December 14th, 2008

Sunday Links 12-14-08

Family Traditions: What Children Really Want for Christmas – Even kids who think all they want for Christmas is a bunch of presents really want more from the holiday.

What is Your Time Worth? What’s Worth Your Time? – The debate over sponsored blogging keeps moving along.

5 Reasons to Work From Home – There are so many more, but it can be motivating to keep thinking about why you’re working from home.

If You Don’t Need It, It’s Not a Deal! – Something to keep in mind whenever you shop.

Neighborhoods Propose Printing Their Own Currency To Encourage Local Shopping – Seems an odd idea to me to take things so far, but supporting local stores is a generally good idea.

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November 1st, 2008

Learned a Bit More Computer Maintenance

I’ve been having a lot of trouble lately with my computer. It keeps crashing at pretty random times and loads. I’m familiar enough with things that I knew how to take the canned air and blow it out, but as I found out, that’s not always enough.

heat sink

When I took my computer into the shop, the tech pointed out a tremendous amount of dust around the heat sink. I’m talking dust bunnies here. The air can hadn’t gotten it in part because of the fan in front of it. The fan spins when the air can blows on it, and so the dust behind pretty much stayed put and built up and up.

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to take care of.

As with anything else you do inside a computer, you unplug it first. No messing around with a computer that has any power coming into it.

Then he told me to take a paintbrush and wipe the dust away. If it stuck, a Q-Tip and isopropyl alcohol could be used safely to clean it up.

Once the dust was loosened, the air can could easily blow it all away.

Unfortunately, I don’t think that will turn out to be the only problem, as I still had a random crash last night, and there were some other interesting problems along the way, such as my computer losing track of the current date & time. But I do like to share some basic tips for this kind of thing.

Oh, and if you buy canned air, you will most often get a much better deal out of the three packs than with single cans. Stores around here charge around $5 for single cans, but only around $10 for 3. However, do also be aware of the possibilities of inhalant abuse, and keep such products away from anyone who might misuse them. The problem comes with many kinds of products.

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October 14th, 2008

Watching Fires Again

At least nothing’s dangerously close so far this year. But the scent of smoke is in the air, and plenty of fires burning in the county, so a bit of awareness is a good thing.

It’s kind of interesting that my husband says there were far fewer kids than usual at school today when he dropped our daughter off this morning. Since it is also cold and flu season, I’m wondering if a bug is going around. Nothing to evacuate for around here, at least not in elementary school range. Only nearby fire I know about is off on the other side of town, and it hadn’t started that early.

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September 5th, 2008

Out on a Blog Trip – Day 5

The San Diego region as a whole has a lot you can do. If you want to pay admission fees, there are the various museums at Balboa Park, Sea World, LegoLand, the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park. All very much worth checking out, depending on your schedule.

Or you can do lots of things for pretty near free. Plenty of beaches – we generally go out to La Jolla Cove. Nice beach and it has tide pools as well. Some canyons are really good for hiking. Sycamore Canyon is one we go through every once in a while.

You can also take a walk along the waterfront by the bay. Plenty of things to do that cost money, such as if you want to tour the Star of India, but you can see quite a bit for free as well.

Well, that’s about all I have for the blog trip. I hope you’ve all had fun.

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September 4th, 2008

Out on a Blog Trip – Day 4

Today’s topic is shopping, and that’s actually something I do as little as possible of. I’m not into wandering malls or stores, except on rare occasions with one of my sisters, and the goal is generally just talking. Well, maybe finding something specific that one of us is after. And eating some lunch.

I do like that in my area I can efficiently shop 3 grocery stores. We have a Vons, Henry’s and Stater Bros. all very close together. Two share a parking lot, and the third is just across the street from the other two. Makes it easy doing comparison shopping. About all I buy from Vons is their loss leaders, though. Overall their prices tend to be higher. It’s a real treat to be able to shop multiple stores with so little driving, though.

The San Diego area in general does have some interesting malls. Seaport Village probably has the most unusual shops, while Horton Plaza has the most interesting design. It’s a bit confusing to figure out which level is which there at times, but it does stand out from your typical mall. These are a bit far for me to visit often, as they’re both in the downtown San Diego area.

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