A fake iPod

For those of you that still insist on using ebay I’d suggest caution when purchasing an “iPod” from ebay.

Counterfeit Official iPod
fake iPod real iPod
There is a little apple logo and the word “iPod” at the bottom of the screen I don’t see that logo on the real iPod
fake iPod real iPod
Memory and processor chip at top (behind screen) Memory and processor at bottom near connector
fake iPod real iPod
Fake iPod battery is about ¼ the size of the battery in the official iPod Official iPod battery takes up most of the space in the case.
A screw held the plate on the back of the counterfeit iPod (sorry, I forgot to take pics) I don’t think the real iPod has any external screws
Non-functional counterfeit iPod has an hourglass icon Non-functional real iPod has either a warning triangle icon with an exclamation point in it or a sad faced iPod logo

Trouble installing Uru: Complete Chronicles

Trying to install Uru, I know, it’s about 5 years old but I just got it mostly because I just started using a PC and Uru was never released for Mac, I constantly received this error:

Feature: DefaultFeature
Component: AGameFiles
File: D:\
Error: Data error (cyclic redundancy check).

None of the solutions online were of any help so I simply tried to copy the files to my hard drive and install them from there. The only problem is couldn’t be read on any of my PCs (2 laptops and one desktop). I was able to copy the file from the CD to my Mac’s hard drive so I just shared it over to the PC and installed it from the hard drive. It worked so I suppose if anyone needs a copy of and don’t have a Mac, just drop me a line and I’ll put it online somewhere for download.

On an interesting side note I was also able to get Uru to run on my Vista 64-bit machine by bypassing the “Play URU – Complete Chronicles” and instead starting it up using the UruExplorer application.


Getting Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007 installed

I just received my copy of Office Ultimate 2007 (yes, I bought a 2007 app in 2008 … *sigh* why do they name them with years?) and everything went fine with no problems until I tried the second disk (which contains Accounting and Business Contact Manager). Accounting installed and then BCM threw an exception “Setup failed to install Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007”.

I tried again and again and looked for solutions online (none worked). A good friend had a look at the install log and noticed something. This line:
MSI (s) (6C:28) [08:22:19:591]: Product: Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007 -- Error 1913.Could not update the INI file C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mapisvc.inf
He asked me to check if mapisvc.inf existed (it did) and if I could change it (I couldn’t). I couldn’t edit, move or delete it. I checked the properties and it was owned by “SYSTEM” which I changed to my user account and then I was able to move the file. Before trying to reinstall BCM I moved mapisvc.inf out of my SysWOW64 folder and created a new copy of it and dropped that in SysWOW64.

I was then able to install BCM with no further problems.

Now all I have to do is come up with a reason to use it. 😉


Man Illegally Arrested for Refusing Bag Search

Today was an eventful day. I drove to Cleveland, reunited with my father’s side of the family and got arrested. More on that arrested part to come.

For the labor day weekend my father decided to host a small family reunion. My sister flew in from California and I drove in from Pittsburgh to visit my father, his wife and my little brother and sister. Shortly after arriving we packed the whole family into my father’s Buick and headed off to the grocery store to buy some ingredients to make monkeybread. (It’s my little sister’s birthday today and that was her cute/bizare birthday request.)

Next to the grocery store was a Circuit City. (The Brooklyn, Ohio Circuit City to be exact.) Having forgotten that it was my sister’s birthday I decided to run in and buy her a last minute gift. I settled on Disney’s “Cars” game for the Nintendo Wii. I also needed to purchase a Power Squid surge protector which I paid for separately with my business credit card. As I headed towards the exit doors I passed a gentleman whose name I would later learn is Santura. As I began to walk towards the doors Santura said, “Sir, I need to examine your receipt.” I responded by continuing to walk past him while saying, “No thank you.” …

Please see the rest of the story on Michael Righi’s blog: Papers Please: Arrested At Circuit City

This is just the beginning of the story which escalates to him being illegally detained by the store manager and then illegally arrested by a police officer for refusing to show a driver’s license even though he was not driving a car.

I most likely would have donated to his cause had he not involved the ACLU and promised to give them any remainder. I’ll not be party to their Fabianistic tactics and stand against their communist background.

I can’t blame Michael Righi for getting involved with the ACLU though, he is, after all, from Pittsburgh. 😉

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The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns


Corinne Bailey Rae

I really can’t get enough of this entire album. It’s so sweet and innocent sounding. “Put Your Records On” will have you singing along.

Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae


Sorry, I can’t blog right now. Guitar Hero II.

Guitar Hero II

I’ll get back to you when I beat the Expert level (see you in 2025)!

Send food…and money! Help!

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Comforting Embrace

Good work in Iraq

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt, of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group at Balad, Iraq, cradles a young girl as they both sleep in the hospital. The girl’s entire family was executed by insurgents; the killers shot her in the head as well. The girl received treatment at the U.S. military hospital in Balad, but cries and moans often. According to nurses at the facility, Gebhardt is the only one who can calm down the girl, so he has spent his last several nights holding her while they both sleep in a chair.

*This story is not yet verified.
*edit – Story verified on Fox & Friends on the morning of November 27th, 2006

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Mac Bros


Happy 4th of July

Be safe. Be happy. Be free!

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united
States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred. to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton


Actual disenfranchised voters

Al Gore was right! There were disenfranchised voters, oh wait. It was the democrats that were responsible for it all the time.

Looks like Quinn is right, “If you want to know what liberals are up to, pay attention to what they accuse the conservatives of”.

JS Online:4 sentenced to jail for tire slashings

… Tossing aside a plea agreement that called for probation, Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Michael Brennan sentenced four Democratic Party workers today to jail for slashing the tires of 25 vans rented by Republicans to take voters to polls for the 2004 presidential election. …

Blogs to check out:
Diane’s Stuff
Third World County
Stuck on Stupid
Right Wing Nation


Creepy radio transmissions from Saturn

Original story:

Saturn’s radio emissions could be mistaken for a Halloween sound track.

That’s how two researchers describe their recent findings, published in the July 23 issue of the Geophysical Research Letters. Their paper is based on data from the Cassini spacecraft radio and plasma wave science instrument. The study investigates sounds that are not just eerie, but also descriptive of a phenomenon similar to Earth’s northern lights.

Saturn’s soundtrack

Another sample


This creeps me way out!!! I love it. 😆

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Quietly Making Noise
TMH’s Bacon Bits
Right Wing Nation