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Happy Easter!

On the first day of the week,very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?
6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” (Luke24: 1 – 7 NIV)

Happy Easter to everyone from all of here at Raised on Hoecakes.



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Four Bits.

Okay, so all the hard drives are installed.

The operating system is on the new drive.

It works. Oooooooo….pretty Windiws screen.

We installed the video card driver and when the system reboots, we have something we have never seen – a video display running in a 4 bit mode.

We literally have a maximum of 16 colors on the display. Not a blend of 16 colors, but just 16 colors.

We have no idea what is going on.



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It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming.

(Our annual post for this time of the year.)

via our friends at Igniter Media.



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Class (Or Lack Thereof).

The Miami Heat had their 27 game winning streak snapped by the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. The NBA record for most consecutive victories is 33 games by the 1972 – 1973 Los Angeles Lakers.

There is no doubt the Heat’s streak was an impressive feat. We don’t mean to diminish that accomplishment. As defending NBA champions with arguably the league’s best player in Lebron James, the Heat were getting the best performances from other teams.

So when a Chicago Bulls team missing their two best players beat the Heat on Wednesday, it was somewhat of a shock.

Yet what happened after the game deserves more scrutiny than it is getting:

With only two-tenths of a second left, James took the final inbounds pass in his own end, dropped the ball to allow time to expire, turned and walked toward the exit.

[The Heat] walked off the floor stoically, not exchanging any handshakes or pleasantries with the Bulls.

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New City Manager.

Satellite-Beach-Abstract_Background-ROHLast night we listened to an audio recording of the Satellite Beach City Council agenda item to “discuss and take action” on the contract for new City Manager Courtney Barker.

This was one of those meetings that almost is beyond description.

For example, the City Council worked on a contract that was not in the agenda packet. Instead, Councilwoman Gott had “reworked” the contract to, according to her, address confusing language and organization in the contract.

As the contract had been reviewed by City Attorney Jim Beadle, one has to wonder if the contract was so poorly written, why are we paying Beadle? It was interesting to listen to Gott and Beadle go back and forth on legal issues, but there is something questionable with paying a person for their expertise, and then attacking it because one does not like the wording or the organization of the contract.

The contract allows Barker perks which no other city employee gets. For example, new city employees have to acrue vacation and sick leave time but Barker’s contract gives her two weeks vacation and one week of sick leave immediately. Mayor Catino said the city’s consultant on hiring the city manager claimed this was a standard benefit for city managers when they change jobs.

Frankly, we don’t care.
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City Council Meeting Tonight.

Satellite-Beach-Red-Wood-Wall-ROH Tonight there is a special meeting of the Satellite Beach City Council to formally offer an employment contract to Courtney Barker, who the Council chose last week to fill the permament City Manager position.

The contract gives Barker $105,000 per year which seems to be in line for for experienced city managers but may be on the high side for a person who has no experience as a city manager or education for the position.

We fully expect Barker to accept the contract and the Council to approve the deal as well.

After that, it will be time to kick Interim City Manager Jeff Pearson back to the halls of the Police Department to resume his career as the Chief of Police and for Barker to start her career as the City Manager.

And with that, a new era in the city will bebgin.



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Bloomberg Has It All Wrong.

Mayor Bloomberg of New York stated what many have long suspected – he believes the government knows better what to do with your life than you do.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday: Sometimes government does know best. And in those cases, Americans should just cede their rights.

“I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom,” Mr. Bloomberg said, during an appearance on NBC. He made the statement during discussion of his soda ban —just shot down by the courts — and insistence that his fight to control sugary drink portion sizes in the city would go forth.

Recently we have been doing a lot of reading and research on the rights of people and specifically the rights of people as understood by the framers of the Constitution.

People like Madison, Mason, Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson all understood that the rights and freedoms rested with the individual and not the government. It is on that understanding the Constitution was written with restrictions placed not on the individual, but on the government.

So when Bloomberg says “we should infringe on your freedom,” he is in fact making an assault on the very foundation of this country.

But there is more to this as well.

When Bloomberg says “sometimes the government does know best,” what he is really saying is that one group of people know what is better for another group of people or individuals. He is saying thd government – just by being “the government” – can force it’s judgement upon individuals at the point of a sword.

And that’s where Bloomberg is even more wrong.

Bloomberg is the type of person who needs to go back to 2nd grade and be re-introduced to the Constitution and more importantly, the idea that America and Americans exist and live in freedom, not under the government’s thumb.



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The Saga Continues.

We aren’t sure where we are going with the computer.

We had a chance to throw on the new drive and it is working. The next step was to install Windows and the installation went off without a hitch.

The result of that installation has created new issues.

Like most computers, our old hard drive was “drive C” and was the system drive. The odd thing is that while that drive remains a system drive, the computer will not boot from that drive. In fact, Windows doesn’t even recognize the drive has Windows installed on it. (If it did, we would have done a recovery installation of Windiws which reinstalls the operating system, but keeps the data on the drive. It is the data we want and need.)

But because the computer saw a “C: drive” that was a system drive, the new installation of Windows on the new drive installed to a drive with a different letter which sucks.

Normally, renaming a drive is not a big deal as Windows allows you to rename drives and their order on the computer. If you don’t want to use Windows, there are plenty of computer utilities that will do it.

However, whether we want to use Windows or another utility to rename the drive doesn’t matter as Windows and the utilities won’t allow you to change the drive letters of a system drive. That means we can’t change the old drive to something other than “drive C:” and we can’t change the new drive to “drive C:.”

(Microsoft says there is a work-around, but we can’t find anyone who has tried it and gotten it to work.)

Frustrating.

The next plan is to take out the old “drive C:” and reinstall Windows on the new drive which should become the new “C: drive.” After that, we’ll plug in the old “C: drive” and see if the computer recognizes it so we can get the data off of it.

The bottom line is that a long, complicated and extensive job just became longer, more complicated and more extensive.



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