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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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About ALchrisr01

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  1. i hope not, that would really be to bad. I hope that Chuck sees this and responds to confirm or deny.
  2. I got a PM today from a member asking about how I modded my old Mr. Christmas a few years back. I went to my profile and noticed that posts from the old forums don't appear. I searched for my name and found a link in another thread to the how-to but it does not work any longer. There is a lot of good info on those old forums and I am sure there is a way to access it. I tried to search "Mr Christmas" and "how to access old forums", but 2 letter words are not allowed.?? Just for kicks I looked at some of my old post and found that the pics were no longer there, just the dreaded red x. When I posted these I linked to Photobucket and attached thumbnails. Any ideas on how to get to the old forums? I would like to help this fellow out. Chris
  3. To be mathematically correct the spacing will remain the same all the way from top to bottom, but in practice you have to fudge a bit as these are christmas lights not moon rockets. In my case I did the math using the calculator and determined the string placement for the first string and built from there. As an example using my 48 strings and 12 channels starting with string one.channel one and winding clockwise with a string spacing of 3.13in, I determined that when that string crosses the next support cable (#12 in my case) that it needed to be 12.52 in (3.13 x 4 strings) down from the top and added 12.52in to each succesive support cable crossing as I wound around and down ending up 1.25 turns at the base ring ( my calculator values are 15 ft hgt, 9ft base, 1.25 turns, 12 channels, 4 per channel). After that it was just a matter of adding succesive strings using the template I made from a piece of wood. But I did have to make adjustments as the spacing was not exactly precision. At halfway I made a measument and calculated the change I needed to make in order get all the strings on. Chris BTW, I wil post a pic if someone can remind me how.
  4. I have some pics, but this new forum format has me stumped as to how to upload them. The dialog box says that I have used 1.27mb of my 1.95mb global upload quota (max single file size 696.72k) When I click on "my media" in the response box I get a bunch of "x" out pics and such. I have in the past used photobucket, but forgot how! Chris BTW: just learned that this new format also seems to change links in your sig to video boxes. Getting rid of that now.
  5. The 2.73 is the measurement between strings as they cross the support cables on the diagonal. When they come to the ring the spacing of 9 (or what ever your measurment comes to) works out as the strings are at an angle. I am in the process of building my spiral in the back yard now. It is 15 feet tall with a 9 ft base ring and 48 strands of 100ct lights (4 strands per channel, 12 channels). My support spacing using the calculator mentioned above (many thanks to the contributor on that) came to 3.13in and 7.07 spacing on the ring. I made a simple wood spacer to use as a template for the strings as they attach to the support cables. A few things that I have discovered while building this; the support cables MUST be kept rigid at all times or your spacing will suffer. As I get more lights on (24 strings so far) I find that the cables will sag. I am going to attempt to put in some sort of spacers to create rings around the tree at various height just to finish construction. The higher you go with the strings you have to be carefull not to pull the strings too tight as it pulls the support cable closer causing the strings below to sag. I have found it impossible to build anyway except with an extension ladder bungee corded to the pole! You can't be affraid of heights. As more lights are added I am finding it extreemly difficult to get to the top and attach the strings. I am hoping that with the added support spacers I can lower the carrier and attach the lights from there. Lastly, now that I am halfway through building, I am thinking it may have been wiser to use less strings with a larger spacing but I have pulled way to many zip ties to stop now! Chris
  6. I have not tried changing to "work", but all of the PC's are on the same workgroup. I also had this problem with XP on another laptop. I too have googled and Binged the problem and tried several "solutions" but none worked. I am going on, I think, three weeks now with no problems. If anyone can tell me if or where a change log can be found, I can look at it when the next problem comes up.
  7. Today is one of those days when my system works! Just for grins I clicked on the shortcut for the XP machine from my Win7 laptop and it connecected, and vice-versa. I tried to find recently changed files and could not(to see if I could see what was done). Is there some sort of change log that I could look at to see what has happened? Chris
  8. I am using a Linksys WRT54G ver.6. I upgraded the firmware today and am now using V1.02.08 build 1, dated 10/5/09 which is the latest according to the website. I really screwed up and upgraded without backing up the settings. Luckily I had them written down from the original setup. This upgrade in firmware had no effect on the problem. Just for troubleshooting, I connected the laptop to the router with a cable and shut down the wireless adaptor with no change. I am just guessing that I have the latest versions of all the drivers as I have the HP assistant check automatically and win7 updates automatically as well (although I choose which updates to install). BTW, when I click on "network" on the Win7 laptop, the XP desktop does not appear as a device on the network, even after hitting refresh. However, the Win7 laptop does appear in the "network places/view workgroup computers" on the XP desktop. Thanks, Chris
  9. I finally have started to use the new forums a bit (not real happy with the new setup) and tried the above fixes to no avail. Thanks for the tips though. I installed goodsync on my XP desktop and just sync with the Dell after I sync with the Win7 laptop. I just can't figure out why the laptop that leaves the home network loses the ability to communicate only with the XP desktop and vice-versa. Same thing used to happen on my old XP laptop. Oh well, I may not have found the problem but I did do a work-around. Any other suggestions? Chris
  10. All that info will take a novice like me a minute to absorb. I am currently unable to check on all this, but will when I return. I knew there had to be some folks in the community with some expertise in this stuff. I really like furthering my education. Chris
  11. I tried to do both of the above. My login is as admin, but when I tried to run "netsh int ip reset c:\reset.txt" under the cmd prompt, the response said I did not have elevated permission, need to run as admin. I can't find " c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\ " file anywhere in the directory. I manually looked under the cmd prompt and used the Windows search as well. I do appreciate the replies. And BTW, this is a two-way issue. Win7 laptop can't access Xp desktop and vice-versa. Workgroup is the same on all pc's on the network. I just ran another ipconfig on both devices and a ping both ways. Ping was succesfull. The ipconfig file in win7 is way bigger with alot more detail, but they look compatible. thanks, Chris
  12. Thanks for the replies. Bob, I do travel with the laptop, but it is my personal device and not tied to any VPN or such. I have not tried to use the flash drive setup to re-install the network settings that I can recall, but maybe that would work. I was hoping maybe some of the network admins or others with that knowledge level might have some sort of suggestion. Maybe a reg tweak? My simple deduction is that some setting is getting corrupted when I use outside (hotel) networks. This is not a Win7 thing nor just my laptop. This is the second laptop I have owned and experienced this same problem. This seems to be a pretty widespread issue, yet there does not seem to be any fix. Must be some more of that evil Bill Gates stuff! Chris
  13. Hey first post in this thread! Anyway, I have a question for you IT types who know way more than the average bear like myself, concerning a home network issue. The problem is that my laptop loses the ability to comunicate with another computer on my network. I can still address others and have internet access. I use my laptop on other networks IE: hotel, etc, when I travel with no issue. I had this trouble with my older laptop running XP but usually just did a system restore and all was well, for a time. I at first thought the problem related to MS updates while on the road, so I disabled them but no dice. The error message I get is a Network Error - "Windows cannot access \\Office 1 Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise, there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve network problems, click Diagnose". This is "error code 0x80070035 The network path not found." Clicking Diagnostics tells me that Windows can't find the device. Both devices are found when looking in the network folder of each PC, but they can't be connected. I can ping the IP address of each device with no problem. I have googled and searched to no avail. From time to time, they connect just fine, with no changes on my part. They worked just fine when the network was setup, so that says to me that the settings are correct on both. The two desktops have no trouble communicating, ever. I use a program called "Goodsync" to backup and sync all my files from PC to PC and that is really the only reason I need this to work. Below is sort of the map to my network. WRT54g router Dell desktop running Vista, connected to router via cat5, name on network "Dell" Seagate 2TB external hard drive connected to Dell Via USB - used for backups, drive "f" HP Desktop running XP-SP3 - old PC used for not much, connected to network via Linksys wireless-B bridge, name on network "office1" HP laptop - running Win7 home prem. name on network "chris-pc" (this will not connect to "office1") HP laptop - running Win7 home prem. name on network "Tracy-pc" To be more specific, the only issue is that my travel laptop will not communicate with my old XP desptop (office1) for syncing files that I need to do. Everything else is great. I have spent literally hours searching and trying to find the answer with no luck. It is not really a big deal, just a problem that I can't solve and it bugs me a little! Has anybody got any ideas or need a good challange? thanks, Chris
  14. With all your LED's, that should just about pay your power bill! Now you can get those lasers you want!
  15. So I guess the "Trans-******** Orchestra" will pass the WMG test on youtube? I put in one silly WiW and i get bumped and there are two that show up with millions of hits. go figure.
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