(AKA: The Man)
The MAN is now BIKER
I have decided to
give this motorcycle thing a go......
The Leader of the
Pack - and his Woman
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See pics and read
the story of Gary's
for Roy's Retirement are here
out my Notes for New Parents. This is a
page I put together for a few friends who were having their first baby. It's
all the stuff I wish someone had told me when we had our first child.
to some other sites:
Ahhhh! Protect yourself when 'surfing the web':
Since many folks have
been asking about it - here are some things that you can use to protect yourself,
in order of priority (and ease of use/maintenance required):
- First, get yourself
a firewall. It sits between your computer and your internet connection, either
physically or virtually. You can choose to use a hardware and/or software
firewall. If you have a broadband connection, I'd recommend that you have
both a hardware and a software firewall (since most hardware firewalls don't
watch out-bound connections, such as from 'spyware', software embedded in
other programs that sends info without your knowledge back over the net).
For more information, check out PracticallyNetworked.com.
One brand with a good price point, and has frequent firmware updates (adding
new features) is a Linksys Cable / DSL Router. They
have models that provide one port, or ones that provide 4 or 8 ports - enough
for any home, including 802.11a,b, & g wireless ones.
For a software firewall, one that watches connections both into and out from
your computer is what you want. A really good one (that's free!) is Zone Labs' ZoneAlarm. Look for the Free
Download version to start with. If you like it, you can buy the ZoneAlarm
- Next, get yourself
a good virus scanner to check your system for virus/worm files, and to scan
your incoming email to protect yourself. We used to use McAfee's Anti-Virus software that had come
pre-loaded on our computer, but lately its gotten sorta flakey. We now use
Norton AntiVirus. They offer a free 30
day trial. Go to their trialware
page and pick the Norton AntiVirus version that you wish to trial. A good,
free Anti-Virus solution is Grisoft's
- OK, now, you need
to look for stuff that you could have downloaded before that has spyware (remember,
that's software that sends information out to the net that you aren't aware
of) or advertising systems in it. A good free program is lavasoft's Ad-Aware . This program
scans your computer for known spyware, and then will attempt to remove it
from your system. Some common things are Webhancer and CometCursor, that allow
companies to track the websites that you visit. Another good, free program
is Spybot Search &
Destroy, by PepiMK Software.
- If you get a lot
of spam, there are a lot of potential solutions out there. A fairly low-tech,
but reliable, solution that I like is MailWasher,
by firetrust.com. For the more technically inclined, try a google
search on bayesian filtering - one that looks pretty cool is POPFile,
which is a POP3 email proxy that checks the email before your email client
Gary's mystery sound: What is this from???
(I'm showin' my age here - I knew it right away!)
Here's a clue...
Hey! Lots of new stuff here - go even if you know the answer! Ready
for the answer?
We had a request for the Captain here...
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