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Friday, February 27, 2004

Nearly Full Moon Hike

FRI 3/5 6:30pm

Franklin Canyon Ranch

Explore the canyon by moonlight on a moderately strenuous hike. Look and listen for Franklin Canyon wildlife and enjoy a spectacular view of the city from atop the canyon trail. Fun for all ages! 2hrs WODOC

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Career-Op: It's all personal
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

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

Beeing: Life, Motherhood and 180,000 Honeybees

Check out my review of this book over at A Gardener's Notebook.

Beeing: Life, Motherhood, and 180,000 Honey Bees

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Important Virus Update

My friend Sam, over at NightsNWeekends.com, informed me of this important update from Symantec, regarding a a new variant of the MyDoom virus.

W32.Mydoom.F@mm - Click for detailed info

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

The Librarian in Black (I love that title) blog points over to this great, free chapter from the book, PC Annoyances, (direct Amazon link) which I featured here a few weeks ago.

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.

You can receive on-going notice of these free days, and other events in the LA area, by subscribing to the WelchEvents mailing list or its associated RSS feed.

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

Broadband Reports points out that Microsoft is offering up a free CD full of Critical Updates for most versions of Windows.

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]


8th Annual Whale Festival

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


African Cultural Heritage Weekend

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!