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Web News / What love is all about?
« on: July 30, 2008, 11:03:38 PM »
This Lion was purchased at Harrods in London way back in the 1970's when it was allowed to sell exotic animals for pets. Enjoy this video  :thumbsup:

Jokes / NO PEEKING....
« on: July 09, 2008, 02:09:54 AM »
This is private....caught Ya didn't I?   :tease:

LandzDown Lounge / Message for Clark76
« on: June 05, 2008, 06:26:05 AM »
First off, don't call me sir, it makes me feel old

Had a real laugh when I read this on HelptoGo  :laughing:

Keep up the good work, you guys are amazing to say the least.  :goodie: 

Suggestions and Site Feedback / Family Observation
« on: May 28, 2008, 05:33:20 AM »
My partner and I are visiting with our family 1600 kilometers south of where we live.

A little background to this story:

Our Laptop is setup in their roomy sized kitchen on part of the marble bench. Our Son in Law was organizing breakfast for the family, I was browsing Landzdown forum, when I came across a reply to a newbie on the Landzdown HijackThis forum.  I drew his attention to it as it somewhat amazed me and I wanted another opinion. 

He is a mature, fine man who is a Professorial Dean, and Doctor of Languages but most of all a teacher who incidentally is leaving today for a trip to Vienna - he is the primary speaker at an Islamic Conference over this coming weekend.  He is an Anglican Australian, not a Muslim.  We say this as most will think he is Muslim, not true, although two of his six languages are Hebrew and Arabic.

Back to the point of this thread...... here is a quote from the thread I refer to and the reason for this post.

Hi, Thedrumguru.  Why is it you only come visit us at LzD when you have a problem?    This time you have quite a nasty problem.  Let's see what we can do to get your machine cleaned and then I think we'll have to commit you to a detox center to slow down that "click here" finger.

Our daughter (who is also a teacher and Head of a Department at a private school) along with myself, my partner and Son in Law thought part of the content of the above quote was very degrading, and debilitating for a newbie who already was in need of some encouragement with their computer troubles.

This is not a criticism of the expert, in fact we wondered if it was said in jest?

Sometimes, in print, a reply appears quite strongly and can be taken the wrong way, so we all need to be careful when replying to forum posts over the internet.  In other words both my Son in law and daughter as teachers thought it sounded like a lecture for not appearing more often on this forum before asking for help.  Is there a rule as such? if so we could not find it in

We notice regularly replies from accredited folk on some other forums who do come over strongly/abruptly to say the least, and avoid posting within those forums if we need help when we know our thread could be answered by them.

We must all remember we can become complacent replying and need to give encouragement in all posts that are answered on all forums.

Just a family observation, certainly not a criticism.


How do I slipstream Windows SP3?

Is this link sound advice?
are there any dangers following it? tips would be good if the link is not for beginners please.

The reason I want to achieve this is when running SFC Scannow (now I have SP3 installed) it is needed to complete a scan correctly.

Any instructions would be welcome for this achievement thanks....

Jokes / Miss Beatrice
« on: May 09, 2008, 03:48:37 AM »
Miss Beatrice, the church organist,
was in her eighties and had never been married.
She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all.
One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room.
She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea.
As he sat facing her old Hammond organ,
the young minister noticed a cut-glass bowl sitting on top of it.
The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated, of all things, a condom!
When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat.
The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity
about the bowl of water and its strange floater,
but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.
'Miss Beatrice', he said,
'I wonder if you would tell me about this?' pointing to the bowl.
'Oh, yes,' she replied,
'Isn't it wonderful?
I was walking through the Park a few months ago
and I found this little package on the ground.
The directions said to place it on the organ,
keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease.
Do you know I haven't had the flu all winter.'

I downloaded and installed Windows SP3 on my PC and all went well, rebooted with no problems at all.

Windows XP SP/2/3
NVIDIA GeForce 6200
Billion 7300 Modem
New 80GB HD installed 5th June 2007

However I did the same on my Laptop:

Processor - Intel Core Duo 2 GHz Processor T2450
Display - 15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280X800) TFT Screen
Graphics - Up-to 128MB VIA Graphics
NB Memory 2GB (2x1GB) 667MHz DDR2 RAM
2.5" HD 100GB 7.200RPM Serial-ATA Hard Drive
80GB Seagate Barracuda HD backup for Acronis 10.
Billion 7300 Modem
Windows XP/SP2
Optical Drive-8xDVD/24xCD-RWComboDrive
Intergrated Options - 802.11B/G Wirless Module
Built-in Camera

and it would not reboot after installation was successful.

So it is now in the workshop waiting it's turn for the professionals to find out why?

I got an apology message on the desktop of the Laptop saying:

Please do one of the following

1. Boot to last known successful good configuration.
2. Safe mode
3. Safe Mode with networking
4. Continue normally with Windows startup.

I tried all four, no luck, took the Laptop to my local IT shop and it is the second one that has come in with the same problem today.

So there you go, thought this important to post so folk can be aware this could happen to them.

I will post an update when I know what the problem was to help others, however that may not be until Friday as the workshop is busy.

LandzDown Lounge / What talent?
« on: May 05, 2008, 08:54:06 PM »

The world at his feet I am sure you would agree. 8)

Jokes / You will forget it
« on: May 01, 2008, 02:42:49 AM »
An 80 year old couple were having problems remembering things, so they decided to get checked out to make sure nothing was wrong with them. When they arrived at the Doctor’s they explained to the doctor about the problems they were having with their memories.

After checking the couple out, the doctor tells them that they were physically okay, but might want to start writing things down and make notes to help them remember things. The couple thanked the doctor and left.

Later that night while watching TV, the old man got up from his chair and his wife asked, “Where are you going?”

He replied, “to the kitchen.”

She asked, “Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?”

He replies, “sure”.

She then asks him, “Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it.”

He says, “No I can remember that.”

She then says, “Well, I would like some strawberries on top.” You better write that down as I know you will forget that,”

He says, “I can remember that, you want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.”

She replies, “I would also like some whipped cream on top. I know you will forget that, so you better write it down.”

With irritation in his voice he says, “ I don’t want to write it down, I can remember that” and then fumes to the kitchen.

After about 20 minutes he returns from the kitchen and hands her a plate of bacon and eggs.

She stares at the plate for a moment, then says, “you forgot the toast”.

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Shutdown hic-up
« on: April 30, 2008, 09:39:05 PM »
I have developed a slight hic-cup on shutdown with my PC.   

To describe it fully, when I click "shutdown" there is a momentary flickback of the desktop before the system proceeds to shut down.  Sometimes there is a dialog saying "Windows is closing IE, you can end it now or wait" words to that effect.

I have minimum (3) startup programs running, with Selective Startup in Services with 36 processes running in Task Manager.  I run Avast Antivirus, several Antispyware programs run randomly and not enabled at startup.  My HD is 80GB with 58GB free and has been defragged lately.

This has got me beaten except to say that with 2GB RAM and a page file showing 1488MB, would this be correct for the following system please?

Windows XP SP/2,
NVIDIA GeForce 6200

I would appreciate some suggestions how to solve this annoying hic-cup......thanks.  :(

LandzDown Lounge / Canine talent
« on: April 28, 2008, 10:18:52 PM »

Suggestions and Site Feedback / How long is "Modify"
« on: April 18, 2008, 01:43:52 AM »
I made a typo here in my last post,;topicseen#msg75942
When I went back in to correct it I could still access the "modify" button, corrected the mistake, but was not able to 'save' to the correct spelling. 

  • How long is the modify button active for?
  • All other forums I am a member of give me an edit button for such mistakes.
  • May I suggest one here for the regulars please?

thank you......could one of the mods or Admin correct it if not as I really do not like leaving spelling mistakes within my posts.

Jokes / Sister Mary
« on: April 16, 2008, 08:36:52 PM »

Sister Mary Ann,
was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients
when she ran out of petrol.

As luck would have it, an Texaco Station was just a block away.
She walked to the station to borrow a  can and buy some petrol. The
attendant told her that the only petrol can he owned had been loaned out,
but she could wait until it was returned. Since Sister Mary Ann was on
the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her

She looked for something in her car that she could fill with petrol
and spotted the bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always
resourceful, Sister Mary Ann carried the bedpan to the station,
filled it with petrol, and carried the full bedpan back to her car.
As she was pouring the petrol into her tank, two Baptists
watched from across the street.
One of them turned to the other and said,
' If it starts, I'm turning Catholic.'

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