New Updates for Windows Server and XP and Vista OS

Microsoft has announced new updates (Service Packs and Releases) for Windows Server 2003 (Windows Small Business Server 2003 RC1 will be released later in 2008), and Windows XP and Vista.  The XP and Vista Updates will be delivered through automatic updates, so make sure they are turned on.  The major Vista change that will be apparent to end users is the file copy or delete operation.  It will now be faster and the time will be more accurate.  More later on these updates.

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Gifts for Those Who Really Need Them

This year our family has started the tradition of giving gifts to those who are in dire need. Those of us in the US have much more than we need and more than those in other countries. Watch the video and see. Click here to watch.

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Living in the city, there's no sleigh, no stable, no country Christmas. But the song that has been most meaningful to me this year was written by a city-dweller, himself. "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day." The words come from the great American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He wrote them on Christmas day 1864, 4 months before the end of the Civil War. He had already lost his first wife who died suddenly while they were touring Europe. His second wife, the mother of his children, died at the age of 44 from a fire in the home in 1861, and his oldest child had recently died from wounds suffered fighting the Civil War. Whether we have suffered such losses or not, every day we hear of others suffering loss in the countries where our military is fighting or here, at home, in hospitals.

So, this year, my heart echoes, with hope, the words of the original poem. May yours do so, also.

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet,
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Till ringing, singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth good will to men.

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the south
And with the sound
The carols drowned

Of peace on earth good will to men.

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearthstones of a continent
and made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong
and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail,
the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Note: I found a beautiful rendition of this song on this CD. Joy, Joy

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Kindle--the Green way to Read

A very good thing from Amazon

Amazon Kindle is a revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, newspapers, magazines and blogs to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight. And what is the VERY BEST THING about it? There are 2: you can turn pages with a finger--so, on the treadmill, while cooking. . . and second, and even more wonderful: YOU CAN CHANGE THE TEXT SIZE. So make it larger when reading at night when you're tired, smaller when you are fresh. This is a great thing in which no trees were sacrificed and you don't have books you have to throw out in the future.

Kindle customers, no matter where they are in the U.S., can wirelessly shop the Kindle Store and download new content — all without a PC or a WiFi hot spot. Amazon pays for Kindle’s wireless connectivity so there are no monthly wireless bills and no service commitments for customers. The Kindle Store contains over 90,000 books that can be purchased and delivered wirelessly to Kindle, each in less than a minute. Customers can choose from hundreds of top newspapers, magazines and blogs and have their subscriptions auto-delivered wirelessly. All New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. The only negative things I can find about it is that some of the books I want to read are not available and the initial price is a little high. But if you compare it to other ebook readers, it comes out on top.

At 10.3 ounces, Kindle is lighter and thinner than a paperback book, carries two hundred books, and includes built-in access to The New Oxford American Dictionary and wireless access to the Earth’s biggest encyclopedia,

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