Thursday, May 06, 2004

KTWV05 - Issue 11: Popular Encounter Journalist passes on!

I must thank one of my very regular contributors, Aftab, of the old days representing our timer in Stephen's, for drawing my attention to this Obituary.


Melvin J. Lasky
Cold Warrior editor of the controversially funded 'Encounter'
21 May 2004

Melvin Jonah Lasky, journalist and writer: born New York 15 January 1920;
Editor and Publisher, Der Monat 1948-58, 1978-83; Editor, Encounter 1958-90;
married 1947 Brigitte Newiger (one son, one daughter; marriage dissolved 1974);
died Berlin 19 May 2004. ...more

The full obituary can be read online at

Certainly brought back memories of my time in the Stephanian Reading Room!!

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

KTWV05 - Issue 10: Need I Say More?

Wednesday 5th May 2004, 18:44 Finnish time, our daughter, Joanna, delivered a beautiful baby boy, 53 cm length and weighing 4 kg and 300 gm. Samu, Joanna's first born, was 54 cm when born but 3.9 kg.

Annikki and I were looking after Samu all afternoon and evening as dad, Tony, stayed at Joanna's side right from 09:00 hours.

I have just picked up Tony, giving Samu a chance to see his baby brother.

Samu was all excited telling me that his briother had brown hair, but he could not see the eyes!!

Annikki and I are thrilled to have an addition to our family, our third grandchild after a gap of 7 years!!

Mother and baby are well and that is all we asked of God.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

KTWV05 - Issue 9: Sasser Virus And You

How many of you have been hit by the Sasser virus?

Tony's computer closed down on Sunday as the virus hit Finland. There is worldwide chaos. With this virus you do not have to download a virus email or open any attachment. The virus finds the computers that are connected to the internet and which are not protected, and then infects it.

Of course, you have to be running a PC with the Windows operating system to be infected, which represents 95% of the world computing population.

On the other hand, I am perpetually connected to the internet, do not have any virus protectioon software, and in my 20 years of computing have never experienced a single virus since I run the Mac operating system.

As reports come to me from every corner of the globe about horror stories related to each virus, and there are over 120000 of them for the Windows platform, all I can say is that I am not following the rats off the plank into the murky waters below. I can sleep at night knowing that no-one can infect my computer network.