2007-12-24 "O Come All Ye Faithful"

Well, here it is … Christmas eve! And whether or not you celebrate Christmas, it’s still a wonderful time of the year to reflect on all the good things that people have done for us this past year. The movie Pay It Forward from a few years ago showed how doing one good deed to another human being could change that person’s life. Let’s take time to give thanks to those people who have been generous to us, especially to all those who support the SBS newsgroups. Today’s song is one of the traditional Chrisitmas hymns. I remember (and still love) singing it … Continue reading 2007-12-24 "O Come All Ye Faithful"

2007-12-23 "A Baby Just Like You"

I love finding non-traditional Christmas songs that include a universal message of joy and peace, no matter what your particular religious or spiritual slant may be. We have just a short time on this earth, and we should strive to make it a better place for the coming generations. John Denver penned this song over 30 years ago for the baby (Zachary) that he and his wife adopted. It’s simple and yet has a special charm and feel about it. I’m not going to change the words to the song at all. I hope you enjoy it! And here’s a video link of … Continue reading 2007-12-23 "A Baby Just Like You"

2007-12-22 "Let It Snow!"

Well as I check the weather this morning, here’s what I see for the forecast highs today: Seattle 38F, Sacramento 29F, Omaha 24F, Dallas 56F, New York 36F, New Orleans 63F, and Tampa 57F. And for our non-US readers, we have: London 46F/7C, Munich 25F/-4C, Brussels 44F/7C, Sao Paulo 79F/26C, Sydney 66F/19C, Aukland 63F/17C, Singapore 79F/26C, Ottawa 27F/-3C, Edmonton 1F/-17C You get the picture … it’s cold in most places, and warm in other places. But wherever we are, hopefully we have a chance to put a smile on someone’s face. So go out and do something nice for someone … surprise them! … Continue reading 2007-12-22 "Let It Snow!"

2007-12-21 "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer"

I just finished watching “The Polar Express” with my daughter tonight. It’s become a family tradition to make some hot chocolate and drink it while watching Tom Hanks sing the “Hot, Hot, Hot Chocolate” song in the movie. We all have our own traditions and ways to celebrate with family and friends. I’m reminded that the world does not revolve around computers, although computers (not love) may make the world go ’round! So, let’s get into the Christmas spirit and join in a song that children and adults love to sing! Windows, the Red-Nosed Softwareaka Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer You … Continue reading 2007-12-21 "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer"

2007-12-20 "Christmas in Killarney"

One of my top three Christmas albums of all times is Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, first released in 1945. If you want to know my other top two Christmas albums, keep reading past the song lyrics. Bing and the Andrews Sisters, a cup of hot chocalate, and family and friends around … make for a wonderful Christmas event. One of the songs from this album is Christmas in Killarney. Here is a link to an Irish version of the song. Hopefully everyone will have a delightful and wonderful holiday with family and friends. But we all fear the phone call late on Christmas Eve … Continue reading 2007-12-20 "Christmas in Killarney"

2007-12-19 "Deck The Halls"

Although the words to Deck the Halls, as we know it, were written in the 19th century, the melody is a Welsh tune from the 1700’s. It is truly amazing how universal music is, and can be. Hopefully, it does bring us closer together, and perhaps the Christmas greeting of “Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward all” can be a reality in our lives this year. Enjoy! Wreck Your Disksaka Deck The HallsWreck your disks with lots of spywareFa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la‘Tis the reason for the bloatwareFa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-laBooting up we go to safe modeFa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.Troll the disks for all that cr*p codeFa-la-la-la-la, … Continue reading 2007-12-19 "Deck The Halls"

2007-12-18 "What Child Is This"

What do you want for Christmas this year — more presents? or more patches from Microsoft?  For children of all ages, Christmas can be a time of excitement and wonder. For Christians, Christmas celebrates the birth of the Son of God. For computer geeks, Christmas means new electronic toys and gamesFor computer professionals, Christmas means customers calling us to tell us they just bought an iPhone and wanting to know why we can’t hook it up to Exchange? For all of us, the anticipation of a new service pack or hot fix can either be an answer to prayer or a call to … Continue reading 2007-12-18 "What Child Is This"

2007-12-17 "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

Here in Florida, we had a cold front come through last night … dropping the temperature from the 90’s(F) to the 30’s (F) yesterday. Now, we’re ready to start talking Christmas and fireplaces and roasted chesnuts. And, along with all the festivities and fmaily gatherings, there’s a lot of computers and electronics being pushed. Did you know you can’t find a cassette player any more in the department stores? And just a few years ago, plasma/LCD TV’s were too expensive … but now we have to have one in every room of the house! So, as you go about your work … Continue reading 2007-12-17 "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

2007-12-15 "Santa Claus is Coming To Town"

Oh, boy … only 10 more shopping days ’til Christmas! Generally, I wait until Dec 23rd to start my shopping. The way I see it, by waiting until the end, then all the shelves are fairly empty, which makes selecting a gift that much easier 🙂 So, to help us get away from the computer and emails for a few minutes, here’s a song to put a bounce into your step. This song is celebrating it’s 75th birthday, being written in 1932 and performed in 1934 on the old Eddie Cantor radio show. Microsoft is Changing Its Mindaka Santa Claus is Coming To Town … Continue reading 2007-12-15 "Santa Claus is Coming To Town"

2007-12-08 "I’ll Have a Blue Christmas"

OK, we’re going to give you a break from my bad Christmas parodies. Chris Pirillo has his own selection of Christmas song parodies. He one-ups me by doing it bt creating his own MP3 recording. The song I selected is his take of the Eliv Presley’s hit, “Blue Christmas”. Here’s his recording: http://media.thechrispirilloshow.com/mp3/BlueVista.mp3Here is his blog and video clip of the song: http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/10/19/christmas-music-parody-blue-vista/ And here are the lyrics to the song. Merry Christmas, and a big thanks to Chris Pirillo! I’ve had a blue desktop with Vista.I’ve been so blue. XP, I’ve missed ya.Dialogs popping up thanks to UAC.Just ain’t the same, … Continue reading 2007-12-08 "I’ll Have a Blue Christmas"