Technical Difficulties from on Top of the Mountain
2006-11-28
  Another piece bites the dust
Some things you get used to and figure they'll be around forever. Some things you're just to lazy to upgrade/replace. Like keyboards. Sure there's probably better keyboards out there, but the one I had from my old HP Kayak was still working and I still had one computer with that ancient PS2 plug, so I was typing along day after day without a care in the world. At least until today.

Today the space bar decided to stop working. Well it didn't stop working entirely—if you pounded on it hard enough it would reluctantly let out a space, but otherwise every sentance startedlookinglikethis. Still not to bad for IM but when trying to type code it can be a problem. Those computers are just so darn picky.

So out with the old, in with the even older. I found a really old IBM on the shelf, ways more than the computer, clangs everytime you press a key and its pre-human factors, so the rows of keys don't form a curve, its just a flat face of ancient metal buttons. Almost like the old days, typing papers on a manual typewritter. (Yes I did learn to type on a manual. I even have the box of correction tape to prove it.)

 
2006-11-05
  Full bore ahead
Going gung ho with the pellet stove, didn't really realize how much until I went back and took a look at my usage logs for last year: which start in November. Gads, that's like now, and I'm already way ahead of last year:

MonthThis yearLast year
September360-
October1,360-
Novembermaximum damage1,200

 

I better start looking into buying my own forest and starting a pellet production plant. This is going to be killer. Really wish I had gotten farther on that solar heating project this summer. Next year for sure.

 
Life in the middle of nowhere, remote programming to try and support it, startups, children, and some tinkering when I get a chance.

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Feb '04
Oops I dropped by satellite.
New Jets create excitement in the air.
The audience is not listening.

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Neat chemicals you don't want to mess with.
The Lack of Practise Effect

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Scramjets take to the air
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Checking out cool tools (with the kids)
A master geek (Ink Tank flashback)
How to play with your kids

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