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Friday, February 27, 2004
Thursday, February 26, 2004
If you work your high-tech magic at the end of a phone line, or deep in the heart of a large corporation, you can easily forget that everything you do is directly important to some other person. Sometimes we hide behind corporate bureaucracy or simple indifference, but the truth is, all high-tech work is personal. All technology is meant to be used by another human being and if you want to be successful in your high-tech career, you must remember this.
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Important Virus Update
The major issue with this new variant is it can delete data files from your hard disk if you are infected.
Please make sure you update your virus definitions as soon as possible and continue the good practice of not opening attachments from unknown sources.
Monday, February 23, 2004
Latest Apple Update
Apple users, its time to run Software Update once again to get the latest updates from Apple. MacDailyNews has more information, as shown below.
Apple releases Security Update 2004-02-23
Apple has released Security Update 2004-02-23 which delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users. This update includes the following components:
Security Update 2004-02-23 is available via Software Update. [MacDailyNews]
Free chapter on Email Annoyances
E-mail Annoyances Steve Bass has made a chapter about e-mail freakishness from his book, PC Annoyances, available for free download. He explains the fixes for various problems in several different e-mail programs, such as Outlook, Eudora, & Netscape. This is good--very good. Thanks Steve![LibrarianInBlack]
National Forest Free Days
I am NOT a supporter of the USDA Adventure Pass program for our National Forests, so I want to remind you that there is, at least, one day each month when you can visit our National Forests without paying a fee. I hope you will all take advantage of these opportunities to enjoy the wild lands that surround Los Angeles.
From the Angeles National Forest web page...
The Adventure Pass fee will not be required the last Saturday of every month in 2004!
January 31, 2004
February 28, 2004
March 27, 2004
April 24, 2004
May 29, 2004
June 29, 2004
July 31, 2004
August 28, 2004
September 25, 2004
October 30, 2004
November 27, 2004
December 25, 2004
Sunday, February 22, 2004
From their web site...
Free Microsoft Critical Update CD
Updates Through October, 2003. Microsoft is taking orders for a free CD containing critical updates and patches through October, 2003 for Windows XP, Me, 2000, 98, and 98 Second Edition. The CD is aimed at users who have dialup connections or other difficulties in downloading file.. [Broadbandreports]
Sunday, March 7 -- 9am—4pm
Point Mugu State Park, Sycamore Cove
Join park naturalists to celebrate the annual return of the gray whale. Whale watching, music, live performances, great food, fun arts and crafts to buy, and more. Info: 805-488-1827
Sponsored by California State Parks and Santa Monica Mountains Natural History Association
Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, February 29, 2004 11 AM- 4:00 PM
Travel around the globe for our African Cultural Weekend at the Natural History Museum! We’ll explore wild African Animals and Insects from the deserts of the Sahara to the island of Madagascar, learn how to play African instruments and hear tales from Kenya. Discover the traditional art of mask making, and make your own three-dimensional mask!
Friday, February 20, 2004
I would guess that 95% of your work, day in and day out, is spent on problems. This printer won’t print. That program is crashing. IT DOESN’T WORK! While these problems can insure a regular workload for consultants like me, they can also lead us down the road to ruin. At the end of the road lie disgruntled clients, stagnant careers and simple, garden-variety burnout. If you want to keep your high-tech career cruising along, you need to move beyond troubleshooting and start helping your clients do “neat things” with their computers.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
February 26, 2004 4:00 pm PST
Get your video players ready, here comes an excellent web cast from the Mars Rover team.
Panelists will include:
Mars Exploration Rover Thermal Systems Engineer
Mars Exploration Rover Avionics Systems Engineer
Mars Exploration Rover Science Team Graduate Student
Mars Exploration Rover Science Team Member
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Apple RSS Feeds
Here is the info directly from MacMegaSite...
RSS Feeds from Apple
Apple has posted a very useful page listing all of their available RSS feeds including Knowledge Base articles & downloads. You can subscribe to any of these feeds in a news reader such as NetNewsWire to have the latest headlines delivered to your desktop. [MacMegasite]
Saturday, February 14, 2004
Thursday, February 12, 2004
It is almost impossible to work in a high-tech career today without being deeply involved with Microsoft Windows. Whether you are a developer, a user or a consultant to other users, there a several things you need to do to keep everything working smoothly. Doing so, and maintaining it regularly, is a sure way to improve you own high-tech life, that of your clients and your own high-tech career. For those of you just starting out, here are a few hints to insure that you and your clients are getting the most from your computer everyday.
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
How's Your XP Differ from My XP?
Lockergnome points over to Data Doctors for a great article on the differences between Windows XP Home and Professional, in case you were wondering.
Ken Colburn of Data Doctors answers Pete, who wonders:
Q: If I get a new system for home, what is the difference between XP Home edition and XP Professional? I want to put home movies on DVD.
A: Microsoft did a pretty good job of naming the two versions of XP, but I probably would have opted for Windows XP Home and Windows XP Business, which may have made it a little easier to understand
Adware program hits instant message users
Please be aware of a program (named Osama Found) that is spreading itself via AOL and AOL Instant Messenger. Once installed, this program will send Instant Messages to everyone on your buddy list, asking them to download the same program.
While the company claims that this program is not a virus or Adware, I would recommend you treat it as such. Do not install any suspicious programs or click on links in suspicious instant messages.
Sunday, February 08, 2004
SUN 2/15 11am -- Sooky Goldman Nature Ctr
Renew your spirit through nature journaling. Enhance the way you look at the natural world around you. Provide yourself with a record of your observations, thoughts, and feelings. Bring a sketchbook or pad, pencil, pen, and a small folding chair for your comfort. 2hrs WODOC
Saturday, February 07, 2004
Friday, February 06, 2004
This year my business is undergoing a few changes. In the past, I have had alternate sources of income, which allowed me to limit the amount of consulting work I do. Now, though, I have a need to think about this work more as a primary source of income. In that light, I am gearing up a series of initiatives to present a more business-like manner to my clients and, hopefully, increase my billable hours by a significant amount. Whether you are just starting out, or looking for ways to revitalize an existing business, these tips should serve you well.
Quicken 2004 for Mac Update
Intuit has released an update for Quicken 2004 for Macintosh. It addresses a number of issues, including:
- Scheduled Updates: For some Scheduled Updates users, Quicken would intermittently crash on launch. This issue has been resolved.
- IRR Report: In some cases, the Average Annual Total column was displaying N/A. This issue has been resolved. In some cases, inflated values were displayed for securities that had split. (Also occurred in the IRR graph, Portfolio Value graph, and Asset Allocation graph.) This issue has been resolved.
- New User Assistant: Previously when a data file was created using the New User Assistant, it was saved in the Quicken Folder. It is now saved to the user's Documents folder.
- Accounts List: In some cases, editing an account in the Accounts list with the Categories and Transfers list open would cause Quicken to unexpectedly quit. This issue has been resolved.
- One Step Update: In some cases, Quicken unexpectedly quit if the Download Transactions window was closed before the "Quicken has completed the update" sheet had been dismissed. This issue has been resolved. In some cases, Quicken would unexpectedly quit if the One Step Update window was closed prior to One Step Update completing its download. In some cases, Quicken would unexpectedly quit if the Online Account Updates window was dismissed after completing a One Step Update and accepting downloaded transactions.
- and much more.
Download available via VersionTracker.com
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
Monday, February 02, 2004
Apple releases Safari/Java updates
Apple is also getting into the upgrade act today. Here are 2 updates now available via Software Update.
This update also provides improved application stability, full keyboard access for navigating web pages, and the ability to resume interrupted downloads.
In addition to providing support for Sun's Java 1.4.2 APIs, this release includes enhancements to drawing performance and stability for both Java applications and Java applets.
Microsoft releases update to close "phishing" hole
Microsoft is abandoning its "once-a-month" schedule for issuing updates, at least for a little while. Due to a dramatic increase in attempts to trick users in to providing sensitive data (called phishing, by tech workers), MS issued the update detailed here:
Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (832894).
.Users should apply this patch as soon as possible. You can force the download and install by visiting http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/.
Sunday, February 01, 2004
Cucina Rustica : Simple, Irresistible Recipes in the Rustic Italian Style
I came across this book at the library last week, probably on the New Books shelf, and have been very happy with the recipes I have found within.
Tonight, I made the Sugo Sciue Sciue (Fast Ragu) on page 178 and enjoyed it very much. I have found around 20 other recipes that interest me enough to try them out. Check it out when you are looking for something new to cook.
WelchEvents via RSS
For all of you who are a bit more geeky than average, you can monitor my WelchEvents mailing list, with events around LA, via RSS.
YahooGroups provides RSS feeds for all their groups using a URL like this:
You can subscribe to the mailing list itself by visiting: