Wonder Spot will be gone forever replaced by a highway. Tis a sad story. Wonder spot is one of a dozen sites in the country with so called gravity vortexes. There’s a Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, CA. Wonder Spot has a date with a bulldozer. Sad.
If you own a Fujitsu S6200 Series laptop, you may have experienced a loose A/C connector problem at the back of the unit. The problem came after just a year of normal use. After a few tries, I was able to take the laptop apart. This is by far the hardest part of the whole repair process. I then re-soldered the power connector back to the motherboard.
Re-soldering the power connector will fix the problem, but only temporarily. A few months later, the problem resurfaced again. The second time around, I ended up applying Super Glue to the connector after re-soldering it to the circuit board. With Super Glue, the connector is much more stronger and durable. I wished Fujitsu designed it better.
If you use a product and don’t hear much about it, you’ve come to realize it does what it’s supposed to do. The product works transparently behind the scenes without any problems or hitches. And when it’s called upon to do something, it just takes care of the problem efficiently without a major incident.
Avast Antivirus Software from Alwil Software is one of those products. I have been using their Home Free Edition Antivirus software for the last two years. It has been nothing short of wonderful. The software is non-obtrusive. That means you forget the software is running in the background. It’s effective. I haven’t had a virus problem in more than two years. And most of all, it’s free. You can’t beat that price anywhere else in the world.
When I first purchased my laptop a couple of years ago, it came with the Symantec’s Norton Antivirus software. Based on my experience, the software seemed to just take over the control of my laptop like it had a mind of its own. I had problems running a few applications. The software was very active and it seemed to intervene with everything that I did. It was just out of control.
Buying licenses for the Norton Antivirus software was a sore subject to me. Don’t get me wrong. I would gladly play for a software as long as it works cleanly and efficiently. So, why should I pay for an inferior product if I can find a better one for free.
Alwil Software makes their money selling their Professional and Corporate Antivirus software to businesses and corporations while making it available for free to home users. If you haven’t tried Avast yet, give it a try. You can visit their website for more information.
Mike Rowe has a show in the Discovery Channel called Dirty Jobs. It’s about American workers who have stinky jobs. It’s literally about jobs dealing with stench, garbage and anything unpleasant. There’s only one qualification for these jobs, you got to have a strong stomach for it. I’ve seen the show once several weeks ago and it was very interesting and educational to say the least. Some of the jobs already featured in the show are:
Roadkill Collector: Must be able to work long hours braving oncoming traffic while picking up creatures of various size and breed and in various states of decay. Benefits include working outdoors. Strong stomach a plus.
Catfish Noodler: In search of people who can catch potentially 100-pound catfish with their hands only. Must not mind sticking limbs in holes in search of game and getting bitten as a result.
Want to know more about the show, just visit the official website.
Ninety five percent of the WordPress Themes out there have sidebars. So, I decided to make a WordPress Theme without any sidebars on it. What a great idea, Ulysses. Well, it has been a challenge simply because I didn’t know where to put all the extra information that once inhabited the sidebar world. I’m about 90% done. I still want to throw a couple of tweaks and features like a separate Search Page for example. So, here it is. A WordPress theme without any sidebars. Tada! What do you think?
What would the world be without spam email and spam comments? Probably, a lot less expensive. Just look at the amount of email and comment spam that goes around the internet. 99.99 percent of the comments I get in this blog are spam. So far, Akismet has caught over 33,000 spams while my legitimate comments are less than 300. That’s less than 1 percent. Unbelievable. If I scrutinize it even more, I can probably throw another 10% of the 300 into the spam category.
Let’s turn to email. It would be safe to say that more than 90% of the world’s email is spam. Just think of the wasted time deleting them, just think of all the storage devices that are holding them, just think of the fat networks that carry them. Not to mention, the viruses carried by spam, but that’s an entirely different story altogether. If we get rid of spam, the internet would be a lot quieter place and probably a lot less expensive. With a 1.5mb link at less than $50 per month, should I be complaining?
Well, I’m now running WordPress version 2.1. I finally upgraded after laying off for a few days. The upgrade went very well without any hitches. I also took the chance to clean up the website for just a little bit. I removed several WordPress Plugins that I was no longer using. I also redesigned my theme for the umpteenth time. It’s much, much more narrower and without a sidebar. I thought I would give this look a try. About WordPress 2.1, it seems to be much more responsive particularly the Admin Menu. I also like the auto-save feature and of course, how could you not like the Ajax comments. That’s one down and four more to go.
So another version of WordPress is out. More upgrades to do. Ho-hum. In reality, the upgrade is not that bad, but I’m getting tired of it. I seem to be doing WordPress upgrades every month. But despite my bad attitude, WordPress 2.1 seems to be a great improvement over the last version. Check out all the new features of version 2.1. My favorite new features are: auto-save, private pages, faster Admin pages and more Ajax. I played around with the release candidate version last week. It’s time to get my hands on the new release. Maybe, I’ll wait. I see a WordPress 126.96.36.199 release coming. Hehe.