Saturday, August 18, 2012

What a waste......

  ......of a human brain!  I have worked for over two days, changed more files, file types and done some other tricks too.  There is no way I am able to keep putting photos on this blog; in other words - I'm done trying to do it.
  I will attempt to keep the blog going with "just words", put pictures are worth a thousand words, so I'll have to use a lot of words, or write a whole bunch.
  This whole thing started when new updates were downloaded by Microsoft.  I have "automatic updates".  It may have been some new security feature that was downloaded.  It may be something completely different, but I strongly suspect that's the source.  We now also have to log on, each use, to email, to do this blog, for Facebook and a couple of other things - stuff we used to have that 'remembed' us.  The Photos also were locked "not to be shared" at the same time.
  I'm pretty sure that's the cause.  I'm pretty sure I can't find a work-around either.  I have a bit of experience with some things, programming isn't one of them.  I have changes the Photos to Public, signed up for Google+ (just in case it would help){Blogger is a Google product}, changed the pictures I wanted to used from .jpeg to .gif to see it they would load that way and other things that I've already forgotten.  I give up.  You'll have to just read from now on I guess.  I will continue to appreciate your input and ideas.  Help!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Eleven hundred seventy five

It's easy see?
I woke up this morning thinking 'bout this thing,
no ideas for me, I gave my brain a ring;
"it's cramped up here" it said "I'm in a lot of pain"
Damned stupid brain, come in out of the rain.

No ideas, no nothing, my head lives in fear,
not even a tiny whisper, not in either ear.
So you'll get nothing, it's the best that I can do,
and you won't have to read it, a favor for you.

Some days are like that, as we go on and on,
my brain just ups and leaves me, just plain gone.
But, maybe by tomorrow I'll have some idea;
so just hang in there with me.  Have a little fear.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tillamook Burn

Some of the remains in 1941
 August 13, 1933:  Loggers accidentally spark a wildfire that burned until September when rains put out the fire, or most of it.  344,000 acres has burned in the Oregon Coastal Range near the City of Tillamook, Oregon.  I have written about the City and area before without knowledge of the fire.
 Fires started again during the next dry season, and some say it was 1951 before every hot spot was extinguished, others disagree.
Ash that fell from the fire was experienced by ships 500 miles out a sea.  The damage caused an amount of timber which was valued at 442 million dollars - 1933 dollars!  This occurred during The Great Depression and caused not only the money value but the jobs it would have created.  The land eventually was foreclosed and owned by the state, it was re-forested in 1948 and in turn The Tillamook State Forest was created.  Lets take a look at what the area looks like now.
A road through the State Forest
Tillamook Bay, the forest grows right down to the shore in places. - click

Monday, August 13, 2012

A sure shot at sucess

Phoebe Ann Moses
  On August 13, 1860 Phoebe Ann Moses was born in North Star, Ohio.  She was born in a log cabin on a farm in what was then the frontier.   She didn't have an easy life, when she was about 8 years old she became a "ward of the state".  She was bound out to a local family who were supposed to make sure she went to school and was paid fifty cents a week; instead she spent two years in near slavery.
  She learned to trap for a family income, and hunted game that was sold to add to the household income.  She moved to Cincinnati where she continued to shot, hunt and sometimes showed her skills in exhibitions.
  A few years later she adopted her middle name as her first, Ann, and changed her last name to the name of the Cincinnati neighborhood where she lived "Oakley", and Annie Oakley became legend.
  Her most famous trick was to shoot with a .22 rifle, at a distance of 90 feet, and split a playing card "edge on", she would shot several more holes in the card before it hit the ground.  She showed her skills for years in "Buffalo Bills Wild West Show".
  Phoebe Ann Moses died November 3, 1926, at age 66 in Greenville, Ohio.
A poster from the show.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Really? In only thirty years?

August 12, 1981:  IBM introduced is "new" PC (Personal Computer).
The IBM 5150 complete with monitor, printer and paper stand
  The term "personal computer" had been in use since 1972 for the Xerox PARC's Alto, but those were designed for science and research applications.  IBM now had the use of the term and PC quickly became used to describe as in IBM Compatible PC, with IBM being the standard.
  There were other 'personal computers' on the market Radio Shack has its TRC80 and Commodore had the PET, and others were around too.  All of these machines had less capacity for computing than any little hand held calculator does today, high school students use graphing calculators now that are much more powerful than any computer used to put a man on the moon.
  It was IBM that started the march for a computer (or two) in every home, even if they had no "hard drive" or storage.
  The "hard drive" (C:) became common very quickly and the 5150 also had an A: drive for the floppy disk.  The programming was in BASIC, and Bill Gates was right around the corner.
  It's hard to believe all that has happened in only 30 years, we had a Commodore with a daisy-wheel printer that was so slow I could go out in the yard and smoke two cigarettes while it printed one page.  There was no memory in that, no box popped up and asked if you wanted to 'save' your work, you couldn't.  It's thrilling now to think about all that has taken place.  I'm using an HP IQ804 that is several years behind the new stuff.  It's fast and has a small 500MB hard drive, not a Terabyte that's common now.  I have only 4 megs of memory and wish I had 6 or 8 RAM, but it's adequate, and that hard drive is only 38 percent occupied.
  I wonder what will be around 30 years from now?  IBM is no longer in the PC marketplace, having sold to rights to Lenovo of China (where else?).
The 5150 keyboard, the 'top' row is on the left, otherwise
it's not too antique.