July 2007

Out With the Old, In With the… Less Old

The summer is passing as it does, work is dull and that’s about it. We did make a rather fundamental change around the office in switching to a digital voice recorder. The cumbersome nature of microcassette tapes has been a consistent source of drama over the past few years. I’ve been trying to convince Dad to give this a shot for a while and it seems to be working well. It has rained quite a lot lately, almost every day.A couple weeks ago, I sold my Sony Vaio SRX77 laptop and bought a slightly newer Vaio, a TR series. It was hard to part with the old one, as I have put a lot of money and effort into it over last couple years. However, I got over it as soon as I had my new one in hand. The switch was cheap when you factor in the sale, but I’ve been putting a lot of money into it since then. I upgraded the hard drive, DVD burner, added RAM and have attempted to buy parts to fix the camera. I’ve spent a lot of time these past two weeks getting my laptop set just so. I also spent time with a couple other computers for work. One of them was broken and listed the spare parts on eBay along with a few other items, including spare parts I had left over from my old Vaio.

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July to Now

Having let yet another few weeks lapse since the last entry, I suppose I should really rename this column to simply “The Log” since there’s nothing daily about it anymore.Generally speaking, this month has been going by rather quietly. With little diversion, the routine of work is generally unbroken. I’m home in the evening maybe watch a movie and talk to Krystle. It rained on the fourth of July and the family and myself went out to dinner and a movie, Ratatouille. I bought a new keyboard for my laptop a couple weeks ago and got a great deal on it. I may sell my little Vaio this week, however as I think I can get a good price for it.This past weekend, I bought a new Dremel and did some on my computer case, cutting out the fan grills in the front and back. This increases airflow and reduces noise. I’ll be posting some pictures of the work online soon. I recently bought an old Sony portable CD player, the D-EJ01, circa 2000. It may be the only portable CD player with a slot-loading mechanism as opposed to a lid. I got a good price for the unit that originally retailed for $450. It had some problems but I was able to fix all of them, which was pretty awesome. I’m not sure why I bought it though. It’s not like I have much use for a CD player since I already have two DAPs and my phone.

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