Wednesday, October 30, 2013

iGoogle Replacement

Last weekend, my father asked me to give him a new homepage for his laptop.  When I got the laptop, I discovered the page he was using was iGoogle.  The problem is, I have stopped using a homepage about 6 months ago and didn't know what options are out there.

Immediately, I jumped to My Yahoo, which I have used in the past.  The problem is, they have a huge ad in the upper right corner of the page.  It's prime real estate for content and it's very distracting.  So, I'm looking at Netvibes, but that's a little too technical for my father.

In short, it looks like My Yahoo is a solution if you don't care about ads and you want a simple page to show your news.  If you want a more customizable solution, then jump to Netvibes.  I will be playing with both until I feel like I can give better advise.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Poem on the Birth of Lydia and Zoe

Below is a poem my father-in-law wrote for the birth of Lydia and Zoe.  It sits next to my monitor at work and I want to make sure I don't lose it:

Lord it may be selfish, but in case you doesn't knows, this grandfather wants 40 healthy fingers and the same number of toes 
it's 6:45 in the evening, probably a slow time for you, so if you need a little guidance, here's what i'd like you to do.
Above all protect my first borne she's so very precious to me, then reach in and get LYDIA and gently bring out ZOE.
LORD this will only take, about an hour of your time, and if you need reimbursed, please take an hour of mine.
Another responsibility that falls back in your hands, is taking care of their father.  he's a really good man.
 It's 7:05 mountain time in the P.M. and down  the all comes the nurse carrying grandpa's first twin. 
At 6:55 Lydia LaWayne saw the light  then at 6:56 Zoe Elizabeth made the night.
Under my breath I kept repeating  my day's earlier prayer,  as I slowly counted to 40, thank Lord, their all there.
And I would also like to thank you, for tonight lending a hand, we really needed all 40 to start the Wadman marching band.
Lord, this only took 20 minutes, can I have the unused 40 of mine? I may need it for their 16th birthday as we wind, dance and dine.
I've not mentioned Grandma, the real power in our clan.  Her daughters mirror her, and she's teh reason that I am.
So if you need a role model Lord, for grandmother, mother or wife, use her she's a positive influence in ever persons  life.
Anothe special event, that I heard while I was there, over the hospital speaker system, they closed their day with a prayer.
 And thats good enough for me, if it's good  enough for them.  So from the bottom of my heart, Lord, THANK YOU...........AMEN.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Returning To Moby

When I was a kid growing up, one of the family activities we did was attending Colorado State basketball games.  It's something my parents did and my sister and I followed along.  As I reached Jr. High, the Rams were turning into a pretty good team.  They went to the NIT Final Four in 1988 and then won the conference in 1989 and 1990.  Times were good.

Then, the dark times.  CSU decided they would start charging fans for the rights to buy tickets.  No, not for the tickets, but the right to buy them.  How much?  $2000!  Well, that was the end of CSU basketball for my family.  We could buy tickets without the premium, but after sitting courtside for years, who wants to sit up in the rafters looking down at your old empty seat?  We felt betrayed.  Besides, the coach (Boyd Grant) had retired and the team had returned to being lousy.

Even though I attended CSU after graduating from high school, and I even went to a few games, it wasn't the same.  Shoot, the only memory I have from going to CSU games in college was three of us winning the "best seats in the house" contest.  We carried a couch across the floor in front of a half full arena and got to sit in the front row.  Cool memory, but I can't even tell you who won that night or even who they played.

Fast forward about twenty years.  My parents are now retired and I'm the one with kids going to games.  Admittedly, we're in Colorado Springs and it's Sky Sox baseball my wife and I drag our kids to.  I have seen the Rams play Air Force a couple of times when they come to town, but it didn't really compare to the times at Moby when they were winning the WAC.  In fact, I hadn't been back to Moby since I was a student... until Saturday night.

Photo from AP
My father had bought tickets for my parents and me.  The Rams were playing the rival Wyoming Cowboys and he wanted me to come along.  It was awesome to return.  CSU wore their orange Colorado A&M uniforms and the crowd was also clad in orange.  While the color was different than I was used to, the atmosphere took me back 20 years.  The student section was full and they were into the game.  The rest of the crowd was loud and knew when the game was on the line.  While the game wasn't the best played game I've seen, but it was close and the Rams rallied to win 54-46.

I don't know if CSU will ever win another conference championship.  Shoot, they haven't won a regular season title since 1990.  But then again, at least for one night, Moby was alive and I got to see it.  And I got to see it with my parents again.  Very cool!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cardinals Blame the Phone?

This year has been an interesting year to be a Cardinal fan.  It started in February when Pujols announced he would not negotiate a contract extension once Spring Training started.  Then Adam Wainwright got hurt leaving the Cards without their best pitcher.  After a season of struggling and losing the Central Division to Milwaukee, they got hot in September.  Using some help from the Phillies, they eeked into the Wild Card and the playoffs.  A Game 5 1-0 win in Philadelphia and a meltdown by Milwaukee put St. Louis in the World Series.  Then, we have Pujols hitting 3 homeruns in Game 3 only to be followed by a loss in Game 5 because the phone doesn't work? What could possibly be next?

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Okay, I know I need to blog here more, but just haven't been motivated.  I guess I've been playing too much with Google+.  In any case, I'll try to post more here, but with it just being a portal, don't expect too much.

As for news, well, I updated to iOS 5 on my iPad and iPod Touch.  That was more of a pain than it needed to be.  My music, books and podcasts wouldn't show up no matter what I did.  When I tried closing the active apps, music closed, synced and updated.  Oh well.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jordan Pacheco BROKEN BAT two run home run! 7-8-2011

I've seen a lot of things in my time at the ballpark, but this one ranks right up there as one of the strangest:

Friday, July 1, 2011

Back To Firefox

A couple of weeks ago, I started having Flash issues with Google Chrome.  Google couldn't seem to figure them out and since I have to work with Flash based websites, off to Firefox I went.  I thought the stay would be short until Chrome got things sorted out.  Well, Firefox has improved greatly since I left a year or so ago.  The extensions are more what I like and the speed is now better than Chrome, at least on the pages I need.  So, until Firefox fails (again) it looks like I'm back.