Saturday, February 16, 2008

Saturday Magic

Got these links from Kim Komando's newsletter today:




Friday, February 15, 2008

Fort Wayne is more than Floods, Coney Island and the Mall


Having grown up in this town, and leaving at age 18, I understand the discontent that some feel about this city of ours.

I came back ten years ago and getting married nearly 7 years ago was a decision to stay here. My wife showed me why she adopted Ft. Wayne as her home and there really is more and more available to do and be involved with if you can find it.


For example, this weekend at IPFW.

For more on what's going on visit Whatzup,

Or the weekender section of the paper,

Or simply get involved in stuff that you care about. Boredom is an excuse for not taking responsibility for living your life.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Who Blogs?


Besides me and you? Look:

They Blog, Therefore They Are Bloggers are younger than the general population, and higher percentages are Hispanic and African American. More Democrats than Republicans are blogging but Libertarians are No. 1. Bloggers are also more likely to give advice.

So how does their use of new media compare with the general population?


Bloggers Adults
Cell phone 93.0%> 87.5%
Instant
messaging
75.3%> 49.3%
Download/
access video/
TV content
72.2%> 45.0%
Video gaming 66.9%> 47.5%
Text
messaging
65.5%> 45.2%

Source: BIGresearch

Valentines Day...a personal note.



My dad used to complain that there were too many "merchants holidays". Today is one of them.

Yet he also played along. It is more than just a merchants holiday, it is the day that us guys should never forget to do something special for the ladies in our lives. (That didn't come out right. For the lady in our life. There, that's better.)

My parents had their ups and downs and there were times when my dad did not seem to be a romantic. But days like today, and other days that were special to my Mom, he made sure to make them special with a unique way to express his love that was special to his wife.

And that's all that mattered.

Both of them are gone now. The picture above was taken about 10 years ago, about a month before my dad died from cancer. In 2001 my mom died of a broken heart. You can see the love in their eyes after 30 plus years together.

Today, I have my wife Kathy, Rachael and her Brandon, Tiff and her Jon, Josh and his Radish,
Abby, Ian, Jacob and the rest of the Luncsford clan that I married into.

Love is not lost on me and I hope and pray that you reach out to others and express your love today while you still can.



Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A blast from the past.... on WMEE

I found an "aircheck" from the early 1980's and found a way to "podcast"it! Between 1980 and 83, I was on the air at WMEE. The podcast is on the right side of this page. If I find others, I may add them in the future. (An aircheck is the recording of the disc jockey with the songs edited out). It was recorded on cassette back then....

Valentines Day & Texting


Got this bit of info in my email today:


Top Valentine's Day Activities In 2008 Wondering what you might be doing on Thursday? We have the answers!


Total Guys Gals
Going out to dinner 55% 55% 55%
Seeing a movie 35% 35% 35%
Having sex 28% 25% 30%
Staying home 4% 4% 4%

Source: Brand Keys Customer Engagement Loyalty Index

Brand Keys may want to ask about text messaging in its next survey. AT&T is expecting a spike in text messaging on Thursday after noticing a 33% spike in traffic on Valentine's Day 2007.

That beat Thanksgiving Day (up 21%), Christmas (up 30%) and the New Year's holiday (up 26%).

Lingo likely to be exchanged by flying fingers?

2G2BT [Too good to be true]

4EAE [Forever and ever]

4U [For you]

AML [All my love]

D8 [Date]

GNSD [Good night, sweet dreams]

ILU [I love you]

IMU [I miss you]

ISLY [I still love you]

KOTC [Kiss on the cheek]

KOTL [Kiss on the lips]

MUSM [Miss you so much]

QT [Cutie]

TOY [Thinki

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sell off the naming rights to Harrison Square?

I'm not sure how much this has been discussed locally, but it needs to be brought up publicly.

This week the New York Giants/Jets stadium is in the news, with predictions of $25 to $30,000,000 per year! That's millions, my friends. The Colts are going to be playing in the new Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.


What if we asked for 10% if that, $3 million annually? Could we get it? Why not? After all, Barnes and Noble apparently are sponsoring the "up" escalator at Glenbrook Square by the food court.

How about Lassus Brothers Square? Or Higher Grounds Square? Kelly Automotive Square? Windows, Doors and More Square? Any takers out there?

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Replacing the computer (A personal experience)




A subject I have written about before, due to my heavy usage of my laptop(s). But today I got a call from my friend JJ asking about my experience with Windows Vista, as his computer is also overworked and he is in the process of having to replace it.

JJ's first question was what version of Vista I had and could I access our network at work? (We work together.) I have the Vista Home Premium edition and unlike the XP Home version, it automatically finds my work network and allows me full access to everything I should have access to.

I waited awhile when Vista first came out, due to the mixed reviews that were out there; and I wanted others to find and fix the bugs; and finally, I knew my old laptop did not have the power to handle Vista.

All the other computers I have owned had XP Home. I had a back up laptop (Acer) that I started using again last fall when the screen went out on my Toshiba for the second time. In order to get it to work on my work network, our tech guy had to modify some settings and after that, it never worked right again. Blue Screen and Automatic shut downs and all that garbage.


So, on December 31, 2007, after lot's and lot's of research and deliberation with myself and visits to 3 stores in town, I settled on a new laptop from HP. It's their Pavilion dv266ose with Windows Vista Home Premium. Bought it from Best Buy and had them clean it up and set it up for me.

Then I went ahead and very carefully modified it some more and added a few programs. You can read more about those tweaks here and here.

Overall, I'm satisfied with my laptop, so when JJ called I gave him a thumbs up for Windows Vista Home Premium and would do the same for others that use their computers the way JJ and I do.

One note of caution. I discovered that neither of my home printers are compatible with Vista. So, I'll be buying a new All-In-One Printer/Scanner/Copier. Fortunately, I have a friend that sets up business accounts with Office Depot so I'll be able to save some money. (By the way, if you have a business in Northern Indiana, you can get set up for a business account with Office Depot too. Send me an email & I'll connect you.) Make sure before you do any tweaking, the tweaks are for Vista and not XP.

And thanks to Joe for his comment about Kim Komando too.

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