Monday, February 28, 2011

To Block A Gay-Straight Alliance, Texas High School Shuts Down All Extracurricular Clubs

A Corpus Christi, TX school district has responded to a student's request to create a Gay-Straight Alliance -- by shutting down all extracurricular clubs on campus.
Really.... are Texas School Leaders really this stupid? This kind of sounds like a fall-back to the days of segregation.

I personally would like to award, Superintendent Julie Carbajal, the Moron of the Year award, for outstanding intolerance and stupidity when teaching our children. Way to go Carbajal!

Sunday, February 27, 2011


See, you know how to make the resolution, you just don't know how to keep the resolution. And, that's really the most important part of the resolution...the keeping. Anybody can just MAKE them!

Discovery Launch

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Free Photoshop Brushes at Brusheezy!

Free Photoshop Brushes at Brusheezy!:

Shape Collage - Windows Software Download

Shape Collage
Really cool free app for making a collage of all your photos. Neat!!!

Julia Messenger - Like a Magic Show Song

I just heard Julia Messenger's song, 'Like a Magic Show Song' on YouTube today and went looking to download the song. But she has not released it to the public yet. Bummer.

You can listen to the song also by going to her page at:

Save PBS (Public Brodcasting System)

Really, I can't believe the House is considering Killing funding (and in turn Big Bird) for PBS and NPR. Amazing how those same congressmen are pro-education.... but anti-education at the exact same time.

Congressmen, this is my open letter to you. Please stop being hypocritical and please continue to fund all education resources. Please continue to fund PBS and NPR. Truly, America needs to educate our children when they are young so they can grow up to lead this nation. Cutting the funding will save very little money, and will cost us in the long run far more than our savings.
--- Patrick

170 Million Americans website

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Replacing Outlook with GMail - Part 1

I talked several posts back about my repeated problems with Outlook. I also discussed how to fix a broken Outlook database by using Microsofts recovery tool (scanpst). But what I've yet to discuss is how I solved my issue. I solved it by switching completely to Google GMail.

Google Gmail was something I originally used to run all my mail through just before pulling it into Outlook. You see Google has an amazing spam catching service. My spam went from MANY down to just 1 or 2 a month. Just do a google search for 'using google as spam filter' and you will find pages and pages on how to do just such a thing. So technically I was already using Google for filtering my mail, but I rairly used it to read and organize my mail. but that all changed just a few weeks back......

After my Outlook refused to do anything (oh it would open, but that was it), I was forced to open Google to view my mail. I never liked that I couldn't preview my mail like I could in Outlook, but Google has a setting (in Google Labs) for allowing you to right-click to preview the mail. This was great! So while Outlook was down, I started using GMail every day. I found I liked the filters, the previews, and the add-ons in the Labs area.

Google Labs has many extra features that can enhance the email experience. AutoAdvance through reading emails; Google Docs previews; Hyperlink addresses to Google Maps; Insert images into the body of an email; and Undo sent emails. They have so many more features that take the Canned G-Mail and make it Your-Mail. ok, that was corny, but true.

What already knew, but really really really learned was that I was able to check my mail anywhere. Laptop, phone, work, and my home computer. All the emails stayed in Google so an email I got last week could be referenced anywhere. This sold it for me.... I was staying in the cloud baby!!! No more emails trapped on my computer when I needed them at the office. No more fighting with Microsoft's horrible interface. and finally, No more crashing Outlook.

Next post I'll discuss the quick and easy process of using IMAP to pull/share your email on your computer with G-Mail. It really is the final step to chucking Outlook to the curb.

Death of a Washing Machine

Sunday, February 20, 2011

SketchUp for Landscapes Blog

If you are an avid user of SketchUp you may have several blogs you read to keep up to date. I really want to encourage everyone to check out John Pacyga's blog, SketchUp for Landscapes. It is a well written blog with timely and informative links and articles.

Check it out!

Fixing Outlook

As many of us (me included) have learned, Outlook is about as stable as a house of cards. One rouge sneeze and it refuses to work. This has happened to me three times. The first two times I could not recover the PST database, and this last time I was fortunately able to repair the file.

To repair a damaged Outlook PST file you will need to:
  1. locate your Outlook.pst file
  2. download Microsofts recovery tool (Scanpst.exe) (this is also suppose to be installed with Outlook but I can't find it on either of my two computers.... go figure.
  3. Run Scanpst file.
Again, this helped me 1 out of 3 times, which in my book is not good at all. This is why I have chucked Outlook and have moved over to using Google G-Mail full time. I'll show you how to move to Gmail also in the next blog post!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wikileaks: U.S. believes Saudi Arabia is running out of oil — Autoblog

Wikileaks: U.S. believes Saudi Arabia is running out of oil — Autoblog: "Peak oil, according to Wikipedia, is the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline. Opinions vary on when the world will actually reach a peak oil scenario, but a new report detailed by Julian Assange's infamous Wikileaks website indicates the United States believes it's staring us right in the face – as early as 2012.

iPhone Water Damage Policy

iPhone Water Damage Policy – what to Know

RepairLaunch wrote a great article about Apples new water damage policy which loosens up their criteria for when a phone is denied coverage. This is a good thing for consumers... its just a shame it took a lawsuit to force Apple to acknowledge their water sensor is not perfect.

Courts Find 'Rum and Coca-Cola' Was Plagiarized

Courts Find 'Rum and Coca-Cola' Was Plagiarized 1940's

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Dell XPS17

Dell XPS17
Originally uploaded by Patrick Hoesly

My new Dell XPS17
i7 M740 1.73 GHz
8 gig memory
1.2 T hard drive
Nvidia GT 445M 3 Gig
blueray / DVDrw
backlighted keyboard
1600x900 screen (I know this is lower than I would like)

I received this machine a couple weeks ago and finally got all my software installed. It really is a nice computer and functions as my mobile desktop. It runs my 3D software quite well. Fast motherboard, memory and hard drive (all standard) makes the system roar. The bright crisp screen is easy on the eyes and the back-lit keyboard makes it easy to use at night.

People ask me about how hot the machine gets, and you can feel the heat if it is sitting on your lap, however the fan (blowing out to the left) seems to be adequate enough to cool down the system. I've not seen any instability issues when the machine is running flat out, so I think Dell sized the fan to handle the potential load.

The only thing I dislike about the system is the low resolution screen (1600x900) they packaged with the system. I wish I had the option to upgrade the screen to a higher resolution. This also appears to be the biggest complaint from other customers.

I would highly recommend a Dell computer to anyone based on their accidental warranty and North American tech support (though it does cost more to get that service). In the past I have found Dell to be very helpful and they have been quick to remedy any parts which have failed (which have not been many).