Favorite Firefox Add-ons

FirefoxI began to touch on this in a previous post Cheap Computer Set Up, so I thought it was worth a post of it’s own.

I’ve got a sort-of standard set of plug-ins, or as Firefox calls them, add-ons, that I like to use. The basic Firefox is by todays standards a plain browser. Maybe that’s because it’s set the standard we all expect, by comparison to older browsers, say IE 5, it’s pretty fancy on it’s own. But adding these extensions to the basic interface can make it a program that does everything you need. Continue Reading…

Economic Stimulus Explained….

A friend sent me this. I couldn’t keep it to myself!

Sometimes, God hates Westboro Baptist Church

[Thanks to the Buffalo News for the video]

Representatives of the radical religous group, Westboro Baptist Church [Wikipedia link, I won’t give them the honor of a link to thier own website.] came to the area to protest the memorials of the victims of the Flight 3407 crash. When they arrived, all three of them, they were shown for what they were, a fringe minority.

They were greeted with WNY hospitality, a non-violent presence where local activists just overwhelmed them with a larger, more respectful group.

I guess the WBC people just gave up and went away after they didn’t get all the attention, like they wanted. Y’all don’t come back now, hear?

A while back, I saw a group called I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House and they played this song, which expresses what I think is a suitable sentiment for these so-called-religious zealots.

[Caution: audio not suitable for children or an office environment, or if your Mother is listening.]

Sometimes, you just have to balance one kind of hate with another…

Cheap computer set up

A while back I mentioned that I had bought a new netbook computer. It was a replacement for my main laptop while I had to send it out to be repaired.

I ordered it and received it while on the road, so I didn’t have my whole library of software at my fingertips. But I needed to get it set up to do the things I needed to do with nothing but software that I could quickly download.

Now, I don’t like to spend hundreds of dollars on software anyway. I’m not a business. I don’t make my livelyhood with a computer, so I really can’t justify spending several hundred dollars on software. If I had to buy the operating system, I’d probably have used Linux, but since Windows XP came on the Acer Aspire One Netbook, I was happy to work with that.

But that was the theme for the rest of the software setup. Everything I put on it was Open Source or Freeware. Here’s what I used and why: Continue Reading…

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