Monthly Archives: October 2011

Volcan Town Meeting Nov 9 at Valley of the Moon restaurant

I received the following for posting. All content and opinions are those of the meeting organizer.

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2011 AT 10:00 AM TOWN MEETING MEETS AT THE VALLEY OF THE MOON RESTAURANT. DIRECTIONS – AS YOU ENTER VOLCAN FROM CONCEPCION YOU TURN LEFT AT THE FIRST GAS STATION AND PASS THE OCTANGULAR BUILDING AND TURN RIGHT AT THE CONCRETE WALL AND THEN BEAR TO THE LEFT TO THE RESTAURANT.  THE RESTAURANT IS HOLDING A BAKE SALE AT THE END OF THE TOWN MEETING AND IF YOU WISH TO BUY FRESH BAKED DELICACIES AND BREADS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT REASONABLE PRICES.  THE RESTAURANT TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 6936 5226 IF YOU WISH TO RESERVE AN ORDER
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A TidBit Of Mac Experience

As I go through my learning curve with the Mac, I will post some of my experiences and observations. While I consider myself competent with Windows and relative competent with Linux, I am still a novice with OSX for the Mac. However, OSX and Linux are cousins, so it is not totally foreign to me.

This morning, I was reading an article that had a Mac Question section and one of the questions was
related to needing an AV program on the Mac.

The rapid growth of Mac users is making it more of a target and the advice given was that there were still two camps of users – those that use AV and those that say there is no need.

I fall in the camp of better safe than sorry. The author went on to recommend two “free” Anti-Virus programs. One was Sophos Anti-Virus.

Free is good and I decided to download it and give it a try.

I started a scan before I left to take photos of the Container Seven unload.

When I returned. I was surprised to see a warning from the scan. It had found a Trojan in a file. Upon inspection, it was a Windows OS file that has accidentally been brought over when I copied my backup files to this fresh environment.

The Trojan was not a danger to this system, but is a danger on Windows.

One reason to have a AV on a Mac is that, while the Mac is less vulnerable to malware and viruses, it can still be a carrier and transmit forwarded viruses to others via email and other means.

To this point, Sophos looks like a good thing to have. I will keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t consume too much CPU time.

Put On Your Work Boots

I just received a call from Tom McCormack and his seventh container will arrive in David tonight. It seems like only yesterday, I met Tom and realized what a great person he is.

This container will be ready to be unloaded tomorrow by 8:00 A.M. It will be at a Pedregal Gymnasium not far from the one used last year.

It has two orthopedic beds are going to Casa Triska near Boquete and two going to Boquete hospice as well as a much, much more.

To see last years post, for an idea of what was delivered in the last container, click HERE.

Contact Tom on his Cell (6-760-3439) and he will give instruction on how you can help and where to go.

UPDATE: October 28, 2011 – Container Seven from Heaven (AKA Tom McCormack) was unloaded this morning. There was good participation from both Panamanians and Gringos in the unloading. I had mentioned that four expensive orthopedic beds were going to the Boquete area and no one from the Boquete area assisted in the unloading.

Tom made a comment to me before I left today that those that had requested these beds will have to come to David and pick them up since they were too busy to assist with the unloading. If they can’t make arrangements to do that, Tom said he would find other homes for the beds.

I have lots of photos of this mornings activities and when I get a chance I will post them.

Container eight is in the works and will come to David, assuming there are no problems, the first week of December.

Tony Mangan Update

I received the following about a world jogger approaching Panama and almost to Costa Rica.

From……: GT
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Hi Don;
Some blog fodder!

Early summer I wrote you about a friend, Tony Mangan, jogging around the world and heading your way. Just a reminder now that he is approaching Panama. He is nearing Costa Rica and runs between 30-50+ kilometers a day depending on conditions. Today marks day 365 (1 year) and about 8,000 miles. His blog is www.theworldjog.com where he has a GPS tracker and interesting, if somewhat disjointed, accounts of his travels. Worth reading for those of us with adventurous minds and less adventurous bodies. Those wanting to meet Tony, jog with him a while, or offer support in the way of a cool drink or donation to his charity, can contact him via his blog. Don’t worry, he knows that he’s unique, but few people are as committed to a quest this difficult. Here’s a recent excerpt from his blog.

“Yesterday I ran thru a small town. They had a marching band playing as they sat in the garden of a bar. The whole band stop playing, it was the real gringo stuff of spaghetti westerns.. I haven’t shaved in a few days , I haven’t seen a mirror in two countries and I swear if someone lights a match off my stubble and says.. ” So you think you are tough gringo punk! Well you just keep on running outs town …” I will just faint.”

Enjoy.
Greg