Archive for the ‘Computer’ Category

My Battery Backup Saved My PC

by on Friday, 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 Monday, 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.

No More Paper Receipts

by on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Kudos to K-Mart for stopping the waste of paper by not giving out paper receipts any more. You are supposed to sign up for their shopper card and give them an email address. Once you are signed up, your receipt is sent by email to you and they don’t waste the paper from the cash register.

I think that is a great idea. How many people just automatically throw the paper receipts into the trash as soon as they get home? I don’t know about you, but I only keep receipts if they are a tax deduction or a big ticket item that I want to have proof of purchase in case something goes wrong with the item and I need to return it or call on the warranty.

The extra benefit of paperless receipts is that every purchase gives you bonus points that accumulate over the year. The points can be redeemed for immediate cash credit against your purchase at any time. So, today I bought about $30 worth of household stuff and applied my bonus points to get a cash credit of $13. That was like getting 40% off all the stuff I bought, and I didn’t have to cut out coupons or just shop for sale items. It just went off my bill and all I had to pay was $17 at the register.

Do You Get It?

by on Monday, May 28th, 2012

game pieces

Took me a minute to figure out what this was about. I hate to admit that, but I was not thinking about Tetris when I first saw the graphic. I was trying to figure out if they were letters instead of game pieces and thought the joke was that they were spelling the word, “TEAM.” LOL

More Flaws, More Fixes

by on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Some people say that you have no right to complain about something that is free. I have taken advantage of a lot of free things over the years. Such as my free public education. I went to kindergarten and then grades 1 through 12. It was free to me, except for the cost of supplies, like notebooks and paper. But it wasn’t really free – someone, ie taxpayers, paid for it.

Now we have the internet and my email account with Yahoo has been free for over 14 years. I use Firefox for my browser, which is free from Mozilla, and I installed the free blog software from WordPress. Most of these have been good, solid performers. The biggest problem for me is the constant upgrades. I get comfortable with my stuff and then someone decides they have a better idea and they go and change it. Arrgghhh!