There are at least 6 old computer hard drives littering my basement and four or five old color monitors, too. Sometimes there has been a little glitch and it’s been moved aside. Most often there was a crash and I just ditched it in favor or a new faster better machine. Computers are practically becoming disposable, especially since they are dropping in price to around $1,000 for the mid range, better systems
The past few days we’ve been poking around the old computers and trying to decide if it is worth reformatting the entire hard drive and reloading the old original software on the ones worth salvaging or just tossing them into a recycling bin.
A few of them are giving me trouble rebooting and two are loading partially before locking up. That leads me to believe that we need to get into the system registry and work on it, or call in bigger guns to do what we can’t seem to master.
We tried a variety of internet resources. One place that I like is an encyclopedia of the top data formats. This site tracks the most searched file extensions and lists them in their searchable database, called “File Extension Library.” For example, there is a thorough description of the SYS files data extension, along with dat, doc, dll and other popular extensions.
When I first started blogging I would share on my blog a funny story or joke that had come my way via the Internet, but then I heard that if you place content on your blog that isn’t “original content” that you could be placing your my blog in jeopardy with the Google Gods. Now of course no one wants to do that. I have a lot of questions, ideas and opinions on this issue. I wish someone at Google could and would talk to me about it so that I could relax a bit more and feel comfortable with what I place on my own personal blog.
But in the meantime please enjoy this short little humorous story that I couldn’t resist posting here on my own personal blog today. Maybe even one of the Google Gods will get a kick out of it as well and leave me alone!
Exercise For Folks Over The Age of Forty
Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute and then relax.
Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags. Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I’m at this level.)
After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.
As my father ages it is becoming harder and harder to find and purchase gifts for him for all the numerous gift giving occasions that pop up all year-long. A gift card for one of his favorite restaurants is always a welcomed gift, since my mother really enjoys getting out of the house and having a nice meal that she didn’t have to shop for, prepare, serve and ultimately clean up after. But I think my mother enjoys it more than he does since he swears that his bride of over 45 years is still the best cook ever, one of the reasons that he decided to marry her. That along with the fact that when he met her mother he saw that she wasn’t over weight and as most people know you can get a pretty good idea of what a woman will look like in the future by looking at her mother.
Anyway, back to the subject of finding a good gift for my Dad. His birthday is in the middle of March, which is right around the corner and I don’t want to wait until the last minute. I do know that he has been looking at various diamond blades, but I’m just not sure exactly which type he needs and wants. Believe me, there is a huge variety of diamond blades that I have run across while looking online at some off the sites that I have run across. I am starting to think that a gift card would be in order, presented to him with the understanding that we will sit down together in front of the computer and find the best deal for the one(s) that he wants and needs and place the order together. Not that I don’t trust him to use the gift card in the way I want him to, heck he could use it for anything after it leaves my hands, that is totally up to him. But I would like to spend some good “quality time” with him looking around online, and I’m sure that I would learn a few things along the way. A win/win situation as far as I’m concerned.
If I have the chance to travel to the DC area next week for an interview I hope to have a couple extra days to drive around the area and do some spring sightseeing. One thing I’ve always wanted to do is book a “boat and breakfast” package to sleep aboard one of the sailboats in the Annapolis Harbor. The Windward is a 74 foot sailing schooner that takes people on 2 hour tours during the day. On Saturday nights they allow up to four couples to book their special “boat and breakfast” package which includes a 2 hour sunset sail on the Chesapeake, docking in Annapolis for you to have dinner downtown, and then return to the ship around 11pm to sleep aboard the schooner in one of the 4 staterooms. In the morning you are served breakfast on deck and you have until 11:00 am to re pack your duffel bag and head out. It sounds like great fun, and with the right mix of other couples could be a magical evening for everyone.
There are three areas in Maryland that I love and would certainly consider living there if I had a good employment offer. Frederick, Baltimore, and Annapolis. To be honest, I love Annapolis, the state capital, and have spent dozens of weekends there on sailboats and in bed and breakfasts for summer weekends. I’m sure that UMT Marine, with their website of http://www.umtmarine.com does a lot of work for people and plenty of businesses in that area.They would expect nothing less than the best and UMT Marine is knows for their commitment to old world, custom crafted marine technology. You really should check out their website, it’s pretty impressive and full of interesting information in the manufacturing of Custom Marine equipment.
If I get the job offer I’m expecting, I won’t hesitate to call a broker to get started looking for a house. Spending some time tonight on various websites to get a feel for prime real estate in the Baltimore area and also checked out the Annapolis area so that when I have my job interview next week I’ll know what I can handle for housing and relocation expenses.
With unemployment reaching record high percentages, a lot of workers are getting the attitude from their boss that they should take on more work, accept less pay, and be grateful that they even have a job. Be especially grateful if you have any benefits. So, to be proactive about my own job I’ve decided to polish my resume. I looked it over last night, which was a nice confidence booster. After all, you never look so good to people as you are seen on your resume. But one thing that I decided was lacking is a new certification. I want my employer to know that I am constantly learning and growing in my responsibilities and therefore becoming more valuable to my company. The web site www.quickcert.com offers online courses to get certifications in the top IT fields, such as database administrator, developer and technician. I can study the Network+ Training coursework I need to further my certifications on my time, at my pace. And they guarantee that I will learn what I need to pass the exam.
Today I bought a few new domain names. I decided that I wanted to have certain dot coms and since they were available it made sense to buy them before someone else gets them. It is kinda cool owning some internet real estate. At first I thought I would put the new domain names on the same web hosting server as my blog, but then I thought I might be better off spreading them around between different servers. So I checked the www.webhostingchoice.com site to read up on which web hosting choice makes the most sense for my hosting needs. I like the way this site has reviews and in-depth comparison charts, so you can learn the good and the bad about each one as compared to the other top hosts before committing to one.