Monthly Archives: November 2009

Using old PC’s

Do you have an old computer sitting in the corner collecting dust? Is that old clunker at least a 486 with 32Mb of RAM? If so, your options broaden, you can of course continue to use the PC as a door stop. You can be friendly and green by recycling it OR even more green, you can match it to a simple task that doesn’t require the latest, greatest or most powerful hardware just to start an operating system.

A few of the possible applications you may want to try are: Web kiosk, Movie machine, MP3 jukebox or home file server.

I suggest that Linux (GNU Linux more properly) an operating system, much like Microsoft’s various flavors of Windows is the best way to leverage that old hardware in these tight times. Linux can be installed to a hard drive, run from a USB memory stick or from a “Live CD/DVD.”

A Live Linux distribution is a CD or DVD that contains a self booting copy of a particular version of Linux, intended to allow testing without installation.

Two worthwhile sources of Live Linux collections are: and The Live CD List


I was sorely tempted to title this entry Jobless in Seattle but it sounds a little down. So Adventures it is. On Monday of this last week I became a free spirit, a man of leisure, an early retiree, you probably get the picture by now…

Although I could look at recent events in a negative light I choose not to. I figure that I will take a short breather, enjoy time with the family and get a chance to sleep in past 3:30am. Having a little free time to catch up on chores and projects will be a much more enjoyable endeavour than spending time going into the Christmas season working twelve to fourteen hour days!

Veterans Day

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, celebrated to honor all Veterans.

History – At the 11th hour of the the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the Armistice between the Allies and Germany ended hostilities for The Great War (WW I.)

One year later (1919,) President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day with the words

To us in America, the reflections of armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations

In 1954 Armistice Day was officially changed to Veterans Day to better signify that not just the Veterans of The Great War but Veterans of all wars should be honored on November 11th.

Who are the Veterans? There have been millions of Americans who have or are serving their country’s armed forces. Veterans are everywhere. The Veteran doesn’t always stand out because in time of peace or at home he is just like you. The Veteran might be 18 or 80, male or female, fit or feeble. The Veteran might be the co-worker next to you, the person greeting you at Church, selling you a quart of oil at the hardware store or having a cup of coffee next to you at Starbucks. The Veteran is an ordinary person, doing an extraordinary job when called to do so.

What can you do for Veterans Day? If you can, take part in a formal observance of Veterans Day. Here in Anacortes, we have a service orchestrated by the Boy Scouts and American Legion at Causland Memorial Park each year at 11am. If you can not participate in a formal ceremony, take a moment at 11am and reflect on all those serving and those who have served their country. Look around your community, Say Thank You to those who have made it possible for you to go about your everyday life.

Veterans Day Dinner – Anacortes

There will be a Veterans Day community dinner held at the Eagles Hall in Anacortes, starts at 6pm. The dinner is sponsored by the American Legion. The Eagles Hall is located at the corner of 7th and Q. All are welcome.