Thursday, December 24, 2009

more on book with Dwight Watt character

More about book info I sent earlier today.

I only learned of the book when I Googled myself today. I know nothing about the authors. However i do intend to get a copy and learn about this Dwight Watt.

There is a Dwight Watts on MySpace that is not me. His tag line says he is "America's new Jesus". Do not confuse him with me. I do have a myspace page which is at I never have gone in all the settings.

book with Dwight Watt as character

Here is a scary thought, a novel that has Dwight Watt as a major character.

Apparently the book is not available yet, but I will get and read. And what is really scary are the similarities in the description of the character and me. The character is head of a department at a university, I was head of the IT department at HGTC. It is in Kansas, I own 80 acres of the land my dad and previous family members had in Kansas. Now you will not find me looking for caskets.

We will wait and see what this book is.

Friday, December 18, 2009

2009 (Watt Thoughts)

2009 (Watt Thoughts)

It has been an interesting year with lots of experiences.

Career wise, I changed and stayed the same. The college I teach for merged with another in July and became Georgia Northwestern Technical College, was Northwestern Technical College. No effect on my job other than changed supervisors and the administrators are now 50 miles away from me. Then in October I began teaching at York Technical College in Rock Hill SC (where I taught my first two classes). However that was not the right job for me and I had the opportunity to return to my position (including desk and office) at GNTC and I did in November.

I moved from LaFayette GA in October to Rock Hill and then for the first three weeks in November I stayed at Key West (Inn, wish it had been the beach) and then got a bigger apartment than before, but as nice and from same landlord. I was in the area of the floods in September so rental property is still tight. Finally got all my stuff back to LaFayette the first weekend in December

I have continued riding my bicycle this year regularly, but was able to only ride in one event, the Savannah Century on Labor Day weekend and rode 55 miles that Sunday. I had pneumonia in April which blocked several rides. I have joined the local gym and now am on treadmill for 30 minutes most days and cycle machine 15 minutes. From November to early March it gets dark to early in NW Georgia to ride or run safely when I get home so I think this will work well.

I have continued my contract work with businesses. I also am the sound and video technician for my church’s service each week. I do the web pages for several organizations.

I started writing a column for three newspapers (Swainsboro, LaFayette and Ringgold, Georgia) that is a question answer type article about computers for the average person. I have done 35 of them and they have been received well. I still do my Watt Thoughts column via the Internet and wrote my 200th column last month since I started it in 1998.

Travel wise I went to Kentucky in July for IBBGCM, to Washington DC in March with my uncle to see my mom, on a cruise to Key West (the real one) and Nassau in June (that was my cousin’s honeymoon that she invited the family to go with her) and this fall to DC again to see my mom and I went to Gettysburg one day. I also took a number of nearby trips. If you want to see pictures go to or or some are on my Facebook page (amazing the number of people I knew in college I have found there, I do have a blackberry now also, just no texting yet).

My webpage is and e-mail address is (same e-mail since 1996, but now I can see on Blackberry also)

The year has been good overall. Made some good new friends.

Hope you had a good year

Looking forward to next year, but no idea what may be in it. Hopefully more learning, new professional and personal experiences, travel, reading and time with friends


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Vaccination e-mail virus/phishing

The current phishing e-mail floating out there that also loads the Zeus virus on your machine appears to be from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) or other government agency which requests you click on the link and do a vaccination profile.

The e-mail says the government is building a required database of those that have had and not had their H1N1 shot so to determine how to continue the vaccinations and deal with the pandemic. There is no program to do this. The e-mail is just a vehicle to put a virus on your machine and may have a phishing component. Just opening the e-mail is not going to be a problem, but if you click on the link you will be exposed to Zeus (not H1N1) and depending on your virus protection (notice similarity of human disease to computer diseases like viruses) your machine may be infected. DO NOT click on the link.

If you already have clicked on the link then run your anti-virus program (after making sure latest updates are installed) or get a anti-virus program if you do not have one (if you don't have one, get one whether you clicked or not).

Be safe. In any e-mail before clicking on a link make sure the link is not a spoofed one (going somewhere different that it says. Two easy ways to watch, 1. hover your pointer over the link and see what appears in the small pop-up type box and if different, don't use, or 2. when hovering over the link with the pointer, look at the bottom or the screen and you will see the actual link, make sure it is the same before clicking on the link. You may see in an e-mail that has a link showing but when hover over it (I am creating this from imagination)

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Thursday.

As we have this holiday let us remember what it is and is not.

Thanksgiving is not a holiday developed as the eve of Black Friday, but a day for us to give thanks and celebrate our many blessings. Although we are going through difficult economic times and many people are facing health crises, we still have blessings around us.

For each of us we need to look tomorrow at the what good things have happened to us in the last year. This may be friends of a long time, new friends that may now be our closest friends, for some of us job opportunities that have appeared, the food that is available to us (although some do not have enough, our living facilities (varies by person but those with small may fee more blessed for that roof over their head than those with mansions), family, freedoms, and heath breakthroughs may have occurred. Whatever the good things were let them overshadow the bad things that have occurred for at least this one day.

Remember the Pilgrims when they celebrate Thanksgiving originally had been through a miserable trip from England, many had died on the way and after arriving, starvation, warfare and finally things had gone better as they had learned from the Indians (savages as they called them in the proclamation that showed them how to survive) with crops and bountiful animals that meant they would no longer starve. However they still faced cold weather (no gas or electric heat), death, diseases, but they chose to celebrate and give thanks for what they had.

Be positive and look at the blessings you have first Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!