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Week 14 – 2014

This week was a bit of a busy week. Almost every day, I was out doing something. Exceptions to this was on Sunday. On Monday, the dogs got a long walk. This was a bit different from their normal one as they had a walk as far as Downtown. On Tuesday, I had a dental appointment for denture fittings. On Wednesday, I had an appointment with my primary care doctor which wanted me to see a specialist for an ear problem I have. On Thursday, I made the appointment which they wanted me to come in the next morning. In addition, the dogs got a longer walk – this time just to the Giant Eagle. In addition, Chris stopped by for a couple of hours. On Friday, I had the appointment with the ear doctor which some medicine was prescribed. After which, I had to run an errand. On Saturday, I had to wait for FedEx to deliver a package. This package was rawhide sticks for the dogs, a USB Charging hub, and cooking rings which is used for pancakes, and eggs. After that, I went to the Laundromat which I had to do my laundry.

On other events, I received a letter from Duquesne Electric accepting me into the CAP program which helps with reducing the electric bill. I also got cleats on my shoes which was needed especially considering that I do have to walk a lot with the dogs. I got my SSI benefits which went to my bills, and credit cards. Otherwise, this has been a productive, but hard weekend. There were a few days where I had to supplement my pain medicine with Ibuprofen.

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First Impression: HP 2000-2c20NR

The HP 2000-2c20NR was purchased to replace my current HP Pavilion G62. The reason of why is the current PC was essentially going on its last days. It lost all of its feet, and lost one bumper for the monitor. The power button is temperamental, the SD card reader is not functioning, the F4 key is only on the keyboard due to a piece of scotch tape. The system will overheat, and the Shut Down has errors with it. On top of that, it has failed to even pass beyond the BIOS boot which is essential for any PC a few times. With this in mind, it is understandable of why I felt I should have got a new PC. For now, my G62 is still functional (considering), however it can not serve as a primary PC any longer. It will be demoted as a guest system, and hold my iTunes resources which I still use until I can find a competent replacement and move over to Android entirely (retiring the iPods).

The HP 2000 (the noted model) has an Intel Pentium Mobile CPU running at 2.4Ghz dual core. This is not the i3-i7 series CPUs. It has one 4GB SODIMM, and is upgradeable to two 8GB memory slots. It has a 720p resolution webcam, and integrated Intel series graphics. Drives include an SD card slot, a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, and a DVD Writer. Ports include 1 VGA, 1 HDMI-out port (plugs into a TV or monitor), three USB2 ports, an RJ45-1GBPS and a VGA port (because we live in the 90s). It has Wifi-bgn support, but no Bluetooth. The screen size is 15.6” diagonal. There is also a speaker, and microphone jack, but there are integrated speakers, and mics.

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PC Manufacturers Live in the Past

I had been looking at options for a new Computer, although I am unlikely to be able to get anything anytime soon, however I have come across a disturbing realization. Every manufacturer still has what I would consider as legacy ports. About the only one that has a complete lineup without legacy ports would be Apple. Let’s face it, Apple PCs are very expensive, and I would have to buy a Windows 7 Pro OS as I don’t see me jumping completely in bed with a company that is so overpriced.

So what is legacy, and what is not legacy? Well, the following ports are ports that have relevance now, and in the next 5 years.

  • Audio (preferably in/out combination)
  • HDMI (preferably in/out combination)
  • RJ45 (1GBPS, but 10GBPS will be nice)
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB (version 3)

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2012-03-14

Not much happened today. I received the shipping box for the notebook which I will send either Friday, or Saturday. It is supposed to rain tomorrow, so if it does, it will be unlikely I will be taking it out anywhere. I didn’t have much else going on. One of the things I did was make sure that I have a back up of the files I needed to have in case I have to have the drive reformatted. I also placed an order for a micro-USB to USB adapter. This adapter will plug into the phone, and then allow me to plug a keyboard in it. However, it won’t arrive at least until Wednesday. At least I will have it for future needs. It would be really nice if I had a proper HDMI cable, and a monitor supporting HDMI, then I could possibly turn my phone into a very basic PC. It is nice to dream though.

No plans for tomorrow. I will be walking the dogs, and then let them play. Only if I am really sure that I won’t have to worry of rain will I take the PC and send it to HP. Otherwise, that will definitely wait until Friday.

Magic My Jack

On Monday 9th of June of 2008, I have received a special piece of hardware that utilizes software, and a service. This device and service is called Magic Jack. It is a special device that connects to the USB port of your Windows XP/MAC OS PC. The software installs on your PC, and you set up with an email address. You would than be able to select a limited line of phone numbers that are US based. Once you set everything up, you would be able to connect a telephone that has a standard US based RJ-11 jack into a the device, and you could make regular phone calls.

The device cost’s about $50 including shipping. It takes about 5 -10 minutes to set up, and it installed easily on a Windows XP Pro computer. It includes one year of service, and each additional year is $20/year. Continue reading Magic My Jack