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Happy Valentines Day            Friday, February 14 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterRecord wrecked(?)

It seemed like a major catastrophe on Tuesday when we got off our schedule of publishing these postcards. We'd been foiled by the failure of my and son Mike's Internet service provider, from whose connection we'd lost high-speed connectivity even though Mike's analog telephone service continued to work through the same copper wires throughout the crisis. At one point I heard that a new innovation of Microsoft, which entails frequently offering to update your system automatically and with no charge, and takes only a minute or two over high-speed Internet, might be at fault. An acquaintance who is on the same WindowsXP operating system said he had twice caused his DSL connection to be corrupted by accepting these updates. However, tests found that the actual line between our house and the ISP servers was "dead," and it was neither the server itself, as I first suspected, or our computers. So mystery is still unsolved, though the problem has been cleared.

Though it seemed catastrophic for a day or two, when we were finally back online on Wednesday evening and were able to "post date" Judy Rose's "Where Are They Now" and meet our normal Thursday deadling for Barbara Hakanen's "Old News," we had a net loss of only one day's postcard emailing. So just after the second anniversary of the launch of daily postcards, our record is still not too shabby. This was not the first day missed, but there have been only two or three in the whole period, to my best recollection.

Ironically, our list was swamped by virus-infected attack letters during the same early days of this week. We lost several list members who withdrew presumably in fear of contracting the virus. I explained in a separate "don't panic" email that there's no great danger of being infected if you learn to recognize suspect emails and delete them without clicking on their "executable" attachments, which turn into record destroying worms or viruses if launched in such manner. The attack seems to have passed; they seem to come in "swarms" and they usually end as mysteriously as they begin. I haven't heard of any members of the list whose computer was disabled by the attack...but then if it was, maybe they're still not able to get back to us.

Meanwhile, we had a fascinating discussion of Springfield Company Store and memories of coalmining's heyday in Nanty Glo, a visit to the Valley by Aunt Jemima, launched by a question by Jim Martin and most ably responded to by his cousin Bill Martin, with a spate of shorter but also much appreciated side tidbits. Thanks to everyone who participated. And if anyone dropped off the list but would like to see this exchange, it's on the archive, which we seldom publicize here:

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 One-liners about God

6. Don't put a question mark where God puts a period.
7. Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for a face-lift.
8. When praying, don't give God instructions—just report for duty.
9. Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.
10. We don't change God's message—His message changes us. .

—Sent by Trudy Myers

Thought for the day

Alfred Tennyson, walking in the garden with a friend, was asked what he thought of Jesus Christ. Pointing to some flowers, Tennyson said, "What the sun is to these flowers, Christ is to my soul. He is the sun of my soul."

—Anthony M. Coniaris,
Daily Vitamins for Spiritual Growth

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