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  1. Tomk_

    Sunday funnies........

    On my way home from work, I stopped at Taco Bell for a quick bite to eat. In my billfold are a $50 bill and a $2 bill. I figure that with a $2 bill, I can get something to eat and not have to worry about anyone getting irritated at me for trying to break a $50 bill. Me: "Hi, I'd like one seven-layer burrito please, to go." Server: "That'll be $1.04. Eat in?" Me: "No, it's to go." At this point, I open my billfold and hand him the $2 bill. He looks at it kind of funny. Server: "Uh, hang on a sec, I'll be right back."He goes to talk to his manager, who is still within my earshot. The following conversation occurs between the two of them: Server: "Hey, you ever see a $2 bill?" Manager: "No. A what?" Server: "A $2 bill. This guy just gave it to me." Manager: "Ask for something else. There's no such thing as a $2 bill." Server: "Yeah, thought so." He comes back to me and says, "We don't take these. Do you have anything else?" Me: "Just this fifty. You don't take $2 bills? Why?" Server: "I don't know." Me: "See here where it says legal tender?" Server: "Yeah." Me: "So, why won't you take it?" Server: "Well, hang on a sec." He goes back to his manager, who has been watching me like I'm a shoplifter, and says to him, "He says I have to take it." Manager: "Doesn't he have anything else?" Server: "Yeah, a fifty. I'll get it and you can open the safe and get change." Manager: "I'm not opening the safe with him in here. "Server: "What should I do?" Manager: "Tell him to come back later when he has real money." Server: "I can't tell him that! You tell him." Manager: "Just tell him." Server: "No way! This is weird. I'm going in back." The manager approaches me and says, "I'm sorry, but we don't take big bills this time of night." Me: "It's only seven o'clock! Well then, here's a two dollar bill." Manager: "We don't take those, either." Me: "Why not?" Manager: "I think you know why." Me: "No really... tell me why." Manager: "Please leave before I call mall security." Me: "Excuse me?" Manager: "Please leave before I call mall security." Me: "What on earth for?" Manager: "Please, sir." Me: "Uh, go ahead, call them." Manager: "Would you please just leave?" Me: "No." Manager: "Fine -- have it your way then." Me: "Hey, that's Burger King, isn't it?" At this point, he backs away from me and calls mall security on the phone around the corner. I have two people staring at me from the dining area, and I begin laughing out loud, just for effect. A few minutes later this 45-year-oldish guy comes in. Guard: "Yeah, Mike, what's up?" Manager (whispering): "This guy is trying to give me some (pause) funny money." Guard: "No kidding! What?" Manager: "Get this... a two dollar bill." Guard (incredulous): "Why would a guy fake a two dollar bill?" Manager: "I don't know. He's kinda weird. He says the only other thing he has is a fifty." Guard: "Oh, so the fifty's fake!" Manager: "No, the two dollar bill is." Guard: "Why would he fake a two dollar bill?" Manager: "I don't know! Can you talk to him, and get him out of here?" Guard: "Yeah." Security Guard walks over to me and... Guard: "Mike here tells me you have some fake bills you're trying to use." Me: "Uh, no." Guard: "Lemme see 'em." Me: "Why?" Guard: "Do you want me to get the cops in here?" At this point I am ready to say, "Sure, please!" but I want to eat, so I say, "I'm just trying to buy a burrito and pay for it with this two dollar bill." I put the bill up near his face, and he flinches like I'm taking a swing at him. He takes the bill, turns it over a few times in his hands, and says, "Hey, Mike, what's wrong with this bill?" Manager: "It's fake." Guard: "It doesn't look fake to me." Manager: "But it's a two dollar bill." Guard: "Yeah... ?" Manager: "Well, there's no such thing, is there?" The security guard and I both look at him like he's an idiot, and it dawns on the guy that he has no clue. So, it turns out that my burrito was free, and he threw in a small drink and some of those cinnamon thingies, too. This all made me want to get a whole stack of two dollar bills just to see what happens when I try to buy stuff. If I got the right group of people, I could probably end up in jail. You get free food there, too!
  2. Tomk_

    Sunday funnies........

    An English teacher wrote these words on the whiteboard: "Woman without her man is nothing." The teacher then asked the students to punctuate the words correctly. The men wrote: "Woman, without her man, is nothing." The women wrote: "Woman! Without her, man is nothing."
  3. Tomk_

    Recommended Browser and email service

    In my opinion, for your business you should get your own domain so that your email conversations are an extension of your branding. I further believe that the cheapest hosting you can get is the way to go. I use Ipage, but there are many discount hosting services. bluehost, hostgator, A2 hosting, Inmotion... to name a few. The hosting will allow you to set up your own web page, but you'll also be able to set up email addresses using your domain name. You'll want to compare plans as to how many email addresses you are allowed. How large of files can be emailed. And possibly how much data you are allowed to transmit over a given time period (probably a month). Odds are, just for elevators, you probably can transmit plans, quotes, and shop drawings, submittal data through email. However, plans sometimes get really large. Maybe 10 Gigabyte or so. Those are a pain to email. Working with larger architectural firms, you will find that many of them have an ftp site set up to share data. I've seen Egnyte is pretty common. Bluebeam is another. You can actually set up your own ftp storage for sharing utilizing your allowed data at your hosting site, however, though the procedure is pretty straightforward, I'm not sure I'd recommend it for someone who describes themself as low IT IQ. (I do stuff like that mostly so I know that I can). The easiest way to share relatively large files is to utilize a file sharing site like DropBox, or Microsoft Onedrive, or Box. (or all three). There are others also. I'm cheap so I always strive to utilize the free version of everything. OK... that's my opinion on email and transferring data.... but I haven't even touched on security. You specifically stated " secure/private way of browsing the internet." I'm not sure if you realize what a mouthful you said right there. We could discuss this for the rest of the year... but maybe that wouldn't actually be beneficial to you. Secure browsing. What does that mean to you? Private browsing. Who is it that you want to hide your browsing habits from? The answers to those questions can be significantly varied and each different answer will lead to a different solution. Maybe what you really want to do is keep your data of your business as secure as possible. If that is the case, the first line of security is your network setup. Is your data password protected? Is your network behind a physical firewall? Sharing data on a site like DropBox is relatively secure, but if it isn't enough... there are ways to encrypt it. It all comes back to what level of security do you feel is enough? Personal data needs to be kept secure. Business financials also... but do you care who sees your shop drawings? If you are working on government projects... city halls, schools, etc... Those documents become public record and are availible to whomever wants them and cares to go to the trouble to ask for them. Even your bids are public record. For me, my rule of thumb is that anything I send to anyone else is no longer secure and no longer private. Therefore, I don't worry about it's security. I'm old fashioned. I don't send financial data to accountants. I put it on a thumb drive and deliver it. However, there is a fair chance, since you describe yourself as a small business, that you use quickbooks. If you do, most accountants share that information everyday and you can let them access your data simply with a password. This is another question that you must answer regarding how concerned you really are about security. I think I've rambled enough. The bottom line is that you need to be more specific in what you are trying to keep private and/or secure. Then you will need to decide how much effort (money) you are willing to spend to achieve that goal. Please note that everything above is simply my opinion. Hopefully others will share theirs also.
  4. Tomk_

    Sunday funnies........

    A woman goes to the doctor, worried about her husbands temper. The doctor asks, "What's the problem?" The woman says, "Doctor. I don't know what to do. Every day my husband seems to lose his temper for no reason. It scares me." The doctor says, "I have a cure for that. When it seems that your husband is getting angry, just take a glass of water, take a mouthful, and start swishing it around in your mouth. Don't swallow. Just keep swishing it around your mouth until he either leaves the room or calms down." Two weeks later, the woman returns to the doctor looking fresh and reborn. The woman says; "Doctor. That was a brilliant idea! Every time my husband starts to lose it... I just start swishing. I swish and swish and he calms right down. It's amazing. What does the trick? Is it the water or the swishing?" "Neither," says the doctor. "It's keeping your mouth shut that does the trick."
  5. Tomk_

    caintry boy

    LOL When I first saw your reply I missed the "r" and thought maybe you were sharing a little to much. 🤣
  6. Tomk_

    vpn and browser vpn

    At least Opera is better than Chrome. I just can't see why so many people use it.
  7. Tomk_

    caintry boy

    Holy crap man! You're killing me! We need you to start having some things go right for you or we'll all be communicating from various cardiac wards scattered across the country.
  8. Tomk_

    Sunday funnies........

    The Wisdom of Children 1. Stay away from prunes. – Randy, 9 2. When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair. – Talia, 11 3. Never trust a dog to watch your food. – Patrick, 10 4. Don’t pull dad’s finger when he tells you to. – Emily, 10 5. Never tell your mom her diet’s not working. – Michael, 14 6. Felt markers are not good to use as lipstick. – Lauren, 9 7. Never pee on an electric fence. – Robert, 13 8. Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat. – Joel, 10 9. When you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse. – Naomi, 15 10. When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?’, don’t answer him. – Michael, 14 11. When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone. – Alyesha, 13 12. Never try to baptize a cat. – Eileen, 8 13. Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a Tic-Tac. – Andrew, 9 14. You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. – Amir, 9
  9. Tomk_

    caintry boy

    Sorry to hear that Bud. For what it's worth, if it has to go... sooner is much better than later. The longer you wait, the more likely friends go with it.
  10. Tomk_

    Sunday funnies........

    Our beloved caintry_boy has been having a tough week. Yesterday he called 911 on his cell phone to report that his car has been broken into. Nearly hysterical he explains his situation to the dispatcher "They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator!" he cried. The dispatcher said, "Stay calm... An officer is on the way." A few minutes later, the officer radios in "We are 10-22 on that last call. Possible 10-98." he says "He got in the back-seat by mistake."
  11. Tomk_

    caintry boy

    That's a good thing... so how's it going?
  12. Tomk_

    caintry boy

    Glad your home. What are we going to do with you?