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Any preferences on laptop brands?

My husband's laptop keeps crashing even with a clean installation of Windows 7, all new drivers, nothing else loaded. We pretty much convinced it's a hardware issue - on a 4-5 year old computer bought refurbished, and used heavily for four years, that's not too surprising.

This week lots of places have computers on sale. I'm looking at some Toshiba Satellite C70 series laptops that with the sale prices are under $400. They all have 17.3" screens (something my husband would be thrilled to have), 6-8GB RAM, and 500-750GB hard drives. Two are AMD, one is Intel.

The price seems good and the reviews are pretty good.

Any other brands I should check out?

Judge STARTS the hearing with calling shooter's family victims

No link - just now live.

Wow - NAACP President Cornell Brooks just gave a GREAT speech

Saying that it was not just a lone shooter, it was a domestic terrorist.

(He also said that the shooter asked for Rev. Clementa Pinckney by name - which raises this in my opinion to an assassination as well as a hate crime.)

No link or video, but I expect video of the speech will be online soon. It's worth watching.

Fresh installation of Windows 7 on an Acer laptop

Restoring the computer to the factory conditions failed - I got a copy of the Windows 7 DVD from a friend to match the Windows key on the computer. So my plan was to install a completely fresh, unencumbered copy of Windows.

But I didn't wipe out the hidden recovery partition where the system restore is supposed to be. I don't see that I need to keep that partition - the recovery files were corrupted or damaged so they wouldn't either repair or restore the OS. And now that I have Windows on DVD to use for this system, I don't see that I would need to recover the system using a recovery partition in the future.

Plus, when I boot the computer, it seems to see two copies of Windows 7 and wants me to select between them on every boot. At this point, I think I need to start over, reformat the hard drive completely and reinstall Windows from scratch. I've only installed a few drivers so far, so there wouldn't be much lost by starting over.

Does this sound like a good plan?

TRIPLE CROWN WINNER - American Pharoh wins the Belmont!

Just now!

"Labor Minute" - short recordings about labor on WFSU-FM

A friend has recorded some of these segments and I thought they might be of interest here.

Labor Minute broadcast each Wednesday at 3:04pm on 88.9 WFSU-FM. Sponsored by the United Faculty of Florida, Labor Minute shares stories of the American Labor movement, including the challenges and success of American workers. Labor Minute is also sponsored in part by the Florida AFL-CIO and the Big Bend Labor Chapter.

External harddrives not interchangeable between Windows & Mac?

I'm going to be scanning slides for my sister and had planned to save the images to an external hard drive. I just starting shopping for them and I think I've found a problem. She uses a Mac; I use Windows 7.

Her husband has a Windows (7 or 8, not sure which) laptop but I don't think they have any way to network the two computers or transfer stuff directly from one to the other.

Does this mean that if I get a hard drive that works on my computer she cannot access it on her Mac?

If it will not work, I'll have to figure out how to transfer several thousand images some other way.

Trying to decide between two Epson Photo scanners

After a discussion a while back about various photos scanners I evaluated what I might need if I could upgrade. Well, my sister wants several thousand slides scanned so I told her if she bought me a better scanner I'd do the job for her.

Currently I have an Epson Perfection V500. It works fine but I have a number of old negatives that are too large for the Epson film holders and software. I bought VueScan to overcome the software limitations and devised a method of holding the negatives in the scanner (acetate transparency sheets work very nicely to hold slightly curled negatives flat) but for the larger negatives I still have to stitch multiple scans together and that takes a lot of time that could be spent scanning.

One member here recommended wet mounting which would require purchasing a pro level scanner. I've looked at the technique and with the limited number of negatives that might benefit and with my setup (which lacks good ventilation) I don't want to hassle with it.

This leaves me with the choice between an Epson Perfection V700 Photo - Refurbished - for $415 from the Epson store with free shipping or the new model Epson Perfection V800 Photo currently on Amazon for $666.99 from Epson with free shipping. For $150 difference I can get the newest version - it's very tempting! Both come with LaserSoft Silverfast. The V700 comes with Adobe PhotoShop Elements, but I own a copy of that and I have the full PhotoShop CS6 so I don't need it.

The V750 is still available - for more money. And the V850 is out, again for much more money and the only advantage it seems to have is two of each of the film holders - not worth the big increase in price in my opinion.

Any comments or suggestions from anyone?

We cut down and thinned out dozens of trees

But turned around and planted a few thousand pines, oaks, dogwoods and cedars.

When we bought our farm, there were areas with scrubby oaks growing so close together you couldn't see through them. We thinned out those areas, and also cut down some trees that were unhealthy or in places where they were in the way. Back then, the Forestry Department sold bare root seedlings in bunches for about $10 a bunch - 1000 pines, 500 dogwoods, 1000 red cedars got planted in the first few years. A couple of years later a neighbor split a bunch of hybrid oaks. We also bought some small sycamore trees, hollies, and a green ash. Each year we'd buy a live tree for the holidays and planted it after the first of the year.

Now 35 years later there are more trees on this ridge than there were when we bought the place and they are healthier than those original trees we took out. With 60 acres we have lots of room for trees. In fact the 30 acres at the bottom of the ridge that is lowland is completely forested and has a native stand of American beech trees that is unusual in Florida - one was the Champion American beech of Florida for a while, but they found a specimen tree that is larger.

Yesterday while I was in the middle of replying in a thread our power went out

Later when it came back on, I went back to that thread to say nothing major happened. Well we missed the major thing:

Confirmed Tornado Touched Down in Leon County Sunday
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Leon County late Sunday morning, north of Tallahassee.

An EF1 tornado with estimated peak winds of 95 MPH left a path of nearly 4.7 miles about 5 miles North of Tallahassee ending about a mile North of Maclay Gardens.

The tornado lasted about 8 minutes from 11: 51 a.m. until 11:59 a.m.

Surveyors say that sporadic tree damage was found along a path that was as wide as 350 yards in some areas.

MacClay Gardens is about 10 miles southwest of us. Just before the power went out the local TV station said a possible tornado was moving northeast. Good thing it fell apart before it got here!

We had another line of bad storms come through this morning. When my husband went for groceries this afternoon, there was a tree down in our drive and one down across the street.

We did have a casualty - in the pine tree that fell down there had been a woodpecker nest. The tree broke at that point and one baby was dead in the remains of the nest.
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