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Monday, November 28, 2011

When It Rains . . .

Well, I guess this was coming . . .

The good;

I had taken a bit of advice from The Silver Coyote and started on a Chondroitin and Glucosamine regimen. Well, It actually did help things! My paws don't ache on a cold morning and my knees don't sound like Rice Crispies when I stand up. Thanks for the tip, SC!

The bad;

I am losing either the display inverter or the back light bulb for my trusty Dell Inspiron 1501. It's okay for a bit, then it just blacks out. I'm running it right now with a monitor backup, waiting until the screen blanks again. If I can shine a light on the screen and see images on it, the back light is bad. If it's entirely black, that would be the inverter. Just waiting now.

Anyway, still plugging away at chapter 15, some fun stuff happens in this one so maybe I'll have it hammered out soon. On a sour note, I've been called for jury duty again. No surprise, it's been thirteen months. Summons was right on time. Random selection my @$$!

Sorry for the rant.

Kellan, the disgusted old warhorse.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Computer Is Dead; Long Live The Computer . . .

An update on the situation;

Further attempts to recue the ailing computer were made this evening to no avail. I hit it with a bunch of things that could not eradicate the problem rootkit and redirect trojan.

In the end, I could not get it to start up, despite using the recovery console. Looks like I'll be purchasing a new hdd and doing a rebuild. Oh joy . . .

Looks like my evenings will be full now . . .

Kellan, the very irked old warhorse

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Something To Ponder

Okay, so I received this email and felt obligated to share it with my 'net friends.



Please forgive the interruption. One of the members of my staff found your site, and I think it may be a good match for Sosbuzz. Sosbuzz is a moderated marketplace search engine where members look for products and services. We're experiencing exponential growth in traffic, and our members may be interested in your offering. Just a bit about us (you can read more on our site below). We're the search engine that filed the patent for the Pay-After-Confirmed-Sale model, which eliminates the entire risk in advertising, as it costs businesses nothing up-front to advertise their products and services, and get the traffic they need. In our model, businesses, even service-based businesses, get to advertise at no charge until AFTER we get them a confirmed sale. Additionally, when our members make a purchase from a seller on Sosbuzz, we donate 25% of our proceeds to the Causes that our members select. This patent-pending invoicing and search model has already started to turn traditional search advertising on its head, as it benefits all parties concerned.

For more details and to register, please visit the page below:

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Do not miss the traffic we can drive to your site. I encourage you to register your site today. Please feel free to reply back with any questions you may have.


Raffi Sosikian, MBA

Founder & President

Sosbuzz, Inc


so, I will now post my reply.


Mr. Sosikian,

After having received your email concerning your business, I read it closely a few times before I decided to reply.

I am flattered that one of your staff had seen fit to bring my website to your attention. I will admit that Sosbuzz might actually drive traffic to my website, but . . .

As you might surmise by actually surfing my website, I do not sell a thing. Nothing. Nada. Zip. I'm not sure what your staffer saw in my site but I can tell you, it wasn't products or services for sale. I would almost suspect this person of just going to a site, maybe a bulletin board or forum and copying the links from that site to submit to you. I would doubly-so suspect that if that person worked for an SEO organization at some time.

So, being listed on Sosbuzz would actually be a waste of time for the both of us. I have nothing to sell, therefore my listing would be a dead end for you. In the meantime, your site would look bad for listing a site that obviously does not sell anything on the 'net.

I suggest you talk with the individual that suggested my site and explain to them, a site needs to sell a product or service to be of any use to your company. As far as I'm concerned that individual will cost you time and money that could be better spent elsewhere. If it were my business, I would be sending that person down the road with their last check right about now.

I own several other sites that do not sell products or services so I will be interested to see if you make the same offer to those 'webmasters'.

Good day,



As you can see, Mr. Sosikian probably gleaned my website from my posts on a forum. It's very obvious that he (or his alleged staffer) never visited my site. Not surprising, probably an SEO taking things to a new level.

I get the offers all the time for 'reciprocal links' where th person puts your links on a page that is not found on the website's main page, but expecting you to put their link front and center. I think this guy is just a better version of the same scam.

Hope you all got a good giggle from this.


Kellan, the old warhorse.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday's Musings

Chapter 16 of "End Game" has been sent to my proofers so hopefully they will send back enough to be posted. Chapters 16 and 17 will tie "End Game" and "Defiance" together solidly, leaving no doubt as to where the two stories began and ended.

"End Game" will not stop there, however. There is still one more romp before it's over. I.E., the tigress has not sung yet.

On another note, I've been working on a HP pavilion a847c desktop computer that was given to a friend. It had the drive wiped on it so it was bare (no OS) when he received it.

I started to load Win XP pro on it and I started to run into problems. First was the problem that the installer couldn't write to the hdd. Took the drive (Maxtor 160Gb SATA), diagnosed it as bad and replaced it with a WD 320Gb SATA.

Another attempt at installation found a stick of RAM bad. Funny layout, too. 256 meg stick in Dimm 0, 1 gb in Dimm 1, 256 meg in Dimm 3. That 1 gb stick was bad, so we used the remaining two sticks to get it up and running.

Initial install went smoothly, then we attempted to install drivers. Now the fun began. It seems the hdd was set as I:\ not C:\. The HP drivers would try to unpack to a non-existant C drive, then fail and abort. Numerous attempts to correct the drive letter issue failed so I dug into the system further. I subsequently found where some joker, not knowing to press the clip in to unplug a SATA drive, had pulled the plastic guide away from the pins on the MOBO for the SATA 1 position! FARK!!

Now I'm researching just how to fix this, since the friend in question is on disability and he has no money for buy a new computer. Maybe I can scavenge the connector from somewhere and cobble it onto the board. Oh Well . . .

Anyway, look for Chapter 16 of "End Game" soon.

Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tomorrow . . .

Well, I'm on edge this morning. Why you ask? Because tomorrow, Tuesday the 27th, is my surgery date for my cataract removal.

I've had it done before and it wasn't such a big deal so don't ask me why I'm nervous this time.

If I seem to fall silent for a few days on the 'net, this is why. I'll need to get some reader glasses so I can see to use the computer. I won't be able to do that until my post-operative eye settles down a few days after surgery.

Wish me luck,

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Troubles With The Commenting System

Just a note for all of you-

The commenting system I am using for my blog right now seems to be kind of sketchy as of late. If your comments arent showing, just wait a little while. JS-Kit's servers seem to be down at the moment.

Have a great week-end,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Computer Cart!

Well, I'm typing this while sitting at a real computer cart! Yay!

I had been looking for a hutch or cart for some time now for my laptop and just by a conicidence, a co-worker gave me a cart, a chair and a set of speakers! The cart is of the type I was looking for and the chair was immediately claimed by my tigress.

It took a bit to fit it into our 820 Sq. Ft. of living space but it is nice to actually not hurt while typing! I think this was the best deal in a while.

Still working on chapter 4 while chapter 3 or "End Game" is still being edited/proofed.

Slainte M'hath!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Just Checking In

I thought I might check in just to prove I'm still around.

Went to work sick with a serious cold/cough this week so I'm very under the weather. Gah, it seems like I have been sick forever. At least I feel a little better today so maybe I'm on the mend.

I know where my friend SC will be tomorrow; watching the Canucks and the Yanks battle it out on the ice. I'm kind of torn by this, since there are many great American hockey players and a number of great Canadian players. At any rate, the Gold remains in North America regardless. I hope I can watch the game and I'm not nodding off like I have been doing today.

I was really hoping for some better weather this weekend because I really wanted to get some shots of my hometown of Niles. I wanted to capture the railroad station now that it has been moved back to downtown but it's raining off and on right now. Maybe tomorrow.

"End Game" apparently has gone over well with my proofers so I hope to get the next chapter done this weekend. That's if I can stay awake. Isn't if funny how cold medication makes you sleepy? Oh well ... 8)

Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturday's Blog

I had made some plans to do some things today but I'm sick with a cold. Yay me.

I decided to try to salvage the day by posting Chapter 1 of "End Game"  for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!


Kellan, the old warhorse.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

General News

I want to start by saying I'm rather disappointed ... it seems nobody may have read the last posting.

*looks down at post below this one*

Anyway, I'm having to swap over from Haloscan commenting system to Echo by JS-kit. If the site looks a bit wonky for a day or two, that's me adjusting the new code.


Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, January 04, 2010

Wanted: Proof Reader

As you would guess by the title I am looking for a proof reader for the next tome that I will spit out.


  • Must be very familiar with "The Immortal Warriors" series, the "Transitions" series and the assorted works of Aslaug, The Silver Coyote and Tigermark.
  • Having some familiarity with "A Little Nothing", "A Little Something" and "Surt Show" would be a bonus.
  • May have read "Zig Zag The Story" and "Identity Crisis" or have some familiarity with them.
  • Use OpenOffice. I hate M$ Word! 8P
  • Be able to proof and return with comments in one week approx. 10 to 12 pages.
  • Be able to deal with 2 to 3 chapters a month.

If you think you are interested, email me at kellan (AT) kellanmeigh (DOT) com. Please include a short (2-3 pages) of your work if I am not familiar with yours or point me to your works on the web.

Slainte M'hath!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Sunday, January 03, 2010

First Blog Of 2010

I'll start this first blog of the new year by wishing all of my friends a Happy New Year.

I'm sitting here, being a good hubby by helping to do the laundry. My tigress and I are both sick I have the flu and I hope her's is just a bad cold. I know I've been very ill, actually missing out on a number of get-togethers with family and friends.

My companions have been Sudafed, Mucinex, Afrin nasal spray and an occasional dose of Robitussin DM for my cough. I know my friend The Silver Coyote would possibly suggest I ingest something amber colored, at least 80 proof to go along with the other more traditional medication. It probably would have helped.

I'm still trying to wind up "A Loss Of Rights" and I would guess my illness has made it hard to keep a line of thought going. I start typing and the idea just disappears in my mind. Hopefully I will be able to get back on track with this.

The storyboard for the next "Immortal Warrior" saga is coming along nicely and I hope to start posting the first chapters in March. What I will need is a proofreader for this story. I have noticed that my typing, for some reason, has become very sloppy. A good proofer would be a great help to me. Let me know if you're interested.

Anyway, I have to help put the laundry into the dryer so I better cut this short.


Kellan, the old warhorse

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Blog Of 2009

This is the last blog for the year 2009 so I thought I would share a few of my musings with all of you.

2009 has been a very challenging year for us here at Casa Del Meig'h. It started with the new year, finding us trying to cope with my being out on workman's compensation due to an injured back. I eventually recovered enough to return to work only to find myself the only tech on duty for several months.

We had made a few plans that were derailed by the need to help family members to get by until they found employment. Oh well, maybe next year.

Anyway, that brings us to today. Here I sit, sick with a nasty head cold. I'm going to cut this off and head out to get something to make me feel just a little better. After that, I'm going to set down and storyboard "End Game", the penultimate saga for Torvald and Victoria Svensen.

Wishing all of my family and friends a joyous New Year,

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is here and I took a moment to celebrate (an impromptu Blöt) this time of the year when the days would begin to get longer. In proper fashion, I opened a drink and gave thanks for the little things in my life that brought me joy and happiness. I'm thankful for my family, my many friends, my health and a steady job.

The drink, strong like a Nordic Mead:


And a pic of our hills (Mission Peak Wiki ) the day after our recent storm:


Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:17 AM
Edited on: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 7:33 AM
Categories: Computing, Family, Friends, General Blogging, Health

Monday, December 21, 2009

Of Spammers and Forums

I have a few forums that I administrate and it is kind of hilarious the attempts at spamming the board. Most of it is by 'Bot' that can sign up on PHPBB automatically. One forum I set a delay of one minute before it would accept a registration and that stopped the spammers cold. The other forum, one that refuses to upgrade to a higher revision, I set for administrator approval. Now this is where it gets funny.

Almost all signups are by 'Bot' so the bot chooses an avatar for the 'user'. I took the default avatar and changed it with Paint Shop Pro into the following icon-


You know not a soul would pick that icon! Well ... maybe a few would. Anyway, after I see they're using this avatar, I go to Stop Forum Spam and check their I.P. address against known spammers. If they show there, they're gone. I usualy ban their IP, too. In drastic cases, I report them to their ISP while I'm at it.

I have to do some Christmas shopping later today so I need to get ready.

Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday Evening

Okay, so I have installed XP Pro and a few productivity programs so I can work for the moment. I can say with all honesty some programmers have never used their programs. Teric, this is not aimed at you, just so you know.

I tried to install Thunderbird and Firefox on my laptop only to be thwarted at every turn when I tried to copy over my files/settings. It finally came down to brute force that I was able to do so but not the accepted way.

I installed Thunderbird and then brute-force copied from my old installation the whole program and identity file. Same for the favorites in Firefox. Unorthodox but it worked. I was aided by turning the old drive into an external USB device for copying. Added a whole $13.oo USD to the grand total but what the hey, it worked.

Anyway, the laptop had never ran so crisp. I'm pleased, so far.

Kellan, the old warhorse

Monday's Musings

Okay, I did the deed and my laptop is no longer saddled with Vista, the worst piece of malware to be found on the Internet. It now runs XP Pro SP3 and I am so happy.

Of interest, if you have a laptop and you're installing a new Hdd, it might behoove you to obtain a USB enclosure to simplify transferring your documents. That's what I will be doing later on today, when I go get some Sudafed for my stuffy head.

Take care,


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

Okay, what's the last thing you want to see on your computer screen?

"Operating system not found"

Yeah, I was greeted by that bit of information this morning when I attempted to boot my laptop. Several reboots later I was up and running but let me tell you, I'm kinda in a rush now to back up my information and get this over with.

I now have a Western Digital 320 Gb Hdd to replace the original and hopefully, I will have my laptop up and running XP Pro in a few days.

Tomorrow's my birthday so I will be away from the 'net to spend some time with my family.

Take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

Wednesday, May 20, 2009



PlanetFurry came back up a few minutes ago, 20May2009 @ 0920 hrs central time.

Kellan, the old warhorse

Just some information

For my friends that frequent PlanetFurry-

I know that some of you may have not read that the server for PlanetFurry was being moved. I know it was scheduled for 23May2009 but I guess there was some reason that Hikaru had to move it sooner. That was 2200 hrs central time on 18May2009. PF was supposed to be back up in 24 hours but as you all know, there are unforseen troubles that might crop up. As of now, 0840 hrs pacific time, 20May2009, PF is still down. If I hear something more, I will post it.

Kellan, the old warhorse.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday's Explanation

So, my hosting Co. finally answered my email asking if there was a problem.

This is what they sent me;


Dear Customer:

An upgrade to the mysql server caused unexpected performance issues

resulting in connection issues. It has been reverted back to restore

service. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your


Thank you,


I thought you were supposed to test these things before going live.


Kellan, the old warhorse

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 9:27 PM
Categories: Computing, General Blogging

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday's Oddities ...

Have you ever seen this?


General Error

SQL ERROR [ mysql4 ]

Too many connections [1040]

An sql error occurred while fetching this page. Please contact an administrator if this problem persists.


I believe that someone is attempting a brute force attack against the forum I host here and on another family website.

How goes your Sunday?


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wednesday's Blog for 4/22/09

Here's a little treat for all of my (two?) readers. Steam locomotive #UP844 coming through the Centerville station at about 40 miles per hour, enroute to Sacramento. Be sure to look at the related videos after you watch mine and remember to turn your speakers off if you're at work. That whistle is loud!

Just a little blog for today. The weather's been cooler but the muse is still missing in action.

I will try to take some pictures at the Woodland, CA Scottish games for all to see.


Kellan, the old warhorse.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Usual Stuff

Updates at a ridiculous hour of the morning-

Well, Chapter 24 of "A Loss Of Rights" is up for your reading pleasure. Anybody want to cop to reading this stuff? Hmm?

Still looking for a HTML editor that won't break my limited budget. I really grew to like DreamWeaver CS4 but it's way too expensive at $399 street.

I tried to use NetObjects Fusion but it wouldn't install on Vista. Yeah, I know that's most likely the problem (Vista) but their answer to the problem of why their trial version wouldn't install was 'buy the full version'. Yeah, as if I had fell off the turnip truck yesterday.

I'm currently evaluating (30 day trial) CoffeCup HTML editor and so far, it seems to work. I still have two others as backups but I wanted a more 'on the fly' editing capability. Must be my old age. My backups are Evrsoft 1stPage2000 and the other, more reliable one is PSPad.

By the way, if you're going to Further Confusion 2010, the con-rate rooms are now available to the public. They will go fast so make sure to reserve a room before Sunday night. They will most likely be all gone by Monday, if last year is any indication.

Well, that's all for now, I think I will shuffle off to bed and try to get some rest. I bicycled a few miles and worked out with some weights today.

Take care and have a nice weekend, if you can. Catch ya on the flip side!

Kellan, the old warhorse

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Sunday's Blog for February First

Just a short blog for Sunday

Chapter 21 of A Loss Of Rights has been posted for your reading pleasure.

On another note, a lot of you know I use a Dell Inspiron 1501 for my writing. Here recently, I took it to bed with me to do some writing before turning in. Because I was exhausted, I failed to plug it in to the wall, leaving me running on battery power only. That wouldn't be an issue if I had the high capacity battery except I don't.

Anyways, I wasn't paying attention to the power level so consequently my laptop ran out of juice. Not feeling up to plugging it in and rebooting to the carnage left behind, I waited until the next day to start it back up. I was welcomed by a new chunk of verbage on my screen;

"Warning: The Battery cannot be identified. This system will be unable to charge this battery."

Well, this really upset me at first, thinking my laptop was destined for an early grave. After much searching online, ti was suggested to flash the bios to a new level. I did so, finding it indeed fixed the problem.

Anyway, still trying to recover from this flu that went around. Hopefully I will be better in a week or so.

Be well and take care,

Kellan, the old warhorse

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tuesday's Notes

I'm letting y'all know,

Chapter 18 of "A Loss Of Rights" is up!

By the way, I received a very nice Christmas card from my friend Aslaug yesterday evening. It's always nice to see someone take the time to actually use nib and ink to write a nice note to someone. Thank you for thinking of us.

Take care,


Quick Notes for Monday

Just a note for y'all -

I have completed the tractor portion upload for the new gallery area.

Still no chapter 18, though. Sorry.

Just to see who's paying attention, what it this?

Made by Glengyle

Leave me a comment if you know or want to guess what it is.

Take care,


Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 1:18 AM
Categories: Computing, General Blogging

Thursday, December 18, 2008

And The Winner Is ...

Ladies and Gentlemen, Femmes and Males, The winner is .... (drum roll please)

Aslaug! Yay!!

Yup, you read that right! Aslaug was the first to discover my forum and post!

Your prize is ... uh ... um ... erm ... well, I'll think of something!

*blushes in embarrassment*

And here's a pic of the old warhorse, ready to step out on the town in a kilt!

So anyways, that's all for tonight! Have a nice evening!


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

There's Something New Here ...

There's something new at Casa Del Meig'h but you'll have to find it on your own! First one to locate it wins!

Kellan <big grin>

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Tuseday's Ramblings

Tuesday's News

As some of you may well know, our city is trying to lure away the Oakland A's to the City of Fremont. This is bad because we have no places anywhere near transportation where they can build a stadium.

The real bad part is our mayor is so hell-bent to see the A's here to the point that he doesn't care if they still use the moniker "Oakland A's of Fremont."

Now anybody can see that this would be confusing as all get out. We would be advertising for Oakland and nobody will remember the A's are in Fremont.

This is what happens when Public servants have no clue when to step down. He openly admitted we have only 9 policemen at night to protect the city. How will they referee the after game melee's that occur?

Oh Well ...

Take Care,


Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:09 PM
Edited on: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 11:01 PM
Categories: Computing, General Blogging, Ranting, Sheer Stoopidity

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Thursday's Blog

OK, Thursday's blog is a comparison of two WYSIWYG HTML editing programs.

The first one is a well-known one called Dreamweaver from while the contender is an unknown from called CompoZer.

First up is Dreamweaver. It took some 20 minutes to download on broadband. This it totally unacceptable for a download time. I then took about 30 minutes installing it. Again, totally unacceptable. Upon running the program, I discovered the help files are online and unusable to do simple things like finding out how to link a page to a stylesheet.

The contender, CompoZer, is the upgrade to Nvu, which has no further development going on it. CompoZer is almost like Dreamweaver in the way that it runs, except it takes just a few minutes to download and install. This program has decent help files included that will tell you how to do simple things like link your stylesheet. there is a forum for help with this program, too.

The bottom line-Dreamweaver for $399 street or CompoZer for $0 (freeware)? Guess where my money's going!

CompoZer, for Win32, MacOSX, Linux tarball, Debian, Redhat rpm, and source code to roll your own.

Y'all take care,


Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 4:05 PM
Categories: Computing, General Blogging

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Saturday's Update

OK all,

The latest chapter of "A Loss Of Rights" (16) has been posted and I've properly updated the recipe for dried apricot pie.

Have a nice weekend and don't get trampled to death like that poor Wal*Mart worker did in New York! What a tragedy!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pushing The Envelope ...

OK, I'll go ahead and admit it, I'm in over my head here. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated.

I was asked by my brother to cook an apricot pie for Thanksgiving dinner at his place. Not a fresh apricot pie but a dried apricot pie made with dried California apricots It's been a while since I have done any baking to speak of so I'll be winging this one for sure. For those interested, here's the recipe, courtesy of my niece Karen

Apricot Pie by Karen, modified by Kellan, the old warhorse.

This pie, rather than being made from fresh apricots that would be unavailable at this time of the year, it's made from dried apricots instead. The fruit is somewhat chunked in the pie and it's flavored to be sweet and tart at the same time. It was a family tradition for Thanksgiving and Christmas when I was growing up. When my mother passed away, she took the recipe with her but after years of trial and error by Karen and myself, we have reconstructed the recipe.

Ingredients: (Sorry Aslaug, if I messed up on the conversions to metric for you)

  • 1 pound (.45 kg) of dried California apricots. Don't use Mediterranean 'cots because the pie will be different-a whole 'nother taste! (note* This actually worked out to 18 oz. of apricots, Sun Maid brand that came in 6 oz. packages)
  • 3/4 cups (177 ml) of sugar
  • 3 cups (710 ml) water
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) cornstarch
  • Pastry for 1 pie shell and top (9" to 9.5" pan)


Put apricots, sugar, water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Lower to a simmer for 45 minutes or until the filling is the consistency of warm, chunky jam. This cooking down process needs to be done uncovered to partly break down the apricots so you will need to add water from time to time.

Once the filling is at that proper consistency, put the cornstarch in 1/4 cup (60 ml) of cold water and stir in. This will thicken the filling for you. Cook for a about 10 more minutes until thickened and allow to cool. While the filling is cooling to room temperature, prepare lower shell and have it at the ready along with the top. You may make your pie dough from scratch or from a mix, your choice.

Put the filling into the pie shell and cover with the top, being sure to put at least 4 steam holes in it. Cook for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees or until the crust is golden brown. It will help if you cover the edges of the pie with foil or a burn ring to keep the edges from getting burnt.This pie will need to cool before being served. You will know that you thickened it properly when the filling stays completely inside the slice when served.

This is it, ladies and gentlemen. Your mileage may vary. I will report on the progress as I go. Stay tuned, y'all hear!


Note* Edited recipe quantities

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:08 PM
Edited on: Saturday, November 29, 2008 11:38 AM
Categories: Computing, Cooking, Family, Friends, General Blogging, Humor, Over My Head, Writings

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday's Blog

OK, so the Chinese Internet co. got back to me with a price to protect my branding. How about $750 USD for 5 years? Hmm, how important is it to have the Asian domain extensions? The bad part is the fact that if I don't use them, some other outfit will. Geez ...

Anyway, updates. Did you ever wonder what Torvald's Franciscas looked like?


OK, for the stories:

The last chapter of "The Price Of Worship", #25 will be posted for Saturday along with Chapter 15 of "A Loss Of Rights." Hope you all enjoyed the former and are still enjoying the latter!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Cleartype and Vista ...

Let me preface this by saying I hate Vista!

I was trying to smooth out the screen fonts on my Dell 1501 and for the life of me, Cleartype looks worse than normal font smoothing! Arrgh! Why I even bother sometimes ...

Well, seems Mazatlan wasn't good enough for my muse. She left there and went to Cancun again and then I finally caught up with her whereabouts when the hotel in Acapulco called my house, confirming that is was OK for *her* to charge this fling to my card!

I could hear her in the background, begging for them just to do it and not ask me but I prevailed. I told the desk clerk she had to give me inspiration or no card. I then heard her begin sobbing in the background. Once on the line, she apologized profusely but offered up little in the way of inspiration for the old warhorse. I reminded her I held her fate in my paws but she still didn't offer up much. I then pointed out to her that she wouldn't get paid jack to wash dishes for her lodging so she cut loose. Damn her! It was a racy, dirty, sex-laden, smutty tome that obviously was more appropriate for other venues and not I heard her laughing maniacally as she hung up the phone. She charged a week at a Holiday Inn on my card, too! Just wait until I get my paws on her ...

Anyway, there was a storyline under that smut story that might make a good short ditty, as soon as I remove ALL the smutty stuff. Thanks, muse, I'll get even with you ...

Have a safe week, all.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Interesting ...

I was trying to send and receive email only to discover my domain host's email server must be down. For any of you that were trying to contact me since Friday, that's the reasons why. There are a few of you that know me from PF, so send me a PM there. Joan, send an email to me at my yahoo addy if you need to contact me. SC, if you need to email me, PM me for that addy. 8-)

Hope everyone has a safe weekend!



The servers are back up now. I guess it might have been a glitch or something ...


Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 8:14 AM
Categories: Computing, General Blogging

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Windoze Media Player is St00pid! (my little filly says so)

Well, Here's the gist of this Sunday's Blog-

Window$ Vista Home Basic is very strange ...

Windows Media Player will not play the audio component of an .ASF file (the format that my Aiptek Video Camera records in).

Windows Picture Gallery has no qualms about playing the video w/ the audio! Go figure. I tried to find and update the audio codec required for WMP to play the said format only to discover it just doesn't work! 8-(

I have to put up with this until October, when the warranty expires. Then I do the ultimate upgrade to it: Windows XP pro or some flavor of linux!

Friday, May 02, 2008

The Friday Blog

This Friday finally arrived and with it a feeling that things will be better after my work shift is over.

I'm using my bicycles to get to work now that gas has hit a ridiculous price. It's only 5 miles to work so the ultimate plan is to take clean clothes to work via truck on Mondays and bring them home Friday by truck or a 'Bob' trailer. It's a mazing how quickly your quadriceps get that 'cut' look after battling our afternoon wind home.

The mountain bike has knobbie tires so it's not very fast on the pavement. That I can deal with. The road bike, a vintage Schwinn Le Tour Luxe, needs a new wheel set Because it's a 27" set and not the modern 700 wheels, I will have to pay a little more for my wheel set when I locate a source.

A friend contacted me to let me know he read my recent blog. I'm glad he did because I was somewhat worried about him and what he was having to deal with. I wish him a bit of peace to his life right now. Take care, friend.

Anyway, I better post this, do the rest of my digital necessities this morning, boot the cat off my lap, get dressed and off to work. May all of you have a pleasant weekend.


Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:36 AM
Edited on: Friday, May 02, 2008 7:38 AM
Categories: Computing, Friends

Friday, April 11, 2008

Virus on a stick...

We use computers at my work for various things ...

I work for a school district as a Low Volt Technician. As such, I use my laptop (a Dell Latitude 510) to interface with various systems and for my documents and spreadsheets.

We needed to share a few files recently and I had my system react strangely to having the boss's flash drive stick placed into a USB port. It tried to autorun (I have that turned off by default) and the first few menu choices showed a strange, code-like selection. Just about that time, my antivirus (AVG) went off, complaining of two items on the stick.

#1 was fooool.exe (yes, 4 letter o's!)

#2 was explorer.exe

Both were identified by my antivirus as being trojans. I cleaned the stick with my antivirus and formatted it, getting rid of the weird entries in the menu. A few weeks later we needed to share files again and lo and behold, the virus was back! Worse yet, my co-worker put the stick into his computer (the Dell Latitude 510 w/o antivirus ... I know, it should have had something ...8-P) and transferred the trojans to his laptop!

Well, I spent the better part of the day trying to clean up this mess. The stick was easy ... AVG was used once again, disinfecting it properly. The laptop, however was caught in a loop due to Spybot S&D trying to warn of an registry entry change by the trojan. I found file #1 and deleted it only to have a long, painful search for the second file (hidden by default), all the while the warning pane looping in the bottom right hand corner. The file was finally found hiding in C:\Windows\system32! I found it only because I had a nearly identical laptop to set next to it and compare files. What a day!

While all of this was going on, a not-so-savvy fellow worker kept suggesting that the trojans piggybacked their way onto our systems via freeware that I use. He thinks that if you don't pay for it, it's full of virus/trojans/etc.

Day before yesterday, my partner was going to use his now-cleaned and antivirus'd laptop to interface with a fire alarm panel. Well, this was a bust since the software couldn't open COM1 for some reason. Mr. not-so-savvy suggests it's the freeware again and that I don't know cr@p about computing in general. For the record, that freeware amounts to puTTy, Spybot S&D, AVG and Adaware.

I get the laptop dumped back into my lap (well, asked to look at it by my partner) and I spend another 3 hours looking for an answer to my problem. the answer was the APC Powerchute© software running on startup, grabbing control of the com port and not releasing it for the fire alarm software to use it! So much for paid-for software! You don'tknow how much I wanted to delete that stinking APC software! Grrr!

Anyway, other than that,I had a wonderful week! How was yours?

Type to ya later,


Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:44 PM
Categories: Computing, Ranting, Work

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Bulletin Boards are NOT all the same ...

So ... I was trying to get my Phorum software to configure and the site was getting slower and slower. I plowed ahead, trying my best to configure the site for my family's eventual use. I was trying to get the avatar function to work when I noticed that I had too many registered users. Like thousands too many!

I deleted a bunch only to have more show up. I noted that my logs showed somebody trying to re-run setup, trying to take over the board. Not good at all. My only line of defense was to take it down, physically. Yeah, I deleted it.

It was a tragic end to my BB, teaching me a lesson. A hard one. You must have "Captcha's" on your site to stop bots.

Anyway, I have a new BB up, powered by PHPBB. I have been working with it to make sure it's bulletproof and stable. To that end, I am running a mirror version of it on xampplite on a sandbox machine. It has already shown that one styles set breaks the code, stopping you from posting. Once I have it dialed in, I will put a similar one up here at My Site to discuss things related to my writings.

The BB is here: RayStankewitzDotCom

Check it out and tell me what you think.

(A tired) Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:33 AM
Edited on: Thursday, April 03, 2008 12:38 AM
Categories: Computing, Sheer Stoopidity

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The trials and tribulations of Windows Vista Home Basic

Do you use Vista?

I decided about a year ago that I would purchase a laptop for my writing. I diligently saved up my nickels and dimes until I had a small sum of currency set aside for the venture to come. I began to search around for the best bang for the economy buck, only to discover the fact that I would have to drive about 35 miles to reach a kiosk that allowed me to order a Dell© laptop. To be specific, it's a Dell© Inspiron 1501 with a 120Gb Hdd, 2Gb of RAM (now) and a CD burner/DVD Rom combo.

Before you email me to chastize the old warhorse for purchasing a Dell©, let me point out that I am more than pleased with its function. It did have a few shortcomings, however. It came with only 1Gb of RAM that I had to upgrade to 2Gb almost immediately. Vista is a RAM hog, I will point out. The other issue was with Vista itself. Some of our programs wouldn't run on Vista at all so we had to search out replacement programs to get back into the swing of things.

So where am I going with this, you ask? I was around computers before the personal computer was a viable option. There was DOS and a crude MS Windows OS that rode on top of DOS. How many of you remember typing "win" and hitting return to start windows? With every new iteration of Windows, more new features were brought out to make us more productive along with new bugs to make us horrified at the different ways we could accidentally invoke the 'BSOD', the blue screen of death that meant the OS had crashed and you were looking at a reboot at the every least with all of your hard-hacked data corrupted or just plain missing in action.

So what does this have to do with the price of oil in the middle east, you ask? I had my first BSOD out of Vista tonight. It rebooted after this funky blue screen with unreadable text on it came up. I ran all of my diagnostic tools on the Ol' Inspiron laptop only to be told it was in good working order. Oh Well, the more I use Vista, the more accustomed I get to its quirks. Only time will tell if I do the ultimate upgrade to it; Windows XP or some flavor of Linux.

As always, email the old warhorse HERE with your comments.


Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 12:08 AM
Edited on: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:17 AM
Categories: Computing

Monday, March 17, 2008

First entry for new blog!

OK, so here goes nothing ...
I have configured this so I can blog with a dedicated program, not relying on HTML to get it done. Let me know what you think.
you can return to the main site HERE
I will have this up and running better in the next few days so hang in there.
I will give you a link to the old archive pages too as soon as I figure this out better.
Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:10 PM
Edited on: Monday, March 17, 2008 10:30 PM
Categories: Computing