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Monday
08 Jan 2007
8:53 pm

My last hurrah

Well … the time has come. This is my last post on this blog. Don’t despair … I’m not leaving the blogosphere. I’m just moving to a new address.

You see … for a while now, I’ve felt like I needed a change. I’m no longer doing anything with weather (that’s the Wx in WxGal’s World). And I’ve had this domain for quite some time now. I have no intention of getting rid of it, but it won’t be my primary one anymore.

So … without further ado … my new website is … <drumroll … />

High Tech Redneck Woman

So … update your bookmarks and blogrolls.

Along with the new domain … I’m going to try to have a different outlook this time. I’ve been too negative on this site … sorry about that. But the new one, I’m going to try to be more positive. And I’m going to try to post more programming and techie stuff … hell, it is called High Tech Redneck Woman. :G-razz3:

So … come on over to the new site, take a look around, and come back. Leave a comment if you feel like it. I know I don’t have that many regular readers, but I do hope that those of you that are regulars come over the the new place. See ya ’round.

Mood: dorkydorky  Watching To Be Fat Like Me (Lifetime movie)
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Friday
05 Jan 2007
8:30 pm

Smart visitors

It’s been a while since I looked at the stats for my websites. I know I don’t get a lot of visitors, but it’s interesting to see how the ones who do come around get here and other fun stats. Well, I noticed something interesting about the browser stats for this site …

smart visitors
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There are some smart people who come around here … :G-grin:

Mood: dorkydorky  Watching CSI: Miami
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Friday
05 Jan 2007
5:53 pm

It’s a good thing

Back Story:
When I got the statement for my car loan for December, it said that the total due was $428.60 (which was the remainder of the loan). However it had a ‘Regular Scheduled Payment’ of $249.21. I’ve been sending in $250 every month … a little more than what was due. Since the ‘total due’ wasn’t normal, I called Wells Fargo. The lady I talked to assured me that I could pay the ‘Regular Scheduled Payment’ and NOT be assessed any late fees. And I asked her directly. So, I paid $250 online on December 17th (due date is the 20th).

Fast Forward:
I checked the status of my account online yesterday to see if it had any late fees (I was suspicious of what I was told :hmm: ) and to see what the payoff amount was (or at least an estimate of it). I saw that I was assessed a late fee of $10. Well … this pissed me off since I was told I WOULDN’T be. So, today at lunch I called Wells Fargo. I was prepared for the runaround, but didn’t get it. The guy who I talked to was VERY helpful. I told him the back story … that I had called, and when I had called, and all that jazz. He put me on hold to check on things. He came back as apologetic as can be that he had put me on hold for so long (it had been a while, but not too long) and said that I was a very good customer. He told me that he was going to put in a claim or something to have the late fee removed from my account. He put me on hold again and again apologized when he came back. Here I was all ready to yell and be pissy, and the guy didn’t even give me a chance … LOL. He said to call back next week Tuesday or Wednesday to check the status … to confirm that the late fee was removed. Yeah … it was only $10 … but it would go on my account as being late … when I WASN’T!!

I guess it pays to pay your bills on time. Yeah … I have a few more than I should (like credit cards), but I’ve always paid everything on time. I knew I had good credit when I got my car back in 2001. The loan officer actually came out and shook my hand … LOL. And this past summer, I got copies of my credit report … thanks to the Annual Credit Report website. Everything was in good standing. That makes a person feel good. The only problem is that my debt to income ratio leans a little too far towards debt … or at least it did a few years ago when I tried to get a loan to pay off my credit cards. I don’t know … maybe it would be better now. I mean, I only have 1 car payment left (and that will be paid on Jan 17th). And the balance on my credit cards have come down. I only use them when I REALLY need to … and only for food or gas. I hit a bump in that road when I was unemployed for a month back in September. But I’m back on track now, and since I’ll have an extra $250/month after my car is paid off … maybe I can get ahead. It sure would be nice to get ahead.

Mood: hungryhungry  Watching 30 Minute Meals
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Thursday
04 Jan 2007
9:22 pm

Firefox tweaks

I’m probably WAY behind the curve on this. I’m sure everyone has seen these fixes and implemented them. But I just looked ‘em up and applied them. Wow!!! What a difference. One was for Firefox and one was for both Firefox and Thunderbird. And both have made noticeable changes.

To apply these tweaks (if you haven’t already), open up a new tab and type about:config in the address bar.

1. Right-click and select New > Integer. Type in browser.cache.memory.capacity and give it a value of 16384 for 16MB or something else around that.
2. Right-click and select New > Integer. Type in config.trim_on_minimize and give it a value of false.

The second one can also be applied to Thunderbird. Before applying this tweak, when I had Thunderbird minimized, it used over 20MB of memory … just sitting there. After I applied it, it went down to around 4MB when minimized. Right now, it’s up to 8MB, but that’s still quite a bit lower than before. And when I minimized Firefox, I got around the same result. Nice.

Just wanted to share in case there are other people out there who are a little behind the times, like I am. :G-grin:

Mood: okayokay  Watching GH
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Thursday
04 Jan 2007
8:31 pm

Mouse update

My mouse is now working. I did a Google search for it and got a link to the Microsoft site for their mice. I found a link to download the software, so I did. I installed it and restarted my computer. At first, the mouse wouldn’t work. So I tried it in 2 of the other USB ports. It worked on one in the front, but not the other (curious). Then I tried it in back again, and it worked. Woohoo!! I now have a brand new optical wheel mouse. Yeah … it’s not a fancy one, but it’s an upgrade from my old one … which is as old as my computer (almost 6 years).

Now I’m off to Google some more. I’m gonna see if I can find any performance tweaks I can try on my system. I know there’s something about a Firefox memory leak, or something like that. I’m gonna see if I can find that and anything else I can find. Since it’ll be a few months yet before I’ve got the money for a laptop, I’ve gotta make this old desktop work a little longer. Hopefully I don’t work it to death … LOL.

Mood: okayokay  Watching CSI
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Thursday
04 Jan 2007
7:53 pm

Vroom, vroom?

Well … I got my memory today. And I was actually home when they delivered it. I really figured I’d have to head up north to pick it up. But the Big Brown Truck showed up about 5 minutes after I got home from work.

I put the memory in a little bit ago and started it up. There was a little burp where I couldn’t get my mouse to work. You see … I got an optical one from work. It doesn’t appear to work. I’ll have to see if they have any software for it. It’s an optical mouse. I’ll have to check tomorrow.

After I got the mouse working, I fired up the computer. I was REALLY hoping to see a noticeable difference in performance. After all … I did double my memory. But maybe the issue isn’t the memory. Maybe it’s just the fact that the system is almost 6 years old. LOL I guess I’ll just have to use it a while and see if the problems I was having before are still there or not. Maybe I just expected too much from the start. I just need to use it a while and see how it goes.

Mood: disappointed  Watching Ugly Betty
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Sunday
31 Dec 2006
10:01 pm

Call me scrooge

I feel like the worst friend in the world. Robin wanted to go out tonite, but I didn’t want to. And she was gonna be the DD. She still went out … with her brother and his roommate … but I feel like a heel not going out with her. I’m sure she’ll still have fun. She knows people at the bar and she’s the type who’ll go up and talk to other people. But I still feel like a bad friend for not going with her.

I’m just not in the mood. It’s not just because of the drama that was there last time. I just feel like I wouldn’t have had fun. I haven’t the last few (dozen) times I’ve gone out … no matter who I’m with. I think I forgot to how to have fun … if I ever knew how. And I know I would have felt like crap when midnite rolled around and I watched everyone kissing everyone else. Aren’t I the optimistic one … LOL.

I just feel like if I had gone out, I would have ruined Robin’s nite. So … she’ll have more fun in the long run with me staying home. Hopefully she understands and isn’t mad at me.

Mood: indescribableindescribable  Watching CSI marathon
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Saturday
30 Dec 2006
3:12 pm

What do December showers bring?

A huge mess … that’s what!! I think Mother Nature is drunk or stoned or something. Doesn’t she know that it’s not supposed to rain when there’s snow on the ground? In December?

We had a brown Christmas. The first that I remember. Yeah … it was strange, but I wasn’t that upset. One week later … all hells broke loose. I can deal with snow. This is ND and this is December … almost January. But I don’t like this shit that we’ve got this weekend. We’re in a winter storm warning until Sunday nite (at midnite). It’s 34° out right now and raining. It was raining a little when I went to the grocery store. And then when I went to Walmart the skies opened up. There are large puddles all over. And the streets are a slushy mess where there aren’t puddles. I sure the hell don’t want to be out driving after the temps drop below freezing. It’s gonna be one icy mess. I’m glad I took Tuesday off of work now. Hopefully the mess will be cleaned up by then.

And New Year’s Eve should be fun. Drunk people driving in the slushy, possibly icy, mess. That’s a recipe for disaster. Hopefully people will be smart.

I’m not sure yet if I’m going out. I didn’t really want to … don’t want to deal with the drama and shit at the bar I usually go to (I won’t get into it, but it’s all very much like junior high … LOL). But Robin mentioned that she wanted to go out. I was gonna give her a call tonite to see if she still wanted to. I wouldn’t be heartbroke if she said no. It’s not like I’m gonna have anyone to kiss at midnite … :cry: But … Avalanche is playing and I always have fun with Robin. I’ll just have to wait and see.

Mood: blahblah  Watching Ultimate Tornado
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Thursday
28 Dec 2006
8:59 pm

I feel the need for speed

I FINALLY bought some memory for my computer. Right now, my system only as 448MB. I know … I know … what the hell was I thinking taking so long to upgrade. It’s called “lack of moola” … LOL.

I decided to use part of my Christmas bonus to upgrade to more memory. I bought a 512 MB stick of Kingston ValueRAM from NewEgg. This will double the amount of memory I have installed … bringing it up to 896MB (if my calculations are correct … after replacing the 64MB stick with this new one). I was able to get it for just under $66, including shipping. They say it’ll take 1 to 2 business days to process my order. And then the shipping is guaranteed within 3 days. Things will be delayed some with the New Year’s holiday, but still … I should *HOPEFULLY* have my new memory by next week Thursday or Friday. Hopefully it’ll get here sooner rather than later … LOL. I just hope I don’t smash my system before then.

And this will still leave me with money left over from my Christmas bonus. I really want to get an mp3 player. I’ll be researching to find a good one for around $60. I don’t need a spendy iPod. Just something I can put my music on and listen to at work. And if I find one I like that is a little more expensive, I’ll just wait ’til my next paycheck … I don’t have to make a full car payment (it’ll be my last one and will be around $200 or so). I just have to be patient … if that’s possible … :nailbite:

Mood: okayokay  Watching CSI
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Wednesday
20 Dec 2006
8:55 pm

Will it actually happen?

I always say … I’d be happy if we didn’t have snow ’til Christmas Eve and then it can melt on Dec. 26th. Yeah … we already had some snow, but it’s all gone. The temps have been pretty nice lately. I believe it got up to 41° or 42° today. And it was close to that yesterday. Christmas is only 5 days away, and we don’t have any measurable snow on the ground.

The forecast has a chance of snow on Friday, but it doesn’t appear to be much. I can’t remember there being a Christmas that wasn’t white. I’m not gonna complain though. We could get a blizzard and be buried in a couple feet of snow at any moment … this is North Dakota after all.

I’ll keep ya posted if we have snow or not (not that you probably care … but I’m gonna tell ya anyways). :G-razz3:

Mood: drained  Watching Christmas Do-Over
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