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Computer Stuff

That Messy Desktop

When is the last time you really looked at your desktop? What is all that crap?

I suddenly realized all the space around the photo I have in the center of my desktop is completely full. I started looking and have NO idea what some of it is - or why on the Earth I would keep it on the desktop!

In my case, I made categorized folders and started shoving stuff in them. That does not mean I'll look at the files when I have time. I just told myself that.

Eventually, they're going to hit the recycle bin - and good riddance. If you don't open something right away to, at least, scan it - chances are, you never will.

A Couple of Freebies

When I'm working, I open so many windows you'd think I was trying to open the entire Web. And, the more I open, the slower my computer moves.

I use the Firefox browser - and love it. So, I was delighted to find someone had heard my screams. They gave us the BarTab addon - which I love even more!

When I open a whole pile of tabs, BarTab freezes any loading. The tab will only load when I actually click on it. I can open all the tabs I want. But, I only use system resources when I'm actually looking at them.

Now, I have even more speed on this bloody computer! Get it here:


The second thing I have for you to today is only available to those who read the email version of this newsletter.

If you're reading the blog, you can subscribe to the email version using the link at the right and get today's copy. It will get you all the free stuff I find.

And, no, I don't put it all on iCop's Extreme Freebie Page. I always mean to, but I have the attention span of a gnat. Once I give it to subscribers, I forget all about it unless I'm using it.

Today's software makes screenshots for you that look extremely professional. It also has a whole list of great features.

Feed-Back and Comments

iCop Members: To leave comments on the blog, you MUST register a user name and password. The information you use to access the iCop Member Center does NOT work on the blog.

Last week, we had a couple of different problems with the “comments” section of the blog. If anyone has a problem this week, please let me know so we can try to get that dang thing to work every time.

It's a royal PITA! But, with your help. maybe we can get it straightened out.

Since I did receive so many comments, last week, that didn't make it to the blog, I'm going to publish just a few of them below. Some have been slightly edited for space - and to avoid World War III.

(And, BTW - it wouldn't surprise me one bit to see WW III start right here in the good ol' U.S. of A. - among our own citizens!)

Comments on "Word Perceptions"

Subject: Slanguage

Good Grief! I had NO idea that tea-bagger had the slightest sexual connotation! I thought it was a misled right wing nut-job who probably believes everything Fox Noise spews out.

Got some touchy readers, doncha?

Just for the record, I'm an independent conservative liberal, or liberal conservative depending on the issue, moderate (on most things). Glad we could clear that up...

Hang in there, baby!


Subject: You GO Girl! :-)

I'm extremely proud of you for telling it like it is. I am sick to death of media twists and tired of the herd following it off the cliff. How can anyone believe anything that's on TV or in the paper today without checking out the facts?

As my Texas grandmother used to say, "It all smells like the north end of a south bound skunk to me."

Love you and your work,

SF Quick

Subject: Apology accepted

I can't begin to tell you how relieved I was to receive your email, explaining all those horribly offensive terms and political labels.

It's so comforting to know that some people are constantly on the watch and anxious to set us straight.

To those people , I say “Let's start worrying about the actions and accomplishments of our politicians (and ourselves) rather than what label to apply.

Or put a little more to point, “Get a life!”

Keep on keepin on.

Don Shickle

Subject: Starting with an Apology

Hi jl

People are nuts aren't they? I personally love the "tea bagger" story. You should look your words up in urbandictionary.com - Now that's funny.


Subject: Starting with an Apology


Love it when you get "your back up" and come back on some of the comments!


I too was unaware of the so called definition of a "tea bagger", guess at 63 I'm too old for those things! I also subscribe to your using a dictionary to find a definition, NOT the "news media" which I no longer trust for anything but the weather.

Deen Adolphe

Subject: Apology

Whoopie, Hooray and Kudos for you! I am a Progressive Independent, too. My definition is the same one you use.

I wonder if [people] know how long England has practiced socialism without becoming communist. Progressives are not against any form of capitalism. Once again I look across the sea to England. Does capitalism flourish in that socialist nation? Certainly it does.

Closer to home, Canada has socialist health care, as do most progressive countries in the world.

One of my favorite sites is www.unclebrice.com

At the top of every page is:

"Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it." - Winston Churchill

"Those who fail to learn from history are stupid." - Uncle Brice

Thanks for voicing your opinion. I share it, and applaud you for doing so.

Larry Jameson

Subject: Starting with an Apology

Morning jl

I don't guess you are going to be politically correct all the time so don't try to please everyone or you will go nuts. I personally think your newsletter is one of the best on the net.

Good day

Dan Beal

Comments on “Love is.”

Subject: Comment

First off, jl, thank you for another value packed issue of the ezine.

Secondly, I have got to tell you how much I loved your roses memories.

I am not really a "flower person" BUT the roses I have gotten that really meant something when they were given stick in my memory as well and they are just so special, both the roses and the memories.


Jan Tallent

Subject: Roses

A wonderful and moving story - both about the roses and your daughter's wedding. Thanks for sharing, and bringing back some emotional and heart warming memories. What joy our daughters bring!

Richard Rossbauer

Subject: Comments

I don't comment often, but I need to tell you how your "Valentine's" message moved me. It was beautiful, jl, and I thank you for taking the time to write it.

Thanks again for all you do and especially for this latest newsletter.

Be well -- be in peace,

Ron Rink

Subject: Starting with an Apology

Hey jl,

"Love, once born, never dies. It is eternal. It can be called upon at any time, and it will always return."

Very profound. Loved it.

Best to you, Dennis Gaskill

Chuck has now fixed the "Comments" section on the blog. So, please use it to comment on the newsletter!

"Love is."

Saint Valentine's Day is almost upon us. It's a day to celebrate love. I often wonder if we stop to think enough about the different aspects of love, beyond the romantic.

Not that there's anything wrong with romance! In fact, I recommend it. Yet, romantic love is just one of many types of love. Then, conversely, when all's said and done, aren't they all the same?

A famous writer, when asked to define love, simply stated, "Love is." Author, Gertrude Stein, was the same woman who wrote, "A rose is a rose, is a rose."

It's possible that some things, such as roses and love, are simply too perfect to describe in mere words. It's even possible this is why we associate the two.

Ask any woman about her memories of roses. She'll tell you stories of love. With our memories of special roses, we can't help but feel special love.

I remember the perfect roses of my first corsage, given to me by my first love. It was also my first high school Homecoming Dance. I was a freshman; he was a senior - an "older man." It was a semi-formal dance, so I was wearing a light gray, soft wool dress. Of course, he had asked me beforehand what color dress I would wear to the dance.

I suppose I must have expected the traditional mum corsage, or something "girlish." But, he stole my heart forever by presenting me with two huge rosebuds, such a dark red color as to be almost black, nestled among silvered leaves and dark red ribbon. Very sophisticated - very grown-up! Roses I would cherish for a lifetime.

I remember the Peace Rose - my favorite rose for all time. My father always had rose bushes in our yard. He planted, and cultivated, and pruned, and babied each one. Their gorgeous blossoms were his outlet for stress and his drive for perfection. They were lovingly tended and thrived under his care.

One day, he went out to his rose beds, then returned to the house excitedly. I was standing in the family room as he came through the door bearing his prize, which he promptly presented to me. A huge, yellow Peace Rose, with every perfect petal outlined in peach, and fully eight inches across! I never, ever, see a Peace Rose without remembering that day and the gift Daddy gave me with such love and pride.

I remember the tiny pink tea roses peeking through jasmine, and tucked among white calla lilies in the bridal bouquet of my youngest daughter. She was, in my opinion, much too young to get married. Yet, I had helped her into her wedding gown, the veil, all the trappings of a bride, and handed her that lovely bouquet. As I stood back for the final inspection, my heart nearly burst.

She stood there, looking like a little bride doll, everything about her perfect. The fragile, very feminine gown, the soft blond hair curling about her face, just as it had when she was a toddler, her dimples flashing as she smiled uncertainly, waiting for Mom's approval ... Those tiny pink tea roses couldn't possibly have described her, or my love for her, any more clearly.

Love, once born, never dies. It is eternal. It can be called upon at any time, and it will always return.

Sometimes, it is wrapped in tissue paper images ... of remembered roses.

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