Dear Webby: Upgrading from Vista to XP 

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Good Morning, ! Monday, Dec 10, 2007
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Thanks to Matt for this story: When the pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express Praise for answered prayers, a lady stood and walked to the podium. She said, "I have a praise. Two months ago, my husband Jim had a terrible bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn't know if they could help him." You could hear an audible gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagined the pain that poor Jim experienced. She continued, "Jim was unable to hold me or the children and every move caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a delica te operation. They were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Jim's scrotum and wrap wire around it to hold it in place." Again, the men in the congregation squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Jim. She continued, "Now, Jim is out of the hospital and the doctors say, with time, his scrotum should recover completely." All the men sighed with relief. The pastor rose and tentatively asked if any one else had anything to say. A man rose, walked to the podium, and said, "I'm Jim, and I want to tell my wife - once again - the word is STERNUM."
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Pete and Gladys were looking at a new living room suite in the furniture store. Pete says to the salesman, "We really like it, but I don't think we can afford it." The salesman says, "You just make a small down payment... then you don't make another payment for six months." Gladys wheeled around with her hands on her hips and demands: "Who told you about us?"

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David filled his car with gas at a self-service gas station. After he had paid and driven away, he realized that he had left the gas cap on top of his car. He stopped and looked and, yes, it was lost. Well, he thought for a second and realized that other people must have done the same thing, and that it was worth going back to look by the side of the road since even if he couldn't find his own gas cap, he might be able to find one that fit. Sure enough, he hadn't been searching long when he found a gas cap. He tried it on, and it went into place with a satisfying click. "Great," David thought, "I lost my gas cap, but I found another one that fits. And this one's even better, because it locks ..." Thanks to Deeli's Bonehead reports: An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to Santa Claus Workers Union in Hungaria Standard Santa December 9, 2007 - Hungary - Ananova Angry parents in Hungary have formed an association to license local Santa's after complaining they weren't up to scratch. The Hungarian Santa Foundation has teamed up with Santa Claus workers' unions to create an exam with strict requirements for people who want to work as Santa's. And they plan to take legal action against any fake Father Christmases who try and operate without a Santa license. Apart from having to sit the exams - from now on every Hungarian Santa has to be at least 5ft 7ins tall and in good physical shape. His voice has to be low, and he has to possess good communication skills, and he has to convince examiners he likes kids. Foundation head Gyoergy Balint said: "If a jolly old man with a sack of presents is found handing out presents amongst kids on the street without a proper Santa diploma - then he will have to answer in a court of law."

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From the Tech Support Pits: From: Re: Upgrade from Vista to XP --------- I have to correct my estimate for upgrading a computer from Vista to XP. With today's cheap and subsidized disposables, the Vista computers sold at ridiculously low prices, upgrades to XP are considerably more expensive. Apparently they use cheap junk components from fly-by-night parts makers, who often don't have a full complement of easily available drivers. If you fall for a $300 desktop or $500 notebook, be prepared to spend $200 to $300 to upgrade it to XP. Better yet, check with an Upgrader to find out how much it will cost to upgrade that particular make and model. Personally, I just pay the XP penalty up front, and get the machine with XP pre-installed by the manufacturer. The concept that a machine that is powerful enough to run Vista, would perform fantastic with XP, is a bit of a myth. Those bargain machines just barely run Vista Basic, and are not really capable of running the full Vista, that you see in the TV ads. They will work better with XP, but XP does not turn a $300 disposable into a $2500 high performance machine. Have FUN! DearWebby

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The Father, passing through his son's college town late one night on a business trip, thought he would pay a surprise visit to the boy. Arriving at the fraternity house, he knocked on the door. After several minutes of knocking, a sleepy voice drifted down from a second floor window, "Whadoya want?" "Does Jimmy Duncan live here?" asked the father. "Yeah!" replied the voice. "Dump him on the front porch and we'll drag him in later in the morning."

Deeli's Kudos December 7, 2007 - Rome, Italy - BBC News A sketch by Michelangelo for the dome of St Peter's Basilica has been discovered in the Vatican archives. The red chalk sketch, thought to be the artist's last before his death in 1564, provided a guide for stonecutters. The chalk drawing is a partial plan for one of the radial columns of the cupola drum of Saint Peter's. It is extremely rare because Michelangelo ordered the destruction of many of his designs later in life. This particular sketch is thought to have survived because a building supervisor had used the back of it to make notes on problems linked to transporting the stone through Rome.

Two dogs were walking down the street. The one dog says to the other, "Wait here a minute, I'll be right back." He walks across the street and sniffs this fire hydrant for about a minute, then walks back across the street. The other dog says, "What was that about?" The dog first dog says, "Oh, I was just checking my p-mail."

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A man walked by a table in a hotel and noticed three men and a dog playing cards. The dog was playing with extraordinary performance. "This is a very smart dog," the man commented. "Not so smart," said one of the players. "Every time he gets a good hand, he wags his tail."

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