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Running Citrix on Ubuntu Linux

Posted by Mike on March 1st, 2009

Yesterday, I did a rather painless upgrade of Linux on my PC from Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.10.  My PC is setup to dual boot, with the other OS being Windows XP Professional.  I keep that around for Citrix, Quickbooks, and testing webpages on Internet Explorer and Opera.   One of the last things to finish for this upgrade was to get Citrix working.

I use Citrix to work remotely for my employer.  I was never able to get Citrix working in Ubuntu 7.10, although it worked just fine in Ubuntu 6.06.  (Something about library incompatabilities.)  As usual, I Googled for help.  This time I found a great tutorial called Running Citrix ICA client on Linux – Ubuntu 8.10.  Unlike many tutorials, this one was straight-forward, to the point, simple, and it worked!  My thanks to Cary Brown.

Now for the big suprise.  Running Citrix on Linux is twice as fast as it was for me on Windows XP!  What a nice surprise.

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Eating More Raw

Posted by Mike on February 5th, 2009

I have made some progress since I started thinking about raw. As I mentioned before, I am drinking fresh milk. I am also eating raw cheese and raw, unheated, honey. This morning, I ate two raw eggs! I have been reading We Want to Live by Aajonus Vonderplanitz. Once I finish the book, I will write a review.  For now, I am getting close to trying some more raw food in my diet.

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Scrum Videos

Posted by Mike on January 30th, 2009

I posted this over at Effectual Working, but thought I would add it here too.

I have been doing some research on agile software development methodologies, specifically Scrum, and found the following videos.

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The truth shall make you free!

Posted by Mike on January 16th, 2009

I came to the realization today, that I now understand a foundational truth from God.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. — John 8:32

It’s really sad that it took 27 years as a believer to get to this point, but perhaps I am just that dense or stubborn.  I praise God that he gave me the time to get here.  I no longer have to fight my flesh because it died with Christ.  I didn’t have to fight it all these years, but that is what I was doing.  Yes, I needed to understand and believe the truth that I was crucified with Christ and my flesh is as dead as Jesus was.  My place is with Him and that is the truth, whether I knew it or not. I know it now.  I am grateful to my Lord.

I am not the same anymore.  I am right with God.

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. — Romans 8:13-15

God bless, Mike

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Why does our government borrow?

Posted by Mike on December 13th, 2008

Why does our government borrow so much money when doing that is directly opposed to God’s principles?

For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee. — Deuteronomy 15:6 (KJV)

This was God’s instructions to the nation Israel regarding national debt. It is a principle that any government would be wise to follow. As you can see, nations that don’t borrow reign over other nations. Nations that borrow are reigned over by the lender nations. What kind of nation is the United States? We are the borrowing kind. That does not bode well for our future as a sovereign nation.

“I place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” — Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

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Validation

Posted by Mike on November 14th, 2008

This short film takes about 16 minutes to watch. It’s definitely worth it!

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Some Politics

Posted by Mike on September 16th, 2008

I came across this link the other day. It is a map, from amazon.com, that tracks American’s book buying. It shows whether a state is red (Republican) or blue (Democrat) by the types of books purchased. Click here to look at it. Most of the states (as of this date) are red. Of course, just because you buy a particular book doesn’t mean that you will vote a certain way. Perhaps the conservatives just read more?

I also wonder what each candidate for President really believes. When I listen to their answers, during interviews, it seems they really don’t have convictions about many issues. On several questions they fumble around with an answer. It doesn’t seem right that someone who aspires to be President can’t clearly articulate their position on issues.

Then I came across this quote:

“One who forms a judgement on any point but cannot explain himself clearly, might as well never have thought at all on the subject.” – Pericles (Athenian statesman)

And then there is this:

Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. – Proverbs 10:14

A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. – Proverbs 12:23

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them. – Proverbs 14:3

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. – Proverbs 14:7

The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. – Proverbs 15:2

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so. – Proverbs 15:7

The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. – Proverbs 15:14

Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished. – Ecclesiastes 4:13

That about sums it up. Scary, isn’t it?

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GO GREEN or not?

Posted by Mike on September 8th, 2008

I can’t help it, but I like to get paper statements for my bills and financial transactions. There is something about seeing it in black and white and knowing that the information on it is safe in my files. Now I realize that it is an expense for these companies to send me a paper statement. However, in most cases, they make enough money to send me my copy. Is that selfish? Maybe! Or, maybe not.

The “in” thing this year is to GO GREEN! It is so popular that nearly every envelope from a corporation big enough to have a Go Green Department is telling me to get my statements online and save some trees. Sorry! That is just a cost transfer from them to me. If my statements are online and I need a hard copy, I have to print them on my printer with my ink. Sure, that is good for HP, but costs me money. (Yes, I understand that I pay for my statements in the prices I pay. But, come to think of it, where is my Go Green discount!)

Another thing that I notice in these GO GREEN envelopes are several pages of inserted ads. Shouldn’t they GO GREEN now and eliminate these extra paper-wasting items? Oh, I forget. These ads generate REVENUE. Hmm… Does the revenue bring in more than GO GREEN will save? I’ll leave that up to the accounting department to figure out.

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Thinking about raw.

Posted by Mike on August 9th, 2008

About five or six years ago I started drinking fresh milk. No, this is not milk from the grocery store, but rather it is milk fresh from the cow. Fresh milk is not pasteurized or homogenized and because of that, it has many health benefits. It is hard to find. That is why, for the past three years, we have our own family cows.

Some friends of mine switched to a raw food diet about two years ago. (They seem to be about two years ahead of me on the learning curve.) I thought it was crazy when they told me! Now, I’m not so sure. I have tried a lot of things to restore my health over the past 27 years with little success. Some things helped and some didn’t. I went the route of doctors, prescription medicines, allergy shots, sinus surgery, supplements, cleansing, and improved diet. Of this list, the last two helped the most. The bottom line is that I am still not well. Then came the shocker! I might be getting a cavity.

This may sound hard to believe, but I have never had a cavity. When my dentist told me that one was forming, I could hardly believe it. Something is seriously wrong for my health to deteriorate in this way. I had to start thinking harder about getting well. (Plus, I have this idea that teeth should be able to heal, too.) It may turn out that it is too late for that tooth. Only time will tell. I better get busy researching.

I picked up an odd book at Goodwill. The cover said, “Five Books in a Single Volume!”

  1. The Myth of Medicine
  2. Program for Perfect Health
  3. The Miracle of Living Foods
  4. Correct Food Combining
  5. Better Sleep for a Better Life

It was the last topic that caught my attention. Lack of adequate sleep is definitely one of my problems. After starting with the last “book,” I continued reading the other “books.” These books cover the topic of Natural Hygiene or Life Science. The books are full of claims, but have very few facts to substantiate them. Life Science seems to be concerned with improving the human race and bringing peace and harmony to the world through a raw vegetable diet and proper living. As near as I can tell, the books are a collection of articles from magazines and pamphlets. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!

I don’t believe you can be healthy on vegetables alone. For example, you can’t get vitamin B12 from vegetable sources. With that thought, I went back to my friends and asked a few questions about their raw food diet. They pointed me to the writings of Aajonus Vonderplanitz. I purchased the book The Recipe for Living Without Disease and I am reading it now.

I’m going to stop this post with one more idea and it comes from God’s Word. I have always been perplexed by Genesis 18:1-8. Why? It’s because from the first time I read the passage, I was sure that the meat wasn’t cooked. I said to myself, “But, we always cook meat, don’t we?”

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. Genesis 18:1-8 (KJV)

I read this passage and only the cakes are cooked. This was a meal that Abraham hastened to provide to the three men. Time was not taken to cook the calf. I think that it is even more significant that this meal was prepared for the LORD. Butter, milk, veal, and bread. That sounds like a good meal to me.

This is something I will continue to investigate.

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Need I say more?

Posted by Mike on July 21st, 2008

Quoted from the Associated Press.

“I never thought I would hear myself saying this,” Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. “… While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might.”

What happened to?

Earlier, Dobson had said he could not in good conscience vote for McCain, citing the candidate’s support for embryonic stem cell research and opposition to a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, as well as concerns about McCain’s temper and foul language.

The lessor of two evils is not a vote of conscience or beliefs. It is a pragmatic approach that furthers the decline of the United States. The Christian voting block is a large and powerful one. We can choose (and vote for) a candidate that will work hard to further a platform that is aligned with Biblical values. Read the platform of the Constitution Party.

It’s time to leave the Republican Party behind. Read the Promoting a Culture of Life section of the 2004 platform. For six years the GOP controlled the House, Senate, and the Executive Branch. Did they strike down abortion? No! I was shocked when I heard the chairman of the Iowa Republican Party admit on a radio program that he hadn’t had time to read the party platform!

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)

Don’t pick the lessor of two evils. Vote your convictions, Christian. It is your civic and moral duty.

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