our schoolchildren
will daily proclaim in every city and town, every
village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of
our nation and our people to the Almighty."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
on signing into law the addition of the words
'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance, June 14,
February 28, 2007 -
my six month anniversary working for IT today, and
in another month it will be my third year at KSHS.
February 25, 2007 -
was a busy week. Jesse was gone to training and
there was a barrage of small problems that kept
me running about, but there were not any major problems
with the server, though the phones did go down Tuesday.
Tuesday night we had yoga and then went out to eat
at Pizza Hut; Wednesday I went over the Christie's
to give her computer the full tune up. Uninstalled
her old anti-virus, uninstalled some other unwanted
programs, installed AVG & Spybot and updated
and ran both, turned off most of her startup programs,
and defragmented. Thursday I went to a movie night
at Lin & Brian's, we watched Babel... I thought
it was ok, but I don't think I'd deem it "must
February 18, 2007 -
Mac & Linux... Windows XP accounts for 86% of
the desktop market today, the next largest category
is the other versions of Windows, which is made
up of Win98, 2000, ME, and Vista and takes up 9.3%.
All the Mac OS versions combined come in a distant
4.34%- and the true underdog Linux comes in at .34%.
I've been using Linux for six months now, and I
find myself wanting to devote myself more to using
it over Windows, but
I fear I keep failing to make the leap, and have
stopped using it at home altogether. I've been using
you can download for free (most Linux distributions
are free) and you can burn it onto a CD to install
it or try it- basically it runs from the CD so you
can get the feel of the operating system without
ever installing files to your hard drive. It also
comes with a ton of free software... more than what
Windows comes with, and you can easily download
hundreds of other programs. So why haven't I made
the leap? Mostly because I'm just really hooked
on a lot of windows software, mainly graphic design
stuff, and drivers can be a problem to get extra
hardware. If you have a fairly general system though
you should be ok. I wish Ubuntu would make a deal
with computer manufacturers... to produce systems
that came with it already installed and fully optimized,
I think if people had the choice they would also
make the leap. This has been done before though,
but it was an off-name system with no marketing
put into it, so it didn't do well.
no, I finally did it... I washed my flash drive.
It went through the washer and the dryer but it
came out and still worked.
February 17, 2007 -
started getting e-mails from my host sister Miyako
again; she got married and moved to Kagoshima
last year, and I had not heard from her since. She
e-mails me via her cell phone so I'm not sure if
she can look at my blog.
plant to the right is my biwa. It's a fruit tree,
and it's almost nine years old now. It would not
be able to survive the cold here, so it makes seasonal
migrations inside. It now measures 125 cm tall counting
the pot... so it might be a long time before it
ever produces fruit- the seed came from fruit I
ate one night with my host family, and Miyako sent
them to me after I came home. If you like you can
read the wikipedia article on the Eriobotrya Japonica.
sent me a photo the other day of a puzzle she put
together of the Kinkaku-ji
temple in Kyoto. I visited there when I went to
Japan... it's your basic run-of-the-mill temple,
but it's covered in gold. Here's my photo.
this Long John Silver's??" .... I think everyone
has the wrong number, and unfortunately it is mine.
I'd say 90% of my calls are for Andrew Lewis, Brian
Blakemore, or Cory Somebody... I hope my Long John's
caller was a freak misdial.
February 16, 2007 -
I just don't like driving in the snow, and today
it waited until three and cut loose and boy did
it... it took me one hour and forty five minutes
to get home, which is normally a half hour drive.
I-70 was the worst part, traffic in Topeka was just
a slow crawl... the speedometer didn't even register
that I was moving most of the time. Highway 75 was
not nearly as bad... I think I averaged a swift
February 15, 2007 -
many problems today, and not so many got solved...
that makes for a tired Craig. I came home and pretty
much went to bed and I woke up around 10pm. Yesterday
I came home and went to get my mail... and Thunderbird
had forgotten everything! It didn't know who I was,
who it should e-mail for, and it didn't have any
old letters. Craig was not happy cause it took an
hour to repair.
February 13, 2007 -
we got some snow... it did just barely wait for
me to get home before it began, and it wasn't really
cleared off this morning, but it was traversable.
I hope this is the last gasp of winter.
February 10, 2007 -
got my hair cut, but that's about it- it's early
though; what do you expect?
Obama officially announced his candidacy this morning,
and his new logo was everywhere, and what a great
logo! Super-simple and yet it says so much. I'm
still open on who I will vote for, I liked Edwards
in the last go around, but with about 20 candidates
I hate to make up my mind too early on... course
there are a few of them that are already crossed
February 7, 2007 -
lessons for the day: 1) Never drink a lot of Kool-Aid
before going into a meeting where you're going to
be editing a computer use policy; 2) When all else
fails, call a certified printer repairman.
was a good day though, there was lots to do... I
like the lots to do days... I think the perfect
day would be one where everyone had some different
problem that I could solve in a few minutes, it'd
have to be a real problem though, and not one of
those simple things... but also not one of those
giant "can't solve that in a day" problems.
work I watched some more of Sara's TNG season six
DVDs and I sent an ad to Susan, worked on revisions
to a flyer for the humane society, and added a couple
things to Brent's photography site.
February 6, 2007 -
had its ups and downs.... Jesse came back and there
were no problems waiting for him which is good!
helped people... also good! Went to Sun's for lunch
with Teresa & Kirsten... good fun! I made my
first PHP file today... learned something new fun!
...And then I sent out a letter to everyone, which
I had sent to Jesse beforehand to make sure it was
ok to send out.... but when I sent it out to everyone
I left my note on the front asking if it was ok
to send to everyone... not fun. As Sandy would say:
"What a maroon!"
February 4, 2007 -
I saw Letters from Iwo Jima with Bob, MaryLou
& Teresa. It was a very good movie about the
fight to hold Iwo Jima from the Japanese perspective...
I need to see a movie I can watch without having
to read though cause the last three I've seen have
February 2, 2007 -
and I made it through the day without any major
incidents. There were just a couple problems with
logging in this morning... mostly I worked on printers
and Sage issues. The undeleted files are now re-deleted
or separated out and all is mostly happy in the
February 1, 2007 -
think the week is looking up... login problems seem
to be going away somewhat, but Jesse has left for
Florida and won't be back until Tuesday, so things
should prove to be extra busy for me in the coming
in my change from Wal-Mart I got a couple quarters
along with some other lesser coins... and I could
tell by the sound that they made that one was composed
of silver.... and indeed it was! It was a super
dirty quarter, but I looked the year up online and
it's 90% silver 10% copper... only worth about $2,
but it's still a most nifty find!