Tuesday, March 31, 2009

an early april fool's joke at Best Buy?

I checked out my local Best Buy today, and I found this on a floor model of a laptop:

Its a laptop (forgot the model - looks like a Dell) with a IRQL not less or equal BSOD.

It would be funny if one of those happened on a mac.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Restaurant review: The Old Spaghetti Factory

After the auto show, my family went to dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory in the Ward Factory/warehouse.

Lets just cut to the chase: I'm not a fan of Italian food (or atleast I wasn't as enthusiastic as I should have been) so the food was a bit biased for me. I had the "Meatloaf Italian style" which was meatloaf prepared with ground beef, Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese topped with marinara sauce and grilled mushrooms. Accompanied by spaghetti with Browned Butter & Mizithra Cheese. I goobled it up in a few minutes, and it left me hungry - not "full then hungry in a few minutes" hungry - but "wasn't satisfied I want more" hungry -- I guess it was because I walked the equivalent to a couple of miles tonight. Since I'm not a fan of Italian food, I can't really compare it to other foods I ate, but that meal did taste like 'store bought' food - it tasted regular. The root beer wasn't good either - it was too flat.

For the Old Spaghetti Factory, I give it 3 stars *** out of 5. It wasn't the best food, but if you have to go there, you can do worse.

EDIT: 03/31/09 15:06
I've been sick with what turned out to be food poisoning or the like. Luckily home remedies did the trick, but I missed out on a few days of work. Looks like the culprit was TOSF; so chalk one up to experience - I'm not eating there again.

living within my means at the auto show

Tonight, I've got to see the auto show along with my family - and ever since I've been planning a budget to live within I've seen things differently.

Sure, I got to sit inside cars that I'd never drive (much less see out the windshield since I'm so friggen short) but I also got to see what cars I was able to afford if I had a loan of 25k. The first car I checked out was the new Mazda3. There wasn't that much things that would make me jump from my 2004 - more buttons on the steering wheel; an information screen; smaller rear headrests - but they were a few minor bad things I hated: no cargo tray in the hatch (don't know if it was continued from the 2009 model) that smilie grille (which looked better than the newer Corollas and Civics); first model year. Minor annoyances to me, but why should I upgrade even if I could get another loan after selling my car and paying off my current one? I did get to sit in a few small trucks (sadly, no Ford Ranger) and I checked out a potential new handivan for our handivan business. And of course, there were hundereds - if not thousands of people who checked out cars also.

Overall, I'd be dead if I had to choose my favorite car, since most of the cars' seats weren't manually adjustable and required a turn of the ignition for me to even adjust it. I didn't really have a favorite but if I had to choose, it'd be the 2010 Mazda3 hatch in winning blue (or whatever dark(er) blue they had in the model year).

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

soon to be Mac geek

Recently, there's been a lot of Mac laptops that's been coming into my job, and of course I get to play with them... I mean fix them. Which gets me into the world of Apple's Macintosh laptops.

My friend has a 24" iMac (which holds up pretty well) so I do have some 'new experience' with them. I'm thinking of getting the base model macbook, then upgrading the RAM to 4gb, and increasing the HDD to maybe 320gb or 500gb and installing Vista along side it.

I don't know what made me go to the 'dark side' but I guess its something different and if I feel lonely I can just boot into Vista and be warm and fuzzy.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

here we go again

Either my fingers are shrinking, they're getting stronger, or maybe this netbook has a good keyboard, but the Acer Aspire One 8.9" netbook is comfortable for me to type on.

I had to sacrifice a USB flash drive for me to install ubuntu, then boot it from the USB to copy a customer's files. I did the basic typing test, and each alphanumeric key felt good - however the enter key is in a weird place, and the touchpad's buttons are flanking on the side. But for a netbook with a small screen - its pretty good. I have to use an external mouse, but the screen size is good and the keyboard is typable.

decisions, decisions...

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

that's a record!

A customer just broke out record for the fastest use of our warranty service. He picked up his computer at 1600hrs yesterday and he brought it back at about 1800hrs saying it can't go online. I look at it this morning, and websites are being blocked saying the computer needs 'better protection' and a link to some shady site - probably to AV 2009.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Everytime I try, I fail

I guess I like this job, because it gives me the opportunity to either try a new product or see what works and what doesn't.

For example: a customer brought in their HP mini 1000 netbook computer into the shop, and I got the chance to play with it... I mean reinstall windows onto it. The biggest selling point was the large keys - they were comfortable enough for me to type on. Also, the screen was a good size also - if I remember the resolution was 1024x600 - plenty big for me and my aging eyes. However, the mouse's buttons were on the side, and the touchpad was a bit small for me - enough for me to use an external mouse.

Will I get one of these puppies? not at the moment, because I need a laptop with a CD drive. However, when I do get some extra money, then I may spring for this - just what I need, a third computer.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

need... a ... vacation

This week has been brutal for me. Today, we had 10 computers come in that needs repairs, and two of them were 'rush'. Luckily the bulk of them came when my manager was with me and another tech, so it didn't feel like a burden.

And talk about bad luck - Monday and Today had network problems. Monday's network problem came from the internal network; then this morning I had to reset every router and switch to get back online; and late this afternoon we couldn't get online. I had to call Road Runner to help diagnose the problem - hopefully they'll send someone to fix it -- and I hope it'll be fixed when I come in tomorrow.

Not to mention I've been making some mistakes - but luckily I caught them and fixed all of them.

Ohh, and I can't really do my usual 'cooling down' of slurpee and/or root beer because I need to watch my diet. I'm trying to replace whatever I can with water.

Oh well - there's no rest for us computer technicians.

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