Welcome to Tor and Laura's Family Website. These pages are here to share information with family and friends. In here you'll find blog entries, galleries, and more. Further it is my aim (Tor) to try and find a way to organize this content. Right off the bat I see three types of information this site could contain: His Interests, Her Interests, and Interests we both share (Shared Interests).

Well merry Christmas to us from Microsoft....NOT!

I created a separate blog with an entry about the video game system dying and needing repair/replacement for the 5th time since I've had it.


Newborn... pictures inside.

Matthew Nichols entered this family recently. I've placed some pictures online, but I figured it was probably best to limit access to the pictures of a baby, at least for now.

If you are a friend or family member, you are welcome to view them:

1. Click on Gallery at the top.
2. Click the "Register" button just above the username/password boxes.
3. Fill in your desired username and email address and click the button to "Create new account"
4. Check your email in a few minutes and click the link in the email from the website to activate your account. You will be brought back to the website.

I finally crawled out from under my rock again...

...I didn't see my shadow so I went back under it for a while. (Ya I'm a confused lizard.) Anyhow, Some things have been happening since the last time I wrote here.

My father passed away early this year. It was very sudden and still hurts a lot, but gotta keep on moving. Suffice it to say that my Mom is an amazing person. She keeps on going and does so much I'm just flat out amazed.

Work still sucks. Go figure! The best part about my job is that I get to drive my car every day and cruise on the highway. Up until recently, that is. Now I'm taking a rental car to work since they are paying for it. I'm thankful that we got a Pontiac Grand Prix to drive in as it could have easily been *MUCH* worse! I won't comment on my "carpool" situation. Let's just say I much rather be cruising down the road with the radio going.

Instant Messenger Website - Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, ICQ Chat via a Webpage!

I ran across a really nifty website that will let you send and receive Instant Messages all through a webpage. If you are familiar with Trillian or GAIM where you are able to add multiple instant messenger accounts to one program, this is somewhat similiar. Think of being able to sign onto ALL of your instant messenger accounts all at once from any computer, anywhere. I like this idea! If I need to access my instant messenger accounts, I can do it from any computer that can access a website without installing software. I just go to a website, login with my username, and I am instantly signed onto my IM accounts.

A Quick Shuttle SN21G5 Computer Review

While the specs are fairly decent for this tiny computer system, once I got it and started working with it I must say that I am very unimpressed.

With a known-to-be-good brand new processor (AMD 64 X2 4800+) and memory (OCZ PC4000), I am getting boot problems. Most of the time it won't boot up:
1. The fan turns on.
2. No video output.
3. The harddrive light stays on (but there are no drives installed).
4. There are no sounds (like memory initialization or other pc speaker beeps).

I have reseated the processor and memory, removed the CMOS battery, and cleared the CMOS numerous times. I finally got it to boot up a couple times (not reliably and only after disconnecting internal power cables and clearing the cmos) and so I flashed the bios. Shuttle tech support said this kind of problem was due to a bios problem with the X2 processors. After flashing to the newest bios the computer will not boot again. I could get it to boot sometimes with the older bios but now with the new bios (using the Shuttle flash tools) it is completely dead. I told their support I was rather ticked off because their site says the X2 is compatible. The appologized and tried to get me to send my bios chip back to them. I made them cross-ship a new bios chip.

The Dragon and The George Series by Gordon R. Dickson

Another series of books that is a lot of fun to read, includes a lot of humor, and characters complete with their flaws and heroic natures is The Dragon and The George and the rest of "The Dragon and The..." ones by Gordon R. Dickson.

The books in this series include:
1976 The Dragon and the George (ISBN: 0345350502, 0586213260)
1990 The Dragon Knight (ISBN: 0312931298, 0812509439, 0586213279)
1992 The Dragon at War (ISBN: 0441756980, 0586214690, 0441166113)
1992 The Dragon on the Border (ISBN: 0441342337, 0441166571, 0586213287)
1994 The Dragon, the Earl, and the Troll (ISBN: 0441000983, 044100282X)

The "Myth" Series of Books by Robert Lynn Asprin

If you need a book that will make you laugh out loud at the situations and people interactions that come up, then you should check out the Myth series by Robert L Asprin. I have really grown to love two series by this author: The Myth Adventures and Phule's Company series. I just finished reading the second to last available book in the Myth series and I really must say they keep me entertained. Like the rest of the books in the series, the characters are fun, flawed, and full of it. (The three f's.)

I found it was really hard to figure out what all the Robert Asprin Books were in this series and what order they came in. I finally ran across a website that had an almost complete list:

Sony Computer Repair Policies: Buyer Beware!

The short version: Don't ever buy Sony products. This laptop has been back to the factory for the exact same problem twice. I use this computer to support my small business and also for my general computing needs. I asked the technician what they were going to do to make sure this failure never occurred again. They couldn't do anything different from the crappy repair job they did the first time to make sure that my primary computer doesn't fail again. My laptop has to die a horrible death 4 times before they are willing to change me over to a different model. This is completely unacceptable. When I told them so they didn't let me talk to anyone else and their only excuse was that it was their current policy.


Tor's trying to teach me how to blog. Soon I'll put information that will be interesting. But for now you're stuck with this!

Don't mind the mess...

This site is under construction. If you get lost along the way, sorry. Watch out for speedbumps. If the cabin suddenly loses pressure, you will be directed to bend over and kiss it all good bye... like on an airplane.

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