Fountain Pen Converter: Filling and Using

Directions from Lamy Pen USA:

1. Place the entire nib in the ink bottle.

2. Fill the converter.

3. Expel the ink.

4. Fill the converter a second time.

5. Let the entire nib sit in the ink for an additional 5 seconds.

6. Withdraw the nib unit from the ink bottle, expel 3-4 drops of ink by turning the converter knob counter-clockwise.

7. Turn converter knob clockwise until it stops. **This is critical as it allows an air space between the ink and converter and assists in the even flow of the displacement of ink by air as you write.

8. Wipe off the nib assembly, assemble pen and you are ready to write.

The Yahoos at Yahoo! respond to Microsoft

In conclusion, please allow us to restate our position, so there can be no confusion. We are open to all alternatives that maximize stockholder value. To be clear, this includes a transaction with Microsoft if it represents a price that fully recognizes the value of Yahoo! on a standalone basis and to Microsoft, is superior to our other alternatives, and provides certainty of value and certainty of closing. Lastly, we are steadfast in our commitment to choosing a path that maximizes stockholder value and we will not allow you or anyone else to acquire the company for anything less than its full value.

Read Yahoo’s reply to Microsoft.

Microsoft Sends Letter to Yahoo’s Board of Directors

Microsoft wants Yahoo! and is getting peeved with Yahoo!’s indecision of responding to MS’ acquisition proposal. Microsoft is so pissed off that it has publicly given the yahoos at Yahoo an ultimatum 🙂

In a letter dated Saturday, April 5th, addressed to Yahoo’s board of directors, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has given Yahoo three weeks to accept Microsoft Corp’s $31-a-share cash-and-stock offer. “If we have not concluded an agreement within the next three weeks, we will be compelled to take our case directly to your shareholders, including the initiation of a proxy contest to elect an alternative slate of directors,” Ballmer wrote.

Then he threatened to reduce Microsoft’s offer if Yahoo failed to meet the deadline: “That action will have an undesirable impact on the value of your company from our perspective which will be reflected in the terms of our proposal.” According to a person close to the search engine, Yahoo’s board is currently reviewing the letter.

Read the entire letter here.

To the Yahoos at Yahoo: wake up and smell the coffee — it’s about time to accept the helping hand of the Evil Big Brother; the Yahoo! ship is sinking and there is little y’all can do before you’re totally sunk. Do yourself a favor and work out an agreement with the Mole!

The Ultimate Steal

Microsoft Office 2007Don’t have the $400+ to pick up a copy of Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007? It looks like the software maker has decided to take pity on you — if you happen to be a college student.

Microsoft is offering an “Ultimate Steal” promotion allowing college students to pay just $60 for the software. I’m not sure that’s a “steal,” considering you can get OpenOffice.org for free. But $60 is still a lot cheaper than $400.

If you’re outside of the US, you’ll also be able to get an even cheaper 1-year subscription version of the software for £12.95/€ 18.00/C$22.00.

The promotion runs through April 30, 2008. Students in the US, UK, and Canada can participate immediately, while students in France, Italy, and Spain will be able to buy the cheap(er) software next week. You’ll need a valid college or university e-mail address to get the discount.

(Press Release)
(HT: Download Squad)

Naming the MacBook

Picking a name for a new computer is always hard. My 2yr old Acer Centrino (which will be used by my sister once I get my MacBook) was called Magdalene (after Mary Magdalene). As a guy, the name for the computer must be female and it must be representative & symbolic of who she is to me. And since it will be used as the computer’s network name, it must be unique.

I’ve narrowed it down to a few choices. At the top of my list is

Makayla

Origin
Hebrew

Meaning
Who resembles God

A form of Michaela that was originally derived as the feminine variant of Michael. Also a possible combination of the Scottish Gaelic surname McKay with Kayla. Popularized by actress Jane Seymour during the 1990s when she played Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn on television’s “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” Parents are drawn to the trendy “y” in the suffix.

Variations
Mickey Michael
Alternatives
Mikayla Michaela Micaela Mikalah McKayla Macaela Michela Makaila Mikaela

Also on my short list:
Madison (English; Son of Maud), Alexis (Greek; defender, protector)

What do ya think;-?