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Tue Dec 24, 2013, 10:36 PM

What I got myself for Christmas [View all]

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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