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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Solar Tubes and A Rant

The roofer came a couple of weeks ago and installed the solar tubes, but I was so busy with the dentist and surgeon that I didn't post until now. Total cost was about $500.00. That's a lot better than $1,000.00 that I paid for just one of them 5 years ago. I'm thrilled to have light in the living room now. I'll get better photos when the sun is out and high in the sky.

This is one of them on one end of the living room.

This is one of the other end of the living room.

The guy didn't make much of a mess at all. Very easy to install but I just didn't want Love Bunny on the roof.

Just starting to clean up but thought I'd grab a photo to show you.

Now, these were taken on 4/28 on a cloudy day and even though these still won't come up to a standard I'm pleased with, they still show a difference in this dark room.

The tubes give us significantly more light.

And I shuffled things around a bit the day he came. Put away some pictures and rearranged some on this wall. I still need to patch some holes, but that'll have to wait until I am steady on my feet.

See the family room through the archway? That chair is where I've spent the last 3 weeks surrounded with my laptop, several bags of videos loaned to me by my sisters in our ward to watch while recuperating, 2 tables to hold everything I'll need while still in the splint (can we say bandaids, antibiotic cream, skin cream, food, water bottles!) and boot and 2 footstools. I'll be so glad to get it back to just one table and one footstool I can hardly wait!

And now for the rant.

A week ago I received an email from a very popular magazine. I've never written or subscribed to this magazine so I wondered what was in it the few seconds before I opened it. It turned out to be a "Forward" from a woman in my church from someone who sent it to her. I have absolutely no clue as to why it was forwarded to me other than I was in their "address book." Now, you have to understand I absolutely hate this kind of email. That address book had hundreds of people's names in it. In my anger I emailed the person who forwarded it to me and told them to please take my name out of their address book. I'm a pretty private person when it comes to things like that, especially when it could have been prevented with one very, very simple detail: When sending to a group of people simply BCC in your email header and it will be sent to hundreds or thousands without each individual person knowing the other email addresses. (For those of you who don't know, BCC means Blind Carbon Copy and comes from the old typewriter days when you didn't want someone getting the original letter to know you've also sent it to others.) Well, that works with email also! That way we don't send private email addresses around the internet for others to spam us. Those of us with Mac Mail don't even have to do that. As per the screenshot below, in your Mail Preferences Composing, just leave the the box unchecked "When sending to a group, show all member addresses" and it won't show any but the original person addressed to in that group. I've tried to get a good screenshot of that for Mac users but I don't want it to be so big that it would take up an entire screen. So if anyone has any questions, please feel free to email me and I'll help you with it. Don't make people angry by sending them forwards with hundreds of email addresses in the email exposing their address to spammers. I KNOW they'll appreciate this little effort you've taken for their privacy. And as you can see I'll always block out anything in a screenshot that would show my private matters. I suggest you all do that also. You never know when someone just might take your privacy and steal your identity. I do!

There, it's off my chest now! Whew.....


  1. Connie, your rant is mine also. I cant tell you how many people I have told about this. When I first had a computer I didnt know an awful lot, and a good friend told me about this, and I have always stuck to it.
    I have seen the light tubes on Television and they always seem to add light to a room.

  2. Connie...Love your solar tubes!! We have several skylights throughout the house and LOVE them and the light they provide.

    I also love your rant...I have been explaining this very thing to people for the last 3 years. And some that I've explained to privately, continued to forward emails. Do you believe that? Several got angry with me and deleted me from their email lists - their friends and everything! Well, as I say...if you're going to be that kind of 'friend', I don't need you in the first place. Why is it so difficult for people to understand and KNOW that you can REALLY be spammed by someone from another forwarding an email with mass email addresses in them.

    :) Take care and feel better real soon!


  3. Love the new solar light! I bet between the two of them it really brightens up the room.

    I also hate forwards. I won't even open them as they can contain viruses that will destroy your computer by opening them. I am fortunate though, I have told all my friends not to forward stuff and they don't but I never thought about the email address going out. I will be on the lookout for that. Thanks for the info!

  4. Connie, you've done it again - tuned in to my own particular rant! I have lost count of the number of times I have written to people with this information and they STILL ignore it. The other thing that gets me is the 'warning' message of a terrible virus that can render our computers useless. They are usually all hoaxes and a quick visit to Google can usually confirm. What a good idea to get light into your lovely home. You must be thrilled.


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