As per the request of one of the DanceNet readers, here are copies of the past ramblings of the DanceNet Webmaster.
This week I decided to rebuild my main desktop computer *again* (still Windows 98se). I had suspicions that I had some spyware on it and some things started acting weirdly. It was a good time to just reformat the drive and wipe out whatever was on my C: drive (all my data is on my D: drive).
Anyways...as I go through the process of rebuilding my computer and reinstalling all my programs, I was thinking....
Is it just me, or is it rather ironic that the Microsoft® mascot is...a bug?
I'm working on stripping the wallpaper off yet another room in my house and some thoughts came through that you might find useful if you own a house and are thinking of doing some renovations.
One result of this is the potential of deleting legitimate email. I've grown accustomed to scanning through the return addresses and subject fields to see if something is spam or legitimate. Typically, if there's only a first name in the return field, it's probably a spammer who wants you to think that it's potentially from someone you know and that you should open the letter. Others use short subject descriptions in hopes of making it ambiguous enough that you will check the note, just in case. There was that virus that just came through that had the word "photo" in the subject field. I almost missed a message from a long lost cousin because of that one.
As a result, I finally found out that I definitely deleted a legitimate note. I only found this out when I checked my attachments folder and found a picture of a friend in Colorado.
You can help avoid this problem by following two basic rules:
I was in a local Duncan Donuts one evening recently (as I do when I'm in the mood for a donut) and I was standing behind someone who ordered a "low-carb bagel". I had to think about that for a second before it hit me. Perhaps it's just me, but isn't that an oxymoron? I'm starting to think that the low-carb fad has brainwashed a lot of people into equating low-carb as an alternative to real exercise, eating less, and common sense.
I must admit I've done more hiking this year than last year, but not much more. I was down 5 pounds after my two-day hike and I kept it off and that was two months ago. I think I'm eating less, even when I fall off the wagon for a coffee and *glazed* donut at Duncan Donuts or a quick side trip to Rancatore's Ice Cream around the corner...and I'm down a total of 8 pounds from a year ago and it seems to be holding.
Actually, I'm surprised no politician has come out to try to tell you that diets are un-American, that spending money on food is good for the economy.