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Things that have been subpar around here are slowly improving.

My immune system seems to have sufficiently gutted out the kidney infection and the lump under my arm turned out to be an unhappy hair follicle, so things are relatively normal for me again with just a cold and generally feeling blah health-wise.

Two weeks after being fired, Vogon was offered a senior developer position by a VAR for the product he was a developer for with his former employer. It's a telecommuting position, so we're getting the study set up to be used as an office and should see cable high-speed access here sometime next week. We get to pick our own health insurance so I'll probably be looking at that in the next few days; today, I'm filling out and printing enrollment documents for him to sign and return while he's doing something at their office about 25 minutes' drive from here.

A not-entirely-expected side effect of preparing for him to work from home is that he wants to upgrade my computer. I'd be happy with just some more RAM, but PC100 RAM isn't coming down in price any more and he thinks it would be easier just to replace my motherboard and who knows what else. As long as it's not down for long, I'll deal with whatever he decides to do, but I'm not getting my hopes up after the perpetual "we should do [x] to your computer" that I went through with Himself.


I've been whipping through the cheerleader costumes this week and plan to drop them off at the school tomorrow morning. I'll be finishing the chartreuse dress this weekend after I go to the fabric store for matching thread (it'll blend better anywhere there might be exposed stitching than the light neutral threads I have on hand) and a new looper threader (wire-loop threaders have a short lifespan in my hands). The sewing machine is due for service based on the sounds it's making at low speeds, so I'll ask at the fabric store about their machine service pickup and turnaround times. It might not be a bad idea to pick up an inexpensive machine to use while this one's being serviced since most of the time I just use straight and zig-zag stitches.


My pack's Blue & Gold Banquet is tomorrow night, which should be interesting. It's much fancier than what I remember from when my brother was a Cub Scout, but I think the catered food and assurance that he could wear his MP3 player during the cute round song our dens learned (Laurel adores the song and sings it at random times, though she munges "C-3PO" into "MP3-C-O" while I try very hard not to laugh) was what sold him on going with us to one family event other than the fall family campout.


I haven't been commenting much this week since I've been reading late at night with Vogon using my computer during the day, so happy birthday to those of you with birthdays this week, my sympathies or congratulations as appropriate, and a big welcome to starzz and bear25p's son Nathaniel. (:


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Feb. 23rd, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
You never cease to amaze me with all you have accomplished.

Much, much love.
Feb. 23rd, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you. You would probably laugh if you saw me doing battle with the needle holder earlier this afternoon. It's a little rectangular package like the ones mechanical pencil lead come in and I couldn't get it open, so I used the blunt-ended can opener blade on my pocketknife to get it open. Luckily the case is magnetic, so I can just stick it in an inconspicous spot later and not have to put the cap back on until I have to.

*hugs back*
Feb. 23rd, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear things are looking up a bit. Computer upgrades are fun. If you end up replacing enough stuff, you could buy a case for the old stuff and have a second computer. I've never done that myself but I've known a few people who have. I usually end up with such a hodge podge mess of parts, some of which don't work very well, that I either give them away or throw them away. Would be nice to have a second computer though... head to head gaming... I miss that.

BTW, did K get ahold of you regarding the pressure canner? I finally managed to get that to Dallas. :)
Feb. 23rd, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
Vogon has a system that just needs a hard drive, so I think our current plan is to move one of my drives into it and either that or my old computer will go into Laurel's room to be used as the broadband and print server.

She mentioned it in a comment but I haven't gotten together with her to pick it up yet -- my schedule is pretty full this week; next week will be better. How much do you want for the canner?
Feb. 24th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
I'm sure next week or the week after will be fine with her. No rush. Price was $75. Sorry it took me so long to get it there but at least this way there was no shipping costs. :)
Feb. 23rd, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
I wrote a nice response. LJ ate it. Stupid LJ. I'll be terse this time around.

I have some PC100 that I'm not using. System it was in fall down go boom. You want?
Feb. 23rd, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Yes! How much would you like for it?
Feb. 23rd, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
Let me find it so I can be sure as to the precise details and I'll get back to you. It's good memory (Crucial, as I recall), and I hate to see it going to waste. (=
Feb. 24th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
You're an incredible person who seems to accomplish everything! Amazing....sorry you've been ill, but so glad you're feeling better!
Feb. 24th, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I've been really satisfied with my insurance -- United HealthCare. I think the url is myuhc.com?
Feb. 24th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
That is great about the job, I am glad that things are working out.:)
Feb. 27th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
The way his job worked out is so cool. Not only do you guys get more time with him, save money on gas, but he wasn't unemployed for long, and he doesn't have a huge train-up time, cos his specialty is something he already knows well.

I concur with his assessment that it's probably a better idea to upgrade the motherboard, processor, and RAM at the same time. There have been so many advances since PC-100 was dropped on the market, in all three of those areas, that you can get a massive performance boost by upgrading these three at once.

We just bought a computer based on this core configuration (which will run you $310 including shipping thru Pricewatch.com):
Intel Pentium 4 Prescott 3.0GHz (with 1MB cache), 800 MHz FSB, Hyperthread
Generic LGA775 motherboard with on-board sound, video, SATA, 10/100 LAN (bundled with processor)
1 GB dual channel PC-3200 RAM (2x512MB DIMMs)

It's proven to be very stable and fast with WinXP SP2. If dual core wasn't getting so cheap, I'd probably put together a duplicate of that system for myself. The only other concern you might have with this specific package is that you probably would need to also get a new power supply and add a chassis fan because Prescott P4's use more power and generate more heat. If you have to do that, you might also want to just consider going for one of those Antec silent case/power supply combos that has the 120mm, low RPM chassis fan and rubber mount points to quiet drive noises & vibrations.

I'm sure you've probably talked about the hardware stuff ad nauseum already, but I'm an easily exciteable hardware geek that loves drooling over things like this :) Sorry if this post is a little out of place.
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