64-bit Vista Oddness

If you aren't running (or thinking of running) a 64-bit Vista OS (or don't know what that means) stop reading this post now, and have a nice day. <geekspeak> A few "gotchas" in 64-bit stuff. 1) Two "Program Files" folders –...

Crystal Experiment – Take 1

I have to admit, I’ve never done the “grow the crystals on a string” experiment before.  Seems like everyone I talk to is saying “oh,yeah, I remember doing that as a kid.”.  One of the great bonuses about having children is...

Quad-Core Laptop

I’ll be the first to admit when I am wrong.  There is a laptop (coming) with similar specs to my quad-core desktop.  It even has 30% more disk space, and a second NVidia graphics card (I only have one).  Sure it’ll set you aside $10k, and a...

Pessimistic Shipping Dates

I'm all for realistic expectations for shipping dates from online sellers.  But this order recently from a popular online bookstore really got me wondering. Shipped on August 13, in Allen Park, Michigan (159 miles away) and departing, but it will take nearly...

Water Weenies and Crystals

No, not some weird ritual – but about the most fun you can have with latex tubing and surgical clamps!  I hope you’ve all had the chance to tie off the end of a nice length of 1/4″ latex tubing and fill it with pressurized water (if you...
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