New Computers

December 1, 2008

I have a budget of $6,000 to build 2 new computers for myself. I’ve paid for my new computers and am now waiting for them to be built and delivered.

In my living room I will set up a media centre with a large hard drive to hold all my music, television recordings, photos, games and movies. With a large screen for display this will be my main source of entertainment.

I’ll also have a laptop for web browsing, writing and general computing but the laptop will be able to access the media centre via my wireless network to stream movies, music, etc. I most likely will also want to play games on the laptop.

I already have a wireless router and network set up in my house. I also have a Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Dolby Digital speaker system with digital S/PDIF connection.

With your assistence I also want to develop a wireless mesh network in Naracoorte. The requirements of such a network should also play into the hardware requirements of my new computers.

To work out the specifics of my new computers I have used the following websites:

Laptop MSI GX630/AMDZM80/4G/320GB/V-HPr


  • AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 Dual Core 2.1 GHz


  • 15.4 inch
  • WXGA
  • ACV (Amazing Crystal Vision)

Graphics Card

  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
  • 512Mb DDR3 VRAM


  • 4 GB (2×2 GB)
  • DDR2 667

Hard Drive

  • 320 GB SATA
  • 5,400 rpm

Optical Drive

  • DVD Super Multi


  • 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro)
  • Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN & Modem Module
  • Built-in 802.11 b/g WLAN (will add either 802.11n internal card or Netgear WN511 Cardbus Adapter)
  • Bluetooth V2.0+EDR
  • Graphics Card Output (15-pin, D-Sub) x1
  • USB 2.0 ports x3
  • Mic-In port x1
  • Headphone Output x1
  • Modem port x1
  • LAN port x1
  • PCI Express Card x1
  • eSATA x1
  • HDMI x1
  • Li-Ion 6 cells
  • Targus carry bag
  • integrated 2.0 Megapixel webcam

Operating System

Media Centre


  • AMD Athlon 64 Quad Phenom 9950 2.6 GHz 4MB cache AM2 CPU


Graphics Card

  • Asus EN9600GT/HTDI/512MB


  • Kingston 2GB DDR2 800MHz x2

Hard Drive

  • Seagate 1 Tb Barracuda ST31000340AS 32MB cache

Optical Drive

  • Pioneer BDC-502BK Blue-Ray player


  • Antec Fusion Remote Max HTPC


  • Asus M3N-H/HGMI GF8300 AM2+ GBL HD Audio Firewire, S/PDIF, PCI x3, PCI-E16 x1, PCI-E x1
  • Netgear WN311B RangeMax Wireless-N PCI Adapter
  • Belkin Bluetooth USB Adapter v2.0 (100m range) (mounted internally)
  • Fusion DFUDVI-130 Dual 4 tuner card
  • Antec EarthWatts 650W PSU

Operating System

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The Mayonnaise Jar

July 24, 2013

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions – and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
“The pebbles are the other things that matter, like your job, your house and your car.”
“The sand is everything else – the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and enquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked.
“It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

Let’s play the “Not Now” game (did you start already?)

August 21, 2012

Ok, the object of the game is to notice how many times you think to yourself: “Not now.”

(Is that one already??)

So here we go…

Can you spend your days doing exactly what you love to do?

Do you have all the resources you need to feel happy and fulfilled?

Can you take a few minutes to visualize exactly what you want in your life?

(How’s it going so far? Are you noticing that you might say “Not now” to yourself a lot? Ok, let’s keep going…)

Can you set aside a few hours a week to do something JUST for you and the realization of your dreams?

Can you take some action on a big goal?

And finally…

Can you take 4 minutes to learn how you might change some of those answers to “I’m doing it already, every day!”

I think you get the point.

Lots of people have lots of reasons for saying “Not now” to their dreams…but really don’t have any idea of “Well, ok…WHEN?”

When left to our own devices, it’s really easy to makes excuses for putting our lives on hold.

We have “things to do”…”people to take care of”…”fires to put out.”

But you know, that’s most likely always going to be the case to some extent.

So are you going to let that stop you?

I mean really. Think about it. If you always say “Not Now”, then your dream life comes “never.”

I’m asking you to take 4 minutes to carefully consider what you can do differently and to ask for help while we are extending the invitation to help you personally craft your goals, and see them through.

Not later, but now.

If you’ve explored this in the past, but the timing wasn’t right – we’ve got some great news for you.

Today’s the day…

July 26, 2012

Today’s the day you take charge of your life. You achieve your goals.

You eliminate the fear. You increase your confidence.

You make the right choices.

Today you believe in yourself.

Today you tell yourself you will succeed.

You can do anything you want. You can achieve any goal you can imagine.

Today you direct your subconscious mind and your inner powers.

You tell them exactly what you want. You eliminate the negative thoughts and the negative beliefs.

You do the right things at the right time. You make the right choices. You meet the right people. You choose the right opportunities.

Because you make the right decisions.

Forget what happened in the past. No longer dwell on any mistakes. If things didn’t work out learn and move forward.

You can succeed when you direct your inner powers and your subconscious mind to bring you what you want. And doing that is simple.

Think about what you want. Get a clear idea. Think about why you want it. Think about the benefits, and how you will feel when you achieve your goals. Really get into the feeling in your mind. Feel your excitement and the pride you have in yourself upon achieving your goal. Don’t think about what you don’t want. Instead, focus your attention on what you do want. Now tell yourself that you have what you want. That you know what to do to get what you want.

Then direct your subconscious mind and your inner powers to bring you what you want. Give them the right instructions and you’ll enjoy greater success. Today’s the day you take control of your thoughts and direct your inner powers and subconscious mind.

You’re more powerful than you realize.

You have amazing powers within you.

All you have to do is direct these powers to create the success, happiness and joy that you want.

Your subconscious mind and your inner powers are always at work.

They respond to your thoughts, your beliefs and your attitudes.

If you’re not enjoying life, If you’re not in the right relationship, If you’re not as successful as you want to be, If you’re not making as much money as you want, Then you’re not giving your inner powers and your subconscious mind the right instructions. Instead, you’re telling them to create more of what you don’t want. And so you make the wrong choices, you don’t take the right steps and and you continue to struggle. You doubt yourself and you lose confidence.

And so you condition yourself to struggle, or not get what you want.

The doubts continue. And things get worse.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Keep taking charge of your thoughts. You have been programmed over a long period of time to be who you are now, so be patient with yourself when changing your beliefs. Keep thinking about what you want – not what you don’t want.

When you think about what you don’t want you attract more of what you don’t want. Your subconscious and your inner powers simply respond to what you constantly think about and believe.

So change what you think about. Direct your thoughts to what you want. Have beliefs that focus on what you want. Believe in yourself and believe in your ability. Start directing your inner powers and your subconscious mind to bring you exactly what you want

Tell yourself that you are a powerful person. More powerful than you realize. Believe in yourself and believe in your abilities.
Tell yourself that you can accomplish anything you want.
Today’s the day you take control of your life. Today you direct your inner powers and subconscious mind. Today you create the life you want.


January 31, 2012

A woman who was a tree hugger purchased a piece of timberland near Collie, Western Australia. There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land, so she started to climb the big tree.
As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to see a doctor.
She told him she was an environmentalist, and how she came to get all the splinters.
The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go wait in the examining room and he would see if he could help her.

She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared. The angry woman demanded,”What took you so long?”
He smiled and then told her, “Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a “recreational area” so close to a waste treatment facility.

I’m sorry, but due to the Green Party policies they turned me down!!”

Shell Oil Safety Alert!

November 16, 2011

Here’s some reasons why we don’t allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas.

The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car’s trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car!

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

You should know that: Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes

Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition

Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.

Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (I.e., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc…)

TO sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:
1) Turn off engine
2) Don’t smoke
3) Don’t use your cell phone – leave it inside the vehicle or turn it 0ff
4) Don’t re-enter your vehicle during fueling.

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of ‘static electricity’ at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.

His results were very surprising:
1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of static.
3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.
5) Don’t ever use cell phones when pumping gas
6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.
7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began..

Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas.
If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle.

As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger.

I ask you to please send this information to ALL your family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time. Thanks for passing this along

Pray for ice-cream

August 15, 2011

Last week, I took my grand-children to a restaurant.

My six-year-old grandson asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, “God is good, God is great.
Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Nana gets us ice cream for dessert.
And liberty and justice for all! Amen!”

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark,
“That’s what’s wrong with this country.
Kids today don’t even know how to pray.
Asking God for ice cream!
Why, I never!”

Hearing this, my grand-son burst into tears and asked me, “Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?”

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my grandson and said,
“I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.”

“Really?” my grandson asked.

“Cross my heart,” the man replied.

Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added
(indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing),
“Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes..”

Naturally, I bought my grand-children ice cream at the end of the meal.
My grandson stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.

He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her,
“Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already.”

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June 30, 2011

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Bad Day at the Office

May 27, 2011

By: Author Unknown

Next time you think you have had a bad day at work, think about this guy. Tom is a commercial saturation diver for a diving company out of Louisiana and performs underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs. Below is an email he sent to his sister.
Hi Sue,
Just another note from your bottom dwelling brother.
Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you’ve been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it’s not so bad after all.

Before I can tell you what happened to me, I first must bore you with a few technicalities of my job. As you know my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It’s a wetsuit.

This time of year the water is quite cool. So what we do to keep warm is this: We have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 monster sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful temp. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose.

Now this sounds like a good plan, and I’ve used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is I take the hose and stuff it down the back of my neck. This floods my whole suit with warm water. It’s like working in a Jacuzzi. Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my bottom started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it.

This only made things worse. Within a few seconds my bottom started to burn. I pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was done. In agony I realized what had happened.
The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. This is even worse than the poison ivy you once had under a cast. Now I had that hose down my back. I don’t have any hair on my back, so the jellyfish couldn’t get stuck to my back. My bottom was not as fortunate.

When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into my bottom. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he along with 5 other divers were laughing hysterically. Needless to say I aborted the dive.

I was instructed to make 3 agonizing in-water decompression stops totalling 35 minutes before I could come to the surface for my dry chamber decompression. I got to the surface wearing nothing but my brass helmet. My suit and gear were tied to the bell. When I got on board the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to shove it “up my butt” when I get in the chamber. The cream put the fire out.

I later found out that this could easily have been prevented if the suction hose was placed on the leeward side of the ship.

Anyway, the next time you have a bad day at the office, think of me. Think about how much worse your day would be if this were to happen to you. I hope you have no bad days at the office. But if you do, I hope this will make them more tolerable.

Take care, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Love you,

Giving Up Too Soon

May 5, 2011

By: Author Unknown

A man meets a guru in the road. The man asks the guru, “Which way is success?”

The berobed, bearded sage speaks not, but points to a place off in the distance.

The man, thrilled by the prospect of quick and easy success, rushes off in the appropriate direction. Suddenly, there comes a loud “SPLAT.” Eventually, the man limps back, tattered and stunned, assuming he must have misinterpreted the message. He repeats his question to the guru, who again points silently in the same direction.

The man obediently walks off once more. This time the splat is deafening, and when the man crawls back, he is bloody, broken, tattered, and irate. “I asked you which way is success,” he screams at the guru. “I followed the direction you indicated. And all I got was splatted! No more of this pointing! Talk!”

Only then does the guru speak, and what he says is this:
“Success IS that way. Just a little PAST splat.”

Violence begets violence

May 3, 2011

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
ATTRIBUTION: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, pp. 62–63 (1967).

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