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Tue Dec 24, 2013, 10:36 PM

What I got myself for Christmas

A vain, vapid topic that's sure to sink like a stone by tomorrow morning. Still, I spent too much of the day working on this not to record it for posterity.

Having decided to tune up this creaky old laptop as well as I could to stave off its imminent passing, I jumped in with all four feet. Added Opera to the other two browsers, Chrome and FireFox which I updated. Then I got snookered into an unreasonable number of delightful extensions and add-ons. In fact I even succumbed to a couple new freeware programs from CNET, the most trustworthy provider along with MajorGeeks.

Well, somewhere along the way I noticed that I couldn't turn on Windows Defender anymore, so I resumed sincere cleaning efforts. Usually around this time of year my favorite all purpose suite, Advanced System Care, puts the Pro version on sale so I bought that for very little. It helped with the registry but still not enough. Eventually I stumbled upon Glary Utility Systems 4 which also had Pro on sale, so I bought that. Between the two I got most of the computer problems worked out and the sneaky junk dumped. During all this I ordered a Coby 7" tv/dvd/radio/mp3 player on sale and decided it could use more antenna power. After hours sifting through those options, I found what seemed to be the most bang for the buck and bought that because it focuses mainly on UHF and I miss my PBS shows. I also looked at a lot of wireless wi fi repeaters, but I think I might wait for next month and buy the one at a local computer store that just opened up. It costs more than the stuff on eBay but I need to ask the local store owner if his was made in America, because that's how I'd rather go when possible. Last month I bought a dishwasher in anticipation of Christmas. Won't have to pay for it until January anyway. And I've made some of the online catalog stores very happy lately. Enough of that for a long time now, however.

You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find people who can tell me the db gain of their antenna. I blame it on the marketing department, which should know that some customers won't be wowed with meaningless ad copy such as "powerful". Powerful as compared to what???? I want the db gain or at least the average range in miles.

Well, I couldn't buy myself a pony, so I had to make do. Did you know they make special spaghetti forks? And I needed more long iced tea spoons. No more cookware, though. I've sworn that off.

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IrishAyes Dec 2013 OP
840high Dec 2013 #1
IrishAyes Dec 2013 #4
HipChick Dec 2013 #2
IrishAyes Dec 2013 #3
Locut0s Dec 2013 #5
IrishAyes Dec 2013 #6
Locut0s Dec 2013 #8
IrishAyes Dec 2013 #10
rug Dec 2013 #7
IrishAyes Dec 2013 #9

Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Tue Dec 24, 2013, 11:24 PM

1. Merry Xmas.

 

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Response to 840high (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 12:20 AM

4. Thankew.

To you and yours as well.

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Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 12:03 AM

2. Irish...back away from the bottle now..

I'm speaking from experience..

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Response to HipChick (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 12:19 AM

3. The internet bottle, you mean???



Well, I stopped short of the pony, at least! It's funny, after raising Egptian Arabians for so many years, though certainly not here, I still find myself wishing for a pony. Maybe it's my 2nd (3rd, 4th) childhood.

I do most of my 'major' purchases during sale seasons. I've already talked myself out of a new electric kitchen range. What I'd love better than anything is one of those antique electric reproduction 'wood' kitchen ranges from Elmira Stove Works in Canada. They're huge, ornate, and hideously expensive in my view since they start around $7-8K. I love old or old-looking stuff. But I can't spend $ quite so lavishly. If $ were no object, I could drop $50K in that place w/o blinking an eye.

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Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 12:28 AM

5. I say "mind your own business" to anyone who complains too much about...

I say "mind your own business" to anyone who complains too much about how someone else spends their holiday cheer Be a little vain if you feel like it, just be happy

Course, perhaps I'm a little biassed as someone who LOVES his consumer electronics, gadgets and toys

BTW what version of Windows are you running?

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Response to Locut0s (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 12:39 AM

6. 7 Home Premium. Nobody could give me 8 because at least I hear it's buggy.

7 suits me fine. I've had this MSI computer on for almost 8 years, though, and push the envelope with it too much, so I'm totally amazed it's still wheezing along. It's supposed to be easy enough to open according to a You-Tube video, but never having done so, the thought makes me a little nervous.

If I were rich I'd buy an I-Max with a huge screen. A certain amount of electronics is a practical necessity these days, especially for anyone otherwise marooned in RedNeckLand. The internet and DU in particular do me more good than any amount of pills or therapy.

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Response to IrishAyes (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 12:49 AM

8. 7 is good...

From the number of clean up tools you were mentioning I thought maybe you were using something older and buggier. But the age of the computer explains that. 8 years really is ancient by tech standards I'm using Win 8 now, it takes some getting used to and does seem a little buggier but stability is largely fine. When I was running Win 7 I could keep my computer on for weeks without rebooting. I rarely ever ran much beyond a good virus scanner and firewall. That and I'm very careful about what I install, where and how.

I've been running Linux now for the past several months as my primary OS, dual booting with Win8.

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Response to Locut0s (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 09:51 AM

10. Yes, I've been very fortunate with this MSI computer. For a consumer class item,

it's been fantastic. Who knows how long I can keep this one going? Only had to do 2 reinstallations. When I put the 2 other browsers on, though, I did get carried away by the eye candy add-ons. Then while searching for an even more effective registry cleaner, I snapped up a couple other programs, and before you know it I'd dug myself such a deep hole that it was hard to climb out. Good object lesson, though. And you never know, I might wind up on Linux next time. It sounds good.

Glad I'm taking a brief respite from my usual no-tech Christmas celebration so I can wave hi to everyone this morning. I appreciate the DU posse.

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Response to IrishAyes (Original post)

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 12:43 AM

7. I have no idea what the db gain of my antenna is.

 

I'll say Merry Christmas to you anyway, IrishAyes.

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Response to rug (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 09:40 AM

9. Right back atcha, and the family, Rug

Obviously I'm breaking my previous ritual of a tech-free Christmas Day. But then sometimes change is good! It will be back to (tada!) "tradition!" shortly, though.

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