31 January 2008 0 comments

This is maturity:

To be able to stick with a job until it's finished; to do one's duty without being supervised; to be able to carry money without spending it; and to be able to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.

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Britney Spears a Train Wreck That Already Happened

27 January 2008 0 comments

Britney, Britney, Britney...I feel sorry for her. I know, some people will say that it is all her fault. But that's not the important thing right now.

She needs someone to finally step up and take control of her life. I think the people around her are too dependent on her money to speak up and tell her what is wrong with her and her life.

I hope she'll get the help that she needs. Her boys need their mom...pop-tart or not.

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- Make oven cleaning easier. For oven splatters from a pie or casserole bubbling over, sprinkle the stains with salt to keep the smoke down. This will make your eventual cleanup job much easier

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Top 10 Windows XP Tips of All Time

25 January 2008 0 comments

I found this article very informative and useful so I'd like to share it with you.

Top 10 Windows XP Tips of All Time

Despite all the hoopla about the introduction of Windows Vista, the truth of the matter is that the new OS isn't due for at least another seven to nine months — and it will probably be even longer before most of us start adopting it. Meanwhile, we've still got to deal with Win XP.

In order to make the waiting easier, we've decided to assemble the greatest tips in the history of
Windows XP. Here you'll find the tips that give you the most bang for your buck; that are most useful in terms of security, functionality, and PC performance; and that are just plain cool.
One final thought: As you parse our Top 10, consider the following: With any luck, this time next year we'll all be reading Windows Vista tips stories.
And now let's start the countdown.

Tip 10: Halt background services to improve performance.
This tip is one of our favorites because it always works. Running in the background of Windows are scores of services, small processes used by Windows and many Windows applications. The thing is, you don't need all these services — especially for applications you never use — and many of them actually slow your PC down.

Win XP power users have long known that you can easily eke a little extra performance out of your PC by disabling services that are completely unnecessary or that don't need to be running all the time. Here's how it works.

1. Click Start > Run, type services.msc and click OK. This will bring up the Services management console. Click on the Extended tab at the bottom of this window; each background service running on your PC is listed here. Windows includes a fairly detailed description of each service; simply drag the Description column wider to read more of each description, or click on a service to see its full description in the left pane.

2. Double-click a service to bring up a window with several options. In the Startup Type area, you can set the service to run automatically in the background at all times so it's ready whenever it's needed, or you can tell it to run manually, which means you'll have to go into this Services management console and re-enable it if an application needs it.

You can also completely disable the service. In general, you want to disable services tied to applications and/or features you don't use or rarely use. You can find a great list of appropriate services to disable at the Elder Geek's Services Guide For Windows XP.

If you're logged onto the computer as the administrator, you can also pause the service (click the Pause button in the Service Status area just below the Startup Type area), then see how the computer behaves. Danger signs include crashes or other erratic behaviors in your applications, such as running slowly or getting stuck on a query prompt. Click Resume to start up the service again.

Tip 9: Increase available disk space by scaling back System Restore.
It's not perfect, but Windows System Restore is a useful first step in recovering your PC or drive from a major system error. However, it can consume more than 10 percent of your total hard drive space.

If you find yourself desperate for an extra few gigabytes — particularly on secondary storage drives — there's an easy way to reclaim data space by simply limiting the number of System Restore points Windows XP establishes. This one's a snap and there's no tangible increase of risk, which is why we love it.

1. Right-click on My Computer and select Properties > System Restore.
2. If you have just one hard drive, skip to step 3. Otherwise, select the drive on which you want to gain storage space and click the Settings button.
3. Adjust the slider to the left to use less disk space, and Win XP will reduce the number of System Restore points by the appropriate amount.

Tip 8: Scrub your hard drive clean.
Windows Support Tools, provided free by Microsoft, are a suite of some 20+ separate applications that are extremely handy for a number of uses. Ordinary PC users probably won't use many of these apps — they're mostly used by IT pros to troubleshoot and analyze Windows XP. But even if you're not an expert, don't be afraid of using the Windows Installer Clean Up Utility, which will help you remove all leftover files from a failed uninstall of a Windows Installer application.

Download Windows Support Tools from Microsoft's Download Center. (If you're curious about the other apps in the suite, check out the help file included in the Windows Support Tools Program group.)

To run the Windows Installer Clean Up Utility, go to the command prompt (select Start > Run) and type msicuu.exe. You'll see a list of all applications with uninstall data. Select the ones you want to get rid of and click the Remove button. Obviously, you want to use caution here — don't clear the install data for an application unless you're absolutely sure you won't ever need it.

Tip 7: Run two displays on the same PC.
This tip is for the worker bee. Adding a second display to your PC won't quite double your productivity, but it will make your computing life easier. Walk around a cube farm these days, and you'll likely see at least a few power users doubling up.
Thankfully, Windows XP makes it extremely easy.

1. Plug the second display into your computer. (Many video cards today have a second Video Out port; if not, you'll have to install a second video card.)
2. Right-click on your desktop and click Properties to bring up the Display Properties window. Click on the Settings tab.
3. See the grayed-out box to the right of the black box? That's your second monitor. Click on it and then click the check box next to "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor" to enable it. From here you can adjust the resolution of the secondary display. The goal here is to have a desktop that spans both of your displays, so if your second screen is physically located to the left of your primary one, drag and drop the #2 monitor to the left of the #1 display.

Tip 6: Force unresponsive applications to close at shutdown.
When it comes to balky PCs, few things annoy us more than the moment when we try to shut down Windows and it tells us it can't because some crashed application isn't responding, and that we have to do it ourselves by clicking the End Now button.

This registry hack changes that. Here's how it works.
1. Launch RegEdit (select Start > Run, type regedit and click OK) and browse to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
2. Find the string called AutoEndTasks. Right-click it, select Modify from the pop-up menu, and change the data value from 0 to 1. (If you can't find this string, create it by selecting Edit > New > String Value and set the data value to 1.)
3. Close RegEdit and reboot.

Tip 5: Automatically optimize your hard drive.

One of the keys to system performance is an optimized hard drive. Typically, you optimize your hard drive using Windows' Defrag utility. But there's a great registry hack that will force Win XP to automatically optimize the location of files when your PC is idle.
Here's how it works.
1. Open RegEdit and browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
2. Find the string called EnableAutoLayout, and change its data value to 1. (If this string doesn't exist, create it and set the value to 1.)
3. Exit RegEdit and reboot your PC. Done!

Tip 4: Set a custom resolution.

Notice a trend in the second half of this story? If you answered, "They're all registry hacks," you are correct. Windows XP's registry loads an amazing amount of flexibility and customization in a fairly low-risk package.

Tip number 4 on our list is another one of our favorite registry hacks. Windows XP allows you to specify a large number of set screen resolutions based on what types of images your display can accept. However, in a few rare instances, you may want to specify a non-standard resolution for a clearer or more accurate picture. This tip allows you to do just that. It's one of those tips that doesn't seem all that handy — until you desperately need it. Plus, it's just plain cool. If you have a wonky projector or TV screen you want to use with a laptop or PC, you might want to give this a try.

Here's how it works:
1. Open RegEdit and browse to HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\VIDEO\
{the address of your primary video often begins with "23A77BF7"}\0000\

2. The Default Settings.XResolution data value is the horizontal resolution, and the Default Settings.YResolution data value is the vertical. Double-click the Default Settings.XResolution data entry, select the Decimal radio button, and in the Value Data field, enter your desired horizontal resolution. Then do the same with Default Settings.YResolution to change the vertical resolution.

3. Exit RegEdit and reboot your PC.

If you're scared of tweaking your registry on this one, a handy app called PowerStrip ($29.95, available for a free try-before-you-buy download), allows you similar resolution-changing functionality.

Tip 3: Stay on top of registry changes.

Given the power and flexibility of Windows XP's registry (and the large number of registry hacks in this Top 10), it's no surprise that the number 3 XP tip involves keeping track of any and all changes made to your registry.

But given the prevalence of spyware, rootkits, and other malware these days, knowing what you've done to your registry is a secondary concern to knowing what other applications are doing to it.

For peace of mind — and occasionally, for curiosity's sake — we consider SysInternal's Regmon an essential piece of our OS. It's a freeware application that allows you to browse through all the keys in the registry, filtering in a variety of ways to pinpoint specific registry changes.

For example, you can quickly filter for certain applications. If you're having trouble with Windows Media Player, you click on the Options menu, then Filter. At the menu, type wmplayer into the Include field. When you see the resulting list, you can double-click any entry to open up its registry value.

Because you can search and filter, Regmon is also an excellent method for tracking down hard-to-find registry items.

Tip 2: Recover lost data.

Everyone has accidentally deleted files from their hard drive, and very few feelings are as low as the moment right after you nuke 300 irreplaceable photographs of your kids/dogs/life. Actually, one feeling is worse than that: accidentally quick-formatting your entire drive.
Even if you regularly back up your drives, mistakes happen. That's why this tip is paramount. It's also really simple. There's an excellent downloadable data recovery app for XP called Zero Assumption Recovery that can help. Don't waste another minute — download and install it now.

When you run into trouble, here's what to do:
1. The moment you delete your data, stop using your hard drive. Don't save or install any new applications — they'll be written over your recently departed data.

2. Run Zero Assumption Recovery. You already had it installed, right?

3. Select the hard drive you want to scan. Wait for the scan to finish. (This can take between one and two hours -- part of Zero Assumption Recovery's effectiveness is its thoroughness.)

4. With any luck, you'll see a list of your missing folders and files. The freeware version of Zero Assumption Recovery allows you to recover up to four folders per scan. If you pay $100 for the full version, you get full recovery.

Note: You can also use Zero Assumption Recovery to recover deleted photos from your camera's memory card.

Tip 1: Automatically log when and why shutdowns have occurred.

Love it or hate it, Windows XP is undeniably more stable than its predecessors. But it still crashes, and it still has occasional trouble shutting down. This registry hack logs all shutdown errors, telling you when, where, and why strange and annoying things have happened.
Some folks have the luxury of packing their buggy PC off to a help desk. But if you like to get your hands dirty, consider this essential tweakage.

Here's how to set up logging for unexpected system shutdowns:

1. Open RegEdit and browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
2. Set the ShutDownReasonUI data value to 1. (If this string doesn't exist, create it and set the value to 1.)
3. Exit RegEdit and reboot your PC.

To examine the log you've created, open up the Event Viewer, which you'll find by selecting Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer. Click on the System subheading and you'll see a massive list of system events. Errors will be marked with a red X or a yellow exclamation mark. Double-click on the error and you'll see details that may help you unravel the mystery.

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Naalala Nyo Pa Ba?

18 January 2008 0 comments

Naaalala nyo pa ba...

...yung ubeng halayang korteng isda na nakalagay sa cut-rite sa
canteen ng annex bldg nung elementary pa tayo?...ewan ko ba bakit
ako sarap na sarap don, nai-imagine ko pa yon hanggan ngayon :-)

...ang paglalaro natin ng jackstone, chinese jackstone at ang walang
katapusang chinese garter?

...ang grupong nag-lyp-synch ng "My Sharona" (tama ba spelling ko)?
ang pagtitili natin habang kunyari nag-gigitara, nag-dra-drum at
kamakanta sila habang niyuyugyug nila ang kanilang mga ulo..di ko na
maalala kung sino-sino na sila kaya please refresh our memories
basta alam ko enjoy na enjoy tayo non :-)

...ang mahabang pila para bumili ng manggo at melon shake sa canteen

...ang napakatibay na greg shoes at ang super-usong ace bag

...ang malamig na pancit sa canteen

...maka-shaun cassidy ka ba noon o leif garrett (paging meg hugo-
meron na bang contact w/ her)

...ang pagtatanim natin ng kamote atbp. sa home economics

...ang ating psuedo-fairs na ang pinaka-highlight ay ang dedication
booth (babaw ba? pero excuse me...pag narinig mo pangalan mo don,
made na araw mo)

...ang laging mainit na mga cheering competitions?...nandyan nag-
taong gubat tayo at nagpatuyo pa ng buto ng paa ng manok para ilagay
sa ating mga ulo...minsan naman ay nag-feeling olivia newton-john at
john travolta tayo ;-)...pero lagi naman tayong panalo at feeling

...ang laging masayang songfest...ang naalala kong mga kinanta ng
batch naten ay "bohemian rhapsody", "afternoon delight", at eto di
ko matandaan ang kanta pero tanda ko ang choreography - nag-
formation ng umiikot na bulaklak at merong paru-parong umaaligid-
aligid sa bulaklak...ano na nga yung kinanta nun?

… the "happy feet" with matching socks-- yung iba striped socks pa nga e... pakintaban pa ng happy feet noon!

… naaalala niyo ba yung popcorn na pink na nabibili sa labas.. na pag kinakain naten e ihinahagis at sinasalo nang bibig

.. natatandaan niyo pa ba na pinapila tayo sa baba para parusahan sa pag kakalat nang popcorn sa classroom, pero imbis na pumila lang e nag rock baby rock pa tayo.

… pag may CAT e umiikot na tayo sa pag hanap kung sino ang may dalang glo na pang polish sa belt.

… ang walang kamatayang nenuco at johnson baby cologne.

...yung pagkasarap-sarap na gulaman at sago na maraming yelo na parang singkwenta sentimos lang yata isang plastic?

...yung indian mango na nakatusok sa bbq stick na puwede mong bilin with either bagoong o asin?

... yung lahat ng paghihirap naten as COCC para lang maging officer ng CAT?

… Naaalala nyo rin ba ang ating "clinic" at si Sis. Bernardina? na pag iniwan ka sa clinic.. gusto mo nang gumaling kase nakakatakot dun!

… ...Skate town days..... skating pa nong mga panahon natin, pero ngayon naka roller blades na mga bata..

...Ang mga pambalat ng notebook natin na mga newspaper, choco wrappers na nde maintindihan ng parents ko kung bakit daw kelangan dyaryo ang ipambalat sa book...

...Ang suklay na Goody at brush na Denman..

...Ang Sanrio ( my melody, hello kitty, twin stars pa lang non)

...Barettes at yong ibat-ibang kulay na rubberband na nilalagay natin sa ating mga buhok, ang mga feathers na uso non..,

...Ang pagpipilit na matutong maglagay ng eyeliner na kahit nagkandaluha luha at nagkandatusok tusok na ang mga mata natin eh cge pa ren,,

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What Is True Love?

13 January 2008 0 comments


It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman, in his 80's, presented to have sutures (stitches) removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had a doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.

The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. As we talked, and I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and I asked him, "And you are still going every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?" He smiled as he patted my hand and said... "She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is."

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, "That is the kind of love I want in my life." True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

* DEAR LORD, You are Love and from You alone can we really learn what true love is. And so help us learn how to love each other completely and unconditionally. As husband and wife we have our own shares of imperfection. And yet, Lord, You love us just as we are with all our flaws and weaknesses. Teach us, therefore, to love and accept each other without reservation. Inspire each one of us to go out of our way to make the other feel needed, appreciated and special. In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, let us give each other the security of feeling truly loved. Beyond all, for Your faithfulness, make us hold hands and voice a psalm of gratitude and praise. Lord, we thank You that we can always feel and see Your love and glory everywhere!

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My Baby is 9!

12 January 2008 0 comments

Amber is now 9 years old! Wow, how time flies by. I can still remember the day we found out I was pregnant. Tim wanted to be home when I take the home pregnancy test. I was feeling awful for a couple of days, felt like I had a fever but no temperature. We were ecstatic when we saw the two lines on the stick.

Now, 9 years later, she's now in 3rd grade at a Catholic school and
doing real well in school. She's growing like a weed too! She is now up to my mouth. A couple more years and she'll be taller than me. :)

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ICE for Emergency

09 January 2008 0 comments

We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory. But nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending on us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored ; but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name "ICE" ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as "ICE."

For more than one contact name, simply enter ICE 1, ICE 2 and ICE 3 etc. A great idea that will make a difference!

Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our mobile phones today!!!!
Please forward this. It won't take too many "forwards" before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest.

ICE will speak for you when you are not able to do so.

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A Nice Forward

04 January 2008 0 comments

I get a lot of forwarded emails, some are junk, some are 'blah' and once-in-a-while I receive gems like this. I'd like to share it with you.

Can I borrow $25?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year
old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: 'Daddy, may I ask you a question?'
DAD: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the man.
SON: 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?'
DAD: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the
man said angrily.
SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an
DAD: 'If you must know, I make $50 an hour.'
SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: 'Daddy, may I please borrow $25?'

The father was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you
can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then
you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why
you are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish
frivolities.' The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's
questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After
about an hour or so, the man had calmed down , and started to think:
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and
he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of
the little boy's room and opened the door. 'Are you asleep, son?' He
asked. 'No daddy, I'm awake,' replied the boy. 'I've been thinking,
maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the man. 'It's been a long
day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $25 you
asked for.'

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy!'
He yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled
up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get
angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then
looked up at his father. 'Why do you want more money if you already
have some?' the father grumbled. Because I didn't have enough, but now
I do,' the little boy replied. 'Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an
hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to
have dinner with you.'

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he
begged for his forgiveness. It's just a short reminder to all of you
working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our
fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to
us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $50 worth of
your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily
replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave
behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

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