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      • #2211874 Reply
        Da Boss

            “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.   “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. Bu
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        Go to Youtube and get IT certifications! I’m currently going through the Network+ videos. I hope to be ready to take the Network+ test soon.

        Group "L" (Linux Mint)
        with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
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      • #2211891 Reply
        Kathy Stevens
        AskWoody Plus

        Woody, fond memories.

        I read the Lord of the Rings while working in a remote area of Quebec.

        A magic time to read the trilogy. I only saw other people when I went into town on Saturday for supplies and a beer.

        While reading the books I was surrounded by peace. The peace that only comes with isolation in the forest/tundra environment. A time when the loudest things in the neighborhood were the birds. A time when caribou only look up as I walked by – no fear of man.

        A rich time to let the imagination fly.

        Kind of like the isolation we are experiencing today.

        Thanks for the memories.

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      • #2211895 Reply
        Da Boss

        Working from home (#WFH) continues as normal, deadlines still fast approaching – but I’m getting a lot of queries from clients who think as everything is shutdown now, I’m at a loose end and can help them with things that really should have been dealt with last year (and can wait until next month)!
        Oh, happy days! 🙂
        Right, back to work for me…

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      • #2211901 Reply
        Da Boss

        Going on a Bear Hunt – teddy bears are popping (or should that be “propping”?) up in windows all around the world, giving people walking in their neighbourhoods something to look out for, exercising while isolating.

        It’s based on a 1989 children’s book, and is delighting children, of all ages, everywhere.


        YouTube audio, from the book

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      • #2211912 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Among other things, it might help to keep in mind this sonnet, from William Wordsworth, the last five verses in particular, making of this little poem, in practice, the best we are able to make of it:

        Sonnets from The River Duddon: After-Thought

        I thought of Thee, my partner and my guide,
        As being past away.—Vain sympathies!
        For, backward, Duddon! as I cast my eyes,
        I see what was, and is, and will abide;
        Still glides the Stream, and shall for ever glide;
        The Form remains, the Function never dies;
        While we, the brave, the mighty, and the wise,
        We Men, who in our morn of youth defied
        The elements, must vanish;—be it so!
        Enough, if something from our hands have power
        To live, and act, and serve the future hour;
        And if, as toward the silent tomb we go,
        Through love, through hope, and faith’s transcendent dower,
        We feel that we are greater than we know.

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

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      • #2211914 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        “A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day.”

        As spoken by Aragorn, at the Black Gate.

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      • #2211918 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        You can help Cornell’s lab of Ornithology keep track of the bird species from your area by watching from your home; at the same time compare with others in your community.eBird – Discover a new world of birding…

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      • #2211983 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        For animal lovers with time to spare, the Readers Digest online magazine has a good idea:

        “Stuck at Home? Here Are 11 Adorable Animal Cams to Get You Through
        by Bryce Gruber
        Being stuck in your house for days on end is never fun …
        Live animal webcams have taken off and (happily) taken over our lives—here, we rounded up the best animal cams on the web for your guilty viewing pleasure.”

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      • #2211984 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Do the work you are meant to be doing; be reliable.

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      • #2212029 Reply
        Cee Arr
        AskWoody Plus

        I would be delighted with a few tutorials from the more learned computer savvy amongst the Ask Woody membership on cleaning up and generally getting the computer into a better state of operation.  Simple to moderate techniques and some not so common e.g. how to get rid of the detritus left on the system after an upgrade.  “Computer house keeping” that is educational and useful. OK some may say they already know this stuff, but a fresh rethink is a good thing.  It would help pass the time stuck at home.

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      • #2212089 Reply
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        From the series Great Ideas of Western Man., 1963, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.249


        “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”–Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Morgenröte (The Dawn), 1881.

        After all.. Just because we're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get us.
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      • #2212195 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        If you want a good, topical read there is The Plague by Albert Camus (he won the Nobel Prize in Literature) which is freely available to download in pdf format at:
        It’s quite a short novel but interesting to compare the response of the people and authorities to the plague to what we are hearing every day.

        W7 SP1 Home Premium 64-bit, Office 2010, Group B, non-techie

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      • #2212242 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Many years ago when the first cement sidewalks were being laid in our neighborhood, we children took the paw of our dog Mickey and impressed it into a kind of immortality, even as he modestly floundered and objected.  Some years ago after the passage of many decades, I stood and looked down at that actual walk, now crumbling at the edges from the feet of many passers.

        No one knows where Mickey the Friendly lies.  No one knows how many times the dust that clothed that beautiful and loving spirit has moved with the thistledown across the yards where Mickey used to play.  This is his only legacy to the future, that dabbled paw mark, whose secret is remembered briefly in the heart of an aging professor.

        — Loren Eiseley, “The Night Country” (1971)


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      • #2212249 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Near and dear to my heart and worth sharing. Best of everything in a time warp, revisited through the eyes of a legend in the world of photography, Fred Lyon takes us there.

        Win7 SP1 Home 64-bit, GrpA / MacOS / Chromebook

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