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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 3, 2014 at 9:24am

Chris, one of my sons, Craig, and my daughter and her husband are in the computer business. They host through myior.com, laura does some web design, and Larry used to repair computers. 

They all very much dislike Microsoft and all its products. PCs failed regardless of which brand. They found they had the fewest calls to repair Apple products and they all now use MacBook Pro, as do I. My first MacBook cost me $400 and was a refurbished one. It lasted me five years and mechanical things began to malfunction, slow keys, slow downloads. So Laura and Larry gave me a new MacBook Pro for this past Yule gift. I think it was about $1,000.

Patricia has a Mac product and she may have some ideas for you to think about.

Any other Mac users out there?  

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 3, 2014 at 9:16am

Some months ago there was a discussion about probiotics and several of you named a brand. Can you remind me what it was? 

Comment by Plinius on July 2, 2014 at 12:30am

I like that song very much Ian, thanks for posting! It's good to hear a normal sound from those years, instead of the patriotic bs.

And there the dying coffee-grinder starts again, five minutes after I started the pc. I bought it some four years ago in the hope that it would solve my pc problems - it turned out to be a monday-morning-thing. Four years of idiotic failures, unsolvable strange stagnations, a thousand blue screens and other malfunctions. Repair people could never find what's wrong, but put in a lot of new parts, all without succes. So I'll check the post and turn the thing off - I can't stand the noise.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2014 at 9:56pm

Ian, glad you didn't resist posting Wonton Violence. 

Loren, very nice wind down from a busy day. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 1, 2014 at 9:20pm

Something mellow for before bedtime: the amazing work of Ralph Towner:

Comment by k.h. ky on July 1, 2014 at 5:28pm
I like that Ian.
Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2014 at 4:10pm

I can't resist posting this one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 1, 2014 at 1:57pm

This used to be one of my favorite songs.  I now don't like the one reference to prayer, but other than that, it still gets to me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2014 at 1:42pm

Ian, an appropriate song to bring to mind. In 1915, mothers and fathers lamented sending sons to war, just as they do today. 

"Verse 1

Ten million soldiers to the war have gone, Who may never return again. Ten million mother's hearts must break For the ones who died in vain. Head bowed down in sorrow In her lonely years, I heard a mother murmur thru' her tears:

"Verse 2

I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier, I brought him up to be my pride and joy. Who dares to place a musket on his shoulder, To shoot some other mother's darling boy? Let nations arbitrate their future troubles, It's time to lay the sword and gun away. There'd be no war today, If mothers all would say, "I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier."

"Verse 3

What victory can cheer a mother's heart, When she looks at her blighted home? What victory can bring her back All she cared to call her own? Let each mother answer In the years to be, Remember that my boy belongs to me!"

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Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2014 at 1:25pm

I'm trying to listen to that tomorrow, Ian - today my pc rattles like a coffeegrinder that is almost dying. Perhaps it will be silent for some time tomorrow.

 

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