So I was able to spend a few minutes troubleshooting my light strings on Saturday. Seems Christmas lights do not like to be strung together in groups large than three. How was I supposed to know that connecting eight strings of lights together would blow a fuse in the light string and make my house look like all janky?
Anyway, with the help of a few skilled set of 9 year old and 10 year old hands, the two older daughters and I eventually rectified the situation and stabilized the onset of Christmas with a height defying, acrobatic feat of daring that few Christmas’ have ever seen. And we did it without injury or dirtying our good clothes.
Of course, while we were out braving the elements, braving the height of the cold morning air, my wife was slaving away over a hot stove to put a meal fit for a light hanging army on the table to replenish the nutrients lost in the light string battle. And I must say, that was one killer breakfast. I might just be inclined to hang more lights next weekend.
Veteran’s Day is one of my favorite recognized holidays. I like it so much because it is a time to honor and celebrate the men and women that have served our country in the Armed Forces. Regardless of your political affiliation, religious affiliation, ethnic background or financial position, one thing we, as a community, can all do is honor those people that have offered to give their all in the service of this country.
As I write this I am reminded that there are several men that I personally of that have served in the military. My father served in the US Army in Korea in the 1950′s. My father-in-law served in the US Navy in Vietnam in the early 1970′s. Two of my very best friends served in the US Navy right out of high school. The bravery, commitment and service that these
men showed is indicative of a great many soldiers serving the country in the Armed Forces.
So today, if you by chance happen up a man or woman in uniform, ask to shake their hand and tell them thanks for being a hero and being willing to risk all so the rest of us don’t have to.
I just read an email from iPower about how they were named by Deloitte & Touche as a ‘Rising Star’ on the D&T ‘Technology Fast 500′ list. How did that happen?
It has been my experience (and continues to be my experience) that iPower (or iPowerweb) is an absolute joke when it comes to technology. I used to host all of my sites and client sites with them, until a little over a year ago. That is when my sites kept getting hijacked and they couldn’t figure out how. It would take hours to get the servers cleaned up, and a lot of customers were getting upset. After three of my sites got hit three times in two weeks, and their tech support could only must an ‘I don’t know why or how this happened’, I knew it was time to leave.
Of course, things got horribly worse later on, as my clients, the ones that I recommended iPowerweb to, started getting hit also. After enough of this, I moved all my accounts to GoDaddy (because they are cheaper, nicer, more technologically savvy and they answer their phones… fast). Since then I have set some other things up, but one thing is for absolute certain…
I WILL NEVER USE IPOWERWEB AGAIN AS LONG AS I LIVE!
That is about all I can say about Firefox. Man I love this browser. It so blows Microsoft IE7 out of the water. Of course, I love opera as well, but until it can handle extensions (like Greasemonkey and the like) I cannot rely on it as a valuable development tool.
If you haven’t downloaded Firefox 2 yet, you should. It is a great product. You can get it at the Mozilla website or the Spread Firefox website. If for nothing else, get it for the textarea spell checker. It is neat. And if you ever need instructions for how to remove a misspelled word you accidentally added to your dictionary, here they are…
Any entries you add to the dictionary yourself is added to a file called persdict.dat. You have to open that file in notepad, and it’ll have a list of the words you added, and you can delete whatever you need to. You can search your PC for that file, or on windows XP go to: C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\