So a longtime friend and fellow nerd, ‘Nurse Mike’… managed to get me all excited about these things a while back and now I’ve got three of them on the home network. Although he really is a good and dear friend of ours, its times like these when I really want to just punch him in the face. LOL I’m at the point now where I want to have one of these things sitting on every single available IP address in the subnet that is my internal LAN. Why you ask? Because they’re COOL. People out there are doing some really wild things with these and I’d like to be yet another one of them.

So… you run a small business and you’re on a tight budget and can’t quite upgrade your local server just yet. Or… you’re in the middle of some major software deployment that is preventing you from upgrading your servers. When suddenly… one (or more) of them starts to go pear-shaped on you! It would seem as though you’re caught between a rock and hard place!

Some rather significant changes happening over the past week. After having gutted and removing my Face Book account, I’ve now been removing all Instant Messenger accounts as well. Yahoo Instant Messenger will no longer be supported by Trillian as of tomorrow (8-5-2016) and that was one of the last chat accounts I had been using. Trillian was a great application for connecting to multiple chat accounts all in one package that had been recommended to me by a friend (and owner) over at G Squared Computing many years ago. But slowly over time… ICQ went dead (or at least nobody I knew was using it anymore), then AIM started to get real quiet and now this Yahoo thing. So I’ve ditched my ICQ and AIM accounts and tomorrow I’ll be ditching my Yahoo account. If you wish to chat online with me... just let me know and I'll tell how I'm doing this now and how you can connect with me.

To make things more interesting… there appears to have been a rather LARGE data breach of over 250 million Yahoo accounts. If you’re still using Yahoo Mail… you better change your password immediately.

What a great weekend! This year my wife decided to volunteer us to host the annual STAR Chapter 224 Christmas Party. I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about it since most of the time lately I prefer to just sit at home parked in front of the TV watching movies. Money has been really super tight over the past fours and it seems to just keep getting worse. Although we’re certainly not the only people riding in this boat and many of the chapter members are as well… everyone thought this would be a lot of fun. So over the next few weeks following that last meeting we got the carpet cleaned up along with the house in preparation for the event.