Editorial: January 16th 2004
G'Day Blokes and Sheilas!
From your feedback the slightly altered design is a hit with readers who previously could not read the first section of the newsletter. If anyone is having problems still let me know and I shall see what I can do. You will also have noticed I have made the web site version a little easier to navigate.
This weekend just past Casey and I journeyed across the Cascades to Eastern Washington to pick up Sydney from her rescuers. Brooke and Dan have saved over fifty Australian Cattle Dogs in the past four years, with Sydney and Sally her deaf daughter being the latest. Sydney is five years old and a bundle of energy so is sure to help me cut off a few pounds around the waistline! If you are interested you can read more about her in this entry of my blog.
I must tell you all that I was comparing Outlook 2000 to Eudora last issue. As Russell W. Coover pointed out Outlook 2003 does a much better job at filtering spam, "Regarding your review of Eudora: Just to be fair, you should have mentioned that Outlook 2003 also handles spam very well, and picks up better than 99% of all spam and rarely includes something that is not spam in the Junk Mail folder. Microsoft gets an "A+" for it's new Outlook Spam Filter in my book".
I am very excited because Project Step Up has received its first new component! A wonderful, yet cheap new case. I go into more detail in the Project Step Up section. It is turning out to be a very interesting project and I have already had some positive feedback including this from Stephen Ridgway, "It is good to see that you are actively recommending to people to re-cycle those old PC's. I have an old Pentium (oh for the simple days of 486's) laptop that has Windows 95 running on it for presentations at work. It does a great job being a simple presentation device and a stand by backup device. KISS principles and old computers can last a long time". I couldn't agree with Stephen more as western society is too quick to throw away usable items.
Back on the dog topic I have done a quick review of a site run by one of my reader, Catherine Forsythe. Her site came to my attention when I mentioned getting Sydney last week.
There are some other great tidbits in this weeks issue, so read on and enjoy!
Have a beaut day!
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Software Review: Crazy Browser 1.05
Powerful. Fast. Easy to use. That is how the creators of Crazy Browser describe their IE add on and they are correct. However I think they should add "Free" to the statement as it is also Freeware.
I use to use NetCaptor a couple of years ago, but I didn't use enough of its functionality to warrant paying the cost once it moved to shareware. So to keep just the simple tabbed interface I would have had to put up with ads. At the time there were already enough ads on web sites without adding more.
So Crazy Browser has filled my void for tabbed browsing. I am finding it a more efficient way to surf the net, especially considering I am on the net all day. I can lock open my favorite forums, sites and administration pages, making them easily accessible. The popup blocker is handy as well.
If your after a easier to manage multi-window interface for your browser why not try Crazy Browser now?
Name: Crazy Browser
Version Reviewed: 1.05
Supported Operating Systems : 95/98/Me/2000/XP/NT 4.0 or later
Definition: Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Cattle Dogs are a breed also often referred to as: Heelers, Blue Heelers, Red Heelers, Queensland Heelers, Queensland Blue Heelers and Queensland Red Heelers.
I ripped this definition off from CattleDog.com, where you can find a more comprehensive history of the breed.
Project Step Up: Current Computer Configuration
The current Machine is an old Pentium. It is very slow yet does the basic job of surfing the net and word processing quite well. Here is a breakdown of its components.
- PCI modem card
- CDRom Drive
- Floppy (3 and a Quarter)
- 14 inch Sony Monitor
- Vesa Local Bus Video Card
- PCI Ethernet Card
- Case with 230 Watt Power Supply
- 20Mb Hard Drive
- Windows 98
I installed the Ethernet Card so I could hook this baby up to my router.
So it first look there is not a lot to save here. However we can still use the Monitor, CDRom, Ethernet Card and Floppy. I am thinking of changing my original plan slightly and instead of upgrading a part per step, I may just introduce you to the new parts each issue. It may be smarter to keep the original machine in tack so that it is still usable by someone, rather than cannibalize it for only a couple of relatively cheap parts. I believe I shall have to sleep on this issue.
First things first though. This computer needs a new case. This beige case with a small power supply is not going to cut it!
The New Case
Quotable: David Assael said...
Be open to your dreams, people. Embrace that distant shore. Because our mortal journey is over all too soon.
Web Site Review: DogReader
I absolutely love getting feedback from you! So when NetBloke subscriber Catherine Forsythe told me about her site DogReader I jumped on the chance to review it.
The site has a feature to submit photos of your dog to show off on the site. Something I will be doing once I have an appropriate photo. Better yet the site features a daily article (weekdays only) that relates to man's best friend. So far I have picked up a few great tips, like not using your dogs name when your disciplining it. If you do the dog will associate its name with something bad and will not want to come to you when you call it by name.
There are also Consulting Services offered and a member forum to discuss various aspects of dog ownership.
This is a well designed little site with a lot of potential and I recommend all of you who have a pet go and check it out!
The Great Australian Joke
A friend just filled me in on this quirky search term. I shall say no more just go and search on "old fart" at Amazon.com.