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Lorin Olsen
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So different than its predecessors... in good ways and bad ways.
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I really enjoyed it when it was on.  They had a big story to tell and I was disappointed to not see it.
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He must weigh more than a duck!
Deadspin says ESPN's Will Cain must be punished for failing to embrace liberal orthodoxy on global warming.
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FTW!

What has Wil Wheaton AND Karen Gillan?  This video, that's what has them.  
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This pretty much sums it up. 
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And sometimes, you just have to move on.
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More family tech support fun...

On Thursday, my daughter's PC finally bought the farm. It was a bad power supply. So my daughter figured that she needed a new system. The machine was over five years old. Most of the USB connectors were shot. And the device had a failing WiFi radio. In short, it WAS time for an upgrade.

On her anniversary, we went and picked up a replacement. Since it was her anniversary, I bought her a new monitor to go along with their shiny new computer.

Step 1: Setup the new system. That was easy.

Step 2: Extract the old hard drive in order to salvage the data. This was easy AND hard. First, I had to remove the drive. And that took some time. For most systems, it is a few screws and a few cables. In this case, I had to remove a carrier chassis in order to get to the screws holding the drive. But once that was done, it got a lot simpler.

Step 3: Move/migrate the data. This is generally easy. But in migrating between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, there are some gotchas. To work as designed, Microsoft really needs you to have a Windows account in the cloud. Unfortunately, my daughter didn't want that. But my son-in-law did want it to integrate with his Xbox ecosystem. This competing set of requirements resulted inn SID issues. The easiest way to unwind this was via a migration utility. I chose Laplink. And it worked quite well - though I wish that they had a SaaS offering at a lower price point.

Step 4: Tweak everything that didn't work well after the data migration. This wasn't hard. But it did take the most time.

All in all, I invested between ten and twelve hours.

But why should I have to do this? Shouldn't this be easier? Why should it take a geek? Don't worry. I love being needed. But these kinds of services should finish as tech becomes more commoditized.
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Does anyone still wonder why Senator Rand Paul conducted a filibuster of the Patriot Act re-authorization bill?
FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.
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For those who thought that Rand Paul's filibuster was ludicrous, then consider this...
The NSA and its partners developed a top-secret method to infect smartphones with spyware through Google and Samsung app servers, Snowden documents reveal.
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Fair question. In my mind, there is little difference. 
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Persecution is not new. But when it comes to our shores, we should tremble.

We are not prepared for the horror that is spreading across the globe. I pray that we will prosecute those responsible for these heinous crimes to the fullest extent of the law.
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How do you know that the Bible is the inspired Word of God?

These were the words from a friend of mine.

I must note that I felt under-prepared to answer such a deep and meaningful question.  Since I don't rely solely upon an external and human agency (e.g., the Catholic Church or the Book of Common Prayer), I can't just reach for a document to generate a prepared response.  So what did I do?  I settled myself down.  And then I asked the Holy Spirit to assist me in formulating a response.  I will not be so bold as to say that this is His response.  That would be presumptuous - if not sinful.  Instead, I hope that His Spirit has guided my thoughts.

How do you know that the Bible is the inspired Word of God?

I don't know that empirically - nor do you or your ecclesiastical authorities.  However, here is why I trust the Bible.

- The Bible is historically trustworthy.  It is one of the very best sourced books from antiquity.  And the Old and New Testaments can be traced to good source material - if not original (or directly transcribed) texts.  And when archaeological evidence is uncovered, it invariably supports the Word of God.

- The Bible is internally consistent.  The Bible does not contradict itself.  In the sixty-six books of canon (that I support), forty distinct authors penned the thoughts that God had given to them.  And in all of that diversity, there is no sustainable contradiction.  

- The practical teaching of the Bible are consistent with the practical advice from learned people of many (if not all) faiths.  

- The Bible does not merely feed our ids, egos or superegos.  It inspires us, yes.  But it also chastens us.  The Bible is a wholly reasonable standard upon which we can model our lives.  

- The Bible is consistent with man's behavior - both the mundane and the sublime.  It accurately describes our fallen state.  And it accurately highlights the fact that no matter how good we may be, we cannot will ourselves to be perfect.  

- The Bible accurately describes how our personal choices have alienated us from our heavenly Father - who is perfect and without blemish.  This dichotomy is why we need a Savior.  For us to enter into God's presence, God Himself needed to intervene in order to accept us - and to transmute us.

- The words of the Bible are a foundation upon which lives (and societies) can be built.  

I do not know that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  But I trust the Bible.  I trusted its teaching when I first met my Savior.  And neither it nor He have ever let me down.  It is my means of understanding who my Savior is.  And I trust my Savior.  

And I know that Jesus trusted the Bible (i.e., the Old Testament) because He quoted it throughout His ministry.  If it was good enough for Jesus, it is good enough for me.

Finally, I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God.  Here are some words that seem more compelling than my words would be on their own: Ultimately, above the human authors, the Bible was written by God. Second Timothy 3:16 tells us that the Bible was “breathed out” by God. God superintended the human authors of the Bible so that, while using their own writing styles and personalities, they still recorded exactly what God intended. (http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-authors.html)

Do I believe this?  Yes, I do - without hesitation or mental reservation.  Should you believe it?  I would say that you should.  Do I know that this is true?  From my experience, everything in the Bible has proven itself to be honest, fair and trustworthy.  

If you want to see a good treatise concerning why you should trust the Bible, I would point you to Rick Warren's eloquent defense of it: http://www.christianpost.com/news/rick-warren-why-can-i-trust-the-bible-67791/

And for an even more in-depth analysis, I would recommend You Can Trust the Bible (by John MacArthur).  http://www.gty.org/resources/positions/P10/you-can-trust-the-bible
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Digita Vaticana Oculus is now open

With very little fanfare (until now) the Vatican Library is being digitized. This is wonderful news.
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Visiting the Virtual Vatican Library

The first scanned images from an effort that's expected to take some 15 years. Some amazing stuff there.

(Of course, they won't be scanning the Super Secret Vatican Code Illuminati Templar Alien Visitor stuff ... but plenty of other cool manuscripts for them to share.)
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Tech savant and bon vivant
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  • DST Systems Inc.
    Senior Manager, 2013 - present
  • Tech Savant & Bon Vivant
    1961 - present
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
    Senior Manager, 2012 - 2013
  • General Dynamics Information Technology Inc
    Enterprise Architect, 2010 - 2012
  • H&R Block
    Senior Infrastructure Engiinee, 2007 - 2010
  • Microsoft
    Account Technology Specialist, 2006 - 2007
  • Sprint Nextel
    Senior Manager, 1987 - 2006
  • MCI Communications
    Systems Programmer, 1985 - 1987
  • Boeing Computer Services
    Programmer Analyst, 1983 - 1985
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Overland Park, KS - Fairfax, VA - Derwood, MD - Yosemite, CA - Bowie, MD - Silver Sprints, MD
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Tech-savvy cyclist and bon vivant from the US heartland
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I am a fifty-something 'electric roo' from the US heartland. I love God, my wife and kids, politics, bicycling, and every bit of tech I can get my hands on.
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