Major Delay – Computer Upgrade

My server computer needed to be upgraded. So, I had to open up my machine and moved 400GB data. This alone took me 2 days.

I can still use my main computer, but I do not have access to most of my data.

I will be handicapped for about 4 days. Then I should be good for next year or two.

This is my server computer. It does nothing but backing up data, play music, & record TV shows occasionally.

It holds 2 DVD, 4 internal HDD, & 4 external HDD. You can see 2 hard drives hooked up right on top of the machine. I have RAID-0 on OS drive. Which means I always have an exact duplicate of the main hard drive (just in case).

I must take care of them money makers.

PS. No no no… I am not enjoying this. I used to have fun working on computers though. In fact, I built this computer from scratch about 9 years ago. Everything inside the case is replaced once or twice since then. I miss the time when I used to stay awake 2-3 days at a time, building computers with cheap parts. CompUSA was a happening place back then…

My server computer needed to be upgraded. So, I had to open up my machine and moved 400GB data.  This alone took me 2 days.

I can still use my main computer, but I do not have access to most of my data.

I will be handicapped for about 4 days.  Then I should be good for next year or two. 

This is my server computer.  It does nothing but backing up data, play music, & record TV shows occasionally.

It holds 2 DVD, 4 internal HDD, & 4 external HDD.  You can see 2 hard drives hooked up right on top of the machine.  I have RAID-0 on OS drive.  Which means I always have an exact duplicate of the main hard drive (just in case).

I must take care of them money makers.

PS. No no no…  I am not enjoying this.  I used to have fun working on computers though.  In fact, I built this computer from scratch about 9 years ago.  Everything inside the case is replaced once or twice since then.  I miss the time when I used to stay awake 2-3 days at a time, building computers with cheap parts.  CompUSA was a happening place back then…

Costco at 2008 Customers’ Choice Awards

2008 Customers’ Choice Awards Winners

I never put a foot inside L.L.Bean store in my life.  Isn’t that store for rich folks only?  Costco is at #35.  I think it’s not bad for a "Membership Only" store.  Sam’s is not doing bad also.  Good to know.

1 L.L.Bean
2 Overstock.com
3 Zappos
4 Amazon
5 Lands’ End
6 Newegg
7 JC Penney
8 QVC
9 Coldwater Creek
10 Nordstrom
11 Cabela’s
12 TigerDirect.com
13 Lane Bryant
14 ebay
15 Sears
16 HSN
17 Best Buy
18 Kohl’s
19 Macy’s
20 Radio Shack
21 Belk
22 Circuit City
23 ACE Hardware
24 Old Navy
25 Target
26 Apple
27 Victoria’s Secret
28 Dillard’s
29 Wegmans
30 Kroger
31 WalMart
32 Lowe’s
33 Publix
34 Meijer
35 Costco
36 Kmart
37 Home Depot
38 Staples
39 Safeway
40 Walgreens
41 Sam’s Club
42 Verizon
43 Dell
44 CVS

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Brand New Tire Went Flat~!! – Back to Costco.

OMG.

My brand new tire went flat. 

I thought my car felt funny in the morning, but I just drove to work.  When I was at work, one of my neighbors noticed a flat.  But, my neighbor never bothered to leave me a note (WTF).

At lunch time, I drove around the town – to the bank & post office.  Then I came home to eat lunch. 

After lunch, I was going to drive back to work… that’s when I saw the flat for the first time. I just got a set of brand new tires.  I couldn’t believe this happened.

It took me about 10-20 minutes to switch the tire.  That small jack was painful to use. 

Nail on Tire
Nail

After work, I went to Costco.  There was 2 hours waiting time.

So, I went to furniture department and set on the couch for an hour.  I read a book.  Later, I ate a churro and did some shopping.

Costco Tire Center

Tire was done around 8:30pm.  I was tired, cold, and hungry.

Costco repaired my tire free of charge, of course.

OMG.

My brand new tire went flat. 

I thought my car felt funny in the morning, but I just drove to work.  When I was at work, one of my neighbors noticed a flat.  But, my neighbor never bothered to leave me a note (WTF).

At lunch time, I drove around the town – to the bank & post office.  Then I came home to eat lunch. 

After lunch, I was going to drive back to work… that’s when I saw the flat for the first time. I just got a set of brand new tires.  I couldn’t believe this happened.

It took me about 10-20 minutes to switch the tire.  That small jack was painful to use. 

Nail on Tire
Nail

After work, I went to Costco.  There was 2 hours waiting time.

So, I went to furniture department and set on the couch for an hour.  I read a book.  Later, I ate a churro and did some shopping.

Costco Tire Center

Tire was done around 8:30pm.  I was tired, cold, and hungry.

Costco repaired my tire free of charge, of course.

Angry at my neighbor
I met my neighbor later.  He told me he saw my car at my work with a flat tire.  He even described the nail to me. When he was telling me all that, I just smiled and walked away.  I didn’t say anything to him.

But, I still cannot believe that he didn’t leave me a note.  He knew where I worked.  He could have visited my work and told me I had a flat.  I am amazed how some people behave as a member of society.  He saw my car, he examined the tire, and he just walked away (possibly laughing).

Gag me with a spoon, dude…

Costco Shopping – January 26, 2009

* Today’s Costco Shopping: 6th time this year, 6th time this month

I went to Costco to fix my flat tire.  This inspired me to get a set of new floor mat for my Camry.  This heavy duty, fancy floor mats were $18.99.

Costco Car Floor Mat

Check it out.  I really needed a set of new floor mat for my 2002 Toyota Camry.  I didn’t make that mess.  That’s how it was when I bought this car in 2004.

Floor mat Costco Camry
Floor mat – 2002 Toyota Camry

Dinner For One – Saturday

I treat myself with fancy meals on weekends.  I try to make my life interesting on my own (you know what I mean… single life). 

Today I had..

  • Couscous – $.60/serving
  • Normandy Style Vegetable Mix  $.40/serving
  • Beef Bourguignon  $6.00/serving

All from Costco…

It took me about 15 minutes to prepare everything. This beats eating out.

Costco Dinner Plate
Costco Shopper’s Dinner Plate

Costco Shopping – January 21

* Today’s Costco shopping: 5th time this year, 5th time this month.

I didn’t buy anything special today.  I just needed to fill up my refrigerator. 

I needed some pre-made meals (Bachelors’ meal).  I also found "Normandy Style Vegetable Blend".  I would have liked it more if there were some potatoes in the mix. It works for now. 🙂

Costco Blog

Costco Shopping – January 16, 2009

* Today’s Costco shopping: 4th time this year, 4th time this month.

I dropped by at Simi Valley Costco for some gas.  I returned my ironing board (I got it refunded.  Story is here).  The board was not for me.

I bought the ironing board at Oxnard, and returned it at Simi Valley Costco.  Refund process was quick and easy.

I bought a six pack of couscous about 3 weeks ago.  Now I only have 1 pack left.  I am enjoying this couscous a lot.  So I bought three more (18 total).  They are $1.15 pack each.  I get 2 meals out of 1 pack.  It’s a great side dish. I can get this ready in 10 minutes. 

CousCous Costco

Costco Shopping – January 10, 2009

Big shopping day

It was a big shopping day today.  Coupons saved me $48.99 but the total amount was still well over $300.00. 

Power Juicer was the most expensive item at $89.99.  My current juicer broke down this morning.  I had to buy a juicer ASAP. I drink juice once or twice every day, you see.

I spent a lot of money today.  I am a little sick to my stomach.  But, I bought a lot of items that will last many years.  It was a smart shopping for a long term benefit.

Juicer, Ironing Board, Ziplock bags, Sweeper, DVDs, & Liquid Plumber should last a few years at least. 

I didn’t eat hot-dog (I didn’t feel like eating after spending that much money Tongue out).  But I put gas in the car.

* I took the ironing board back for a refund

Costco Shopping

Simple Office Ergonomics – Mouse

I hope somebody would agree with me on this

At work, we have expensive office furniture.  Everyone sits on a $600.00 Herman Miller office chair. I am saving money so I can buy one for my home office.

Then I have this under the desk keyboard tray. This keyboard tray has a built-in mouse pad.  It looks like this. This may look very typical to most people, but it doesn’t make sense to me. 

Office Ergonomics

With above setting, my right hand must move down to grab my mouse.  This doesn’t make sense.  The mouse must be raised up a little so it will be at the same level as the keyboard. 

Something like this (below)

Office Ergonomics Mouse

This is how I setup my mouse at both work & home office.  I raised up my mouse pad slightly.  I find this the only way to setup my mouse.

Also, I put my mouse pad right next to the keyboard, so I am able to click Enter key with my thumb while I’m operating mouse.

I don’t want my mouse too far away from my keyboard.
I want my mouse leveled with my keyboard.

Wash Your Ziplock Bags – Save Money

Your Ziplock bags are not for one time use only.  You must wash & reuse your Ziplock bags as often as possible.  These bags are very expensive.  Ziplock bags must be used at least a few times.  Recycle your ziplock bags if you are done with them. 

This is how I wash my used Ziplock bags.

  1. Turn the bag completely inside out.
  2. Use dish soap and sponge to wash "outside" ("outside" which used to be the "inside")
    • Lay the bag flat on the kitchen sink and scrub it with plenty of detergent (pay more attention if the bag used to hold blood).
    • Rinse inside the bag briefly ("inside" will become "outside" later)
  3. Dry the bag as is (bag is still inside out).
  4. After the bag is dried, turn the bag inside out to its original form.
  5. Personally, I do not worry about the outside of the bag. 
    • I only care about the inside where it will touch the food.

Wash Ziplock Bags
Drying….