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 MOUNTAIN NOTES      29.Apr.2000

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Well, as you can tell, The MountainGnome is back to normal! We hope all of our readers, visitors, friends and family had a Happy~Safe~Blessed Easter. I guess ya'll figured out that I'm behind again.....errr...I'm gonna try to keep up and on time....really I kiddin':-)

  • EARTH FIRST! We'll stripmine the other planets later.
Sponsors Exposed:
Shucks folks, since we decided to show ya some pitures of our contest winners, I thought it only fittin' that we let ya see a couple of our contest sponsors. I got Carl and Dotty to send me their photos, so now we're a gonna expose them!

Let me introduce Carl Harrison of Welshware UnLtd. Carl is an extremely talented developer of some really great software. Carl thrives on improving his software for the user! The great thing about Welshware UnLtd. is, you get to try before you buy! Visit Carl and check out all the great software he has to offer!

Now let me introduce Dotty of Mugg Shots by Dotty. Ya know folks, I think Dotty was as excited as our winner of the Personalized Mouse Pad. Now Dotty is a real people lover and it shows in the quality of work that she does! Visit Dotty and have her put your favorite photo on just about anything!

New Kid on the Block:
Lets welcome Jon D. Luman of, as a new member. Jon has set up special pricing for our readers on Express Mail Server software! You can use your own PC as an email's great and the price is right for our readers! Thanks Jon and welcome aboard The MountainGnome Express!

 The Bob Jones    Tue. 18 Apr 2000

Davis Station Antarctica:
A snap from summer. A close encounter with a killer whale. The Big Kitchen Clean Up is the news for the week. The electricians and plumbers conducted general maintenance and service on all the stoves, fans and compressors, whilst Wally Owen and Ray Bajinskis cleaned the walls and ceiling with sugar soap. Robin Tihema and Darren Harpur stripped and polished the mess floor whilst others generally assisted with miscellaneous cleaning chores.
On Friday we officially opened hydroponics for the year with Brad French cutting the ribbon at a special Friday drinks ceremony. Brad has coordinated all the trade work with the electrical rewiring being done by Brad and Mark Clear out of hours or on station duties. Plumbing has been done by Andrew Reid and carpentry by Brendan Hill and others. Rob Sharp is in charge of planting and George Klich has maintained a watching brief and administrative role. We are now all looking forward to sampling the produce.
Mechanics Peter Thompson, Brett Hill and Nic Jones together with Brendan Hill spent the entire weekend moving snow so that we could have vehicular access to all the buildings. It was an enormous effort from the guys and it was great to see the D5 and the throaty voiced 950s in action. Despite the snow, strong winds and generally unpleasant weather the Met team of Joe Hopkins, Robin Tihema and Frederic Jobin have managed to launch weather balloons every day and the team has only lost the odd balloon at the height of the blizzard. The MET team preparing to launch baloon.
The snow and blizzards have gone for the moment but the temperature is still high (about -5C) and the wind is still blowing.
Until next time, cheers.
Information relating to Davis Station is at:
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To Bob and all the folks at Davis....we sure hope you had a great Easter.

  • "As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.... "
Talk About Dumb..
Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn't telling the truth. Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.

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Ridin' the Rails: Conway Scenic Railroad
All aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad for two great trains, three unique excursions.

Travel with them on one of their nostalgic train rides of varying duration through the beautiful Mt. Washington Valley and the surrounding White Mountains of New Hampshire. All train rides are roundtrip and depart from the historic North Conway station. Whether you choose one of the Valley routes to Conway (55 minutes) or Bartlett (1 3/4 hour), or the legendary Crawford Notch trip (5-5 1/2 hours), you'll journey into bygone days in the comfort of one of their open or enclosed restored passenger cars. The "Notch Train" and "Valley Train" are both powered by diesel electric locomotives, except for July 4 - Labor Day and late September - mid-October, when the popular steam locomotive #7470 is scheduled to provide the motive power for the North Conway to Conway excursion.
Happy Railroadin' Partners.....have fun and enjoy!!! No better way to enjoy wildlife....nature....and just down right relaxin'!

  • Smile, it's the second best thing you can do with your lips....
Outdoor Adventure: :Eagles Nest, NM.
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This Authentic cabin was built in the late 1800's and is available for Private Retreats or the Perfect Honeymoon! Elk-trout-golf.....only a part of the adventure!
  • The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)
Partners, lets git into overdrive mode and go to summer fun!
There was a time when the cry "Steamboat a Comin'!" would shake the air and stir the soul. Now you can experience the same magical, nostalgic, romantic, patriotic celebration of the American spirit on the legendary Delta Queen, the magnificent Mississippi Queen, and the grand American Queen. The company's newest riverboat, the 161-passenger Columbia Queen, will begin offering 8-night vacations in the Pacific Northwest in spring 2000.

Take a 3- to 14-night Steamboatin' vacation to the Heartland of America with The Delta Queen Steamboat Company, proud to be keeping America's Steamboatin' heritage alive since 1890.

For reservations and information, call your travel agent or 1-800-215-0805.

Survival Tip:Be prepared for your chosen recreation:
Being fit enough to go the distance takes physical preparation. Stick to your turnaround time (a general rule of thumb is to allow one thrid of your time for the trip in, and two thirds for the return trip). Take the proper equipment, have a trip plan, use maps, and reference/guide books.
Until next time: Be Safe ~ Be Happy!!

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    A: Ask a woman her age.


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 TIPS FOR: Moms-To-Be & New Moms
Site enables you to search a database consisting of over 10,000 names for babies. The site also provides meanings of these names. . .

Baby Naming Help:
How your baby's name sounds when it's said aloud is one of the most essential things to think about when choosing a name for your little one. Is it melodious? Harsh? Does it go well with your last name? Often, longer first names work better with shorter last names, and vice versa. Combining a first name that ends in a vowel with a last name that starts with a vowel generally isn't the best choice -- the names tend to run together ("Eva Anderson"). Avoid first names that rhyme with your last name. And please resist puns: A name like "Holly Wood" or "Bud Weiser" will be cute for about five minutes. Then your poor child will be stuck with it for the rest of his or her life.
NOTE: Always follow the advice of your Physician!
What You Can Do About Your Baby's Asthma:
Asthma is a chronic condition with no known cure. But it's a disease that can be successfully managed with medication and by keeping your child away from the things that trigger his attacks. If your child's asthma is persistent and keeps him from sleeping well, his pediatrician may prescribe daily medications to help prevent attacks. However, it's possible that the drugs could also disturb his sleep; if that seems to be happening, talk to your child's pediatrician about changing the dosage, shifting the time your child takes his medication, or switching to a different drug altogether. Some inhaled asthma medications have fewer side effects than those taken orally.
NOTE! Always check and follow the advice of your physician!!


Linux Note: When downloading a linux .tar/ .gz or .rpm file, It is sometimes necessary to hold down the shift key while clicking on the file you want to download.

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Software Review: QuickClean V5.0 Press Release.
The update for existing users only can be obtained from:
V5 - New additions and Changes
Advanced Timing, now correctly renamed to "Scheduling", now recognises: Particular Dates, with a maximum of 300-year intervals with a rolling-calendar to allow indefinite Timing! Log file is much more responsive upon loading up previous logs - instantly available, no more waiting for the log to "pop-up". COMDLG32.OCX and REGEDIT.OCX are no longer shipped with QuickClean. The Windows Registry access is direct and system-legal. Common Dialog controls such as file-requesters are called from the system, so no more COMDLG32 problems during installation or uninstallation. This also means, the installation package is 250k smaller.

Many icons dotted around. Everything is on a basics-up-front, dig deeper for advanced options format. Current QuickClean users will feel comfortable working in the advanced section where most options have remained identical to previous versions, whilst the unknowing user can immediately delve into the hard-basics of QuickClean Total Maintenance via the included Wizards to get the most out of QuickClean as easily and quickly as possible.

Defragmentation and Scandisk Wizards (recognises if you have Defrag/Scandisk installed) and will work with almost any other scandisk/defragmentation program too!

Again, BETTER and FASTER Cleaning Power!

Windows-Object Wizard - Schedule Movies, Bitmaps, MP3s, Word-Documents, HTML, Applications - ANYTHING - at a particular time. Drag-Around-the-screen feature on all "screens" allowing you to move any QuickClean screens around your desktop without the need to click the application-bar and move, just click almost anywhere on a QuickClean screen and drag the screen around. (Handy for when resolution changes have moved the form partly out of view).

ALL Programs Optimised, making QuickClean more productive, and easy to use.

NEW PROGRAM ADDITION: QuickClean Memory Injector - SWAP used physical into the Swap File, freeing up a desired amount of physical RAM. The memory freed is approximate to the memory requiring to be freed, sometimes it is more and sometimes it is less (depends on the other applications you may be running at the time and their memory requirements).

The AutoUpdate package is now part of QuickTray and can be run from the QC Icon in your task-tray.

Software Feature:
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The inventor of TURBO SURFER-2000 claimed that it would improve the internet performance of any desktop computer up to 220% instantly. Software Feature:
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Folks, Steve Gibson is the president of Gibson Research.....and from what we found out, an extremely talented programmer and developer. Some of his software is unbelievable. Check out the can thank me later:o)) Now, here is Gibson Research Software!
Shields Up!
Without your knowledge or explicit permission, the Windows networking technology which connects your computer to the Internet may be offering some or all of your computer's data to the entire world at this very moment!
Shields UP! quickly checks the SECURITY of YOUR computer's connection to the Internet. For the most reliable results you are invited to use our FREE IP Agent:
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Who doesn't remember the game called Choplifter from the early 80's. Airlift Rescue is a remake of Choplifter. You are the pilot of a helicopter and your mission is to rescue 64 hostages.
  • What is new in our time is the increased power of the authorities to enforce their own prejudices.


In the 1840's, blight hit Ireland's potato crop, the mainstay of the Irish diet. In the next ten years, more than a third of the Irish population either died from plague and famine or immigrated to other countries. Consequently, some Irish surnames died out during the famine or now exist only in foreign countries. You'll find an excellent listing of books about Irish surnames and heraldry at
  • What's the best way to have your husband remember your anniversary? Get married on his birthday.


Pining for fruit cobbler, when winter still has you in its grips? Then head for the freezer section at the grocery and bring home some frozen blackberries, peaches, or other fruit. Not only is that part easy, this recipe fairly demands that you do no work at all. Just sit back and savor the sweet flavor of summer! Note that the cobbler may boil over in the oven; place a cookie sheet under the baking pan to catch any drips. And, of course, you can use this cobbler recipe with fresh fruit in season, with even tastier results.

  • 4 cups blackberries or other fruit (thawed, if bought frozen)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla to berries. Set aside.

Melt butter in 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Mix remaining ingredients together well to form batter. Pour over melted butter; DO NOT stir. Place fruit mixture on top of batter; DO NOT stir.

Bake 45 to 60 minutes. About 30 minutes before removing from oven, sprinkle top with sugar.

So until next time, REMEMBER:  "The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost."