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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 17, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

One ought every day to listen to a little song, read a beautiful poem, see a worthwhile painting and if possible, say a few sensible words. - Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749 – 1832)

Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://home.comcast.net/~mrs.carol/


A young man left the parental roof to wander in the mire of sin and dissipation. His father’s yearning heart moved him to place in every den of iniquity a picture of himself with the words underneath, “Son, come home.”

After the lapse of four long years, on one dark night the young man entered a gambling-hell; he saw the picture, and read the words. Memory was aroused; the hapless wanderer burst into tears, and he determined to return to the home of his childhood.

When he reached it, about three o’clock in the morning, he found the door unbolted, and a light burning in the window. He asked his father why the door was left unfastened at such an unseasonable hour. The father explained, “During these four years that I have lost your track, the door has always been left open, and every night the lamp has been burning; for I knew that some time you would come back to me.”

Why wander longer in exile, when a royal welcome awaits your return? The Father has left His light burning, the door is still open wide.

By Thoro Harris

Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) January 14, 1903, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Automobile/Truck Business Comments We Hate To Hear:

Sorry, your car just went out of warranty! But, it's only a $300 job.

This here pickup drives like a mean kitty, even though it's got 160,000 miles!

The missus will love that yellow color. You know it was once a very gently run cab in New York City!

We never roll back the odometer.

Are you buying a truck today or are you here just here to kick some tires?

This baby's gonna sell fast. You won't see it on the lot tomorrow!

Cigarette smoke. Oh, sure, we can get rid of that... right, Eustus?

Sure, we can replace that bulb. 30 minutes and $15.99 plus tax.

How 'bout that paint job and after the flood! Great work, huh!

It's your lucky day. I'll give you 10% right off that sticker price now, just because I like you!

Sir, please step over here to the lift and look under the car. It doesn't look good. See that reddish drip? Transmission's shot. We can put in a rebuilt for $1,500. Pretty good deal!

Hey, checking all over town for prices?... We can save you a lot of gas. Best deal in town!

Yup, it's loaded to the max, but I will tell you... Today's your lucky day!

C'mon, take the key and let's test ride this doozy of a car!

This pre-owned monster truck really runs good... You don't even need a warranty!

This truck bed can carry 20,000 pounds... Where else are you going to find that?...and it's just been repainted!

Brakes, shocks, springs... man, you're in luck. It is not nearly as bad as I first guessed!

One car owner, a kindergarten teacher, who never took it above 50!

This was once a "black and white." Take it for a spin and floor it. She moves!

See those balding spots? Real unsafe. You need four new tires!

Sure, it's the dealer's car. He treated it like his own!

Look at that exhaust... grey-blackish... I am afraid you need a new engine.

Submitted by Natowsky


With so much of their income taxed to balance the budget, the big problem for most folks is how to budget the balance.

Submitted by Andrew

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Computers 101
By Erin, Computer Tips, WorldStart.com

You're always talking about having a second hard drive on hand and I was thinking about getting an external one, but I'm not sure what to look for. Can you give me some hints? Thank you!

Oh, what a great question! After reading through this question, I immediately went and did a search in our archives, because I thought for sure we had done a tip on this before. But, much to my surprise, there was nothing to be found. I couldn't believe we hadn't covered this topic before. It's definitely one that a lot of you could get some good use out of. So, that's exactly why I'm going to take care of this one today. There's no use waiting any longer. Let's get right down to it!

First of all, you might be wondering why it's a good idea to buy an external hard drive. Well, the main purpose for one is to act as a backup option for your computer. If something were to go wrong with your regular hard drive, you could easily switch over to this one, without losing anything. It also adds a lot of portability to your data. With an external hard drive, you can take your data anywhere you need to go. They're very simple to use and they always seem to come in handy!

Alright, with all of that said, here are five tips you can use when buying an external hard drive:

1.) Go With a Brand Name - When it comes to external hard drives, it's best to buy a brand name. Yes, it may cost you a little more, but it will save you in the long run. If you go with a name you don't recognize, you're really only going to get what you pay for. (Yes, the saying is true!) A hard drive made by a "not so well known" company may end up breaking down faster than another brand would and so on. Another good reason to buy a brand name is the warranty that comes with it. If something does go wrong with your drive, you can always have it fixed right away. On the other hand, with other companies, you might have a little trouble contacting them and actually getting your hard drive repaired. So, if you don't want to deal with all that hassle, go with a brand name. You'll thank me later!

2.) Search It Out - It's best to do some research before you go out and buy a new external hard drive. You can use Google (or any of your other favorite search engines) to do this. You can search out the different brands and model types beforehand and that will really help you when you go to purchase the hard drive. If you have a specific type in mind that you want to buy, look for some reviews and any feedback you can find. That information will help you to see how reliable a certain hard drive really is. You may be surprised at some of the things you find, but at least you'll know you're getting the best hard drive for your money!

3.) Check the Connectivity - When you're buying an external hard drive, you'll want to pay attention to the connection type it has. The one you purchase will either connect via USB or Firewire. Now, Firewire is the fastest choice, but your computer may not have that type of connectivity. In that case, you'll need to find one that will work with your computer, which will probably be a USB version (most all computers these days have USB ports). You'll then also need to check on the USB connection you have. Do you have USB 1.0 or 2.0? It's likely that you'll have 2.0, but if you only have 1.0, you'll need to find a hard drive that will support that as well. Without the proper connections, the whole thing is pointless, so you really need to pay attention to this aspect of it.

4.) Speed - You don't want a hard drive that runs as slow as molasses, do you? I didn't think so! In that case, you need to look for a hard drive that is going to give you the speed you want. When it comes down to it, the faster your hard drive performs, the faster your data will be transferred to your computer, etc. With that in mind, there are three things you need to check out when you go to buy your drive. First is the seek time. This needs to be 10ms or less. Second is the buffer size. The more of this, the better, but your drive should have at least 4 MB of buffer. Third is the RPM. For this, the higher it is, the better. It should be at least 5400rpm, but 7200rpm is preferred. If you stick to those basic tips, your hard drive will work just fine!

5.) Size - The last thing you need to keep in mind when you're buying a new hard drive is the size of it. You knew this one was coming, didn't you?! When it comes to size, you can basically go by the rule of "buy as much as you can afford." When we're talking about data storage space, you can never have too much, so if you can afford 100 GB, get that. If you think you'll need more space and can handle it, get that. It's all up to you, but it's best to add an extra 50 percent on to the amount you think you're going to need. That way, you'll know for sure you won't run out of space within the first couple of months.

If you follow these five rules, you'll be purchasing the best external hard drive you possibly can. Be sure not to take a purchase like this lightly. It's best to really do your homework and get the best hard drive for yourself and for your computer. Now that you know what to look for, go on and get one!

~ Erin

Source: Computer Tips, http://www.worldstart.com/

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