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  1. I did a quick search and didn't see this mentioned anywhere. Western Digital is handing out a free copy of EMC Dantz Restrospect Express Backup and Recovery software to anyone that bought a WD hard drive between 2001 and the present. Don't know if it applies only to the US or not but I suspect that it does. You only have until July 15th to register to be part of the lawsuit. From "By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO Jun 27, 2006 (AP)— Western Digital Corp. is offering free software to about 1 million consumers to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging that its computer hard drives stored less material than promised a discrepancy stemming from high-tech's different standards for sizing up digital data. Under the settlement announced Tuesday, Western Digital will give away software designed to back up and recover computer files to anyone who bought one of the company's disk drives from March 22, 2001, through Feb. 15 of this year. To get the software, the 1 million eligible consumers must register their claims before July 16 at The settlement, approved earlier this month by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman in San Francisco, pegs the software's retail value at $30 per copy. Consumers paid an average of $150 for the hard drives covered in the suit. Besides buying the software for consumers, Western Digital has agreed to pay $500,000 in fees and expenses to San Francisco lawyers Adam Gutride and Seth Safier, who filed the suit last year. The proposed legal fees still require court approval. Lake Forest, Calif.-based Western Digital believes the suit's allegations are unfounded, but decided to settle to avoid a potentially expensive legal battle, said company spokesman Steve Shattuck. A similar lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court by the same lawyers, is still pending against another top disk drive maker, Seagate Technology. " Remainder of article here:
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    Upcoming bands

    Stop looking for new and think old. Quit listening to all that crap...including the stuff you say you like...and go back (way back) and listen to real music and real musicians. No one is ever going to beat Artie Shaw or the Gramercy Five.
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    Who served?

    Ran across this and thought it was interesting. I’m sure it will p**s off some of the right wingers here. It’s always amazing to realize that (probably like most of the right wingers that visit here) the ones that never served are always the ones most anxious to sacrifice other peoples lives for something they believe in. And also to question others loyalty/patriotism. Illinois State Sen. Howard W. Carroll (D) thought you might find this interesting. Democrats: * Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71. * David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72. * Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72. * Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; sent to Vietnam Jan. 1971 as an army journalist in 20th Engineer Brigade. * Bob Kerrey: Lt(jg). Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Purple Heart * Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-47; Medal of Honor, WWII. * John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70. Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Hearts. Attacked by Republicans for not giving enough. * Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea. * Max Cleland: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Purple Heart. Vietnam. Paraplegic from war injuries. Served in Congress. Attacked by Republicans for not giving enough. * Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-53. * Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74. * Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91. * Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII; Bronze Star, seven campaign ribbons * Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, two DFC, two Bronze Star, and Soldier's Medal. * Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star and Legion of Merit. * Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart. * Bill McBride: Candidate for Fla. Governor. Marine in Vietnam; Bronze Star with Combat V. * Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star. * Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57 * Chuck Robb: Marine Corps 1961-70 * George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII. * Bill Clinton: Did not serve. (Student deferments. Entered draft but received #311). * Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy. * Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953 * John Glenn: WWII and Korea; six DFCs and AirMedal with 18 Clusters. * Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. (Saved by Raoul Wallenberg). Republicans: * Dick Cheney: did not serve. (Multiple deferments, the last by marriage. Said he was to important to serve in the military.) * Dennis Hastert: did not serve. * Tom Delay: did not serve. * Roy Blunt: did not serve. * Bill Frist: did not serve. * Mitch McConnell: did not serve. * Rick Santorum: did not serve. * Trent Lott: did not serve. * John Ashcroft: did not serve. (Seven deferments to teach business) * Jeb Bush: did not serve. * Karl Rove: did not serve. * Saxby Chambliss: did not serve. (Bad knee.) * Paul Wolfowitz: did not serve. * Vin Weber: did not serve. * Richard Perle: did not serve. * Douglas Feith: did not serve. * Eliot Abrams: did not serve. * Richard Shelby: did not serve. * Jon! Kyl: did not serve. * Tim Hutchison: did not serve. * Christopher Cox: did not serve. * Newt Gingrich: did not serve. * Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as flight instructor. * George W. Bush: Part time National Guard pilot. Successfully dodged the draft and Viet-Nam service but never completed his six year commitment. * Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non- combat role making movies. * Bob Dole: Lt Army during WW II. Two Purple Hearts, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster * Bob Dornan: Air Force 1952-58 * Phil Gramm: did not serve. (five college deferments) * John McCain: Vietnam, POW, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. Attacked by the Bush regime for lack of patriotism! * Dana Rohrabacher: did not serve. * John M. McHugh: did not serve. * JC Watts: did not serve. * Jack Kemp: did not serve. "Knee problem" (although continued in NFL for 8 years as quarterback.) * Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard. * George H. W. Bush (Senior): Army Air Force 1942-45 DFC, three Air Medals * Rudy Giuliani: did not serve. * George Pataki: did not serve. * Spencer Abraham: did not serve. * John Engler: did not serve. * Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer. * Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base. Pundits, Preachers, and others: * Sean Hannity: did not serve. * Rush Limbaugh: did not serve (4-F with a pilonidal cyst.) * Bill O'Reilly: did not serve. * Michael Savage: did not serve. * George Will: did not serve. * Chris Matthews: did not serve. * Paul Gigot: did not serve. * Bill Bennett: did not serve. * Pat Buchanan: did not serve. * Bill Kristol: did not serve. * Kenneth Starr: did not serve. * Antonin Scalia: did not serve. * Clarence Thomas: did not serve. * Ralph Reed: did not serve. * Michael Medved: did not serve. * Charlie Daniels: did not serve. * Ted Nugent: did not serve.
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    R.I.P America

    George Carlin said this about an Iraqi Constitution but it's apropos to this converstation, too. Just substitute the appropriate words in the appropriate place. "They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years and we're not using it anymore."
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    World time zones, anyone know why?

    Here's a brief history of the reasoning behind daylight savings time. And the idea is a lot older than you may think.
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    Super cheap Wal-Mart laptop.

    Rule #4: Don't shop at Wal-Mart!
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    Highest grossing film of 2004

    How do you edit these posts? I keep thinking I've proofed them only to find spelling mistakes after I've added a reply.
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    Highest grossing film of 2004

    Well, I don't do this very often but I'll have to go back on my word and post one more time on this topic. First, jtr, thanks for the link. That was a good read. I think it's important, though, to note that according to the writer, of the 60% of the Academy that is not Jewish, probably half did not see The Passion. That means that, according to him, at least 30% of the total Academy did not see the film. Kind of hard to push your project if a third of the eligilbe voters haven't seen it/don't want to see it. Even worse if the numbers are higher. I doubt that anyone would cast a best picture vote for a film they had not seen. It seems to me that with a third to a half of eligible voters not there for you, the film would have to get a sizeable portion of the remainder to be a viable candidate for a nomination, no matter how the membership is comprised. I think the writer explained the numbers game very well. Seems to me that if you can't even get fifty percent of your peers (and I'm using peers in the sense that seems to be the norm here...that is your NON-JEWISH peers) you have a more serious problem than whether or not Jews like it. As to the percentage of Jews in Hollywood or Congress or anywhere else, so what. Are you suggesting that demographics need to be followed no matter what? If that's the case then you're in trouble. Whites make up only 75% of the US population but I don't hear anyone hear complaining that white corporate America is way over that mark. Are you saying that since Jews are only 1.5% (approx) of the US population that they should never, ever exceed that mark in any profession? Then other groups are in trouble, too. Your link to the Catholic News Service web site was intersesting. I note that you make a point of mentioning that Jews make up almost 7% of Congress while only being about 2% of the population. Why didn't you mention, based on numbers from the same site, that Methodists make up 12% of Congress while being only 4.75% of the population? Or why not mention that Presbyterians make up 9% of Congress but only 1.4% of the US population? Or Episcopalians make up 7.5% of Congress while only being 1% of the US population? Or that Catholics are by far the largest group in Congress at 29%? Those numbers are based on the Census Bureaus population count and religious affiliation memberships as reported here ( and here ( (Sorry, I don't know how to make an easier link like you did.) What I can't figure out is why are you singling out Jews for special notice when other groups fit in the very same catagory? Selective presentation of facts and omissions and innuendo make me very suspicious. I've already stated what I think is going on and I haven't seen anything yet to make me change my mind.
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    Highest grossing film of 2004

    Where to start ... where to start? You don't know what is is to be Jewish.....but you're sure that the Academy is?? I think that's a preposterous position on its face. And you can't claim that you're merely presenting the Academy as an organization that is predominately Jewish as balding_ape suggested. You identified them by name...the "Jewish Academy." And the phraseology speaks volumes about your mind set. If you HAD intended to define the Academy as a "group of predominately Jewish members", you should have stated so in clear and concise terms. Accountability to who? The public be damned. The groups responsibility is to the group, not the "public", who are there only as a parasitic mob attracted by curiosity, hero-worship (grossly misplaced in my opinion), and the glamor that they themselves attach to the event. The early Awards ceremony were low key events attended only by a few industry members. It wasn't until several years later when the "public" decided that they wanted to be part of this affair that things began getting "out of hand" (my words and my opinion). But even today no tickets to the event are availabel to the "public". It's by invitation only, as this event was and still is primarily intended as a celebration for the Acadamies members. Not the "public". Of course the academy and it's members bask in the attention they receive. Who wouldn't. If you think that the American Institute of Public Accountants wouldn't die to have the same attention paid to their organization then I don't think you understand human nature very well. The winners receive recognition and advancement? Sure they do. Within their own chosen profession. How else is it supposed to be? Members of ANY organization are (or should be) rewarded and advanced based on the peer reviews they receive. And one of the ways those reviews are given is by the awards and accolades they receive. If you're implying that award winners exert an undo influence outside of their profession than I think that you're only partly correct. They do get heard more than an average citizen. But that's more of a problem with the "public", which bestows that influence, than the "stars" who only follow human nature and takes as much attention as is given. What about rock "stars" or sports "heroes"? They seem to exert more influence than warranted. But you seem fixated on "Jewish" Academy members. Big deal. You have an opinion. Join the Academy and get a vote. QUOTE]Apparently they act as a mob. I'm wondering if you know how the academy votes. During the nomination phase, only members of a specialty group votes for nominations for that specialty. For example, only directors vote to nominate the five "best director" nods; only actors vote to nominate the "best actor" nods; only producers vote to nominate the "best producer" nods. What could be more fair? Only someone that does exactly the same job as you gets to vote on your efforts. Hardly sounds like a "mob" is controlling all voting to me. After the nominations are tabulated, the entire membership gets to vote on them. A mob? Maybe...perhaps in the same sense that the US acts "as a mob" every four years when we vote on the current roster of imcompetents. So what. Why are you so fixated with money? The academies objective is NOT to reward the highest grossing films of the year. It is to reward "excellence in cinema achievement". (That's a quote from the Academies web page) So you don't agree with the academy're opinion is in the minority. Cry me a river. And what about the "intended audience"? If someone makes a film intentionally targeting a subset of the worlds population (say a group that represents 5% of us) and everyone in that group sees the film, it's going to make a LOT of money. Just because every intended victim (sorry...viewer) saw the film and it made a lot of money, does that mean that the film is good? I don't think so. "A well known fact?" "Monolithic media elite?" We're getting back to phrases that make alarms go off inside my head. Where are your corroborating sources for such statements? In some parts of the world it's a "well known fact" that all westerners are evil incarnate. Anything you want can be a "well known fact" if you're not willing to corroborate it. Hell, I saw a poll a while back that said over twenty percent of the US population thought the moon was made of cheese. It's a "well known fact" to them. (A rather telling comment on the intelligence level of the average American.) I'm afraid, jtr1962, that your phraseology reveals more of your mindset than you may have intended. I think that if we continued this discussion we'd probably discover that you see a Jew behind every tree and a Black in every corner. Probably a Muslim lurking in all the shadows. All of them just waiting to do us in. I won't be posting to this topic again. It's obvious (to me at least) that despite protestations to the contrary, this post is about a prejudical rant against Jews. I think the words and phrases used and implications made clearly indicate that. BTW, this shouldn't matter but it probably does to some of you. I'm not Jewish. Come from a long line of Catholics (mothers side) and Southern Baptist (fathers side). I took the same survey that SC did and came up with much the same results. I consider myself an agnostic (yes, I know what the word means). I just don't like prejudice or ignorance and that's how I saw this. Couldn't let it pass unchallenged.
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    Highest grossing film of 2004

    Yeah, I noticed that just as I hit the Add Reply button. Can't find an edit function here. You'll also note that in my haste I mispelled "phrase" twice in my last post. I guess that means that, just like most people, I'm stuck with my ignorance.
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    Highest grossing film of 2004

    What's this "Jewish Academy" he mentioned? There's no such thing as far as I know. When I hear people use pharses such as "the International Jewish Conspiracy", "the Black Plague", "the Yellow Menace" (or "the Jewish Academy"), etc., it immediately sets off alarms in my mind. Wrongly or rightly, I question what this persons agenda might be. If those types of pharases don't put you on guard than you're a "better man than me, Gunga Din." Or completely naive. Take your pick. The only demographic that matters in this case is that the Academy is made up of professionals from different specialties whose job(s) it is, is to understand, appreciate, and make films. To imply that this group is somehow "special" and to link it to his opening statement doesn't take a lot of looking. And what's not fair about being judged by your (insider) peers? Who better to judge the quality or worth of a work, which is, after all, what the awards are all about. It's a celebration of their craft/profession by members of that craft/profession. The public just gets caught up in the glitz and the glamor. Too bad that you think that joe blow on the street should have a vote just because he has an opinion. Why should he have a vote? He has no expertise in the subject nor is he a member of the group. I get a sense that a large number of the members here, if not most, are computer specialists of some sort....It Pros, programmers, etc.. The British Computer Society has an awards program, the BCS IT Professional Awards. Perhaps you're aware of it. Maybe the US or Europe has similar programs. I don't know as I'm not an IT pro or a programmer. (I did a google search to find something that might elicit a sense of "groupness". ) My point is, how would the members of that group feel if joe blow on the street thought he should have a vote on who the "programmer of the year" should be. I bet the reaction would be, "Get lost, buddy. You don't know squat about programming. You don't even belong to the society." Use the same scenario with ANY professional organization. Why should joe mechanic have a vote on the best chemical/mechanical/structual engineer in the country? Just because he has an opionion? Give me a break. I also find it interesting that neither of you saw the film you're talking about. How can you talk about merit or quality or anything else about something you never saw? So it made a lot of money. Big deal. That in no way implies quality or worth. Remember the pet rock? Made tons and tons of money. It should be voted the "Best Toy of All Time", right? Or to put it another way...I've read megabytes worth of griping about Microsoft on this site. But they make billions of dollars on their products. Seems to me that Microsoft should be acclaimed "the Best Software Ever" since they make more money, by far, than any other software company. At least by the standards implied here. (No, I'm not serious. I'm making a point.) By the way, I didn't see the movie being discussed, either. But I'm not making any judgements about it, either. I'm not saying it should or shouldn't have been nominated more or won more. I don't have an opinion because I didn't see it.
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    Highest grossing film of 2004

    It's pretty obvious that you're anti-semetic. And that's the important point to make here.
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    Gorgeous Cd Labeling Tech

    And Canon has two models that they sell in Europe and Asia that print directly onto a printable CD/DVD. I'm still waiting for them to become available in North America but I'm beginning to lose patience. May have to go with one of these others. Epson probably since I'm even less partial to HP than Epson.
  14. Am dying to get hold of a Canon I865 or I965 printer but they are not sold in North America (or South America, either, from what I can find out)....only in Europe and Asia. Does anyone know of a European web site that sells to North America? Preferably English so that I wouldn't have to worry about language translations.
  15. An even easier method, IMHO, is a program called DVD2One. It is much faster than IfoEdit or TEMPGenc or any other authoring program that I know of (including Cinema Craft Encoder). It's not freeware but it's cheap. I think I paid around $40 US for it and it's worth every penny. You rip your movie ( I like DVD Decrypter, too) and then crank up DVD2One. You chose which VOB's to process, the sound tracks you want, the subtitles you want, and the angle(s) (if available) and start the process. In about 20 minutes (yeah, 20 least on my machine) you've got a VIDEO_TS file folder full of files ready to burn onto one disk. It's only drawback right now is that you lose chapters and menu's but the word on the DVD2One forum is that they will be fixing that in the next version release. Go to and check throught the tutorials and you'll find ALL the info you need for making DVD's. It has links to all the useful programs you may need.