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WITandWISDOM(tm) Ė November 16, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves ... Self-discipline with all of them came first." - Harry Truman

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2007, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php


Family Minute With Mark Merrill

Want a fun way to find out what youíre children are thinking?

To get a glimpse inside your childrenís minds, play "three wishes." Itís as simple as it sounds. Ask them to tell you what they would ask for if they had three wishes. When they answer, talk about what they chose... even if itís something as basic as a new dog. You might find out that your children have hopes and dreams you can help them achieve. Or, you might learn that thereís something painful in their life they need your help changing. So if youíve been wishing for a way to get your children to open up, give it a try.

Remember your family first...

© 2007 Mark W. Merrill. All rights reserved.

Source: Laughter for a Saturday

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Questionable Question

No matter whether I put white, blue, red or green clothing in my
dryer, the lint always comes out gray. Why?

Quotable Quote

What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether? To answer this question at all implies a religion. - Albert Einstein

Trivial Trivia

Why don't skydivers continue to accelerate?

Skydivers accelerate to a terminal velocity of 120 mph (193 km/h).
Earth's gravity is balanced by density of the air at this velocity, so
they fall at a constant rate.

Laughable Laugh

A lot of people wonder how you know if you're really in love. Just ask yourself this one question: "Would I mind being destroyed financially by this person?"

Source: Nybble Bi-Weekly Newsletter, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nybble


I have CDO. It's like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, only in alphabetical order like it should be. - Spike Donner

Source: Laughter for a Saturday

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Create a Windows CD for PCs That Don't Have One

Microsoft requires that every PC bundled with Windows provide some way of restoring the operating system, but too many bundled Windows XP "restore" CDs merely return your hard drive to its factory condition, which wipes out all of your data and any apps you've added.

Fortunately, vendors appear to be moving away from these data-wiping recovery discs. I recently looked at new PCs from ABS, Dell, Gateway, Lenovo, and WinBook, all of which came with either a real Windows XP CD or another way to perform nondestructive OS reinstalls.

If your PC lacks a Windows CD, a folder named 'i386' containing the Windows installation files is probably in the root directory of drive C: or in your C:\Windows folder. Your system may have several i386 folders, but the one you want has a lot of files with extensions ending in underscores (_), along with the executable files expand.exe, regedit-exe, and winnt32_.exe. Copy this folder onto a CD for safekeeping, though you'll use the version on the hard drive to actually reinstall Windows.

Keep your 25-character Windows Product Key handy-you'll need it to reinstall the OS. The number is on the back of your PC, on the bottom of your notebook, or in some other hard-to-read spot; it may be listed in the documentation as well.

You'll also need a bootable CD for starting the install process. Bart Lagerweij's free PE Builder creates a CD-bootable version of XP called Bart's Pro-install Environment, or BartPE, from either a Windows CD or the i386 folder.

Click here to download PE Builder: http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

Open PE Builder's main dialog box and select the folder or drive containing your i386 folder, but not the folder itself. Check Create ISO image, click Bum to CD, and select your CD-RW drive from the Device drop-down menu. If PE Builder doesn't support your burner, double-click the PE Builder-created -iso file to launch your CD authoring program and burn the CD.

To reinstall Windows, boot from the BartPE CD you just created and select Go, Programs, A43 File Management Utility (see Figure 1). Navigate to the hard drive's i386 folder (do not use the i386 folder on the CD). Double-click winnt32.exe to start the installation process. When the installation program closes, reboot your PC, remove the CD, and select Microsoft Windows XP Setup from the resulting boot menu. The installation will pick up where it left off.

Source: Steve Bass's Tips & Tweaks, http://tinyurl.com/2uroy5

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