Gift Sponsorships for Homeless Animals

November 30, 2007

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The best gift doesn’t come from a store… it comes from your heart.

Share a gift of life and love this holiday season by sponsoring an animal at the Best Friends Animal Society. Gift Sponsorships for homeless animals provide your loved ones with the warm feeling of caring and sharing. Sponsor one of the animals at Best Friends and give the gift of love and life.

LINK:  https://gifts.bestfriends.org/index.cfm?source=sochp&kc=mem1

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HUMOR: A note to our dog

November 29, 2007

To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door – nose height.

Dear Dog,

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food.  The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack.  Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn’t help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs  can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible.  I also know that sticking tails straight-out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered.  Also, I have been using the bathroom for years –canine attendance is not required.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog’s butt.  I cannot stress this enough!


SHOCKING: Lower costs for HD DVD players & media creates droves of new purchases

November 28, 2007

Hilarious.  The folks at CNET UK wrote a great piece that basically echoes the sentiments of anyone that recognizes the basic economics of HD DVD:

CHEAP PLAYERS = MORE PURCHASES

  1. HD DVD uses tremendously less expensive components than Blu-ray DVD in all its hardware and media, in particular the optical components.
  2. HD DVD’s player’s price as a result is significantly lower than Blu-ray players.
  3. A drop in HD DVD’s price for its players to $99 each, results in people buying HD DVD drives, regardless of any other factor.

LINK:  http://crave.cnet.co.uk/dvdpvr/0,39030701,49294039,00.htm

CHEAP MEDIA = MORE PUBLISHERS
Additionally, the availability of technologies like 3xDVD, which allows average Joes to create HD DVD quality video and write it to traditional, mass produced dual layer DVD discs for playback on any HD DVD player, makes homebrew HD video a reality for the masses.

For example, company’s like Ulead who produce DVD production software can easily, with just a patch, now produce HD DVD discs as well as conventional disc.

LINK:  http://crave.cnet.co.uk/dvdpvr/0,39030701,49294123,00.htm


Ten Commandments for Pet Owners

November 28, 2007

I’m not much for forwarded ‘deep thoughts’ email, but this one caught my eye (Thank you Tom Lavine) and got me quite a bit choked up.  Our beloved Sheepa is 13 and he doesn’t have that much time left on this earth so it’s quite meaningful being that he’s been absolutely the perfect dog for my wife and I.

  1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years or more. Any separation from you will be painful.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want from me. Don’t break my spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you. Your patience will teach me more effectively.
  3. Please have me spayed or neutered.
  4. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up or out as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends, your entertainment, I only have you.
  5. Speak to me often. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice when it’s speaking to me. Your voice is the sweetest sound I ever hear, as you must know by my enthusiasm whenever I hear your footsteps.
  6. Take me in when it’s cold and wet. I’m a domestic animal and am no longer accustomed to the bitter elements. I ask for little more than your gentle hands petting me. Keep my bowl filled with water. Feed me good food so that I may stay well to romp and play. By your side, I stand ready, willing and able to share my life with you, for that is what I live for. I’ll never forget how well you’ve treated me.
  7. Don’t hit me. Remember, I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite.
  8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, or I’ve been out in the sun too long, my ear may hurt, or my heart may be getting weak.
  9. Take care of me when I get old. For you will grow old, too.
  10. When I am old, or when I no longer enjoy good health, please do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having fun. Just see to it that my trusting life is taken gently. And be with me on that difficult journey when it’s time to say goodbye. Never say, "I just can’t bear to watch it." Everything is easier for me when you are there. I will leave this earth knowing with my last breath that my fate was always safest in your hands. I love you.

RELEASE: Asset Inventory Service for Desktop Optimization Pack RTWs

November 28, 2007

Last week, the Microsoft Asset Inventory Service for the Desktop Optimization Pack released to the web.  See the URL below for an explanation of the role AIS plays in the DOP:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/enterprise/ais.mspx

WHAT IS IT?
Basically it’s the technology from the AssetMetrix acquisition we made a year or so ago except it’s almost entirely a hosted service that we make available.  It involves installing a 1.4MB client component on your PCs (2000/XP/Vista/x64) and waiting for it to collect the information that it needs to report back to https://sc.microsoft.com.  After that, you go to the web site and see the information collected from the machines you have registered with the service.

The information basically gives you very precise information about what software is installed on your PCs, what versions (v1.0, v1.1, etc), what media types (Retail/MSDN/Select/Trial/etc.), what editions (Pro/Ent/Std/etc.), and it works for not just Microsoft software but for all vendors, including Adobe, Symantec, etc.

AIS

SO, WE HAVE THE DESKTOP OPTIMIZATION PACK.  HOW DO WE GET AIS?
It’s pretty simple.  It requires activating the benefit from https://licensing.microsoft.com.  The activation process is documented over at the System Center blog at http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenteronline/archive/2007/10/05/ais-account-activation.aspx.

HOW DO WE MANAGE THIS THING?
Through an Group Policy ADM template.  We published one here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=13cef13f-8a53-498b-91f8-ad1b0ec00b9b&DisplayLang=en

More on this as I get details internally.


OMG: Guitar Hero 3 for XBox 360 gets the Halo 3 theme as a free download!

November 26, 2007

Steven Vai the guitarist behind the Halo theme has his Mjolnir mix being posted as a free download on Xbox Live for Guitar Hero 3 players.

http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/2007/11/21/ghiii-gets-the-halo-theme-tomorrow-free/


Our dog snores.

November 26, 2007

My wife always tells me how similar our dog is to me.  We both sleep late.  We both walk kind of the same.  We’re both insistent big mouths and we’re both finicky. 

To be honest, I never really saw the comparison though until last night at around 1:00AM, there was this repetitive humming noise coming from the family room.  I started to home in on the sound and sure enough there he was:  Our dog snores.

Here’s a audio sample:
http://www.evilkoala.org/Media/SheepaSnores!.wma