Couple photos

Believer and I did some shopping ($600 worth) over the weekend.  We got a new rug and some bamboo shades.  I have a lot of honey-do’s to welcome me back from recovery.   Here’s the bedroom and rug in the living room.  Our dog also decided to pose for a few pictures.

Should have just bought a microsoft product

Serioulsy, I was at Costco today and decided its time to take the next step in organization for my business, so I purchased a $300 copy of Quickbooks Premier.  The install didn’t work, at all.  It kept stating that it had problems reading a corrupt file on the CD, but using windows explorer, I was able to easily copy all the data to disk.  So, after reading some quickbooks help forums, it stated how to start the install from disk (this problem apparantly is common).  Installation from disk had just as many problems of the same sort, and I was forced to use alternative methods to locate the installation files.   Sometimes I wonder why I ever deviate from Microsoft products…[/sarcasm]

Horseradish Cream Sauce

Along with any good fondue meal is the need for a wide array of wonderful sauces.   This horseradish sauce is mild to me, but my wife loves it (and she normally dislikes horseradish sauces).

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 scallions finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon worstershier sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste (a few turns of the salt and pepper grinders should suffice)

Chill for an hour or so and serve with fondue.  Great for your red meats.

Cheese Fondue

Not sure what the title of this was called but it was absolutely amazing.

  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 8 oz Muenster cheese, grated
  • 2 tbl sp. corn starch
  • 1 cup of dry white whine
  • 2 – 3 tsp minced fresh garlic (no dried please!)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp ground sea salt
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp ground black pepper

Mix it all together, heat the pot, and dip your favorite items. A few personal favorites:

  • 3 day old bread (bake your own Italian Herb Bread)
  • Red / Green apples
  • Red, Green, Yellow, and Orange Pepper
  • Cooked ham, cubed

Any other suggested dipping items? Leave a comment….

Essential Firefox Extensions

These extensions I use for firefox and I consider them essential.

  • Google toolbar for Firefox – toolbar to search google, highlight words, etc
  • BugMeNot – right click annoying sites that require login (, etc) and it fills in a valid username/password
  • – extension adding support for bookmarks/tags
  • Fasterfox – speed up web browsing
  • Tab Mix Plus – adds a lot of features to tabs, like the X on each tab, forcing new windows to be new tabs, session restoration (firefox crashes, reopens all tabs), options to reopen all tabs after closing firefox, other session and tab options
  • Adblock Plus – blocks image / banner ads
  • Adblock Filterset.g – updates adblock plus rules
  • PDF Download – prompts to download pdfs rather than open in firefox (usually slow)
  • Colorful tabs – colorizes your tabs
  • Dictionary tooltip – doubleclick a word and get a ‘tooltip’ popup (not new window) showing definition
  • Flashblock – stop auto-playing flash, enables you to hit play (great for sites playing sound, video, etc)
  • Map this – highlight an address, right-click and it will take you to the for the address
  • Greasemonkey: (custom scripts for websites!)
    • Fark Lite (removes all left/right bars from fark)
    • Google Image Relinker (takes you directly to image in search results
    • Google remover (hides results)
    • CNN Friendly video
    • Netflix links in IMDB (link to netflix from imdb)
    • IMDB links in Netflix (link to imdb movie detail)
    • Netflix Queue Manager (add to top or bottom of queue)
    • MRQE Links in netflix (shows link to the movie detials)
    • Experts exchange ad remover (removes annoying middle of page ad)
    • direct download (no mirror hopping)

gAIM Configuration and Plugins

I have recently, two months or so ago, made the switch from vendor provided IM clients to the open source gAIM IM client. gAIM has many features and I wanted to list the few plugins I use, and special settings i use.

Plugins I have enabled:

  • Auto-reconnect (in gaim) – auto reconnects
  • Buddy state notification (in gaim) – checks buddy state
  • ExtPlacement (in gaim) – extra placement options
  • History (in gaim) – pulls up your log history of last chat with this user
  • I’dle mak’er (in gaim) – lets you set idle time
  • Iconfiy on away (in gaim)
  • Release notification (in gaim) – checks for new releases
  • System tray icon (in gaim) – minimize to system tray
  • Text replacement (in gaim) – replace ‘u’ with ‘you’, etc
  • Timestamp (in gaim) – enable timestamping
  • WinGaim options (in gaim) – features for windows
  • Off-the-Record messaging – provides private and secure chat conversations over any IM protocol
  • gaim-encryption – prefered as a backup to ‘off-the-record’ it provides encryption over any IM protocol
  • Extended preferences – a few cosmetic items about hiding buttons, hidding buddy list at start, etc
  • meanwhile – a great plugin to allow support for IBM’s sametime client
  • Google for the “Medium specific 2 – carbonize, YIm7 smiley pack by webcrawler

Notable Configuration items in gAIM (be sure to restart after installing plugins):

  • always show timestamps
  • ignore font sizes (i have problems with yahoo IM fonts at times when other person using trillian)
  • highlight misspelled words (at gaim install, install the spelling features by checking English spellcheck support)
  • Log all instant messages and chats

I threw this together, but for those of you who havent added the plugins, they are very useful. My favorite is logging and the history plugin enabled, i used to always hit escape accidentally and close IM conversations, now when reopening the conversation with that buddy, the history of last discussions are re-displayed for me.

Take care (I may update this some later)

Safeway football scratch card giveaway

After frustratios over having to view the video and/or download a pdf file to view the winning numbers, here are the safeway numbers for each week of the giveaway. I think you need to match at least 6 sequential numbers, with the big prizes matching all 8. See for details.

Jan 08, 2006: 78850110
Jan 15, 2006: 53195730
Jan 22, 2006: 79942044
Feb 05, 2006: 75425522

Good luck…

Time Warner admits fault

I ran across (note: i cant use Stumbled Upon thanks to a certain Firefox extension), a web page created by a Hawaii Time Warner customer that claims his internet speeds were far under what they should be while Time Warner Cable continued to market and add new customers to their broadband services. It is an interesting read, I’ve always wondered if it was possible to fight ISPs when they oversaturate their networks. I’m sure this cant be done anymore as the right disclaimers are put in all agreements and marketing campaigns, but it was neat to see that TWC actually refunded service to customers who complained.