Out with the old!

After a harrowing, hot weekend, the power supply in my desktop was finally replaced late yesterday afternoon…HOORAH!

Thanks to “Kris at Quest” (located on the first floor of my building), everything is running smoothly and very quietly.

I was offered the old power supply and took it, merely to photograph, and shall recycle it promptly.

'Dead' Power Supply-Front

‘Dead’ Power Supply–Front

 

'Dead' Power Supply-Back

‘Dead’ Power Supply–Back

The black ‘thing’ at the top of the photos is another exhaust fan, which Kris also replaced, as that was what was causing a whining sound which worsened as time went on.

I urge everyone to clean the inside of your computers regularly, thoroughly and carefully by vacuuming out all vents and, if it’s a desktop model, take off the side or top, and carefully (again) clean out all the dust and dirt from the inside.

Your computer will thank you for that!

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First, I’d like to thank all of you for your patience, as it became too difficult and time-consuming to post anything on my poor old laptop, which, as I told you earlier, was prone to ‘falling asleep’…the blinking on and off became very irritating, so irritating that I couldn’t really get into my e-mail to even look at your posts and comment on your work.

I promise that will be accomplished over the next few (very HOT!  Low 90s F.–near mid-30s C.) days, as I sit drinking icy cold herbal teas with a huge fan blowing on me!

Here are some images I took late last week…boy, do I have a lot of catching up to do!

While walking a new route from the hardware store on Friday, the lighting was perfect for some truly ‘chiaroscuro’ shots.

Chiaroscuro on Ashland Avenue, the first

Chiaroscuro on Ashland Avenue, the first

 

Chiaroscuro on Ashland Avenue, the second

Chiaroscuro on Ashland Avenue, the second

Fallen Mulberries litter the walkway beside Leone Beach Park.

 

Mulberries and Shadows, the first

Mulberries and Shadows, the first

 

Mulberries and Shadows, the second

Mulberries and Shadows, the second

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For those of you in heat-devastated areas, please stay cool and drink lots of water…and for those of you where it’s Winter now, please keep warm and cozy!

Just one of those things

At about 3:00AM Thursday morning, my desktop made a grinding noise and shut itself down.

After four hours of sleep, I figured out how to open it and spent the bulk of the day cleaning the inside and trying to get it up and running, to no avail.

The internal power supply had “died”, which I found out from my computer guy downstairs is a common occurrence after a few years.

So…I dragged out my very old Toshiba laptop, hooked it up, and surprisingly, remembered my password…but, not only is it VERY slow, it just ‘puts itself to sleep’ at any point!

At least it has a working copy of Photoshop (TM) 8, so I could process the images!

The new power supply will be installed sometime on Monday, according to my computer guy, so posting until then might be a bit sparse–please accept my apologies for that!

The resident copy of Nikon Transfer would not do its job, nor could I uninstall then reinstall, so I had to figure a way to transfer my photos taken during a wonderful walk yesterday afternoon.

I accomplished that, but have been interrupted quite a few times re: the intermittent ‘falling asleep’ problem, which means I’ll have to go out later and make a trip to “The Patience Store” to pick up at least TEN pounds of patience!

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Earlier in the week, I purchased a manual food chopper for the reasonable price of $7.99 (plus tax, of course!).

I thought you might like to see it.

Nice, isn't it? I haven't used it yet, but I can tell you the blades are REALLY sharp, and the entire piece disassembles for washing. However, I had some trouble releasing it from its packaging, which to my mind is a bit 'wasteful'!

Nice, isn’t it?
I haven’t used it yet, but I can tell you the blades are REALLY sharp, and the entire piece disassembles for washing.
However, I had some trouble releasing it from its packaging, which to my mind is a bit ‘wasteful’!

I think the designer went a bit overboard with all the folds and inserts!

I think the designer went a bit overboard with all the folds and inserts!

Here's the inside view, which makes it easier to see the intricacies of the design. Ah, well, into the Recycling Bin with that!

Here’s the inside view, which makes it easier to see the intricacies of the design.
Ah, well, into the Recycling Bin with that!