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#229 February 1, 2018 from http://www.don-guitar.com
  
Is it Spring yet? I really hate Winter. :(  Cold weather
make my get-up-and-go get up and go south I assume. All I
know is that it's gone until Spring. :) Oh well, at least
I haven't had the flu yet (knock wood).

Here we go...

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Wow, this is depressing.
https://goo.gl/3NvakV [theguardian dot com]

An artist who found a way to deal with her demons.
https://lucybellwood.com/100-demon-dialogues/#jp-carousel-4832
Lucy is an interesting person. https://lucybellwood.com/

My band equipment spends a lot of time in smoke filled
bars (there aren't many left, but we regularly work in
one of them) and my gear, especially speaker cabinets
that are covered in specialized carpet, picks up the
smell of smoke so the inside of my van always smells
of stale tobacco smoke. It's not a problem for me
because the Symbicort I take for COPD kills my sense
of smell but it's hard on Lisa so this page was useful
to me. https://goo.gl/VnHD7d [wonderhowto dot com]
Note: So far coffee grounds seem to be helping a little.

Have you ever wondered how computers work?
https://goo.gl/yCtS1N [youtube dot com]

The description on youtube titles it 'French Toast' but
the title in the video names it 'French Roast'. Either
way, it's a cute video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsQlK7D0VdU

Before long it'll be Pi Day. http://www.piday.org/

I've seen a few of these images posted on facebook
but they seem silly to me so I didn't investigate
until I stumbled across it. The concept is cute.
https://goo.gl/XS5YJ9 [gadgets dot ndtv dot com]

I haven't tried this because I only ever use my
Windows 10 machine to re-program the presets on
my Fender, Mustang II guitar amp but a friend
tried it and was very pleased with it.
https://geekuninstaller.com/

Years ago, when Verizon charged us several hundred
dollars for one call we made to Australia we switched
the long distance service on our landline to Pioneer
Telephone and we've enjoyed years of excellent,
trouble-free, low cost long distance service. If you
live in the USA, have a landline and are fed up with
overpriced long distance charges you should check them
out. We highly recommend them.
https://www.pioneertelephone.com/

Not long ago I re-subscribed to the email list of our
regional computer club. Their members are primarily
Windows users and I've been saving useful looking
Windows information.  Here's the crop for this issue.

How to remove VISUALDISCOVERY from Chrome, Firefox,
and/or Internet Explorer.
https://goo.gl/XP9jUi [it-help dot info]

When Windows 10 Automatic Repair canâ€TMt fix your PC.
https://goo.gl/N8E7tb [thewindowsclub dot com]

Is your Windows computer affected by Meltdown and
Spectre CPU Vulnerabilities?
https://goo.gl/vg63Z8 [thewindowsclub dot com]

Microsoft says older Windows versions will face
greatest performance hits after Meltdown, Spectre
patches. https://goo.gl/HnYXZA [zdnet dot com]

A malicious Chrome extension that's hard to get
rid of. https://goo.gl/xuPb3b [arstechnica dot com]

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I think we need a new, international holiday. I don't know
what to call it, maybe Virtual Friends Day will work. A day
to celebrate the friends whom we've never met in person, who
came into our lives via the Internet, but who're as real as
family. Thank you Internet for all the bright, wonderful,
wise and witty friends you've given us.

There aren't quite 300 of you still out there, subscribing
to this humble little (virtual) rag and two or three times
a year one or two of you will take a moment to send us a
hello and tell us you still enjoy being a subscriber. That
may not seem like much but it's enough to keep us going.
Thanks y'all.  We wish you the best of love, luck, health
and happiness. See you next time.

Don Crowder & Lisa Miller
12:39 AM, February 1st, 2018
Buchanan Lake Village
Tow (rhymes with cow), Texas, 78672

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