My Pirate Name

Posted: September 30, 2008 in Uncategorized
Ok Ok, I know it’s late for "Talk Like a Pirate Day" (Sept. 19), but I just found this hilarious "Pirate Name" quiz and it left me laughing all over the place. So I decided that I wanted to save the html block before it vanished into oblivion. I also figured, hey, those that know me outside of cyberspace (and several in it) would probably laugh and at about how fitting it is. So what better place to preserve this bit of humor than post it than by poor neglected blog?

My pirate name is:
Mad Anne Bonney

Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate’s life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!

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Note Self: SytemInfo

Posted: December 18, 2007 in Uncategorized

Systeminfo >

Ok so every once in a while I need to inventory a computer or two. There’s a pretty easy way to do it that will even create a .csv file that you can compile with other files if you have a lot of computers to inventory. I feel silly for not looking this up sooner.

OK so you go to the command prompt (if you don’t know how to get to the command prompt or how to use it, do a little research on the Microsoft website before playing with this kind of stuff or you stand a chance of messing some things up or just getting lost).

At the prompt type systeminfo /FO CSV > C:\computerinfo.csv.

This will itemize the information about your computer, set it up in a .csv format, and then write it to the c drive as the file computerinfo.csv.

Civic vs Metro Bus

Posted: August 8, 2007 in Uncategorized

When you commute you see a lot of people trying to buzz around the bus. They must be under the impression that the busses are slower or that they just aren’t as dangerous. Busses however are really big and really heavy, which means that it takes a lot of power to get them moving in the first place, and once they go, it takes a while to stop. This may be rude physics, but it seems to me that the mass of a bus and the energy required to get that bus moving would essentially turn a bus into a battering ram.

In the case of this very unlucky Honda Civic, there wasn’t much left.  Albeit high speed and other factors may have been involved, but the lesson for the rest of us would be this simple formula:

Car vs. Bus = Pancake

Another Great Web Pic

Posted: August 4, 2007 in Apple Maddness
This awesome pic was on Gizmodo  there’s  a trackback to the article its self below, but I just couldn’t help keeping this one!

Die LittleBrownMouse Coffee cup

Sweet iRony

Posted: July 11, 2007 in Uncategorized

OK, for anyone else who is tired of hearing stuff about the iPhone, well here’s a little something iPhone action that will leave you laughing.  The folks at Blendtec have placed an iPhone in a blender set to smoothie and lets just say that the let out the iSmoke.

Check out this and other blending antics at

coffee littlebrownmouse

New Stuff

Posted: July 11, 2007 in Office Software

So I’ve been working at a new job for the last few weeks and it’s a good place to work.  I like what I do and I’m learning a lot about Access and Excel 2007. 

I like working with Access a little more than Excel just because Access does a few more of the things I need to do without having to code it in VBA.  I wouldn’t mind learning more VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) but it’s a little time consuming so I’m sticking with macros for now.  I like the face that I can run a query to merge data from two tables and then have a table that displays just the information I want without additional filtering and fussing.

Don’t get me wrong I think that Excel is a phenomenal program that does some fascinating things, and the 3-D charts in Excel 2007 are posh.  The difference is that if you want to merge, manipulate and export data, take a look at using Access for these kinds of tasks.  If you need a really cool looking table for a presentation or you need to crunch some fiscal numbers, use Excel.  It’s a matter of knowing what’s in your toolbox and when to apply which tool to get the job done right, get the job done well, and still get the job done on time.

coffee Littlebrownmouse

Ok so this one was obscure and I want to make sure that I document it so that I remember for any future occurrences. Today I was asked to diagnose a strange MS Word problem. This copy of MS Word was automatically changing the formatting for the whole document whenever formatting was changed for a new paragraph.  The person was pressing Ctrl+E to center the top of the document, then the person hit enter twice and hit Ctrl+L to left justify the next paragraph.  After hitting Ctrl+L, the document changed the centered text to left justified text with the new line.

I was perplexed, I looked in Auto text, I looked in Auto formatting, I even wondered if a rogue macros was to blame.  But then I found out it was just an automatic style update that was to blame.  I found this at the Microsoft Office website under Troubleshooting Using Styles and Applying Formatting.

A style has changed unexpectedly.

Automatic updating may be turned on for the style With automatic updating, a style is updated when you make additional changes to it, so that certain elements in your document, such as headings, are consistent. You can turn off this setting by modifying the style. If the Styles and Formatting task pane (task pane: A window within an Office application that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.) is not open, click Styles and Formatting on the Formatting toolbar. Right-click the style that you want to change, and then click Modify. If the Automatically update check box is selected, clear it.

Your style may be based on another style that has changed. When a base style (base style: The underlying or original style on which other styles in a document are dependent. When you change a formatting element of the base style in a document, all other styles that originate from the base style will also reflect the change.) changes, so do all the styles that are dependent on it. For example, if you change the font in the Normal style (Normal style: The default paragraph style used in documents based on the Normal template ( to Arial, Microsoft Word changes the font for the styles used in footnotes, headers, footers, page numbers, and other text based on the Normal style.

If you don’t want a certain style to change when you change a base style, make certain that your style is not based on another style, or at least not on the base style that you’re changing. If the Styles and Formatting task pane is not open, click Styles and Formatting on the Formatting toolbar. Right-click the style that you want to change, and then click Modify. In the Style based on box, click (no style) or a style different from the base style you’re changing.

The document may be based on a template that changed. If you change the styles in a template (template: A file or files that contain the structure and tools for shaping such elements as the style and page layout of finished files. For example, Word templates can shape a single document, and FrontPage templates can shape an entire Web site.) and then reopen a document based on that template, styles in the current document may be updated, based on their new definitions in the template. If you don’t want the styles in documents based on a particular template to be updated when you open the documents, click Templates and Add-Ins on the Tools menu, and then clear the Automatically update document styles check box.

The template that contains the style definitions may be missing or damaged. If the template that contains the style definitions is missing or damaged, styles in the current document use the style definitions from the Normal template (Normal template: A global template that you can use for any type of document. You can modify this template to change the default document formatting or content.).

It took me forever to find this, but I’m glad that I began to wonder if Styles where the issue. Styles are a handy way of making your text more uniform, and setting a Style to Automatically Update makes it a lot easier to change a mass of text at one time (without writing a macro to do it). But that’s a subject for another day.