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10/23/08 08:11 - 48ºF - ID#46286

Asus-teeny tiny itty bitty notebook

I've been fantasizing over the idea of having a teeny tiny notebook to carry around with me as opposed to the bulky laptop I have now. I am not seriously in the market for anything shiny and new, but I have been checking them out.

Asus brand seems to be one to look at. A few models all weighing in at just 2-2.5 lbs with screens sizes between 7-8.9" (the 10" weighs a bit more at just over 3lbs). I simply like the tiny size of it. I don't touch type exactly, so I don't see the smaller keypad being an interference for me. I played with a couple of them at Best Buy last night, one with Linux installed and one with Windows XP.

I just vision myself pulling it out of my carrying bag/purse, and getting comfy cozy at a coffee house, working on basic things as usual, but not taking up much room. Being able to write without the extra heft. I can bolster my want/need for it in many ways.I know it would be more of a toy, a frivolous buy really, as it would not replace my main laptop, but its fun to look.

Amazon link with reviews:


this picture doesn't really show it, but they are so tiny that they don't look real. awe, so cute! Anyone ever use one/have one??
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10/23/08 11:36 - ID#46274

Internet Service- comment turned post

This started off as a comment. You know how that goes, a comment response ends up so long that it might as well be a post. So here I am, cutting and pasting my comment into the journal box and rounding it out a little. The comment was/is in response to my last post on my finding a less expensive internet provider. (e:tinypliny) and (e:metalpeter) had comments specific to my current plan and potential options. So as I had been writing back to them (probably more than they wanted to know,hehe) and here we go:

I've had Verizon DSL since late 2004. I don't recall what I paid then, but eventually it creeped up to almost $40/mo and has held there for awhile. At the time, they weren't offering various 'speeds', so whatever they had, I was subscribed to. It wasn't until this past year that my money/budget monitoring honed in on this area of expenses. I was irked that new customers got hooked up with great promotional plans (as with any company, right?), but I never did anything about it. It wasn't that big of a deal at the time, and I had no intention of going through the hassle of switching. However, as I noticed that I was spending relatively little time at home on the internet as opposed to just about everywhere else (friends, bf, coffee shops), I finally felt that something needed to be changed. I wasn't using what I was spending that much money for, so if I could downgrade or find another provider, I should very well do it.Let see some options!

A few months ago I called Verizon to inquire of other plans and at that time they supposedly did not have a cheaper rate plan. Going off of this information still, I had begun looking into other providers. It wasn't until I called back to CANCEL (or "buzz off" as (e:mrmike) said it) my subscription with Verizon, that I found out otherwise. They do have other plans. The customer service guy said I was lied too and that they do have other plans that should have been explained to me. I think it is because I had called to cancel, and not called to simply inquire before. hmmph.

Anyway, they have a 'lower speed' plan at $9.95/mo for 6 months followed by $19.95 thereafter- which has a 12 month contract, so there would be early termination fees if I canceled. I though about it, and decided to go with it. If I cancel early, the fees aren't horrendous. I was also thinking about various pros and cons into making this decision, of which I have 30 days to change my mind; I wasn't required to lock myself into this change, fortunately. Therefor, looking from a whole year perspective, I'll pay $180 for the year (instead of $480 like I had), I can keep my phone lines open (being DSL as opposed to dial-up), and I can just carry on as usual and not bother with other companies (making phone calls, getting software, downloads, equipment or whatever etc.) AND it wont be dial-up; I really just can't do it, I decided. No dial-up. That was silly of me to entertain the thought. Good prices though. And yes, I tried it for all of 30 minutes before I canceled it. Before I threw my laptop across the room.Before I had chunks of hair missing.

One thing I double-checked before making the plan change was to determine if Verizon tacks on a 'plan change' fee--would there be hidden cost showing up on my next bill. There isn't a fee and that I will only see the charges as described. OK then, plan change please. The 'slower' plan is operating the exact same as I had, so it either never connected at what it could have before, or the difference would really only be in immense downloads, something I don't do anyways. I am pleased that nothing significant has changed, well, besides my bill. Yay.

Time Warner quoted me $29.95, but I don't think a speed was mentioned. $19.95 would be doable for whatever basic plan they- or anyone offers, I rarely download anything, so I don't need it for that. As for FiOS, it isn't available in my area anyways.

The laptop cards are an intriguing idea; I have yet to know know anything about them. Is that something that you have to be already subscribed to Sprint or Verizon with a phone plan or can this be a-la cart?

(e:pyrcedgrrl)- that is hilarious that you found/still have my email address from bluefrog.BIZ That had to have been one OLD email.Even the name I used is SO old. It would have been funny to return to that provider, but I doubt I would have used the email client.

BTW: Check your connection speed with this SPEED TEST:

Ok, thats it.

Now I am off to take my first business workshop through NCCC Summit extension site. A refresher on business plan development,I believe!




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Category: nerd

10/21/08 01:26 - 41ºF - ID#46231

Blue Frog Revisited

This is hilarious to me, but it is something I have been thinking about for a long time now (I'm getting to it).

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Seeing as that I am rarely home, and most of my internet browsing takes place outside of my home, I have been rather unamused at paying Verizon $37.95 for the occasional surf. So the idea has been to find an alternate service at a significantly lower price.

I thought of going with a company who offers a six month promotion (ie; Time Warner 29.95 for six months or EarthLink DSL, or QwestDSL etc) then switching to something else when the time came. Then I mused over the hopeful idea that my new neighbor may have an internet service that I might be able to sponge off of. Nothing so far.

Then I remembered BlueFrog.

I believe they are out of Rochester. I used them several years ago for dial up- back when I refused to pay the ever popular AOL prices ( Less than $4 compared to $24). I recall having good a good experience with them, and hope that it will continue. I'm so weirded out that I will be 'dialing up' on occasion. Think the "web accelerator" is real and worth it?

Could I possibly get away with using dial-up for the rare occasion that I am home and just want to check my email? Or will even that much make me want to tear my hair out, throw laptop across the room in exasperation over the sluggish connection? And a super long cord attached to my laptop at that. Oh boy. I don't know, but I can try it for a couple of weeks to find out. If it doesn't seem to work out, I can switch to something else- back to DSL, and get on board with a company that has $20-$30 plans as to the almost $40 with Verizon. But if it really works for me, then $6.95 a month will be worth it during the rare occasion I am online at home.

We'll see. I am hopeful, but I still feel like cringing. Now to call Verizon and give them the boot.

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Category: adventure

10/21/08 12:06 - 56ºF - ID#46222

Registering Domain BuffaloWeb Services

I was looking at the fees associated with registering a domain name. There are several sites varying in price range. Register.com was my initial 'go-to' site, just to check on a few names. Then after confirming that they were available, I began to think about web hosting, which took me onto another search. I see that many of these sites offer packages- such as some amount of web hosting and page creation features along with a free domain name for X amount of money. Such as IPOWERWEB
I'm not necessarily ready to make use of anything. I just want a couple of names to sit on for future purposes, basically register a name and then go from there.

The 'free domain name' with web host/etc package made me curious as to what would happen with the domain name if I chose at a later date to no longer use the company. The fact that it was considered "free" does that somehow make the name I choose to be owned by them- only to leave me at the mercy of buying it off of them at their "price" should I decide after that I don't want to do business with them any longer? Maybe, maybe not. Obviously contacting someone would be a way to find out.

And I wonder how much additional spam-junk mail is received by the domain name owner due to that persons contact info (physical address & phone number) is readily available via "who is" ??hmmm

Gah! In terms of the bigger picture, I have so much to learn, or rather, become aware of. Having information and processes organized in my head helps me to carry out necessary actions with confidence. Some things I can simply jump into and learn/figure out as I go, but other areas, I like to know as much as I can before stepping forward. I comprehend most of what I read and am regularly capable of grasping new information very quickly. So many thoughts, so many questions.

I checked into local business that might offer what I am looking for. I found BuffaloWeb Services. Anyone know anything of them?


I can register a domain name for a fair prices. Then later on, add on to what I need. I believe I would go with one year for now, although a longer length of time would be less, overall. Just watching my cash flow for the time being.
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Category: weather

10/20/08 12:59 - 56ºF - ID#46209

Transition Season

It is getting cold out there and there is still so much to do! Rainy with highs in the mid 40s for tomorrow made me realize that I really really really need to get focused and start the 'winterizing' process. It is simply more motivating to take care of all these things while it is still dry, above freezing outside and still light out into the early evening. So over the next 2-3 weeks, among everything else I have packed into my days, the following will be addressed:

  • Wood for my fireplace needs to be brought into the garage.

  • Finish yard work-clean up (branches, dead flowers, leaves etc)

  • Plan to have a bonfire to burn fallen branches and logs of wood too large for apartment fireplace. Coincide with activity of drinking spiked hot coffee/cider/hot chocolate.

  • Large items currently stored in garage must be sold off; taking up way too much room to hold them there any longer. Also, I hate excess clutter.

  • Car stuff: oil change, car fluid check- basic look over before winter

  • Plastic and insulation around windows and draft spots.

  • Check and change furnace filter.

  • Dust off treadmill as I haven't been to the gym in quite some time and it shows.

  • A few long walks/hikes to get a good dose of autumn smells and fresh air. I've really slacked this year in getting outside regularly like I always have before.

I'm sure there is more, but whatever is left will just have to wait. So now to get off of here and get started on something!
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Category: adventure

10/16/08 01:14 - 55ºF - ID#46144

Sewing Contractors? Sew What

Business plans, executive summaries and other nuances of business start up can be daunting, yet somehow I have found a bit of a thrill in pulling together the information, placing the puzzle pieces into their respective spots. In some of my grad school classes we would do a mock version, and for some, a real to life version. Since then, I have assisted others in whatever way I can, if only as a cheerleader- but more often, much more than that. In my own pursuits, and there are often a few being juggled at the same time, I sometimes forget to have fun. And so it is through once again providing some pointers to someone in need of direction, that I get all anticipatory in my endeavors, and carry on. But this post isn't exactly about me.

A friend has a sewing project. It will get bigger than what a person or a few people can likely carry out themselves, well, at least, I am thinking big like that, for them. It is important to factor in "growth" and how you plan to handle it when/if it occurs. Funny how often people forget that growth is an issue to be addressed ahead of time. Anyway, I thought about sewing contractors. It is vital to their plan to have a production option ready to them in the event they need or want to outsource. I wondered what might be available in the WNY area and NYS in general. Anything that came up in a Google search provided abstract names without websites or any information that might solidify that the company is indeed a sewing contractor. A nationwide search brought up several with appropriate descriptions of what can be done and so on. However, my general bent on business, is keep it local when possible.

One in NYC looked interesting, but they also have a site in China, which made me think they outsource their projects across seas. Lets keep it on this side of the ditch, please.

Besides making several phone calls, which I am apt to do (or provide the numbers to my friend to make), I wonder if anyone has heard, had experience with or any sort of direction, food for thought regarding outsourcing projects that required simple sewing?

Going to be very chilly tonight, stay warm, snuggle close..
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Category: food

10/15/08 02:11 - 63ºF - ID#46127

bagel damn-goodness

The Asiago cheese bagel at Panera Bread is insanely good.

more like a dense croissant.

go have one. I'd post a pic, but its about gone. yum.

that is all.
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Category: nerd

10/14/08 04:34 - 67ºF - ID#46113

Tesseracts, Quantumland, Cosmos

I re read for the dozenth time, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'engle. It is a short quick read, one that I loved as a kid and still enjoy reading today. It was published in 1962. According to a Wiki article, it was written between 1959-1960. It was rejected numerous times because it was considered too 'different' but eventually won several awards. Tesseracts are just too fun.


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I've read but once a few of her other books. I wonder if they would still hold the same appeal. Perhaps one day soon I will wander over to the library and see of they are available to borrow.

The reading of this book came from a need to read something quick moving and light. I've been reading though my old business books, some health information books and then the usual assortment of science, particularly physics/quantum physics books and magazines. I go a bit slower on the latter, because I find my mind wandering thinking about the subject matter and its implications. Whenever a friend is curious about the subject but does not know where to starts, I often recommend anything by Robert Gilmore, particularly, "Alice in Quantumland: an allegory of quantum physics". It provides the concepts through use of characters in a loose story line. I enjoy the visualizations of the story. Other books I have by him include, "The Wizard of Quarks: A Fantasy of Particle Physics", "Scrooge's Cryptic Carol: Visions of Time, Energy and Quantum Nature" and Once Upon a Universe: Not-So-Grimm Tales of Cosmology". Good stuff. Other recommendations are passed over with a glazed look on their face. oh well. haha
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I've never gotten very far in the math arena, so I generally stay away from the mechanics. Although I have a feeling I would 'get it' if I tried. There is something appealing in numbers and formulas. I find myself often needing to reacquaint myself with classical physics. I often forget what something means, or it feels just out of reach in recollection. Not often am I in conversations that allow for the practice of concretely accommodating the information. But it is perpetually fascinating to me nonetheless.

I'm working through the book "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan, after watching the Cosmos series on DVD recently (13 hour long episodes, done well and still relative despite it being produced back in 1980 and updates in 1990). The book follows along the old PBS series fairly closely, each chapter reading like an essay. I have the smaller paperback version, so there aren't as many pictures as the large book. One day that will be added to my collection- both the bigger book and the series. A recommended read (and viewing) for anyone curious about the cosmos.

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10/13/08 03:03 - 71ºF - ID#46095

Little Known Medical Fact (fixed pics)

Little known medical fact: Chuck Norris invented the Cesarean section when he roundhouse-kicked his way out of his mother's womb.

Love the Norrisisms

Oh and a post on office supplies.

yeh, office supplies.

sorry.


Office supplies are fun for some reason. I like the way certain pens and pencils feel. I love a fresh pad of yellow cambridge paper. I regularly carry a steno pad and either a binder or padfolio. I use post-its of all sizes in everything I do. If I still wrote in a paper journal, I would add that to my list. I used to love picking out a book to write in. Its been years and I still haven't finished the one I last bought. Occasionally it is written in, but not often and certainly not with any eloquence like in previous journal book writings. Also, I like my surroundings to be organized and some office supplies offer a fun, attractive way to do just that.

I have been in need of a planner. Well, a calender. But not a wall hanging one. Something that has the days of the month in blocks so I can write appointments, deadlines etc down. Yet not a big desk calender either. Nor the tiny month by month travel style- that is just too small. Yet something I can carry around with me. I know what I want and maybe only once before have I found what I really want which would be something the size of a notebook. I've been looking and had contemplated making my own (but don't really trust my skills in making it look decent). In the past, I have only found planners that have a smaller than I want full page calender followed by either a slew of pages for daily or weekly 'at a glance' with more than sufficient space to write along with a bunch of extra pages and sections for things I never use such as a special notebook section, address book, contacts, international money conversion tables and so on. I've yanked out the sections I didn't want to use and always found myself with an emaciated version of what I had originally purchased. Many of the planner options are very attractive looking, especially the cases some of them come in, but much of it is simply wasteful to me. So my search continued.
My idea of a planner is something that can't really be made for me, so I modify them to my needs, and have found that a calender style works best. My needs are simple, I write very small, and I need to view the whole month before me. Any extra notes are jotted down on a steno pad. Or a sticky note. That's how I roll.

I was quite surprised to find a planner, well, "monthly calender" that was exactly what I want. Notebook size, open it up and there is the whole month with each day displaying adequate size boxes, and a small section that shows the previous and following month, and a little "note" section. Very simple, thin and very much what I like. It even has hole punches so I can add it to my binder (used for active projects, relevant magazine articles, a notebook, pens, post its etc). Or it is thin enough to slip it into my Padfolio (carried over from back in the school days, also love this for meetings, workshops, taking notes on books, or for anytime I want to carry a specific days work project as the binder is rather big and heavy) or it can be shoved into my daily bag/purse if I wish, depending on the days itinerary. I don't really care what it looks like. This one is quite colorful, and that is fine with me. No unicorns, haha

As I have a 'thing' for office supplies (almost as much as computer stuff), I found a new padfolio for a reasonable price. My old one is just that, old. I love it, but it is beat up; more so on the inside than the outside. The leather simply holds up really well. I have another that I have used, but the front has a plate on it engraved with the name of a prior company I had worked for.Might be silly, but some parts of my past I like to keep there. My padfolio is reserved for current going-ons. So when I saw this one, I bought it. It is something new and actually much different than any of the traditional folder style I have used. This pad is slender, but it has an additional section (opposite where the paper pad lives) that allows for me to tuck away a folder (or my calander!), and a small zipper part and a place for business cards or whatever. Also, the whole contraption zips up, which I find appealing since i have been concerned in the past that the stuff in my padfolio would fall out or get torn up from all the jostling through my travels.

yup, that is my story. To make it a little more interesting, I offer pictures of my finds.

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And to back up the title of this post and opening line, a couple of clearance folders, yes, folders that I had to purchase:

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chuck norris had his tonsils removed with a chain saw

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chuck norris beat the sun in a staring contest

that is all.



just keeping it light...


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Category: weather

10/12/08 05:36 - 76ºF - ID#46075

Nice days

Awesome weekend weather-wise, hmmm? I recall this time last year we had some 80's perfect weather and in taking advantage of the gorgeous day, I took a slew of pictures, but I don't think I eve posted them here. I recall seeing people at the parks engaging in picnics, stone-skipping along the lake, people sitting individually reading in little grassy spots, boaters and so on. Even though the temps can get summer like warm, it still has that aire of autumn. The sun is lower, the earth smells are more pungent and of course, the organic scenery; leaves are turning color, pumpkins are ubiquitous, flowers are dwindling, and mums are blooming. This week we may see a day like that. Hope the wind and rain holds off, and that if you can work it, make a day of hooky happen.

So I want to get some good long walks and/or hiking in soon. I haven't really gotten out much it seems, not in comparison to other times in my life. Anyway, my boyfriend, his son (who is 3) and I went to the erie canal (in lockport) and fed the birds some old bread. We were marveling in the day, of "indian summer" and I was telling him of last years warm days as mentioned above. I said, 'if I blogged about it, then the temperature would have been documented as well.Not so much because I typed it out, but because (e:paul) has the temps included as part of each post-header information.' Just tickled me how relevant that bit of info was/is.

And as we remember, and as (e:jim,46056) posted pictures of recently, that two years before, it was much much different sort of weather than what we are enjoying right now. It is weird to see those pictures. I was just looking at a few that I took while sitting on the 290 for a couple of hours that crazy night. I was posting from my car, as well. I remember once i got close to Youngstown, not a flake of snow was to be seen.

Well, anyhow, enjoy the rest of the weekend. Get outside and play!!



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