Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Proud moments for a geek daddy

My wife and I on IM (edited for privacy):

(12:38:38) (BlueLady): oh my goodness
(12:38:43) (BlueKnightWriter): ?
(12:39:37) (BlueLady): I have the TRU web page opened and (our older son) recognizes it! "Toys R Us, mama. That's Toys or Us dot com." that's exactly what he said!
(12:39:55) (BlueKnightWriter): Oh my goodness!
(12:40:00) (BlueKnightWriter): holy crap even!
(12:40:06) (BlueLady): LOL
(12:40:12) (BlueKnightWriter): Proud geek daddy here
(12:40:14) (BlueLady: he's soooo smart!!!
(12:40:17) (BlueLady): LOL

See, that time spent at the Sesame Street website pays off!


Monday, March 21, 2005


A big thought on my mind lately. How do you motivate yourself? Anyone willing to offer their methods?


Friday, March 11, 2005

Happy Geek

How much fun is it to have something you've wanted for a while? How much more fun is it to get 3 or 4 things you've wanted for a while? Yes, all the items I mentioned in my previous post have arrived, and I'm having fun!

The hard drive and enclosure arrived on Wednesday. I have wanted a larger, faster portable storage device ever since I figured out how cool it was to have the SD cards and USB Cruzer from Sandisk. I really like having things at hand no matter where I am. I really miss my Palm Zire 71! I have hopes of using the money from the hard drive rebate to remedy my PDA woes. A new mainboard for the Zire is only $69.

The digital camera arrived around 12:30 PM on Thursday. I must admit I was nervous about this one. I had forgotten my wife wanted to talk more about this item before I purchased it, so I ordered it before we got a chance to talk about it. However, as you can see on her post yesterday, I think I escaped the woes of a bad impulse buy. Kudos go to my buddy WirelessMike for his research and recommendation of the Pentax Optio S40.

The last item to arrive, somewhat surprisingly was the DVD-RW from ZipZoomFly. I have not done much more that put it in it's new home, but I have large plans for the utility of this little device. VHS to DVD transfers anyone?

To top off my almost-end-of-week fun, I managed to correct two issues I was having with my machine at home. Tower, as it's known, is now talking nicely with the HP PSC 2210 multi-function printer we bought a while back, AND Tower now is able to communicate and entertain with the correction of the sounds problems it was having.

As you wonder why I capitalize Tower instead of saying, "my tower case" let me say that it's currently the most capable machine in our small collection, so it's the Tower of BlueKeep. More on BlueKeep later, for now it's my web site that has been out of public view for a while.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Tax shopping

Federal Tax return is in! I get to have some fun shopping for the geek side.

I will update this post with what I settle on buying.

I have a budget of $500.

UPDATE: I have officially come in under budget (by about 3-4 dollars!).


I am excited about the hard drive and enclosure from So far, that's the only package that is showing to have shipped, but, as WaWaDigital isn't the best at far as customer experience goes, I don't know what the status of the Digital Camera is.

ZipZoomFly is Performing excellently as is I have to say, if the rebate goes through properly on the hard drive I'll be very happy, even if I did miss the rebate on the hard drive enclosure.

All I have to say about WaWaDigital is they seem to be well named. If you don't watch out the experience may leave you in tears. I didn't stop and research better, so I am paying $59 for a rechargable battery that I do not need to get started with the camera. This prevented me from getting parts I need to fix my Palm Zire 71, so that I'd have a decent PDA again, and incidentally another digital camera.

Pentax Optio S40 Digital Camera$174.90 $235
Seagate 200GB ST3200822A-RK UATA100 8MB Buffer Hard Drive
$119.99, $69.99 after mail in rebate
Kingwin 3.5" USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure

$34.99, $19.99 after rebate
NEC ND-3520A 16X Double Layer DVD±RW Bare Drive (Black) ***Free 2nd Day*** $59.99