Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring and It's Been a While

Hello everyone.

I've been very busy with work and friends lately. I also don't have an internet connection at home, so I've been neglecting this blog. It's not that I haven't seen anything of interest lately, and it's not that I've had nothing to say. I've just been busy.

First -- I lost my TV. Not really that I lost a TV. I don't have one, but I did have a TV capture card, and I was able to get over-the-air signals with it. However, overpowered USB hub, new, and the little thing is dead. Lost.

Second -- I lost my wireless keyboard and mouse. It was connected to the same USB hub as my TV capture card. I now have a keyboard and mouse that probably work just fine, but the little receiver thing is completely dead.

Third -- I think the power-supply that came with my brand-new little USB 2.0, 7 port hub was grossly overpowered. I no longer have a receipt for that little USB hub, but I don't care about the loss of the $15 that this little thing itself represents (see items above). I do have several friends who - in some cases - have more than one of the EXACT SAME model USB hub as I do, and have had very good luck with them. So, I'm not going to actually mention the name. I will say that you should use caution when plugging any expensive USB device into a new hub. Maybe try it on a $10 keychain drive first. Just a suggestion.

Fourth -- Taxes hurt this year. Taxes hurt a lot this year. Long story, and I'm not going to go into gory details.

Fifth -- Work. Oh my god, things have been stressful at work lately. There have been a lot of people shuffling around, and there's a new boss in the office, and everyone has been doing too many things, in too little time. Then there is this looming threat that this office might be moved entirely.

Sixth -- Friends. I have found some very good friends recently. Some are people who have been aquaintences for some-while, others are relatively new to me. They have all helped keep me sane, so ... Thank you.

Finally, the "lowest" high for the rest of the week will be 57. Spring, my friends, may have finally come to St. Paul, Minnesota.

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