Yesterday was my birthday, so I started a video setting up a gift to myself, using CloneZilla, a StarTech adapter, and other tools.
I recently replaced my EeePC 900HA (ASUS) with a ThinkPad T420 (Lenovo). The T420 came with a 128GB SSD, and as much as I would have appreciated the speed boost, 128GB would be a downgrade for me coming from the 160GB platter drive I had in the EeePC. Considering I maintain two OS’es on laptops (WIndows and GNU/Linux), the estimated 18 to 30GB for shared data between them is not enough. Continue reading “My Birthday SSD Adventure”→
Poor timing for this project, being a very hot and humid day.
I haven’t had much recent luck with bed frames. The one I had for over a decade (built to handle a waterbed), much neglected (the fasteners were slowly loosening); a bracket cracked, and eventually snapped off.
Enter the stand-in. It was gifted to me in my time of need. It wasn’t until I got it home when I realized that it was not going to work “out of the box”. It required a foot board (one I did not have), and it assumed a one-piece box spring (due to my house I require a split box spring). So I made it work, but I cursed the thing since day one, and every time my shin hit that makeshift foot board.
Also known as the “coffin up a storm” ride. This is a wonderful event that promotes physical activity to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. They hold bike rides and walks in eight communities all over Nova Scotia for about a week every year. This year is rather special, as it is the 10th anniversary!
I suppose home improvement season has begun. The snow has disappeared, the thermometer is rising, and the flowers are starting to show.
A week or so ago, I repaired the front porch planter box which had the bottom start to fall out of the past winter (or possibly, two). Took out all the soil, and added screws where I could. It should hold for another five years, not much longer though.
Inspired by Gail Vaz-Oxlade, I have been journaling my expenses with a modified budget sheet regularly since late 2012. By mid-2014 I realized a need for a change, as I was making errors with totalling a months’ worth of each category by hand for each sheet. Also, collating each month for trends was a difficult task in itself.
For the 2015 year, weary of buying actual accounting software (and not fitting the needs of the computer I run at home), I created a Microsoft Access database. It allowed for an easy (for me) customization of the input fields needed to directly paste in a bank, or credit card statement to categorize based on Gail’s ~40 categories.