Ever since my first Chicago TARDIS....I've been wanting to get a new shower head at home...a dual head one...like the Speakman's that were in the hotel rooms there.
But, I've also wanted to get a handled shower.... But, then I impulsively got a newer shower shelf that wouldn't work on my current shower arm...so having to replace the shower arm, would mean time to get a new shower head... and so, after much putting it off, but constantly researching the subject. I then spotted this shower head.
...and decided to purchase it. Since it also solved the idea of being able to shower late at night without turning the light on (still haven't gotten around to figuring out to separating the bathroom light from the bathroom fan.)
It took a few weeks after I got to finally to do it, but one Sunday morning I after showering that I decided to tackle the project. In turned out to be quite an effort to do, so I christened the shower by showering off the sweat I had worked up in installing it.
First problem I ran into was my shower shelves I had weren't designed to accommodate a shower hose....so I had to get a new one....eventually.
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Well, it's been just a touch over 72 hours since I got my Amazon Kindle Fire.
I pre-ordered it shortly after it was announced, with an ETA for November 17th with free 2-day Amazon Prime shipping. I knew there was a chance that they should ship early, because they did that the last time I pre-ordered something (The Kindle 2 and the Nintendo 3DS). But, its been a busy week...and I tried my best to keep my calendar open to receive it....I had an appointment pre-Kindle Fire announcement on the 14th, and I was keeping the 15th open for something that was later scheduled in conflict to the 14th....and ended up having an appointment on the 16th. If I had some notice from Amazon just before they shipped to adjust its timing...I might've...since the 15th being open now...I could've gotten it then. Instead I had to wait for UPS to make a redelivery attempt and bring it to me on the originally scheduled day... November 17th.
I didn't open it immediately when UPS gave it to me, in fact I put it down first and then had to find it before I could open it. It was easy to open...no info with it, but I eventually found the power button and it eventually booted and walked me through setup...though complicated by the fact that I needed to know its MAC address to add it to my radius and dhcp server configs. Plus I hadn't decided on an IP for it yet. Fortunately with radius access controls, its easier to find the MAC address of new devices than before.
It came pre-activated, in fact I had seen it in my kindle account before they shipped it (but no serial number was associated with the registration yet)...but I changed its name to follow the naming scheme I had gone with (if you can call only one previous device the basis of a scheme)...though I am tempted to get a Kindle Touch 3G to succeed my Kindle 2....though wonder if they're going to come out with a DX version? What I liked was that my Kindle Fire's email address was my first Kindle's address with '42' added to the username. Though there's a bunch of Kindle apps associated with my account that I don't recognize....wish the automatic naming was more descriptive. Suspect some are devices where I had to reinstall the system or have since be retired.
Though I wasn't crazy enough to buy content for it before receiving it...though I was tempted.
Anyways...what I was getting to, was once I got it working on my WiFi network, the next step would've been registration...and it flashed it briefly before telling me that it was registered and had the name I have given it earlier. And, then it was to update itself. So I found somewhere to plug it in and left it.
Big problem that is getting worse in my home now...so many things that need to get plugged in, and all the convenient outlets are already full and now I'm running out of inconvenient ones too. The Kindle Fire is using one of those inconvenient ones. I've been meaning to build myself some kind of charging center, similar to the kind of thing Cali Lewis was presented doing in a GeekBrief. Perhaps I'll have to step up plans to get around to 'building' it. Just haven't found that piece of furniture to buy to modify yet... Probably just a matter of time that I come across something reasonable on Amazon.com with Prime and get it though....
So, when I got up this morning...the plan was to fully wake up and go down to the UPS store hopefully before it gets too hot.
But, I started in on various things for random reasons.... I was filling out some paperwork for an appointment I have on Monday. And, while I was doing that, I thought that now might be a good time to finally move my HP Photosmart 8450xi from by TARDIS to the new All-In-One Cart I had gotten from Staples. I had worked out yesterday where it was going to sit....but first I moved the TR5M-BP to a spot on the cart. Decided to go with the bottom shelf. Not sure why, but I moved it live. And, then I went to move my printer. After that was done, it occurred to me there was a CD that I wanted to burn, so I went to get a CD-R...and noticed that the DVD+R cakebox didn't have any labeling on it, and occurred that once I open the CD-R cakebox...it would also have no label. The discs don't have any marking on the fronts...though the color of the dye on the data side would be one way to tell them apart. But, I had just bought a Brother P-Touch PT-1090 Label Maker, so it was time to open it up and use it.
Noticed a tear strip on the pack, so it would be easy to open...I took it to the bedroom to work on it.
I had the bed stripped for laundry (mainly because I had gotten years of disgusting dust all over it from doing ReplayTV surgery on it.) When, I thought that while I have it this far apart, I should finally replace the bedframe. Old bedframe is over 25 years old....had noticed when I moved the bed a couple years ago that one of the rollers on the frame was broken....I had made a note that should I find a new bedframe via Amazon Prime. And, some time ago I did....a year ago, on July 31, 2010.
A pretty nice frame...and I made the switch and got all that done. Noticed that the Select Comfort controller was only showing a few segments....missing so much that its useless. Wonder how I'm going to get it to the right pressure tonight? It had been losing segments for a while...but I guess I intended to look for doing something about it...but don't know why I put if off so long. I suppose deep down, I had reached my limit on getting Select Comfort to get it right.
But, I had worked up a sweat fiddling with the bed base....I had taken the cover off to get it to fit the new frame, and the plates had shifted. And, it took some work to get them flush again. So, I went off to shower, and then thought I should see about heading out...but I got laundry going, so I should get to a suitable spot first. So, what will I do next?
Because of the high pitched whine of the fan in the Open box TR5M-BP I wrote about....I had gotten to thinking about finally getting a small printer stand to go next to Zen. So, I had been eyeballing one on staples.com, and trying to decide what else I would get to get free shipping.
While browsing last week, I spotted a really good price on a new label maker (my old one having run out of tape....and it has always been a peeve that it isn't the laminated kind like the older deceased label maker had....) ... where the sale price was less than new tape for my old label maker (a new M tape)...it probably doesn't include that much length in the starter (TZ) tape it comes with....but should be good enough for now. And, then the other thing was I've been meaning to restock on bottled water at home..... So, I ordered 3 cases...
I delayed ordering until Saturday, hoping to get the order to show up sometime yesterday (after my dentist appointment, had taken the whole day off so not to have to walk back to work in the heat). Well, the water and label maker arrived on Tuesday instead...and by some area courier for Staples, instead of UPS. Actually, more used to a local delivery service fulfilling office store orders than UPS...though it tended to be that way living in Columbus, Ohio...where they have many local stores around the city and probably warehouses too. While there's a local Staples here....thought there was going to be an Office Depot or OfficeMax coming....not everything is stocked here, so some stuff comes by UPS from Kansas City.
I meant to leave a note on Wednesday, since there was a good chance that UPS would show up while I was at the dentist....but I ended up being rushed to get to dentist...so I forgot. Fortunately, the UPS guy left the printer cart box by the door (maybe he saw me when I was walking into the dentist office...)
With the other things that happened yesterday....I didn't quite get around to fully assembling it as I had intended....was interrupted by work and that pretty much ate up the rest of the evening (also while I was doing my Wednesday night church thing and later IHOP with some friends).
But, finally finished it earlier today... now to clear a spot for it.
The plan was to put the TR5M-BP on a shelf on it...so that it would be pointed in a direction so that it would be less noisy (and the open back/front should get better airflow that it's getting now on bookcase shelf.) Though at some point the sensor fan I got from Amazon will show up...so don't know if I still plan to do this or not.
Though once I get the cart situated.. I think I'll move my HP Photosmart 8450xi back to the livingroom, where it should be.... And, we'll see if the laser printer I've been dreaming about ever materializes next to TARDIS instead. Was originally planned as a summer purchase, but more likely it'll be my next Christmas present (where Zen was the present I got last Christmas....financed on a 6-month no interest...which is why I thought printer would happen now. But, that was before I decided that I want to do more travel (having not done any since last November...)
Wonder if I need to move my UPS to make cart fit....
And, it will be....but first I decided that I should get at the clutter of new stuff that I hadn't gotten around to yet.
First up was a Sans Digital MS2T+B MobileSTOR enclosure I had picked up a while back. The current array that backuppc goes to on orac is filling up. It's just a 4TB filesystem on a RAID6 array using 1.5TB drives. There's one other filesystem on this array and it could use some more room as well. I have debated whether the array needs to be RAID6 for backuppc, or whether RAID5 would be sufficient. But its the other filesystem that is driving RAID6, though I wonder if RAID 0+1 might be better for that (or just RAID1, since it is currently small enough). But, I'm using a pair of 5 bay PM enclosures....and older RAID 1 in one, and the RAID6 array in the other.
So, I've decided that I'll likely look at getting 5 2TB drives and doing RAID5 for a backuppc only array....keep the current 5 1.5TB drives in RAID6 for the other filesystem and whatever else I might want to move over to it. But, the stuff on the current 1TB RAID 1 array should just stay put. Well, there are two (of 4) regular eSATA ports on the back of orac that aren't being used yet. So, that's where the 1TB RAID 1 array will go.
It is still a ways off before I take the plunge and actually build the new array (though the backuppc filesystem has filled up twice since I thought up this scheme)... though prices are dropping and I do have a tax refund coming that many other things I want to use it on (including a travel/backup cpap setup, which is about the entire refund...oops).
But, I decided I would set it up, because I saw 2TB Hitachi drives the other day for cheap (they did recently get acquired by Western Digital, so sellers might be clearing out the Hitachi branded drives?) So, it might fall into range of what would be an acceptable single month discretionary purchase. Though technically, I've already done this month's when I bought the Nanosat speaker package that was a NewEgg shell shocker....though I used BillMeLater. I've been wanting to get this set to upgrade the odd ball collection of old speakers that is my current setup. But, the shellshocker price put it just into the range.... But, I was considering Seagate drives...which then dropped to remain cheaper than Hitachi....Hmm....
Anyways...I went to put the new enclosure into service, but I couldn't find the pair of eSATA cables I thought I had set aside for this. I did buy a pair of eSATA cables last fall from Amazon.com. But, evidently I used them for something else. I'd guess when I moved orac, I needed the length...not sure where the old cables went to then, but the probably aren't long enough for this. So, did some quick eBay purchases...and maybe I'll get to this eventually....
The old chair that I used in front of my main computer is like 25 years old. It has been on my list for a long time to replace it, but what I really want and what I can justify shelling out at a given moment were in collision. What I've wanted is an Aeron chair, fully loaded, etc. But, that is significantly more than the 'max' of the threshold in my mind where I can get something on a given month to where it requires budgeting, planning and justification, etc.
But, recently I got the Staples Desley Mesh Task Chair, Gray...which I found to be really nice compared to my old chair. In fact, because I was spending a lot more time on my main computer than usual...migrating and configuring a new computer and later the weather had me working from home a lot. I switched the chairs. The lack of arm rests was kind of odd, but the padding being all worn out in the old chair...it was nice, it also meant that I needed to step up my plans to replace the old chair and finally get a better chair to go in front of my main computer.
Given that I often dress differently at home than I do at work, I started thinking that maybe a mesh seat isn't what I'm really needing for home use anyways. Plus the work chair seems to trap food dust in its mesh so easily and annoyingly so.... So, expanded my search to other mesh back chairs I had settled on what I thought would be the chair to get that was closer in line to what I could justify buying one month. Just had to find a month where I didn't already have plans to acquire some other similar costing item.
Meanwhile, I was continuing to check out staples for other reasons, and for the possibility of getting another Mesh Task Chair. The other computer area has a kneeling chair that isn't really something I want to spend a lot of time on, but is adequate there...but its also falling apart...and using cable ties to fix it is only going to keep it usable for so long. And, since I really liked the Mesh Task Chair...it seems like the thing to get for here too.
Anyways, on one of the visits, I saw they were having a chair sale one week. They had like $100, $50 or $30 off various chairs. And, there were some possible mesh back chairs in the $100 or $50 off mark. I settled on one that was $50 off, because it was more adjustable. Though a $100 off one that I was considering actually did appear to have a mesh seat. But, then I got a preview of next week's flyer...and the chair that was $50 off would be $70 off. So I waited and ordered it then. Delivery worked out, because I ended up being at home 4 days that week (first two work was closed, second to I got to work from home). The delivery of the chair was not delayed due to weather, though I had other deliveries that were.
Now, I probably should've measured things before I went for it. Because the seat all the way down is a touch higher than my old chair, and the arm rests stick forward more. So, it bumps into my old keyboard tray....
Which brings me to....
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... an HP Pavilion Elite HPE-450t, customized with things like:
Should be good for doing BOINC
Now, I bought this system customized expecting to pretty much plug it in and go, only having to add externally attached peripherals to complete things. Though I do plan to do upgrades in the future, specifically I got the the 3 DIMM ( 2x4GB + 1GB ) configuration of slightly more memory so that I could potentially take it to the 16GB max at a future date without having to buy all 4 new DIMMs. If I had bought the 8GB configuration, it would've come as 4 2GB DIMMs. Anyways...without doing anything else first...I just had to take a peek inside.
Now, I don't know if it was that I got a Core i7-860 Dell computer at work (replacing a P4-2.8Ghz machine, so slower than TARDIS - a P4-3.2GHz w/HT machine) or ordering this computer...but TARDIS had seemed to get slower and slower, to pretty much insufferable these last few days. Still not ready to turn new system on....more later.
As so often with any new technology purchase I make, there is a lot of scope creep...where I end up buying lots of other things associated with the purchase. Sometimes a bunch of these things come into the process before I even get around to the actual piece of technology.
This is one of those times. I still haven't gotten to the new computer, and I'm buying stuff due to it.
Since the Staples Desley Mesh Task Chair had gone so well, and the printer stand seemed so inadequate in the space (and ill suited for the task of being stand for old computer), I took a quick peek at Staples.com to see if there was an inexpensive desk that would fit the space and fit the bill. I had bought the chair last week, during last week's Weekly Ad sales....well, this week in the Weekly Ad was a sale on the Staples Cormac Computer Cart for $29.99 ($40 off).
After some measurements and having freed up extra space...it seemed like it would be a good fit and I went for it. Timing it so the delivery would happen today (Wednesday)...thinking that I would be home to receive it after a doctor office visit and before heading into work. Well, UPS was running slow today....it happens, especially this time of year, I guess. So, after waiting a little bit longer than intended, I headed in. I figured I could stick a note tomorrow for it to get left if it didn't get left. Its a 40lb box...it should be safe by my front door for a few hours, despite recent news of people stealing UPS packages...even following UPS drivers and signing for other people's packages.
Well, it got left, along with a few other packages....the box that the chair mat that I had ordered to get the order over the $50 for free delivery threshold. I didn't really think a chair mat would work in the space and I didn't need another one, but I couldn't find anything else on staples.com that struck me as something that was immediately available and could fill a need.
After settling in at home, I set out to assemble the desk. The only thing not included that it needed as a philips head screwdriver....it all went together quite well. And, of reasonable quality...given its price, etc. The mesh was dinged in some places, but only noticeable up close. And, the removable shelf came with two same side brackets, even though the instructions showed a left and a right. The parts list gave no indication that there should be a difference, as it was two part K's (unlike the sides of the keyboard shelf glides which was clearly a part L and a part M....conveniently part L was the left side) The problem with both part K's being the same is that the shelf only looks 'good' if used on the right side of the cart. In my current arrangement, I have it on the left side (since right side is into the corner of the room...) Though that may change as I position my computer in...since in normal setup, I have the computer to my right, and might move the desk away from the corner enough for it to tuck in on that side.
In the current arrangement, the new chair mat doesn't fit into the space. It would if it was just the printer stand (which turned 90 degrees compared to computer desk, but not an L arrangement...the space is a cramped rectangle). I probably should've measured the the space to see if the chair mat would fit.
Perhaps I'll get it to fit when I get around to the reorg project of the other bedroom/storeroom/computerroom....
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So, recently I pulled the trigger on getting a new computer....which I'm sure I'll write about later, so I won't talk about it now.
But having done so, there was the problem of making room for a new computer. Since the new computer is to replace my current, it isn't so much space to put the new computer...but rather space to move the old computer to.
For a long time, I've thought about clearing a corner in the bedroom I use as a storeroom. Originally the plan was to locate a network laser printer to this space. It is very doubtful that I would have the juice to handle a laser printer in the living room, and probably definitely not when the the fuser fires up. Though one would hope that things have come forward to the point where it isn't as bad as the Xerox 4045 I once owned. I had snake power from another part of my house to run it, and it would still dim everything. I had already cleared networking an an outlet towards this possibility.
That probably won't happen in the near future now...
Anyways, I launched into plans to make the space happen....I had a printer stand that would free up with some work, that would go into this space....I would just use it as a computer stand in the new plan. But, it would need a chair. So, I did a quick online search....Amazon Prime was the usually first place. Though I had wish-listed some other options from Staples. But, I'm on a budget right now....so I went looking for less expensive options. First Amazon.com, and the Staples.com. I was looking for a mesh chair...nothing with a mesh seat in my current price range though. But, I noticed that the current Weekly Ad for Staples.com had a simple mesh task chair for $29.99 ($20 off).
Well, that's very cheap....since the plan doesn't have spending a lot of time at this computer, it should be more than adequate...otherwise I would want a chair with arm rests and a bit more adjust-ability.
The only hard part of the ordering process, was that staples.com kept apologizing for being down....
So, I spent the weekend working on clearing a spot for printer stand and a chair....as I went along, I decided to free up more and more space. If all goes well now, there will be a small computer desk going into the space as well. Considering something from Staples.com, and this week's Weekly Ad. I may yet do the network printer in this space, in fact I'm considering just moving my current printer (HP Photosmart 8450xi, which I am using networked)...since I'm probably going to need all the desk space with the new computer...and a pair of 23" wide-screen monitors.
Anyways, the chair arrived today...and I decided that before I had lunch I would set it up. Turned out to be really easy to put together...everything was included, along with extras. And, it was a lot better quality than I expected for the price. But, its still very basic. Though I wish I had gotten two. I could've finally replaced the chair that's falling apart in front of the computers in the other bedroom that's computers and clutter. Guess I'll have to keep an eye out....or stick with the plan to eventually get a much better chair in the living room and move that one.
So, wonder if I should get another chair mat or two...
So, lately in the mornings it has been kind of nippy in front of my main computer out in the living room. Probably because of 3 exterior walls, and the computer against the wall with no heat registers. And, the thermostat is in the warmest spot in my home...under the cold air return.
I had been bumping the thermostat in the morning when I go by it, but that's not what I really want to do long term. I had looked at getting a low wattage radiant (people) heater to use by the computer in the mornings. Needs to be low wattage, because the living room only has one circuit...and well, there's lots and lots of stuff on it.
Last Monday I had reached my limit....burr. I already had an order with Amazon.com pending that I had placed over the weekend. So, using Amazon Prime and one-day option, I could have another box to arrive the same day as the rest....
I had originally identified some possible choices in heaters last winter, they were of the radiant heat, orange glow kind...either single low wattage or dual setting where the low was under 500W. Lower the better.... I checked my wishlist, and found that one of the choices was still available under Amazon Prime and could be one-day shipped to arrive the same time as my other stuff.
But, I checked other similar heaters to see what else is there. Partly because I wasn't totally sure that the model that remained was the one that I wanted. Though it was cheap (<$20) and 300W. But, it was a table top unit, and I didn't have a table top to put it on.
So, I settled on the Soleus Air HR1-08R-21...because it had a bit of stand to it and a remote control. It had two settings, 400W and 800W. I think I used to have a quartz heater that was like this at my old apartment...seemed to go away after that, probably one of the many things that didn't survive the move. Though it had two elements, and 400W was to only use one of them...to it was kind of weird to never use the other element. IIRC, only the one that I used got broke in the move too... Anyways, it was a consideration this time around, that if I got a radiant heater with multiple settings, that it didn't do it by having less uniform output.
I also decided that I would give the new option of using my American Express Membership Reward points to purchase something from Amazon.com.
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