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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 31, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes it comes alone.

Submitted by Sherry Purdy


One morning a very-much-excited Bostonian rushed into the office of Dr. Everett. It was quite evident that he was ready for immediate action. A local newspaper had published an article about him, severely criticizing his conduct. He wanted to know if he ought to demand that an apology be printed, or if he should take legal action, asking for damages.

It was a good time for the doctor to remain calm and cool. Listening quietly while the visitor raved and fumed and sputtered, he finally had a chance to give the excited man some counsel. "My dear sir, I would do nothing. Half the people who got that paper never saw the article. Half of those who read it did not understand it. Half of those who did understand it, did not believe it. Half of those who believed it were of no importance anyway."

By James Wallace

Source: Our Times, Copyright (c) June 1949, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com

Submitted by Dale Galusha

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

After finishing an out-of-town errand, I discovered that my car wouldn't start because it was out of gas. A passer-by told me there was a service station a half-mile away, so I took a gas can from the trunk and trudged the distance in the sweltering sun.

The attendant filled my two-gallon can, and I lugged it back and poured the gas into the tank. But when I tried to unlock the car door, it wouldn't open. Just then, I noticed an identical old car parked a short distance away. That was my car; I had filled a stranger's gas tank.

Wearily I walked back to the station. "You know," the attendant suggested helpfully, "instead of walking back and forth to fill the tank from the can, you could put a couple of gallons in the tank and then drive the car here."

Contributed by Anthony Davis

Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) May 2000, http://www.readersdigest.com/


A mother was worried that her three-year-old son was unusually precocious, and took him to a psychiatrist. "Right," said the shrink, "We'll just try a few simple tests." To the boy, he said "Say a few words - anything that comes into your mind."

The boy turned to his mother and asked, "Does he want logically constructed sentences or just a few random and purely isolated words?"

Source: Arizona Humor, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arizona_humor/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Q. I want to install Windows XP on my computer. Should I set the file system up as FAT32 or NTFS? I am so very confused!

A. This sounds at first blush like one of those esoteric discussions you hear at computer clubs. It's not. It's interesting and important. Really. It's great cocktail party talk.

FAT32 was the file system introduced several years ago in a late edition of Windows 95. It allowed DOS-based consumer versions of Windows to read more than 2 gigabytes of data on a hard drive. That made today's monster hard drives possible. The FAT system dates to 1981. That is practically prehistoric!

NTFS was introduced in the 1990s with Windows NT, the business version of Windows. It has some advantages that FAT32 does not, because it was built from scratch.

By the way, FAT stands for File Allocation Table. The FAT tracks file fragments on the hard drive. NTFS means New Technology File System. Don't you feel smart now?

NTFS is the system of choice in XP. It provides for encryption, better compression and increased security. NTFS is likely to be more reliable than FAT32. Encryption is especially valuable if your laptop is stolen. A drive, folder or file can be encrypted. It's hard to break.

What are FAT32's advantages? If you set up a dual boot system that includes Windows ME or an earlier consumer operating system, you'll need to use FAT32. Those versions of Windows cannot read NTFS. Also, FAT makes undeleting files easier.

So, on balance, NTFS is the way to go. Windows XP installations that have been established as FAT16 or FAT32 can be easily converted to NTFS. The command is entered from the command prompt in a DOS window. If you need it, the instructions are in Windows Help. Enter "Convert to NTFS" in the search box and you'll get all the nitty-gritty details.

Copyright 2003, The Kim Komando Show. All rights reserved.

Source: Kim Komando's Daily Computer / Internet Tip, http://www.komando.com/newsletter.asp

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