Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

December 12, 2008

Bootable USB Keys

Filed under: Computing — rmay4 @ 7:24 am
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Below is a link to a tutorial on how to make your USB drive or thumb drive ¬†bootable. I have not done this yet but would like to try it just to see if I can make it work. It also sounds like a great way to have multiple OS’s available without requiring the re-formatting or dividing my HD into multiple sectors.


December 11, 2008

Glen Ford and Words to Live and Vote By

What a time for our country to take note of Glen Ford’s way of thinking. We can lose ourselves in the process of trying to make everyone like us. Let’s be who we should be and the “right” people will like us. You can judge a man’s (or a country’s) character by their enemies as well as their friends.

“Let’s never forget that to remain free we must always be strong. That’s an important lesson I learned in my Navy career in World War II. National defense must be the top priority for our country. If you are strong, you are safe. Now is the time for every American to be proud. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. If we are not brave, we will not be free.”

Glenn Ford, 2004



Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 3:45 p.m. EDT

The Real Glenn Ford Story

This article was written by NewsMax.com columnist and contributor Phil Brennan, a proud Marine.

When Glenn Ford died Thursday morning at the age of 90, major media recalled his long Hollywood career, recalling the 106 films in which he appeared, his many marriages and romances. Wrote the Associated Press, “He was a star to the end of his career.”

Glenn Ford was far more than that, yet none of the obituaries bothered to mention his extraordinary patriotism or his distinguished military career. Ford rose to the rank of Captain in the United States Navy after years of dedicated service that began with World War II and continued through the Vietnam War.

He was undoubtedly a star, one of Hollywood’s enduring major stars, but as his biography on a Web site devoted to his long life states, his accomplishments were even larger than life off-screen. As his son Peter once told NewsMax.com, Ford was “one of those Ronald Reagan, true-blue American types.”

At the beginning of World War II Glenn served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. In 1942 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine he helped build safe houses in occupied France for those hiding from the Nazis and was among the first Americans to enter the infamous Dachau concentration camp at war’s end. He went on to serve in the Navy and at war’s end he was commissioned a Commander in the Naval Reserves.

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Committed to service in the armed forces, Ford also served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the Third Marine Amphibious Force in 1966-1968. He once went on a jungle mission with a Special Forces Team during the Vietnam War. Ford was the only actor to have served with both the Green Berets and the French Foreign Legion and his military record is well recognized in both the United States and France as a highly decorated veteran.

Among his numerous medals and commendations are the Medal of Honor presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Medaille de la France Libre for the liberation of France; two commendation medals from the U.S. Navy; and the Vietnamese Legion of Merit. He received the rank of Captain with the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1968; retiring in 1977.

Ford bravely served his country in two wars (not on the sidelines, but in the front lines) facing enemy fire on many occasions and never expecting to be treated like a Hollywood star but as a fellow fighting man. He was indeed a hero both on and off the screen.

That’s the way Glenn Ford would want to be remembered.

Two years ago he told NewsMax.com, “Let’s never forget that to remain free we must always be strong. That’s an important lesson I learned in my Navy career in World War II. National defense must be the top priority for our country. If you are strong, you are safe. Now is the time for every American to be proud. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. If we are not brave, we will not be free.”

Glenn Ford lived the motto of the Marine Corps, Semper Fidelis -He was always faithful to the nation he served so long and so well.

Semper Fi, Glenn

December 8, 2008

Larch Mtn. Hike to Sherrard Point

Filed under: Adventures,Hiking — rmay4 @ 10:39 am

December 5, 2008

Portable App Links and such for Bloggers

Filed under: Automotive,Computing — rmay4 @ 7:28 am
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I am in charge of our blog for our company and I am a newbie for sure. So I go on-line looking for ideas on what to do and how to do it. I found this article and thought it was great. I do use my USB drive for a lot of my blogging work. After reading this, I might use it for all of it.

Besides this article here are some other portable app links that I have tried and liked most of them. Now, if I can just figure out how and what to write to get people to go there and check it all out???



http://www.zoundryraven.com (using it right now and loving it) So far this has proved to be the best thing since sliced bread for my blogging. I am not a fan of web apps in general. Writting in WordPress can be slow and I am too impatient to keep waiting for it to refresh or save or publish. This app allows me to have several posts in varius stages of completion sitting there. They are quickly available locally and I can edit and re-edit until I get it the way that I want then hit “publish” and it is uploaded. WOW, what an easy time saver.



11 great free portable apps for blogging on the go!

I can’t always get to my main laptop when I feel like putting together a blog post. If you’ve read some of my other lists, you probably noticed that I’m a big fan of portable applications for just this reason. As long as I’ve got my trusty USB flash drive, I’m always equipped with the programs I need to get things done.

Here are ten of my favorites (plus two alternatives). With these programs in my pocket, I’m always able to write when inspiration strikes – regardless of what computer I’m using.

1. Windows Live Writer is the best offline tool for composing blog posts, hands down. While Microsoft doesn’t offer a portable version, it’s a simple DIY project (Brad first covered it in September 2007). You can download the portable launcher from Scott Kingery’s blog: it’s over a year old, but it works just fine with the latest beta of Live Writer. With a rich feature set and support for WordPress, TypePad, LiveJournal, Blogger, and more, it’s a necessity.

2. Portable Firefox and SRWare Iron are both great browsers. I keep Firefox handy in case I need access to my favorite extensions, and use Iron when I just need to do some quick surfing. Why Iron instead of Chrome? For the added privacy.

3. GreatNews is a decent, portable RSS reader that’s actually portable (no Java runtime needed, like RSSOwl). The download is under 1mb, and it formats feeds into a tidy newspaper-like layout. If I’m using a machine where I’d rather not log in to my Google account, I’ll fire up GreatNews to read my feeds instead.

4. FastStone Capture is my favorite screenshot program. Apart from capturing windows (including scrolling ones), regions, or the full desktop, FastStone has an excellent built-in editor that handles text overlays, watermarking, highlighting, cropping, resizing, and more. There’s also a screen magnifier and eyedropper tool.

5. AVI Screen does a good job at capturing screencasts for sharing on video sharing sites like YouTube. Its mouse tracking feature is very slick, and is a good way to keep video sizes small. You may need to download it from this page.

6. CamStudio may be a better option for tutorial-style screencasts. In addition to capturing activity, it can also add captions and add picture-in-picture overlays.

7. IrfanView has a number of useful features. It’s a great image viewer and it also handles batch conversions. Basic editing tools are included as well, like resize, crop, rotate, sharpen, and blur.

8. The Gimp is my choice for more complex photo editing tasks. The 2.6 interface is a big improvement over older versions, and now that I’ve taken the time to really learn it I don’t miss Photoshop at all.

9. WinHTTrack creates offline copies of websites, which is very useful if you need to cache some pages for reference so that you can work without internet access. Make sure you grab the .zip and not the .exe.

10. The Sage is an excellent portable resource for writers. It’s a fully searchable dictionary and thesaurus with over 200,000 definitions. Everything is fully cross-referenced: if there’s a word you need to look up in a definition, just click it. The Sage can even handle anagram searches.

11. Sumatra PDF or Foxit Reader are must haves. If you have to follow a style guide, chances are good that it was provided to you as a PDF. Foxit and Sumatra are both small and fast, and support important features like annotations and bookmarking.

If you’re a blogger or writer and I missed one of your favorites, share it with us in the comments!

Randy May




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