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January 30, 2009 11:07 AM 1/30/09

The cold medicine is helping really it is! *shudders at the taste*

So we’re pretty close to some organizational milestones at home. I truly hope I can get the garage/third bedroom stuff sorted out this weekend. That would allow us to shuffle loose stuff from the rest of the house into that room and clean/organize the remaining stuff.

Having the house nice and clean will allow us to tackle other things without having the main house stuff on our minds and it’ll be easier to keep clean as well.

And hopefully I’ll be able to start the garden plants in the garage soon as well. Some of the things like the pepper plants just have to be set up and started by the end of February if I want a decent harvest from them. I’m not doing like I did last year and start too late and plant too early.

The heater in the garage makes all the difference. (Even if I can tell by the non-snow-covered roof that all my heat is going up and out.)

Besides, this give me an excuse to put an actual bookshelf in my daughter’s room instead of the wire shelves she has now. I think I’m going to hang the TV on the wall as well. That’ll help keep the space tidier and prevent it from being knocked over or something.

Bought a bench power supply off my friend in Florida today. That’ll be a nice addition to the electronics bench when it arrives. No rush though as I still have to move the computers from the main bench to the rack next to that bench and that’s part of the garage reorganization that will hopefully happen this weekend.


Another thing I’m hoping will happen this weekend is some more rest. I’m hoping to get everything done on Saturday and then rest on Sunday before going back to work. But the universe never seems to want to let me do that.

Oh and for those of you that are carnivores Google for “bacon explosion”. If you cook it be sure to have defibrillators handy because it’s a heart attack on a plate - almost literally. I’d love to taste it but my wife has threatened me with death by bludgeoning if I even think of cooking it.

Speaking of cooking...

With the exception of one meal while I was sick I managed to cook myself nothing but healthy food. Not bad if I do say so myself. Now I just need to do that on a regular basis. I foresee us buying a lot more chicken.

Seriously considering the all-meat-diet to lose the weight. It’s about the only way I can quickly remove the excess and since I’m now controlling my portions better I should be able to eat normally once the fat is gone. The problem is having enough meat in the house...

My neighbor hasn’t talked to me in a while and I’m concerned. I don’t have the cash to fix his system up front and I still haven’t decided if I want to chance buying another of the same model motherboard or a different model. I do know that I’m buying RAM for it at the same time even though the ram _looks_ okay. It’s one of the other few things that will ruin a good motherboard right off the bat especially if, as I suspect, the RAM took a hit when the original system fried.

Waiting for spring with much anticipation...

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Jan. 30th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Hoping you don't mind if I pick your brain.
It's spring and everyone's trying to tidy. I've a list that runs about 4 pages. After 4 hours in the yard (among other things trying to drain a year's worth of rainwater out of a broken swimming pool using a half-horse power pump that quits every 15 minutes) I'm taking a computer break.

(I will quite understand if you are too busy to offer advice on this.)

Having finally got a 6-pin to 6-pin FireWire cable, I was thinking to buy anti-virus software for my Macs and run them before I hook up the desktop to the laptop to let them share information (and if THAT works, then I intend to order the router you recommended). I had a free trial of Virus Barrier X5 from Intego which never found any viruses, but neither did it bork my computer, so I was considering buying it now that the trial's expired. If you're not familiar with the programs, you could look here.


The options made my brain go tilt.
$70 for a 'one-seat' Virus Barrier X5 (does one-seat mean that I wouldn't be able to install it on both my desktop and laptop?) or

$90 for a one-seat combination of NetBarrier X5*, VirusBarrier X5* and Personal Antispam X5*

An earlier version of NetBarrier totally borked an earlier computer of mine- to the point I had to unplug it to turn the computer off, and play speed-click games with system disks and C key to get to the point of being able to start the computer and remove the program. So I'm a bit nervous about that program. And I've no idea whether I actually need the antispam- I don't get much.

If you have the time to offer advice, I would appreciate it.

Jan. 30th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Hoping you don't mind if I pick your brain.
Honestly? I don't run ANY anti-virus software on my Macs. Period. The chance of infection is so low as to be pointless at this time. And any of the existing ones would require you to authenticate before they could install anyway.

Wait until actual nasty virii start appearing for Macs and people start complaining before even thinking about it. I'm dead serious - don't spend the money unless you do TONS of Microsoft Office for Mac work on the system and even then you're only doing it so you're not a carrier.
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Hoping you don't mind if I pick your brain.
Thanks! I didn't so much mind the money *wince* as the thought that it might interact badly with other programs.
Jan. 31st, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
I don't have a Mac, but I've been very happy with Avast! Anti-virus' free version. Alas, the free version doesn't support Mac... but the basic paid version does. A one-seat license will cost $40 USD, which really isn't bad compared to the others.
Jan. 31st, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Thanks. :^) I think I'll take nimitzbrood's advice and wait on this. I did have the trial version for a month, and it never turned up anything worse than the occasional tracking cookie.
Jan. 31st, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, as long as you're smart enough not to click on unknown email attachments or allow random web sites to install stuff on your computer - which probably doesn't even work on a Mac - it's pretty easy to stay virus-free. Even on a PC; I've been using these bloody things since 1991, and the only time I ever got a virus was about a year later, when my-husband-the-programmer brought home a floppy from work so he could continue to work on something at home. (We only had one machine at the time.) Turned out that the entire LAN at his workplace was infested - fortunately, it was something relatively easy to get rid of.

But I do run a firewall, and periodically check for virii and other malware, Just In Case...
Jan. 31st, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
The one time I tried to install a firewall (one that the vendor who sold me the computer assured me was compatible with it) it messed up the computer something fierce, so I've been hesitant to do that ever since.

I *try* to be cautious. And live in hope.

Once I get a bit caught up with house-stuff, I'm going to get a router & see what defenses it can set up.
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