Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Serene Days of April






A 20 second video of wind and sunlight on Klopp Lake at the marsh.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Our Quiet Week

I had to go back to my photos to remind myself what we've been up to for the past few days. The rains returned on Thursday, and we've been spending quiet time indoors reading, cooking, baking, and screaming at the political news. You know, the usual.
It was fun to remember that just the other day we saw out first swallowtail butterfly of the season, and it turned out to be an Anise Swallowtail. That was a nice surprise. We always expect it to be a Western Swallowtail.
We also liked seeing our first bright red dragonfly. Oh, we do love these dazzling colors of spring.
Even the skypool reflections had so much wonderful depth and swirly beauty.
The day before the rains came, the sky was as bright as it could be. The wispy cirrus clouds spread so widely across, it made even our suburban street scene look like art to me.
I had been looking forward to the full moon rising, but my hopes were almost completely dashed by the storm front. Just as the cloudy sky darkened for night, I peaked out the window looking east and saw this. It didn't last long, just 15 minutes of parted clouds for a glimpse.

It was definitely enough to make me happy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

tech talk

we have a ten year old pc that lost its xp operating system some years ago. the recovery discs didn’t work and i have been off-and-on playing with installing downloaded free xp systems. they come with serial numbers, but microsoft requires xp to be activated. i found an activation hack that seemed to work. alas, 30 days after installation xp was usable no more. the only use i wanted for this machine was to stream kpig in the garage when i am working out there. so i turned to fedora (a flavor of linux). after a few wrong turns i had it up and running on the old pc. almost there, but not quite. kpig wants windows media player to work. back to the internet for advice. oh, i can use vlc as a standalone player. now i need to get vlc. off into the weeds of unix commands. a bit like msdos before windows. well, i got it and now the old pc is useful. i can stream kpig. that’s enough of that machine.

our main machines that we use a lot are macbook pros, now four years old. out of warranty and applecare. the batteries run low so fast that we keep the computers plugged in all the time. we have been looking at new MacBooks. tres pricey for anything really newer than ours. we could buy exactly the same new machines as we now have for something like $1100 each. wondering about new batteries, i wandered the inter tubes for info. quel surprise! there is quite an aftermarket for upgrades to the model we have.

i have lots of experience with pc desktop computers. changing hard drives. changing motherboards. adding modems. changing sound cards. buying parts and building the whole thing. i was wary of opening our nice MacBooks, but after watching videos demonstrating how to install the new components i felt confident i could manage.there is quite an aftermarket for upgrades to the model we have. so i ordered a new battery, 8 gigabytes of memory, and a new solid state drive. a bit over $300 to replace the parts of computers that usually fail after some years.

just like the instructional video

the old drive is out. the bowls hold various size screws and pieces

the update kit includes a usb container for hard drives. so the new ssd drive goes in it. it gets plugged into the macbook and carbon copy cloner copies the existing hard drive onto the new solid state drive.
then the macbook is opened and the new components put in and the new ssd is just like the old hard drive and everything works faster. TADA

check here for a post about a much older hard drive,


Wednesday, April 13, 2016