Practically Finished Picture Frame PC

WOW. It came out great. Rob did a great job fabricating the frame.

I say Practically finished because I dont have access to the USB port right now, which means no Keyboard and Mouse. I want this to be a Picture Frame second and a functioning PC first. This way I can get online, check recipes, or make Skype/Gtalk Calls from the kitchen. It is running wirelessly right now and I Remote into it to make changes.

Later, we might have to add better cooling since as it is now the fan keeps kicking on. It shutdown on me once, but it later came back on. I believe its because of the heat.

I also might get some sort of stand for it to bring it forward so that the power wire isnt so exposed. It is leaning on the wall right now.

It kicks ass.
It gave me something to look at while making spaghetti this afternoon. I mapped My Pictures off my HP PC and setup the screensaver to display those pics. It’s an option under Screensavers.

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Laptop Frame in the Making

So we have all seen those nifty digital picture frames made out of old laptops. I wanted something samilar, but I want it to be a functioning Laptop.

Javier‘s Dell Dimension CPx recently became a paperweight so I tried to get it off of him. After weeks of giving him numbers he would not budge. Mind you, my prices were dropping as the days went by. 🙂

Since he is about to have a baby and because he doesn’t have a digital camera I decided to buy him one.
My plan was to offer a trade for the digicam and if he said no I would still give him the cam. But to my surprise he said yes and we traded. I also bought him lunch for two days.

I completely tore apart the laptop and still nada. I then noticed some corrosion near the power connector and proceeded to further take things apart. I read online about some similar issues with these laptops. It was going into a power loop with the screen not coming on at all. I also noticed some corrosion on the CMOS battery which was hiding under the palm pad. Following directions on the web I let it sit for a few days.
But even then there was still no power. Rob stopped by the house today and after seeing the corrosion by the power connector he was sure he had something to clean it up. He took the mobo and power with him and after a few minutes he called saying he had it up and running. I went over there with the screen and battery and tried to get XP up. I forgot the keyboard so Rob rushed back to my place on his Kawi and even though it took him five minutes to get back he bought dirt as soon as he got near his driveway. Sorry Rob! It’ll buff out.
After fiddling with it we got XP up and running! I broke the news to Javier by calling him and asking for the password. It took a few seconds for it to click that it was up. It was funny. I recorded it but he you can barely hear him.

So hopefully this week it will all come together.

The Power of a Power Washer

Inject a little power into your water flow and water can do just about anything.

I really wanted to redo my deck at the house but it was going to be a little costly so Rob had the clever idea of power washing it. We went over to Nadias and off with the power wash we went. I did most of it but Rob got it started.

Came out pretty good if ya ask me. Hopefully, I can treat it when it is thoroughly dry.

Marshall Puking On My Floors!

Tabblo: Marshall Puking On My Floors!

So Marshall (my childhood friend) and his girl came over to hang out and to check out the new house. Well, little did I know the dirty rat had been drinking for a good while. So whilst I was in the restroom he begins to toss it! I know when I get the urge to puke I try to get to a toilet or trash can. He just freaking laid there!

It was to damn funny to get mad though. I havent heard from him since though.


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WebTV Watch

The way that I made it online was through a magical little box called a WebTV. I wont go into that but when I was visiting my folks a few weeks back my dad had this watch in one of his box of stuff.

I was trying to remember how I got this. It might have been through the webtv website. Filled out a quiz or something. I remember the package coming from Palo Alto.

Anyway, it was a blast from the past I thought I would share.

100,000 Dollar, 180MPH Wall Art

Here is an idea. “Since I am not driving the Lambo, why not display it on my wall instead of in the garage. “

Check it out here.

Damn rich people. I had always wanted to bolt the rear end of a Corvette to my garage wall but now it will just not be as cool.

And is that guy mounting the car wearing shades? I think I would want him to be a little more careful.