Category: Computers

  • PowerNotebooks Laptops Ordered

    I’ve written about my laptop a number of times. Separately, I’ve written about Windows XP, Vista, Linux and what I might choose when buying a new laptop. This morning, I ordered two identical laptops from, one for me and one for Lois. Here is the link to the specific model: PowerPro I […]

  • mp3tunes is a joke sounded like a good idea when I first heard of it. I found out about it a while ago, in a round-a-bout manner. I discovered a music streaming application, that could be widgetized on a blog, and they were promoting mp3tunes as a place to store your mp3’s so that you could […]

  • Vista SP1

    If you stop by here regularly, then you know I’ve railed about Windows Vista at least once. Aside from hearing tons of complaints from friends and strangers, I had the displeasure of using my previously mentioned computer ministry to set up a new Dell computer for my cul-de-sac neighbor’s mom last year. At […]

  • Reinstalling Windows XP

    I spend a fair amount of my time helping many people with their personal computers (mostly laptops, but desktops as well). A friend of ours noted that I had my own Computer Ministry a while ago. Lois liked the term and printed T-Shirts labeled Pastor Pedhazur, with the names of many in my […]

  • August 2008 Poker

    Well, another month with a fair amount of poker frustration. That said, it was also a very good month on some other levels, including eeking out a small profit. Without further ado, let’s get the economics out of the way: +$140.46. Hardly earthshaking. In fact, as reported numerous times now, since I don’t […]

  • Recovering From a Server Disk Crash

    The machine that is delivering this blog to you is a standalone Dell server, running CentOS 5.2. It resides in a data center managed by Zope Corporation (ZC) Systems Administrators (SAs). I perform the majority of the software administration and maintenance myself, and they maintain all of the hardware along with some of […]

  • July 2008 Poker

    I won’t be playing tonight, so I can safely report this month’s results now. Given the past few months, this one was financially successful. That said, it was extremely unsatisfying financially, while simultaneously being extremely satisfying from a having a good time perspective. I guess you can’t have it all. 😉 So, the […]

  • WordPress 2.6 Goodness

    So, I tweeted the other day that I updated to WordPress 2.6 successfully, but didn’t blog about it. I am very pleased with the changes, though I had two minor frustrations, one was WP’s fault, the other not. First, the goodness. When 2.5 came out, they completely changed the media/image management, changing the […]

  • June 2008 Poker

    This month is simple to report on. Economically painful, but otherwise, enjoyable and almost non-existent. I barely played this month. I’m reasonably sure it’s the lightest month since I started playing online poker in September 2004. That said, I played and lost two of the big weekly ones, paying full freight in both. […]

  • Great Ideas for Next Gen Kindle

    I rarely write a post simply to point to someone else’s post, brilliant or otherwise. I used to be a voracious reader. That was so long ago, I’m embarrassed to even make that claim. There are many reasons why I don’t read as much (not the least of which is that I’m the […]