Category Archives: Internet

Create Your Own Web Site

There is a new look and feel for the web sites of three cars currently running in Nostalgia Super Stock.

If you've not created a web site for your race team, you might considering doing so. While winning is the number one secret to attracting sponsors, a web site is number two, and a Media Kit is number three.

Many feel like it is beyond their pay grade to create a team web site — but it actually very simple, and requires no programming experience. Word Press is a free application that allows the would-be web master to have a blog on the front page, and a number of information pages linked in the NavBar. It will cost less than $10 a year to register your Domain name (IE: BigRedRam.com), and just a few bucks a month to host it on a web server. There are no other expenses. The secret is to find a web host that will automatically install Word Press for you.

I've created a step-by-step set of detailed instructions to create your own Word Press web site — from registering the name, to selecting the host server, to installing Word Press, to creating your custom "Look & Feel", to posting context, to Search Engine Optimization. If you've ever registered and posted to a forum — you're over-qualified to create your own web site. Click –> Word Press for Dummies

50% Off

50% Off For Next Two Web Sites

For the next two customers wanting a web site, I will discount my usual $995 price to just $499, plus the $8.33 a month* for web server hosting.

For that low web design fee, I will do all of the following:

  • Set up your web Hosting Account for your domain**
  • Create a POP3 email address of yourname@yourdomain.com if you would like, or have that address forward to your usual email address
  • Set up your site's MySQL database, and database user
  • Install the latest version of WordPress
  • Do all of the General Settings configurations
  • Install latest versions of important add-ons and configure them
  • Create your header graphic JPG to your specifications
  • Modify the colors and look and feel for your web site to your specifications
  • Set up your pages to be ready to copy and paste your text
  • Set up your menus
  • Set up your Sidebar Widgets
  • Set up a Blog Style Index page
  • Set up a "Spam Resistant" contact page
  • Modify the appropriate templates to have sidebar also appear on single posts and pages, if you wish
  • Install your revenue generating Google Adsense and EBay Partners banners after you have applied and been approved. Checks can be sent to you monthly or deposited directly into your PayPal account.
  • Create a ProBoards forum with the same look and feel of your web site and seamlessly link from your web site – if you want a forum

When I have finished with the installation, configuration, and design of your site — you will have complete control of your site, and not need to be dependant on any web master. If you can post on a forum — you can maintain your own web site once I've finished setting it up for you.

  • You will be able to add you context (including images) in plain English — much in the same you you add a post in a forum.
  • You  will be able to customize your sidebar by simply dragging and dropping the widgets where you want
  • You can update to new releases of Word Press and add-ons with just one-click
  • You can change your theme for a different look and feel without losing any context

These types of web sites are perfect for:

  • Small Businesses wanting a professional web presence
  • Race Teams desiring sponsorship
  • Churches
  • Home Owner Associations
  • Parent Teacher Associations
  • Clubs
  • Personal Blog
  • Schools
  • Sports Teams
  • Race Tracks
  • Just about any other interest

A few examples of this type of web site I've done include:

If you wish to discuss further, contact me. This is limited to the next two web sites only. If you're thinking about it — pull the trigger now.

* $8.33 a month based on annual payment of  $99.99 for a web hosting at www.BigKahunaHosting.com

** You can register your domain name for as little as $8.99 a year at www.SouthernStarHosting.com if you don't already have a domain name registered

 

Major Redesign of DaveSchultz.com

DaveSchultz.com Gone Through a Total Redesign

zHMMmagnum25In 1992, I registered the domain name DaveSchultz.com so I could self teach myself web design, web servers, and learn more about the Internet. In the 20 years since — it has been quite a journey. Many of the items under the "Maniacal Ravings" menu were originally post on the site 20 years back — and still timeless today.

Over the years the site has gone through as many changes as the Internet has. The first site was done in Microsoft Publisher, later in Front Page, and now it is a Word Press site using MySQL and php.

I invite all visitors to browse around on the site and read the "Maniacal Ravings" articles (Like Rules to Date My Daughters), and the shorter posts (there are many pages of short posts — so click the older posts link at the bottom of each page to get the next page). The posts cover a wide range of topics from family, to politics, to humor, to drag racing, to Texas, to just about any other topic I felt to be of interest. Other areas of the site include racing, where I have short descriptions of my race cars; stuff I have for sale; and links to many of my other sites — because while DaveSchultz.com may have been my first — it isn't the only of my sites. Check it out!

Plus 1

+1 interface

Have you been visiting web sites that have the +1 logo — and wonder what that is all about? The below link explains some of it.

http://www.google.com/+1/button/

Fact is that Google is going to own the Internet. I’m not a fan of their politics — but I can’t ignore the facts. On Friday their Stock price rose $75 per share in one day after they released their 2 quarter earnings. Trust me — you will be assimilated, do not resist

  • They have the best and most used search engine
  • They now own You Tube
  • All web masters use their Web Master Tools
  • They now own the biggest email program with Gmail
  • They own Picasa — while will dominate all free photo hosting
  • They’re big into the cloud — and have an area (Documents) to host all of your computer’s files — so that any computer anywhere is now your computer
  • They have a popular on-line calendar which is making Outlook obsolete, so many years after Outlook made Sidekick obsolete
  • It has the strongest on-line contacts manager that interface with all smart phones
  • Their browser has a chance of becoming the next big deal
  • They own the on-line banner advertising market
  • Now they’ve decided to take on Facebook, and do to them what Facebook did to MySpace. Google X (currently by invitation only while in Beta) looks like it will be the Facebook killer. While I’m sure Facebook will incorporated the Circle of Rings feature — Google will ultimately crush them.

In a nutshell — they have become the next Microsoft. Their stock price has gone from $300 a share to $600 a share in the last year. Price targets say it will hit $800 by the end of the year.

One of the reasons that Google will own the internet — is that all of the things describes above, and a whole lot more, is consolidated into one log in and one big personally customizable (Google X will handle that) portal with integrated email, social networking, photos, videos,….. Sure Yahoo tried to do this — but Google has succeeded.

So what does all of this have to do with the +1 button you are beginning to see everywhere? Well if you have a Google account (for Gmail, picasa, web master tools, adaware…. which are the same log in) — then if you click the +1 icon it will get associated with your +1 page, which is now on Google X — but will also soon be linkable elsewhere. You can have that page as Private as your personal links area for shortcuts to your favorite site on any computer, or have it public to let other know of your favorite sites. Actually you can do a combination of both. It also is a brownie point for that site — and when enough are collected, it will affect positioning in searches.

So If you have a Google account for Gmail (or anything else) and you see the +1 icon on a site you like — just click it and you will bookmark it for yourself on your on-line +1 page, and you’ll help the site attract more visitors.

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Open Invitation

An Open Invitation to Join Us on the Forums At www.Oldhippie.com

For eight years the forums on the Old Hippie web site has been the place to discuss just about everything under the sun. The below is a listing of the forums you will find over there:

Social

  • NO POLITICAL POSTS IN THIS FORUM. This is the place to shoot the bull with other members — but keep it clean. This is a public and Family forum — so No raunchy, racy, racist, hate, jokes or images allowed. There is a "Boyz Room" for the R-Rate stuff, and a political forum in the Premium Members area.
  • The Old Hippie is a Texan. Actually, with the way the USA is going to total Government Control — I'm a Texan first, as I prefer freedom. I invite others Texans (even honorary Texans) to post Texas News, Humor, or events to this forum.
  • Baseball, softball, football, basketball, hockey, golf, volleyball, water polo, Poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, — any legal game is fair game to be discussed here. Talk up your favorite team or smack down your favorite opponent.
  • This is the Old Hippie's cookbook. It you have a favorite recipe — create a new thread properly titled. Do not add your recipe in the thread of the recipe of another. Bon Appétit!
  • rt3406pak is our Chapel's Padre. Each day he will post an inspiration message. If you have an honest and legitimate question regarding religion — free free to ask it. If you have a prayer request or need a little inspirational assistance — ask.
  • Read a good book or saw a good movie lately — then tell the rest of us about it without blowing the plot.

Motorized Transportation

  • From NASCAR, to Vintage Road Racing, to 24 Hours of Lemons — this is the place.
  • From a 1913 Indian Power Plus to a 2009 Gold Wing — post anything motorcycle here. Tech questions and answers, photos, news, shows, rider tips, ANYTHING concerning motorcycles.
  • This forum is for pickup trucks rated 1-ton and less — Gas or Diesel.
  • Use this forum for discussions specific to the General. News, eBay find, technical questions, collectible cars…..
  • Use this forum for discussions specific to Mopar and AMC. News, eBay find, technical questions, collectible cars…..
  • Use this forum for discussions specific to Ford/Mercury/Lincoln. News, eBay find, technical questions, collectible cars…..
  • No matter the make, model or year — if the manufacturer was from outside the US or the car was produced for outside the US — this is the forum to post about it. From Simcas, to Morris Minors, to Ferraris.
  • This is a forum for the discussion of trucks rated larger that 1-ton. From Ford F450, to Kodiak, to Freightliner Columbia, to the Autocar — this is the forum for Trucks and Truckers.
  • From a rubber raft to an aircraft carrier — let's discuss them. Military, Bass, pontoon, Houseboat, ski boat — its all good here.
  • Travel trailers, race trailers, car dollies, cargo trailers, horse trailers, cattle trailers, landscaping trailers, transport trailers, equipment trailers, …. anything concerning any type of trailer is appropriate here.
  • Bi-planes, tri-planes, WWII fighters, Ultra-lites, military, commercial — if it is a plane then lets discuss it.
  • In this forum you will find discussions pertaining to cars and trucks built between 1980 and the present. All makes and models are fair game. News, technical questions and answers, and opinions are all welcome here.
  • All brand and all topics concerning American cars and trucks built between 1960 and 1979). While the Era is arguably (and we won't get in the disputes of exact years of the Muscle Car Era) Muscle Car — topics concerning all cars built in this era are fair game.

Hobbies and Collecting

  • This forum has been set up for discussing all things having to do with coin and stamp collecting.
  • This forum has been created for the discussions of memorabilia on autographed (or not) collectibles of famous people. Discuss what's available, get opinions on what its worth or just show it off in this forum.
  • If it doesn't fit in one of the above forums in this section — then let's discuss it here. If enough people show enough interest in a particular area of collecting — we can always create a forum for it.

Computer & Technology

  • There is a lot of talent visiting this forum — so if you have any question concerning computers – post it here and let's see if we can get you some help. Likewise — please feel free to share your tips on products you've found or tricks you've learned. Feel free to post technology news if you feel it is of interest to other — but link back to your source.
  • Use this forum to discuss any technology that just doesn't fit into one of the above categories. Who knows — if it becomes popular enough it might justify a forum dedicated to it.

Premium Membership

  • PREMIUM MEMBER FORUM: Click the Premium Members Info link in the top NavBar for information on the ability to post to a Premium Member Forum. The purpose of this category is give people the opportunity to discuss topics with a political content to it. Most topics are fair game for discussion — no mater if the political slant is Left or Right. The opinions posted in the threads contained within this category are the sole opinion of the person posting, and not necessarily the opinion of the site's administrator, and the administrator/owner of the web site is not liable for the postings of another person. Posters are cautioned to use common sense in their postings. Copy and Pasting from another site is not allowed; as is the posting of a link to another board, blog, or News site. The person making the post agrees to Hold Harmless (paying all legal expenses) the site's administrator/owner — should their posting cause legal action against the administrator/owner. The bottom line is that while you may (in most cases) say whatever crazy stuff you like (as long as it doesn't violate copyright laws, is hateful to another, contain porn, or otherwise be illegal) — you personally may have to some day defend yourself and the site for your words. Think before you post!
  • PREMIUM MEMBER FORUM: Click the Premium Members Info link in the top NavBar for information on the ability to post to a Premium Member Forum. This forum contains discussions concerning the US Military. A very high percentage of the active members of this board were proud to have served in the Military, and we will not have their service disrespected with the trolling of Anti-America cowards. Please don't copy and paste any articles from any of the Military Times — or from any other blog or News site. Likewise, do not post links to those sites either. Instead give a summary of the information you wish to offer — and then give a keyword list that others can Google to reference. I'm sorry that we have to do it this way — but aggressive ambulance chasing lawyer varmints have nothing better to do then sue blogs and forums.
  • PREMIUM MEMBER FORUM: Click the Premium Members Info link in the top NavBar for information on the ability to post to a Premium Member Forum. From Derringers to Howitzers — this forum has been establish for people interested in guns to discuss them, laws, news and anything else concerning guns.
  • PREMIUM MEMBER FORUM: Click the Premium Members Info link in the top NavBar for information on the ability to post to a Premium Member Forum. In this forum you will find the NSFW (Not Safe For Work) jokes and photos that go up to the R-Rating. No X-Rated stuff allowed.
  • PREMIUM MEMBER FORUM: Click the Premium Members Info link in the top NavBar for information on the ability to post to a Premium Member Forum. This forum is the place to discuss acquiring wealth, investing it, keeping it in the family; and all things legal and financial.

This is an open invitation for all to visit the forums of their interest. Membership to post is free, quick, and free of all ulterior motives. You are not going to get spammed and your information will not be given out (short of a court order if you were to post something criminal). Our motive is simple to provide a one-stop place for any type of discussion — categorized in forums to find the conversations that interest you — and avoid conversations you wish to not be involved with.

Participate in the forums that interest you — and avoid the forums that do not. Any board that has a collection of forums to cover any type of conversation, is going to have forums that will interest you — and forums that will not interest you. For instance, the political forum is one of the more popular forums — but if your interest is drag racing and not politics — judge the board on the forums that interest you and not the forums that do not. Each individual forum stands on its own merit — and will benefit with increased participation.

Please honor us with your participation in the forums that interest you — and please pass this message along to your family and friends so that we might also be honored with their participation in the forums that interest them.

Thanx

Dave 'Old Hippie' Schultz

 

Turn Off Geo-Tagging on Your Phone

Turn Off Geo-Tagging on Your Phone

If you have an iPhone or Blackberry, the photos you are Geo-Tagged by default. That’s to say photos of your kids, cars you list for sale, jewelry on you wife, your motorcycle …. tells the criminals exactly where they can find them with GPS coordinates.

The good news is that you can turn Geo-Tagging off. On the iPhone go to settings, and then to locations. You can turn all locations off — but in my case I travel cross country for races and need to find the closest Walmarts to park the 80′ rig for the night, or have the track’s weather — so I just turn it off for my camera and Facebook.

Now is the time to changed the settings on all the phones for your entire family, or sent this post to them. There’s a link at the bottom of this post to share on Facebook.

Fake Anti-Virus Virus

This is a nasty little virus that McAfee can’t protect you from, and so you will find little instruction on how to cure yourself of it — as it is an embarrassment to them.

I come home from racing, and my wife tells me that her computer has a virus — and is hosed. I was quite surprised, because she has an active subscription to McAfee and nightly updates.

The symptoms are a McAfee looking error message saying that you have a virus, that certain files are missing, and do you want to run a scan. Regardless of what you say – it runs what appears to be a scan, and presents a web site (in my case it was antivirvip.com/shop – don’t go to that site!) selling you anti-virus software.

You look down in your systray — and you see what looks like a McAfee shield, but a closer look and you will see it is green instead of red and doesn’t have the big M in the center.

You can’t go to other web sites, start McAfee (which has been disabled) and you can’t do anything in your control panel like add/remove programs.

Restarting the computer, you will see that McAfee starts, then gets disabled, and you get all of the error messages and the computer is otherwise useless.


The messages say things like:

Virus Alert
mcagent.exe is damaged
Do you want to activate your antivirus now?


First — Here’s what doesn’t work

  • I first turned off all of the shared external (net work) drives the computer has access to through a map to keep them from getting attacked, started the computer in Safe Mode (press F8 as soon as you hear the beep at start up — then select Safe Mode) without network support — logged in as an administrator, fired up McAfee, and had it run a full scan. After three hours — it finds nothing. The Virus wins!
  • So I restart the computer in Safe Mode with network support so I can get to the Internet through my wireless network. I do a search on the Internet — and while I see a ton of people with this problem — 2 hours of reading only tells me how you get the virus (explained below) — and none will tell you more than you are screwed. McAfee is silent on their web site, but their support offers a free program called “McAfee Virtual Technician” (you will have to search for it). It is a program that you download, install, and run. It identifies problems and fixes them — so it says. I downloaded, installed, and ran. It said that protection was turned off, my McAfee needed to be updated — and something else that I forget. I select the option to automatically fix — and it comes back saying that it can’t. Virus wins over McAfee again!

What I did to fix — that I couldn’t find how to do anywhere on the Internet

  • I started the computer in Safe mode, and logged on as an administrator
  • Since my Registry was hosed, I did a system restore to a known good backup (which your computer routinely does if you have it set up right, and let Windows automatically update). You can do a search for “Windows System Restore” for more information — but in the case of my wife’s computer running XP, I clicked Start/All Programs/Accessories/System/System Restore. You are presented with a calendar, and I selected a date about 2 weeks earlier. The computer takes the next 10 minutes going about it’s process of restoring to that date. This is a reversible process — but you’ll just get your registry with a virus back.
  • I restarted the computer in regular mode — and logged in as an administrator.
  • At this point, McAfee still turns itself off after you turn it on — so I went back to the McAfee site and downloaded, installed, ran McAfee Virtual Technician (the registry I restored from knows nothing of the previous installation of it, so I had to install it again — as any other program installed between the restore date and the virus date) — and let it fix the errors — which it did. Now my McAfee stays on.
  • I then did Window Update to catch up what the older registry doesn’t know of. Fortunately, no new applications were installed in the two weeks between the restore date and the virus date — so I didn’t have to reinstall any of them.
  • I finally ran a Full Scan — and came out clean.
  • I had my wife go to all of here shopping web sites and change her password — and to monitor her credit cards on-line over the next couple of months.

So how Did the Computer get this Virus — and what does it do?

From the Internet I learned that you get this from those sites that pop up a McAfee looking message saying your computer just identified a virus, and asking if you want to run a virus scan. THIS IS THE TIME TO NOT PANIC — BUT TO STOP, TAKE A BREATH, AND THINK!

Right then if you close the browser and restart the computer without moving your cursor onto the box — you will be Ok and not been infected by the virus. However if you move your cursor over the message or click it — you’ve just hosed your registry. I verified from my wife that his is what happen.

The virus first turns off real time scanning of viruses, tries to steal your passwords, and attempts to get you to buy their fake anti-virus service to steal your credit card information.

I hope all of this will save someone many of the hours I wasted trying to figure it out.

Please share a link to this thread on Facebook, and to all of your family and friends so they do not get the virus — and know how to handle it if they do. I’m seeing people all over the Internet reformatting their drives and reinstalling Windows — or paying someone big bucks to fix this Virus. That’s using an axe when a scalpel is required. It is really easy if you know how you get it — and what to do if you get it.

I have one word for you, Tablets!

I have one word for you, Tablets!

I have a home office and spend my mornings working at home with the Financial News on TV in the background, as I day trade stock.

Microsoft has been stuck in the high $25 low $26 per share range for a couple of years now — going absolutely no where. Use to be when they’d release something like Windows 7 (remember when everyone upgraded from 95 to 98 and 98 to XP within weeks after being released), Microsoft would make a fortune. Dell hasn’t been doing to well either — and I use to make a fortune day trading both.

On the other hand — Apple (which use to be holding at $18 a share for years) is the stock I day trade most. It has gone from $185 to over $360 a share in six months.

Yesterday I heard a pretty good explanation for why the old guard is losing ground — and Apple is becoming the new bad ass in technology. Tablets.

Apple started its comeback years ago with the iPod — putting the Sony Walkman in the grave almost immediately. Then the iPhone was their next deal — merging a phone, Internet, and iPod into one device. My wife, I, and four of my five kids have iPhones — as do most of my 29 nieces and nephews. It is a pretty hot device. I had lunch with my wife the other day at a Sushi Bar — and about half of the people in the restaurant had an iPhone in their hand — doing something or another with it.

However, even though iPhone has just opened the market with Verizon and is no longer being an AT&T exclusive — Apple’s money maker is really the iPad tablet. There are other tablets — but they can’t equal the new iPad. Plus Apple has cult status with young people, who are the big spenders.

I bought my wife an iPad for Christmas. Since she’s severely technology challenged, I set everything up for her and played with it for a night before wrapping it. It is too cool. It handles 99% of what most home users have a home computer for. Internet, email, games,… plus reading your books. My wife spends 10 hours a day on the damn thing — and her iPod sure gets a Hell of a lot more action in bed than I do.

The new iPad announced yesterday is 30% thinner and lighter, faster, has a better screen, a protective screen cover that puts it to sleep, front and back camera for “Face to Face” communications, video editing, and a lot more. My birthday is in June — and that’s just enough time for me to feel comfortable that it isn’t “Bleeding Edge”, and that any bugs are worked out.

The point is that just like the notebooks replaced the desktops (again, my wife, I, and all five kids have a notebook instead of a desktop) — the tablets will be replacing the notebooks for all but those who use the PC for business — and even many of the business notebooks at that. 90% of what I do can be accomplished on the tablet — but there is a lot a computer is still required for me as I’m a computer geek — but not so for anyone else in my immediate family. For them, a tablet can completely replace a PC for all of them. I suspect in another year of two — with application software and data residing on the cloud, and a little Blue-tooth keyboard accessory — the tablet will do anything expected of a notebook.

So between the tablet, the Crackberry, and people using their Play Station and TV for the Internet — Microsoft and Dell are losing the important home market, and Apple is gaining it. I see Apple’s stock hitting $450 a share by Christmas.

Remove Your Private Info On The Internet

Remove Your Private Info On The Internet

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If you have a Facebook, MySpace, Tweet account, or belong to any other social network — your private information is most likely being sold by many companies. One of those companies is:

http://www.spokeo.com/

I and all of my children are listed there, and sold to anyone wanting to buy our personal information. To remove yourself from that site, click the above link, locate your personal record, copy the URL from the address bar of your browser, go back to the home page of the site and click Privacy at the bottom, and follow the instructions to remove yourself.

I strongly suggest you do this today — and pass along a link to this posting (and share on Facebook) to your friends.

Sell Your Used Books

Sell Your Old Books on Dave's List – Free!

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With the economy the way it is, I'm trying to live smarter financially. I'm downsizing my life by getting rid of all stuff I don't really need, and really don't appreciate. This will reduce my expenses, have my life less cluttered, put a little money in my pocket, and better appreciate what I keep.

We've recently moved from a big home we had lived in for 15 years, and a lake house we had for 11 years — into a single and much smaller home. After filling six bookcases, I still had 20 boxes of books that I have no room for.

So in the era of reducing clutter and downsizing my life — I've put together a used book selling section of Dave's List, which is what I jokingly refer to the Old Hippie dot com's Free Classified Ad web site. Registered and logged in members of www.OldHippie.com can place free classified ads, with a "Buy it Now" linked to their PayPal, which has the buyer pay for the item and the shipping by credit card or their PayPal account.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will have my administrative assistant (Manda) start adding the 300+ books I'm selling.  However, I invite, no I challenge, others to downsize their lives by cleaning out their garages, attics, sheds, and anywhere else they have stuff that they know in their heart of hearts they don't need. Pack Rats and Hoarders — here is a chance for you to give yourself and your family breathing room, put some cash in your pockets, and get what you don't need to someone who does need it.

Get a roll of masking tape and walk around your house and put a piece of tape and a price of everything that is really useless to you. Keep the stuff that has sentimental value — but limit the number of things with sentimental value — so you better appreciate them. Then come back around with a digital camera ($50 at Wal-Mart) and photo the items — as ads with photos sell quicker. Then turn your useless stuff into cash.

As the classified ad site gets bigger — I will pay for advertising to bring more people to buy the stuff being sold. Until them, please share this on Facebook and tell your friends of the Free Classified Ads site — and the bigger it gets — the better it is for buyers and sellers.

 

Money Wasted On Awkward Christmas Gifts

Money Wasted On Awkward Christmas Gifts

Something for Everyone: Gifts & Wish Lists

Something for Everyone: Gifts & Wish Lists

Amazon Wish Lists Solve This Problem

Amazon Wish Lists. Everyone is hard to buy for — and that’s why everyone has a closet full of unused Christmas gifts. If people were smart — they’d spend an hour on Amazon adding the stuff they wish they had to their personal wish list. Then they can be searched by email address, and when a gift is purchased — it is removed from the list viewed by potential gifters — but not to the giftee. If everyone did this — less money would be wasted with awkward gifts. Set up your gift list — and check for the email address of those you’re buying gifts for this year.

If you use Firefox – there’s even an addon that allows you to add anything to your Wish list from any site.

Your wish list should include items at every reasonable price level. My wish list includes items from $7 to a couple of hundred. Get your wish list started quickly — as people will start looking for it by your email address — to help them give you a gift you actually need.

Do You Know This Person and This Country?

My favorite politically orientated movie, of how a disturbed man with a questionable upbringing becomes a megalomaniac who is elected to run a country looking for hope and change. While he doesn’t require teleprompters in his speeches, and the groups he goes after are different — he sure reminds me of someone.

Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” is a great movie that combines some aspects of  Fascist/Communist politics with the history of the original front man for Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett) taking a trip that he never returned from. Check his history after watching the video.

The below is a full-length movie — so wait until you have the time to see it in its entirety. It is a great movie on so many different levels.

Firefox Hacks & Tweaks

Firefox 3 Hacks And Tweaks

The following tweaks are obtained by typing about:config and then modifying the page. Make sure you take a back up copy just in case something goes wrong. Here are some of the hacks for the experimentally oriented.

Step one: Type about:config in the address bar and hit enter

Step two: Make the following modifications to the file by typing in the values on the respective fields to get the desired result (feel free to experiment)

1. To enable/disable Single Click Select URL of address bar

browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll = True

browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll = False


2. To auto Complete URL while typing in the address Bar

browser.urlbar.autoFill=True

3. To set the number of auto complete URL in the address bar

browser.urlbar.maxRichResults = #

(# indicates the number of auto complete URLs shown. The default is 12)

4. To disable Browser Toolbar Tip

browser.chrome.toolbar_tips = False

For the rest of the hacks — http://www.oldhippie.com/forums/computers-hardware-software-peripherals-internet/13528-firefox-3-hacks-tweaks.html

MoparWiki

The MoparWiki

On Its Way To Become The One-Stop Information Reference For All Things Mopar

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WIKI

A wiki ( /ˈwɪki/ WIK-ee) is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used to create collaborative wiki websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems.

Wikis may exist to serve a specific purpose, and in such cases, users use their editorial rights to remove material that is considered "off topic." Such is the case of the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia. In contrast, open purpose wikis accept content without firm rules as to how the content should be organized.

 

History

WikiWikiWeb was the first wiki. Ward Cunningham started developing WikiWikiWeb in 1994, and installed it on the Internet domain c2.com on March 25, 1995. It was named by Cunningham, who remembered a Honolulu International Airport counter employee telling him to take the "Wiki" shuttle bus that runs between the airport's terminals. According to Cunningham, "I chose wiki-wiki as an alliterative substitute for 'quick' and thereby avoided naming this stuff quick-web."

Cunningham was in part inspired by Apple's HyperCard. Apple had designed a system allowing users to create virtual "card stacks" supporting links among the various cards. Cunningham developed Vannevar Bush's ideas by allowing users to "comment on and change one another's text."

In the early 2000s, wikis were increasingly adopted in enterprise as collaborative software. Common uses included project communication, intranets, and documentation, initially for technical users. Today some companies use wikis as their only collaborative software and as a replacement for static intranets, and some schools and universities use wikis to enhance group learning. There may be greater use of wikis behind firewalls than on the public Internet.

On March 15, 2007, wiki entered the online Oxford English Dictionary. Some people claim "Wiki" also stands for "What I Know Is" but this is a false backronym.

 

MoparWiki

While WikiPedia is the most famous of on-line collaborative encyclopedias, MoparWiki wishes to focus on the single goal of ultimately becoming the best on-line reference with anything having to do with Mopar. Cars, people, racing, technical papers, parts, events, clubs, history, … even part manufacturers and sellers, or Mopar Magazines. Anything that has something to do with Mopar — should be included in the MoparWiki. That is the only goal and the only agenda.

 

Coincidentally, MoparWiki and WikiPedia use the same application to manage their wikis. MediaWiki is a software wiki package written in PHP, originally for use on Wikipedia. It is now used by several other projects of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation and by many other wikis.

 

Collaboration

Collaboration is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together in an intersection of common goals — for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature — by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group. In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources.

 

How this collaboration works with the MoparWiki might start with someone who reads a great article on a particular Mopar racer like Richard Petty, executive like Walter P. Chrysler, a car make like Dodge, or even a car model like the Mirada in a book, magazine, or elsewhere on the Internet. He might then go to the MoparWiki to see what was already written on the topic. If the wiki had already been started, he might improve on it with any information he just read, and post a reference to where he found the information. If the topic hadn't already been created — he would hopefully create the wiki, put as much of the information he had time to add, and post a reference. He might later revisit the wiki as he had time — and add more information from the article he'd read on the subject. Others would then visit the article — and they too might add any missing information they might have, and cite a reference to it. Yet others might clean up the typographical or spelling errors they might find — or clean up the format to be consistent with other articles in the MoparWiki. Sysops have the task of visiting Recent changes to look for Spam, trolling, or any vandalism to an article — and either delete the small violations or roll the article back to a previous backup for any major vandalism. He then bans the Vandal from ever being able to again access any site on this server. It is also the task of the Sysop to make notations asking for citation to some fact — or to post that a fact has not yet been verified. In time, a single article might have had 25 people collaborate with its creation and improvements.

 

How You Can Help Adding Context

The MoparWiki is in need of a lot of help at all levels — from contributor, to the director of Sysops, to PHP Programmer — for it to achieve its goal. This goal is to purely educate people of all things Mopar in a one stop location. Mopar might no longer be with us in the next few years, and this is the time to start to preserve history.

 

Help with the topic context. When you read an article on a mopar topic that interests you — please go to the MoparWiki and see if the article already exists. If it doesn't — please create it, and at the very least list the reference so another with an interest in the topic will have a reference to refer to. Better yet, at least add an introduction too. If the article has already been created — then see if your reference has information that should be added to the article — add it and the reference. If you see any typo, then correct it. If you question a fact — post so in the Discussion (link in the topics NavBar) page so that a Sysop can check it out. It you see vandalism — report it.

 

If you want to help and just don't know what topic to start with, do a search for your favorite Mopar car, event, vendor, or person — and see if you can improve the article with hard facts and references to those hard facts. If you don't have a particular topic on your mind but want to help — just go to a Random page.

 

If you are a registered member of MoparStyle, then you have the access required to create or edit an article. There is an excellent on-line Help area, and it is very simple to learn how to format text. The best place to start is to look at quite a few of the existing topics and get an idea of the layout of articles. This is the format we want to follow for all of the articles. Every user has their own User page (go the MoparWiki while logged in at MoparStyle — and you will see a link to it) — and this is a perfect place to play around a little to practice text formatting. Use your User Page to make you own little personal home page. Do what you what with it to personalize — but just keep it clean and free of hate.

 

Mopar Vendors

If you are a promoter of a Mopar event, a manufacturer of a Mopar Part, an editor of a Mopar Magazine, or anything like that — you are welcome to create of edit the wiki on your business. We're looking for facts, information and history — not for a big spam page of advertising. Tell us about your product, service, and give a link to your site for the hard arm-twisting  — but don't try to sell in the wiki. Inform — don't sell. It will be up to the Sysops to use their discretion on any editing out any spam that comes across like ten tons of garlic.

 

Sysops

For those who feel that they have a higher calling on the project — the MoparWiki needs a small group of Management Volunteers to become Sysops. A Sysop must first have demonstrated a a great desire for the success of the MoparWiki with his very active participation of creating, improving, and editing the articles. After a few weeks or months of doing so, if the active contributor feels the calling and would like to help in the management of the MoparWiki — use the contact form and throw your hat into the ring to be considered. We would ultimately like to have a core of about 6 active Sysops, and two Sysop Directors.

 

Interesting MoparWiki Links

The below are just a few of the many links you might want to scope out.

 

 

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