My Battery Backup Saved My PC

by on May 16th, 2014

We have a lot of trouble in this area with electricity outages and spikes. Many times it is related to storms, especially the ones with a lot of lightning. But sometimes there is not sign of any storm activity and the power just goes out. It’s not so bad when it goes out all at once and stays off for 5-10 minutes. But the ones that make the lights flicker and it comes and it goes – those worry me.

Household electronics can’t take a lot of spikes and surges, especially computers. That is why I bought surge protectors and battery backups for all my electronics, not only the PC but also the flat screen TVs and the security system.

 

We had an issue with the lights flickering for about 20 minutes the other day. No signs of any storms – no reason to expect the surges. When it was over, I checked my electronics and found that the surge protectors had all tripped, and one of the battery backups was dead. Unfortunately, the battery backup went out on one of the first flickers, leaving my security system unprotected and it ended up frying the security computer and monitor. I was pretty pissed off about that.

On the other hand, the surge protector for my PC did trip but the battery backup remained working, so it saved my PC.

All that flickering meant that I ended up going to Best Buy to replace all the surge protectors. Once they trip, they can’t be trusted to work anymore – as surge protectors. They still work like an extension cord, but that doesn’t protect your electronics from the surges and spike. I went ahead and bought 6 replacements and then negotiated a price reduction with the sales manager by buying 6 spares. I figured I would need them eventually, so I might as well get them now and save a few bucks while I’m at it.

 

Kicked ATT to the Curb and Went With T-Mobile

by on January 6th, 2014

Finally decided that paying AT&T an extra $120 a month for our cell phones was just not worth it. I got the same service from T-Mobile, we all got new phones, and we’re saving $120 a month over what I’ve been paying AT&T.

The T-Mobile people made it easy so switch. The only thing that worried me was moving the contact list from my old phone to the new one. They took care of that for me right in the store. They gave me a temporary number for the night, and by the time I woke up, the service had been changed over to the new phone and the new T-Mobile towers and it was all good.

New PlayStation Games are Rocking!

by on November 4th, 2013

This is probably the most exciting time ever for people who love to play PlayStation games. With the new PlayStation 4 coming out in a couple of weeks and a bunch of new games, guys everywhere are planning on dropping $500-$600 for their gaming entertainment. I know that I will be spending at least that, and I’ve already bought the new Battlefield game. The new Call of Duty comes out tomorrow. And then the new PS4. This month my bank account is going to take a heavy hit, but fuck it – I work my ass off and I deserve to have some fun at night.

The new Battlefield game is probably the most realistic first person shooter game ever developed. This games really rocks! The attention to detail is just fucking impressive. I think the new sighting and leading the shot on targets is fantastic. This game feels like a real battlefield and it is challenging as hell to survive when you play online against some of these other teams. Of course, I don’t know any of these other players personally, but I have to wonder how some of them are so good at this game. It makes me think there are some pro’s out there playing for practice. They can’t all be pimply faced teenaged boys with no life outside of their own bedrooms.

 

Rodents Predict the Weather Better than TV Guys

by on February 2nd, 2013

Groundhog Day, when rodents prove they can predict the weather better than any of those TV guys. If you look at a calendar, we are 6 weeks out from the first day of Spring. Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, in 6 weeks it WILL be Spring.

And whatever weather happens in Pennsylvania has absolutely nothing to do with the weather that is happening in Nashville or any states other than PA, NJ, Delaware, NY, CT and MD.

Well played, groundhog. Well played.

Totally Recommend Lincoln – The Movie

by on January 18th, 2013

If you are up for going to the theater to see a movie on the big screen, I totally recommend Lincoln – the Movie. This is one of the best two and a half hours you can spend in a theater. The cast and crew are up for all kinds of nominations and they are all worthy of the awards they will surely receive.

Daniel Day Lewis looks, walks and talks like Abraham Lincoln. You might know deep down that he is Daniel Day Lewis – from Last of the Mohicans and other great movies – but when you first see Lincoln in this movie you believe 100% that you are watching Lincoln.

Sally Fields is great as his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathaim, James Spader, Hal Holbrook – an all star cast that nailed their roles and made this movie a classic for generations to come.

Its not about the assassination – its about politics and ending the civil War. Great movie – I can’t say that enough!