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Back to work today. Truck air conditioner compressor needs replaced at Kansas City company shop, spending the night at a hotel.

Eating lunch.

Dinner

I know, I know, I'm a terrible creature of habit...

About to eat dinner.

All that remains of a bean burrito...

Dinner before unloading in a short while.

Waiting to unload.

Late lunch has arrived.

Loaded next door, eating a very late lunch.

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I’ve been using Windows Vista Premium on this Gateway MX-6455 laptop for a couple of weeks at this point. I must say, Vista is easily the best-ever version of Windows.

One thing that struck me from the start is the overall smoothness of multitasking in Vista. Even when I push the processor and hard drive […]

Sprint PCS Connection Manager Vista Problem Fix…

I was having a problem with the Sprint PCS “Connection Manager” software in Windows Vista Premium disconnecting from the Internet after about two minutes. I called the Sprint PCS air card tech support, and the guy there gave me a great work-around that will work for anyone using a Sprint PCS air card.

Simply create […]

“Full English Breakfast” Head Tattoo…

A British teenager volunteered to get a “Full English Breakfast” design tattooed on the top of his head. Here are a couple of links to some videos of it. The first link is a video of the tattoo in progress:

http://videos.icnetwork.co.uk/icnorthwales/headLg_Prog001.wmv

The second link is of the final completed tattoo:

http://videos.icnetwork.co.uk/icnorthwales/tattoo.wmv

Here’s a link to […]

Windows Vista Myths…

I just read an interesting article that debunks 10 myths that have been making the rounds about Windows Vista:

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877-6156413.html

By reading the article I found out that I can upgrade my machine at home by adding the appropriate PCI graphics card along with boosting the memory and adding a USB memory key to utilize […]

Windows Vista Premium…

I’ve upgraded to the 32-bit version of Windows Vista Premium here on my Gateway MX-6455 laptop that originally came with Windows XP Media Center. I’ve gotten all the device drivers to work, and I’ve been using Vista exclusively for the past couple of days. I must say I really like Windows Vista. This is the […]

Pretty Funny…

To my darling husband,

Before you return from your overseas trip I just want to let you know about the small accident I had with the pick up truck when I turned into the driveway. Fortunately not too bad and I really didn’t get hurt, so please don’t worry too much about me.

I was […]

Vista Working 100% on Gateway MX-6455 Laptop…

I spent a bit more time with Windows Vista Premium this evening and I was able to get the built-in Conexant sound card working under Vista in my Gateway MX-6455 Media Center laptop. I was also able to get my M-Audio Fast Track USB sound card to work with Vista as well using the Fast […]

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John Edwards has been dubbed the “Brek Girl” for a reason!!!!

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Check out this YouTube video of Hillary Clinton singing off key: