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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 22, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

A wise old owl sat on an oak,
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren't we like that wise old bird?

By Edward H. Richards


I wish I'd made more mistakes. I wish I'd made more people smile. I wish I rode more. I wish I'd taken more days off sick. I wish I'd quit my job when I wanted to. I wish I realized that you don't need to win the lottery to change your life. I wish I'd done more of the stuff in my dreams. Don't let your last thoughts on earth be regrets. Until you die, live.

Author Unknown

Submitted by Daniel

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

From: "I Was a Kinder Garden Drop Out!"
By David Inkey

I would have liked to have been a good Boy Scout but the trials of Cubbing were such that I could not with good conscience advance... Dad was the Director of the Cubs and I already suffered more than enough having to be one of the best Cublets... That was in addition to his being an Episcopal Minister, and for that I already had a heavy assignment... My Brothers and I had to be just about the best kids in town and it was not easy... It seemed that we always had to be Good for This and Good for That, and for... Everything... I just simply wanted to be Good for No Good Reason, whatsoever!

Now.... so many years later... I think, I know, it would have been much better just to be Good for Nothing....

Submitted by David Burleson


Elder Ida offered a suggestion at the regular board meeting to which the chairman responded:

"That's a nice thought, Ida, but I'm not sure it's biblical to include a coupon 'good for $5.00 off your next tithe' in our newsletter."

Source: Keith's Mostly Clean Humor, (Discontinued) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/McHawList

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Programs to Avoid
By Kim Komando, Copyright 2003

Q. I heard you mention on your radio show not to download the password management program Gator. Are there other programs that I should avoid if I see them on the Internet?

A. First a word about Gator. Gator is a free software program that remembers Web site login names, account numbers, and passwords. It also fills out forms and keeps personal data encrypted. Sounds great, but Windows takes care of most of this, anyway. Besides, nothing is free. Gator is spyware.

Spyware (also known as adware) is typically a program placed on your hard drive that tracks your Web surfing habits. It reports back to a computer on the Internet. That way, you get customized advertising.

The Internet has countless shareware programs, many of which are great additions to your computer. But some arrive with so much spyware and bad behavior that they are just not worthwhile.

Below are some other programs to avoid. And in case you installed them on your computer, I have provided links for removal.

Bonzi Buddy: http://www.bonzi.com/support/bdyremove.htm#remove

Click2FindNow: http://toolbar.click2findnow.com/uninstall.exe

Go Hip: http://www.gohip.com/remove_browser_enhancement.html

HotBar: http://hotbar.com/downloads/HbUninst.exe

I-Lookup: http://www.i-lookup.com/uninstall.exe

If you don't want this stuff on your computer, it's up to you to block it. Here are some tips:

1. Read the terms when you download software. Yes, I know this is agony. But legitimate programs (most are) will tell you if they include spyware.

2. Install a software firewall, such as:
ZoneAlarm, http://www.zonelabs.com
Outpost, http://www.agnitum.com
Most will not let a program report back to the Internet without your permission.

3. Use spyware scanning programs, such as:
Ad-aware, http://www.lavasoftusa.com
Spybot Search and Destroy, http://security.kolla.de
Check regularly for updates.

Spyware probably won't hurt anything. But I don't like having a program on my computer controlled by someone else.

Before you download a program, check it in the database at
SpyChecker, http://www.spychecker.com
This database will tell you if spyware is included in the package.

P.S.: Don't forget that you can listen to me Monday through Friday on hundreds of radio stations throughout this great country. To find me near you, complete the form here:

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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