Editorial: June 3rd 2005
G'Day Blokes and Sheilas!
Well here I am again explaining were NetBloke disappeared to over the past couple of months. With my parents here for the month of May, and my ex-wife and daughter joining us all for the last week, it has not left a lot of time for NetBloke.
A wonderful time was had by all, as we toured the beautiful state of Washington and spent time together at the Inn. Mum and Dad helped build a new gazebo where we will be holding outdoor weddings, and also helped pull down part of our old carport. The plan is to pull the whole thing down and build a new garage with a guest room above it.
The quote I have used from Cyril Connolly sums up how I feel about NetBloke. I love to do it, but do it when I can. I still have the will to take it to the next level, adding services and forums for all my subscribers (that is you). However I want to do it all properly. Just stay tuned and I will see what I can do.
If you get nothing else out of this issue, check out Thunderbird. If your frustrated with spam or your current email client you will be pleasantly surprised.
There is a good dose of humor in the issue as well.
Stay tuned and I promise I will help you make the most of your connection to the Internet!
Have a great day!
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Definition: Bogan (blackjeanus mulleticus maximus)
You have to love the Bogan. The flannel wearing, mullet sporting, human sub-species.
The site I am sending you to will be quite the riot for Australians and maybe a deterrent to overseas travellers!
Visit: Save the Bogan
Software Review: Thunderbird
I reviewed and recommended switching to Firefox recently. This Mozilla based browser is still going from strength to strength while gaining in popularity. Perhaps it will prompt Microsoft to overhaul Internet Explorer and add some new features finally.
Another project taken on by the Mozilla Organization is Thunderbird. Weighing in at 5.8Mb this email client is very slick! It has an interface that is simple to understand. Can handle multiple email accounts (or profiles). Has a spam and junk email function. Not to mention that it is free!
I have had Casey using it for a couple of months now with no problems. We are about to consolidate all of our Inn related email accounts in to it as well. I am personally thinking of swapping over from Eudora myself, but I will wait and see how multiple accounts go for Casey first.
If you are low on cash but love a fully featured email client you should give Thunderbird a go.
Quotable: Cyril Connolly said...
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Web Site Review: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
During my parents, ex-wife and daughters recent visit, we took a day trip to go and see Mt St Helens. With the mountain currently reforming its peak with a huge lava dome, it is quite the site to see.
Do not fear if you are not in the vicinity as the official site includes a live webcam of the mountain. Bar fog it is a truly majestic view. In person you can see the awesome power of the 1980 eruption which wiped out one side of the mountain and the valley beneath it completely.
Another interesting fact is that this volcano is considered just a little one!
Visit: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
The Great Australian Joke: How many discussion forum posters does it take to change a lightbulb?
1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed
14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently
7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs
7 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs
5 to flame the spell checkers
3 to correct spelling/grammar flames
6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb"
... another 6 to condemn those 6 as anal-retentive
2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is "lamp"
15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that "light bulb" is perfectly correct
19 to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a lightbulb forum
11 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this forum
36 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique and what brands are faulty
7 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs
4 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL's
3 to post about links they found from the URL's that are relevant to this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this group
13 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add "Me too"
5 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy
4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"
13 to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs"
1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again.