Greeting Card Virus Warning

There’s another “You’ve been sent a greeting card” spam mail making the rounds. In some cases, it may get through your spam filters.

The message includes a link to click on to get your card. Clicking on the link will result in an attempt to download a virus on your computer.

If your anti-virus is current, it should block the viral install attempt. But “Safe Computing Practices” are that you should be very wary about clicking on links in emails. And greeting cards emails are a common malware-distribution technique.

Our recommendation is to just delete greeting cards messages.

Good Advice For Guys

I got this from my daughter. It made me laugh.


1. Fine : This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2. Five Minutes : If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3. Nothing : This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4. Go Ahead : This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

5. Loud Sigh : This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6. That’s Okay : This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7. Thanks : A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you’re welcome.

8. Don’t worry about it, I got it : Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking “What’s wrong?” For the woman’s response refer to #3.

Atomic Time

Sitting here in my family room. I have two atomic clocks in here (not really sure why). These are the clocks that are set by the very accurate time signal from the US Government. Accurate to the fraction of a second, they say.

One clock shows 7:51pm.

The other shows 7:52pm.

The clock on the DirecTV schedule screen shows 7:53pm.

No wonder I am confused.

On The Road Again – Part 3

So, after visiting the “World’s Largest Roadrunner”, we headed NW on Highway 285, a nice and lonely two lane road over mostly flat country. The weather was clear, visibility unlimited, and few cars to impede our progress.

There was a roadrunner crossing the road ahead of us. Small bird (smaller than the picture), dark colored; had to look quickly to see it.

We got to Pecos, TX, which is the home of the western rodeo. And a very large cantaloupe farm (which we missed). A small town, not even a McDonalds. I wanted to stop at the museum, which is right off the main (and seemingly only) drag, but as we pulled up to it we saw the “Closed” sign. I forgot to take a picture of it, or the old railroad station next to it.

Around the corner was the Chamber of Commerce, so I stopped in for a quick visit. Picked up a few brochures, and a couple of metal “Sheriff” badges. Not much else to see, so it was back on the road, continuing on 285 to Carlsbad, NM.

Just before Carlsbad, we took a shortcut on a small country road (County Road 720, if you are following along) to head to Highway 180/62 to Whites City, the gateway to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. A 20 minute drive up a windy two lane road to the Caverns was our next destination.

The Carlsbad Caverns are located on a mesa about 800 feet above the flat New Mexico landscape. The view from the parking lot is impressive. Whites City is at about 3500′ elevation, the Caverns are at about 4300′, and you can see for about 200 miles (it seems).

The Caverns are quite impressive, and quite a hike. You enter through a very large hole in the ground about 100′ wide, on a paved path that switchback’s down into the cave. Eventually, you’ll go down about 700 feet along those switchbacks, steep in places. Your ankles and calves really get sore with all that downhill walking.

The cave wasn’t as moist as I expected, but quite pretty. The various caverns are quite large and somewhat colorful. I’d show pictures, but you can see better ones at your favorite reference web site.

At the end of the hike, down in the bottom of the cave, you can go on a 1 1/2 mile hike back up to the surface, or take the elevator (!). With my physical shape (round is a shape), we decided on the elevator.

They are overhauling the visitor center, so you just get a couple of large trailers of information. But it is worth a visit. If you stick around until dusk, you can sit in an amphitheatre at the cave mouth and watch several hundred thousand bats fly out of the cave. We opted instead to travel on.

We Interrupt This Trip

… to alert my two regular readers of a post over on our “Security Dawg” site having to do with learning how to send text messages via you cell phone during emergencies or high-load times. Here’s the post:

If there is ever an area emergency or locally important news story, you may find that the cell phone system gets quickly overloaded, and you can’t call home to tell people you are OK.

During those times, send a text message — they will go through just fine.

Of course, that means that you may need to learn how to send a text message. Just find the nearest teenager, offer them a free Starbucks, and have them teach you. You may find that skill useful in an emergency.

On the Road – Part 2

We pulled into San Antonio at about 11am, with the Mio GPS unit sending us directly and efficiently to the Alamo. We parked in the shopping mall parking lot and took a short walk to the Alamo.
It takes up a large city block, and includes the old church, some barracks, and a gift shop next to the church. The displays were quite interesting. Inside the gift shop is a scale model of the last fight, about 4×8 feet big. It shows the few Texan soldiers, along with lots of Mexican soldiers. You get a good sense of how much the Texans were outnumbered.
There was quite a crowd inside the gift shop, which had the usual touristy stuff, along with shirts and hats (ball caps, along with some straw hats). I picked up a ball cap with “The Alamo” logo (I figured I would need a hat for the next few stops on the road trip).
After wandering around the Alamo, we walked about three blocks to the “Riverwalk”. This is an area that has a branch of the river running through the town in sort of a loop, with a walkway (and shops, of course) on both sides of the river. There is a tour boat that you can take a ride on around the river loop, so we did the proper touristy thing and climbed on board (after about a half-hour wait).
The weather that day was hot and a bit humid, but the Riverwalk area has lots of shade, so it wasn’t too bad. The boat driver had a nice spiel during the ride.
After the Riverwalk ride, we left town via Interstate 10, heading west. Nice highway, going through slightly hilly country — that part of Texas is not as flat as you would expect.
We headed to Fort Stockton, “The Friendliest Town in Texas”. We planned on visiting the Fort Stockton Fort, but it didn’t seem to be open. It’s not that big of a town, and since it was Sunday, there wasn’t much open — most stores and ‘attractions’ were closed because it was Sunday.
Besides the fort, Fort Stockton is the home to the World’s Largest Roadrunner. His name is “Paisano Pete”, and it is 11 feet tall, 22 feet long. They claim it is a favorite snapshot subject in Fort Stockton.
I believe they are right.