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  1. Hi Tx.- Yes a long time indeed. Very sad to hear of losing folks from the site. All those years ago when I first joined it was a busy busy place and Gator was public enemy number 1. Now there are multi threats to us all on line that security becomes like that at Fort Knox or the Bank of England. All good stuff though and its good to be back. Doubt if I'm any wiser than I was previously but I enjoy the chats.. Of to have a look and see who is still around then. Beau
  2. Hello. Just recently came back to the Pit and was really rattled to hear about YKs demise. He was a good friend to me over the years with help and tips on getting the best out of my computer and my involvement in the forums. So sad to hear about this and can only send my condolences and best wishes to the family. Sad regrets. beau.
  3. Hi CB, welcome to the club! You certainly aren't alone here pal and there is masses of support available to you. Type this into your search engine and sit back and start reading - it will take you a while. AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION. I've been type 2 diabetic for just on a year now and life aint too bad. Weight loss initially is important to help get your blood sugar down and that is best achieved through a healthier diet. Cutting OUT the sugary drinks is a great help - as is cutting BACK on the sugary foods. Cutting out on fatty foods is also a big bonus as it helps lower your cholesterol and helps to reduce the chances of heart problems - your Doc should have explained that this is extremely important now that you are diabetic. Regular exercise will help strengthen you and get you into better shape as well as helping you lose and keep a steady weight loss going and cut down on the feeling of tiredness that often accompanies diabetes. Have regular eye checks to monitor eye health and catch any possible early problems - also associated with diabetes. Look at this positively CB, it is a life sentence - not a death sentence - you've just had an early wake up call Take this as the start of your new life(style) and take real good care of yourself. If the weight loss is slow and steady and you get your weight down and keep healthy, you may find that diet alone will be all that it takes to maintain blood sugars with no need for medication. As far as what foods to eat - well there are many ideas on this. You can still eat chocolate and pastries etc - but - you need to balance that with the exercise needed to burn that off. You also need to think of all foods in moderate terms - a little of each aint gonna harm you - as long as you exercise it off. As far as the carbohydrates are concerned - welcome to a whole new ball game, this will become your favourite eating ground. Pastas, potatoes in all guises except those which contain heavy sauces such as carbonnera and such. Meat and fowl should all be grilled whenever possible to lose the fat content, fish is very good - especially the oily ones like mackerel. Hi fibre is generally good e,g, wholemeal breads etc, but doesn't mean you cannot have white breads, just be conscious that it isn't as good for you. Fruit should become a mainstay of your diet - including bananas. They are great fuel for you now - making you feel fuller than many foodstuffs do and also - they have a good cleansing effect on the sugars already in your system. They make your gut work a bit harder and longer - thereby balancing out your metabolism. The biggest enemy you now have is processed sugar - your system cannot deal with that as efficiently as it can with natural glucose that is found in fruits. The fruits to be cautious with - I have found - are the berries and grapes as they are very sweet. Don't eat a load all at once - instead, spread them out over the day and you can still enjoy them without doing harm to yourself. Alcohol can still be taken - in moderation also. The great fear with alcohol is that it can negate the effects of your medication or even worse - if you have too much and are sick - you lose the tablets and hence the benefits! Another good reason to take care of yourself is that if you become ill - say catch a cold; any medication you need to take for that will likely alter your blood sugar readings. Any good site will tell you how to look after yourself whilst you are ill. Finally, don't just look to the American diabetes sites - look to other countries sites as well like Canadian, British etc, they all have slightly different isuues they concentrate or specialise on also - join one of the associations such as that run by the manufacturers of your BS meter. These groups pretty much have free downloads of software to monitor your longer term progress in graphical format and many also supply free USB leads to connect your monitor to your PC. Welcome to a great big new world of learning CB - be positive friend. beau
  4. Hi Adam - not sure if you are joking me or not but - in case you really don't understand it.................... Scotland is seen by many people - and not only the Scottish - as being God's country - hence the local rate call! Hope this helps. beau
  5. An American decided to write a book about famous churches around the world. So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Orlando, thinking that he would start by working his way across the USA from South to North. On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read "$10,000 per call". The American, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for. The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 you could talk to God. The American thanked the priest and went along his way. Next stop was in Atlanta. There, at a very large cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in Orlando and he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could talk to God. "O.K., thank you," said the American. He then travelled to Indianapolis, Washington DC, Philadelphia,Boston and New York. In every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same "$10,000 per call" sign under it. The American, upon leaving Vermont decided to travel to SCOTLAND to see if SCOTS had the same phone. He arrived in SCOTLAND, and again, in the first church he entered, there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read "40 pence per call." The American was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign. "Father, I've travelled all over America and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to Heaven, but in the US the price was $10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?" The priest smiled and answered, "You're in SCOTLAND now, son - it's a local call". beau
  6. Okay Jacee - you have the frontal lobotomy - and I'll have the bottle in front of me. At least that way I could cope with these programmes :beer:
  7. Jacee - it would be better described as C.*.*.P - it has to be the most moronic programme ever invented. beau
  8. Thanks again Shadowfox (got it right this time ) I kinda thought along those lines myself - I mean the title basically indicates the usage. Ah well, thats another $60 bucks or so saved regards beau
  9. I'm getting this new computer and I have never used XP before. Should I just plump for the home edition or should I get the prefessional version? What are the differences other than price? We do quite a lot of WP and some spreadsheets etc but ME haas been sufficient until now. Is there any benefits in getting the professional version for home use? I know Vista is due out later this year but can't wait until then. beau
  10. Ermmmm apologies for that ShadowfOx - the eyes are getting old these days! Stormy13 - I think I'll go for the 4400s and keep them stock. Will let you know how I get on once I get it delivered. Happy new year to you too mate!
  11. Hi Shadowfax, thanks for the response I think you are right about it being an opinion thing - but never found that to be a problem in the PIT before The ATI is the one I have preference on I must admit but its been some time since I had to make a decision like this I've also been advised to NOT go for the AMD 4200s as the 3800s can be o/cd to the same spec very easily. Someone esle ahs advocated that if I can cough up the cash, the 4400s would be the best option to consider. I think the card is decided now - does anyone have any opinions on the 4400s? beau
  12. No takers on this one guys? Or have I placed it in the wrong part of the forums? beau
  13. Hi folks, I'm buying a new computer soon and I'm in a quandry about what graphics card to go for in it. The choice is between:- 256MB nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT-TV-out + DVI-PCI-Express or - 2x 128MB nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT-DVI-SLI congiguration or - 256MB ATI Radeon X1800XL-PCI-Express with DVI & TV out? The processor isAMD Athalon 64X2Dual Core 4200 with HT tech. Can anyone offer some tips and guidance to help me? The use it will be put to is the usual stuff plus digital photo editing, some camcorder editing and reasonably high end games play + anything else my sons choose to throw at it. beau Addendum: Sorry but I forgot to say the MOBO is an Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe if that helps at all.
  14. There is a new book out called "The New Puritanism" and in it, the author looks at attitudes to many of the newer rules and laws that are springing up around the world. The guy isn't a smoker but he thinks people should be allowed to partake of legal things if that is their want. One of the examples he gives is the smoking thing. He cites the following facts:- In Britain, smokers last year contributed some 8.3 billion to the revenues money chest. Now the argument against smokers is the amount it costs to treat their smoking related diseases and ailments. However, the facts of this are that in Britain last year, the National Health Service spent just 1.7 billion doing so (That is what they spent on smokers only). Now my math is pretty good and I reckonthat is an underspend of the revenue we smokers contribute to Britain and that leaves 6.6 billion unaccounted for!!!!! The author then goes on to comment that this seems to be an unjust basis for the kind of vitriol that smokers have to put up with from both government and non-smokers. I doubt in this day and age anyone would seriously try and argue that smoking isn't harmful - but compare the damage it does against the damage done by alcohol to our society and I think I know what should be target number one :beer: What is happening according to this author is that people are beginning to be over zealous in their attacks against a significant number of (let's call them minority groups) others and - because governments are so desperate to look good and gain votes - they are supported in this. A good comparison of this zealousness quoted by the author is the Salem witch hunts. There was also another comment to say that people have lost much of religion and replaced it by these modern day puritanic values. Can we therefore - in light of the current stance on taobacco - look forward to the same thing happening with alcohol? I worked as a social worker for nearly 30 years and can tell you from 1st hand experience that alcohol - when abused, causes far greater harm to health - both physical and mental - to both self and to others - than cigarettes ever will or could. I - like many other people, enjoy a drink now and again but - I know when it is time to say I've had enough and crawl home to bed. If alcohol had been discovered in recent years - it would have been branded an illegal substance almost from the word GO!
  15. Whoever deleted the post about the shuttle. Bad taste has no place on this site!
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