Category: Computers

Old Trusty Hard Drive Giving Smart Errors After 14 Years

Sunday, Jun 20, 2021
This is certainly not a complaint at all but the past few days I’ve noticed some smart errors from my old 250 gig single platter hard drive I’d bought in 2007. For many of those years it was used heavily as I’d bought it when I built the computer with a Q6600 processor. When I did that I’d skimped out on the ram and that made it use the swap way too much.

Deck Hassium Pro Became Unresponsive With LEDs Flashing

Sunday, Mar 1, 2020
I’ve had the keyboard for 4 years or so I guess. I don’t remember exactly when I had bought it but I have definitely been happy with it since I’ve had it. It has a nice click feeling to the keys and the back lit keys were definitely nice to have for those rare occasions when I have to look for a symbol I don’t use often for it to be muscle memory.

About A Year Ago I switched From A Mouse To A Track Ball

Friday, Jan 10, 2020
Last year I bent my thumb back and it’s had a lump at the joint since then that sometimes irritates me and sometimes it just plain hurts. It happens to hit the edge of the desk when I’m using a mouse at times and my mouse wheel was wearing out and working inconsistently. I tried cleaning it but that didn’t seem to help all that permanently. It lost its clickiness over time too which led me to believe something was worn out inside.

I Found My Old Zip Disks In The Attic

Sunday, May 5, 2019
I was up in the attic the other day digging through boxes looking for something the other day. I was trying to dig up an HDMI cable for something. I keep all my unused cables because you never know when you might need one. Naturally I didn’t have and never actually do seem to have the one I need at the moment. I did stumble on a box with my old zip disks in it.

Clicky Keyboard

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019
About 3 years ago I once again found my self needing a new keyboard because my old one had some keys that stopped working. That’s how they always seemed to fail on me other than the one brand new one I dumped orange juice on. Zero out of 5 stars, not recommended. When we were near a few local electronics stores I tried out the ones they had but hey all had the smaller keys like laptop with no movement and no “feel”.

Trying Out Windows 7 Public Beta Soon

Saturday, Jan 10, 2009
Microsoft is releasing a public beta of windows 7. Once I get my older hard drive installed in this computer I think I may give it a try to see what it’s like. Even though I rarely use windows at this point I need it for a few things like mapping software for our GPSrs and some other little thinks like that. Vista is on Molly’s laptop and I just don’t like that.

Firefox 3 Rocks!

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2008
I’ve been using Firefox 3 since the beta versions and have been really pleased with it. It seems to be much much faster than Firefox 2 was with sites loading pretty much instantly. It seems to be a little easier on memory and a lot easier on the CPU for me on FreeBSD. I really haven’t experienced Firefox slowing down to a crawl after opening a bunch of tabs like I did in previous versions.

No OS War

Monday, Feb 25, 2008
I see it it so many places and I just don’t understand why people have to try to make wars and that sort of thing out of which operating system to use. They all have their pluses and minuses and really in the end isn’t having multiple reasonable choices the best outcome? It’s great to have different options for different people who work differently. I just believe they all have their place.

Handy Firefox Extensions

Sunday, Nov 19, 2006
Alt-Text for Links Displays the URL of the link in a popup. I find this handy because I know ahead of time where the link is taking me. Download Status bar - This extension keeps track of downloads and shows the information in the status bar. Enhanced History Manager - This basically is an advanced history manager for Firefox. Forcastfox - Shows weather information in the status bar of your browser.