Man melting snow with blowtorch ignites home

A man using a blowtorch to melt ice on his back porch has ended up setting his house on fire, causing up to $30,000 in damage.The man was using a torch hooked up to a 20-pound propane cylinder. He got too close to the building’s wood frame and ignited the vinyl siding. The fire quickly spread into the building’s second- and third-floor apartments.
It took 25 firefighters to subdue the blaze that damaged bedrooms in the upstairs units, and caused damage to the structure and wiring.

Read more here: Mass. man melting snow with blowtorch ignites home

Man tries to go home for holidays – by fire truck

Police in South Salt Lake, Utah, have arrested a man they say tried to steal a fire truck so he could drive home — to Washington — for Christmas.
Detective Gary Keller says firefighters on a medical call heard the $500,000 truck’s air horn blaring Monday and ran outside. They found a man in the driver’s seat trying to drive away. After a lengthy struggle, firefighters were finally able to subdue the man until police arrived.
Police say the 25-year-old man told them he wanted to go to Washington to see his mother for Christmas.

Read more here: Man tries to go home for holidays — by fire truck – Yahoo! News

Teacher confiscates Linux CDs.

A teacher from Austin, Texas confiscated a bunch of CDs containing free Linux distributions from a student who was demonstarting GNU/Linux on his laptop and handing out the CDs. After this, the teacher sent an angry email to Ken Starks of the HeliOS Project, where the student got his Linux CDs from.

“This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older version of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them…”

Read more here: Enemies of GNU/Linux?

Great Quotes

Here are some powerful quotes from the past to stir our minds to things eternal.

“Light means nothing to a blind man.” – A.W. Tozer

“Some preachers ought to put more fire into their sermons or more
sermons into the fire.” – Vance Havner

“The Bible definitely is infallible, how else could it survive so many
years of bad preaching?” – Leonard Ravenhill

“People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste
our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending
their lives…and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing
of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”
Nate Saint, missionary martyr

“If you want the Kingdom speeded, go out and speed it yourselves.
Only obedience rationalizes prayer. Only Missions can redeem
your intercessions from insincerity.” – William Carey

“The invasion of the Church by the world is a menace to the
extension of Christ’s Kingdom. In all ages conformity to the world
by Christians has resulted in lack of spiritual life and a consequent
lack of spiritual vision and enterprise. A secularized or self-
centered Church can never evangelize the world.” – John R. Mott

“There is need of a great revival of spiritual life, of truly fervent
devotion to our Lord Jesus, of entire consecration to His service. It
is only in a church in which this spirit of revival has at least
begun,
that there is any hope of radical change in the relation of the
majority of our Christian people to mission work.” – Andrew Murray

“Whenever, in any century, whether in a single heart or in a
company of believers, there has been a fresh effusion of the Spirit,
there has followed inevitably a fresh endeavor in the work of
evangelizing the world.” – A. J. Gordon

“If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is
feeble. The command to go everywhere and preach to everybody is
not obeyed, until the will is lost by self-surrender in the will of
God.
There is little right giving because there is little right living, and
because of the lack of sympathetic contact with God in holiness of
heart, there is a lack of effectual contact with him at the Throne of
Grace. Living, praying, giving and going will always be found
together, and a low standard in one means a general debility in the
whole spiritual being.” – Arthur T. Pierson

“Depend upon it, if you are bent on prayer, the devil will not leave
you alone. He will molest you, tantalize you, block you, and will
surely find some hindrances, big or little or both. And we
sometimes fail because we are ignorant of his devices…I do not
think he minds our praying about things if we leave it at that. What
he minds, and opposes steadily, is the prayer that prays on until it
is prayed through, assured of the answer.” – Mary Warburton Booth

“The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly
thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the
church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and
sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil
bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping
wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own
strength and forgets to watch and pray.” – A. W. Tozer

“We have not been men of prayer. The spirit of prayer has
slumbered among us. The closet has been too little frequented and
delighted in. We have allowed business, study or active labor to
interfere with our closet-hours. And the feverish atmosphere in
which both the church and the nation are enveloped has found its
way into our prayer closets…” – Andrew Bonar

New Virtualization Blog

I have started a new blog called “Virtualization News“. The site concentartes on the increasing popular virtualization technology.

Using virtualization a system manager can run several virtual computers on one single PC or server. This provides an excellent resource for testing new versions of system software without endangering the live systems as well as allowing for server consolidation.

Using a virtualization product like VMware or VirtualBox a single PC can run a number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (XP, Server 2003, Vista), Linux, Solaris/OpenSolaris and OpenBSD.

The site covers VMWare, VirtualBox, Parallels, Xen, KVM and much more.

New Press Release Writing Tips Site

I have started a new sister site to the Free Press Release Center. The new site is called “Press Release Writing Tips” and is your one-stop shop for in depth information about writing press releases.

Over 34% of press releases are rejected at the FPRC and as a result I want to educate writer more and more about writing good press releases.

So go look around, enjoy your stay and don’t forget to subscribe to the site so you can get the latest tips in your inbox!

Gary