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September 3, 2008 11:22 AM 9/3/08

A wonderful weekend but at a little extra cash spent. No biggie as I took a little out of the credit union account to cover things.

Going forward though I’m going to have to reduce my spending quite a bit. I’ve got most of what I need to do the things I want to do so the rest can be gotten as-can without too much trouble. Getting the scroll saw is quite high on my list still but that’s a big chunk of cash.

Though last night is a good example of why I need to get things done in the garage and basement - we were without power for a couple hours. All the servers and everything came back up fine but if they had been downstairs on the UPS we wouldn’t have lost internet access.

The annoying thing about last night though was I was trying to update my brother-in-law’s system that I had just re-loaded from scratch. (It won’t load any of the updates after SP2 and I was trying to get it to do SP3 when the power crashed. Thankfully it’s okay.) That sort of thing just why people need to be able to generate their own power.

I was thinking about it the other day and I can’t help but wonder what would happen if you cut a hole in your attic, put a funnel up there and a rain barrel. (Weather sealed obviously.) Then run a hose to the lowest point in the house to a micro-hydro turbine. I wonder how long one of those would run and what kind of charge it could build up on a bank of batteries. You could even make the screen/funnel assembly wedge shaped so that you could easily remove it for maintenance within the attic itself instead of having to go up on the roof.

Again there would be things to think about such as reinforcing the ceiling joists so as to support that much water. I wonder how big a tank you could put in the attic of most homes. If you made the tanks wedge-shaped as well you could easily fit quite a bit of water under the eaves for most of your greywater use and even drinking water if the right filter system is put in place.

I just don’t understand why people aren’t thinking about these things. I mean even if you could only put 6 inches of water in your attic but have a tank that is custom made and spreads through the entire attic space that would be some serious water reserves.

In other news I think I“ve found a way to recover my mother’s Gmail password from Thunderbird. (This is provided I can get her drive to boot when the machine reaches me.) This will save my mother from having to get yet another e-mail address. No promises mom but I might just be able to do it.

The muffler for my lawn tractor is supposed to be in today so that means I’ll be able to mow my lawn properly this weekend. Yay! That will save me a lot of time and give me the plow function for winter which is something I really want. My back doesn’t like shoveling at the moment.

Doing the crapfood linch today to save a few dollars. I’ll pay for it later but right now I can’t afford a $10+ lunch even if it’s healthier. And anyway sitting in the truck in the park is just as relaxing. As long as I can write I’m fine.

Speaking of health and nature - my watermelons are doing horribly and I sprung a leak in my soaker hose. Thankfully it’s supposed to rain tonight which will definitely help. I think I will pick up a garden sprinkler this weekend so I can resume watering the garden. The soaker hoses just don’t seem to be working for this application. I’m glad they weren’t expensive. I may leave one run of them behind the roses but that remains to be seen.

There’s a lot of trimming to be done around the garden. I’m tempted to just take the weed whacker to the roses and let them come back next year. The beetles have eaten most of them already anyway. Thankfully they’re pretty much gone now. Now if I could only get some more rain...




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(Anonymous)
Sep. 3rd, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
no barrels in the attic...
nimitzbrood
Sep. 3rd, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
But whyyyyyyy????!!!! ;-)

You may control the house but I control the garage! MUAHAHAHA!
hms42
Sep. 3rd, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
The annoying thing about last night though was I was trying to update my brother-in-law’s system that I had just re-loaded from scratch. (It won’t load any of the updates after SP2 and I was trying to get it to do SP3 when the power crashed. Thankfully it’s okay.) That sort of thing just why people need to be able to generate their own power.

I ran into a problem that was similar a couple of months back...

If its STILL refusing to update, try the following fixes (swiped from the tech support notes archive we have onsite at my job) -

I have seen this after Office 2003 is installed on a computer and updated once.



http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/943144



The solution was the instructions in Method 1 (run the command prompt solution) combined with reinstalling Update Agent from method 2.



http://download.windowsupdate.com/v7/windowsupdate/redist/standalone/WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe

nimitzbrood
Sep. 3rd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you kind sir! If that works as advertised it will save me much time!

And time will definitely be at a premium going forward because my neighbors found out recently that I work on computers. (I already have three pending but not scheduled tech support calls. Thankfully I like the barter system and most of my neighbors are in the construction business. It's a good thing.)
nimitzbrood
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Fixed!
Thanks for the info dude! :-)
hms42
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Re: Fixed!
I take it that this fixed the problem....

I have seen this occur a number of times since late June. It appears (at least when I have seen it), after SP3 is installed and then I install Office 2003.

Glad to help.
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