Monthly Archives: October 2007

In the Spirit Of Halloween

While most of the stores in David offer Halloween decorations and candy and costumes, it is not a “Trick or Treat” night for the kiddos here. I assume there are private get to gathers or the stores would not sell any of the paraphernalia.

I have never been one to believe in ghosts and goblins. I have known a couple witches in my time, but that is another story. Even though I don’t believe in ghosts, I always get a kick out of a good ghost story. I know that there are many things that can’t be explained. Sometimes these get attributed to the spirits of those who have past from this physical state and didn’t terminate their life in a pleasant fashion or with unresolved issues.

I guess, because of the Halloween holiday, A Chiriquí Chatter reader sent me a video of a car advertisement from Great Britain.

When they finished filming the ad, the film editor noticed something moving along the side of the car, like a ghostly white mist. The ad was never put on TV because of the unexplained ghostly phenomenon. Watch the front end of the car as it clears the trees in the middle of the screen, and you should see the white mist (even though it has been slightly lost in this video format) and you should see it crossing in front of the car then following it along the road……

This video may make you reevaluate your beliefs in the supernatural, as it did me.

I should warn you, that this video should not be watched by those that frighten easily. Even I, not being a believer, felt the hairs on my arms bristle. You have been warned. Continue at your own risk. Continue reading In the Spirit Of Halloween

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.


It has been about 12 days since I upgraded my primary PC to UBUNTU. It has been very stable and I don’t have too many complaints. If I hadn’t migrated, to KDE as my desktop of choice, I might not have any complaints.

My only real gripe, since the move, is that the KDE desktop apparently changed its file system manager to one called Dolphin. With that change, I can no longer load my photos from my Olympus camera into the PC. Dolphin sees the camera, when it is connected, and asks if I want to load the photos. When I click “yes”, it goes away for a short time and then says it can’t read the media.

I tried to use nautilus, once under KDE, but wasn’t successful. Maybe with a little more effort that would work. If I come up under the Gnome desktop, I can load the photos without a problem. Gnome uses nautilus as its file system agent.

The only other problem I have is that I have one email that came into Kmail and will not display and can’t be deleted. I assume, if I can find the Kmail message queue, I will be able to delete it manually, but for now, I just have a zombie email, that is there and won’t leave.

I have submitted a problem report on the email problem, but not the camera. I guess I should submit one on it as well.

All in all however, I am very pleased with the 7.10 version of UBUNTU.

Cyber Security

On my morning journey through the Internet, I happened to see a press release put out by EDS on Cyber Security tips. Following is their list:

  1. Know the threat. The online world is a dangerous place. Just like any city or town, there are “good” neighborhoods and “bad” ones. Likewise, the Internet community has an overwhelming number of good, decent people mixed in with a few “bad guys.” The bad guys can be right next door or across the globe, but both can be equally harmful to you and your personal data.
  2. Use the tools. Every home or small business user should install commonly available security tools such as anti-virus software, anti-spyware software and a personal firewall. It’s also important these programs and the computer’s operating system must be maintained with the most recent patches or updates. Probably the most common — and most easily remedied — security problem in home or small business computers is out-of-date software.
  3. Be smart online. Like the physical world, cyberspace has its “con-artist side” typified by bogus e-mails advertising “get-rich-quick” schemes, “can’t-miss” stocks and come-ons from the opposite sex who “can’t wait” to chat. All too often, these are teasers drawing users to Web sites with viruses, bot programs or other cyber risks. In many cases, anything goes and relatively few rules apply. Remember, if it is too good to be true, it probably is.
  4. Never respond to unsolicited requests for personal information. Be wary of e-mails from organizations or individuals asking for your personal information. Always ask or look for contact information on unsolicited requests and be skeptical. No reputable bank, for example, will e-mail you asking you to provide personal information for “account verification.” If you believe the content may be suspect, contact the company directly to verify. Continue reading Cyber Security