Best Gameday Giveaway Ever

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Refreshed…

I hate having to replace my work laptop.  Every now and then, the machine breaks down, and more often than not, it’s just more efficient for the PC service folks to throw a new machine at the problem.  In most cases, I get an identical machine, and it’s a simple hard drive swap, which minimizes the recovery time for me.  But when I complained that my machine was only getting about 20 minutes of use on battery, I was told they no longer kept spares because it was on the refresh list.

This meant that unless my department shells out cash for a new battery, I needed to move to a whole new model.  Which means no easy hard drive swap.  While they do a solid job of transferring data and most of my settings, there are a good number of applications I use that don’t fall under the standard build and thus have to be manually restored to their normal working state.

It’s tedious, but for the first time, I felt like it was worth it. 

The HP EliteBook 2560p that I was issued is without question the fastest work machine I’ve ever used.  The Intel Core i5-2520M processor is insanely fast, and everything I do on the machine is noticeably more responsive.  Not to mention the form factor is lighter and smaller than my last laptop. 

And, of course, my battery life is outstanding.  I could work for 6 hours on this thing without having to plug it in. 

Well done, HP.  You’ve produced a mid-level notebook that doesn’t suck. 

Redundancy…

So I’m on a lot of different social networks. 

I use Facebook a lot.  I use Twitter almost as much.  I have LinkedIn and Google+ accounts I hardly ever use.  I think you can tell I don’t think too much of Instagram.  And Lord only knows what else they’ll come up with next.

I like social networking.  I think it’s a fantastic way to share news and ideas and keep in touch with family.  But I also think it’s overkill.  And while there’s a certain art to fitting a clever status update into the confines of a Twitter post, I think we could all stand to embrace a slightly longer attention span.

So, I’m going to try to post most of the good stuff here.  Because then I’m not held to the whim of a company that may or may not go the way of MySpace in the future.  I can still share the posts I make here on Twitter (which automatically shares to Facebook…) and keep all my social network friends in the loop, but I also like the idea of owning my own online real estate and presenting it how I want, free of advertising and independent of whether or not the venture capital runs out on the current online fad.

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…using Android Gallery app.

 

 

*** Edit – works much better.  Publishes the actual photo right in the post.

Mountains…

http://instagr.am/p/MuJgSqgRoz/

Just messing around with Instagram.

** Edit:  What a pain in the ass of an app.  Maybe it’s better for iPhone users, but I doubt it.  The web interface is a joke.  It published that link originally without a hyperlink or any paragraph formatting.  I don’t understand why people think this program is so great.

Back… At Last

I was the original owner of this domain name.  NobleBrown.com didn’t exist before I registered it over a decade ago.

For years I used it to chronicle the events of my life, albeit somewhat intermittently.  This was before FaceBook.  Before Twitter.  And it’s safe to say I had some pretty significant moments captured on the original site.

Then, sometime in 2009, I missed the re-registration of the domain that was due.  It came up right around the time we bought our house in Arizona.  We were packing, moving, and starting over, and it was just one of those things that fell through the cracks.

I lost the domain.  For three years, it was hosting some Asian dude’s blog.  I have no idea what it said.  But I hated that I’d let it lapse, and no longer owned the domain that had been uniquely mine for almost as long as there had been an Internet for people to surf.  It had grown into a family page.  I expected my kids to manage it some day.

I’ve had a GoDaddy backorder on the domain for a few years now.  And, guess what?

The backorder worked.

I got the notice today.  I threw it on my hosting plan and blasted WordPress on it within minutes.  It’s a lot easier to build a blog site today than it was in 2000, but I’ve been waiting three and a half years to publish this post.

NobleBrown.com belongs to the Brown family again.  And it feels good to be home.

 

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