College Alums Get the Blahs


So here you are, the president of a university’s alumni association and you’ve got to raise some bucks for your school.  Of course with money being tight and everybody worried about their own situation, you’ve got to do it in such a way that will get noticed and folks will respond in a positive way. (ie Send you the money.)

What do you do?  You send out a letter with the word “blah” in there 137 times.

Not the letter 137 times of course.  The word “Blah.”  As in “With the recent economic downturn and loan crisis, it has become even
more important for Framingham State College to receive your support. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,”

The school has stated that the September 5th letter was an attempt to inject a little
20-something humor into the effort to raise money for its Legacy Fund.  Of course the college’s advancement office quickly apologized when the MetroWest Daily News brought it to their attention, saying the letter’s attempt at humor was misguided. (Don’t they always.)

But hey, guess what?  It worked.  The school collected about $2,000 from
nearly 40 alumni who had never donated to the school before.  In exchange though, some alumni said they found the letter insulting, unprofessional and ridiculous.

Was it worth it?  Gotta admit 2 grand isn’t that much.

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How to stop the irritating “Updating your computer is almost complete – Restart Now?” message

monitor.jpgLooks like they updated the computers here in the Atkins Library again here at UNCC. Every time they do so, we get stuck with the “Updating your computer is almost complete – Restart Now?” message with a five minute countdown. Rebooting doesn’t help as that message pops right back up 30 minutes after the reboot.  Over and over again.

It’s real simple to fix although you have to go into the system settings to do so.  That will give some folks the willies but it’s fairly easy.

Click on the Start button like you were going to start up a program followed by the Run icon.  You’ll get a small popup that includes an “Open:” field.  Type or copy in “gpedit.msc” without the quotes and click on the OK button.  You’ll get a new window that sort of looks like the file manager included with Windows.

Here’s where you have to do digging but we’re looking for something that’s found in a very specific place within the system.  Look at the column along the left hand side and travel these levels until you reach the final one:

  • Local Computer Policy
  • Computer Configuration
  • Administrative Templates
  • Windows Components
  • Windows Update

When you click on the Windows Update folder, you’ll get a long list of records in the right hand side window. Look for the one labeled “Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations” and double click on that to pull it up for editing.

We have to change both settings within that window. You can choose any number between 5 and 1440 minutes (That’s 24 hours in case you didn’t know) and you have to click on the enable selector.

Not done yet. When you exit out of that window, it saves your settings but you still need to tell your computer to pay attention to the changes settings.

Open up the Run box again and type or copy in “gpupdate.exe /force” without the quotes and press ENTER.

Hope this helps

But I didn’t hear anything…

Hmm, we had a pipe bomb discovered near me today.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A street near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is back open after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police blew up what looked like a pipe bomb.

The bomb squad blew up the device found in a convenience store
dumpster around 10 a.m. The clerk at the store at the intersection of
University City Boulevard and John Mark Road found the cylinder wrapped
in black tape, which was attached to what looked like a timing device.

Investigators now say it was not a real bomb, but they have no idea who put it there or why.

USC Goalie, Angry At Ref, Moons Crowd

…And gets a ticket for lewdness.


NORTH LOGAN, Utah – The moon over the Utah ice has nothing to do with the night sky.

University of Southern California hockey goalie Mickey Meyer mooned the crowd during a game with Brigham Young University.

He was ejected, then ticketed for lewdness by a police officer working security at the rink.

Police said Meyer rode his stick like a horse, dropped his bulky goalie pants and slapped his bare butt several times.

According to The Herald-Journal of Logan, Meyer told an Internet broadcast of the game that he had his fill of the refs.

The Trojans went on to lose to BYU, 6-4.

Prosecutors said they haven’t decided whether they’ll pursue charges against the mooning goalie.