Monthly Archives: April 2008

Windows XP SP 3

In my Monday Morning Musings post this week I noted that XP SP 3 was supposed to be deployed yesterday. Apparently there was an issue with machines running something called Microsoft Dynamics RMS (Retail Management System) software and Microsoft has delayed deployment until it can add filtering to the updates. This same problem with RMS applies to Vista SP1 as well.

If you go read all about it at Windows IT Pro, you can find a link to get the download.


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{column2}This one is almost ready to tulip bud{/column2}

Monday Morning Musings

The government will start sending out the economic stimulus payments today, a few days earlier than previously planned. Those who had their refunds direct deposited will get their stimulus payments first. VK has a discussion going on about what the payment might be used for…

We have to use it for some car repairs. The driver’s side seatbelt will lock up sometimes even when the truck isn’t even moving and back in January the truck was hit in the parking lot at Dunkin Donuts. I had been to the grocery store and the bumper was fine, then I drove a mile to Dunkin Donuts for a Box of Joe and then another mile home. When I got there I noticed that the bumper was all smooshed (I love technical terms) when I went to take the groceries out of the back. Luckily, the liftgate still opened and it wasn’t damaged. Insurance will cover that but we still have to pay the deductible. The passenger restraint is not covered by our extended warranty. We’re only getting the body work done now because we can be reasonably certain that there won’t be any more snow… I did not want to give up a driveable four wheel drive vehicle for a sedan in the snowy winter we had. We even had a foot of snow for Easter this year!

Via Instapundit, as reported by C-Net News, tomorrow will be the long awaited SP-3 to Windows XP. Robert Vamosi there says it’s a quick and painless upgrade and ought to be done right away. He says:

Starting April 29, all Windows XP SP2 users should upgrade to SP3, if only to get a complete set of Windows XP patches installed.

Shark (CBS 9pm EDT/8pm CDT) and Women’s Murder Club (ABC 10:02pm EDT/9:02pm CDT) return tomorrow night. They are both good shows.

Selected, Not Elected

I’m reminded of this because of a conversation going on at Althouse’s regarding the 60 Minutes interview with Justice Scalia that will air on Sunday. From one of the sound bites that CBS has released in advance of broadcasting the interview, Justice Scalia speaks about Bush v Gore:

“It was Al Gore who made it a judicial question…. We didn’t go looking for trouble. It was he who said, ‘I want this to be decided by the courts,'” says Scalia. “What are we supposed to say — ‘Not important enough?'”

Coming back to the present and near future, let’s look at the Democrat convention in Colorado in August.

Neither candidate has enough pledged delegates to cinch the nomination.

Two states’ delegates were reduced to zero as punishment from the Democratic National Committee for holding their primaries prior to Iowa and New Hampshire.

Hillary Clinton has said that she has the lead in actual votes versus pledged delegates, but that counts votes in Florida and Michigan where Barack Obama wasn’t even on the ballot.

The vote count also doesn’t include the counts of people in caucuses where Barack Obama did better than Hillary Clinton.

The nomination will come down to the Super delegates, those professional politicians who were designated to be the “choosers” to avoid another McGovern debacle.

In the end, the Democrat nominee will be selected, not elected.

Two Years Smoke Free

noisemaker That’s me! It’s been great.
I used laser acupuncture and it worked like magic. I even emailed Barack Obama last year and recommended it (and the people that I went to). He never wrote back and it seems he didn’t try it.
It was a pricy treatment, but it was well worth it and with the price of cigarettes only going up and the good things quitting has done for my health I have saved far, far more than the treatment cost in the first place. balloons

Another great benefit of quitting smoking is that after a year your life insurance premiums go down! Yay!

I Love Bunn!

Last week our Bunn coffee maker started to leak a little bit.

I called the number on the top of the machine, told the customer service representative the model number and date and she told me they’d send out a universal seal kit.

On Friday (just a few days after I called) the universal seal kit arrived in the mail. Great, clear instructions were included and it took Hubby only a few minutes to replace the seal in the unit.

It’s now working perfectly. All this at no charge!

Like I said, I love Bunn!

Bunn 10 Cup White BUNB10W

Monday Morning Musings

Apparently, there was an earthquake very early Friday morning in Illinois that was felt as far away as Atlanta, GA. I slept right through it.

Beautiful Day

It was a beautiful day today and here’s a beautiful daffodil from my garden:
daffodil 2008

Obama and "Bitterness"

There’s been a lot around the Blogosphere about Obama’s speech in San Francisco and his comments about those in the midwest without jobs who are bitter and cling to their guns and religion and don’t like those who are different from them. There’s also been a lot about his explanations of what he really meant versus what he actually said.

The part that really offends me is the inference that religion is something resorted to only because of lost jobs, hard times, bitterness.

The inference that religion can not be a part of one’s whole life, the good and the bad.

Yesterday I heard a sound bite from Hillary Clinton saying that she “went to church on Easter”. I think it was a slam at Barack Obama as he was traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands for vacation that day. I told the TV, “Well Hillary, I went to church today. Did you?”

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Monday Morning Musings

The Quiz Edition!

Your Eyes Should Be Violet

Your eyes reflect: Mystery and allure

What’s hidden behind your eyes: A quiet passion

My eyes are blue/gray… (h/t The Anchoress)

You Are Pumpkin Pie

You’re the perfect combo of uniqueness and quality.

You’re able to relate to many types of people with many different tastes.

But you’re by no means generic or ordinary.

In fact, you’re one of the most original people around.

Those who like you are looking for something (someone!) special.

You tend confuse people when they first meet you. You’re not as complicated as you seem.

Even though you have a lot of spice and flavor to you, you’re never overpowering.

You are a calm and comforting force in people’s lives.

You Will Die at Age 88

Congratulations! You take good care of yourself.

You’re poised to live a long, healthy life.