22 July, 2009

Ahhhh work

5000+ work hours and 50,000+ pages spent to inform 5000 people:

1) do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
2) if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all.
3) play nice.

How many other places are going through this?
Isn't this the part parents are supposed to be teaching their children?

Is this a sign of the collapse of civilisation?

20 January, 2009

A New Age

Maybe. I think we are in for a rough ride, but I like the somber, hopeful tone we are starting out on.

Our expectation list for Obama

1pm the economy back on-track
1:20pm end the war in afghanistan
1:30pm end the war in iraq
1:45pm world peace
2:00pm nap time.

27 December, 2008

Happy Holidays

So to all Happy Holidays and to me a good Knight (sorry WOW) reference.

The Christmas season is here and nearly over. Any of you with out of state relatives know that the holiday is not over until the last straggler has left your happy home. 
Since my parents and nephews are still here we are still CELEBRATING!!!! 

I thought I needed to post this because, well, I haven't written in a while and a quick google search turned up nothing helpful, surprise surprise, on a windows mail error.

Dad brought his laptop, he is a comcast subscriber, not going there, we are optonline. 
Windows mail kept giving him this error message:
Socket error: 10061
And this error code: 0x800CCC08

Basically, dad is unable to send mail out from comcast from anywhere other than Panera Breads wi-fi or home. 
The reason for this is: 
1) Windows sucks? Windows firewall software is waaaaayyy too draconian?
2) Microsoft still hasn't figured out how to write error messages that are helpful?

No and yes. Really what it is is the way mail servers work and the domains you are connecting to them from.

I switched dad's outgoing smtp port to 587.
I turned on SSL on the incoming connection.
Vîola, he can SEND and receive all his email.

If you want a quick overview of why this works:
His mail client, Windows Mail, is now logging into the outgoing server everytime he sends mail. 
Using port 25, the default, he was only asking to use the server not actually telling it he was authorized. 

So, if Windows mail is giving you connection errors it may be because you need to switch outgoing SMTP ports from 25 to 587.

08 October, 2008

Only in america

The Dow tanks and we are NOT objectifying young women.

Video Mostly in German but you can the idea.

06 October, 2008

Oh those Physicists.

Oh the Humanity

At least I am assured that none of my relatives in IL were involved in this incident.

28 July, 2008

Happy Anniversaaaaaaaaarrrreeeeeee

Happy 75th Anninversary to the singing telegram. Reportedly, send to Rudi Vali on his birthday from an adoring fan.

25 July, 2008

Back in the US again

good to be home and too sleep in my own bed. but i really miss Germany.
Striking Difference:
On the plane to Germany we were fed twice. Each was a meal. When they
came to collect the trash I neatly stacked all my things with Lars'.
The attendant said "No, please don't do that. We need to separate them."
On the way to the US, we had 1 meal and 1 "sandwich" and about 500
glasses of water, if you wanted them.
When I left the meal trays separated for trash collection the
attendant just grabbed everything in one heap and tossed it.