Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Who wants to loan me a few bucks? I have an opportunity to 46bpurchase 1 slightly used Stealth Boat along with a submersible mining barge that acts as its dock for a measly $0. All we need is a few bucks to go get it, a place to tie it up, and an idea to make a few bucks using it :)





Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mini Greenhouse

So this last week, we designed and built a small greenhouse to try and get a few extra months of growing in for our herbs and veggies.PIC_0025 It is designed to sit in the only spot that gets afternoon sun most of the year and the plastic and frame should just lift off when the weather gets better leaving a stepped plant stand behind for the summer months.

We tried a couple different types of plastic, but ended up biting the bullet and using 6mil water vapor barrier plastic in the end. Our greenhouse costs were just a smidge over $100 with the majority of that being the plastic :)

Here’s some photos of the build and end results (the final results photos were shot using TS’s New JVC Everio HD video camera (thanks Mom2)…..  WOW what a system :) ).



Taking shape..


First plastic on, no doors yet..


My buddies outside my kitchen window, they’re always hammin it up..


Doors per plastic wrap…


TS doin some final perusin of the job…


The finished product…


Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Future of Windows


So we have had the Windows 7 beta for a few weeks now. Its running a little better than vista on most machines, but on the one machine that is important, it has all the features required to make it a winner. Our media PC is now running quietly along recording everything off 2 tuners, one analog and one digital, but with one hooked up to a set top box and the other directly connected to cable using different schedules for each. It is streaming effortlessly to other machines and handling a very large video/image library with panache.

Vista media center has been unable to do this, and we have heard nothing about future upgrades to vista media center that might make us think this is in the works.

This is Microsoft’s chance to keep us media PC pioneers as their customers. Throw out a few new features for media center while its still in beta, let us help get them fixed, and then integrate them in the release candidate. Include some features for those of us (billions of PC users) outside the US that want to use media center.

And then, start a pre-release early purchase option for current beta testers that will allow us to easily flow along to the retail release for a couple of dollars (say $40). We, the early adopters, are your evangelists Microsoft, or at least we could be given half a chance and a solid product. Don’t drop support for the beta in August with a vague retail release date a couple months off. Let us know now that we can invest the time in your product and not have that investment disappear in a few months.

If June/July rolls around and we don’t have something like this, many like me will fire up alternatives to Win 7 media center(many of which exist at this time) on another partition and put the effort into getting them working. You have an opportunity here Microsoft, don’t throw it away.