War of the Worlds aired 65 years ago today

Today is the 65th anniversary of the radio broadcast of the War of the Worlds. Orson Welles showed the country that radio had the ability to stump people into believing what they hear. Many listeners cowered in fear, believing that the end of the world was at hand as aliens from another planet invaded and destroyed anything in their paths. The truth eventually became evident, people were relieved to learn that it was merely a hoax, and many vowed never to fall victim again.

Fast forward 60 years, and not much has changed. Today, our radio is television and the Internet. Now I don’t believe that all articles on the Internet are false; in fact, reliable sources usually do their homework and publish what they’ve learned. But there are those that publish false information, either because they want to prove a point or fool their friends (or who knows why). What have we learned 65 years after War of the Worlds? Apparently not much. That’s why I have links to sites that debunk hoaxes.

In other news, I’ve been using my iPod more than I expected. I really enjoy using my new little device, and purchased music from Apple for the first time the other night. The iPod article is almost finished and should be up either this weekend or next week. There will also be a little work on the new site; I have some ideas that may trickle onto this site before the new one goes live (if it ever gets done, right?). I also spent some time last weekend staining my desk (yes, I’m still working on it). This weekend I’ll be doing some volunteer work. Gee, you think I’ll find time to play a little guitar or watch the Packers play the Vikings Sunday night?

Oh yeah… I’ve rewritten the dedication below. I guess it reflects my beliefs of many things happening both in the world and at home right now.

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Indiana Jones on DVD

I’ve added a new link to the site. In case you haven’t heard, the Indiana Jones movie trilogy is now available on DVD. I bought it and saw Raiders of the Lost Ark. In a nutshell, it’s awesome. The video is clear and crisp, the sound is remastered in THX, and hey, it’s Indiana Jones. In case you don’t feel like looking for that link under Entertainment, it’s www.indianajones.com.

I’m still playing around with iTunes and my new iPod. I’ve been writing some stuff down as I continue to use it. I expect to have a soapbox article up in November.

My new iPod article

Again, I haven’t been keeping up with the site. I really apologize. I’ve been focusing on other things, I guess.

On the plus side, I have some new material to write about. If you’re familiar with the latest in online music, you know that Apple released iTunes for Windows last week. And, you may already know that the iPod works on the PC. Well, being the music dude I am, I decided to download iTunes and purchase an iPod. However, there were some additional steps I needed to take to make it work. So, as I’m watching today’s Packers-Rams match, I’m playing around with this new iPod. I’ll offer more information in the next couple of days. I also intend to write a Soapbox so others using a PC will know what to expect if they ever think about making this move.

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s the fourth quarter, and the new previous blogs page is up. Enjoy.

Internet service quirks

You’re probably wondering where I’ve been for the last couple of weeks. It all started almost two weeks ago when I noticed that I couldn’t access Windows Update. I later discovered I couldn’t access secured web sites either. After trying to resolve the problem with both my ISP and Microsoft, I tried to perform a repair install of Windows. That resulted in my loss of Internet access. It was bizarre, though, because I could still send and receive e-mail. After three hours with Microsoft on the phone this past Monday, the problem still existed. The tech turned the case over to Microsoft’s Research office. I uninstalled some security software and checked for access, but to no avail. So I left the computer off for a couple of days.

Today, I thought I’d turn on the PC and back up some files in case I had to completely and cleanly reinstall Windows, and just for fun I decided to check if I still had no Internet access. Oddly enough, it all works. So, I’m back, here’s a new blog, and it’s a new quarter. And in case you were worried, I have security software on the PC again.