Dear Webby: Work on a hard drive when you can't boot up any more 

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It's Monday,  July 21, 2008

Man is the Only Animal that Blushes. Or needs to. --- Mark Twain
A farmer runs into the pastor of his church after missing the morning service. "I missed you at service this morning," the pastor says. "Well, Reverend", the farmer says, "I had some hay to put up before it rained. I figured it was better to sit on a dry bale of hay thinking about God, than to sit in church thinking about hay getting ruined."
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to the ACLU Sent in by Ross ACLU claims atrocious fashion sense is "owned" by colored males The Associated Press | Sunday, Jul 20 2008 11:10 AM Last Updated: Sunday, Jul 20 2008 11:15 AM Be careful if you have saggy pants in the south Chicago suburb of Lynwood. Village leaders have passed an ordinance that will levy $25 fines against anyone showing three inches or more of their underwear in public. Eugene Williams is the mayor of Lynwood. He says young men walk around town half-dressed, keeping major retailers and economic development away. He calls the new law a hot topic. The American Civil Liberties Union says the ordinance targets young men of color, since, according to the ACLU, nobody else tries to look stupid on purpose.
A man approached his family physician and said, "Doc, I'm afraid you'll have to remove my wife's tonsils one of these days." The doctor pulled out the family's medical file and exclaimed, "Why, I removed them six years ago! Did you ever hear of a woman having two sets of tonsils?" "No," the husband retorted, "but you've heard of a widower marrying again, haven't you?"
From the Tech Support Pits: From: Donovan Re: Alternative method for working on a dead machine Dear Webby Can I offer another response to the "don't want to open the case" question? If you use the Ubunutu live CD, and plug in a flash drive or other USB drive, you can still rescue the data without having to touch a screw. The USB device and the HDD will show up on the desktop, then just drag-and-drop. I do this all the time when I know a customer's machine is beyond saving and will require a re-install of Windows (or an upgrade to Linux). Another benefit, if you're willing to dip your toes in techie water, is that you can scan for viruses from there. Donovan Dear Donovan Great idea! For those who don't know what a "Live CD" is: Linux is distributed totally different from Windows. You don't buy a set-up CD, you download an ISO file and burn it onto a CD. That is then your set-up CD. However, unlike a Windows set-up CD, a Linux Live CD doe not automatically trash whatever is on the computer. It lets you boot up from the CD, with the Operating System on the CD, and lets you test-drive that particular flavor of Linux. While running in Linux, you can sort out the hard drive, that is so messed up that Windows won't boot on it any more. If you happen to like that flavor of Linux, you can make it permanent. If you don't, you pull that CD and reboot back into the now cleaned up Windows. Keep in mind that, even though the world is slowly migrating to Linux, it is different from Windows. For the majority I would not recommend it yet, unless you have a Linux using friend nearby, who can help you to get comfortable. Have FUN! DearWebby

The newly-married husband came home from the office to find his young wife in floods of tears. "Darling, whatever is the matter?" he asks. "Sweetheart," she sobs, "the most terrible thing has happened! I cooked my very first Beef Bourguignon for you, and I got it out the oven to season it, and the phone rang. When I came back from answering the phone," she sobbed again "I found that the cat had eaten it!" "Don't worry, darling," said her husband. "Don't cry. we'll get a new cat tomorrow."

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"I'd like you to be very quiet today, boys and girls. I have a dreadful headache," the teacher said. "Excuse me," said Little Johnny, "why don't you do what my mom does when she has a headache?" "What's that?" asked the teacher. "She tells us to go play outside."

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