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A Little Girl and Her Father

“A little girl and her father were crossing a bridge.

The father was kind of scared so he asked his little daughter: “Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don’t fall into the river.”

The little girl said: “No, Dad. You hold my hand.”

“What’s the difference?” Asked the puzzled father.

“There’s a big difference,” replied the little girl. “If I hold your hand and something happens to me, chances are that I may let your hand go. But if you hold my hand, I know for sure that no matter what happens, you will never let my hand go.”

In any relationship, the essence of trust is not in its bind, but in its bond. So hold the hand of the person whom you love rather than expecting them to hold yours…”

5 Monkeys and a Cage

There was an interesting experiment that started with five monkeys in a cage. A banana hung inside the cage with a set of steps placed underneath it. After a while, a monkey went to the steps and started to climb towards the banana, but when he touched the steps, he set off a spray that soaked all the other monkeys with cold water. Another monkey tried to reach the banana with the same result. It didn’t take long for the monkeys to learn that the best way to stay dry was to prevent any monkey from attempting to reach the banana.

The next stage of the experiment was to remove the spray from the cage and to replace one of the monkeys with a new one. Of course, the new monkey saw the banana and went over to climb the steps. To his horror, the other monkeys attacked him. After another attempt, he learnt that if he touched the steps, he would be assaulted.

Next, another of the original five was replaced with a new monkey. The newcomer went to the steps and was attacked. The previous newcomer joined in the attack with enthusiasm!

Then, a third monkey was replaced with a new one and then a fourth. Every time a newcomer approached the steps, he was attacked. Most of the monkeys beating him had no idea why they were not allowed to climb the steps or why they were joining in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing the fifth monkey, none of the monkeys had ever been sprayed with water. Still, no monkey ever approached the steps. Why not? Because as far as they knew it was the way it had always been done around here… and that is how company policy begins.

When Things Go Wrong

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is


queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
– Author unknown


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

A maratime myth?

Radio exchange between Galicians and Americans Date Oct 16th 1997.

Galician: A-853 speaking, please change course 15 degrees southwards to avoid collision. You are heading directly for us, distance 25 sea miles.

American: We advise you to change your course by 15 degrees northwards to avoid collision.
Galician: Negative. We repeat: Change your course by 15 degrees to south to avoid a collision.
American: This is the captain of a united states navy ship speaking. Change your course immediately by 15 degrees to north to avoid a collision.
Galician: We do not think that is either possible or necessary: we advise you to change 15 degrees southwards to avoid a collision
American: (agitated by now): Captain Richard James Howard speaking, commander of the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln of the United States Navy. The is the second largest battleship of the North American fleet; we are being escorted by two battlecruisers, six destroyers, five cruisers, four submarines and a number of other ships ready to support us at any time. We are heading for the Persian Gulf for manoeuvres. I don’t advise you, I order you to change course 15 degrees northwards!
Galician: Juan Manuel Salas Alcantara speaking. We are two people. We are escorted by our dog, our food, two beers and a canary, currently asleep. We have support from the transmitters Cadena Dial of La Coruna, and Channel 106 for putting out maritime distress signals. We are not heading anywhere, since we are situated in Lighthouse Finisterre A-853 on the Galacian Coast!

Funny Story About a Computer Systems Engineer & CentOS

You can find whole story at

OR … why every city council needs at least one geek

Background: This a default test page that shows up after an install of CentOS. It is slightly different between the 3 centos versions … here is an example:

Now, the rest of this story is true … hard to believe, but true none the less. I will just post the raw e-mails (email addresses removed) and let you see a day in the life of the CentOS Team

We want to make it clear that the CentOS team does not support sending derogatory e-mails to anyone. Thank you for your understanding.

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 00:52:58 +0000 (Wed, 18:52 CST)
Jerry A. Taylor submitted the following Information:
Email xxxxxxx
Company City of Tuttle
Location Oklahoma

Who gave you permission to invade my website and block me and anyone else from accessing it???
Please remove your software immediately before I report it to government officials!!
I am the City Manager of Tuttle, Oklahoma.


From: Johnny Hughes
To: Jerry A. Taylor
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 18:59:18 -0600

I feel sorry for your city.

CentOS is an operating system. It is probably installed on the computer
that runs your website.

We hope you are happy with it, since we produced it for free and you are
able to use it without paying us … and are even threatening to have us
arrested for providing to you free of charge.

Please contact someone who does IT for you and show them the page so
that they can configure your apache webserver correctly.

Johnny Hughes,
CentOS 4 Lead Developer


From: Jerry A. Taylor
To: CentOS Web Site
Subject: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 18:58:31 +0000 (12:58 CST)

Jerry A. Taylor submitted the following Information:
Email xxxxx
Company City of Tuttle
Location Oklahoma

Get this web site off my home page!!!!!
It is blocking access to my website!!!!~!


From: Johnny Hughes
To: Jerry A. Taylor
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 13:45:37 -0600

It is not a website … it is the operating system.

I would be glad to help you configure your webserver.

Do you own the machine that your web site is on, or is it at a hosting

If it is at a provider, they need to properly configure their webserver.

If it is on your machine, your apache needs to be properly configured.

I am assuming that you are seeing a page that looks like this:

If so, it tells you exactly what needs to be done to fix the problem.
If your server is at a provider location, they should be able to fix it
if you tell them about the issue.

We didn’t DO ANYTHING … that is what the default apache setup looks
like if you are running our operating system (CentOS). So how your
configuration file has been replaced by the default one … that is not
something that we can do, it is something that might have been done by
the administrator of the machine.

IF you are not sending these e-mails via the homepage, please
reply to this e-mail so that I will know that.

Johnny Hughes
CentOS-4 Lead Developer


From: Jerry.Taylor
To: Johnny Hughes
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 13:54:24 -0600

I do not want this software!!!! This is the City of Tuttle, Oklahoma. Get rid of this software!!!!!
Second notice!


From: Jerry.Taylor
To: Johnny Hughes
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 13:58:23 -0600

Unless this software is removed I will file a complaint with the FBI.


From: Johnny Hughes
To: Jerry.Taylor
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 14:18:06 -0600


I/We didn’t install any software … I am trying to tell you that.

I am asking you as nicely as I possible can to explain what the problem is.

I have tried to explain to you what CentOS is.

It is an operating system … a version of linux.

It does not install itself … it requires someone to install it.

If you will not let me help you, or at least talk to someone who knows
what Linux is, then you will look like an idiot.

Your choice.

Johnny Hughes


From: Johnny Hughes
To: Jerry.Taylor
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 14:46:40 -0600

Mr. Taylor,

My name is Johnny Hughes, I am a software engineer and I am a developer
of CentOS. I live in Corpus Christi, Texas.

I have been published in several magazines … here is my latest

CentOS is a legitimate operating system … that is what it is. It is
like Microsoft Windows, RedHat Linux, or Apple OSX … It is not
possible that it was installed without operator action. I have no idea
what you think has happened, nor what has given you the idea that the
CentOS Project is involved in any way.

CentOS is not spyware, it is not spam. It does not take over websites.

If you will not let me help you, find someone you know who is computer
literate and has heard of Linux to look at your problem. I am trying
very, very hard to save you from great embarrassment.

You may certainly call the FBI if you want. I may call some law
enforcement agency or attorney myself if you don’t stop throwing around
accusations and stop threatening me without just cause.

Please, for the love of God, either let me help you or talk to a
computer administrator who can help you with your problem.

Thank You,
Johnny Hughes
CentOS-4 Lead Developer


From: Jerry.Taylor
To: Johnny Hughes
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 15:15:17 -0600

I have four computers located at City Hall. All of these computers display
the same CentOS page when attempting to bring up Now if your
software is not causing this problem, how does it happen??? No one outside
this building has complained about this problem. This is a block of public
access to a city’s website. Remove your software within the next 12 hours or
an official complaint to the FBI is being filed!

Third correspondence to this location.


From: Jerry.Taylor
To: Johnny Hughes
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 15:50:33 -0600

This a message to notify you that your webpage has blocked an “Official”
website that is used to provide public information regarding City Council
meetings including notifying the public of the agendas. Failure to provide
the agendas on the City’s website is a violation of the open records act of
Oklahoma. You claim no responsibility but the city did not subscribe to your
software and the city did not authorize you to display it when the city’s
website is selected.

You have officially been notified and given an opportunity to correct the
situation without legal intervention. The rest is up to you!


From: Johnny Hughes
To: Jerry.Taylor
Cc: mayor of Tuttle
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 18:34:18 -0600

Mr. Taylor

Stop with the FBI already. If CentOS is on the computers, it was
installed there by someone who controls the computer.

Who installed the operating system on those computers? Who is the
administrator of the computers and have you contacted them?

If the operating system that is installed on the computers is CentOS,
then it was installed by the administrator if the computer.

Are you not understanding what I am writing?

Please talk to the person who controls the computers … or give me a
name and an e-mail address and I will talk to them.

If someone who is computer literate doesn’t take care of this situation
I will be forced to send these ridiculous e-mails to your local media.
I’m sure they will be able to understand what I am trying to tell you.

Please, I have asked you at least 3 times to have your administrator,
the person who installed the operating system on those computers, to
look at them.

Thank you,
Johnny Hughes


From: Johnny Hughes
To: Jerry.Taylor
Cc: mayor of Tuttle
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 18:38:46 -0600

We don’t display anything … you have yet to even tell me the name of
the webserver in question.

I am very tired of your threats when you have yet to even show me what
your problem is.

You obviously do not understand what I am trying to tell you, is there
no one on the city council or in your building who understands what an
operating system is.

If you would like me to help the administrator of the computers in
question, I would be happy to. However, we did not install anything,


From: Jerry.Taylor
To: Johnny Hughes
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 18:58:24 -0600

I have contacted the City’s network administrator wnd he has done nothing to
install your CentOS software. I have contacted our Internet provider and
they know nothing about your software. I am computer literate! I have 22
years in computer systems engineering and operation. Now, can you tell me
how to remove “your software” that you acknowledge you provided free of
charge? I consider this “hacking”. I have no fear of the media, in fact I
welcome this publicity.
Just correct this problem and leave this system alone in the future.



From: Johnny Hughes
To: Jerry.Taylor
Cc: mayor of Tuttle
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 19:08:05 -0600

Mr. Taylor,
Even though I have repeatedly asked you to contact your service provider
or your network administrator, you have persisted to instead harass me.
I have repeatedly offered to help you fix your issue, if you would just
provide me with information. You have chosen neither provide me with
information or contact your hosting provider … so I decided to see if
I could find some of the information myself.

I found the website that you are having problems with by looking at and I saw an e-mail address of … so I went to and I see the

As I tried to explain to you before, that page is displayed when the
webserver in question is not properly configured.

The IP address that is returned from a name lookup of is That is the IP address of your

Doing more research, I have found that the site in question is hosted by
Vidia Communications. If you look at this page

you will plainly see that Vidia Communications uses CentOS as the
operating system for their server.

So, though I have told you again and again that you need to contact your
service provider and tell them of your problem, you obviously would
rather threaten me and my group.

Now, for the last time … contact your web server provider, Vidia
Communications, and tell them that they have a misconfiguration on the
server that they are hosting your website on.

While you are at it, why don’t you ask Vidia Communications why it is
that they choose CentOS to host your webserver on.

So you see Mr. Taylor, you ARE using my free operating system to run
your website, you are doing so by choice, it is a configuration error by
the person who choose to install the software and if you would have done
what I asked you to your website would have been up by now.

Let me conclude by saying that it is very hard for me NOT to send this
e-mail and all the other correspondence between you and I to

I will not do so, even though I really do want to.

Thank you,
Johnny Hughes


From: Johnny Hughes
To: Jerry.Taylor
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 19:20:11 -0600

Mr. Taylor,

If there are other servers besides the one I already found … If you
provide me the names, I’ll be happy to tell you who the provider is for
them as well.

Johnny Hughes


From: Jerry.Taylor
To: Johnny Hughes
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 11:36:42 -0600

The problem has been resolved by VIDIA who used to host the City website.
They still provide cable service but do not host the website. The
explanation was that they had a crash and during the rebuild they
reinstalled the software that affected our website.

I am sorry that we had to go through the process and accusations to get the
problem resolved. It could have been resolved a lot quicker if the initial
correspondence with you provided the helpful information that was
transmitted in the last messages. My initial contact with VIDIA disallowed
any knowledge of creating the problem.



From: Johnny Hughes
To: Jerry.Taylor
Subject: Re: – Contact Us Form
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 11:49:15 -0600


I asked time and again for the name of the web server administrator or
the website so that I could help you.

I did the extra research on my own to figure it out for myself when I
was not provided any of that information by you.

I also tried very hard to convince you that the problem had to be caused
on the web server and that CentOS could not possibly be installed by
accident or in anyway take over a website.

You will notice that in my first and second e-mails, I spell out exactly
how to fix the problem and who should be contacted.

Any administrator should have been able to use nslookup, dig and whois
to figure out the problem, which had absolutely nothing to do with

I am glad that you got the problem fixed.

Johnny Hughes

OK … so there it is … in it’s entirety. I can’t even make this kind of stuff up.

Another day in the life of a Linux Distro

Tequila and Salt

This should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror
where one could read it every day.
You may not realize it, but it’s 100% true.

1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.

2.. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to
be just like you.

4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone,even if they don’t like you.

5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

6. You mean the world to someone.

7. You are special and unique.

8. Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.

9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.

10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.

11. Always remember the compliments you received..
Forget about the rude remarks.


And always remember…
when life hands you Lemons,
ask for Tequila and Salt and call me over!

Good friends are like stars……….
You don’t always see them,
But you know they are always there.

“Whenever God Closes One Door He Always Opens Another, Even Though
Sometimes It’s Hell in the Hallway”

I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend while I’m here
than a whole truck load when I’m gone.

Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keeps You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only
God keeps You Going

‘Worry looks around, sorry looks back,
Faith looks up.’
Have faith.

What’s in a number?

George Carlin on age102.
(Absolutely Brilliant)


George Carlin’s Views on Ageing

Do you realise that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about ageing that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life …. . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST 92.’

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’sname is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but  by the moments that take our breath away.

FAITH (from an email)

This is  ‘Faith’

This dog was born  on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with 3 legs –   2 healthy hind legs  and 1 abnormal front leg which need to be amputated. He of course could  not walk when he was born. Even his mother did  not want him.

His first owner also did not  think that he would survive. Therefore, he was thinking  of  ‘putting him to  sleep’. By this time, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow,  met him and wanted to take care  of him. She was  determined to teach and train this dog to walk by himself.
Therefore she named  him ‘Faith’.
In the beginning, she put  Faith on a surfing board to let him feel the movements.  Later she used  peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for him to stand  up and jump around.  Even the other dog at home also helped to encourage him to  walk. Amazingly, only  after 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on  his 2 hind legs and jumped to  move forward. After further training in the snow, he now can  walk like a human  being.
Faith loves to walk around  now. No matter where he goes, he just attracts all the people around  him.! He is now becoming famous on the international scene.  He has appeared on various  newspapers and TV shows.

There is even one book  entitled ‘With a little faith’ being published about him. He was even  considered to appear in one of Harry Potter  movies.

His  present owner Jude Stringfellew has given up her teaching post  and plans to take him around  the world to teach that even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect  soul’.
In life there are always  undesirable things. Perhaps one will feel better if one changes the point  of view from another direction.
I  hope this message will bring fresh & new ways of thinking  to everyone and that everyone can appreciate and be thankful for  each beautiful day that  follows. Faith is the continual demonstration  of the Strength of Life.