James “Scotty” Doohan Dies at 85

I watched Star Trek on my old black & white TV when it first came on… and a real treat was getting to walk several miles to a friend’s house and watch it on his COLOR TV! Like all the other Star Trek:TOS (The Original Series) characters, I grew up with them, and thoroughly enjoyed watching the episodes over and over!

Now, Scotty won’t be saying, “She canna take anymore, Cap’n!” again… but I will treasure his memory. I got to meet James Doohan several times as a “true blue” Star Trek fan… he even did a small cameo appearance in a “joke video” we did for our R&D Computer Group when I worked at Ciba-Geigy Corporation. We likened the Enterprise under stress to the network under stress, and had Mr. Doohan say, “I canna give ya any more CPU, Cap’n!” at one point during the production… it brought down “the house!” We’ll miss ye, Scotty!

James Doohan Dies at 85

Geek Software of the Week: CCleaner

OK, some history first. I used and loved a tool called “RegCleaner” that was released some years ago by a gentlemen named Jouni Vuorio. He went on to create other tools that incorporated a lot of RegCleaner’s functionality into a tool that he then charged for… OK, good for him. But, it wasn’t as simple as the old tool… and it wasn’t free either!

Now, enter CCleaner! (Which, pardon my “French,” stands for “Crap-Cleaner”) It not only cleans the registry, it also cleans up after your browser, providing better privacy, and it does the following cleaning as well:

Internet Explorer
Temporary files, URL history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat.

Temporary files, URL history, cookies, download history.

Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.

Registry cleaner
Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more… also comes with a comprehensive backup feature.

Third-party applications
Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Opera, Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, MS Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more…

100% Spyware FREE
This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.

Nice… nice… nice! Check it out! Here’s the link:


Broadband over Power Line: Ready for Prime Time?

Now here’s an idea that may, indeed, be revolutionary! Imagine where ever you had a power outlet in your home, you could plug in to high speed Internet?

Broadband over Power Line: Ready for Prime Time?

The implications are amazing! There are still places that can’t get cable, or are too far away from the DSL phone company’s CO. That means that some folks still HAVE to use dialup… not that they haven’t switched over due to cluelessness! But, most of these places DO have electricity, and therefore (depending on other limitations,) they might be able to use this technology. Very cool!

I Get Interesting Computer Questions

As a recognized “uber-geek,” I get asked questions about what anti-virus to use (“AVG” or “Avast!,” both free,) what to do about attachments (don’t EVER click on them!), etc. But occasionally, I get a really unique question. Today I was asked, “Do you know anything that will block all gambling sites?” Well, I had never looked into that… I must admit. Gambling has never been an issue with me. I understand that no one really “wins” at gambling. And, somehow throwing away my money has no enticement for me! But, for those that have the addiction (and it is an addiction every bit as bad as drugs, cigarettes, etc.) here is a possible software “solution”:


Warning… it is designed to be “un-removable” once installed, so that the user can’t say, “Well, I REALLY want to gamble!,” and then remove it in order to do so. But anyway, if you need it, check it out!

GROKLAW Publishes Secret Memo!

How’s that for a jazzy title for this entry?! I have long been amazed at the kahunas that SCO has shown by alleging that there is “proprietary code” in Linux. Riiiiiight! Uh, huh. I got a bridge I’ll sell ya, too. Now, it appears that one of the guys SCO hired to investigate whether this allegation was true, told them that “At the end, we had found absolutely *nothing*. ie no evidence of any copyright infringement whatsoever.”


So, SCO will apologize to the Open Source community and slink off into the sunset now, right? Don’t hold your breath.

Study Shows Users’ Confusion About Blogs

OK, so some people don’t get it. That’s news? To whom?

Study Shows Users’ Confusion About Blogs

I can understand “not getting” RSS or XML, those are technical aspects to blogging that people don’t really need to understand to read a blog, or even to be a blogger. But, the overall idea of blogging seems simple enough: a blogger has a huge ego and ACTUALLY believes people will read and enjoy his, or her, thoughts. That is blogging. And, amazingly, sometimes people do… and that, now that… is strange!

Geek Software of the Week: PodProducer Rocks!

If you are considering becoming a Podcaster, then, boy do I have some software for you! Dewd! You gotta see this! There are packages out there that don’t do what this does and they cost hundreds of dollars! This is Open Source (and therefore, FREE!) Check it out:

PodProducer Open Source Podcast Studio

This software is updated regularly, so keep checking, as he keeps making improvements. The recording is clean and clear, and it has a lot of great features… I am “playing with it” to learn more, because there is currently no documentation, but it is falling down easy anyway. Try it, you’ll like it!

Controversial EU vitamins ban to go ahead – World – Times Online

This story COULD be repeated here in the U.S.! The CAFTA legislation that is pending agrees to make the EU ban take effect here as well!

Controversial EU vitamins ban to go ahead – World – Times Online

This is a terrible tragedy and we need to fight it! We should have the right to buy and use natural supplements if we choose to! If this legislation goes through, then the only way you could get these products is through an Allopathic Medical Doctor (and you KNOW it would be at a higher cost!) Stand up for you Health Freedoms!

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