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  1. Farquard

    Wheres The Veterans of the Hotfix?

    I have been known to de-cloak and be seen every so often as well.
  2. All of my computers last night automatically downloaded, and upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. No problems at all, with any application. Systems are now once again, downloading updates to Windows 10 Pro and to Office 2016 unattended. Now this is how it should have worked all along! At least they got it right finally.
  3. Farquard

    New Staff Member!

    Welcome to the fold.
  4. ‘Windows 9’ preview expected later this year with a focus on the desktop Microsoft is busy preparing a second update to Windows 8.1, but the company is largely focused on a larger "Windows 9" release due next year. ZDNet reports that a preview of codename Threshold — which may or may not be named Windows 9 once it’s released — will be available later this year. The public preview is said to arrive in the fall, shortly after Windows 8.1 Update 2 is delivered to existing machines. Microsoft had been planning to bring the Start Menu back with Update 2, but the company is now planning to deliver that change with Threshold. While Microsoft has started to move away from the Start Screen for desktop PCs with Windows 8.1 Update, it appears that it will go further in the "Windows 9" release. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is testing versions of Windows that enable the Start Menu by default on desktop machines, and hide the existing Start Screen from use. The Start Screen can be re-enabled in Microsoft’s test builds, and it’s believed that the company will keep this option for desktop users who prefer the tiled Start Screen. Microsoft originally revealed a concept for its upcoming Start Menu at its Build developer conference earlier this year, and the final version will ship with a more refined interface. The concept includes Live Tiles floating in the Start Menu, providing access to traditional and "Metro-style" applications. Microsoft is also planning to allow "Metro-style" apps float on the desktop in windows, much the same way as traditional x86 applications do today. Both changes are planned for "Windows 9," and a separate combination of Windows Phone and Windows RT will provide the basis for a mobile version designed without a desktop mode in place. Meanwhile, Windows 8.1 Update 2 is expected to arrive as part of Microsoft’s monthly security patches in August. The update will include the usual bug fixes, and improvements for upcoming hardware ahead of the holiday season. Windows 8.1 Update included a number of interface changes and functionality tweaks, and Update 2 is expected to include some additional minor interface tweaks. Windows 9 might come as a free download, but only to certain users Microsoft will release a second major Windows 8.1 update this year – Windows 8.1 Update 2 – which will be available free of charge to Windows 8.1 Update 1 users, hacker group WZOR has revealed. The group also says that Microsoft will sell Windows 8.1 Update 2 for an affordable price to Windows users who are running earlier Windows versions on their machines and want to upgrade to the latest OS version. WZOR also revealed that Windows 9 might be released as a free update for Windows users who have Windows 8.1 Update 2 installed, or at a substantial discount. Apparently a decision on the matter has not been made yet. Previous reports from the same source have also indicated that Microsoft’s upcoming major Windows release may be available as a free download. Finally, WZOR has apparently revealed that Windows 9 Enterprise may have the ability to disable Metro 2.0. The company is expected to have a “significant” internal event from June 23rd through June 27th, at which point Windows 8.1 Update 2 might receive an RTM Escrow status. The hacker group said that Microsoft has tightened its Windows security, making leaks nearly impossible – apparently, employees that want to use the latest builds will get personal Windows copies that will make it easy for the company to track down leakers. The new security polices around unreleased versions of Windows are apparently targeting Microsoft’s China offices in particular, with the country being a major source of Windows-related leaks in the past.
  5. SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?" DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?" SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?" DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?" SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?" DAD: "If you must know, I make $100 an hour." SON: "Oh! (With his head down). SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow $50?" The father was furious. DAD: "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior." The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $ 50 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door. DAD: "Are you asleep, son?" SON: "No daddy, I'm awake". DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $50 you asked for." The little boy sat straight up, smiling. SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!" Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father. DAD: "Why do you want more money if you already have some?" SON: "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do. "Daddy, I have $100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you." The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $100 worth of your time with someone you love? If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family. Some things are more important.
  6. Farquard

    They Were Men

    Never saw this one before or knew as many of our film heroes were also our country heroes. They Were Men Incredible list, incredible men... read to the end. I can only send this to people our age, since today's people don't have any idea who these Men were and that's a pity. Sterling Hayden, US Marines and OSS. Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia. James Stewart, US Army Air Corps. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General. Ernest Borgnine, US Navy. Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USS Lamberton. Ed McMahon, US Marines. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as well.) Telly Savalas, US Army. Walter Matthau, US Army Air Corps., B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer. Steve Forrest, US Army. Wounded, Battle of the Bulge. Jonathan Winters, USMC. Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard. Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle of Okinawa. Paul Newman, US Navy Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedo bombers of USS Bunker Hill Kirk Douglas, US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action and medically discharged. Robert Mitchum, US Army. Dale Robertson, US Army. Tank Commander in North Africa under Patton. Wounded twice. Battlefield Commission. Henry Fonda, US Navy. Destroyer USS Satterlee. John Carroll, US Army Air Corps. Pilot in North Africa. Broke his back in a crash. Lee Marvin US Marines. Sniper. Wounded in action on Saipan. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Sec. 7A next to Greg Boyington and Joe Louis. Art Carney, US Army. Wounded on Normandy beach, D-Day. Limped for the rest of his life. Wayne Morris, US Navy fighter pilot, USS Essex. Downed seven Japanese fighters. Rod Steiger, US Navy. Was aboard one of the ships that launched the Doolittle Raid. Tony Curtis, US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus. In Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan. Larry Storch. US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus with Tony Curtis. Forrest Tucker, US Army. Enlisted as a private, rose to Lieutenant. Robert Montgomery, US Navy. George Kennedy, US Army. Enlisted after Pearl Harbor, stayed in sixteen years. Mickey Rooney, US Army under Patton. Bronze Star. Denver Pyle, US Navy. Wounded in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Medically discharged. Burgess Meredith, US Army Air Corps. DeForest Kelley, US Army Air Corps. Robert Stack, US Navy. Gunnery Officer. Neville Brand, US Army, Europe. Was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Tyrone Power, US Marines. Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater. Charlton Heston, US Army Air Corps. Radio operator and aerial gunner on a B-25, Aleutians. Danny Aiello, US Army. Lied about his age to enlist at 16. Served three years. James Arness, US Army. As an infantryman, he was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy. Efram Zimbalist, Jr., US Army. Purple Heart for a severe wound received at Huertgen Forest. Mickey Spillane, US Army Air Corps, Fighter Pilot and later Instructor Pilot. Rod Serling. US Army. 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific. He jumped at Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded in Manila. Gene Autry, US Army Air Corps. Crewman on transports that ferried supplies over "The Hump" in the China-Burma-India Theater. Wiliam Holden, US Army Air Corps. Alan Hale Jr, US Coast Guard. Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Battle of Okinawa. Russell Johnson, US Army Air Corps. B-24 crewman who was awarded Purple Heart when his aircraft was shot down by the Japanese in the Philippines. William Conrad, US Army Air Corps. Fighter Pilot. Jack Klugman, US Army. Frank Sutton, US Army. Took part in 14 assault landings, including Leyte, Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor. Jackie Coogan, US Army Air Corps. Volunteered for gliders and flew troops and materials into Burma behind enemy lines. Tom Bosley, US Navy. Claude Akins, US Army. Signal Corps., Burma and the Philippines. Chuck Connors, US Army. Tank-warfare instructor. Harry Carey Jr., US Navy. Mel Brooks, US Army. Combat Engineer. Saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. Robert Altman, US Army Air Corps. B-24 Co-Pilot. Pat Hingle, US Navy. Destroyer USS Marshall Fred Gwynne, US Navy. Radioman. Karl Malden, US Army Air Corps. 8th Air Force, NCO. Earl Holliman. US Navy. Lied about his age to enlist. Discharged after a year when they Navy found out. Rock Hudson, US Navy. Aircraft mechanic, the Philippines. Harvey Korman, US Navy. Aldo Ray. US Navy. UDT frogman, Okinawa. Don Knotts, US Army, Pacific Theater. Don Rickles, US Navy aboard USS Cyrene. Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Served aboard an LST in the Battle of Okinawa. Robert Stack, US Navy. Gunnery Instructor. Soupy Sales, US Navy. Served on USS Randall in the South Pacific. Lee Van Cleef, US Navy. Served aboard a sub chaser then a mine sweeper. Clifton James, US Army, South Pacific. Was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. Ted Knight, US Army, Combat Engineers. Jack Warden, US Navy, 1938-1942, then US Army, 1942-1945. 101st Airborne Division. Don Adams. US Marines. Wounded on Guadalcanal, then served as a Drill Instructor. James Gregory, US Navy and US Marines. Brian Keith, US Marines. Radioman/Gunner in Dauntless dive-bombers. Fess Parker, US Navy and US Marines. Booted from pilot training for being too tall, joined Marines as a radio operator. Charles Durning. US Army. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. Shot multiple times. Awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Survived Malmedy Massacre. Raymond Burr, US Navy. Shot in the stomach on Okinawa and medically discharged. Hugh O'Brian, US Marines. Robert Ryan, US Marines. Eddie Albert, US Coast Guard. Bronze Star with Combat V for saving several Marines under heavy fire as pilot of a landing craft during the invasion of Tarawa. Cark Gable, US Army Air Corps. B-17 gunner over Europe. Charles Bronson, US Army Air Corps. B-29 gunner, wounded in action. Peter Graves, US Army Air Corps. Buddy Hackett, US Army anti-aircraft gunner. Victor Mature, US Coast Guard. Jack Palance, US Army Air Corps. Severely injured bailing out of a burning B-24 bomber. Robert Preston, US Army Air Corps. Intelligence Officer Cesar Romero, US Coast Guard. Coast Guard. Participated in the invasions of Tinian and Saipan on the assault transport USS Cavalier. Norman Fell, US Army Air Corps., Tail Gunner, Pacific Theater. Jason Robards, US Navy. was aboard heavy cruiser USS Northampton when it was sunk off Guadalcanal. Also served on the USS Nashville during the invasion of the Philippines, surviving a kamikaze hit that caused 223 casualties. Steve Reeves, US Army, Philippines. Dennis Weaver, US Navy. Pilot. Robert Taylor, US Navy. Instructor Pilot. Randolph Scott. Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due to injuries sustained in US Army, World War 1. Ronald Reagan. US Army. Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves before the war. His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas with his unit when war came so he transferred to the Army Air Corps Public Relations Unit where he served for the duration. John Wayne. Declared "4F medically unfit" due to pre-existing injuries, he nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times (Army, Navy and Film Corps.) so he gets honorable mention. And of course we have Audie Murphy, America's most-decorated soldier, who became a Hollywood star as a result of his US Army service that included his being awarded the Medal of Honor. Would someone please remind me again how many of today's Hollywood elite put their careers on hold to enlist in Iraq or Afghanistan? The only one who even comes close was Pat Tillman, who turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the US Army after September, 11, 2001 and serve as a Ranger in Afghanistan, where he died in 2004. But rather than being lauded for his choice and his decision to put his country before his career, he was mocked and derided by many of his peers and the Left. Ladies and Gentlemen, I submit to you that this is not the America today that it was seventy years ago. And I, for one, am saddened.
  7. Farquard

    Uh...is no one going to explain...

    This is not an "official" statement. The board ownership was in the processes of changing hands. During this process the new ownership had intended to move the board to a new server host and it was supposed to have been completed no later than the end of the Thanksgiving Holiday. As it turned out, the new ownership got swamped; and this move could not be accomplished as per the plan. The owner has turned the board back on to the general membership and will continue to make new backups. When the migration to the new host servers is done, we are promised it will be done quickly and without major downtime. I hope this will satisfy until an official statement is posted.
  8. Farquard

    Perfect Holiday Dip

    Chipped Beef Dip (Civilian Version of SOS Dip) Ingredients: 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 2 (2 1/2 ounce) jars chipped beef, chopped 16 ounces sour cream 1 bunch green onion, chopped 1 large bell pepper, chopped 1 (1 ounce) envelope ranch dressing mix Directions: 1 Blend all ingredients together. 2 Place in your favorite serving bowl or a 9x9 casserole dish.
  9. Farquard

    AT&T and DSL Service

    If you have not yet heard, AT&T is about to end DSL service as such. The company will be migrating all DSL users to their newer U-verse system. I recently did so, after a good friend working for them told me of this impending change. I am not disappointed at all. AT&T is offering incentive packages for the move; which cut my cost in half for the first year. I also took advantage of going over to the U-verse phone as well, which is actually "VOIP". The person I spoke with was from the USA, and never once asked if I wanted to get their TV service as well. As it turns out my speed has been doubled, and even after the first year's discount, I will be paying less for my phone and internet than I was paying. One great thing is their new modem/router system, separates the phone from the internet thus those filters on each phone are no longer required. (oh yes, for the first time in years, NO NOISE on the voice lines)
  10. Farquard

    Free Sirius XM Radio

    If you have Sirius XM radio in your car, and it is INACTIVE, try it now! Sirius is providing FREE 24/day service NOW through December 3rd.
  11. I was informed by a good friend in Canada, that a download site double charged their card, and will not refund the overcharge, and say they cannot extend their subscription by the double amount as they do not have the option in their software to do this. I have checked around, with a few others, I know and trust, and found this was not an isolated incident. This particular site admits they have a problem in the charge system, which they are working on fixing. As most who have responded to me, said screw them, and when it runs out never go back. Is this a money making scam? I do not know, and I am not about to accuse them of doing it. I am sure some are upset with them, as others are with other sites. Just depends on how one is treated. Thus just be careful, and do your research before putting your money on the line. You will notice most sites no long will accept Pay-pal. This is due to Pay-pal being stung with providing refunds to those who lost subscriptions during the last download site scare. Most carries of Visa and Mastercard will NOT provide a refund in another similar scare, as they site, their user agreement in using their respective card for illegal purposes.
  12. Farquard

    Scottish Haggis

    Scottish Haggis A champion Haggis should be firm and slightly sticky, with no tendency to dry out or crumble too much. Most traditional Scottish butchers sell their own home made Haggis and guard the recipe fiercely. Ours is from the Glasgow Cookery Book from around 1926. Be aware that this recipe includes lungs and windpipes and other things that don't tend to appear in cut out 'n' keep recipe cards. If you want to avoid these gruesome bits or aren't allowed to eat them (hello, America!), try the Haggis-lite recipe instead. (Ignore people who tell you to put a rock in with your simmering Haggis then throw out the beast and eat the rock - they are Phillistines with no sense for the finer things in life.) Ingredients. 1 sheep’s pluck. i.e. the animals heart, liver, and lights (lungs). Cold water. 1 sheep’s stomach (empty). 1lb lightly toasted pinhead oatmeal (medium or coarse oatmeal). 1-2 tablespoons kosher salt. 1 level tablespoon freshly ground black pepper. 1 tablespoon freshly ground allspice. 1 level tablespoon of mixed herbs. 8oz finely chopped suet. 4 large onions, finely chopped. (lemon juice (or a good vinegar) is sometimes added as well as other flavourings such as cayenne pepper) Directions Wash the stomach in cold water until it is thoroughly clean and then soak it in cold salted water for about 8-10 hours. Place the pluck in a large pot and cover with cold water. The windpipe ought to be hung over the side of the pot with a container beneath it in order to collect any drips. Gently simmer the pluck for approximately 2 hours or until it is tender and then leave the pluck to cool. Finely chop or mince the pluck meat and then mix it with the oatmeal. Add about half a pint of the liquor in which the pluck was cooked (or use a good stock). Add the seasonings, suet and onions, ensuring everything is well mixed. Fill the stomach with the mixture, leaving enough room for the oatmeal to expand into. Press out the air and then sew up the haggis. Prick the haggis a few times with a fine needle. Place the haggis it in boiling water and simmer for approximately 3 hours.
  13. Farquard


    Always make extra... what is left over goes to the homeless shelters. Everyone should do that! Also will have Scottish Haggis
  14. Farquard


    Don't forget the Guinness, for that special after taste