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Update 1/21/10

1.  The Boss is out this week so work has been relatively slow going.  I can’t complain about that though.

2.  Still have two weeks until my next two classes start so I have been enjoying the extra free time around the house.

3.  I just finished watching an episode of Hoarders I had DVR’d and felt the need following that to do some cleaning.  Cleaned up the kitchen and actually did some dishes by hand.  Yes, I am impressed with myself.

4.  I always feel the need to pick things up after watching that show.  I am not a hoarder or anything but things are often out of place around here causing the apartment to look very cluttered.

5.  Zoie had another appointment at the doctors today and still has an ear infection in her right ear.  Medication was changed from amoxicillin to augmentin to try and knock it out.

6.  Just made a payment on my Sears mastercard and my discover card.  The sears card balance was relatively high due to buying my girlfriends laptop a few weeks back.  The payment on that meant less to go towards paying off my Discover card.  I can’t wait to be free of the debt held on these cards.  Hopefully just another two months and it will be gone for good.

7.  Finally remembered to take my busted EEE PC into work to have the IT guy for our department take a look at it.  He has been telling me to for awhile now but I keep forgetting.  It’s not that big of a deal now that I have my new Toshiba but it would still be nice if it worked again.

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Update 1.11.10

1.  Got a new netbook, the Toshiba NB205, for Christmas.  I needed a new one after my EEE PC died on me.  This one is much better.  The larger keyboard is a plus.  It came with the crippled Windows 7 starter.  Luckily I could use my student student status to update it fairly cheaply to Windows 7 Home Premium.

2.  I bought my girlfriend a new laptop as well.  A Toshiba Satellite.  She seems to like it, spends much more time on the computer now than she did before though.

3.  Got the new Mario Bros. Wii game.  We have beat it already and are now working to collect all the coins in order to beat the unlocked World nine.

4.  I screwed up my financial aid so I had to start  this semester a few weeks late.  I am registered to take an intro to spreadsheets course.  I don’t really need it but it is required before taking accounting 1 and 2 and business finance.   I am also registered to take a communications class as well as business law.

5.  Zoie has started walking recently.  She is out of control now.  She is even climbing the steps.   She is still at a point where she feels the need to put everything in her mouth.  She definitely keeps things interesting around here.

6.  I am working to try and budget better in order to get rid of all our debt much sooner.  Between me and my girlfriend we have a bout $2000 in credit card debt.  Now that I am taking on more debt b/c of school I need to get this paid off as soon as possible.  My girlfriend still owes about $5ooo on her student loans.  I have registered at yodlee.com to hopefully help track are spending better in order to reduce it.  We’ll see how it works.

Sunday October 18th

1.  Had a big fight with my girlfriend tonight.  It wasn’t fun.  It all started from her thinking I was taking my moms side instead of hers with a current problem.  There wasn’t even a side to take and the whole thing was blown way out of proportion.

2.  I logged onto the class page for the current class I am taking at University and realized there are assignments due on the 20th.  I thought everything was due on the 22nd.  The most time consuming item, a short essay, is what happens to be due on Tuesday.  I now know how I will be spending tomorrow evening.  It doesn’t look too hard but as the first thing I have had to write in long time I am not looking forward to it.

3.  I need a laptop.  Nothing is working to fix my Eeepc and considering how much it cost I don’t think paying for a new screen is really worth it.  My computers all run Linux and I need a Windows based PC for all the classes I will be taking.  I am holding off on buying one until this weekend  and hoping I can find one that comes with Windows 7 on it.  With any luck I can avoid Vista altogether.

Thursday October 8th

1.  We just completed the move into a new apartment at the end of last month.  We had to get a bigger place now that Zoie has her own room.  Major differences between this apartment and the last one are the extra bathroom we now have, a private patio and a basement.  I honestly don’t know how we had so much junk in the old apartment without the basement.

2.  We just had the internet and cable connected yesterday.  We had cancelled the cable a long time ago and I am glad to have it back.  Internet is faster now too.  Who doesn’t like a 15MB connection?  I need a new TV now though to take advantage of all the HD channels.

3.  Got a bill for almost 500 dollars from the old apartment b/c apparently they have to replace the carpet in one room b/c of a stain.  They also charged us 15.oo for leaving the oven dirty.  What a joke.

4.  Paying off my credit card bill will take a little longer now due to the extra money going to the old apartment.  Sorry Discover, looks like you have to wait an extra month.

5.  I am back in school!  I start back later this month.  Just under two years away from my degree.  Note to self – NO semester breaks this time, the previous one lasted 4 years!

6.  My EeePC is busted.  The battery died on me and for whatever reason the screen does not work at all now.  What timing too, just before I start back to school.

Got an Eee PC

I got an Eee PC for Christmas.  The 900ha to be specific.  So far I am really liking it.  This is actually my first laptop so and being more mobile with my PC is great.

The keyboard is as hard to get used to as I was expecting.  Typing is rather easy until I need to use keys other than the letters (backspace, shift, tab, etc.).  That is when I really start to make mistakes.  I am also starting to notice the space bar problem as I type this where it won’t register unless you hit it directly in the center or relatively hard.

I only have two problems with it and one is probably my fault.  First, the upper right side of my keyboard is popping off.  This is the one that is most likely my doing.  I had to take the computer apart as I lost part of an SD card in  it.  After doing so, the keyboard won’t latch on that side.  I am not certain why either.  Nothing appears to be bent and the other two latches are working fine.  Fortunetly, all the keys are still functioning.

Second problem.  I have dead pixel on the screen.  I just noticed it today as the computer was booting.  This particular one is not a big problem but here’s hoping I don’t end up with more.  I believe ASUS requires three dead pixels before they will replace it.  And seeing how I voided the warranty by opening it up, I dought they will do anything anyway.

My next step is to put linux on it.  Currently I am running the default Windows XP.  I am debating between opensuse and arch.  That will most likely wait until new years day or possibly this coming weekend.

Anyway, this post was mainly to test my typing on the Eee as I rarely have to type more than a web address or username/password.  Wasn’t to bad at all!