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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 15, 2005
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. – Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi, 1893 – 1986
Source: The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time, Edited by John M. Shanahan, Copyright © 1999, http://isbn.nu/0060194111
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Perhaps you've heard the story of Johnny Lingo, a man who lived in the South Pacific. The islanders all spoke highly of him. He was strong, good-looking, and very intelligent. But when it came time for him to find a wife, people shook their heads in disbelief. The woman Johnny chose was plain, skinny, and walked with her shoulders hunched and her head down. She was very hesitant and shy. She was also a bit older than the other married women in the village, which did nothing for her value.
But this man loved her. What surprised everyone most was Johnny's offer. In order to obtain a wife, you paid for her by giving her father cows. Four to six cows was considered a high price. The other villagers thought he might pay two or even three cows at the most. But he gave eight cows for her!!
Everyone chuckled about it, since they believed his father-in-law put one over on him. Some thought it was a mistake.
Several months after the wedding, a visitor from the United States came to the Islands to trade and heard the story of Johnny Lingo and his eight-cow wife. Upon meeting Johnny and his wife the visitor was totally taken aback, since this wasn't a shy, plain, and hesitant woman, but one who was beautiful, poised, and confident.
The visitor asked about this transformation, and Johnny Lingo's response was very simple. "I wanted an eight-cow woman, and when I paid that for her and treated her in that fashion, she began to believe that she was an eight-cow woman. She discovered she was worth more than any other woman in the islands. "And what matters most is what a woman thinks of herself."
Source: Christian Voices, http://www.christianvoices.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
"Close the curtains," demanded our two-year old. "The sun is looking at me too hard."
Asked when he would turn six, our five-year old grandson said, "When I'm tired of being five."
As I frantically waved a white dish towel at a pesky fly one night after supper, my daughter observed, "Maybe it thinks you're surrendering."
When I told my daughter that her aunt had just given birth and the baby looked like her uncle, she replied, "You mean he has a moustache?"
While shampooing my four-year old one night, I noted how long his hair was getting and that we'd need to get it cut soon. He said, "Maybe we shouldn't water it so much."
Impressed by our son's five-year old vocabulary, my friend complimented him. He nonchalantly responded, "I have words in my head I haven't even used, yet."
Source: Mark Mail, http://mrhumor.net/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
After enlisting in the 82nd Airborne Division, I eagerly asked my Recruiter what I could expect from jump school.
"Well," he said, "it's three weeks long."
"What else," I asked.
"The first week they separate the men from the boys," he said. "The second week, they separate the men from the fools."
"And the third week?" I asked.
"The third week, the fools jump."
Source: ArcaMax - Jokes, http://tinyurl.com/9kf44
To defrag or not to defrag
Question. I heard computer-savvy people are advising against defragmenting Windows. Supposedly, this causes hard-drive wear, since information is written to opposite sides of the disk. Is this correct?
Answer. To defrag or not to defrag? There's not much proof on either side of this argument. But more importantly, there's not much of an argument. An overwhelming majority of computer professionals recommend regular disk defragmenting, including me.
I agree that the hard drive works hard during defragmentation. It's also true that each operation brings it closer to eventual breakdown. However, that ignores the long-term benefits of defragmentation.
I usually recommend defragmentation to return some speed to a computer. But it can also spare your hard drive from wear and tear.
A fragmented drive will suffer the stress that you're looking to prevent. The read-write head will skip around the disk to find fragments of files.
If you regularly defrag, the hard drive gets an occasional workout. If you don't, it can be stressed constantly. And the more fragmentation, the worse the unnecessary wear becomes.
For anyone new to defragmentation, try Windows' Disk Defragmenter. To find it, click Start>>All Programs>> Accessories>>System Tools>>Disk Defragmenter. In XP and 2000, click the Analyze button. Disk Defragmenter can tell you if it needs to run.
Fragmentation happens naturally as files are deleted and saved. Deleted files leave gaps of space. Windows may then save new files as fragments to fill the gaps. To open these files, the different fragments must be found and reassembled.
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