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August 12, 2007

Newsletter 8-5-07

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 7:18 pm

After watching the reading the news stories of the bridge collapse in Minnesota, I feel the web site is of utmost importance and a good reference site to check out.

“With each passing day, aging and overburdened infrastructure threatens the economy and quality of life in every state, city and town in the nation. Read about the infrastructure issues in your region and how you can help raise the grade on America’s failing infrastructure.”
http://www.asce.org/reportcard/2005/index.cfm

The National Atlas staff has prepared a revised series of Printable Maps for each District. These simple, attractive, and useful maps show:
* Congressional districts for the 110th Session
* State and county boundaries
* Interstate and United States highways
* Selected rivers and waterbodies
* Major cities

Print pre-formatted maps on a variety of topics.Also you will find the following options:
Customize your own map for printing or viewing.
Investigate the layers that you can mix.
http://nationalatlas.gov/

Do you have a digital camera? I bet most of you do by now. What happens if you erase the pictures on the memory card or if you delete them by mistake? I have a great answer for these questions. This is one of my favorite sites that I bookmarked as soon as a read a couple of pages. Check out sound money advice.
soundmoneyadvice.com

“There’s lots of ways you can lose photos on a memory card. The card can malfunction. You might accidentally erase some of your photos. Your kids might accidentally erase some of your photos. You might even accidentally *reformat* your entire card. But don’t go too crazy. In general your images are rarely ever truly gone and it’s just going to take a bit of work to get them back.
1. Don’t panic. Like I said. You will probably be able to get the shots back. Don’t let it ruin whatever you are doing or shooting.
2. Once you know that you need to recover photos from a card stop using that card immediately. Don’t try to reformat it. Don’t reuse it. Put it away and wait until you get home where you can try recovery. If you do keep shooting with the card you might overwrite some of the data and be unable to recover some of your photos.
3. When you get home run DataRescue’s PhotoRescue. You can download and run this software for free on your memory card.
4. If PhotoRescue can recover your images they will show you the thumbnails of the images. At this point you will need to buy the software if you want to use it to actually recover your images. The software cost’s $29 but usually this is a small price to pay to have all of your images back.
I used PhotoRescue on Saturday to get back all of the shots that I took at Arrington’s big party and it worked like a charm.”
–Thanks to thomashawk.com for these words of wisdom.

“This online library of illustrated books is a volunteer-driven project. It has grown slowly since 1996 from the work of a single man and a handful of books, to a vibrant volunteer-driven organization publishing new books and translations every week. As you explore our library, we hope you will find a comfortable niche or two in these tens of thousands of beautifully illustrated pages that our dedicated volunteers have gathered together over the years. “
http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/index.htm

“I’m sure you’ve heard it before: if you want to reduce the stress in your life you need to simplify your lifestyle. Of course, this is much easier said than done, because it’s the ants, not the elephants that seem to get the best of us every time. Instead of tackling the big problems that seem overwhelming, it helps to remedy the small problems first. A few small changes can make a significant impact to overall happiness.”
http://frugalist.instantcreditcard.com/2007/the-frugality-cheat-sheet-147-tiny-tips-to-live-healthier-happier-greener-and-better/

“Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible”

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