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Taking the Hardware Plunge

Image via Amazon.ca

Image via Amazon.ca

I can’t believe I finally did it. I ordered some RAM for a very old laptop that was (trying to) run on 512 mb ram. Up till now I’ve only extracted stuff from busted computers and juggled it around, hoping it would work and not blow up! So far I’ve been pretty lucky.

But last night I researched and scanned my old laptop system info with the free CPU-Z portable app, which I love. And I read and read and read. I also extracted the RAM and wrote down a whole bunch of numbers. Noted the slots. All that stuff.

Just hoping now I got it right. If this works, I got an amazing Hong Kong deal.

Will keep you posted. Low, low price means longer than usual delivery times.


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recent adventures in cyberspace

Image via Tumblr - Source: Pixabay

Image via Tumblr – Source: Pixabay

I’ve been having a ball playing around with all sorts of new software. I recently switched my old “frankenstein” computer (the one I made on Halloween out of two dead computers) to Xubuntu 16.04, which is a Linux operating system.

It’s been a great adventure. Like learning how to do computers all over again. Luckily there are friendly forums, which always helps!

There’s a lot of interesting free software that works well with Linux. One is Slimjet browser, which I’m using now (I haven’t tested it on Windows yet). Another is the GIMP, a photo editor that also works with Windows.

Anyhow… here’s a little something created on the GIMP… thinking of that old madman David Bowie while doing this. Well, I guess he’s an eternally young madman now.

I think the lyric “something in the sky” is in one of his songs from the LP Outside. But I’d have to check on that.

Sorry to anyone who has liked my stuff here or at Earthpages. I WILL get back to see what you have been up to. Just that learning Linux and related software has been pretty time-consuming. As I say, like learning computers all over again. 🙂


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The Future is Now

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Image via Tumblr

This morning I was reading a book about ancient Roman religion. After I while I wasn’t taking anything in (it’s a pretty dense book) so decided to spark up the computer. I’m on an old computer, my Frankenstein computer. I call it that because it’s actually a combo of two broken computers. I did the operation on Halloween. So I thought it a fitting name, bringing something back to life from the dead, as it were.

Anyhow, I have Photoshop Elements but don’t want to install it on Frankenstein because Adobe tends to pack all sorts of crap/services onto your computer and it’s a hassle getting rid of them, if you can. With only 1.5 gb RAM and a Pentium 4 processor, Frankie hardly runs at all. But it’s just good enough to add text (addtext.com) to this Pixabay photo. Sometimes I like to use different software or do things online because it opens up new possibilities—like this tilted font.


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Adobe mobile app now does collages!


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Watch Married to the Mob and other golden greats… free!

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I’ve been restoring old computers and learning more about the ins and outs of software and especially hardware. I’ve always enjoyed software but never used to be a hardware person at all. And I thought I never would be. So the only “operation” I did with old computers was remove the HD before tossing them into the electronic recycle bin (we do that in Canada).

I regret that now. Recently a CR-ROM went on the fritz with one of my old computers. And I have thrown out 2 CD-ROMs in the past. One of them might have worked. But they’re gone… because I was stupid and didn’t foresee that I would become interested in hardware too.

I did, however, successfully upgrade some RAM from one computer to another. I was very pleased that I could do that, and it actually worked.

My hardware knowledge is limited, though. So most of my free computing time is spent trying to figure out new ways to get stuff for free, legally. Recently I discovered a Firefox add-on that enables you to do just that. It’s an add-on to watch older or second and third-rate streaming movies. It must be legal because the site that offers these streaming movies hasn’t been taken down.

Anyhow, I tested it out and found an old 80s flick that I never watched: Married to the Mob with Michelle Pfeiffer, who was one of the hottest stars of the 80s. I clicked on the film – via the add-on – and sure enough, it started streaming. Credits over railroad tracks, if I remember right. I wasn’t in the mood to watch the whole thing so clicked if off after a few seconds. But hey, if anyone is interested…

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?q=free+movies&appver=46.0&platform=windows

 


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animated gifs are back..!

IN the old days there used to be a really good online gif animator. I think it was called GIFWORKS. Then one day that site stopped offering free animated gif services. Today I found a nice, quick animator that uploads just about any image file you can throw at it. So you don’t have to convert everything into gifs before uploading.

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Here’s our iPad as it looked a few weeks ago (it’s actually not even my iPad but was a gift to someone in my family… a long story) taking a swim, or having a bubble bath or something…

Here’s the site – http://gifmaker.me/ and http://gifcreator.me/


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my time traveling computer?

Updating WinXP updates today even though support for WinXP updates ended a couple of years ago… There’s only one conclusion. It’s a time traveling computer..!

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Well, maybe not. I also restored a really old laptop and it did exactly the same updates. Seems the richest man in the world is still willing to throw out a few crumbs to the rest of us plebs.