Month: May 2006

Ice Screen

In my PC Upgrade entry I talked about the new PC I got and I also griped about the seven year old monitor. Well today I took the plunge and bought my a 19inch Widescreen LCD Flat Panel.

So far, I love it, except for two things. I wish it had more options for Video Output and as I write this it kind of wobbles with every key stroke. Or maybe I just tap to hard on this thing. Who knows. I just moved my keyboard to the under desk tray and it seems to have stopped the wobbling.

What do you think? It is an Envision model by the way. It is a little messy around my desk but I assure you it is only temporary.

I also wanted to talk about this cool little old ice crusher my dad gave me many years ago. I broke it out today because I WAS going to entertain a guest today but that fell through.

I have had this thing for so long but I never crushed anything with it. I must say it is pretty damn slick. It has three settings for crushiness. C, M, and F. They all looked the same to me so I kept it at M. I guess M is for medium. Maybe someone out there can enlighten me to the other settings. Now I am wondering if I can find other old stuff like this. I didn’t use the flash so it looks orange but its stainless steel and black.

Cool huh?

7 year PC upgrade in the making

After 7 years it was finally time to get a new workstation at home. For 7 years I was running a 700mhz Gateway. It ran a slew of operating systems in those seven years. It came loaded with Windows 98. After that it ran Windows 2000, Red Hat Linux, SuSe Linux, Xp Pro , and at the end it is running XP Pro Media Center Edition.

It was still running pretty strong but it couldn’t handle video to well. In my X10 entry I talk about connecting wireless cameras and the Gateway just couldn’t handle it properly. It also couldn’t hand Video calls in Skype to well either.

So I decided to make a trek to CompUSA to see if this computer that I have been eyeballing got any cheaper. It is an HP Digital Enterntainment Center z545. Pentium 4HT 3GHz with 512 of RAM and a 200GB Hard drive. The thing is Media Center first and a PC second. It has all the features of a DVD player and DVR in one. If I wanted to I could record two tv stations and watch something else, all at the same time. By looking at the pics below you can see all the connections in the back. Everything from USB2.0 to Component Video and Audio, S-Video, Firewire, and on and on. In the front it has more USB and A/V connections. It also has all sorts of Memory Card slots and one big slot for an external Hard Drive. It even has an FM Tuner which you can Pause and Rewind.

This things is normally 1500 dollars but I got it for 800 smackers! It was the one on display. Awesome.

As you can see from the pics it comes with a Wireless keyboard and mouse. They kind of remind me of the Webtv days. I didnt like the keyboard much so I went out and bought another keyboard and mouse.

So, the only thing missing is a nice screen. I am still using the 7 year old CRT and it just doesnt cut it! Everything is to dark. I have everything all maxed out. Computer use is fine but DVD playback and TV are just to dark. I love it so far.

And more thing. Yes, that is a Wifi antennae.

Biking Again

This is an old photo of my bike but it will server this entries purpose.

Since I moved into this neighborhood I have always wanted to get back into riding my bike since its a pretty nice neighborhood; lots of trees and nice homes. So yesterday during lunch I took it over to Bicycle World to have it cleaned up. They call it an overhaul. They pretty much lubed it up, cleaned it up, and calibrated all sorts of stuff. The bike rode as good as new.

I went for a quick spin to Robs house and then cruised the neighborhood a little. I wasn’t quite dressed for biking, white tee and khaki pants, so it wasn’t that long of a ride. It was still nice and I hope to keep at it. I wish I was able to ride in the mornings but I am just to damn lazy for that.


For the longest time the Lab manager, Rosie, here at work has had a brand new Polaroid I-Zone in her office and after months of asking her for it she finally caved. An I-Zone is a Polaroid camera in which its pictures are taken on a small sticker.

For some reason the pictures I took came out with a sephia like tone to it. Maybe its because the film is so old. Its only a six picture sample anyway.

This is a picture of my dear friend V that was taken with the I-Zone. Isn’t she lovely.

Blogger for Word

Since going to and creating a new entry for my blog seems to be to tedious I am giving this Blogger for Word Add-In a try. I am running Office 07 Beta and it looks like it installed fine. I setup my username and password and it looks like I can edit my most recent entries within Word as promised. I didn’t read anything about inserting pictures so I am including a picture with this entry.
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