The Popcornhour network media streamer.


For a few years now I have wanted a proper media center that is not connected to a PC, but more like a standalone system that can access your network or shared devices. Well that time as finally arrived, with the arrival of the Popcorn hour network media streamer. Unless you frequent Audio/Visual Forums or websites, the chances are pretty great that you have never heard of it. However if you are interested in knowing more, click on the following link: (Streamers and Network Players).

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Happy Birthday Pete!

Happy Birthday Peter.
By the time you read this, it will probably be the 29th already, so hope you had a good birthday.

We hope your colleagues onboard see this page and realize it was your birthday yesterday. (ha ha)… Perhaps you can explain to them what you are doing in that class cabinet.

Bowen’s gone Apple Macintosh!

A month or so ago I decided to buy an Apple Macintosh just because it’s something different and NOT Windows related. Over the years, I have gotten tired of Windows and all the problems associated with this operating system. It just doesn’t float my boat anymore. Windows XP for me was the best, and Vista is just a mix of XP and everything else Microsoft stole from other OS’s and it has some annoying pop-ups that prompt one for silly things. Boring!!!

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South Africa to join “Darkest Africa”!

Imagine working on a news article or a business letter and suddenly your electricity goes off for an hour – You’re in the dark, your PC is pissed because it wasn’t shut down properly and in an age where everything is electronic, you are pretty much stuffed. Then it comes on again, and it takes a good couple of minutes to get back into the stride of things, and you are just about to finish that  article and off it goes again.

This is apparently happening on a daily basis in South Africa. How businesses are copying I just don’t know?

Someone sent me this great new CD from a little known band called ESKOM. You might have heard of them! They recommend you listen to it immediately just in case you are left in the dark.

Why is it that only whites can be racists?

Someone sent me this email today, and it definitely should be shared with the world.

Michael Richards better known as Kramer from TV’s Seinfeld.
This was his defence speech in court after making racial comments in his comedy act.
 He makes some very interesting points and it’s good to see that someone has finally stated the obvious.
<< Proud To Be White >>
There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc. And then there are just Americans.
You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction. You Call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’  ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’ … and that’s OK.
But when I call you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink …
You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you, so why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
You have the United Negro College Fund.
You have Martin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day.
You have Yom Hashoah.
You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.
You have the NAACP.
You have BET.
If we had WET (White Entertainment Television) we’d be racists.
If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists.
If we had White History Month , we’d be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’  OUR lives we’d be racists.
We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that?

A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant, but any colour can be in the Miss America pageant.
If we had a college fund that only gave white students  scholarships you know we’d be racists.
There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges  in the US. Yet if there were ‘White colleges’ THAT  would be a racist college.
In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us racists.
You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.
You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us. But, when a  white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats  up a black drug-dealer running from the law and posing a  threat to society, you call him a racist.
I am proud.
But you call me a racist.
Why is it that only whites can be racists?

Only in Mpumalanga (South Africa)!

I thought I would stay with the South African theme and put a couple of jokes I received today from Mom-in-law (thanks).

Actual writings in a Mpumalanga Hospital Register.

1. The patient refused autopsy.
2. The patient has no previous history of suicides.
3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.
4. Patient’s medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.
5. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very  hot in bed last night..
6. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
7. On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.
8. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.
9. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.
10. Discharge status: Alive but without my permission.
11. Healthy appearing decrepit 69-year old male, mentlly alert but forgetful.
12. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
13. She is numb from her toes down.
14. While in ER, she was examined, x-rated and sent home.
15. The skin was moist and dry.
16. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.
17. Patient was alert and unresponsive.
18. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.
19. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she  got a divorce.
20. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.
21. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
22. Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.
23. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.
24. Skin: somewhat pale but present.
25. The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.
26. Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.
27. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities

Crime out of control in South Africa.

We don’t see a lot of news these on South Africa in the UK, but talk to any South Africans in the UK and everyone is talking about the same problem (Crime in South Africa). It seems to be more apparent over here and none so than in this video from a New Zealand News Agency.
18000 Murders a year.
50 Murders a day.
10 times worse than the USA.

Wireless HD – The future!

Wireless HD operates in the 60GHz band, is designed to be a worldwide standard enabling devices including televisions, HD disc players, set-top boxes, camcorders, gaming consoles and adapter to communicate high-definition content, and the initial standard offers data throughput of 4Gbps with secure content protection.

I can’t wait for this to come out, just so we can get rid of all the mess. It’s going to be a while though, as companies such as Intel, LG, Matsushita (Panasonic), NEC Corporation, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba, are only just signing up to this idea, so they still have to design new hardware to work with this new standard.