Thursday, February 28, 2013

$60 Million to Syria?

WTF?!?!So the United States is sending $60 Million to Syria in aid to help the resistance.  This troubles me significantly on two aspects.

1. We are sending money to an "Axis of Evil".
--- How do we guarantee that the money will be spent on what is needed, "AID", and not guns and bullets.
--- What is our Return On Investment?  What do we have to gain?

2.  We have a Federal Budget CRISIS!!
--- We have employees that are about to be laid off for 22 day with no pay, and no compensation.
--- Teachers will be laid off and doors to schools will be shut due to loss in financial aid to schools for Head Start and Early Start.
--- Veterans will lose medical care or have severe delay in care due to loss in contracted doctors and Civil Service Doctors.


None of this makes sence.  They are acting like kindergartener and are spoiled rotten!  We need to RECALL all Congressmen and the President if they can't work this out.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Winter Storm Watch 02-23-13 #okwx #okfire

Here we go again!!

[caption id="attachment_243" align="alignleft" width="300"]Heavy snow will be possible Sunday evening through early Tuesday morning across parts of Oklahoma. Areas of 8 to 10 inches of snow with some locally heavier amounts are currently forecast for parts of northern Oklahoma. Central Oklahoma is likely to see between 4 and 8 inches of snow. However, it's important not to focus only on the snow amounts. Strong winds will also cause blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibility. Heavy snow will be possible Sunday evening through early Tuesday morning across parts of Oklahoma. Areas of 8 to 10 inches of snow with some locally heavier amounts are currently forecast for parts of northern Oklahoma. Central Oklahoma is likely to see between 4 and 8 inches of snow. However, it's important not to focus only on the snow amounts. Strong winds will also cause blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibility.[/caption]

Winter Storm Watch
312 PM CST SAT FEB 23 2013

312 PM CST SAT FEB 23 2013








Thursday, February 21, 2013

The buget cuts are bad policy!

[caption id="attachment_237" align="alignleft" width="300"]Budget cuts are bad policy. Budget cuts are bad policy.[/caption]

Because they're indiscriminate: They give spending cuts a bad name. The law governing them requires that they be applied in a uniform way across the board.

In other words, the meat of the federal government will be cut along with the fat, and by the same percentages in many instances. So needed projects and investments will be cut in equal measure with bloated projects that are duplicative. And people doing good work will lose jobs or pay right alongside people who do shoddy work.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cost of everyday items

TGI1E6E2SG9ZSee the attached document for a list of every day items that people pay for like gas, milk, and bread.  Also see the average pay for all Americans and cost of rent and home ownership.

Cost of Items




Furlough FAQ

Pentagon officials said that if sequestration is not averted, they would notify civilians in late March of impending furloughs. Based on guidance from the Pentagon and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, here’s what sequestration could mean to hundreds of thousands of DOD employees worldwide:

Q: Who’s subject to furloughs?

A: All DOD civilians except for those deemed exempt for the protection of life or property, certain high-ranking political appointees and those whose pay come from sources other than Congressional appropriations. Thousands of DOD intelligence workers may be deemed exempt as well, a decision being mulled over by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Pentagon officials say.

Q: What about the troops?

A: By presidential order, military personnel are exempt from furloughs brought on by sequestration.

Q: I’m a civilian working downrange. Will I be furloughed?

A: No one working in war zones will be furloughed.

Q: When will furloughs start?

A: If sequestration is not averted, employees will begin losing one workday a week in late April, continuing through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, totaling 22 days.

Q: How do I know what days I’ll be furloughed?

A: Your bosses will make the call. Agencies and offices will schedule furlough days to create minimum impact on operations.

Q: How do I know if I’m an “essential employee”?

A: Unlike past planning for government shutdowns, no one is automatically deemed “essential.” Military branches and agencies must submit lists of proposed exempt workers who must stay on the job to preserve life or property by March 1. Pentagon leaders will make decisions soon after that. Individual employees will be notified of furloughs in April and have one week to appeal.

Q: What if I’m an emergency worker or first responder?

A: You might be furloughed. To save money, agencies will exempt the minimum number of staffers needed to protect life and property.

Q: What about my children’s teachers and school staff?

A: They are not exempt from furloughs. The Department of Defense Education Activity is scrambling to develop plans to prevent learning disruptions in potentially understaffed schools and to protect schools’ accreditation.

Q: How will the furlough affect my pay?

A: You will not be paid for furloughed days, and lost pay cannot be recouped, as it was after government shutdowns in the past.

Q: Will furloughs at DFAS hold up paychecks?

A: While employees at Defense Financing and Accounting Services can be furloughed, the Pentagon says the agency will continue processing pay as usual.

Q: What about leave accrual?

A: While working four days a week during the furlough period, you will accrue annual and sick leave more slowly than usual.

Q: Can I use accrued leave time on furlough days to prevent income loss?

A: No.

Q: Can I apply for unemployment compensation on furlough days?

A: Probably not. DOD worked out the one-day-a-week plan in part to prevent employees in any state from filing for unemployment, which comes out of DOD’s budget.

Q: How will this affect retirement contributions?

A: If you contribute a percentage of your pay, the same percentage will continue to be withheld, resulting in a smaller contribution. If you are in a Thrift Savings Plan and contribute a set dollar amount, the same amount will continue to be withheld. In either case, the employer match would continue as before.

Q: Do I lose health coverage on furlough days?

A: No. However, furloughs of some medical employees could cause delays and cancellations at military health facilities, particularly for civilians, because military members’ health care must remain unaffected by sequestration.

Q: As a DOD civilian working overseas, will housing or post allowances be cut?

A: No, there would be no effect until after 14 consecutive days of furlough, which won’t happen under the current plan.

Q: Will the furlough affect my Social Security work credits or eventual monthly payment at retirement?

A: It would probably not affect Social Security credits, because maximum yearly credits require less than $5,000 income to earn. But because Social Security retirement benefits are calculated based on yearly earnings, the furlough could have a marginal impact.

Q: Are there any tax deductions or credits to help furloughed government employees?

A: None at this time.

Q: What if I need to borrow from my retirement savings account to help make up for lost income?

A: DOD says it does not manage retirement accounts. Presumably, however, early withdrawals could result in penalties, unless, for example, they’re taken in the form of a 401k loan and paid back on time.

Q: I’ve got a project due. Can I telecommute on furlough days?

A: No, furloughed employees are forbidden from any work at all — even reading emails. During government shutdowns in the past, DOD collected gear like computers that could be used for work purposes, although it is not clear that would be done this year if furloughs are imposed. You and your boss will have to work it out.

Budget Uncertainty Impact On Oklahoma

This slide is just the ARMY, these figures do not include the Air Force.  Plus we can't forget the rest of the federal Gov't that will be cut.

DoD Bases that will be impacted:

Air Force Cuts: $127 Million in pay for almost 14,000 Employees

  • Air Force - Altus, AFB (Altus, OK)

  • Air Force - Tinker AFB (OKC, OK)

  • Air Force - Vance AFB (Enid, OK)

ARMY Cuts:  $34 Million in pay for almost 6,800 Employees.

  • AMRY - Fort Sill (Lawton, OK)

  • ARMY - McAlester Ammo Plant (McAlester, OK)

Coast Guard Cuts:  Figured not availible yet.

  • Coast Guard - Coast Guard Institute (OKC, OK)

  • Coast Guard - Container Inspection Training (OKC, OK)

Budge Uncertainty Impact on Oklahoma

Preparations for Potential Sequestration on March 1 and Furlough Notifications


February 20, 2013

Army Cuts By State Briefing

Message from the Department from Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta on the Preparations for Potential Sequestration on March 1 and Furlough Notifications

"To All Department of Defense Personnel:

"For more than a year and a half, the president, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I have repeatedly voiced our deep concerns over the half a trillion dollars in automatic across-the-board cuts that would be imposed under sequestration and the severe damage that would do both to this department and to our national defense.

"The administration continues to work with Congress to reach agreement on a balanced deficit reduction plan to avoid these cuts. Meanwhile, because another trigger for sequestration is approaching on March 1, the department's leadership has begun extensive planning on how to implement the required spending reductions. Those cuts will be magnified because the department has been forced to operate under a six-month continuing resolution that has already compelled us to take steps to reduce spending.

"In the event of sequestration we will do everything we can to be able to continue to perform our core mission of providing for the security of the United States, but there is no mistaking that the rigid nature of the cuts forced upon this department, and their scale, will result in a serious erosion of readiness across the force.

"I have also been deeply concerned about the potential direct impact of sequestration on you and your families. We are doing everything possible to limit the worst effects on DoD personnel -- but I regret that our flexibility within the law is extremely limited. The president has used his legal authority to exempt military personnel funding from sequestration, but we have no legal authority to exempt civilian personnel funding from reductions. As a result, should sequestration occur and continue for a substantial period, DoD will be forced to place the vast majority of its civilian workforce on administrative furlough.

"Today, I notified Congress that furloughs could occur under sequestration. I can assure you that, if we have to implement furloughs, all affected employees will be provided at least 30 days' notice prior to executing a furlough and your benefits will be protected to the maximum extent possible. We also will work to ensure that furloughs are executed in a consistent and appropriate manner, and we will also continue to engage in discussions with employee unions as appropriate.

"Working with your component heads and supervisors, the department's leaders will continue to keep you informed. As we deal with these difficult issues, I want to thank you for your patience, your hard work, and your continued dedication to our mission of protecting the country.

"Our most important asset at the department is our world-class personnel. You are fighting every day to keep our country strong and secure, and rest assured that the leaders of this department will continue to fight with you and for you."

What do you want your military to do?

“We built a strategy last year that we said we could execute and absorb $487 billion. I can't sit here today and guarantee you that if you take another $175 billion that that strategy remains solvent.” “The question I would ask this committee: What do you want your military to do? If you want it to be doing what it's doing today, then we can't give you another dollar. If you want us to do something less than that, we're all there with you and we'll figure it out.”

Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Deal or No Deal?

Most political analysts on the Hill are predicting that a short-term sequester appears likely. With the “meat ax” about to fall, Congress is still at odds over the budget. Senate Democrats are now pushing a $110B package that would raise new reve-nues and reduce planned defense spending by $27.5B. But House Republicans are flatly refusing to consider any new revenues — setting the stage for a showdown almost certain to drag on past March 1, when sequestration is scheduled to begin taking effect.

Sequestration Not In The Best Interest Of National Security

This week both SASC and HASC full committees held congressional hearings on the im-pacts of sequestration on the DoD. Witnesses included DepSecDef , USD (Comptroller), CJCS & Service Chiefs. The intent of the hearings was to afford the Department and op-portunity to explain in greater detail the devastating impacts that a yearlong Continuing Resolution, coupled with Sequestration on a every aspect of National Defense as well as the economy in general. All Members were eager for detailed information on the exact impacts on readiness, support programs such as mental health initiatives, equipping and modernization and especially on the industrial base. There were specific concerns about the impacts on contracts; the cost of rebounding from measures already taken if sequestration is delayed or repealed and a budget is passed; and, the cost of the fur-lough versus any cost savings, especially if the WARN Act is found to apply.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


So, most of us know that JAVA is bad for you..  No, not the Java that you drink, but the JAVA that is on your computer.  Back in January JAVA was found to be vulnerable and in a very bad way, so bad that the Department of Homelad Security called it a "National Security Risk" as the current java, JAVA 6.37, had over 86 vulnerabilities.  DHS went even further to instruct users to either disable or uninstall JAVA.

Well a month later we are starting to see big named companies being hacked due to these JAVA vulnerabilities.  Last week Facebook announced that they were hacked.  The string of hacks have primarily exploited vulnerabilities in the programming language Java, which is installed on most computers by default. Facebook said the site responsible for its attack took advantage of a previously unknown Java vulnerability, which Oracle patched on February 1.

Apple now says that it was targeted by the same crew that recently hit Facebook, and managed to infect a "small number" of the company's computers.  At the moment, Apple says "there was no evidence that any data left" its facilities, but that could change as the firm works with law enforcement. There are few details to share right now, but if Apple knows the attack—very narrow in scale, most likely a focused malware infection—is related to Facebook's, then this is a Chinese job.

So with all this info coming in, it is still best to REMOVE JAVA from your comptuer.  SUN has proven that their JAVA can not be trusted and is too vulnerabe.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Remove "Windows.old" folder

So if you have upgraded to Windows 8, then you may notice that you have a "Windows.old" folder in the root of your C Drive.  If you try and delete it, you get an error of Access Denied.  So here it how to delte it and recover the 30-50GB of space.

WARNING!!! Before using Disk Cleanup, make sure that all of your files and settings are in Windows 8 and are correct.

1.  Open Disk Cleanup by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Disk Cleanup in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files.

If you're prompted to choose a drive, select the drive that you just installed Windows on, and then click OK.

2.  In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, on the Disk Cleanup tab, click Clean up system files.

If you're again prompted to choose a drive, select the drive you just installed Windows on, and then click OK.

3.  Select the Previous Windows installation(s) check box, and any other check boxes for the files you want to delete, and then click OK.

4.  In the message that appears, click Delete files.

Clean Windows 8 Install

With the new Windows 8 Update disk, it is almost impossible to preform a clean install to a formatted Hard Drive.  So try this the next time.


  1. From a Formatted Hard Drive, install Windows 8

  2. Once WIN8 is loaded and ready to go, ckick the Windows Key and type in "REGEDIT" and press Enter.

  3. Goto "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/" and open the "MediabootInstall" key.

  4. Change the value from 1 to 0.

  5. Exit Registry

  6. Click on the Windows Key again and Type "CMD", and then right click on the Comand Prompt Program and select "Run as Administrator"

  7. When the Command Box opens, tpye "slmgr /rearm" and press Enter.

  8. After it completes, Restart the Comptuer.

  9. When Windows comes back up, activate Windows.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Build the Best PC For Your Buck

So funny that I came upon this article today about the best built computer for your dollar...  Seems that I was just about spot on.....


  • Recommend:  Intel Core i5 3570K

  • Purchased:  Intel Core i5 3570


  • Recommend:  Gigabyte GTX 660

  • Purchased:  Gigabyte GTX 660


  • Recommend:  Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH

  • Purchased:  ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155


  • Recommend:  Crucial M4 256GB

  • Purchased:  Samsung 120GB

Hard Drive:

  • Recommend:  Seagate Barracuda 3TB

  • Purchased:  Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD6000BLHX 600GB


  • Recommend:  NZXT Phantom 410

  • Purchased:  NZXT Phantom 410


  • Recommend:  8GB DDR3/1600 or DDR3/1866

  • Purchased:  G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600


  • Recommend:  Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

  • Purchased:  Stock Intel Cooler

Power Supply:

  • Recommend:  Corsair CX600

  • Purchased:  Rosewill Lightning 1300W

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Snowfall forcast #okwx

So here is the next storm..  Hoping for more rain then snow, but will take anything at this point as we are 12" below normal between 2012 and 2013.

[caption id="attachment_138" align="alignnone" width="516"]2-12-13_snow Amounts may vary![/caption]

Monday, February 11, 2013

Winter Storm Watch #OKWX

942 PM CST MON FEB 11 2013

Video of My Build

So here is my new build all lit up.. It's name is "Big Red".

Saturday, February 9, 2013

My Weekend...

Working on 5 computers this weekend...  Friend's laptop, My new Desktop, Client's 2 computers, and getting my MacBook Pro ready for a new owner.

Friend's Laptop - Waiting on Parts

My new desktop - Waiting on Power Supply..

2 Client Computers - Done...

MacBook Pro - Backing up my data and getting ready to wipe and reimage it with Mountain lion.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

EcclesMD Custom Build

Below is a Custom Build that I am building for a local company in Lawton.  These are going to be Mid-Grade Workstations.


Cost to customer: $410.00

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $49
Thermaltake VN40006W2N Commander MS-I Snow Edition Tower Case - ATX, Mid-Tower, 3x 5.25" Bays, 5x 3.5" Bays, 7x Expansion Slots, USB, USB 3.0, Security Lock, White[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $44.39
Kingwin ABT-650MM Maximum Series ATX Power Supply - 650W, 120mm Fan, Single +12V Rail[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $80.81
MSI 970A-G46 AMD 9 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, 2133MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX Ready[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $111.92
AMD FD4100WMGUSBX FX-4100 Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 2MB L2 Cache, 3.60GHz (3.80GHz Max Turbo), Socket AM3+, 95W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $51.24
(2ea) ADATA Premier Series AD3U1333C4G9-SH 4GB Desktop Memory Module - PC3-10666, DDR3-1333MHz, 240-pin DIMM[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $46.10
Galaxy 61TGS4HX2LTX GeForce GT 610 GC Video Card - 1GB, DDR3, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, DirectX 11, NVIDIA PhsyX, NVIDIA CUDA, Overclocked[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $19.99
Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X Internal DVD Burner - DVD±R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD±R (DL) 12X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA, 2MB, Black, OEM[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $59.99
WD Blue WD5000BPVT 500GB Mobile Hard Drive - 2.5", SATA, 5400RPM, 8MB Cache[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_125" align="alignnone" width="300"]windows7-box $99.99
Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_124" align="alignnone" width="272"]Office2007 $215.00
Microsoft Office 2007 Professional[/caption]


My New Computer Build

Here is my new build....


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $99.99 - NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $179.99 - Rosewill LIGHTNING-1300 1300W Continuous@50°C,80 PLUS GOLD Certified,Pipe-rock Modular Design,Single +12V Rail,ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.92,SLI&CrossFire Ready,Active-PFC Power Supply[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $3.99 - Coboc 6 ft. Power Cable with 3 Conductor PC power (Black)[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $214.98 - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $199.99 - Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53570[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $87.99 - G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GAR[/caption]


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] $214.99 - GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card[/caption]


Total + Shipping - Rebates = $1058.00


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Training Hollidays

Was just told no more Training Holidays at work....   Looks like this Ferlough stuff is getting ready to happen, may have to go get a part time job now.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Obscure Engineering Conversion Factors

1. Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi

2. 2000 pounds of Chinese Soup = Won ton

3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope

4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond

5. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram

6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong

7. 365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer = 1 Lite year

8. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling

9. Half a large intestine = 1 semicolon

10. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz

11. Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower

12. Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line

13. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

14. 1 trillion microphones = 1 megaphone

15. 1 million bicycles = 1 megacycle

16. 365 bicycles = 1 unicycle

17. 2000 mockingbirds = two kilomockingbirds

18. 10 cards = 1 decacard

19. 52 cards = 1 deckacards

20. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 Fig Newton

21. 1000 ccs of wet socks = 1 literhosen

22. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche

23. 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin

24. 10 rations = 1 decaration

25. 100 rations = 1 C-Ration

26. 2 monograms = 1 diagram

27. 8 nickels = 2 paradigms

28. 5 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = One I.V. League

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong

Friday, February 1, 2013

Trust Me!

For all my XBOX friends!

Trust Me!

Blue/Green - The Thinking Relator

I am the most inward acting of all the behavioral styles. I like to work independently on familiar tasks that I can direct and control.

I am restrained, diplomatic and accommodating. I think of myself as a true perfectionist when dealing with tasks and people. If I fully understand the situation, I can give it my best effort.

I generally see a better way and a worse way to do things, and I know which one I would like to avoid. I do not like conflict and often find myself as not only an administrator who goes by the book, but also as someone people will come to for a balanced and thoughtful response.

My tendencies include:

  • I follow established expectations and rules

  • I attend precisely to details and ensure follow-through

  • I dislike opposition, hostility, confrontation and adversity

  • I must have stability and clarity in what people expect from me

  • I am generally restrained, face saving and reluctant to get involved

  • I tend to become more reserved, indirect, even secretive under pressure

  • I do not like public recognition or making presentations

My Potential Limiters:

With tasks: Because I am continually on the lookout for ideal solutions, I may miss the less than perfect opportunities. I could benefit from developing more realistic expectations, adjusting to less than perfect alternatives, in my pursuit of success.

With people: I am uncomfortable with in depth involvement with people, so I could benefit by improving my social skills, getting to know and appreciate different types of people.

  • I should be more open and forthright in expressing my thoughts

  • I need to be more genuinely open to people different from myself

  • I hope to identify at least two new growth goals each year that involve improving my adaptability