Side Income

My son directed me to a few months ago to signup as a tech to provide remote support. I signed up at what was likely a bad time for them. They were in the process of switching platforms for delivery of services.

It took a few months actually to get certified but now starting to get quite a bit of activity. They just partnered up with Webroot and Trend Micro so we get the after hour weekend crowd. some of it has actually converted to paying clients.

Getting certified for the different services though is still taking some time.

Your Vote Should Count!

I doubt seriously that anyone who votes in the US would stand for rigged elections or an election that appears to have been rigged. Regardless of how we may think President Obama has handled this, US voters could be suspected to support the right of the Iranian people and any other people around the world to expect a legal counting of voting results.

Recent history has shown that several election counts within our country can take months to complete. Even with the problems we have that suggest that voter reform needs to take place, nothing is as bad as what the Iranian voters suspect.

From some of the news clips I have seen, several voters "folded" their vote and dropped them in sealed containers. This to me suggests that no "electronic" form of vote counting is in use. My question is exactly how many votes can be counted in a 24 hour period.

And this is obviously in question by the 40 million Iranian voters who obviously have the opinion that the "duck" is smelling a little ransid.

Everythings Coming Up Roses

Rose Tree II 6-15-09

Almost cant see out the kitchen window anymore. It's taken a few years to get this thing healthy and bug-free. Were using a Bayer product called Advanced Care. The new lawn sucks! I need to reseed it already. Fescue is the only thing that survived.

Where in the heck is Techzilla?

Still here working in the shadows on a secret project. Only secret since I haven't mentioned it actually.

I've been developing a special BartPE disk that includes the Crossloop remote access software I use, Other implementations I found only worked for booting from the CD and then connecting to someone elses PC...not the other way around. I needed it for clients so I could connect to thier ailing PC when they can't actually get into Windows.

I've got that worked out now and works like a charm.

I'm ultimately planning on selling a complete BartPE builder kit to other Crossloop helpers, so I've been working on other details regarding that.

The cd currently boots and the desktop is locked down with no access to the programs on the CD, any of the hard drives, optical drives except the A: drive and a usb memory stick. Internet Explorer works for them so they can surf and contact thier technician, check email via webmail.

The purpose of the lockdown of the CD is to prevent users from hopefully trying to fixit themselves, make things worse, and put the technician out of a potential job. Of course when the technician connects via Crossloop, all the security restrictions will automatically revert to administrator mode and the tech will have full access to all the included applications, drives etc.

The details for that have already been tested but not implemented yet. I still need to write the routines to be able to toggle the security modes. That way a technician can get a process started and toggle off his security access and disconnect. I have no programming skills beyond writing batch files, but once those are written and tested, I can compile them into an EXE file so nobody can see exactly how the magic works.

When it's completed, it will be running on a demo system here in the house so other technicians and clients can get a look at the finished product. I found a deal on a Dell system that was hardly used the other day...perfect for this.

On the job front, I still have not been formally hired yet. The re-organization of the two companies formally started today. I have no clue who my boss will be, or my territory. But I have been approved to be hired.


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A new term coined by me and immortalized

It took about 1 whole hour to get deleted. It appears that Wikipedia doesn't like coined phrases. Anyway I think it will catchon eventually without Wikipedia.

After regection, I meandered over to

I had to wait a while but it eventually got its official!

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Stay At the Hotelicopter: The World's First Flying Hotel

Since 2004, the company behind the has been working to modify a Soviet-made Mil V-12 into two world firsts: the "world's biggest helicopter" and the "world's first ."

As you might have guessed, the experience on board the Hotelicopter is far from your standard Motel 6. This gigantic flying Titanic machine features everything you would expect from a 5-star hotel—from private entertainment systems and room service to extras like spa treatments, yoga classes, gaming and a tea garden.

If you were wondering just how big and powerful this flying hotel really is, check out the specs:

  • Dimensions Length: 42 m (137 ft)
  • Height: 14m (45 ft)
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 105850 kg (232,870 lb)
  • Maximum speed: 255 km/h (137 kt) (158 miles/h)
  • Cruising speed: 237 km/h (127 kt) (147 miles/h)
  • Original Mi Range: 515 km (320 mi)
  • Our augmented Mi Range - 1,030 km (640 mi)

The inaugural flight is set to take place on June 26th for an undisclosed price. Obviously, only the affluent need apply—but anyone that is interested can head on over to the Hotelicopter website to get more info about setting up a reservation.








Pretty good Photoshop work from a very talented person with a good imagination

This started surfacing on the blogosphere during April Fools week and was done really well and may just turn out to be nominated as the gotcha of the year. 

GM's Segway Concept Car

The Housekeeper say's she wants one so she can to get to work on time. I could see her getting stopped by every cop in the area. That happens to one old guy who made an ATV street legal that rides around town. They all know him and still stop him! I don't see how you can get anywhere with that happening. Actually though there are enough backroads you can litterally go a lot of places if your careful.