Friday, August 7, 2009

TROC Blog Rodeo II

Allright Folks,
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Here is another installment of the TROC Blog Rodeo! As many of you know, I try to link to Blogger's articles that I find particularly interesting or remarkable. The links certainly help bloggers get noticed, and these are some of the best I've seen in the last couple or three weeks.

Chad Love of Mallard of Discontent writes a great piece on new thinking and the economics of excess in the hunting industry in Freeganomics. Chad also writes for the Field and Stream blog and often refers to our very own The Suburban Bushwacker.

Dayne Shuda makes some great points on commenting in How to Create Marketing Pull by Commenting on Other Blogs. Dayne is always spot on with his observations and commentaries. His blog, Hunting Business Marketing with DayneShuda is a great asset for all bloggers not just the ones in business.

Wild Ed my Buddy over at Wild Ed's Texas Outdoors, has some great shots of deer on Texas Backyard Deer. Wild Ed's posts are always informative and interesting.

Nebraska Hunting Outfitters and J Scott Croner offer up some great answers in a frequently asked questions post on hunting Merriam's turkey. There's a Part I and a Part II with great advise for any turkey hunter not just those pursuing Merriam's in Nebraska.

Zack at The Next Chapter covers the Ruger SP101 in 357 in his usual thorough way. I really like his posts on guns, they are in depth, with great photos and usually include some top quality holsters too.

Kenny's Great Outdoors: Summer Time Bass- How Important Is The Thermocline? is a really good post on fishing the edges of temperature gradients. It's a big deal offshore, and it's a big deal on lakes!
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This is a recent article by The Reluctant Paladin. In Giving Up? RP points out that no matter what you might think, giving up isn't usually the best option. Though he refers specifically to the trials of many Conservative issues, it is good advise for anyone with an overall philosophy.

Does E-Bay Really Hate Wounded Soldiers
? The gun toting, Net security Guru Bore Patch gives us a good explaination of WTF E-Bay and Pay-Pal might be up to. Me, I'm partial to explanation 2.b.

Tuesday's Tips & Techniques #49
at Whitetail Woods is a wonderful article that has nothing to do with Rick's usual outdoors and hunting fair, but it has everything to do with good Blogging!

The Suburban BushWacker continues his adventures in Italy with Part VI. Nuns, clean floors, and the seductive sounds from the soda machine make for one great tale that won't be forgotten soon.

Ok, here is one that I think is really good. I've been reading Jill Homer's blog Up in Alaska on and off for a year or two. This post Bikepacking Gear covers some of her equipment. She's a great writer, tough as nails, and comes from the same school of thought that I do: Work with what you got! Check it out!

Ok, remember to forward links to me on any posts that you think need some exposure!

Best regards,

Marlin Firearms Company Shooter Stimulus Package!

From my friends at the Marlin Firearms Company:

"Marlin Firearms Company is offering a 2009 Fall Consumer Rebate program on many of their popular rimfire and centerfire firearms, beginning August 1, 2009. This promotional campaign features cash-back savings on select Marlin 22 bolt-action rifles; Model 795TM autoloading rimfire rifles; and Model 336TM lever-action centerfire rifles with valid retail purchases from August 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.

The 2009 Fall Marlin Promo program features significant consumer savings of up to $35 on new gun purchases that meet the following rebate eligibility requirements: All mail in or online requests for these rebates must be received by 1/15/10; rebates are limited to one entry per offer per person, address or household unless otherwise stated on individual coupons; and a valid purchase receipt dated 8/1/09 through 12/31/09 must be provided.

2009 Marlin Fall Promo:

* Model 336 Lever-Action Rifles (336W, 336A, 336C, 336SS, 336XLR) - A $35 rebate applies to select models; does not include 338 or 308 Marlin Express.

* Model 795 Autoloading Rifles - A $20 rebate applies to all models.

* 22 Bolt-Action Rifles (925R, 925RM, 917VR, 980S, 981T, 983T) - A $20 rebate applies to select models.

National advertising campaigns, co-op advertising and point-of-purchase materials will feature the 2009 Marlin Fall firearms rebate offer. Please contact your sales representative or visit the Partners section at Marlin Firearms Company for additional information on this sales incentive program."

Best regards,

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ben G. Outdoors: It’s never too early to start getting ready for deer season.

Ben at Ben G. Outdoors, has 10 great tips for the start of deer season.

Give it a look see at Ben G. Outdoors: It’s never too early to start getting ready for deer season.

Best regards,

Florida Panther Killed in Geogia

© 2009 Albert A Rasch and
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
Why am I Pissed and Disgusted?

Dead Florida Panther

They confirmed that a panther killed last year in Georgia was a Florida Panther.
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"On Sunday, November 16, 2008, a sportsman observed a mature panther or cougar while he was hunting deer in the woods of Troup County, Georgia. The hunter observed the cat from his stand and shot it, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR). The hunter who shot the panther reported the incident to the Department of Natural Resources and has not been charged in the case." (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) Further more,"DNA tests show the cougar a Newnan man shot in Troup County last November was a Florida panther, and apparently not, as authorities initially suspected, an animal that had been held captive."

Alright, correct me if I am wrong. Panthers are near extinct in Florida, non-existent in Georgia. Everyone knows that they are an endangered species here in Florida. Georgia is just north of Florida. Correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know, when you are deer hunting in Georgia, your license says "DEER," not panther, elk, buffalo, or passenger pigeon.

So explain to me why this "sportsman" shot the panther, and why he isn't being charged?

I don't know about you guys, but I was taught never to point a firearm at something I didn't intend to kill, never to kill something unless I had a good reason, and to always know the law. This kind of irresponsibility is exactly why we have to constantly explain why we have a right to hunt. This is what makes activists of all stripes jump up and down and say "SEE we told you so; all they care about is killing something!

The 140-pound, 88-inch cat was shot by David Adams of Newnan while deer hunting on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land near the Georgia-Alabama border on November 16, 2008. When Adams, up in a treestand, got a scared, he decided to shoot the cat... with a muzzleloader.

I can't help myself. I'm pissed that he shot the Florida Panther for no better reason than he claims he was scared. I don't know about you guys, but I might have waited for that panther to pause at the base of my tree and actually threaten me before I decided it was time to kill him. I probably would have growled first and then maybe hollered at the cat. Hell, I've come face to face with oversized bobcats, manhandled seven foot gators, and relocated cottonmouths, rattlers, and turtles.

For the love of Pete, I'm from New York City, not rural Georgia!

Years ago my wife and kids swear that a panther was on our property, sitting at the base of a tree staring right at us. Two things about that: I have seen a panther twice on highway 301 within a couple of miles of the Hacienda, and I can't deny what they claim to have seen. They have far sharper eyes than I, and Bubby in particular seems to have x-ray vision because nothing escapes his bright blue eyes. As they nervously tried to point him out, I took a blocking position and herded them back towards the house, all the time walking backwards and wondering where my good for nothing dogs where.

To this day they still get shivers when they bring it up.

I don't know... I'm disgusted is what I am... I want the Florida Panther to reclaim his territory, I want him to roam the cypress swamps, hickory swales, and oak hammocks again. I want him to ghost around the palmetto stands and through the scrub and tangles of the ranchlands I hike and hunt.

I want to tread the wilds with the certain knowledge that there are still creatures mightier than I. Creatures that can pounce on you and plunge their dagger like canines into you reducing you to nothing more than fresh cuts of red meat. I don't want a sanitized and safe walk through the woods. I want to feel the hairs on my neck raise when that panther's gaze locks with my eyes, where I feel the same emotion my distant relatives felt when confronting that same panther with nothing more than a hickory stick and pointy piece of glassy rock.

Now I know, what you're thinking. "Albert dang it, you weren't there! How do you know if he was threatened or not?"

That is true, I wasn't there. I don't know the exact details, and I probably wouldn't buy the "I feel threatened" defense unless you were damn near disemboweled. But by golly I am entitled to my opinion, and in my opinion being scared isn't a good enough reason to kill a Florida Panther. Either master your fears, or stay out of my woods!

Damn you David Adams, for stealing that from me, my kids, and ultimately yourself.

What do you think?

The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

We Paid How Much in Taxes?

From the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

Firearm and Ammunition Excise Taxes Jump 43%

Firearm and ammunition manufacturers paid $109.8 million in excise taxes in the first quarter of 2009, up 43 percent over the same period last year. Released by the U.S. Department of Treasury, excise tax figures are one of the industry's best indicators of performance. Manufacturers pay the tax -- a major source of wildlife conservation funding -- on all firearms and ammunition sold (11 percent on long guns and ammunition and 10 percent on handguns).

Between Jan. 1 and March 31, $33 million was collected for pistols and revolvers, $38.9 million for long guns and $37.8 million for ammunition. Compared to the same quarter in 2008, collections were up 65.5 percent for handguns, 42.9 percent for ammunition and 28.3 percent for long guns. Using the latest collections as an indicator of sales, a projection of $1.03 billion was generated in the first quarter. These statistics do not reflect retail markup or final retail sales and are based solely on U.S. civilian sales.

Now someone tell me... how much money did the HSUS put into wildlife conservation this year...


Get in Shape for Hunting

© 2009 Albert A Rasch and
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
.Training for Endurance

Train Your Way to Better Hunting
Train for Endurance

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After seeing the Bear at Fort Jackson, I was motivated by the lines of recruits scampered to and fro while being yelled at, their bodies being forged and hammered by their kind and conscientious drill sergeants, and finally drawn and tempered into finely honed fighting members of the United States Army. I'm telling you, it was as if I was reliving my youth as I watched the activities, washing down my slice of stuffed crust, extra cheese, Italian sausage pizza with a Super Big Gulp of Pepsi.

As I looked down at my extended midline, I was reminded of the fact that hunting wild game can be an athletic adventure, and I should plan on getting myself in shape before the season starts. Quite frankly I'm in decent shape, my blood pressure is low, cholesterol is low, and overall I'm pretty good. But my endurance is not what it once was. And endurance is what determines what physical demands you can place on your body.

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I spend a lot of time behind the keyboard when I am at home, and I spend a considerable amount of time sitting while driving and while at work. I'm sure many of you do the same. I did a little research and decided it was high time I not only got back in shape, but make a change in the way I have been leading my life. No I am not going vegetarian, nor am I going to give up calzones, lasagna, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, and big hunks of red meat. What I am going to do is get regular exercise, and moderate my intake of food.

The goal is to design a program that will reflect the needs of a hunting sportsman, build up endurance, and tone up the muscles. Remember we are not looking for gains in size and large increases in strength, we want endurance.

Repetition and time are the key ingredients of endurance. But how are we going to go about it?
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Rules of the Game:
You have to have a modicum of discipline.
You must think before you act.
It helps if you have a partner that's willing to support you.
Write down your plan of action.
Then get started!

First things first. Decide you want to do this. If you can't make even a small commitment to the regimen then forget about it. You must decide you are going to make time every day to get yourself back in shape. Decide if anyone else is with you on this. The truth is it is easier if you have someone that will do it alongside you.

So where are you now? Don't even think of going out there and doing a Rocky in the Russian mountains or anything like that. Let's think before we act!

If you've been on your rear end for the last nine months, then a little walking might be the way to go. Get a decent set of hiking boots, if that is your proclivity, but wait a while before you lace them on. Let's start with sneakers or walking shoes. You will also need a watch that is easily read, or a stopwatch.

Find a place where you can walk undisturbed and proceed to take a brisk and invigorating walk. Go from point A to point B and time it. Use that as your initial marker. Now try to do a little more a little faster every day. Once you are motivating for thirty minutes at a good pace, switch to those hiking boots. Make sure you have good socks on and that the boots fit is correct. I recommend Darn Tough Vermont socks which are by the way the Official Socks of The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles.

Make sure you do some moderate stretching before you start, each and every time it really does help prevent injuries.

See if you can find a piece of 1.25 or 1.5 inch black iron pipe that's about 3 foot long. Nice to carry a bit of weight in your arms to simulate that rifle during season.
A great tip I picked up is the 5 repetition push-ups during those moments between TV shows, or between desk and door. It's not enough to make you sweat or get out of breath, but it is enough to help you gain strength. You can increase them little by little over the summer and into the fall. I'm up to 25 reps, and I do them 3 to 5 times per day. It takes less than 20 seconds, and considering I started at ten sloppy ones a few weeks ago, I'm pretty pleased.

The other exercise I recommend is the good old sit up. Abdominal strength is the key to core strength, and ultimately determines factors like back strength and alignment, and hip alignment. These factors help with your balance and help prevent and minimize back injuries.

Wedge those feet under a piece of furniture, keep your knees bent, and fold your arms across your chest. Don't pull your chin into your chest as you lift, just bend it modestly as you start to lift off. Suck that gut down to your spine as your shoulders leave the ground and continue the lift in a controlled manner. Go back down in the same controlled fashion. Do what you can with proper form, and add to it as your strength increases. Sit ups are my evening exercise and I try to do as many as I can the first time, and follow it up with a set or two more, doing as many as my abs will allow.

Back in my Army days we used to "slap our boots." Basically we would squat, back relatively straight, until we could swat the top of our boots. This is a great exercise that you can do at any moment, quickly, and with great effect. It works your quads well, and helps with balance. I do ten reps whenever I remember. You can do them slow, or pick up the pace when you're in a hurry.

I thought of this a little while ago. We tend to stick to things we like. Don't fall into the trap of only doing what you like or are good at. Try to work on every part equally! Legs, abs, upper-body, they are all equally important.

That's my current regimen; walking, push ups, sit-ups, and squats. I do other odd-ball things as the mood or opportunity strikes me like pull-ups, chair dips, arm raises, and jumping jacks. Anything at anytime that is convenient. The key is to be doing something constructive and healthy for your body.

Stop and think for a moment how much time you spend doing a good job for your employer, or how much time you spend keeping that car or boat in great shape, or blogging. Don't you think you deserve the same care and consideration?

Repetition is the key to endurance. Keep adding repetitions as you gain in strength and endurance and before you know it, even the Mrs will notice the improvements in your physique...



The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Canadian Hunting Community Outraged by Duck Poaching



Othmar has brought to everyone's attention a disturbing attack by armed punks on waterfowl up in his neck of the woods.

I'm going to quote some of his commentator in the hopes of assisting in the capture of these criminals:

"Two suspects names are posted, one named Dave, the other Jerry. Dave has 2 confirmed kills, and the guy who showed his ugly mug close up either doesnt have a front tooth or has bad front teeth. I think Dave is the driver/owner of the car used too. 20-30 years of age on all suspects and one is overweight. The guy with the Gotee is James Aka thedeclined. Take note of his horrible looking grill/teeth. Just compare his stupid videos and the poaching one and you will see."

"The car is a silver1999-2001 Hyundai Tiburon. It has a sunroof, power windows, door locks, dark interior and it either has a bad exhaust leak or one of those stupid aftermarket mufflers you see on the imports these days."

I need all of my Canadian readers to keep their eyes and ears open for information on these punks.

Let's find them and put them behind bars!

Outdoors With Othmar Vohringer: Canadian Hunting Community Outraged

Hang 'em High!

A Chronicles Project: Sleeping Bag Care and Cleaning

© 2009,2010,2011 Albert A Rasch and
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
Cleaning a Sleeping Bag Properly

It’s time to start thinking about Fall and camping! For me, there is nothing like getting up before everyone else, stoking the fire, setting out the coffee pot full of milk and chocolate to heat. As the nighttime creatures settle in for their daytime sleep, you’re sitting back and warming your hands by the flames as you wait for nature and your family to awaken from the night’s slumber.
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Your sleeping bag is probably the most important piece of equipment when it comes time to get some shuteye. A good sleeping bag is expensive, and taking good care of it will more than pay you back in terms of longevity.

A sleeping bag should be taken care of just like any other piece of equipment. That means regular inspections, proper storage, and cleaning when necessary.

Before you take it out into the field for the first time of the season, give it a thorough going over and check for weak or splitting seams, knotted ties, poorly functioning zippers, or any other deficiencies or potentially problematic ones. Better to get them taken care of before you need your bag, than to find out miles away from the car.

Though I use synthetic insulation in my sleeping bags in Florida due to the constant humidity, down is by far the better choice for any other area. Not only is it lighter, but also offers greater insulation per cubic inch. Down also gains loft over time, whereas synthetics will lose up to 40% of their loft. In other words, synthetics lose their ability to insulate as time goes on.

Storing you sleeping bag is pretty straightforward. All sleeping bags should be loosely rolled and placed inside a breathable fabric bag. You do not want to compact it into the smallest possible package, as this breaks down the individual fibers.

When you return from an expedition, (or an overnighter in the back yard), you should check the bag again for damage. Turn it inside out and dispose of any foreign objects or critters that may be in it. Air it out and make sure any dampness is gone before storing it.

There are really only two ways that you can clean your sleeping bag properly when the time comes that it needs it. You can either machine wash it or do it by hand. Drycleaning is not an option for either synthetics or down filled sleeping bags. The chemicals used, carbon tetrachloride and perchlorethelene, will remain in the lofting for quite some time. You do not want to be in that sleeping bag while that’s happening.

Whether you use a commercial front loader or decide to do it by hand, you will need the appropriate soaps for washing down. Woolite is acceptable, better yet are soaps made specifically for down. Cuddledown Fine Fabrics Wash and Fluffers is a well respected brand as is McNett ReviveX Down Cleaner

For synthetics use a recommended detergent, or Woolite.

When machine washing your bag, you must use a large commercial front loading washer. You cannot use a top load, agitator style washer. An agitator will damage the baffles that keep the down in place and help compartmentalize and maintain the loft. Tear the baffles loose and you will get cold and thin spots as the down shifts and compresses. Set the wash cycle to warm, and the rinse cycles to cold.

It is best to run the bag through the front loader twice, once with soap, and the second sans the soap. Rinsing your bag well is critical for the down’s well being, and the bag’s longevity. Residual soaps and detergents attract and hold dirt, dander, and dust thereby exacerbating and speeding up subsequent soiling.

Hand washing is tough, but it is the safest way to clean an expensive sleeping bag. It is virtually impossible to damage a sleeping bag when hand washing. And though it is real work, you are all but guaranteed a clean, undamaged, and well maintained bag.

If you decide to hand wash your sleeping bag, use warm water. I would recommend a watering trough, or barring access to one, a bath tub will do well enough. Practical yes, totally cool, no.

Again use the appropriate soap for your bag’s insulation. Leave your bag in its carry sack and start to soak it in the warm, soapy water. Use a Plastic cup and pour the water into the sack and in the bag. Massage and knead the sack until the sleeping bag within is totally soaked. Now start to take it out of the sack and continue to work the soapy water trough the bag. If there are areas or spots that are particularly soiled, like where your head rests, make sure you dedicate some time to it and get it clean. After you’ve worn yourself out, let the bag soak for another our or so, occasionally agitating by hand to loosen any other grime that is stuck to the bag. Give it a good going over and start to rinse it.

Note: At no time should you lift the bag from any single point! Wet down or insulation can be exceedingly heavy, and you could tear the baffles loose.

Continue rinsing until you are positive all the soap has been removed. Now you must be careful with the bag. Use a laundry basket and carefully place the bag in it. Press as much water out of the bag as possible. Do Not Wring The Bag! You will ruin it if you twist it and wring it. Press the water out. You can also carefully put it in its carry bag, push it to the bottom, twist the carry bag tight, and then press the stuff sack itself.

Some laundromats have extractors which are excellent for getting the maximum amount of water out of a bag. The more water you get out, the quicker it will dry.

Regardless of whether you used a washing machine or you did it by hand, you are going to need a dryer. If you hand washed it you may want to drip dry it for a while first. If you used a machine, when your bag is done on the spin cycle, carefully remove it and transfer it to the dryer. Remember that laundromat dryers are notorious for burning clothes! Either find one that actually runs on low to medium, or resign yourself to a constant vigil. There is no other choice. A hot drier will ruin your bag.

You will also need a half dozen tennis balls with three socks, or a pair of clean canvas tennis shoes. Take a couple of balls, drop them in a sock, and tie the end off. Throw them in the drier with the bag so that as the bag tumbles it gets pummeled constantly by the balls and the down regains its loft. Tennis shoes work the same. Take it out occasionally as it gets drier and fluff it up before tossing it back in. If you have a down comforter, this is a great way to fluff it up too.

It takes a long time to dry a bag, be patient.

Store you sleeping bag and its stuff sack in a larger loose fitting, breathable bag. Make sure they are kept in a dry location, which has some ventilation. A closet is fine, but keep your sleeping bags out of the Rubbermaid boxes! Mildew will ruin a bag if it gets a hold of it.

A Few Basic Care Rules for Sleeping Bags:
  • Store your bags loose, not compressed in their carry bags.
  • If your bag happens to get wet, dry it thoroughly before storage.
  • Try to keep the bag clean if possible. They have liners for bags, and even wearing night clothes helps by absorbing oils. If you put your boots in the bag with you, put them in their own sack.
  • When it gets dirty wash it!

Best regards,
Albert A Rasch

Monday, August 3, 2009

Whitetail Woods 1 Year Anniversary Giveaway

My buddy Rick over at Whitetail Woods is celebrating his one year Blogaversary with a wonder full, prize filled, writing party!

Whitetail Woods: Whitetail Woods 1 year Anniversary Giveaway

In Rick's own words:
"That is why I am going to have another Giveaway to show my appreciation. Starting today August 1st. anyone interested in putting their name in will be able to leave a comment on this post. You must answer a very simple question,

What is the activity you enjoy doing the most with family or friends in the Outdoors?

The only requirement is that you be a registered user on this blog which is as easy and free as signing up. The giveaway will end on August 17th. at 12:01 AM and the winner will be notified via email as well as a post of who the lucky winner is.

Rick has a lot of nice things that he is giving away, so stop by, sign-up, and give it your best shot!

Best regards,

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Spectacular Computer Crash: Walgreens Photo Center

Pawned by Trojans

Howdy folks!
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I've been on this "Watch out for the Chinese, Russians, and Cyber-Criminals!" thing for some time now. I've been cautious while I use Al Gore's Internet, always staying away from suspicious sites, and never downloading anything I wasn't specificly looking for.

Imagine my surprise when I started getting flashing colors whenever I tried to post comments, or clicked on just about any button.

WTF I wondered...

I have Spyblocker Search and Destroy running in the background... or do I. When I clicked on it to do a forced run, it didn't. Somehow it had been disabled. I deleted it, and reinstalled it, but it still wouldn't come on.

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OK plan #2. I have IsoBits Complete Care on tap. I was able to run that and found a couple of trojans/worms imbedded somewhere in the depths of my computer's synapses. Unfortunately, that didn't resolve all the problems, and as I continued to work, it seemed like I was fighting a slow cascading effect. The system became more and more unstable, not unlike me as my frustration was quickly reaching its zenith.

My computer is used primarily by me for a limited number of purposes. In other words I do a half-dozen things on it and rarely stray from those activities. So the question before me was," Where the Hell did this all come from?"

I remembered coming home Wednesday and finding the flashing colors. I asked myself what did I do before that? We added Skype to the system so we could see and talk to the Bear. I downloaded dozens of pictures from the hard drive to a thumbdrive that I received from Brownells. That's the only things I have done that were out of the ordinary. The Mrs took the thumb drive to Walgreens, plugged it into their machine and downloaded the pictures for printing.

I've used the Brownell's thumbdrives before without any problems, so I am fairly confident that they are not the source of the problem. So that leaves only Skype and Walgreens. I doubt Skype had anything top do with it. I have yet to go up there and have a chat with Walgreens. I'm still trying to get things back in order.

I have an older computer that I inherited from one of the neighborhood kids. Its a 2.7 Gz machine with a 40 GB drive in it. It has a 256 MB stick in it and a CD read/writer. The kids got rid of it because they couldn't clean up the harddrive.

I ran AVG off of a disc and at least got it cleaned up enough to be functional. Then it was Linux Ubuntu time! I slapped that disc in the drive and let it rip! After a couple of hours it was done reformatting the whole drive and setting itself up. Bubby and I fooled around with it for a little while and truth be told it was as easy as Windows. Everything is pretty much the same, and the included programs are fully functional. Yes, the GUI (Graphic User Interphase, the little buttons you push) is a little different, and some of the stuff like the Photoshop and Publisher copies are going to require a little reading and playing with, but overall, the experience is actually better than Windows!

Now I have to go back to the original system and try to get it functional. The CD/DVD unit won't read off of a disc, so I am having trouble getting AVG loaded up. It is difficult to go online and get it, these Cyberpunks are very clever and have created any number of dummy sites that look and feel like legitimate sites. You so much as open their window and it downloads malicious code! And it seems to me they have inserted code in their worms, trojans, etc, that prevent defensive software from loading up.

So the long and the short is that I only have access to my company laptop and the Linux machine. I find it very hard to do any work on the laptop, and I have become accustomed to dual screens and full sized keyboards. The Linux box just went online last night at 01:30 and I had to get up this morning at 04:30 for work so I didn't have time to connect it to the Internet.

It will probably take me a couple of days to get things back up to speed, in the meantime I have a couple of posts that have been ready and I will try to keep the schedule up!

Best to All!
Albert A Rasch