Saturday, April 11, 2009

Why We Know Less Than Ever About the World

A short talk by Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, on the growing lack of knowledge about the world.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Selecting Chocolates for Easter

Timely advice for seasonal shoppers. This just caught my eye for some unknown reason. I periodically get sick of too serious stuff.

IE8

Yesterday I decided to take a chance and download Internet Explorer 8. I went to the Microsoft site to get the plain vanilla non optimized for anything version because I did not want anything I am using to be optimized out of the way. My concern with upgrades is that programs I am using will not work with the newer version.

When I upgraded versions of IE5 way back when in the Win95 days it took me all night using dialup. Using DSL it only took a few (very few) minutes for IE8. Everything worked like a charm. I don't know if the whole thing took 15 minutes because I was not timing it but I am sure it was less than a half hour.

It really loads fast. Everything seems to work good. So far I have had no real problems. I have to figure out what accelerators and slices are good for but that is just a normal learning experience.

I did get rejected by a survey that only works with IE up to 7 and offered to let me 'upgrade' to 7 but after I stopped chuckling I decided to try loading it in Firefox. That did work and I loaded the survey and got rejected for the survey itself in Firefox. (I am used to rejection at my stage of life).

Everything I need seems to work in IE8 and so far it looks like a significant improvement. I do have Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on my machine but I think I will stick with IE.

I was happy to see that my RoboForm toolbar loads in both IE and Firefox so anytime I get the urge, I can try the alternative browser and still access everything. It is good to have fallbacks. I must have someone named Murphy in my family.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

April Showers These Aint

It's really not much - it's the principle of the thing!

The southtowns - the snow belt - are getting more.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Waiting for the Snow (to go)

This has been a rather cool and wet day. They are predicting 2 or so inches of snow tonight and into tomorrow.

Everything is ready for the warmer weather. It is like the plants are getting set to lunge out of the ground once we get this little distraction out of the way.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Nice Sunday

It still is a little cool. The sun is out so that makes everything ok.

I took a walk to the store. I thought it was just about perfect walking weather.

I have done all the gardening I need to do so this is just a lazy day off.

I didn't notice any buds on the trees. The temperatures did go down to right around freezing this week and they predict a little snow around Tuesday. So we take it as it comes.