My Birthday SSD Adventure

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”

My Birthday SSD Adventure

Sweaty Sheets: The Bed Frame Project

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.

Until tonight. Continue reading “Sweaty Sheets: The Bed Frame Project”

Sweaty Sheets: The Bed Frame Project

The 2016 Heartland Tour Short Ride

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!

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Warming up before the start of the rides – long, short, and trail

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The 2016 Heartland Tour Short Ride

Window Brushing

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.

Soil is back in, waiting for new flowers.

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Window Brushing

The “First Ride of the Year” Ride

Also known as the “Behold Buddha’s Belly” ride.

Taken the road most traveled, Chain of Lakes Trail, up to Beechville, Lakeside and Timberlea trail, all the way to Cranberry lake (at the head of WRWEO’s Bluff Trail).

Shorts weather now, and although I had a T-Shirt underneath, I kept my Microft jacket on as the shirt kept riding up.

All in all, a good start for the year, 36.1 km traveled, at a rate of 17.8 km/h.

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The “First Ride of the Year” Ride

An Electronic Budget Journal

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.

Behold…

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An Electronic Budget Journal