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Columns

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Just a few more freebies and tools

    I want to throw out just a few last free utilities and applications that might be of interest to some of you readers.

    Windows has a lot of settings that most users are unaware of. They are unaware because in many cases Microsoft has made it difficult or impossible to find how to adjust those settings.

    FreshUI makes it easy. (FreshUI works on Windows 98 through XP; it does not work on Vista.)

    I found that many of the Windows settings that are available in FreshUI are easy to find and manipulate in Windows while others are not.

  • Fishing Lines: Start 'em young with good fish stories

    My two great-nephews left Ohio on Good Friday with snow in the forecast and sub-freezing temps. They had no idea they were headed for sunny Florida and some great flats fishing aboard the "Reel Therapy." They were about to celebrate their 8th and 11th birthdays. When asked how many fish they had caught prior to today, one said "one" and the other replied "a few, not many."

    Well, we were about to change that!

    We had a bit of a long ride to "The Spot," but it was worth it. The first cast produced a trout for each of my Ohio anglers.

  • Reflections: One more time in March

    Don't count on the dogwood and redbud flowers just yet. Even though some of them are popping out, they won't last. Another freeze is scheduled for this week.

    Every few years we manage to have one more March hard freeze in North Central Florida, just enough to kill off any blossoms that have formed on fruit trees and other flowering fauna. And, that's not to mention the vegetables that will be wilting unless they're covered. You planted your garden early this year, right? I did.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: More freebies from the Web

    Now that you have your "productivity software" (Open Office), your antivirus and your firewall set up, all for free, let's look at some other freebies available online.

  • Fishing Lines: Upside to global warming?

    I am absolutely certain without a doubt that the global warming stuff is true. Here is my scientific, can't-be-wrong evidence. For the past seven years (or seems so) my whip-poor-will has returned to the woods next to me on EXACTLY March 21, a.k.a. the first day of spring. But this year he returned on St. Patrick's Day (March 17), which is a full four days early. I can also add an extra day for leap year, which means that he actually returned five days early. No doubt now, the icebergs will be melting, and those of us who live toward Otter Creek will soon have ocean-front property.

  • Reflections: Automotive trivia: Did you know?

    Today's standard passenger vehicle is the most important source of transportation in the world. Over 300 million cars are registered worldwide. Without the automobile, millions of people would not get to work.

    So common is today's automobile, there is a gas station in every town in the United States no matter how small. But this was not always the case. In the 1890's, cars were so rare they were often displayed in circuses.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Keeping your computer secure

    We have all read, or heard, the horror stories from people that have had a major virus infection on their computer. Today, with easy access to the Internet from anywhere in the world, the virus threat continues to increase. But there are steps you can take to keep your computer (and your data) secure.

  • True Faith: How many sins will condemn us?

    “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4 NIV)

    Is there a sin gene? Will DNA researchers someday discover that sin consists of a molecular structure and is scientifically observable so that a new professional endeavor will be devoted to eradicating this blight from humanity utilizing sophisticated treatments? Will these treatments be considered a violation of human rights, because they destroy an individual’s unique personality?

  • Fishing Lines: Be patient - grouper are coming

    I remember an old saying that March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. Well that is certainly true for this March so far. High winds and bitter cold (for Florida) dominated much of the first half of March, so I am expecting very mild temps to escort the second half of this month out like a lamb.

  • Reflections: Musings on the Tree City

    Out of town for a little while.

    This past week I have been in Tallahassee, Florida taking in some educational courses for my new job. Tallahassee is a beautiful place - except it is just dog gone cold here.

    Living on the west coast of Florida makes you take for granted the usually mild winters we have. It gets considerably colder towards the interior of the State, especially further north, and northwest like in Tallahassee.