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Just got an Acer Nitro V 17 laptop. It's designed to be a gaming laptop, but it had all the specs I wanted for a laptop. Overall, it's a great deal for the price. However, there's only one major drawback. The touchpad is subpar. It has no buttons, so it's trying to mimic the Macbook touchpad. But there's no comparison between the two. The Nitro touchpad makes a clacking sound when you touch it. Sounds like something is loose. You can't really configure it either to change the location of the right click or how sensitive it is. Two finger scrolling is unreliable and jumps too much.

But, besides the touchpad, everything else is pretty good. Display is large and clear. 16 GB RAM with 128 MB SSD makes things load fast. Having a 1 TB drive gives plenty of room for storage. Blu-ray drive makes it stand out from the Mac book. The 4 speakers can really pump out sound. If the touchpad worked just like the Macbook, it'd be perfect.

Posted: 2015-01-09 05:08:07

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The light in the light/fan combo unit in our bathroom stopped working a while ago. Before that, it would occasionally flicker, then eventually it just stopped working. The fan had always worked. Trying a good light bulb did not fix it, so it must've been the unit or the wiring. It would've cost around $70 to replace the entire unit, so tried to do some basic things to try to fix it first. Turned out, the tab at the bottom of the light bulb socket was not making a connection with the bulb. After turning off the breaker, I adjusted the socket tab a little bit with a paint can opener so it'd make a tighter connection with the bulb. For good measure, I sanded it a little bit to get rid of any corrosion. And the light then worked! Whew, didn't have to spend $70 for a brand new one.

Posted: 2015-01-02 11:31:19

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- Worldwide economies weak (eg Europe, Russia, Japan)
- Fiscal stimulus money in US losing steam
- No room for more fiscal stimulus
- Near 0 percent for Fed fund rate. Rates plan on rising next year
- Anticipation of end of QE3 in Oct
- No room for more monetary stimulus
- Indexes have hit all time highs during summer
- Nasdaq stocks way overvalued (Apple has a market cap over half a trillion)
- Falling oil prices
- Global risks - ISIS, Ebola, Ukraine
- Historic lows on bond, note rates. Rising rates would adversely affect bond holders.
- Rising rates would increase debt obligations of debt-ridden countries (including the US)
- No major corrections in market since 2008 recession
- Secular bull market for past 5 years. It's due for a secular bear market.



Posted: 2014-10-14 06:15:57

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Amazing Grace on Harmonica



Posted: 2014-08-11 11:18:02

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It started to snow today around noon. At 12:30, they let us go from the office. I hit the road at 12:45. And it seemed like so did everyone else in Atlanta. It was gridlock everywhere. It took me over 3 hours to get home. But, I guess I was one of the lucky ones. Some took more than 9 hours to get home. Some didn't even try. Apparently, all the hotels are full also. On the way home, I picked up my kids from school. Even though they dismissed the kids at 1:45, there were still many there when I picked them up at 4. The buses were all running late and it was 7 by the time the last kids left the high school.

Links:
Deal declares ‘State of Emergency’ for Georgia
Ice and snow bring chaotic commutes to much of South
Atlanta Got 1 Inch Of Snow And Everyone's Freaking Out
Rare snow, ice shock the Deep South
Leon Causes Traffic Nightmare in Atlanta
Atlanta weather | Minute-by-minute updates on winter storm
Snowed out: State of emergency declared in Georgia
Winter storm causes wrecks, gridlock in the South

Posted: 2014-01-28 23:11:22

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Posted: 2013-11-18 00:34:22

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Using Skype for the Mac, the video was blank and could not do a video chat. Turned out that iChat was locking the camera. To unlock it, open iChat, go to Preferences, in the Audio/Video tab, unselect "Open iChat when external camera is turned on". Close iChat and restart Skype. Now, in Skype preferences, under Audio/Video, video should be working.

More info:
Isight not working

Posted: 2013-07-07 22:29:43

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Added a significant feature to Hymn Lyrics Plus. It now has the ability to add custom songs directly to the app. Instructions is here.

Posted: 2012-11-17 08:56:11

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I don't pray so that others might change,
I pray so that that I would change.

I don't pray so that I can tell God what to do,
I pray so that God can tell me what to do.

I don't pray so that there would be no problems,
I pray so that character can be developed in the midst of problems.

I don't pray so that what would be done is my will,
I pray so that my will would conform to God's will.

Posted: 2012-08-11 11:15:03

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Released Hymn Lyrics Plus. Same functionality as Hymn Lyrics with these additional features:

- 50 songs with chords
- 8 screen styles
- Hymn of the day notification

Posted: 2012-08-07 15:32:38

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