Cracker Plant Construction

It is a three year project by Shell oil. When finished, it will take large petroleum molecules, the heavy stuff, and break then into smaller molecules. It “cracks’ them. The smaller molecules will be made into plastic beads which will be shipped to other companies who will make things with them. Think of it as an oil re-refinery.

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My new QSL card, so I can confirm an amateur radio contact.

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Backup up your Computer Files to the Cloud

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Having backup copies of your vital computer data is good but it doesn’t protect against all hazards. What if the house burns down? What if you have to evacuate your neighborhood and you can’t get back into the house? What if the police decide you are up to mischief, and they confiscate your computers and hard drives. Finally, what if your data storage becomes obsolete. It is possible that you could discover your backup copies are gone or useless.

That’s where a cloud-based backup system is so valuable. They cost money, with a yearly fee almost equal to the price of a 4-terabyte hard drive.

Here, everything is store on “the cloud”, wherever that is.

There are several such systems commercially available starting at $5 per month. Some make backup continuously. Some do it at a pre-determined time of the day. Some do it every 15 minutes.

One good thing is that if you buy a new computer, you don’t need to copy everything to the new machine. You just do a full data restore from your cloud storage.

When you first subscribe to a cloud back-up system, the initial start up can take several days to compete the upload. It took more than two weeks to get all my data on to the iDrive cloud. I was beginning to doubt whether it would ever finish

Some people like to store all their data, including their working files, on the cloud with systems like OneDrive by Microsoft. This will give you access to your data no matter which or who’s computer you have access to, provided you can connect with the internet

(Note: OneDrive keeps a copy of your cloud files on your computer—if you can find it.)

There is a security risk here. If you chose to share a file with a friend by giving them your password, they could have access to everything and if they decided not to be friends, they can change or delete your files.

A true story:

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A scammer contacted a man in England and told him that his computer had a virus and offered to fix it for him. The marketer asked for and received remote access to the man’s computer. At least, he thought it was this person’s computer.

This man was a computer expert with some very sophisticated tools. He had given the scammer access to a ‘virtual computer’ which was fake. When the scammer downloaded data from the man’s ‘virtual’ computer, he also received a trojan program. This gave the Englishman control of the scammer’s computer.

He then copied all the scammer data. Then he copied all the information for the other computers in the scammer’s office. Finally, he wiped all data on all computers and on their backups. Then he turned everything over to the government for appropriate action.

I wonder if the scammer had things backed up to an exterior hard drive that was disconnected from the system? In this case, I hope not.



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You Can’t Get Back to Neutral Ground

“When the Prophet had ended telling how he had been treated, Brother Behunin remarked: ‘If I should leave this Church I would not do as those men have done: I would go to some remote place where Mormonism had never been heard of, settle down, and no one would ever learn that I knew anything about it.’Crossing the Bridge 2017 09 13 (3) msn

“The great Seer immediately replied: ‘Brother Behunin, you don’t know what you would do. No doubt these men once thought as you do. Before you joined this Church you stood on neutral ground. When the gospel was preached, good and evil were set before you. You could choose either or neither. There were two opposite masters inviting you to serve them. When you joined this Church you enlisted to serve God. When you did that you left the neutral ground, and you never can get back on to it. Should you forsake the Master you enlisted to serve, it will be by the instigation of the evil one, and you will follow his dictation and be his servant.’”15



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14″ Bolt Cutter Recovery

2020 01 03 S (3) m2sn Recovery of Bolt CutterThis is a 14′ bolt cutter that had been dropped into concrete and never cleaned that I bought at a used tool store.

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I soaked the cutter in acid, disassembled it, then cleaned it with a wire brush.

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I’ve very pleased with the results. I made a $5 piece of junk into a $30 cutter.


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Photos of the Christmas Lights on Temple Square

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I Live in Terror—

I live in absolute terror of a catastrophic computer hard drive failure. I’m at risk of losing 90 thousand photographs, some of which were taken by my grandmother when she was a missionary in Illinois. I would lose my journal entries going back to 1984. They are extensive and detailed. This year’s journal is 154 pages long. And there are family history documents.

Even so, I can sleep at night because I have an insurance policy. I have three of them.

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All my data is backed up to three 4-tereabyte exterior hard drives. I hook up one of the hard drives and backup all my data. A week or two later, I back up my data to the next hard drive. When these hard drives are not in use, I store them in safe places. Being disconnected protects them against a virus, ransom ware, a power surge or grand kids with creative ideas.

If the house burns down . . . well . . . I’ll cover that in another post.

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Salt Lake Temple Square Nativities

Different cultures have different ways of displaying the birth of Our Savior.2019 12 15 (19) msn Nativity

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When Mom Comes Home

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How to Clean Data from a Hard Drive

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Before disposing of a computer, it is wise to erase all the data. Simply pressing “delete” isn’t good enough. All that does is change one bit, which, in effect, makes that “space available”. The data remains until over written by something. My method is more dramatic and more fun.

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