Monday Jan 15th, 2007: Issue #762

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         Kickstart Today
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   Monday Jan 15th, 2007: Issue #762

Kickstart Today is published three times each week for
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Greetings!

Long term readers of Kickstart will know that I have a
love/hate relationship with Norton Internet Security.
Love, because it definitely keeps my computers clear of
viruses and other nasties, but hate for a variety of
reasons:

a. Its high resource overhead slows computers down.
b. It nags you renew your license every day for the last
30 days of its term.
c. The anti-sp** part doesn’t integrate with Thunderbird,
the email client I now prefer.
d. Its automatic update function doesn’t work properly.
e. Just trying to find a way to contact support is half a
day’s job! Getting a useful answer when you do is
laughably unlikely.

But for all its faults, I still usually end up buying a
new license each year, or installing the latest version.
Sometimes it is easier to stick with a flawed solution
that you are familiar with than waste too much time
searching for a different one that may well turn out to be
worse.… Read the rest

Wednesday Jan 10th, 2007: Issue #761

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   Wednesday Jan 10th, 2007: Issue #761

Kickstart Today is published three times each week for
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Greetings!

What an odd week this has turned out to be.

Delia’s operations went well, but left her in lots of pain
so the hospital gave her a big dose of a strong
painkiller. Unfortunately she suffered a bad reaction to
the drug and spend the whole day yesterday being violently
sick. Two separate injections of anti-nausea drugs had no
effect.

So instead of being sent home at 10 AM, the hospital
didn’t release her until about 6:30 in the evening. They
even strongly considered keeping her in for another day.

It is great to have her home again, but very hard to see
her feeling so poorly.

They say that things always happen in threes, and we
proved it. Having spend a couple of days in hospital
myself last week, and Delia doing the same this week, I
suppose it was inevitable that there was more to come. We
didn’t expect it quite so soon though!

As Delia was wheeled out of her room to go to the
operating theater – literally at that precise moment – my
mobile phone rang.… Read the rest

Monday Jan 8th, 2007: Issue #760

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   Monday Jan 8th, 2007: Issue #760

Kickstart Today is published three times each week for
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Greetings!

Forgive me for keeping Kickstart fairly short today. I’ve
got to take Delia into hospital for a small operation this
afternoon, and time is whizzing past!

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We went to see a movie the other evening called Deja Vu,
starring Denzel Washington (one of my favorite actors).

The idea of the story is that scientists have invented a
machine that allows a window to be opened on the past – 4
and a half days in the past – to watch as events unfold.
Eventually they realize that they can send a man back to
try to change things – in this case, prevent a murder and
a bomb attack that killed hundreds of people.

It is a far-fetched fusion of thriller and sci-fi, but
Delia and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

More to the point though, on our drive home we got to
talking about what we would change in our lives if we
could go back in time.… Read the rest

Friday Jan 5th, 2007: Issue #759

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   Friday Jan 5th, 2007: Issue #759

Kickstart Today is published three times each week for
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Greetings!
After my little brush with hospital we are going through
it all again with poor Delia now. We’ve been in and out a
couple of times this week and she is now scheduled for a
small operation on Monday. Thank goodness for medical
insurance – it got her in front of a competent consultant
who immediately spotted something on her scans that the
regular hospital doctors had been missing for months.

And instead of an 18-month wait to be treated, she will,
hopefully, be sorted out right away.

Of course, with all this medical stuff going on (I’m still
feeling sub-100% too) all my plans for writing this week
have gone out of the window.

However, one of my New Year’s Revolutions is to stop
stressing about the stuff I can’t get done and concentrate
on the stuff I can get done.

I don’t know about you, but I find that worrying about the
things that are on the to-do list and not getting done
simply poisons the rest of the things I do – so I don’t
even focus properly on things I am working on.… Read the rest

Wednesday Jan 3rd, 2007: Issue #758

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   Wednesday Jan 3rd, 2007: Issue #758

Kickstart Today is published three times each week for
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Greetings!
Welcome to 2007 – the year when all possibilities are
spread out before us.

What did 2006 bring for you? Are you pleased with how the
year turned out or disappointed with yourself for wasting
yet another opportunity to realize your inner-most dreams?

New Year is just a date on a calendar. There is nothing
magical about midnight on December 31st apart from being a
convenient reminder to reassess the way our lives are
going. But traditionally we like to make ourselves
promises for the year ahead and allow dreams to surface
that the rest of the year we suppress.

I’m not a great fan of New Year resolutions. They seem to
me to be more of an excuse for failure than any realistic
spur towards new success. That’s why I’ve written my own
twist on it in today’s Power Thought section.
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The end of 2006 turned out to be somewhat unexpected for
me. On December 31st I woke up in hospital.… Read the rest