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  1. no prob.. don't be so hard on yourself. Yes, Diskeeper still works on 98se I was just wondering if anyone else had better recommendation.
  2. I tried the Tunderbird sometime ago but I really prefer the Windows Live Mail key words = "Tunderbird sometime ago" Hard to fairly compare an old version of a competing program, against another very new one. just sayin'
  3. Looks good , but it says windows 2000 or above supported... any recommendations for 3rd party software that works on 98/98se/ME?? or is Diskeeper the best way to go? Thanks
  4. Sifting the data on Web audiences LONDON: The Web site Apple.com attracted nearly 16 million American visitors last month. Some of them got there by typing in the address directly; others used a search engine, linking to company's site via nearly 25,000 different keywords, including "iTunes," "iPod" and "iPhone." So says Compete, a company based in Boston that tracks Internet traffic. How does it know? It has installed its software in the computers of 100,000 Americans - with their permission - allowing the company to track their every movement on the Internet. It gets additional, anonymous data on about two million American Web users from Internet service providers. That is a lot of people, but a far cry from the total U.S. Internet population - more than 200 million, according to some estimates. Like other monitors of Internet traffic, including Nielsen Online, Hitwise and ComScore, Compete extrapolates total Web audience figures from such samples, in a system similar to the panel-based research that is used to measure television audiences. Marketers rely on these numbers because they are skeptical about data submitted by individual Web publishers, which often seem to overstate their own audiences, at least by comparison with independent measures. So, for all the talk of the Internet being the most measurable, accountable, transparent medium ever invented, it can still be a frustrating place for marketers who just want to know exactly how many people will see their ads. Advertisers have been pushing Internet companies to produce more comprehensive, standardized data. But for now, in the absence of breadth, they are hungry for greater depth. That is why Taylor Nelson Sofres, a market research company, said last week that it had spent $75 million, with as much as another $75 million still to come, to acquire Compete. "We are listening to our clients, who have been telling us they want more and more information on the online environment, to help them allocate their marketing budgets," said Jean-Michel Portier, chief executive of TNS Media Intelligence. In addition to providing Internet audience figures, Compete analyzes the Web behavior of its panel members. It can spot patterns that help marketers fix problems on their sites - if, for example, large numbers of users search for air fares on one site but end up making their reservations on another. The acquisition intensifies an arms race among market research firms and others seeking to provide this kind of data to marketers. In addition to buying Compete, Taylor Nelson Sofres last year bought a company called Cymfony, which tracks chatter about brands and products on blogs, social networking sites and other Internet forums. Nielsen Online has been making similar moves, acquiring Buzzmetrics, which keeps tabs on where brands stand in Web 2.0 environments, and building out its Internet measurement tools. ComScore, which remains independent, and other Web trackers have been experimenting with or adding new "metrics" to deal with the growth of online video, which could make current gauges like unique visitors obsolete. Compete is a relatively small player, with a less than 5 percent share of U.S. spending on Web data, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley. It generated less than $15 million in revenue last year and posted a loss of $4.5 million. It has a slightly different business model from its larger competitors, giving away some of its data free of charge on the Web, while reserving more detailed analyses for paying subscribers. "This deal will further the competition in this already hotly contested area," said David Hallerman, an analyst at eMarketer. With U.S. spending on Web data set to grow to $500 million in 2009 from $325 million last year, according to TNS, there is plenty of potential growth. Analysts expect TNS, based in London, to expand Compete's services internationally. And TNS, not content with existing Web measures like unique users, page views and hits, is betting that there are other ways to expand the market. "There are plenty of metrics that have still to be invented," Portier said. Courtesy of: International Herald Tribune http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/03/09/business/ad10.php
  5. New CFL light bulbs can poison you! ANOTHER BRIGHT IDEA -New light bulbs can poison you Despite congressional mandate for CFLs by 2012, U.S. EPA says they shouldn't be used everywhere WASHINGTON – Despite a congressional mandate banning the sale of common incandescent light bulbs by 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning that their compact fluorescent replacements are not safe to use everywhere. The EPA says breakage of the energy-saving, mercury-containing CFLs can cause health hazards, especially for children and pregnant women, suggesting use of the bulbs over carpeted areas should be avoided. If bulbs break over carpeted areas, the cleanup may require cutting out pieces of the carpet to avoid toxic exposures. Mercury is needed for the lamps to produce light, and there are currently no known substitutes. Small amounts of the toxic substance is vaporized when they break, which can happen if people screw them in holding the glass instead of the base or just drop them. Mercury is a naturally occurring metal that accumulates in the body and can harm the nervous system of a fetus or young child if ingested in sufficient quantity. For the Maine study, researchers shattered 65 compact fluorescents to test air quality and cleanup methods. They found that, in many cases, immediately after the bulb was broken – and sometimes even after a cleanup was attempted – levels of mercury vapor exceeded federal guidelines for chronic exposure by as much as 100 times. In a new Maine study, mercury vapor released by the bulbs exceeded even those higher levels. The study recommended that when a compact fluorescent breaks, consumers should get children and pets out of the room and ventilate it. It warned vacuums should never be used to clean up a broken compact fluorescent lamps. Instead, it recommends using stiff paper and tape to pick up pieces. Some states require broken compact fluorescent light bulbs to be disposed of as household hazardous waste. Others ban disposal of bulbs in trash. Talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the mandated new bulbs on his program today, saying, "It is so, frankly, ridiculous and absurd that it insults my intelligence, and it worries me when so many people are so mind-numbed that they go along with these charades and make themselves feel like they're actually doing something to improve their lives. ... "When you're going to allow a bunch of bureaucrats to turn over as much of your freedom as you have, this is what you get. When you buy into hoaxes and silly things that a little examination with your own common sense can tell you is not true – such as incandescent lightbulbs are destroying the planet, causing global warming – if you're going to buy into this tripe, then you deserve what you get. You deserve it. The problem is, we're all going to get it, too, because of people's stupidity. We're not going to have a choice to put compact fluorescents in our houses or not." Thanks to pressures from environmentalists, sales are skyrocketing for compact fluorescent lamps. More than 290 million compact fluorescents carrying the EPA's "Energy Star" label sold last year, nearly double the number in 2006. Compact fluorescents now make up 20 percent of the U.S. light bulb market, and sales are all but guaranteed to grow – especially since a new law passed by Congress and signed by President Bush bans sales of common incandescent bulbs starting in 2012. Compact fluorescents can contain from 1 to 30 milligrams of mercury, according to the Mercury Policy Project. The nonprofit cited a New Jersey study that estimated that about two to four tons of the element are released into the environment in the U.S. each year from compact fluorescents. Soon-to-be released results of tests conducted by the state of Maine confirm earlier states' findings suggesting that under certain conditions mercury vapor released from broken CFLs can pose a health risk. As a precaution, states such as Vermont are now suggesting removal of carpeting where breakage has occurred when there are infants and pregnant women present. Other states such as Massachusetts are likely to recommend that CFLs not be placed in fixtures subject to breakage in areas frequented by sensitive populations. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.p...w&pageId=57426
  6. You might want to consider: Thunderbird en Español http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/all.html http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/
  7. Good Link! worth posting... Step 1: Decide how serious you are about breaking the habit. In addition to a strong commitment, you'll need time and energy to pay attention to your behavior so that you can change it. Step 2: Keep track of when you do the behavior. Keep a notepad or journal handy. Step 3: Write down when it happens (what is the situation) and what you were thinking and feeling. Writing increases your awareness of when and why you have this habit. Step 4: Read and think about what you write down. What does this habit do for you? Is it a way to deal with feelings of boredom, anxiety, stress, anger? Step 5: Think of what you could do instead of the habit that would be a more positive way to deal with the feelings or situation. Write down some simple alternative behaviors that you could do instead. Pick one you want to practice. Step 6: Try to catch yourself when you find yourself doing the habit and stop yourself as soon as you can. Start the alternative behavior you decided you wanted to do instead. Step 7: Aim to do this once a week and increase the number of times per week over time. The more you practice a new behavior, the more it becomes the new habit. Step 8: Get support from others by letting them know you are working on the habit and telling them what they can do to help.
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  9. yeah, my post was suggesting to Sopo that he might want to waste a few minutes submitting the info to the programs that are showing the false positives. Once one or two get it and stop flagging them, the others always seem to pickup up the info (funny how that works). My concern was that his great program might get falsely blamed for some crazy SHlT if he doesn't preemptively act and notify some of these vendors.
  10. ...you did check for viruses and bad bugs ?? yes?
  11. ...and the purpose of your post?Now you know another way to get some Vista fonts, without too much stress and trouble -legally peace, bro
  12. Yes, that's me. Broke a lot of bad habits in my time. cigs and alcohol were the hardest for me , since they are so available. take it in two parts 1) the physical part. the first 3 or 4 days are hell, but hey, we are all big guys..what's 72 hours or so. temporarily change your atmosphere ..environment.... go on a vacation... trip...camping... close friends house..somewhere physically away from the 'habit' and it's availability. Keep telling yourself - its gonna be ok in just a day or so.. you WILL get through it. 2) the psychological part. This can be easier or tougher depending on your mindset. You need to develop a reason and purpose to continue abstaining from what you recently quit. For me it was health issues and for my kids..wanting to see them grow up and all that. Whenever I think about drinking or smoking , I think about my kids and how they are growing up and need a father, then I reinforce this mindset with thinking about how it sucked being hungover and how I used to do dumb stoopid sh**t that was embarrassing... .or how I was coughing so bad in the morning.. spitting up crap, having bad breath, burning holes in my good leather jacket... and couldn't hardly exercise for a few minutes ,without suffering because of cigs. If you take it one day at a time , and have good reasons to stay quit and re-enforce it.. remembering how bad and destructive the ex-habit was..chances are you will make it. Hope this helps you. Make sure you got friends or family around to help and support your effort Good luck
  13. Microsoft did change some of the system fonts in Windows Vista which tend to look cleaner and crisper than those used in Windows XP. It would not be legal to simply download and use those fonts in Windows XP, but there is a way to get them on your XP system legally. The free Powerpoint Viewer 2007 is installing several Windows Vista system fonts during installation which stay on the system even if the software is uninstalled afterwards. The cleartype fonts Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Consolas, Constantia and Corbel are installed into the fonts directory of the Windows XP installation. You can change the font that Windows is using in the Appearance tab of the Display Properties. Just click on the Advanced button in that menu and select the element that you want to change the font for. You should see an immediate difference if you select one of the new fonts and have cleartype enabled. Users who use a custom design have to take care that the new font does not break the design. It could take some time until you get it right. Kudos to GHacks for the heads up on this. http://www.ghacks.net/2008/03/08/use-windo...s-xp/#more-3451 Free Powerpoint Viewer 2007 link : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en
  14. Yes, It IS one of the best out there. And being freeware, why not use it.
  15. Yes, definitely possible --- i used VMs all the time to test out my projects and i get all sorts of weirdness that isn't there when i check on a real machine. Please, only reports from real machines. Mikey, you're encountering a growing problem where perfectly legal files are being flagged by who knows and they are suddenly flagged as being suspicious. It is a complete and utter waste of time for all concerned. If this is isn't a good example of the insanity of capitalism, i don't know what is. eg. NICRMD.EXE (i think you meant NIRCMD.EXE) -- is made by a great friend of freeware developers called Nir Sofer and here's where you can download NIRCMD.EXE -- http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html MAINCODE.BAT, START_ME.BAT, START_DEBUG.BAT are my babies. They are simply text files that have the extension .bat meaning they are executable. And for this crime, they are labelled as malware. This really sucks! I refuse to waste time with these issues. Thanks for listening. Thanks for the prompt response and explanation. I don't think 'capitalism' has much to do with the mis-diagnosis, as Dr Web is a Russian program .. but I agree, a lot of these 'anti-virus' people tend to flag anything they don't recognize or are suspicious of, without fully researching. As I suggested , maybe you should send them a memo of explanation on these flaggings, so that this issue is put to rest once and for all. I fear that down the road , you (and your wonderful Auto-patcher) might be blamed for 'problems' that your program didn't cause, because of these false positives. It would be terrible to see all your hard work get a public beatdown, based on a false perception. just sayin' Mikey
  16. You make some very good points! Yes, in the court of public opinion, Microsoft seems to have a problem. That's one reason I posted the blog with 600+ comments. Yes, a lot of 'fanboi' but some comments and observations were spot on. As for FF and Opera having "have much worse problems, but they get free passes)." that may have been true a while back, but both of those browsers have fixed acknowledged problems very quickly, and most all serious issues have been addressed. FF3 is looking bulletproof. FF has/is emerging as THE browser of choice with the 'folks'. Microsoft knows this, and that's why IE8 is now offering many of the main features that FF has brought to the market , (configurable UI.. add ons.. etc) because thats what the public wants and has become used to in a browser. Microsoft would do well to make IE8... 'FF add-ons compatible'..., while offering some proprietary enhancements as incentive for people to prefer it over the competition. If they try to compete head on with FF (and try to offer their own propitiatory add-ons), they are too late. It would be (in my view) a big mistake, not to offer 'FF compatibility' and ride FF's coat tails, back into a competitive position in the browser market. I thought it interesting that Microsoft even decided to 'get back' in the browser game, as its a pretty mature market - with more and more 'after market' competition coming on all the time. I think their interests and profitability, lie elsewhere, but maybe they see something that I don't.
  17. I'm glad you added that last emoticon because you already know the answer don't you? Dr. Web ... never heard of it ... AP has been going for about a year and i've never had a complaint about possible viruses ... so going on that, i think Dr Web is having you on !!! Hi Sophorific - just to let you know - STILL -Dr. Web (a very respectable virus detection program) Counterspy (another) are still flagging several known malware and virus - that seem to come from auto-patcher, (as the fellow who posted the above indicated). I assume it's false positives. but, perhaps these vendors should be contacted in some way to be made aware of these being legit - so this issues will be put to rest. The ones that were found on my machine were: NICRMD.EXE -BACKDOOR.TERRABIT (LISTED BY BOTH ABOVE PROGRAMS AS KNOWN MALWARE) MAINCODE.BAT START_ME.BAT START_DEBUG.BAT You are probably already aware of all this and maybe it's even been addressed here. Sorry if I'm addressing something old or thats been solved. Mikey
  18. Having switched from ADSL to Ethernet about 6 months ago ..I experienced a much faster connection speed and responsiveness with Ethernet . My .02
  19. Ok, we here , at MSFN are a pretty knowledgeable opinionated bunch when it comes to computers and computer programs - it's our nature , or we wouldn't be here. So as I'm surfing some other non- computer topical sites ... I run into articles written about computers and programs written by 'regular folk'. In this case the topic I ran across in the LGF forum (a great forum in it's own right) a topic about IE8 and the regular folks reactions. I thought I would post the Blog Topic and the link to over 600 comments... to further your knowledge and for your viewing enjoyment. Some of the reactions are pretty amusing ..yet could provide valuable informative feedback that Microsoft could use. Enjoy.. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?en...A_Mess&only " E8: A Mess Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 9:14:08 pm PST Well, I installed the beta version of Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 8, touted as the most compatible version of IE yet, and LGF—which works almost identically in all other major browsers—is almost completely broken in this new “ultra-compatible” version of Microsoft’s hellish web-developer torture device: Internet Explorer 8 Readiness Toolkit. I can now look forward to spending more hours of my life, fixing more IE-only problems. And that’s not all; before installing, be aware that it wipes out whichever previous version of IE you have installed without warning you, and changes all your settings including your homepage." now for the 600 + responses... example... Peter Verkooijen 3/06/08 9:26:32 pm reply quote report 0 Yes, got the same experience with my site. It has a nice lean three column CSS layout that has always worked fine in all browsers. In IE8 the footer suddenly ends up at the top and the header disappears. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?en...A_Mess#comments Me thinks the crowd no likey IE8 600 comments in 10 hours is a lot for a blog posting.
  20. JRiver Media Jukebox is an advanced music manager that has recently turned 100% freeware. It provides most of the tools that you will ever need to play and manage your audio library, including audio format conversion, CD burning and ripping with online tag and album art support, full smartlists support, a tag editor, Ipod and device management, podcast support, sound recording, ad-hoc album art downloading, visualizations, skins, and extendibility through a wide range of freely downloadable plugins (including a pre-installed Last.FM audioscrubbler plugin). It supports most audio file formats. You might have heard of this program and yes, it is now released as 100% no-strings attached freeware. This program is a perfect replacement of ITunes and if you were looking for a single program that can do it all (or at least do more than 90% of what you might want to do with your audio library), Media Jukebox is it. It also looks and feels pretty darn good to boot. Here are some notes on this program: More info on this program: * The User Interface: is one of the nicest aspects of this program. Your audio tracks or albums can be displayed in list view or a very pleasing tiled thumbnail view. One of the more useful features is filtering pane split into 3 sections (genre/artist/ablum) which allows you to check boxes to filter your music, and is very useful when you are trying to fix or manage your library’s ID3 tags. * The context menu: most operations can be done by selecting multiple tracks (using CTRL or Shift-clicking) then right-clicking to access the function you want (e.g. converting tracks to other formats, managing album art, group tag-editing, sending to a device, etc.) Generally speaking this makes for a very intuitive way of working with your audio library. * Tag editing: has everything you would expect from a tagging program, including file to properties and vice vera, and various cleanup functions (e.g. underscore to space, etc.) One thing I like is that you can set it such that it automatically updates the database to reflect changes to the tags that are done externally with other programs. * Normalization: optionally built in on playback. Make sure to perform an audio track analysis on your library which will help this process (right click to library tools/analyze audio, or use advanced tools from the tools menu). * Audio format conversion: can natively encode into MP3. Flac, APE, Musepac, Ogg Vorbis, WMV, and WAV, or alternatively you can download and use other encoders from the site. Strangely, it uses WMV as default when first installed. * CD burning: with the option of converting your audio into a desired format before burning them to disk. Can create audio CDs and DVDs. You can simply drag and drop files into a dropzone, and in fact you can use it to burn any kind of files and folders to CD/DVD, not just music files. * Smartlists: the program supports a number of pre-set smartlists (e.g. top 100 played, top rated, albums without cover art, etc.) These are easily created through an intuitive and simple interface. You can add as many contingent rules as you want and work with them using an intuitive interface. * Album art support: one thing I never could quite figure out is why so many freeware music suites lack cover art support. Not the case here; select multiple tracks and the program can download all the different covers for all sequentially (from Amazon) in one go. The program has two modes for downloading album art, a stringent and more liberal one that has a larger margin of error. You can also remove, copy, and paste cover art at will. It will not, unfortunately, allow you to manipulate search strings yourself for tracks for which it cannot find cover art. Cover art can be saved on your hard drive, in the audio file itself, or both. * Audio recording: records line-in, Microphone and CD audio inputs. You can use this to convert, say, cassettes to MP3s or even to re-record DRM protected files. It can also split tracks automatically based on gaps in the signal. (Note: I did not try this one myself). * Device support: Ipod, Sony PSP, and all PlaysForSure devices and phones. It will most likely support your device; try it. * Plugins: this program has been around for a long time, and there is a wealth of plugins, skins, and visualizations that can be added covering all * Search box: makes finding the music you want a breeze. up around 5 megs in memory * Visualization Studio: allows you to create your own custom visualizations. Did not try this one myself. * Other functions: Podcast support (subscribe to podcast RSS’s), custom label and cover printing, EQ, DSP and audio effects, can connect to the Amazon DRM-free music store (which you can also disable), Windows shell integration, etc. * Resource utilization: approx 30 megs in memory (compare to approx 60 megs for ITunes and it’s ’helper’ processes). Mediamonkey takes up 38 megs. * But is it free?: yes; it was recently changed from being shareware. The makers of Media Jukebox are hoping that you will like it so much you will buy its cousin, JRiver Media Center, which handles images and videos as well as audio. Wish list * Folder-watching/auto importing: i.e. watching a folder or folders for changes or new audio file additions and automatically reflecting those in the database. There is actually an auto importing plugin that will do this but I was not able to download and install it. * Allowing the user to enter the search strings when searching for album art. Media Jukebox vs. Mediamonkey: I prefer Media Jukebox’s look and feel to that of Mediamonkey. I like its interface better and the fact that it comes with pretty much everything you need (e.g. album art support, Ipod support, LastFM support and pre-installed encoders; Mediamonkey forces you to install the LAME mp3 encoder manually). Media Jukebox also offers a more complete set of tools (e.g. sound recording, advanced smartlists — which in Mediamonkey is only supported in the paid version) and I prefer its filtering panel to Mediamonkey’s explorer style left pane. Although both are mature programs that have been around for a very long time and can be extendible through all sorts of plugins, Mediamonkey has a larger community following and more third party additions, and can also use WinAmp plugins. Finally, Mediamokey is scriptable while Media Jukebox isn’t, which some advanced users might want. The verdict: a fantastic, mature, comprehensive program that is a joy to use, and is my favorite all-around Audio Management application. Highly recommended. Version Tested: 12.0.29 Compatibility: WinAll. Thank You to: Freeware Genius - A great informative review http://www.freewaregenius.com/2008/02/22/o...-media-jukebox/ Download JRiver Media Jukebox: http://www.mediajukebox.com/index.html
  21. Former LG employee leaks $1b in top secret plasma info to Chinese manufacturer Posted Mar 5th 2008 8:02PM by Darren Murph We've seen some pretty shady dealings from disgruntled ex-employees in the past, but this one may have skyrocketed into the upper echelon of tales of corporate deceit. As the story goes, a 49-year old man known only as Jeong felt the need to copy over some 1,182 top secret plasma display technology-related files onto his personal drive before waltzing out of LG's doors for the final time in July of 2005. A few months later, Chinese manufacturer Changhong-Orion PDP-Chaihong welcomed him with open arms and paid him a fat salary of roughly $300,000 a year (not to mention a few perks: free apartment, vehicle etc.), while casually accepting both the aforementioned files and continued insider leaks at LG -- information supposedly valued at over a billion dollars. But despite Jeong's arrest upon his last return home to Korea, Changhong is still apparently on schedule to produce plasma panels based on LG's technology come this December. Can you say: hot water over international trade-secret law? It's stuff like this that makes my blood boil! - Mikey http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/05/former-...info-to-chines/
  22. Last week closed out with news that many a PlayStation 3 gamer was eagerly awaiting to hear: Konami and Kojima Studios will fire off Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots on June 12. In addition to early access to the Metal Gear Online April beta test, the publisher also revealed that those who preorder the game will receive a bevy of extras, including a bonus DVD that includes a prologue that recaps the series' intricate and winding story, a 20th anniversary retrospective, character bios, and trailers for Guns of the Patriots. While the release date is surely good news, the weekly Kojima Productions Report podcast delivered a bit of an unsavory tidbit for Japanese-language purists living abroad. Responding to a fan's question of whether or not there would be Japanese audio in the North American and European versions of MGS4, assistant producer Ryan Payton said, "Unfortunately, because of disc space, we don't have the space to include the other languages--the other voice-over files--for the respective versions. So the Japanese version won't have English VO, and the NA and Euro versions won't have Japanese VO." Payton's sentiments echo Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima's own in a recent interview the gaming legend did with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. In the interview, Kojima noted that he still isn't satisfied with the game's visual quality, but because of capacity constraints, the team had to make certain compromises to get the entire game to fit on Sony's Blu-ray Disc. Whereas traditional double-layered DVDs max out at 8.5GB, dual-layered Blu-ray discs accommodate a spacious 50GB worth of data. However, single-layered Blu-ray discs are only 25GB a side--and noone from Kojima Productions has revealed what size MGS4 actually is. story from: http://www.gamespot.com/pages/news/show_bl...mp;subj=6187095
  23. By SUSAN EDELMAN March 2, 2008 -- Deceit, thy name is woman. Most females lie "more cleverly and successfully than men" about everything from infidelity and facelifts to barhopping and shopping binges, according to a new book. "Women lie as a survival technique, but also to get what they want," said Susan Shapiro Barash, author of "Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets: The Truth About Why Women Lie," published by St. Martin's Press this week. Barish said a Rockland County woman stripped of her secrets on Fox TV's reality show "Moment of Truth" last week proves her research true. Lauren Cleri, 26, admitted on air she had cheated on her NYPD cop husband and preferred an ex-boyfriend. But she failed a polygraph, and lost $200,000, by answering "yes" when asked if she believed she was a good person. "It supports my thesis that women are talented at lying - but perhaps not enough to pass a lie-detector test," Barash said. Barash interviewed 500 women nationwide who answered her Craigslist ads seeking females to confide what they fib about. Among her findings: * 75 percent lie about how much money they spend. For instance, they sneak purchases inside their homes after shopping or hide the price tags. * 50 percent harbor "mixed feelings about mothering." One told Barash, "I look at these children and I crave sleep and free time. They wear me out and make me jealous of working women who have no children, no husbands." * More than 60 percent cheated on their husbands. A 32-year-old mother conducted her trysts while telling her trusting husband she was working late. Even in asking for a divorce, she withheld the truth: "I didn't say I had fallen for another man. He was better off with my lies." Many women use the "betterment lie," as Barash calls it, as a means to an end. A 30-year-old model romanced a middle-aged married man for the money. After snagging him, she faked her affections: "I say 'I love you,' and don't mean it." Some lie to cover up childhood incest or domestic abuse, or taboo behavior like drinking, gambling or Internet-porn addiction. More than 80 percent believe in "beneficial lying." A New Jersey mom doesn't tell her well-behaved daughter about her own wild teen years of marijuana and partying. Urban women favor the "competitive lie," Barash said. "You lie about money and cosmetic surgery. Your out-of-work husband is a 'consultant.' You embellish your kids' accomplishments, or downplay their SAT tutoring." In the "lying to yourself" category, the book mentions Hillary Rodham Clinton, who as first lady went on TV to blast the Monica Lewinsky scandal as a political attack against her husband. She later acknowledged Bill's cheating. Others lie because "there's too much to lose," Barash said. Rudy Giuliani's wife, Judith, guarded a secret that she was married twice, and not once, previously. The truth, which Rudy apparently knew, hit the front pages when he ran for president. susan.edelman@nypost.com
  24. I agree. Thanks for your suggestion. Earlier in the looong post, I think submix or Rainy Shadow , suggested a similar solution, and it seemed to solve some of the problems I'm having. The problem kinda morphed and took on a life of it's own. Knowing what I know now, I might have said 'uncle' and just thrown the pooter off the balcony Maybe it would have been better to reload/change the operating system. (ahh... the benefits of hindsight) Thanks for your help!!

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