Office upgrades

Office upgrades

My wife always struggles to know what to get me for my birthday. Well this year she finally figured it out: let me buy office upgrades! A new desk, monitor, graphics card, headphones, and wifi adapter. Old desk: New desk: My parents bought me my old desk for my birthday 13 years ago. It has served me well, but was getting a bit cramped. My new desk is an UPLIFT Plus standing desk. Each leg has a...

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LEGO DUPLO QUATRO

LEGO DUPLO QUATRO

I spent hours and days and weeks playing with LEGO bricks as a kid. I had a huge bucket of LEGO with a handful of DUPLO mingled in. At a yard sale a few years ago we found a bucket of QUATRO, a lesser known variety of LEGO bricks that were only produced for a couple years. I wasn’t excited about the purchase, but Becca talked me into it. I am so glad she did. They are awesome for young...

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Did you know…?

Did you know…?

Did you know that today is National Trivia Day? Nobody is sure when it started or where it came from, but even Google knows about it. In the spirit of National Trivia Day, here are a few interesting bits of trivia: In Stargate SG-1, the actor that plays Daniel Jackson was picked because he did a perfect imitation of the character that played the role in the movie.  In season 2 of Stargate SG-1,...

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Block ads in Skype

Block ads in Skype

Tired of seeing ads in Skype? You can easily block them in Windows: Open the Control Panel Search for and select Internet Options Click the Security tab, then choose Restricted sites Click the Sites button Type in https://apps.skype.com then click Add Click Close then OK That is it! Once you restart Skype, the ads should be gone! BONUS TIP! Open Skype, go to Tools→Options. Select Notifications...

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2012 Survey of Business Owners

2012 Survey of Business Owners

I got an unusual letter in the mail today (personally identifying parts have been blurred out): Basically it says I reported business activity in 2012 and they want me to take a survey about my business. According to the document, my participation is “MANDATORY“. In case you are curious, the survey wasn’t very exciting. It asked me to confirm my contact information and provide...

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A credit card terminal for my daughter

A credit card terminal for my daughter

On Saturday I went to a local thrift store with my family. Like most of our thrift store trips, we didn’t have high hopes of finding anything worth buying (thrift stores are incredibly overpriced around here) but this time I found something neat: a real credit card terminal for $9.99! It is an older model, designed to dial out over a phone line to process a credit card transaction. I...

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