Saturday, May 29, 2010

Birdies again

Here's an update, they are growing up fast and they are starting to run out of room in that nest!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


I have never, ever seen a moth THIS freaken big before!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

all AC units sold out!

We are getting record high temps here, and nobody has any AC units in stock.

This worked, for about a minute...

Monday, May 24, 2010


More videos of the baby robins.

This one taken a day later:

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Another successful DIY project

I don't have AC, but figured if I can at least get the blower to run it would help circulate the air. So I proceeded by buying some 5 conductor thermostat wire. Only need 3 for that, but if I do get AC later on, then at least I don't have to run wire again.

The wire had to be fished from the thermostat, down the wall, into the return, then in the crawlspace, and finally to the furnace. Getting the wire down the wall was tricky and I ended up having to drill a hole upwards from inside the intake (very awkward trying to operate a drill this way!) then had to make a small hole in the drywall so I could catch the wire with my fingers and direct it to the hole. The 2-conductor wire was actually passing between the drywall and the horizontal stud above the return. The bigger wire did not fit here. This is the part that took the longest.

The wire connections I had to do were:

(from thermostat to furnace)

G to G
RH to R
W to W

At the thermostat RC and RH are also jumpered together. I tried without, but then the fan would not work. The heat worked fine without that though.

Also, at first I thought it was not working, since when I set the heat on, and go push on the panel safety cut off switch, it would start up in a recovery mode and not start the heat but just the blower. After realizing this, and putting the panel back on, then setting heat or fan, they both worked.

Since it's hot (and does not help that I tested a heat cycle!) I have the fan running now and I have cool air coming out. Not AC, but better then nothing.

My next step is to look at adding a basement return that can be toggled on/off through some kind of "Y" damper setup.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The eggs have hatched!

The eggs in the nest I found have now fully hatched!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sick again!

I need drugs. More powerful DRUGS!!!

Hospital grade hand sanitizer is just not cutting it!


I found this quite amusing:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Found a birds nest

I was mowing the lawn for the first time this year, trimming actually, and I ran across this:

Almost looks like Easter eggs!

The mother:

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The more I use windows 7, the more I hate it.

So I had a huge nightmare trying to find XP drivers for some laptop, so I put 7 on it hoping it detects everything. It did, which is great.

But the more I use that OS, the more I hate it.

- The UI is way too flashy, and "in your face". It's like trying to use a computer while being on an acid trip

- The Icons and other UI items are too big. The whole point of having a bigger screen resolution is to have more items on one screen, not make the items bigger! Thankfully you can somewhat shrink the icons, and they end up about the same size as XP. This is an issue I see in Linux too though, icons are too big, so you can fit less on one screen.

- Installed programs don't seem to be easy to access afterwards. This is more because of the crappy start menu and it's lack of actual shortcuts to programs, but they could at least put icons on the desktop when an app is installed.

- UAC. Need I say more? Thankfully that crap can be turned off

More stuff, but they more or less reflect on the points above. In general, everything is just much harder to find and do. They added more steps to everything. There is more things to fix upon a new install. I still need to figure out if there's a way to get the classic start menu and theme back, but I don't think there is.

MS really is heading in a bad direction. Windows 2000 is what they should have sticked with, and just made it better. XP is ok, just because lot of it's crap can be turned off which I do as soon as it's installed. 7 has lot more crap to turn off, and some that can't be turned off.

My next OS will most likely be a flavor of Linux...


So I got dragged into fixing someone's PC again. It has Vista on it, and it's FILLED with crap, and Vista mail or w/e it's called pretty much screwed up the user's profile and Outlook wont even start.

Given it's so full of crap, and it's Vista, I decided to do a clean install. There is like 20 exclamation marks of hardware that is so proprietary windows does not even know what type of device it is. The HP site is completely useless since they only give the network driver, which does not even work. What a sack of crap. I found a bunch of drivers on other sites, none of them work. I'm glad I took an image of the Vista install since as ugly as it would be to go back to that, I may have no choice but to do so, and just give it back as is.

Feeding this laptop with 240 volts AC would be very satisfying right about now. Oops, it just stopped working, and I don't know what that smell is, but it can't be good!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Microsoft Office runs off a server?

So another crazy piece of knowledge from the little world of my IT manager.

So apparently we are running the "client-server" version of Microsoft Office.

In one instance he was complaining that Word was taking a while to load, so he was blaming the network. Later on during a meeting, he was going on saying we have the "client-server" version of power point. Yea, ooooooook lol. Whatever he's on, I want some.